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  • WINTER 2012

    A Mindstorm of LegoRobotics

    Global Learning: New Off-Campus Study &

    Exchange Program

    The Inspiration of Louis Zamperini:

    American Hero & Olympic Champion

  • Brunswick School, founded in 1902, is an independent college-preparatory day school for 939 boys in grades Pre-K through 12. The Upper School grades 9 through 12 have a coordinate program with Greenwich Academy, a neighboring girls school. In a community of challenging academics; comprehensive arts, drama and music programs; along with 34 varsity and sub-varsity sports teams; 36 extracurricular opportunities and a renowned language program, time for Brunswick School students is also reserved both for reflection and service to others. We believe in the potential of each and every boy in our charge and have successfully developed an educational experience that emphasizes rigorous traditional learning, self-discipline and character development. The Schools motto, Courage, Honor, Truth, is a phrase familiar to students who have graced our halls and one that is followed in both word and deed. For more information, please contact Gina Hurd, Admission Director, at 203.625.5800 or go to BrunswickSchool.org.

    William A. Durkin III 72 Chairman

    W. Preston Baldwin IIINancy M. BetterDr. Mark H. CamelRobert F. CarangeloMichael P. CastineLeslie A. DahlB. Cort Delany, Esq. 73Matthew S. DeSalvoDr. Scott V. HaigKathleen HarringtonGregory B. Hartch 88John R. Harvey 84Carlos M. Hernandez

    Andrew H. JacobsonDavid B. MacFarlaneD. Ian McKinnonSanjeev K. MehraIan C. Murray 93Shepherd P. Murray 89Michael J. OdrichThomas D. OMalley, Jr. 85Suzanne P. PeischPhilip F. P. PierceClifton S. RobbinsWilliam A. Schneider 72Lucy M. StitzerMichael A. TroyJohn S. WeinbergTracy R. Wolstencroft

    Ex OfficioThomas W. Philip, HeadmasterSteven H. Dudley, Assistant Headmaster, Director of FinanceKathleen Harrington, Senior AccountantChristina C. Kazazes, President of Brunswick Parents AssociationThomas G. Murray, Executive Director of Development

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    Brunswick School100 Maher AvenueGreenwich, CT 06830Tel: 203.625.5800BrunswickSchool.org

    HEAdmASTErThomas W. Philip

    ExECuTivE dirECTOr Of dEvElOPmENTThomas Murray

    EdiTOr-iN-CHiEfBonni [email protected]

    ASSiSTANT WriTErCourtney [email protected]

    ClASS NOTES EdiTOrLibby [email protected]

    SPOrTS EdiTOrDiana [email protected]

    CONTriBuTOrSRhonda Bonom, Diane Briggs, Krista Bruce, Jeanne DeLarm-Neri, Libby Edwards, Power Fraser, Mike Harris, Tucker Hastings, Carter Johnson 12, Amy Kundrat, Leslie Lopez, John Martin, Parker Odrich 13, Steve Polikoff, Jarrett Shine, Eric Tillman, Jonathan Weiner 19

    CuB rEPOrTErSTy Pastore 20, Keshav Raghavan 17

    CArTOONiSTMatthew LaVersa 17

    frONT COvEr PHOTODiane Briggs

    CONTriBuTiNg PHOTOgrAPHErSDiane Briggs, Dan Burns, Maggie Conley, Susie Foyle, Andrew Hall, Carter Hempleman, Ally Roach, David Ruf 15, Matthew Savitt 12, Wolf Conservation Center (nywolf.org)

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  • C O v E r

    4 MEETING LouIs ZAMpERINI: American Hero and Olympic Champion by Bonni Brodnick

    8 GLobAL LEARNING: New Off-Campus Study & Exchange Program by Tucker Hastings

    18 A MINdsToRM of LEGoRoboTIcs

    f E A T u r E S

    6 ThE bLuE NoTEs on an American Jazz Tour in England by Parker Odrich 13

    10 KIM IoRILLo: Be The match and Save a life by Courtney Kennedy

    12 bRuNsWIcK fAcuLTy, sTAff & doGs: The faithful Companionship Between People, Their Pooches & Their School by Bonni Brodnick

    36 hoMEcoMING 2011 36 Blue Skies, Sunshine & lots of reminiscing 40 2011 distinguished Alumni Award:

    Power fraser 74 43 Alumni golf Outing 46 2nd Annual Alumni Association Party

    d E P A r T m E N T S

    2 message from the Headmaster

    3 letters to the Editor

    16 Beyond the Classroom Italian Class Gets Cooking;

    5th Grade Spelling Bee; Trip to Plimoth Plantation; Shane Kirsch & The Fuzzy Flow; Peter Lourie, Travel Writer/Adventurer; Mr. Urbons new CD; Care Packages to New Alums; Upper School Writing Center; Trip to Wolf Conservation Center; Something to Harp About; Snow Day!; Mr. Cosbys Portrait; Michael Allwoods new book

    26 Sports roundup

    32 Brunswick 2.0

    33 Brunswick Alumni

    48 Class Notes

    56 in memoriam

    Phonathon inside back cover







  • 2 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    Thomas W. Philip

    Message from the h E A d M A s T E R

    It is inevitable that in a school community such as ours, there will always be irresistible pressures on students, fac-ulty, parents and the institution itself to be virtually, if not literally, perfect at all times and in all ways. Yet, while we, and our boys, are continually striving for excellence, it is important to bear in mind that our true interest lies not only in the achieving of excellence but in the mere act of striving for it as well. In author Anna Quindlens recent treatise, Being Perfect, she emphasizes how perfection is something that, while perhaps wonderful to work toward, is often best avoided as an actual achievement. This might be because perfection can be such a terminus. It implies a static point, an arrival, an end point. Perfection doesnt imply much originality, much flexibility, or most certainly, much real likelihood of further growth. Sadly, in communities such as Fairfield County, Conn., and Westchester County, N.Y., with such high-achieving and high-aspiring parents and children, the quest for perfection in all things can take on an almost maniacal quality. How we look, where we work, where we live, where we vacation, what school and college stick-ers we put on the back window of what we drive all run the risk of becoming individually and collectively too important and too conforming for both our health and that of our boys.

    The bottom line? Healthy, well-intentioned, likely to be successful and normal boys are not perfect. They are often not even close to perfect and occasionally (to be honest), they even work hard to avoid being perfect. In a society which seems, everywhere, to entice us to the achievement of perfection with just one more purchase, one more diet, one more home renovation, etc., I want to close this brief letter much as I closed my Opening of School remarks to the boys: For Brunswick School, it is the striving for excellence rather than the actual attainment of it that matters. How we face the challenges associated with the attainment of lofty goals, how we deal with the occasional setbacks along the way, what we learn about ourselves and others on that journey those are the lessons we seek to teach. In fact, without learning those important lessons along the way, excellence or perfection, indeed, seems a little less excellent and perfect.

    In Praise of Imperfection

  • suMMER 2011

    Advanced science

    Research program

    Launches at Wickspring fashion show

    Channels Chic at La Dolce Vita

    What brought Mike Geller 98

    Back to the farm?

    Letters to the E d I To R

    We welcome your comments and letters to the editor.Please contact [email protected]

    I am greatly pleased to see the recognition of the Classics department in Times of Brunswick (winter 2011 issue, Excellence Maximums: Newly Endowed Classics Fund Named in Honor of Father Richard G. Cipolla, page 10). As a former student, I earned a Classics diploma and have gone on to major in Classics at Columbia University. I had the privilege of study-ing under some extraordinary teachers at Brunswick, taking Latin with Father Cipolla and Dr. Markey, and Greek with Doc Freeman. These three teachersalong with their fine records of academic excellencedistinguished themselves through their tireless efforts as instructors and men-tors, giving me essential skills for combating both the intellectual challenges of rigorous higher education and the moral challenges of an ever-changing world full of human struggle. I hope, for the sake of the next generation of Brunswick students (of which my own brother, Keith, is a member of the Class of 2015), that Brunswick will honor these teachers commitment to the Classics and moral education by sustaining its own commit-ment to the instruction and intellectual pursuit of Latin and Greek.

    Sincerely, Kyle Radler 09

    Ive just seen the summer (2011) issue of Times of Brunswick and would like to make some additions and corrections to Mintie Doles football team photo in Class Notes on page 76 (see below). Charlie Pettengill is holding a football that has 1946, which indicates that this is the 194647 junior varsity team. Most of the boys were in the 8th grade (as was I in 1946). Some on the team were in the 7th and 9th grades that year: Front Row: Eric Fox, Al Morano #24, Tad Alwyn, John Zabriskie, Charlie Pettengill, Schach Van Steenberg, Murray Mortimer, John Westervelt; Middle Row: Werner Brunhuber (not brother Kurt), Dick Hall, Ned Selden, Bruce Simson, Dave Frankel; Back Row: Mintie Dole, Tony Van Voorhies, Ned Gregory #38, Ward Davis, Peter George, Tony Montgomery (Tony was also team manager).

    Best, Ken Towe 52

    Number 38 in the back row of the Class Notes football picture of your prodigious newest Times of Brunswick (summer 2011 issue, page 76, see below) Edward (Ned) S. Gregory III, my brother who currently lives in DeSoto, Texas. I was in third grade at the time, but I remember going to football games to watch the big boys at play.

    All the best, Huson (Hugh) Gregory 57 (Retired from schoolwork, living on Cape Cod and loving it.)

  • 4 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    runswick School would have been proud to host one of Americas greatest heroes,

    Louis Zamperini, at a special assembly that was to be broadcast simultaneously

    to the Middle School but due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Zamperini, who is 94

    years old, was unable to appear. Nonetheless, his message of inspiration, bravery and

    perseverance abounded. John Naber, his manager and one of Americas most highly

    decorated Olympians at the 1976 Games in Montreal, stood in to speak about the life

    of Louis, a 1936 Berlin Olympic miler, World War II Army Air Corps bombardier,

    plane crash survivor and a POW with a ferocious will to live.

    By Bonni Brodnick

    Meeting Louis ZaMperini:American Hero + Olympic Champion


  • 5WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    Louis Zamperinis story was revealed in the best seller, Unbroken, a required 2011 summer reading for the Upper School students. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit), the book is an odyssey of bravery, survival, resilience and redemption. The theme ties in to Brunswicks motto, Courage, Honor, Truth. Of Louiss Olympic glory, Mr. Naber said, The Olympic spirit is like the wind. You dont see it coming and you dont see it passing. You feel the power of its presence.

    He also spoke about the importance of being hardy and of redemption. When Louis left for the war, he was resilient, defiant and self-confident, he continued. The Bird (an abusive prison guard at the camp in which Louis was a prisoner) wanted to break him down. After the war, Louis was tortured by nightmares and obsessed with vengeance. He had a religious conversion experience and eventually returned to Japan as a mission-ary. He saw it in his heart to forgive The Bird and was no longer haunted in his dreams. Laura Hillenbrands book has magnified Louiss powerful message, Mr. Naber told the boys assembled in Baker Theater. He believes in miracles, and in the miracle of letting go. He doesnt carry a grudge. He walks the walk. Mr. Naber also told the boys that Louis Zamperini stands for 3 Bes: Be hardy. Be prepared. Be happy. Later that afternoon, Paul Withstandley, Brunswick Upper School assembly coordinator and Senior Class Dean, brought five students to Greenwich Hospital to meet their hero. Along with bringing good wishes, the boys were delighted to see that the two get-well cards signed earlier by hundreds of Brunswick Upper School students, faculty and staff had heartened Louis. During the boys visit, he shared several stories about his time as a young man and as an Olympian. Louis

    described what it was like on the ship that took him and the other athletes to the Berlin Olympic games, and told the boys his impression of Adolf Hitler. To my fellow Olympians and me, Hitler appeared comical with his silly square moustache, plastered-down hair and jumping around yelling and shaking his fists, Louis said. He also described the reaction of the German people as lukewarm when Hitler entered the stadium, and over-

    whelmingly enthusiastic as Jesse Owens came in. Louis told us that his philosophy on life was to, Stay positive and have a cheerful attitude in all things, Mr. Withstandley said. Just before leaving, he asked Louis one more ques-tion. I wanted to know if he still had the urge to run. He said that he does, all the time. He said that he still runs in his dreams Going as fast as the wind, jumping over streams and logs, and twisting and turning. Louis finds waking up to a different reality is a bit sobering, but Its just something I have to accept with age. For those of us who got to see Louis Zamperini for that brief visit, he added, was an experience we will never forget. j

    front row (left to right): Tommy rosencranz 14; louis Zamperini, an American hero; Jake matthews 12. Back row: Willy fein 13, michael Chronert 12, rick Salame 12.

    He said tHat He stiLL runs in His dreaMs going as fast as tHe wind, juMping over streaMs and Logs, and twisting and turning.

  • 6 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    ast summer, the Brunswick Blue Notes toured and performed throughout England. The group of 23 student musiciansinclud-ing the graduated seniorswas chaperoned by Paul Raaen (Brunswick Upper School Music Director), Andrew Hall (Chair of the Brunswick Arts Department), Beth Raaen, Performing Arts Chair at Greenwich Academy and Theresa Hall. Our nine-day tour included seven scheduled performances in four cities throughout the country.

    While having a great time spread-ing the knowledge of American Jazz to another country, the trip was an opportunity to learn about the British culture, and provided us with invaluable performing experience in front of a variety audiences.

    1 The Blue Notes first stop was London, the groups hub for three days and three nights. While in town, we played a joint-concert at Victoria Embankment Gardens with

    the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, which received great reviews from an enthusiastic audience. While visiting the capital, the Blue Notes had the opportunity to visit several iconic British landmarks: St. Pauls Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Modern art gallery and Madame Tussauds. We also enjoyed a jazz performance at the infamous Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club.

    The Blue Notes By Parker Odrich 13, member of The Blue Notes

    1 2

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    2 & 3 The Blue Notes had two performances in Oxford at St. Michaels Church in Northgate a lunchtime performance as a fundraiser for Japanese Earthquake relief and a separate evening performance the following day. While there, we visited the Bates Instrument Collection and Oxford University.

    4 During our day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeares birthplace, we took a walking tour and saw a Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merchant of Venice.

    5 & 6 We continued our musical tour with a stop in Nottingham where we played another joint-concert with the Nottingham High Schools Jazz Ensemble and the Nottingham Lower School Big Band. One of our best performances was the following evening at Oakham School Theatre. We celebrated with a memorable dinner hosted by Brunswick parent, Sanjeev Mehra (Gabriel 20, Sammy 13, Devin 12, Nikhil 10), at a local restaurant.

    We ended our trip to England with a final stop in the quintessential English town of Guildford where we played a joint-concert with St. Peters School. Following the performance, we donated our drum set and

    3 4



    7WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    amplifiers to the school as a thank-you for their hospitality. Performing with English stu-dents was a highlight of our perfor-mance experience, said Mr. Raaen. The opportunity to maintain a high performance level, travel in a foreign country and enjoy it as a group made the trip unforgettable. Members of the Blue Notes got to know one another much better outside the restrictions of the class-room, said Pierre DelCourt 12. When reflecting on our Blue Notes tour of England, the best takeaway was not a single musical performance or historical landmark, but rather the relationships we built with one another. The band bonded on a personal level, thus making our music even sweeter. j

  • 8 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    Last fall Brunswick announced a new curricular initiative, one consistent with the idea of preparing boys for a lifetime of learning and growth. The Office of Off-Campus Study and Student Exchange will offer to our boys opportunities to study with several high-caliber programs throughout the United States and abroad during the academic year. Implicit in the selection of these offerings will be intense academics consistent with Brunswicks own program. Students will also be exposed to expe-riential education, site-specific study and new understandings of the proverbial classroom. While Brunswick has always supported students own efforts to study off-campus, now we will be better equipped to help both in the selection process of potential programs and in the mapping out of a boys academic course load for when he returns. Students will typically study away during their junior

    year; however, it is also possible that sophomores and Seniors could choose to do so. In the last three years, Brunswick students have studied in Spain, Italy and the Bahamas either for the entire academic year or for a semester. Each boy has come back with stellar reviews and an admirable enthusiasm for his program. We are hopeful that this enthusiasm will soon be shared by more of our students as they consider yearlong opportunities like School Year Abroad in several European and Asian countries, as well as semester schools including, but not limited to, Chewonki Semester School (Maine), The Mountain School (Vermont) and Swiss Semester (Switzerland). Inherent in all of these programs is an emphasis on interdisciplinary study: students will speak Spanish in Costa Rica (CIRENAS) as they learn about environmental stewardship; the Maine Coast will invite literary and artistic inquiry; service opportunities

    New Off-Campus Study& Exchange Program

    By Tucker Hastings, Department Chair for Off-Campus Study and Student Exchange

    The Island School constantly challenged me and gave me a sense of enormous accomplishment. The

    environment was incredibly supportive and motivating; my friends from all over the country were there for me

    around the Harkness table, during the research symposium, the half marathon

    and the 8-day kayak.Teddy Lamont 12, The Island School,

    Eleuthera, Bahamas

    global learning:

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  • 9WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    will abound at The Island School (Bahamas) as students work with local schools, while at the same time they themselves learn about sustainability. Representatives from the afore-mentioned programs, have either been or will be coming soon to Brunswick to meet with interested students and faculty alike. Already directors of CIRENAS in Costa Rica met with me; Steve Weber, chair of the science department; Johnny Montanez, director of community service; and Dana Montanez, co-chair of Brunswick science department, teacher of Science Research, Biology and Genetics. It is also important to bring the world to Brunswick. In past years we have partnered with ASSIST, hosting boys from Germany and Sweden. Recently boys from Australia, France and Canada have also added to the Upper School commu-nity. Fortunate to benefit from an extensive network abroad,

    Brunswick is in the process of establishing exchanges with schools in the U.K. and in Jordan. Kings Academy specifically offers a year of immersion in the Middle East for students of Arabic. The opportunity to send our boys abroad is an exciting one and, at the same time, the opening of our doors to members of peer schools throughout the world will undoubtedly engender a more profound learning of other cultures and world affairs right here in Greenwich. Global citizenry, leadership, environmental stewardship, language learningso many critical themes of well-conceived curriculaare integral to the programs now available to our boys. While leaving Brunswick is invariably hard, it is clear that new, transformative experiences await the bold. j

    My year abroad in Zaragoza, Spain, was without doubt the best year

    of my life. Not only because of the experiences I had each and every

    day, but more importantly because of who I was when I came home.

    Luke Lorentzen 11, SYA Spain

    Being in a foreign culture and speaking the language has helped me to gain a more well-rounded perspective on the world

    and on life that simply would not be possible in America.Chris Barnett 13, SYA Italy

    For additional information about Off-Campus Study and Student Exchange,

    please contact Tucker Hastings, Department Chair for Off-Campus

    Study and Student Exchange at [email protected]

    9WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick


  • 11WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    im Iorillo, a 4th grade teacher, has always dreamed of saving a life. As a child, she fantasized about rescuing her family from tidal waves, poisonous spiders and runaway trains. Fortunately for her family, but unfortunately for her hero status, she had a relatively safe childhood, free of natural disasters. Little did she know that years later as an adult, she would have the opportunity to be someones hero. Mrs. Iorillos journey began in the spring of 1996. She had recently been hired to teach at Brunswick and her excitement was high. In anticipation of starting her new job in September, Mrs. Iorillo and her husband, John, took a walk down Maher Avenue to visit the School. Upon arriving on campus, Mrs. Iorillo found a bone mar-row drive for John Altman 85 who was battling leukemia and in need of a transplant. With hopes that she would be a match, she filled out a questionnaire, someone took a swab of the inside of her cheek to get a DNA sample, and she was on her way.

    Although Mrs. Iorillo was not a match for John Altman, in April 2011, fifteen years after being added to the bone marrow donor registry, she received a call from Be The Match, a nonprofit organization that facilitates mar-row and stem cell donations to patients in need of a trans-plant. To Mrs. Iorillos surprise, she learned that she was a potential match for someone dying of Hodgkins disease. Two months later, after a blood test determined that she was a viable match, Mrs. Iorillo went to New York

    Presbyterian Hospital to donate her stem cells through a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. This is a more com-mon form of stem cell donation than the traditional and more painful marrow transplant. For Mrs. Iorillo, the donation process was seamless. In preparation for the transplant, she received a series of injections over the course of five days that increased the number of blood-forming cells in her body. On the fifth daythe day of her donationshe was hooked up to a machine designed to collect blood through a needle in one arm, collect stem cells and return the filtered blood through her other arm. Before the procedure began, the doctor told me that not only would I have the possibility of saving someone, but the possibility of curing someone, said Mrs. Iorillo. It couldnt have been a more wonderful experience. Being a stem cell donor is a relatively painless way to change someones life. For thousands of patients with life-threatening dis-eases, such as leukemia and lymphoma, a transplant from an unrelated donor is their best or only hope for a cure. These patients depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a matchand a second chance at life. While many patients find the lifesaving match they need each year, more donors are needed to help increase the likelihood that all patients will find a match. During Homecoming weekend in October, Mrs. Iorillo and Brunswick organized a Be The Match registra-tion and screen station in Burke Field House. The table attracted potential donors of all ages and was a terrific way to support and bring awareness to the transplant organization. We signed up 27 alumni, faculty and parents, said Mrs. Iorillo. Registering Headmaster Tom Philip was truly the icing on the cake. Altogether, the success of our drive was another testament to the generos-ity of the Brunswick community. j

    Headmaster Tom Philip registering as a donor at the Be The Match booth at Homecoming in October.

    Be THe MaTcHBy Courtney Kennedy

    and Save a Life

    Kim Iorillo at New York Presbyterian Hospital donating her stem cells via peripheral blood stem cell transplant.

    Before the procedure began,

    the doctor told me that not

    only would I have the possibility

    of saving someone, but the

    possibility of curing someone.


  • 12 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    It was brought to our attention that Brunswick School is a dog-loving community. No dis to the cats, fish, bearded dragon lizards, bunnies, guinea pigs, turtles and other pets amongst us, but in a schoolwide survey from King Street to Maher Avenue, it appears that dogs won out. It is not out-of-the-box to embrace that many of the traits Brunswick faculty and staff bestow upon our boyssuch as devotion, truthfulness, patience, loyalty, leadership and mentorshipis also imparted to their pets (who eagerly await their owners return from school and/or athletics every afternoon). This implicit bond between Bruins faculty and staff and their pooches is exactly what is unleashed each and every day. The following montage is a bone-fied reflection of one of the myriad things that make Brunswick School head-of-the-class in so many ways. Faculty, staff and their dogs. Its a beautiful thing.

    The Faithful Companionship Between People, Their Pooches & Their School

    By Bonni Brodnick

    Brunswick Faculty, Staff & Dogs:

    Sit. Stay. See our photos. Share the love.

    Strider Withstandley in the Adirondacks

  • 13WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    Margot Beattie (Director of Records & Scheduling) and Toby, a 6-month-old Bernese mountain dog.

    Diane Briggs (Director of Donor Relations) and bella, a 6-year-old Yellow lab.

    John Booth (Chairman of the History Department & Upper School History teacher) Here i am with Jackson (brown) and otis (white), who are 7-year-old brothers from the same litter, whom we adopted five years ago. They came from a dog track in florida and are enjoying the good life in greenwich.

    Bonni Brodnick (Director of Communications)

    my beloved Willis, a 14-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi, was a

    dedicated and loyal friend.

    David Bruce(Director of Middle School Admission, Financial Aid & Middle School Math teacher) with Braxton (3) and Wallace, a 13-year-old Shepherd and Terrier mix who was rescued from a kennel in Charlottesville, va.

    Brian Callahan (5th Grade teacher) with Annie (left), a 3-year-old Chocolate labrador and Basset Hound and Chaussettewhose name means sock in frencha 3-year-old combination Black labrador and bassett hound. my dogs, who are the best of friends, were rescued from a high kill shelter in the South where euthanizing is commonplace.

    Mike Deangelo (Director of Safety & Security) with

    sport, a 10-year-old beagle.

    Sue Das (1st Grade teacher):

    solo, is a 3-year-old goldendoodle who shares his

    August 5 birthday with me and rishi, who is in 6th grade. All three

    of us are as stubborn as ever.

    Martha Durkin (Upper School Book Store Manager) and finn, a 2-year-old golden retriever. finn is big brother of Handsome (Steve garnetts dog) and lady (Tom murrays dog).

    Brian (Doc) Freeman (Upper School English & Greek teacher) with his 1-year-old Blue Belton English setter, perikles prince of Tyre. (Titus Andronicus, his 4-year-old half-brother (who is partially in the photo, is also an English setter.)

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    Steve Garnett (Director of Upper School Admission

    & Upper School English teacher) with his 9-month-old golden

    retriever, handsome. What has been particularly wonderful about having Handsome here is

    that kids come down all the time to visit. There are boys (and girls)

    i have gotten to know so much better simply because they want

    to spend time with him.

    Kim Goodman(Upper School Science teacher)

    with Lucy, a 6-year-old golden retriever. lucy is the sweetest

    dog ever but she is constantly stealing food. She is, of course,

    a giants fan.

    Jeff Harris (Director of Athletics & Upper School History teacher) and cooper, a 4-year-old Boynton spaniel.

    Mike Harris (Upper School Math teacher) and britty, a 14-year-old bassett hound. in memory of our beloved hound Brit thanks for always bein there for us thanks for always takin the time to look for me i will always remember you with a tear in my eye and smile in my heart.

    Tucker Hastings (Upper School French teacher,

    Junior Class Dean & Department Chair for Off-Campus Study and

    Student Exchange) and crash, a 3-year-old golden retriever.

    Krista Kern (Middle School Art teacher) and

    daisy, a 3-year-old boxer.

    Amy Kundrat(Director of New Media) charlie (left) and Meg (right) are both retired racing greyhounds adopted from greyhound rescue and rehabilitation.

    Brett Martell (Lower School Science Coordinator)

    Tank is an 8-year-old great Pyrenees Yellow lab mix. We adopted him from Kentucky.

    Ginny Martin (Lower & Middle School nurse)

    Nurse martin with smash, her 3-year-old german Shepherd. Smash has his beloved tennis

    ball in his mouth. He is constantly playing.

    Lorna LaRiviere (Middle School Art teacher) and bailey, her 2-year-old (and very well mannered) beagle/Brittany spaniel.

  • 15WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    Johnny Montanez (Upper School Director of

    Community Service) and (left to right) Jayden (3), ruby (5), Dana Montanez

    (Co-Chair of Brunswick Science Department & Science teacher) and georgia (1) with Nio, a 5-year-

    old german Shepherd.

    Tom Murray (Executive Director of Development) with Troy (3), Jake (5, a Brunswick

    Pre-Kindergartner) and Lady, a 4-month-old golden retriever,

    who is sister of finn (martha durkins dog) and Handsome

    (Steve garnetts dog).

    Sharon Palmer (Assistant to Doug Burdett, College Guidance) and Munchkin, an 8-year-old Shih Tzu.

    Lela Philip (Pre School Art teacher) and Tom Philip (Headmaster) with their two labrador retrievers, Red (left, 2 years old) and Jack (right, 6 years old). in the middle is beau, a 14-week-old Cavalier King Charles. (Note: Jack is reds uncle.)

    Lisa Schultz (Administrative Assistant, Upper School Admission) with bess, a

    4-year-old Yellow lab who is a guiding Eyes for the Blind release

    dog. in front are (left to right): beatrice, an 8-year-old Black

    lab, who is also a guiding Eyes release dog and bridget, an 11-year-old Chocolate lab.

    Sonia Schott (Middle School Science teacher) and

    Zulu, an 8-year-old Black lab. He is the worst watchdog, but

    he makes up for it as the best ball catcher and frisbee player ever!

    Deb Schwartz (Pre-Kindergarten teacher) with Charlie (4), Jackson (7, a Brunswick 2nd grader), Sam (9, a Brunswick 4th grader) and lily (19 months) and Maggie in the middle. maggie is a 12-year-old lab mix. She loves to play ball, swim in the racquette river in Tupper lake, but most of all she adores kids.

    Robert Taylor (Upper School History teacher) is the proud owner of carolina, a 2-year-old Portuguese Water dog.

    Paul Withstandley (Upper School Dean of Senior Class & Spanish teacher) and

    strider, a 13-month-old rhodesian ridgeback. j

    Steve Weber (Co-Chair of Brunswick Science

    Department & Science teacher) and Einstein, a 4-year-old

    Yorkshire Terrier.

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    Students got a taste of the Mediterranean and authentic Italian culture without ever leaving the classroom. As part of a language immersion exercise, Sarah Crawford (Upper School Italian teacher) and her Italian II honors class made tiramisu, one of Italys most famous desserts and proudest culinary traditions. During the first of four lessons, students were handed an Italian vocabulary list and asked to watch an Italian cooking show clip, without subtitles. The purpose of the assignment was to translate the vocabulary words by listening to and watching the actions of the native speaker in the video. After

    completing the vocabulary lesson, they previewed what they would be doing later in the class: making their own tiramisu. At Brunswick, we empha-size language acquisition through immersion and activities such as cooking, said Ms. Crawford. Cooking is not only an impor-tant component of Italian culture but also a great way to learn new vocabulary and grammar. During this hands-on Italian lesson, the students used a variety of utensils and ingredients to make their tiramisu, thus furthering their knowl-edge of Italian words and conversa-tion. In the third lesson, students read

    a series of cooking instructions and were asked to put them in order based on their previous cooking exercise. And lastly, the boys wrote the actual recipe in Italian. The Foreign Language Immersion Program (FLIP) enhances the Upper School Modern Language curriculum, which includes Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish. FLIP offers study abroad opportuni-ties to every Upper School student, regardless of financial need, so that they can practice their language skills, live with host families and further their understanding of the world. Courtney Kennedy

    Scott deAngelo 14 mixing tiramisu batter during an italian class immersion exercise.

    matias gonzalez-Bunster 12 and Stephen Seegar 14 in the tiramisu assembly line.

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    ANNuAL 5Th GRAdE spELLING bEE Is A b-L-A-s-T

    Can you spell ffffffun? The 5th graders were in fine fettle at the annual Spelling Bee that was as highfly-ing and intense

    as any athletic competition tourna-ment, meet, match, or game. Kudos to Alexander Constantine, Middle and Upper School Choral Director, for coordinating the annual event. And a round of applause to Carter Hempleman 02,

    Middle School intern, who hosted the Bee in Camuto Auditorium and challenged the boys with harder and harder words. Altitude, he stated as one of the first words in the competition. Can you please repeat the word? asked one of the contestants. Altitude, Mr. Hempleman repeated slowly. Can you please use it in a sentence? Altitude is a noun meaning the height above sea level or the earths surface.

    As misspellers were eliminated, tension mounted and there was one more empty seat onstage. Things began to really thin as the words got into N and beyond. The winning word? P-E-D-A-G-O-G-I-S-T. A round of applause to Christian Hartch 19, this years crowned champion of the Brunswick School 201112 Spelling Bee and drum roll, please the first 5th grader to win in recent memory. Bonni Brodnick


    Last October, the 4th grade went on an overnight field trip to Plymouth, Mass. For this annual Brunswick Lower School tradition, students take on the identities of colonial tradesmensilversmiths, black-smiths, gunsmiths, wig makers, hat makers, glass blowers, weavers, candle makers, peddlers, potters, sail makers, bakers, metal cutters, tanners, printers, coopers and teach-ersliving in Hingham, Mass. in 1764 . Since we learned a lot about American history while preparing for this, we were excited about our trip to historic Plymouth. The buses left Brunswick at 7 a.m. filled with my classmates, teach-ers and a few class dads who volun-teered as chaperones. When we arrived in Plymouth, we went straight to the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the original Mayflower that the Pilgrims sailed in 1620. Walking around the ship was interesting and I was surprised

    by how small the cabins were. Even the captains cabin was tiny. After touring the ship, we walked down the hill to view Plymouth Rock. Most people assume that the Pilgrims stepped right off the Mayflower onto the rock, but the rock just represents their arrival in the New World. Our next stop was a museum called Plimoth Plantation. (Did you know that when the Pilgrims first arrived in America they spelled Plymouth with an i and no u?) Before exploring the museum, we watched a movie about the origins of Plymouth. We learned that when the Pilgrims came to America they built a Colonial village and that there was a tribe of Indians called the Wampanoag. We later visited the original Wampanoag village where there were huts and people dressed as Indians. Down a second path we found our-selves in a Colonial village where we saw more huts and little houses.

    It was getting late so we boarded the bus back to the John Carver Inn, where we were staying overnight. At dinner, my classmates and I sat at huge tables with ten seats. We had a great time and the food at the hotel was excellent. Since it was too rainy and cold outside, our spooky lantern tour took place inside the hotel. We also listened to ghost stories in a dark room where the only light was the flame emitted from a lantern. The next morning we took another tour of Plimoth Plantation before boarding the buses to go home. As we pulled away, I couldnt help think that this was the best field trip I had ever been on. Ty Pastore 20

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    A MINdsToRM of LEGoRoboTIcs

    At the beginning of LegoRobotics Club in September, Drew Dawson, Brunswicks robotics teacher, handed out boxes of wheels and parts to the 4th graders signed up for the techno-task in this after-school program. It was up to them to use their ingenuity to make sense of it all and invent their own unique LegoRobotic. After eight weeks, and lots of resourcefulness, the boys applied The Method of Line-Following that uses light and dark values to navigate a course. Cheering around a white table with a black-tape path, the inventors watched rounds of Bot Battle to see which invention could make it to the finish line without getting knocked over. In another challenge called Drag Race, bots raced to get to the

    finish line but had to be careful not to go too fast and fall off the table. Typically, students receive a challenge from me and, after an ini-tial run, have time to make changes to their robot and edits to their program, said Mr. Dawson. The boys charge for this was to program a light sensor to read light and dark values so that the robot could follow a line all around the course. The fun thing about LegoRobotics is that you get to pro-gram your own computer and you dont have to listen to what anyone says, said Andrew Casturo-Burnette. The robots can literally do anything we ask them to do. (I know, I know readers are wondering whether this is a chip that can be placed in children, right? Or

    dogs? Bring it up with our young inventors. A few years from now we wont be surprised if one of our own LegoRoboticators invents the first-ever obedience chip.) I love the LegoRobotics pro-gram, building with electric Legos and having them come to life, added Peter Sheldon. The boys have to walk a fine line between programming/designing something cool, and programming/designing something functional, said Mr. Dawson. This group has done a fantastic job at incorporating both the aesthetic and intelligent. Theyve created robots that ably perform difficult tasks, while still looking pretty fantastic. I couldnt be prouder of the boys development in robotics. Bonni Brodnick

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    Brunswick Middle and Lower School boys went on an armchair trip around the world when adven-ture writer and photographer, Peter Lourie presented an action-packed assembly at King Street. Mr. Lourie, who has written 25 books about his global adventures, inspired the boys with firsthand experiences that were full of stuff kids adore: adventure, danger, monkeys, manatees and, most of all, buried treasures. There is adventure in your own backyard, Mr. Lourie said. You just have to go out and find it. Mr. Lourie has explored the Amazon jungle and the moun-tains of Ecuador; journeyed on the Mississippi, the Rio Grande and the Yukon; navigated the Everglades and the Erie Canal; and traced the trails of Lewis and Clark. On the day of his visit to Brunswick he spoke about being the first in history to canoe 315-miles down New York states Hudson Riverfrom its highest pond source at Lake Tear of the Clouds to its mouth at Manhattans southern tip.

    The message laced throughout Mr. Louries presentation wasnt the adventures hes taken, but the stories he captures and writes while traveling. You have to smell, see and experience a place in order to write about it, said the rugged adventurer. He also emphasized, its not only OK to write about your feelings, but that emotion is absolutely essential to good writing. Mr. Lourie was a dynamic presenter and our Lower School boys loved his visit, said Katie Signer, Head of Lower School. Through storytelling and great photographs, they were introduced to the magic of adventure and writing. Whether canoeing, hiking, scuba diving or searching for hidden treasure, Mr. Lourie mod-eled the importance of curiosity and wonder. Courtney Kennedy

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    3rd graders with adventure writer/photographer Peter lourie. left to right:

    Sam Eichmann, Keegan gilsenan, Peter lourie, Hugo Nutting,

    victor ferraro and Ahmad Al-maqtari.

    shANE KIRsch & ThE fuZZy fLoW spIN ouT Lion in the Cut

    Theres plenty to groove on with Shane Kirschs new and second CD, Lion in the Cut. The Upper School instrumental teacher is a multi-instrumentalist sensation who bangs it out with sax, flute and keyboard playing, as well as drum program-ming and vocals. This is the record Ive wanted to do for a while, said Mr. Kirsch. He felt lucky to reconnect with an old friend, who has worked with many artists including Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews and The Roots. The CD also features some of the Hudson Valleys most talented musicians on bass, keys, guitar and trombone who completely sizzle on the all-original jazz-infused tunes. Lion in the Cut produced by Craved Artist Records hits upon a range of stylesfrom sticky funk, to electronica, to Afro-jazz and hip-hop. Turn up the volume and check it out at thefuzzyflow.com. Bonni Brodnick

  • 20 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    A MusIc REvIEW of MR. uRboNs NEW cd: MLodie: Jazz ManouChe [+] More

    The talented Larry Urbon, 7th grade life science teacher and Middle School science coordinator, has a new CD that was released during the holiday season. Through an exclusive inter-view, I found out more about his latest musical masterpiece:

    Along with having a rich history at Brunswick Middle School, Larry Urbon is head of a vocalist-guitar group known as Caf Musette. The group, which performs gypsy jazz every Wednesday at Lucs Cafe in Ridgefield, Conn., has been playing in the Westchester/Connecticut region

    for the past 25 years. In addition to singing classic French tunes and con-temporary jazzy songs, Caf Musette plays traditional Romani Mlodies from Eastern Europe, plus flamenco, tango and American jazz and pop standards that, according to his website (cafe-music.com), were part of the repertoire of the Hot Club of France back in the 1930s and 40s. Mlodie, Mr. Urbons second CD, features 16 songs that are a mix of Spanish, French, English and vocalese, a genre of music in which there are no real words, but only vocal sounds. Of the songs,

    Mr. Urbon enjoys the French songs, specifically a song known as Le Soleil, Ton Visage et La Mer (English translation: The Sun, Your Face and the Sea). He is joined on the album by singer Noreen Mola, a visual artist from Redding. You can hear Mr. Urbon at Lucs, but if you are too busy to swing by on a Wednesday, his songs are posted at cafe-music.com. And if you cant get enough of the lively rhythm of Mr. Urbons music there, Mlodie and his previous albums are just waiting to hop into that CD drive. Keshav Raghavan 17

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    sENT WITh LovE fRoM bRuNsWIcK MoMs

    New alumni from the Class of 2011 were in for a treat when a group of moms and members of the Wick Alumni/Development Office stuffed care packages to freshmen about to dive into their first semester of college exams. Big bubble mailers included a short note, the latest issue of Times of Brunswick, a Wick T-shirt and Bruins Bear magnet, microwaveable popcorn, hot chocolate and other yummy confections all sent with love from Maher Avenue. Bonni Brodnick

    left to right: Class of 2011 moms marilyn Juan, Beba Erichetti, Eileen grasso, Nancy Better, Barbara Buffone, Annesley macfarlane and denise Nowell.

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    cRoss youR Ts ANd doT youR Is: ThE WRITING cENTER Is offIcIALLy opEN!

    The Brunswick Writing Center, piloted by Upper School English Chair Brendan Gilsenan, opened its doors to students in the English office on Pettengill campus in late October. By providing writing support for all students in grades 9 through 12, the Writing Center offers one-on-one consultations, group workshops and faculty-conducted seminars designed to help students improve at all stages of the writing process. Whether they need guidance with an assigned essay, advice on a revision, or even feedback on an out-of-school creative writing project, the objec-tive is to help students identify the weaknesses in their writing, as well as become more confident, sophisti-cated writers. The Writing Center offers each student the opportunity to engage in a conversation about his writing and to gain valuable insight on how to become a more effective editor of his own work, said Mr. Gilsenan. Consultations are led by mem-bers of the Upper School English and History departments who recommend outstanding students from their junior and senior classes to apply for Master Writers positions, a year-long commitment in mentor-ing. Master Writers (or Writing Fellows) on this years roster include Christopher Brown 13, Willy Fein 13, Peter Geithner 12, Carter Johnson 12, Jake Matthews 12, Matthew Podlesak 13 and James Whittemore 13. Having been selected to men-tor in the Writing Center is a huge honor, James said. Students who

    might be reluctant to go to their teachers if they have a problem with their writing, might be more comfortable choosing one of their peers instead. We are excited about the opportunity to provide the boys another resource to help them

    improve their writing, Mr. Gilsenan continued. Providing a space for the Writing Center also gives a chance for students and teachers who are interested in writing to work together to provide an academic service to the community. Courtney Kennedy

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    A group of 11th grade master Writers gathered in the Writing Center: (left to right) matthew Podlesak, James Whittemore, Christopher Brown, Willy fein.

    grant macfaddin, a 9th grader (left) having a one-on-one writing consultation with 11th grade master Writer matthew Podlesak.

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    Brunswick 5th graders listened closely as the wolves howled back at their calls when they visited the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. In addition to learning more about how to protect the species, we learned many interesting facts: Did you know that when a wolf pup is born, its eyes are blue? That the closest relative to the wolf is the dachshund? That wolves need a lot of space for themselves as in 100 miles? That they can travel long distances in short times as in 40 miles in one day? For a while during the 20th century, wolves throughout North America were hunted, trapped and

    killed. Few remained in the lower 48 states. This was detrimental to our environment because the species plays an important role in our eco-system. Wolves limit the population of ungulates so that the plants they eat can reproduce. They also kill the sick so that the rest of the ungulate population can stay healthy. Thankfully, we have been reintroducing wolves all over the country. The red wolf has been brought back to North Carolina. In the 1990s, wolves were rein-troduced into Yellowstone Park, which has created a positive effect on the area. We have also brought back the Mexican gray wolf into its native area.

    All four 5th grade advisories had a great time on the trip to WCC and hope to go back in the near future to learn more about wolves, what their job is in the eco-system and how we can continue to protect this important species in the Northeast. Jonathan Weiner 19

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    When the Pre-Kindergarten boys come into the library for stories and rhymes, they take a seat upon one of the colorful animal figures woven into the rug. After Marianne McShane, Pre-K and Middle School librarian, reads them a story, some-thing magical happens. Its almost celestial, in fact. As a native of Northern Irelands County Down, shes been doing Irish dancing since she was 5 years old, and has forever been enchanted by the harp. Ive always wanted to intro-duce music and singing into library time, Ms. McShane said. She decided to follow her lifelong passion and began learning to play the Irish harp from a local teacher. In ancient Ireland, storytellers were harpers, she continued. The difference between a harpist and a harper is that harps are what you see in orchestras. A harper plays a small folk harp which has no levers or pedals. With a schedule that brings Ms. McShane from Pre-K on Maple Avenue to Middle School on King Street, she definitely needs to travel light. Enter the harpsico. The 26-string instrument has three-and-a-half octaves, weighs four pounds, comes in a rainbow of colors and is easy to carry. Its the perfect instrument for accompanying nursery rhymes, she said. After reading to the boys, they

    look forward to my playing. I never imagined, though, that it would inspire them to dance! It just started emanating from them. On a recent morning, Ms. McShane read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. As she put the book down and picked up the harpsico, several of the students took to the center of the circle to dance. I love music and dancing, said Jack Chioffi 25, a member of the class who can do a magnificent arabesque with the best of them. I

    love the rhythm of the harp, too. It makes me feel like I just want to get up and dance. Shai Niv, his classmate, joined him in the center of the rug. My big sister used to go to bal-let class, so whenever I hear the harp I feel like dancing, he added. As the boys twirled before her, Ms. McShane whispered, Wouldnt life be wonderful if every day included being read to and dancing to the harp? Bonni Brodnick

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    A dAy IN ThE LIfE of A bRuNsWIcK boy: sNoW dAy!

    Matthew LaVersa, a Brunswick 7th grader, is a contributor to the Greenwich Cartooning Chronicles. In September 2011, he was recognized by Greenwich Citizen as Cartoonist of the Week.

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    Michael Allwood, Chair of the Mathematics Department and Upper School Math teacher, has all the answers. After 13 months of writing, he has completed a new solutions manual to the problems in the text-book, Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis by Peck, Olsen and Devore. The book is used by a large number of high schools and colleges across the country, including Brunswick. It was a lot of work, quite a slog, but well worth the trouble, said Mr. Allwood. I calculated that I had to do 25 solutions per week in order to get the work completed in the time given to me by the publishers. This was fine for the first few chapters, but in the latter part of the book the questions get very long indeed, with multiple parts, loads of graphs and long and involved calculations. Somehow I managed to get through it and now this solutions manual is proving to be a valuable resource in my AP Statistics class. Bonni Brodnick

    MR. cosbys poRTRAIT

    Mr. Cosbys portrait beams.The burnished face shines at brow and chin, laugh lines at eyes, an upturned sail of teeth.He recognizes you as you pass by from lunch;hes perched under Upper School stairs.Painted in a morning yellow gym,the blurred lines of hard equipment his background, hes grounded, gold-framed, a greeter,a familiar face on the wall who manages to walk along with you.Jeanne DeLarm-Neri, Accounting Specialist, Business Office

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    all photos by dan burns (unless otherwise noted)


    The 2011 version of Brunswick water polo featured a revamped offense full of freshmen and sophomores. After losing five starters who accounted for over 80 percent of our offense in the 2010 season, we were concerned about who on the 2011 squad would score our goals. Fortunately, the combination of strong leadership from our Co-Captains Sperry Edwards 12 and David Fitzpatrick 12 and gritty play from our younger players filled the vacuum on our way to an 89 record. The boys swam hard and steadily made progress as we have begun to earn the respect of the more estab-lished programs in the New England Prep School League. Highlights of the season include an early win over Williston Northampton, a comeback victory over Trinity, a Homecoming win over Loomis, a last second win over Staples to finish the season, as well as close games with New England rivals Andover, Hotchkiss and Suffield. 2011 Brunswick water polo received standout performances from a number of people beginning with Edwards, Hole-D Connor Kupersmith 13, Hole Set Matt Marvin 15 and Goalie Sander Profaci 13. Scoring goals and contributing to our optimistic view of the future were Emmet McElwreath 14, Joe Caruso 13, Holden Fett 13, Grant Pierce 15, Alex Prout 15, Julian Ronda 15, Craig Ruzika 12, Pat Stefanou 16 and Tommy Tranfo 14. At our end-of-season team banquet, Edwards, Fitzpatrick, Kupersmith and Profaci were hon-ored with Coaches Awards for their significant contributions to Brunswick water polo. Additionally, Kupersmith and Profaci garnered All-New England status, and USA Water Polo named Profaci as an Academic All-America. As our freshman and sophomore players mature, and our Middle School boys who are in the pipe-lines grow, we are confident that our young program will continue to develop, and we will soon contend for a New England title. Coaches Eric Tillman, Ulmis Iordache and Bill Smith want to thank everyone involved in our success. Without parent support, we would not be the team that we are, or will be.

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    Fall Crew had a highly successful 2011 campaign. This extremely cohesive team focused on technical development along with gains in strength and fitness, which led them to impressive race results. A record-high 41 boys took to the Mianus River in Cos Cob on a daily basis, working hard to prepare for the fall circuit of longer head-style races. Senior Captains Graham Miller 12, Caleb Moran 12 and Jack Williams 12, each four-year members of the rowing team, provided experienced leadership. The highlight of the season is always the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Coach Joe Falcos Varsity Eight (Tobin Saer 13, Matt Podlesak 13, Michael Chronert 12, Max Heiden 12, Miller, Williams, Peter Rogan 13, Rex Johnson 12 and Corey Juan 12) had a strong showing, finishing 20th in the field of 75 crews. The duo of Mac Singer 12 and Jack Costello 12 took 36th place in the doubles race. The squad also raced at five other large regattas: the Head of the Housatonic, Head of the Connecticut, Head of the Riverfront, Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta and the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta. Brunswick boats came home with medals from each of these five events, hauling in an impressive total of nine gold, one silver and four bronze medals in various boat categories.




    When talking about life lessons learned on the football field, it is definitely a theory that holds true for our season this year. If something could have gone wrong to set our team back week by week, it surely did happen. Yet, there is always a silver lining behind every struggle. Adversity is always unavoidable: it will happen, but it will always define ones character. The Bruins football season was nothing short of adversity. We came into it expecting to have a chance to win our conference. We were confident and it showed from day one. As a result of injuries and playing inex-perienced players from the start, we failed to win many games, but certainly improved as the season progressed. The last two games of the season provided much excite-ment as we beat an old rival Hopkins by a large margin, proving that we didnt belong in our old league. We hung in there during a close battle with Trinity-Pawling in the last game of the season proving that we can play in the new league. The Bruins ended the season feeling positive about our future and confident that next years team will be successful. The leadership from Seniors Captain Donqutae Robinson, Captain Dylan Troy, Joe Beninati, Eddie DeDomenico, Will Hayden, Brandon Muto, Nile Rabb, Brian Schutzman, Bradley Seaton and Jack Voigt was outstanding. We look forward to the new leadership in rising Seniors Addison Pierce, Willy Rosato and Dylan Wadsworth to hopefully lead us to a New England Championship in 2012. Go Wick!

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    The reward for the Brunswick cross country team, following back-to-back New England Division II titles in 2009 and 2010, was a promotion to Division I status beginning in 2011. With so much talent lost to our 2011 graduation class, the task was expected to be a daunting one. Though reality would prove different. The harriers would take to the new trails and new lockers with more promise than expectation. The season began as a question mark, without a clear hierarchy of running tal-ent, but quickly took the shape as an exclamation point. The character of this team was forged somewhere between the mountain lion sighting, the hurricane warning of early September, and the blizzard of late October, and its success would be no less surprising. Senior Captains Peter Geithner, Jake Matthews and Will Peisch, joined by fellow Seniors Brendan Bozorgmir, Andrew Camel, Matthew Cassoli, Alex Drakos, Teddy Lamont, Devin Mehra, Charlie Miller, Robbie Rovelli, Jack Schneider, Kip Werner and Ben Young found company in the youth movement of sophomore Kyle Chen and a freshmen class which is not only our largest class, but also a valuable one, earning the moniker of fast and furious. The regular season included only two losses to GFA en route to a record of 182 and a postseason FAA league tournament title, the first since 2005. Geithner led the Bruins to the league title, setting a new school record for 5K in the process, while the entire lineup earned All-League or Honorable Mention status. The trip to Andover for the Division I New England race and Brunswicks first appearance in this competitive venue began with much optimism, and the team did not disappoint, earning a respectable 8th place along with recognition within the running community. Indeed, the story of that dayand possibly the seasonwas Geithners unexpected dominance in the field, which would serve as a microcosm of this campaign. Geithner placed himself within the trio who broke from the pack at the start. He made his move halfway through the race at the top of the downhill, opened a small gap by the 2-mile mark, and then owned the hill to put a 13-second lead on the field en route to victory, breaking his own school record with a time of 15:58. Teammate Christian Tanner 15 finished 20th to achieve All-New England honors. Significant personal best times were garnered by fellow freshmen Will Berczuk 15 and Parker Stitzer 15. The Bruins Peisch, Chen and Matthews completed the lineup and proved Brunswick cross country belongs at this level. Assistant Coach Dwight Jackson was a great help throughout the season. Any and all who agree that hard work alone can be the single best determiner of achievement would also admit that the Brunswick 2011 XC season was not so surprising after all.

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    pETER GEIThNER 12 LEAds ThE pAcKCross Country Senior Captain Peter Geithner captured both the FAA indi-vidual title and the coveted New England Division I title dur-ing the 2011 Cross-Country season. In the New England race at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Mass., Geithner won the 3.1-mile race in Brunswick record time of 15:58, topping his previous record of 15:59.6, set just one week before at the FAA meet.


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    With Head Coach Power Fraser and Assistant Coach Tucker Hastings at the helm, the 2011 Brunswick varsity soccer seasons eight victories is the highest win total since the pro-grams move to Class A. While we missed a return trip to the NEPSAC Class A tournament by the slimmest of margins, wins over powerhouse Kent and #1 Hotchkiss were outstanding and clear evidence that the level of play on the field was as good as that of any Brunswick team. The annual preseason trip to Camp Lenox in August helped form the cohesive unit that would be tested immediately by the most challenging of schedules. Brunswicks early win against Deerfield and soon thereafter ones against Gunnery, Kent and Trinity-Pawling, indicated that the team was primed for success. Even though the near misses against Choate and Avon proved vexing, they were well played nonetheless. The final third of the season was the most successful: the team finished on a streak of 301, tying Worcester while beating Hopkins and Westminster. Arguably one of the finest performances in any sport recently at Brunswick, the 21 vic-tory versus aforementioned New England titan Hotchkiss will not soon be forgotten. Finishing under the lights on a dark November afternoon, we scored a goal with 18 seconds to play in front of an enthralled crowd. Captains Cooper Briggs 12 and Patrick Figgie 12 showed each and every day what it meant both to work towards an objec-tive and how to achieve it. Each was named WNEPSSA All-Star for their stellar play. Twelve Seniors were the core of this team: Goaltender Curt Townshend inspired confidence in his team-mates; Luis Cobb and Michael McQuiston provided tough-ness and high-paced north-south play in the outside midfield; Jay Wong started at striker for the entire year and scored key goals down the stretch as did offensive wizard, Manuel Jurado; Nick Bartlett and Luke Esposito, a longtime duo in the central midfield, attacked and defended at the highest of levels; Charlie Castine and Brad Hanson were rarely beaten on the outside and provided a dangerous element to the attack in the final third. With an inspired start to the season, and with great competition at the end, there was much to be impressed by with this years squad. With veteran talent provided by the Seniors and immense contributions by the likes of junior Peter Khoury and sopho-mores Frankie Agrest and Harry Heffernan, the years side from Brunswick was com-mitted to playing for 90 minutes every Wednesday and Saturday.

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    fAll 2011 ALL-LEAGuE & spEcIAL REcoGNITIoN AWARds

    CrOSS COuNTrYAll New England ................................................... Peter Geithner 12, Christian Tanner 15FAA All-League Selections ..................................... Peter Geithner 12, Parker Stitzer 15, Christian Tanner 15FAA Honorable Mention ...................................... Will Berczuk 15, Kyle Chen 14, Jake Matthews 12, Will Peisch 12MVP Winner ........................................................ Peter Geithner 12Most Improved...................................................... Will Berczuk 15, Kyle Chen 14Sportsmanship Award ............................................ Chase Stitzer 15Rookie of the Year Award ...................................... Christian Tanner 15Senior Citizens Awards .......................................... Matthew Cassoli 12, Devin Mehra 12Coaches Award ...................................................... Jake Matthews 12, Parker Stitzer 15

    fOOTBAllAll New England ................................................... Donqutae Robinson 12Erikson All-League ................................................ Donqutae Robinson 12, Bradley Seaton 12 Norm Pedersen Award (MVP) ............................... Donqutae Robinson 12Joe Reimer Special Teams Award ........................... Jack Voigt 12Bruin of the Year ................................................... Addison Pierce 12Best Senior Lineman ............................................ Bradley Seaton 12Most Improved Players .......................................... Brandon Muto 12, Willie Rosato 13Rookie of the Year ................................................. Henry Taylor 14Comeback Player of the Year ................................. Joe Beninati 12

    SOCCErWNEPSSA Select Team ........................................ Patrick Figgie 12WNEPSSA Honorable Mention ........................... Cooper Briggs 12CSCA All State Team ............................................ Patrick Figgie 12James Brown Award .............................................. Patrick Figgie 12Coaches Awards .................................................... Frankie Agrest 14, Nick Bartlett 12, Cooper Briggs 12, Peter Khoury 13Three Year Varsity Lettermen ................................ Nick Bartlett 12, Cooper Briggs 12, Luke Esposito 12, Patrick Figgie 12, Brad Hanson 12, Jay Wong 12

    WATEr POlOCoaches Awards .................................................... Sperry Edwards 12, David Fitzpatrick 12, Connor Kupersmith 13, Sander Profaci 13

  • WElCOmE TO Our BlOgOSPHErEBrunswicks blogs are a great way to share news, promote events and foster engagement across Schools divisions. With eight Wick blogs and counting, they are becoming an increasingly effective and interactive way for students and faculty to communicate within and beyond our community. Independent school resource Edublog captures the growing popularity of blogs among independent schools, stating, Blogs strike the perfect balance of providing information anytime and anywhere, social networking and interaction, and the ability to openly share thoughts and achievements. Each Brunswick blog begins as a topic that a student or faculty member is passionate about sharing with the community, or an idea that a webpage simply cant contain. For example, last fall I began fielding requests from each library division to share their various news and events. It became clear by the volume of responses that a webpage or a regular mass email couldnt begin to meet this need. New books in the library, author events and photos have culminated in WickReads.BrunswickSchool.org, a dynamic home for happenings in Brunswicks librar-ies that students and faculty members from the Lower, Middle and Upper School update. Each blog is maintained in tandem with a faculty and/or student lead, and with me as a technical support as well as a bit of a wrangler. With varying degrees of techni-cal know-how, we work together to design and launch the blog and then craft an editorial voice for the content. Blogs are most effective when updated frequently, which is why we not only try to share news, but aim to do so as often as possible. Each blog has comment moderation, meaning that comments by an outside reader are sent to a queue where they are approved before being published. To follow our blogs, please go to our website: BrunswickSchool.org. Hit the About Brunswick tab on the left of the homepage, and go to the Blogs/Connect tab. Welcome to Brunswicks blogosphere!

    Our Brunswick blogs, to date, include the folowing:

    Alumni.BrunswickSchool.orgClass notes, alumni features and current Brunswick news aimed at our active alumni spanning the decades.

    Chronicle.BrunswickSchool.orgThe Chronicle stu-dents staff at the Upper School features information on campus news, sports and related activities.

    Community.BrunswickSchool.orgCommunity ser-vice news, events and opportunities across each division.

    Crew.BrunswickSchool.orgInterested in checking out the crew results from last weeks regatta? The crew coaches maintain this blog that shares race results, student news and photos during both the fall and spring seasons.

    Headmaster.BrunswickSchool.orgFrom the desk of Headmaster Thomas Philip, this blog captures the perspective of the Headmaster through the lens of his monthly newsletter to students and parents.

    VisualArts.BrunswickSchool.orgAn online portfolio of AP visual arts students at the Upper School.

    WaterPolo.BrunswickSchool.orgDedicated to the sport of water polo, the coach maintains the blog during the sports fall season by sharing scores, photos and team news.

    WickReads.BrunswickSchool.orgLibrary news and events, summer reading lists, book reviews, recommended books and more from the librarians and Middle School students at Brunswick.

    Have an idea for a blog or a suggestion for a Brunswick topic or sport youd like to hear more about?

    Email me at [email protected]

    BruNSWiCK 2.0 By Amy Kundrat, Director of New Media

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  • AlumniBrunswick

    THE 2011 ANNuAl AluMNI THANkSgIVINg SkATE & SquASHWith many in town for Thanksgiving weekend, the annual Alumni Skate & Squash always attracts hockey and squash players from all classes. This year, there were 26 alumni hockey players competing in an intense game split evenly between the Gold and the Black teams. With 4 minutes left to play in the game, the score was a close 54. To shake it up, the Gold team broke it open, and the game ended with them winning 74. On the squash courts, 20 players (com-prised of both alumni and Wick Varsity A & B players) teamed up. Many have con-tinued their court conquests and play on college teams at Yale, UPenn, Middlebury, Princeton, Trinity, Cornell and UNC.

  • BRuNSWICk AluMNI HOlIDAy PARTy IN NyCOn a clear early December evening, things got a little nauti-and-nice at the 3rd Annual New York Alumni Holiday Gathering at the New York Yacht Club. Amidst the hulls, masts and models, Brunswick and GA alums gathered to celebrate the season with Headmaster Tom Philip, GA Head of School Molly King, friends and faculty. Its great to see Brunswick and GA alums coming together for this festive evening, said Mr. Philip. We espe-cially welcome Malcolm Pray from the Class of 46. Alex Smith 60 came all the way from Mexico and enjoyed meeting up with Robert Steinberg 60, lifelong friend and busi-ness partner. Recent attendees of their 50th reunion, Robert mentioned, I felt like I got to know old friends even better than when we went to school together. Our graduating class of 1960 had 36 students, he con-tinued. Tuition was about $900 and I remember everyone at the School being so caringfrom teachers to the maintenance and dining hall staffs. The Brunswick phrase, With All Thy Getting, Get Understanding, had great impact on me, he continued. Besides academics, the School taught me about loyalty and camaraderie. The School created an incredibly supportive and protective environment. When I saw my friends at the last reunion, we still felt close after 50 years. Joe Bruno 87, who drove in from Foxboro, Mass., for the yuletide event, was also happy to recall Brunswick past. The camaraderie at Wick, on the sports side, was great. The education was amazing. I wrote my Boston College essay on bettering myself and the importance of education, he said. Brunswick instilled in me both the desire to learn and the love of learning. The alumni holiday party is great opportunity to reconnect with people I havent seen in a long time, added John Duffy 01. And its always fun to hear some of the teachers tell stories that I cant even remember. The evening took on a new dimension as photos were flashed on a large screen and party highlights were tweeted on Twitter (@Brunswick1902 and @BrunswickBruins). As our School continues to find new avenues of com-munication via Times of Brunswick, BrunswickSchool.org, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the U.S. Postal Service you can be assured that Jarrett Shine (Director of Alumni Relations) and Libby Edwards (Alumni & Special Events Coordinator) remain just a phone call away at 203.625.5864.

    B R U N S W I C K A L U M N I

    Photos by Diane Briggs

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    Blue Skies, Sunshine & Lots of ReminiscingHomecoming 2011

    Brunswick Homecoming = rain (generally). For the past seven years, weve experi-enced inclement weather for at least part of the weekend. Last fall, we are happy to report that, by Saturday, the rain cleared and it was blue skies for all festivities. We had 60 degrees at kickoff for the varsity football game on Robert L. Cosby Field. With winds out of the east at 22 mph, gusting up to 40 mph, it was a perfect day for alumni and current students, past and current parents and longtime Brunswick friends to get together to enjoy the company, the view, the food, the fun and the hang time that keeps everyone coming back every fall. It brings back so many good memories to be on campus, said Phaethon Bolton 06, who landed at Wake Forest playing Division I basketball. Its great to see the changes in the last five years. Brunswick keeps getting better and better. The school shaped my life and honestly gave me my foundation, he continued. One of my goals is to use my story of walking onto the Wake Forest basketball team as inspiration for other students who dream of playing at the Div. I level. Chuck Redahan, the Director of King Street Maintenance, and his amazing crew, transformed Burke Field House into a resplen-dent autumnal setting with pumpkins, mums and balloons in our school colors of yellow and

    brown. Bear Fair Co-Chairs Tiffany Burnette and Maine Park coordinated over 200 volun-teers and 232 shifts to bring hours of fun to young Bruins. Current students and children of alumni who had luck on their side with Bingo and Wheel of Fortune took home cool prizes like Rockem Sockem Robots, Twister, Fuzzoodles, Bionicle and Hullaballoo. Other action games at Bear Fair were especially creative this year. Ever Tip-A-Troll? Bash-a-Bully? Toss a pizza like a Frisbee? Players were enthralled when they made a winning pitch that brought them to a colorful prize table to choose ring pops, fake plastic cell phones, x-ray fish and lots of other bells and whistles. Many thanks to the volunteer moms and dads for their patience as children traded in their winning tickets. Much gratitude, too, to Frank Acello (father of Paul 18) for, once again, spinning pink in his usual place. Im the cotton candy man who has tenure, said the 5-year veteran who is a master with candy floss and the centrifugal force. Mr. Acello can spin more than 1,000 cones in one afternoon. Brunswick Food Service Director Herberth Melgar and Executive Chef Billy LeVasseur cooked up an America-themed menu with Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, BBQ chicken, chili, hamburgers and hot dogs. Their team of 22 served more than 3,000 hot dogs, 320 pounds

    By Bonni Brodnick

  • 38 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    of BBQ chicken, 3,000 hamburgers and 15 30-pound cases of French fries. It appears that Bruins also like their hamburgers with onions: more than 50 pounds were sliced and diced. The Brunswick Bookstore table did a swift business with tote bags, fleeces and other branded apparel like shirts, sweatpants and sweatshirts. Its so much fun to see the alums come back and buy things for their children, said Martha Durkin, Upper School Bookstore Manager. Kim Iorillo, 4th grade teacher, organized a registration table and screen station for Be The Match organization. As a bone marrow donor herself, she was eager to share her enthusiasm about how simple it is to not only give hope to a patient with such diseases as leukemia or lym-phoma, but to have the real possibility of curing them. (See feature story on page 10.) During halftime of the football game vs. Berkshire School, we caught up with the 4th grade water boys who were scurrying to refresh their Bruins big brothers. Its really fun to be a water boy because you get high-fives from the team, said James Galef from the sidelines of Robert L. Cosby Field. I signed up to be a water boy, hoped for the best, and got selected, added classmate Zach Russell. When asked what he loves about being

    a Brunswick boy, he was quick to respond, The teachers are great. I just love it here. Along with many special attendees from near and far, we were delighted to see Esm Dick (wife of former Brunswick faculty member, Bill Dick) at Homecoming. Tom Zimmerman 71, who came to celebrate his 40th reunion, wore his one-of-a-kind baseball cap. Every inch is filled with buttons dating from Toms 5th-year reunion. I come back to every single one, he said. I knew Brunswick was a special place when I went here, but being away from it for a few years makes me appreciate it even more, said Zach Hascoe 06. I cant go back to college and hug a teacher like I can here, he continued as he stood with Paul Withstandley, his former Spanish teacher and senior class dean. Its really like family here. David Neff 94 mentioned how his class year always has a great showing at Homecoming. The trick is to always connect alums back to the School, added Jimmy Ritman 94 class agent. Keeping classmates connected and remembering what resonates with thembe it a teacher, a class or a sportis important. Coming back to reminisce with friends is, actually, one of the greatest things about Homecoming. j

    I knew Brunswick was a special place when I went here, but being away from it for a few years makes me appreciate it even more.

    Zach Hascoe 06

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    By Mike Harris, Upper School Math Teacher

    The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award:Power Fraser 74Over its 109-year history, Brunswick has been blessed with many out-

    standing teachers, coaches and athletes, but the number of people who have filled all three of those roles is minuscule. Last years winner of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, Power Fraser 74, has been either a student or faculty member at Brunswick for nearly a third of the schools entire existence. Although the breadth of his tenure is remarkable, Power is deserving of recognition for the myriad outstanding qualities he brings to our school community. As an athlete, Power cut an impressive swath through his school days as he played football, basketball and base-ball. One of the best athletes to ever put on a Brunswick uniform, he has also been a valuable member of the Middle School faculty and has coached three different varsity sports.

    Power was the consummate gentleman athlete, recalled his childhood friend and Brunswick classmate, Gary Oztemel 75. He was also a great athlete always a good sport and a fair competitor. Power was respected and well liked by all of his teammates, coaches, competi-tors and refs. I dont remember him losing his cool, ever. The Frasers were part of the Brunswick fabric dur-ing the 1970s, said Bill Durkin 72, Chairman of the Board. Along with his family being longtime friends of the Frasers, Bill and his brothers were classmates of Power and his brother, Peter 76. The Frasers were dominant on the court and playing fields, Bill continued. Powers dad, Power Sr., served on the Board of Trustees. His mom, Arlene, was a fixture on the sidelines and always ready to lend a hand. Power has enjoyed great success as a coach at Brunswick, both in terms of wins and losses, as well as in the positive relationships he has forged with the countless

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    players he has mentored. Just last fall, Power guided the boys varsity soccer team to its first-ever appearance in the Class A WNEPSSA tournament. More importantly, he consistently, and above all else, models and promotes the values of camaraderie, sportsmanship and fair play. I am a better coach, teacher and human being for hav-ing been Powers colleague, neighbor and friend, said veteran coach and Upper School English teacher Eric Tillman. Colleague and Head of Brunswick Middle School, Sarah Burdett, shared: Power is a dedicated Middle School adviser and teacher. He knows from both instinct and experience as an alumnus, a parent, a teacher, a coach and an adviser how to motivate his advisees to perform their best in the classroom, on the sports field and in their interactions with each other. Power is, and has always been, passionate about guiding our young men to be their best in all areas of Brunswick School life, and we are fortunate for his presence. Power Fraser embodies our School motto, Courage, Honor, Truth. His integrity, humility and loyalty make him a standout individual in all he does. It is with pride that our school recognizes him with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. Congratulations to Power, his wife, Liz, and their two sons, Daniel 11 and Sam 13. j

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    It wouldnt be Homecoming weekend without a little rain. And at times, a lot of it. That was the sitch at The Griff on the morning of the 11th Annual Homecoming Golf Outing. If alums werent dodging fores, they were dodging raindrops. When it looked like the storm had passed, fog rolled over the autumn landscape. A ray of sunshine poked through the knotted sky. And then it rained. Again. Never letting foul weather dampen their spirits, Brunswick alums showed fortitude and prowess as they made their way around the 18-hole course. Before setting off for their first round in seasonally chic pumpkin-orange golf carts, Times of Brunswick caught up with brothers Benerofe (Andy 57 and Mitch 60) who eagerly looked forward to an afternoon of golf. I have very fond memories of Brunswick, Mitch reminisced. He cited the lifelong influ-ence of Charles Sword (his Upper School English

    teacher) and Thomas Shields (assistant headmas-ter and Upper School Math teacher). They were great teachers and mentors. We missed Rick Ford 75 who couldnt make it because of a pending performance in Twelfth Night at Westport Country Play House. At the putting green, we interrupted a backswing to ask his brother, Christopher 81, a party DJ music mixologist, for his expertise on the hottest songs and hugest bands for dancing. Moves Like Jagger, by Maroon 5 and You Make Me Feel by Cobra Starship, he assured us. Katy Perry, Pitbull and Broken Bells also have cool music. But my new favorite band is Robbers On High Street, a power pop band from Brooklyn that sounds like The Jam, Style Council, The Monkees and The Beatles all rolled into one sound. They have a fun, dancey new rock album. Next on the putting green was the unflap-pable Chris Pavelic 78.

    Swing Hard. Take Chances. Stay Dry.Alumni Golf Outing

    By Bonni Brodnick

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    When the grounds are wet, you can go after the putt more because the ball is slowed down, he said. As long as it doesnt rain, its actually a good day for golfing. For Thomas Toepke 99, the golf outing was a breeze compared to the marathon he would have the following day. As a runner in the Avon Walk, he looked forward to a 26.2 full marathon distance on Saturday and a 13.1 half-marathon on Sunday. (See Class Notes, p.53) The Alumni Golf Outing is my mental health day before the marathon, he said. This is my fun day. It was a fashion blast from the past when we noticed that Eric Christianson 77 was sporting his 1st Annual Golf Outing T-shirt from 2001. I love this outing, he said. You get to see all your old friends and have a great time. Thats about all you can ask for, isnt it? As awesome foursomes made their way around the course, we heard approaching music. Was it thunder? Could the Greenwich Mountain Lion be lurking? No. It was Chris Day 81 with a mini-iPod rocking in his pocket. Weve got a little country music going on here, he said. Its music to golf by. I call it the

    Life Mix. Theres fast, slow, valleys and peaks. Just like life. Back in the clubhouse, the room was filled with camaraderie, laughter and soggy golfers. Their collective mantra for the day was Swing Hard. Take Chances. Stay Dry. I appreciate you all being here, and I know the School does as well, said Gary Oztemel 75, the brainchild behind initiating the golf out-ing eleven years ago. Many thanks, also, to Joe Felder (golf pro at The Griff ) and the Brunswick Alumni/Development Office for coordinating and hosting the event. The School is doing a lot to get great teachers and its the boys who benefit. Brunswick has really earned our support, he continued. Bill Durkin 72, Chairman of the Board, thanked everyone for returning to Wick for Homecoming. He also acknowledged the 50-year spread of alums on the coursefrom Andy Benerofe 57 to Chris Harris 07. The Alumni Office is ahead of the game by already air mailing a request for a sunny day at next years golf outing. Date forthcoming. Keep umbrella handy. (Just in case.) j

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    The 2nd Annual Alumni Association Party, held on the Friday of Homecoming weekend, was well attended by alums coming from as far as Las Vegas to see old friends and familiar faces. In Headmaster Tom Philips wel-come address to those assembled in the Upper School glass atrium, he noted how 6 percent of our full-time faculty, and 3