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The October issue of St. Paul Academy's The Rubicon

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    r ubiconSt. Paul Academy & Summit School1712 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN

    October 2011. Vol XXXIX. Issue I.

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    In this issue...

    Ever WonderedWhy?


    2Spanish ExchangeNews14New Gallery ArtistA&E SportsSPA vs Blake Game

  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School

    NewsOctober 2011. Vol XXXIX. Issue I.


    Things look a little different on the fourth floor this fall. The College Counseling department recently welcomed Elizabeth Pabst (01) to its staff.

    Pabst first got involved in col-lege admissions as a student tour guide at Boston College.

    I loved sharing my excite-ment about my college experi-ence with prospective students and their parents, Pabst said.

    Pabst pursued her interest by working in admissions at Har-vard University and Boston Uni-versity. Both positions were im-mensely helpful in learning about the college application process, the world of admissions, and the incredibly diverse populations of students applying to college, Pabst said.

    Pabst will be working with students in the class of 2013. In order to enable more individual work with students, the juniors were divided evenly among the three college counselors.

    Even though Im not as-signed to seniors this year, I hope they know that my door is always open! Ive already had lots of se-niors ask me for help with their

    essays [and] practice with inter-viewing. Pabst said.

    As an alum, Pabst is well aware of the challenges students face when transitioning from high school to college. The most difficult thing about the process is different for every student, Pabst said.

    With every application comes a lot of introspection. Pabst ex-plains: Some students feel like their grades and test scores dont do them justice as an applicant. Some students fall in love with one specific college, and then they have a difficult time getting excited about any other institu-tion. Pabst hopes to lower the stress level involved with college searches.

    Her memories of SPA are good ones. My advisor for all of high school was [middle school

    physical education teacher] Carol King, and were still good friends. Some of my closest friends in the

    world are the friends I made here at SPA, Pabst said. Hopefully shell make even more in her sec-ond run.

    Pabst returns in brand-new positionLiz Rossman

    A&E Editorr

    Former student, now College Counseling faculty, talks about her past, present and future plans

    I loved sharing my excitement about my college experience with prospec-tive students and their parents.Elizabeth Pabst

    Photo Credit: Liz RossmanElizabeth Pabst, new College Counseler, at work in her office. I hope that we can work to lower the [college process] stress level a bit this

    should be a fun and rewarding experience.

    Spanish exchange students arrived from Colegio Malvar, a school in Madrid, on Friday, Sept. 16. They spent much of their time in school before leav-ing on Sept. 30. Sixteen St. Paul Academy Spanish 41 students, mostly juniors, hosted them. The exchange happens every other year. This was the second time St. Paul Academy and Summit School has participated in an ex-change with Colegio Malvar.

    The exchange students attend-ed a Twins game, shopped at the Mall of America, visited pump-kin patches and apple orchards, and toured Minneapolis and Still-water. Were trying to give them the whole experience, Spanish Teacher Pamela Starkey said.

    Natalia Giomez de Diego, a Spanish exchange student in 11th grade, said My first impression of Minnesota was that all the peo-ple were nice. Even though she thought Minnesota was cold, she still enjoyed her visit to Minne-apolis, particularly liking the fact that it was clean, and people give you free hugs.

    Maria Guzman, another ex-change student, also enjoyed her visit here. I like... the school and the people from Minnesota, she said. One of the differences she noticed between Minnesota and Madrid was the houses. The houses here are very big and pretty. They have big gardens and parks, Guzman said.

    Exchange student Patricia

    Carmona Mateos also saw small differences between Minnesota and Spain. Here people dont wear shoes in the house. The breakfast is very different [here] than at my house [in Spain], Ma-teos said.

    The students attended the Homecoming dance the day af-ter they arrived. On the follow-ing Wednesday, they went on a scavenger hunt with SPA students in Minneapolis. Juniors Melanie Luikart and Ruth Sheldon and ex-change students Alba Garcia and Rocio Garcia won candy bars.

    During the school day, the ex-change students shadowed their host students and spent a day tak-ing classes of their choice. Two half days were spent incorporat-ing them into the Spanish classes. Mateos said SPA is more relax-ing. There is more free time and less supervision than in Malvar.

    Junior Karl Hommeyer host-ed Carlos Arnell, one of the exchange students, because I wanted to expand my cultural knowledge to areas outside of the ones were confined in and to help me learn a new language.

    He hoped to form a friendship with Arnell during the exchange. They enjoyed watching sports on TV together, and Hommeyer believes his Spanish improved greatly from the experience.

    Some of the exchange stu-dents enjoyed their visit so much, they wanted to stay. I dont want to come back to Spain, Guzman said, a sentiment not uncommon to the exchange students.

    In March, SPA students will go to Spain for the second half of the exchange.

    Lucy LiSci/Tech Editorr

    Colegio Malvar students gain insight into American culture

    Photo Credit: Pam Starkey. Used with permission.

    Students of Colegio Malvar went to an apple orchard for a taste of American culture on their stay here. Were trying to give them the whole experience, US Spanish teacher Pam Starkey said.

    The Beat:Here is one of the high-lights from September at The Rubicon Online:(

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    Youll find new stories published every day.

    Breaking the Speed Limit: Einsteins Rela-tivity Theory questioned

    Scientists at CERN made headlines recently with their claims of particles traveling fast-er than the speed of light some-thing renowned physicist Albert Einstein deemed impossible in his theories on relativity in 1905.

    In recent experiments, re-searchers found that particles called neutrinos usually travel at the speed of light, despite having mass. Their measurements show that the neutrinos traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light on their journey from CERNs headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to the LNGS Labora-tory in Gran Sasso, Italy.

    This is the first time that Ein-steins theory of relativity has had reliable evidence presented against it. However, St. Paul Academy and Summit School US Physics teacher Steve Heilig said that this doesnt mean that Einstein will be abandoned com-pletely.

    Heilig compared Einsteins theories to those of physicist Isaac Newton, many of whose theories on motion were over-turned by Einsteins. When you have a precise enough experi-ment, you realize Oh my good-ness, Einstein was right and New-ton wasnt! That doesnt mean that when I let go of an object it doesnt fall. It just gives me sort of a new way of looking at it.

    While these developments may change the way scientists look at the universe, the fact that Einsteins theory falls short at this point doesnt mean physi-cists have to start all over. These faster-than-light neutrinos could open the door for a newer, more detailed theory that physicists have yet to uncover.

    Alicia LittleIllustrator & Photographerr

  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School

    News October 2011. Vol XXXIX. Issue I.


    Students can now join a new stu-dent group: Model United Na-tions. At its Thursday meetings, students will get the chance to simulate international diplomacy. Students will step into the shoes of a countrys representative at the U.N.

    The group, founded by seniors Rebecca Xu and Rachel Yost-Dubrow, is part of a grassroots movement started at the time of the League of Nations, now a na-tional program endorsed by the UN. Yost-Dubrow hopes that the club will give students a chance to improve their political knowl-edge and public speaking ability, and plans to attend a Model UN conference in spring.

    Whitaker dons the helmet NewsbriefNew student group imitates United Nations

    Two Americans, one a Minneso-tan, were released Sept. 21, 2011 from prison in Iran. Their release followed two years of diplomatic clashes between the United States and Iran resulting from charges of espionage leveled against the hikers. The hikers, Shane Bauer of Onamia, Minnesota, and Josh Fattal of Oregon, were charged with crossing into Iran as spies from the U.S. The pair arrived in Oman after a $1 million bail deal.

    Bauer and Fattals legal trou-bles originated from a hiking trip in Iraqs relatively peaceful Kurdish region near the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009, accompanied by Sarah Shourd of Los Angeles, who was arrested with the pair but released a year ago. The hiking trip was a break from reporting on elections in Iraqi Kurdistan. The hikers claimed that if they did ac-cidentally wander into Iran, it was an innocent mistake.

    Iranian authorities never pub-licly provided evidence to sup-port their accusations.

    In the latest chapter of the debacle, Irans judiciary denied Iranian president Mahmoud Ah-madinejads right to release the prisoners. Eventually, though, the judiciary approved their re-lease. According to a report from The New York Times, Mr. Ah-madinejads conserva