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November 28, 2014


Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts recalls her first days at Harvard-Westlake and how Brinkwelcomed her into the community.

Students, faculty, alumni, family attend memorial service for Brink

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Students, faculty, alumni and family gathered in St. Saviour’s Chapel Nov. 20 to remember science teacher Jim Brink, who died in a single-car accident Nov. 12. The memorial service included performances from the Chamber Singers and jazz musicians along with eulogies by Brink’s family. Following the service in the chapel, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas, Track and Field Coach Jonas Koolsbergen,among others, shared memories in the Plaza. Bob Scanlan ’84, said Brink had been his baseball coach and had helped him achieve his dream of playing in the Major Leagues.


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Neighbors protest construction


“NOT IN MY BACKYARD!!!” is a recurring phrase in a list of 70 comments on…

features | November Issue

Dress Code Defiance

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Most students know that a dress code exists at the Upper School for the sake of everyone’s comfort, but many disregard its rules, saying they’re not enforced.

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A worker cuts and installs new turf at Ted Slavin Field in 2011. Now, some parents are concerned the crumb rubber pellets, made from recycled tires, may cause cancer.

Toxic Turf?


Nov 20

An investigative report by NBC News in October on cancer clusters in young soccer players prompted questions from parents and a review by the school of the safety of the artificial turf on upper school and middle school playing fields and the threat that these crumb rubber pellets may pose.


Carter Begel '17 returns a kick-off late in the fourth quarter.

Spark Plug: Q&A with Carter Begel ’17

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Nov 19

When I was younger, my dad put a football in my hands when I was about 3 years old and started tossing the football around with me. He had me play with older kids at the park, and after the first touchdown that I scored, I was hooked on that feeling. He signed me up for flag football and then the rest is history.


Flowers were laid down on Jim Brink's parking space.


November issue

Take time to remember

Rush to class. Rush through notes. Rush out. Rush to practice, then rush home for…

Carly Berger

Growing up with Taylor Swift


Oct. 27 marked the beginning of a new era in my life, the start of my transition away from Harvard-Westlake into, well, the real world. No, I didn’t submit my application to college or receive an acceptance letter, but something more significant happened: Taylor Swift’s album “1989” came out.

Jessica Spitz

Appreciate your teachers


My teachers taught me how to be passionate. Watching my history teachers dive into detailed stories of the past and my English teachers stir up debate among my peers showed me how to channel my enthusiasm into compelling discussion.


Under Control


17 percent of female students polled use birth control pills. While some use the pill for contraception, others use it to relieve period symptoms and to clear skin.


Kelly Morrison ’16 has managed to profit from the gluten-free trend with her food blog, Morrison went vegetarian in 2011 for moral reasons and also started her blog that year.


dora palmer

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