February 2015

Diversity Day Video

Please enjoy this year’s Diversity Day Video, presented by the Diversity Club.

Indie Update: February 5

Welcome to Indie Update! As this is the first installment of what will soon become a recurring Rubble column, a description is definitely in order.

Tower Hill students seem to have a fascination with new, up-and-coming, and unknown artists, ranging in genres from rock to dance to hip-hop. Let’s face it, nearly every Hiller has an extensive indie playlist somewhere on their computer! Yet, what many of our students forget is just how constantly new music is released, especially by young, talented independent artists.

That’s where Indie Update comes in! Each Friday, we’ll bring you seven fresh indie songs, one for each day of the next week. Every song on the list either comes from a new album release — within the last month — or is a deep cut from an older indie album — like that unreleased single B-side you never knew existed. Rest assured, every song is hand-picked by the Rubble’s staff for your listening enjoyment, so you’re bound to find at least one new song — and maybe even a new band — to add to your favorite indie playlist.

This week’s Indie Update includes tracks fresh off of new albums from Panda Bear, The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, and Viet Cong, as well as some older works from Real Estate, Saint Motel, and Big Data.

Hillers, here’s Indie Update’s official playlist to get you through this week! We’ll see you next Friday.

Panda Bear, “Boys Latin”, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
The Decemberists, “Carolina Low”, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
Belle and Sebastian, “The Party Line”, Girls in Peacetime
Viet Cong, “Silhouettes”, Viet Cong
Real Estate, “Blue LeBaron”, It’s Real (Single B-side)
Saint Motel, “My Type”, My Type EP
Big Data, “The Business of Emotion”, The Business of Emotion

Got suggestions? Contact a Rubble Editor to get your picks considered for next week’s update!
Editor’s Note: We’re working on an embedded Spotify playlist for this feature in the future. Stay tuned!

The Armory

Raley Abramczyk ’15

I really didn’t believe my coach at first when she told me what it feels like to run at the Armory. I thought to myself, it really can’t be that different than any other 200m indoor track I’ve run on before . . . but it is.
The track is situated at 216 Fort Washington Avenue in New York City; it’s definitely a trip way uptown, but it’s well worth it. Just being in the facility alone, you can feel the electrifying energy radiating from the track. As you climb the few flights of stairs up to the track level, you’re surrounded by records on the wall that were all achieved on the Armory’s track. When you finally exit the staircase and approach the track, it’s so surreal–all around you are images of famous runners who have competed at the armory–you look in one direction and you see videos of famous races playing, in another direction you see a picture of Brenda Martinez, and with another glance you can see Emma Coburn’s old bib number.
Upon entering the room of the track, you see the stands perched one story above it looking down, and the energy in the room grows stronger. You warm up for your race, feeding off of the atmosphere, and you feel yourself bouncing around the banked turns during your warm up laps. You stretch, run through drills, and you’ll be nervous, no doubt, but as your heat is called up to the track, your nerves disappear, you just stare at yourself on the jumbotron while you’re striding out, and you realize that you have to run well.
When the gun goes off, and you start your race, you’ll realize what makes this track so special. You’ll understand that unlike normal tracks, this track isn’t built anchored into the ground, so neither are you. You start to realize that what your coach says will hold true: you’ll feel like you’re floating along, and when you finish your race, you’ll feel light and relaxed. When your race is over, you’ll certainly want to run there again–I know I do–and hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to come back.

Tower Hill Fast Video

<h6> Jim Guan ’15 </h6>

Check out this creative video from Jim Guan ’15 that takes a fun look of the inside of Tower Hill School!



Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

<h6> Jamie Spruance ’17 </h6>

My name is Jamie Spruance, and I have been nominated to be a part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Program. The student of the year campaign is a six week fundraising competition in which twelve nominated high school students – who demonstrate qualities of leadership, volunteerism, philanthropy and community engagement – raise funds to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to the funding of blood cancer research. From January 15 to February 26, I am competing against eleven other students. Whoever raises the most money wins a scholarship to the college of their choice and the title and accolades of Student of the Year. The amounts are kept secret until the Grande Finale Celebration on February 28, 2015, which will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark, Delaware.

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support and my efforts, we will help fund the therapies and treatments and save lives today.

My grandmother died of cancer, and the amount of friends I have seen my parents lose to cancer is heartbreaking. I am sure that you have also been affected by the awful disease. One in five persons in the US will die from cancer. Every three minutes, two people in the U.S. die from cancer, and every 30 seconds, someone is diagnosed. Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Every ten minutes someone dies from a blood cancer. However, with donations like your own, LLS has doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled survival rates.

And many LLS-supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They’re even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS-funded drugs like Gleevec, Sprycel, Arinza, Tasigna and Zolinza are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They’ll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my website @ often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support!

For more information about LLS, please visit

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