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Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

“What does it mean to be a Marauder?”: Teachers weigh in on the complex

In 1963, Jesuit High School Sacramento’s mascot was chosen to be the Marauders when the school was founded. This fall the significance and meaning of that mascot was explored by various perspectives within the Jesuit Community  — each member asked a variation of “In 2020, what does it mean to you to be a Marauder?” In this edition, teachers reflect on the different ways 2020 has challenged being a Marauder.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Jesuit Administrators and Program Directors reveal what it is to be a Marauder amid 2020 challenges

Jesuit High School Sacramento’s mascot was chosen to be the Marauders when the school was founded in 1963. This fall the significance and meaning of that mascot was explored by various perspectives within the Jesuit Community  — each member asked a variation of “In 2020, what does it mean to you to be a Marauder?” This second edition explores the insights of Jesuit’s administrators and program directors.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Coaches discuss what it means to be a Marauder in 2020

Established in 1963, Jesuit High School Sacramento’s mascot was chosen to be the Marauders. This fall the significance and meaning of that mascot was explored by various perspectives within the Jesuit Community  — each member asked a variation of “In 2020, what does it mean to you to be a Marauder?” Over the next few weeks, the responses will be released in a series of articles  — this first one visits the perspectives of Jesuit’s coaches.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Opinion: Why a small change to our motto would make a big difference

Our motto, “Men for Others,” symbolizes brotherhood and community — the responsibility of asking not what you can do for yourself, but what you can do for others. While serving others is certainly an integral component for any community, we also must follow our calling to stand in solidarity as an act of justice, peace, and understanding — to be with one another. So, why not change our motto to “Men for and with Others?”

Plank Article Jackson Sloat ’23

“Tenet” wins some battles, loses war

“Tenet” is an action-packed yet thought-provoking film directed by Christopher Nolan, which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattison, and Elizabeth Debicki. This mind-bending action thriller follows a secret agent (Washington) and his trusted friend Neil (Pattinson) as they try to prevent Sator (Kenneth Branagh) from starting World War III.

Plank Article Sebastian Booth ’22

Opinion: The good in quarantine

With the pandemic limiting most in-person interaction, it’s understandable that some people have struggled to find something to pass the time. But even during an age of routine isolation, many members of the Jesuit High School Sacramento community have still found ways to stay busy.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Opinion: End the Silence

Silence is arguably the most dangerous weapon. It’s the signifier of complicity. The denial of injustice. The voice of those who stand opposed to change. Now, it’s the language of racism.

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

Fahey’s Film Reviews: There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood can be viewed with a Netflix subscription or rented on Amazon Prime for $3.99.

The pursuit of prosperity and power led to the boom of the American economy, but it was not without its corruption. The period epic There Will Be Blood directed by Paul Thomas Anderson comments on this through the ambitious and fervently-driven oil miner, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis).

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

Fahey’s Film Reviews: 1917

A poster from the movie "1917" seen through the eyes of Jason Reyna '20

Update April 16, 2020: Right now you can stream the movie on Amazon for $5.99 or on Youtube for $3.99.

Trench warfare is a hellish nightmare, and Sam Mendes’ film “1917” captures that terror and anxiety with its harrowing long takes and immersive set design. Yet, where visuals and sound prevail, the story declines.

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

Fahey’s Film Reviews: Parasite

Blurred images of people with censor strips over their eyes standing and laying in lounge chairs  in a backyard.

Update April 16, 2020: Right now you can stream the movie on Amazon for $3.99 or for free if you have a Hulu subscription.

Everyone knows the famous saying “the grass is greener on the other side.” This proverb, however, is challenged by Korean director Bong Joon-ho in his film, “Parasite,” which pits the different classes of society together in his darkly comedic thriller.