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Northshore October 2015

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148 | MAY + JUNE 2015 148 November 2012 A co-educational independent college preparatory day school for grades 9 – 12 537 Highland Street, South Hamilton, MA 978-468-4415 | High school should be more than just a gateway to college. These formative years should be spent questioning, stretching, and learning in a place where students are active members of a community that cares about how they learn and who they are as developing individuals. At Pingree, curiosity is integral to academic excellence. Every student is afforded a vibrant intellectual space to explore their understanding of the world. Students rise to become scholars, civic leaders, writers, techies, athletes, improvisa- tional comedians, musicians, and global citizens. Most important, each student further discovers who they are on a unique path to their best selves. Academic Excellence Designed For The Curious Mind Open House, Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Welcome to possibility. Welcome to Pingree. 148 in-depth FACES major supporter of the National Popular Vote move- ment, which is aimed at guaranteeing the candidate who receives the most popular votes is elected presi- dent—not necessarily the candidate who receives the most electoral votes. "With the system that's in place now, there are huge blocks of the electorate who are essentially being ignored," Rubino says. "I want a vote that's cast in Marblehead, Massachusetts, to mean as much as a vote cast in Marblehead, Ohio." The problem, as Rubino sees it, is that in most states, 100 percent of electoral votes are awarded to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote— even if he or she wins it by a very small margin. "So if you voted for the other guy, your vote essentially goes uncounted," he says. What that adds up to are several cases where candi- dates have won the election but didn't actually win the nationwide popular vote. More importantly, issues that affect certain areas of the country that aren't swing states aren't given the attention they deserve by candi- dates. "Fishing regulations is one that affects our area greatly," Rubino says. "It never comes up because, right now, Massachusetts is not a swing state." What's more, even if you live in a swing state now, you may not in 10 years. "The demographics of specific states change all the time," he adds. "An influx of Latino voters, for example, could swing Texas." And with a presidential election on the horizon in 2016, Rubino thinks that now is the time to start talking about this and other issues. It's also a time "WITH THE SYSTEM THAT'S IN PLACE NOW, THERE ARE HUGE BLOCKS OF THE ELECTORATE WHO ARE ESSENTIALLY BEING IGNORED. I WANT A VOTE THAT'S CAST IN MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS, TO MEAN AS MUCH AS A VOTE CAST IN MARBLEHEAD, OHIO."

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