Award-winning high school newspaper buys out obscure literary magazine


Sofia Tong / Sagamore Staff

Since the article did not have a visual at press time, this is a photograph of a recent issue of Refractions and a recent issue of The Sagamore that were both lying on the Sagamore Room floor.

Bertina Xue, Arts Layout Editor

After a spectacular year financially, the Sagamore has finally amassed enough cash to buy out the high school’s literary magazine, Refractions, something the newspaper has been looking to do for a while.

“I admit we had it coming,” Refractions co-adviser Robert Primmer said. “It was only a matter of time before we were going to get bought out.”

According to senior Tony Ji, Sagamore Business Manager, the purchase was simple, quick and took little negotiation.

“I was originally prepared to go through multiple sessions of negotiations to come to a compromise for a buyout price, so I was surprised when the deal was made in less than 15 minutes,” Ji said. “The Refractions advisers proposed we pay $50 originally. After some hard bargaining we came to a compromise of $35.”

Junior Jacob Spiegel, Sagamore Assistant Business Manager, said he was relieved that the Refractions advisers took the Sagamore’s price offers into account.

“The paper is still getting used to not being in debt anymore,” Spiegel said. “Debt used to be a huge problem for the Sag and it’s good that we are taking these big steps financially. We’re honored to have such a sophisticated publication like Refractions become a part of us. Personally, I would have willingly paid $50.”

Senior Mairin Quillen, Sagamore Layout Manager, said that the merging of the high school’s newspaper and magazine will allow readers to get the best of both worlds.

“They’re pretty good at deep poems and stuff, but we think they could use some Take It Or Leave It quizzes and Fun Facts to boost their readership,” Quillen said.

Headmaster Deborah Holman said she is very pleased with the new plan.

“This will be a rags-to-riches story for the high school,” Holman said. “It will take Refractions out of obscurity and give it a taste of success.”

Senior Rosa Stern Pait, who is well known for her position as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Sagamore, also fills the position of head of Refractions, which is less known to the student body. Pait has declined to comment.

“The majority of the Refractions staff already consists of current or former Sagamore staff members,” sophomore Sarah Groustra said. “I am in both, so I don’t think the Sagamore purchasing Refractions will have much of an effect on my work for either publication. I’m more than ready for this plan to happen because we’ve been talking and working out the details about it for months already. Oh wait, I was not supposed to say that.”

According to Co-Editor-in-Chief Izzy Meyers, production weeks for the Sagamore will be much improved due to this purchase.

“The main reason I supported the purchase was because I heard that Mr. Sedlak and Mr. Primmer have both been in Boston cook-offs,” Meyers said. “Now that we have them to cook our productions dinners, we won’t have to worry about scrambling to order food every night.”

Refractions co-adviser Peter Sedlak said,  “Although Primmer and I are unwilling to relinquish creative control, we do look forward to learning from the amazingly talented Sagamore advisers, Ms. Wise and Ms. Anderson. I think they have much to teach us, and we expect to flourish under their guidance. We expect Refractions will flourish as well.”

Happy April Fools Day!