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the rebellion ISSUE #2

EMBRACING THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT


the rebellion VOLUME 27 ISSUE #2 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Alex Hanns Co Editor-in-Chief Paulina Pachel Copy Editor Skirmante Survilaite Editors Christy DeVol Jacqueline Jaworski Jola Pach Graphic Designers Alex Hanns Aga Jarzabek Gustavo Pereira Skirmante Survilaite Advisor Mr. Lippstreuer The Rebellion is written and edited by Ridgewood High School students. Opinions expressed in The Rebellion are the opinions of the author and are not necessarily a reflection of the entire staff or the school district. Anyone is welcome to submit article to the Editor-in-Chief, Alex Hanns, at alexhanns@gmail.com. The Rebellion reserves the right to edit for article length and content. Ridgewood High School 7500 W. Montrose Ave. Norridge, IL 60706

What’s in this issue? 4

RHS Updates

News Highlights 5

Letters from the Editors

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Elf Day is Back

7 ‘Twas the Night Before an AP Student’s Christmas 8-9

Resolving for a New Year

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In Memoriam of the Sandy Hook Shooting

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Apple: A Marvel of the Tech Industry

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Happiness is in the Air at Ridgewood!

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A Day in the Life of a Radio DJ

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News and Facts from Mr.G & Mr. DeRose

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Giving up on Global Warming

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Culture: Madrid, Spain

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Culture: Rome, Italy

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Creative Corner: Define weird...

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Have a Very Fishy Christmas!

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RHS Sports: Girls’ Basketball and Wrestling


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IN REMEMBRANCE

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

new year’s resolutions

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project happiness

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Letters from the Editors Hello Rebels! Tis the season—the season to fill our beautiful homes with colorful, bright lights, decorations, ornaments, and a load of delicious foods to serve on the table come Christmas Eve. Tis the season of giving—and our staff is here to give you a slew of interesting updates, articles, and news reports. Inside, you’ll be exposed to a new satirical column, where some of our most creative writer’s mission is to make you laugh, an exclusive interview with the producers of Project Happiness, a glance at two of the most famous capitals in Europe, and so much more. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as our staff has enjoyed putting it together. Stay safe this Christmas, drink lots of hot chocolate, catch up on your favorite holiday classics on ABC Family, and remember to always stay bizarre.

Hey! Welcome back to another issue of the Rebellion. As you may not know, putting together one issue of the Rebellion with its new format takes quite a bit of time. We are currently looking for graphic designers to help create advertisements, custom images, and page layouts. If you have experience in Adobe Photoshop or InDesign and are interested in working with us to create this amazing publication, please email me at alexhanns@gmail.com! We would love for you to be a part of the team.

Xoxo—yours truly,

Paulina Pachel , Co-Editor-In-Chief

Alex Hanns, Editor-In-Chief

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It’s that time of year again... by Jola Pach

teaching at Ridgewood in the 2000-2001

a few students”. The rest of the elves were

school year, what Elf Day looked like

spreading the holiday spirit like only well-

when she was first introduced to it. Mrs.

caffeinated high school students can, but

That’s right, get ready for the TV specials

Romano called it “an excuse for seniors

it only took a couple of the inappropriate

and hugely advertised sales, because it’s

to run around in the skimpiest of clothing

elves to ruin Elf Day for the rest. Now that

the holiday season, and nothing shouts

and attack literally anything that moved or

the rules on Elf Day are stricter, mean-

“holiday spirit” like a new plasma TV.

didn’t run away fast enough”. She experi-

ing no more kissing or marking students,

The annoying neighbor on the block has

enced firsthand the inappropriate behavior.

the number of Elf grams being bought

already filled every available square inch

Students would run around, leave kiss

has decreased. This is a disadvantage to

with Santa decorations. Your relatives

marks on other students, sit on students’

seniors trying to fundraise for prom. In the

have bought another holiday sweater for

laps, grope other students, and make sure

past, a thousand dollars could easily be

you and, amazingly, it’s the kind of puke

that nothing educational that the teachers

made on Elf Day; however, now that the

green that goes really well with your

had planned went without noisy disrup-

lipstick is actually staying on the students’

complexion. And, most importantly, it’s

tion. Now that the inappropriate side of Elf

lips, “a class is lucky to sell a hundred and

time for the senior Ridgewood students

Day has sort of been addressed, Mrs. Ro-

fifty Elf grams”. Regardless of this issue,

to dig out their elf gear and save the day

mano still sees it as a waste of time. She’s

Mr. Glogowski feels lucky to be a part of

by interrupting your unbelievably boring

all for making school a more fun experi-

Elf Day. He enjoys the endless stream of

class.

ence, but Elf Day just puts the spotlight on

holiday cheer that lets everyone know that

the popular kids who get candy canes and

it’s finally time to get two weeks off and

tradition since before ripped jeans were

leaves the rest to feel unwanted. It also

hopes that Elf Day will be “special for

cool, so think way back. Every year

puts the dress code to shame with its “the

all”.

around the holidays, seniors march around

shorter, the merrier” clothes theme.

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It’s that time of year again…

Elf Day has been a Ridgewood

the school and go from class to class,

Mr. Glogowski, who has been

Whether Elf Day is an event

you look forward to or not, it’s stay-

singing holiday songs in a charmingly

running Elf Day for three years now,

ing, so brace yourselves for next year’s

off-key way and passing out Elf Grams.

agreed with Mrs. Romano that Elf Day

overwhelming holiday spirit of the senior

Nowadays, the elves are a little bit more

had been inappropriate, but in a different

Elves! Good luck and happy holidays!

reserved, but ten years ago that was not

way. According to him, the “mean-spirited

the case. I asked Mrs. Romano, who began

behavior of some of the elves […] spoiled Elf Day. They went around and picked on

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‘Twas the Night Before an AP Student’s Christmas submitted by Mrs. Mundy ●●●

‘Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus. Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the wood burning caloric apparatus, pursuant to our anticipatory pleasure regarding an imminent visitation from an eccentric philanthropist among whose folkloric appellations is the honorific title of St. Nicholas. The prepubescent siblings, comfortably ensconced in their respective accommodations of repose, were experiencing subconscious visual hallucinations of variegated fruit confections moving rhythmically through their cerebrums. My conjugal partner and I, attired in our nocturnal head coverings, were about to take slumberous advantage of the hibernal darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the grounds there ascended such a cacophony of dissonance that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof. Hastening to the casement, I forthwith opened the barriers sealing this fenestration, noting thereupon that the lunar brilliance without, reflected as it was on the surface of a recent crystalline precipitation, might be said to rival that of the solar meridian itself - thus permitting my incredulous optical sensory organs to behold a miniature airborne runnered conveyance drawn by eight diminutive specimens of the genus Rangifer, piloted by a minuscule, aged chauffeur so ebullient and nimble that it became instantly apparent to me that he was indeed our anticipated caller.

With his ungulate motive power traveling at what may possibly have been more vertiginous velocity than patriotic alar predators, he vociferated loudly, expelled breath musically through contracted labia, and addressed each of the octet by his or her respective cognomen - “Now Dasher, now Dancer .” et al . - guiding them to the uppermost exterior level of our abode, through which structure I could readily distinguish the concatenations of each of the 32 cloven pedal extremities. As I retracted my cranium from its erstwhile location, and was performing a 180-degree pivot, our distinguished visitant achieved - with utmost celerity and via a downward leap - entry by way of the smoke passage. He was clad entirely in animal pelts soiled by the ebony residue from oxidations of carboniferous fuels which had accumulated on the walls thereof. His resemblance to a street vendor I attributed largely to the plethora of assorted playthings, which he bore dorsally in a commodious cloth receptacle. His orbs were scintillate with reflected luminosity, while his submaxillary dermal indentations gave every evidence of engaging amiability. The capillaries of his molar regions and nasal appurtenance were engorged with blood which suffused the subcutaneous layers, the former approximating the coloration of Albion’s floral emblem, the latter that of the Prunus avium, or sweet cherry. His amusing sub- and supralabials resembled nothing so much as a common loop knot, and their ambient hirsute facial adornment appeared like small, tabular and columnar crystals of frozen water. Clenched firmly between his incisors was a smoking piece whose gray fumes, forming a tenuous ellipse about his occiput,

were suggestive of a decorative seasonal circlet of holly. His visage was wider than it was high, and when he waxed audibly mirthful, his corpulent abdominal region undulated in the manner of impectinated fruit syrup in a hemispherical container. He was, in short, neither more nor less than an obese, jocund, multigenarian gnome, the optical perception of whom rendered me visibly frolicsome despite every effort to refrain from so being. By rapidly lowering and then elevating one eyelid and rotating his head slightly to one side, he indicated that trepidation on my part was groundless. Without utterance and with dispatch, he commenced filling the aforementioned appended hosiery with various of the aforementioned articles of merchandise extracted from his aforementioned previously dorsally transported cloth receptacle. Upon completion of this task, he executed an abrupt about- face, placed a single manual digit in lateral juxtaposition to his olfactory organ, inclined his cranium forward in a gesture of leave-taking, and forthwith effected his egress by renegotiating (in reverse) the smoke passage. He then propelled himself in a short vector onto his conveyance, directed a musical expulsion of air through his contracted oral sphincter to the antlered quadrupeds of burden, and proceeded to soar aloft in a movement hitherto observable chiefly among the seed-bearing portions of a common weed. But I overheard his parting exclamation, audible immediately prior to his vehiculation beyond the limits of visibility: “Ecstatic Yuletide to the planetary constituency, and to that self same assemblage, my sincerest wishes for a salubriously beneficial and ratifyingly pleasurable period between sunset and dawn.” 7


new year’s resolutions

“Play Yu-Gi-Oh at IKEA.” -Aga, Junior “To find my identity!” -Lost identity, Junior “Learn to fly or at least win the lottery.” -Brian Barnas, Freshman “Read more, complain less.” -Mr. Sweeney

“My new years resolution is to take “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but this year, I’ll try to be nicer to Skirmante.” photos of myself on all my friends’ phones and then set them as wallpa-Mr. Glogowski “To bake a cake :)” pers because I’m cute and funny and -Michal Belzak, Senior they will think so too.” “Don’t be a jerk to -Victor Bertocchi, Senior Mr. Parrillo.” “To follow through with -Michal Belzak, Senior New year’s resolutions.” “Get a job.” -Alexandra Adamo, Freshman “Become a superstar.” -Joe Barnas, Freshman -Julita Hryniewicki, Junior “I plan to master the art of interpretive “Become Julita’s back-up dancer.” dance!!!” -Jamie Harbut, Junior “Swear less.” -Dylan Kaczmarczyk, Senior -Billy Disselhorst, “Write/produce a raunchy Senior “Learn how to read.” T.V. comedy series (;” -Richie Degrazia, Junior “To not lose a bet a minute -Connor Gibson, Junior after it was made.” “To work out 3 days a week and spend more quality time -Klaudia Dziugan, Junior with my family. I know... contradictory” -Mr. Wlodarczyk

“To win all bets made with Mr. McCarthy” “My New Year’s Resolution is to grow a -Mrs. Deamann pair of wings and fly to Mars.” -James Gibellin, Junior

“Exercise.” -Mr. Lippstreuer

“To grow a raunchy mustache.” -Jola Pach, Junior

“Try not to procratinate… as much.” -Jenny Bogdal, Senior

“I do not have a new year’s resolution. If one wants to change something, do not wait until the New Year. “My New Year’s resolution is to find one Do it now.” thing to be grateful for every day and write -Mike Jorgensen, Junior “I want to get straight A’s & keep it down, so even when life is difficult or the world seems ugly, I can be reminded of the making fun of my brother.” good that is out there.” “ Making a conscientious -Freshman attempt to learn Algebra 2!” -Mr. DeRose

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-Stephanie Kuehnert “Be less annoying.” author -Kid with horribly annoying, illegible handwriting, Freshman


“Learn to fly. Get a 30 on my ACT.” -Christopher Lipski, Junior

“Train for a marathon “Live life.” & spend more time with -Nuccio D’Argento family.” Owner of Vince’s Italian Restaurant -Charles Duncan

“To actually read the terms and conditions.” -Kristina Lazzara, Senior “Try and be quieter” -Mrs. Laubenstein

United, Vice President O’Hare Hub

“To meet my own “To not procratinate… but, I think I will deadlines.” -Alex Hanns, Junior start working on the resolution later.” --Claudia Kubarycz Hoszowska, Freshman

“To not sin 20 seconds after I get out of confession.” -Emilia Marszalek, Junior

“To stop kicking freshmen.” -Junior

“Clean out my scary catch all room. Seriously, it looks like a hoarder lives in that room.” “To think of a New Year’s resolution for next year.” -Emily Golden, IT Dept.

-Catherine Krol, Senior “To get as high as possible… High up in a “Make the toilets shinier!” tree, that is! I want to climb a tree in every -Paul Lynch, state and country I go to.” Proffesional Toilet Scrubber / Custodial Artisan / Janitor -Skirmante Survilaite, Junior “To become stronger – inside and out. And to survive calc!!!” -Danielle Quinn, Junior “Embrace my need for SPEED.” “I resolve to eat no Brussels -Danielle Quinn, Junior

“Destroy the Death Star. May sprouts in 2013.” the dorks be with you.” “To become famous on YouTube.” -Ms. Snyder, -Karolina Klimont, Senior -Franny Parent, Freshman Student Services

“I dont make New Year’s Resolutions.” -Noam Chomsky famous linguist & professor at MIT

“Well, first I would like to exercise more. Then maybe find a unicorn or leprechaun, to get myself a pot o’ gold. That would be a wonderful thing.” “Stop being so sarcastic.” -Me, Freshman -Kathy Sobieraj, senior

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In remembrance…

The Ridgewood Rebellion would like to remember the students and teachers that were the victims of the Sandy Hook Shooting on December 14th in Newtown, Connecticut. Although practically everyone has heard about the shooting, either in the halls of Ridgewood, on Facebook, or on the News, this tragedy deserves a second, third, fourth, one hundred and twenty-seventh glance and moment of silence. Adam Lanza, whose name I write even though I fully believe that he should be erased from existence, dressed in black fatigues and a military vest and went to Sandy Hook Elementary with three guns after shooting and killing his mother. The school recently installed a new security system that required visitors to be buzzed in, so Lanza literally shot an entrance into the school. Victoria Soto, as many have most likely seen on one social-networking site or another, hid her students in closets and cupboards in a final, selfless act. She was killed along with six of her students. Mayor John Harkins of Soto’s hometown of Stratford, CT has proposed to rename the Honeyspot Elementary School in memory of her. It took police 20 minutes to arrive at the school, by which time 20 students and 6 faculty members were killed. Lanza killed himself as police approached, topping off the day’s death count at 28. Image Credits: ABC News, Business Insider, CNN 10


Apple: A Marvel of the Tech Industry by Alex Hanns

has a 4-inch Retina display that is taller,

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not wider. It’s “not just bigger, [it’s] just

changes to iOS are coming within the

right” Apple’s website proclaims. Ap-

year. Apple has recently fired its Vice

pany has exceeded the expectations of

parently it is more functional, unlike the

President of iOS, Scott Forestall. He was

customers in the recent years. Their most

Android phablets [PHone + tABLET,

just not working up to par. Siri didn’t turn

popular product, you know that phone...

for those of you who are technologically

out to be the wonderful, helpful assistant

the ePhone? Oh, iPhone! That’s it. Well

impaired]. It also has the fastest wireless

that was promised, and quality of Apple’s

anyways, they sold over 270 million

chips around and doesn’t drain the battery

own map application was far from the

of them in just over 5 years (from June

within 5 minutes of surfing the web, un-

quality that is expected from them. To top

2007 to October 2012). To put that into

like many of the “early adopting” Android

it all off, he didn’t even want to publically

perspective, it is the second best selling

counterparts. Along with the faster inter-

apologize for the fiasco. That sealed his

product ever, only behind the wildly-

net speeds, it got a processor bump too,

fate with the company. To replace him,

popular Rubik’s cube that sold 350 million

doubling its speed while consuming less

Jony Ive, the famed industrial designer

units. Now you may ask how in the world

power. And finally, the most breathtak-

responsible for the design of every product

did they sell 270 million iPhones. Well,

ing and innovative feature yet: panorama,

Apple ships, will be in charge of evolution

it may have something to do with the new

the feature that Android phones have had

of iOS. Known for his minimalism, Ive is

one they released in September.

for years has finally made its way to the

expected to overhaul Apple’s most popular

iPhone. That’s not the only “borrowed”

operating system into a simple and more

tion iPhone. Yeah, you read that right.

feature from Google’s mobile operating

functional system. The skeuomorphic

Number six is called the five. Sounds

system. Notification center, text replies

and gaudy leather stitching and textured

legit. Anyways, the cornerstone of

to phone calls, and voice control are all

user interface elements will be replaced

Apple’s 2013 lineup is this amazingly thin

features that have recently come to the

with clean edges and flat surfaces, many

and light smartphone. It is 18% thin-

iPhone. I suppose if you can’t beat ‘em,

analysts say. We can only hope.

ner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S

join ‘em.

The world’s most valuable com-

The iPhone 5 is the sixth genera-

Speaking of software, major

(which is actually the fifth iPhone). It also

TIM COOK’S REPORT CARD

A+

Since becoming CEO of Apple in late August of 2011, Tim Cook has made huge progress with the company. Here are a few of his accomplishments: • He announced a company-wide charitable program that matches employee donations. • Apple joined the Fair Labor Association and is auditing their suppliers to ensure a safe and fair work environment for workers. • He made executive management changes to increase collaboration across hardware, software & services. • Apple invested $100 million by moving some Mac production to the U.S. 11


In Search of Happiness by Paulina Pachel

a couple other schools and brought them

talking about. Its large silent and I think

together so they could talk over the course

part of why there are such problems of

of the year of what brings lasting happi-

depression and stress. We don’t have the

kinds: bubbly, ecstatic, joyful, overly

ness and how to access lasting happiness,”

tools to talk about what is going on inside

excited and just... extremely bizarre. What

Brian Rausch explains.

each one of our heads. Part of what defi-

we oftentimes don’t realize is that be-

nitely excites me is letting people know

hind every face, there’s a mask; a façade

documentary because of the focus on the

that it’s ok to have a discussion about it.

because nobody, at this point in time,

curriculum as well as the development of

Beyond that, giving them tools to be able

has fully lived up to their full potential

the curriculum and planning of the non-

to get more in touch with themselves,

or happiness level. Truth is, “happiness

profit organization’s handbook. Filming

having to deal with it better and better

changes…from when you were a little kid

took place primarily in the course of the

overtime. The movie is a great way to start

vs. when you were in high school vs. when

school year in 2007 and a bit in the year of

that conversation,” adds Emily Crubaugh.

you were working overtime. It’s constantly

2008. “The film got kinda put back on the

​A vast majority of the student

changing,” says Emily Crubaugh. How do

back burner and then last year, in 2011, we

population was touched by the documen-

we find happiness? Does happiness even

kind of revisited the film and re-edited the

tary; especially the aspect of integration

exist? I sat down with the CEO, Brian

film finally releasing it in May of 2011,”

among students of different ethnicities,

Rausch, and volunteer coordinator, Emily

tells Rausch. Upon further releases from

backgrounds, stories, and personalities.

Crubaugh to get a grasp on the very idea

the Project Happiness team—similar or

Having been on this journey from the very

of Project Happiness.

possibly different—based on the idea of

beginning, Crubaugh says, “It definitely

​“It started when Randy Taran,

happiness, Rausch informs that, “We are

affected me and I think that something that

who is the founder of Project Happiness,

filming some things. Randy, actually, is

I take out of it is that it gave me a lot of

had a daughter who was stressed out and

writing a book for adults and she inter-

perspective. Just to meet people from such

depressed. Randy was trying a find a way

viewed the prime minister of Bhutan,

different backgrounds who have such a

for her to be happy and trying to find a

which is known as the happiest country

different set of needs and what they have

way to talk to her about happiness. She

in the world. She interviewed a whole

and what they don’t have. Even though

started looking and there were no materi-

bunch of other people to ask them what

they’re materially poor, they have this

als for young people; it was just all for

they think that happiness is to them and

whole other support system that in the US

adults. Randy was getting really frustrated.

so we’re set on filming that but, it’s not a

we don’t give ourselves a lot of the time. It

She wanted to give her daughter some-

movie.”

just really lent perspective and also made

thing but it didn’t exist so, and she decided

​The idea of happiness is often-

me really, really grateful for what I have.”

to make it. Her background was films so

times not openly discussed and so “part of

“It’s also…you don’t have to go across

she found Emily’s school, then she found

it, and a lot of what we do now is just to

the world to experience this. I mean, you

let people know that it’s something worth

could go to different parts of Chicago and

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We come across people of all

It took four years to make the


Choices have consequences, and if you’re passionate about something then you should pursue it.

-Brain Rausch, CEO of Project Happiness find people that are different than you. You

choice and to know that you can change

won’t understand,” says Rausch. “They’ll

can probably go to different parts of the

your mind and do anything you want with

tell you you’re crazy,” Crubaugh adds.

school and find people that are different

your life, is great. I’m really happy with

“Choices have consequences, and if you’re

than you. So, it’s being able to understand

the life that I have.”

passionate about something then you

that and appreciate them for their differ-

should pursue it,” says Rausch. Oh, the

ences because ultimately, you can appreci-

documentary portrayed the less fortunate

ate the differences but then at the end of it

as much happier people as opposed to

we’re all the same. We’re all trying to get

the people who aren’t unfortunate at all.

away from suffering, whatever it is for us

Crubaugh was keen to observe that “in

as individuals, that’s what we’re aiming

the US, we define success financially as

for,” adds Rausch.

a culture. We have it backwards. I think

we need to find what makes us happy

Every person’s idea of happiness

It’s not hard to notice that the

differs but, it’s also important to be grate-

and learn how to take care of ourselves.

ful for things we are already blessed with.

The goal always moves and so happiness

Rausch and Crubaugh’s boss is incredibly

remains allusive.”

psyched about the idea of gratitude and

therefore gives them time to take a mo-

piness and coping with stress of everyday

ment and write down the things that they

life, Rausch advises, “You need to carve

truly appreciate. But, what brings them

out time for yourself because if you are

intrinsic happiness? “Sometimes it’s like a

constantly going without taking a break,

really big thing that I’m grateful for, like,

your performance is hurt by that. If you’re

for all the friends that I have or it can be

struggling, go do something to take your

small that the rain stopped; or my train

mind off of it.” It’s also important to

wasn’t delayed. Part of that is recogniz-

know the importance and significance of

ing what we’re thankful for on a regular

something…how long will it matter from

basis,” tells Crubaugh. However, Rausch

now? “My grandmother gets stressed out

says that, “it’s definitely the work that

because they don’t have the vegetable

I get to do. I love my job; I love com-

that she wants for dinner,” Rausch says

ing to schools and talk and going to film

jokingly. “It’s not a big deal. A lot of that

festivals. It’s an amazing job. One of the

seems important right now is going to

things that make me happy is that I learn

be so different,” he adds. Nevertheless

really early on. At 20 I figured out what I

teen angst and the stress carried within,

wanted to do and to know that you have a

we have to accept the fact that: “people

words of the wise.

For the students in search of hap-

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A Day in the Life of a Radio DJ by Paulina Pachel

polish, although there are polish artists

people and having that spark that will

being promoted, oftentimes they’re bands

eventually get you into this business.”

from Poland or from Chicago that send

Having this career is also about being

today’s generation is a bundle of compli-

me their stuff and I play it on-air.”

familiar with all types of music genres.

cated and undecided people. We don’t all

Time on-air is very limited and getting

DJ Kania has a lot of respect to all types

know where we want to go with our lives

yourself to be on-air with your own show

of music, even though he may not be to-

and that drives us incredibly bonkers.

difficult because of the limited amount

tally crazy about them. According to him,

Most people have forgotten that life is

of radio stations and the positions on

there is no type that is absolutely unbear-

about doing what you love. Marcin Kania

the radio. “I got my own show thanks to

able. There’s something for everyone at

loves what he does and he’s tremendously

someone who read about what I’ve been

one point or another.

proud of his success at such a young age.

doing in Poland at all these radio stations.

As a DJ, you’ve got to feel what your

Born in Lublin, Poland, he was very

They took a closer look at my own expe-

audience would like to hear. It’s crucial to

musically inclined. He loved music and

rience and were interested in what I had

remember that your voice is also a major

therefore decided to become a radio DJ/

to bring to the table. Personally, I’d like

part of the job. “I don’t pretend to have

spokesperson.

to have more time on-air and I’ve tried

a certain type of voice. For instance like

He worked with some of the most presti-

for over eight years but unfortunately was

a deep, serious voice. I can be myself.

gious radio stations in Lublin and gained

not able to receive any more time than I

My greatest inspiration for what I do is

an immense amount of knowledge that he

have already.”

first and foremost my wifey and four old

brought with him to the Windy City. “We

Despite the limited time, DJ Kania has

son, my band and my incredible love for

do a lot of interesting interviews and I

a varied audience that differs in age as

music.”

also promote music that’s not necessarily

well as music tastes. He decided to take

Being ourselves on-air is crucial in find-

●●●

Let me start by saying that

the age perspective into consideration in order to please everyone with

important to show our true colors because

his show. “I play a variety of music

the show we’re putting on is about us. DJ

however; my main focus is modern

Kania advises for everyone who consid-

top hits that everybody loves. The

ers this career to “Find your voice, find

personality of the show in itself

your rhythm and soon your own tactic

is very modern therefore it stands

will develop on its own.” Tune in to his

out from the rest of the programs

show at 1490 AM in the mornings. He

played on the station. I majored in

is honestly one of the coolest people out

marketing and I’m currently pursu-

there and I, for one, would like to person-

ing a career in the music/journalism

ally congratulate him on his tremendous-

field. So, it’s not about majoring in

ly outstanding success.

journalism but being able to talk to

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ing our inner radio personality. On-air it’s

Image Source: Paulina Pachel

FIND YOUR VOICE. FIND YOUR RHYTHM. AND SOON YOU’RE OWN TACTIC WILL DEVELOP.


“WHAT’S UP?” with Mr. Glogowski a look at the evening sky in Winter 2012

Hello Ridgewood!

Winter officially starts on December 21st-- the same day our

winter break starts. Winter is a great time to look up at the wonders of the night sky, the nights are long because the Sun sets early and the nights are usually crystal clear. The winter sky is dominated by the awesome constellation, Orion. In fact, Orion can be used as the starting point for your winter constellation observing.

To find Orion in early winter, look southeast. You will easily

find three stars that are lined up in a row. These are the stars in Orion’s belt. If you look to the lower right of the belt, you will come to a bright white star. This is Rigel which forms Orion’s knee. If you look to the upper left of the belt, you’ll find a bright orange star. This star is Betelgeuse, which some refer to as “Beetlejuice”. If you go out on December 21st around 7pm and look Southeast you will not only see Orion but also Jupiter hanging just above Orion and that very bright star in the upper right corner; is not a star at all—It’s the Moon! Congratulations! You’ve just done some winter star gazing!

Orion, the Hunter, is accompanied by two hunting dogs – Ca-

nis Major which includes Sirius (the Dog Star) and Canis Minor, which includes the star Procyon. Finding Sirius is easy. It is the brightest star in the winter night sky. Follow the line of Orion’s belt to the left. You

Fun Facts with Mr. DeRose • A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana. • Macademia nuts are sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell. • The least dense substance in the world is Hydrogen Gas at 0.08988 g/cc • WD-40 received its name after forty attempts were needed before the creation of this “water displacing” substance. • An armadillo can walk under water. • The first subway system was built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897. • Your tonsils serve the purpose of destroying foreign substances that are swallowed or breathed in. • The hardest substance in the human body is the enamel on your teeth. • In the movie Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, chocolate syrup was used for blood in the shower scene. • A watermelon is 92% water

won’t miss it. Sirius makes up the head of Canis Major, the Great Dog. Directly above Sirius is Procyon. To find it using Orion, locate the two stars that make up Orion’s shoulders and follow the line they create to the first bright star you find. That is Procyon.

A great object to find are a grouping of stars called the Pleia-

des, or the Seven Sisters, follow Orion’s belt to the right. You will pass just below a bright star called Aldebaran and see a small group of stars which form the Pleiades.

Winter is a great time to observe the night sky so bundle up

and get out there! Keep looking up!

Mr. Glogowski

Top 10 Songs you should listen to! by Alyssa Martinez • Sittin’ Sideways by Lupe Fiasco ft. Jay-Z • Make Her Say by Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West, Common • On the Brightside by NeverShoutNever • Paris, Tokyo by Lupe Fiasco • Party by Beyonce • Bon Bon (We No Speak Americano) by Pitbull • I would Die 4 You by Prince • Rhythm Of Love by Plain White T’s • The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats • Temperature by Sean Paul 15


Giving Up on Global Warming the debut article of the Rebellion’s new satire section

by Jola Pach

cal suburban father was quoted saying, “I

used to be really involved in the attempt

ing to satisfy environmentalists; they’re

to save the planet. I recycled, turned off

going to keep up their desperate antics

ing of environmentalists over the past

the lights when I left the room, used less

whether you are taking the time to re-

several years about the terrible effects

hot water… Then I was made aware that

cycle your old newspapers or not. There’s

of global warming, the American people

my contributions really weren’t help-

no rush to save the planet because it’s a

are just sick of trying. They spent their

ing and I realized that it isn’t really my

relatively useless attempt and it’s the next

hard-earned money on energy-efficient

problem. My son’s generation is going

generation’s problem anyway. So, next

light bulbs and a car with better gas mile-

to have to deal with that and I don’t even

time you feel a little bit chilly at home,

age. They kept their homes at reasonable

like him that much. Sometimes, when he

crank up the thermostat until you can feel

temperatures during the summer. Some

comes home late, I just let the hot water

the planet protesting. If you are shown a

even stopped keeping the TV turned on

run in the bathroom and laugh about his

picture of the poor, endangered lemurs,

all evening to drown out the fact that they

miserable future.”

satisfy yourself by saying that they might

are, indeed, very lonely. Yet even with

be endangered, but they certainly don’t

all these efforts, they are still bombarded

on “going green”, they realize that global

have to pay high taxes, so it’s kind of

with dire predictions of the death of the

warming really isn’t that bad. Increas-

fair. Don’t let the annoying environmen-

universe because of a couple of meaning-

ing global temperatures mean that they

tal freaks convince you that you should

less holes in some layer of the atmo-

don’t have to spend their life savings on

do something to save the planet. Have a

sphere.

the only vacation they are able to afford;

backbone. Tell them exactly where their

instead, they can simply take some sand

whining isn’t welcome. In a polluted

for the polar bears and their habitat loss,

from the neighbors’ sand box, flood their

America, that’s where.

the people have decided that it just isn’t

backyard, put on some shorts, and enjoy

worth the effort anymore. A stereotypi-

the global disaster.

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After listening to the yammer-

So, despite their sense of pity

Now, as the people are giving up

There’s really no point in try-


destination: madrid, spain by Tatiana González

The Places to Go and the Things to Do in Madrid

Madrid, Spain is a city that always has something going on. Whether you want to go to the Renia Sofia Museum

of Art or to the Madrid River Park, you will have a great time. Also, you can have the authentic taste of Spain in Madrid with the great variety of restaurants. And if you want to have a lit bit of fun, you can go to the zoo! As you can see, there is a lot to do in Spain, and much more!

If you want to go to Madrid, there are some places that you cannot miss. You should go to Plaza Mayor, a square

in the old part of the city that is very pretty and that has events often. Also, you should go to the Almudena Cathedral that was constructed by the Pope John Paul in 1993 and that has works of art that are absolutely magnificent. Descalzas Reales Monastery is another place that you need to visit. It is a 16th century building where King Carlos I and Queen Isabel of Portugal lived.

There are also different things that you can go see, like the Russian Imperial Ballet, that was founded in 1994.

Or you can go to the Opera Macbeth, the most modern by Verdi in the Teatro Real. There is an exhibit that is called The Legacy of the House of Alba and that has a selection of 150 works to show.

Madrid has a lot more to offer, and I suggest that you go to Spain and experience them for yourself. The city is

alive with nightlife and food, museums and theaters, and art work and parks. With all of these different things to do and see, surely you would never be bored.

Los Lugares para Ir y las Cosas para Hacer en Madrid

Madrid, España es una ciudad que siempre tiene algo que hacer. Si quiere ir al Museo de Arte Nacional de La Re-

nia Sofia, o al parque del Río de Madrid, usted tendrá un gran tiempo. También, puede tener el auténtico sabor de España en Madrid con una gran variedad de restaurantes. Y si quiere divertirse, ¡debe ir al zoológico! Como usted puede ver, hay mucho que hacer en Madrid, ¡y muchas más!

Si quiere viajar a Madrid, hay algunos lugares que usted no puede perder. Debe ir a la Plaza Mayor, una plaza en

la parte antigua de la ciudad que es muy bonita y que tiene eventos a menudo. También, debe ir a la Catedral Almudena que fue construida por el Papa John Paul en 1993 y que tiene obras de arte absolutamente magníficas. El Monasterio de Descalzas Reales es otro lugar que necesita visitar. Es un edificio del siglo XVI donde el Rey Carlos I e la Reina Isabel de Portugal vivieron.

También hay cosas diferentes que puede ir a ver, como el Ballet Imperial Ruso, que fue fundada en 1994. O puede

ir a ópera de Macbeth, la más moderna de Verdi en el Teatro Real. Hay una exhibición que se llama El Legado de la Casa de Alba y tiene una selección de 150 obras para mostrar.

Madrid tiene muchas más para ofrecer, y sugiera que usted vaya a España y experiméntelos para si misma. El

ciudad está vivo con la vida nocturna y la comida, los museos, los teatros, las obras de arte y los parques. Con todas estas cosas para hacer y ver, seguramente nunca se aburre. 17


destination: rome, italy by Daniella Macrito

Rome: The Jewel of the World

Rome is the capital of Italy and the region of Lazio.

Many tourists visit Rome each year. In fact, Rome is the third

from the Old and New Testaments. The entire chapel is truly a

most visited city in Europe after London and Paris. Romans

masterpiece.

are very proud of their city and rightly so. Tourists visit Rome

to relish its beauty, enjoy its history and magnificent art, and

Rome and surely one of the most famous in the world. It’s

of course, eat its delicious foods. Rome embodies two distinct

named TREVI because it sits on three (TRE) streets (VIE).

elements: beauty and culture. Founded in 753 B.C by the two

The water of the fountain still comes from the ancient Roman

brothers Romulus and Remus, Rome today remains an impor-

aqueducts. (They’re two thousand years old and they still work

tant economic, cultural, and historic center.

today!) We had the opportunity to throw coins in the fountain.

Legend has it that if you throw one coin in the fountain, you

I have visited Rome twice, once with my family, and

The Trevi Fountain is a famous Baroque fountain in

last year with my Italian class. I still hope to visit Rome again.

will return to Rome. If you throw two coins in, you will fall in

During our tour last year, we had the opportunity to explore the

love, and if you throw a third in, you will either get married if

entire city. We saw many historical places in Rome, but the

you’re unmarried, or get a divorce if you are married. You bet-

most unforgettable were the Colosseum, the Vatican, St. Peter’s

ter watch what you do with that third coin!

Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Trevi Fountain.

Romans.” Eat! It’s nearly impossible to walk a block in Rome

All of Rome is a living museum. Wherever you gaze,

As the famous saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the

your eyes are sure to fall upon a building or monument of great

without encountering a pizzeria. Pizzerias and bakeries make

historical significance. The Colosseum, or the Flavian Amphi-

either Pizza Bianca (with olive oil and salt), or Pizza Rossa

theater, is one of the most famous attractions in Rome. It is

(with tomato and mozzarella). Rome specializes in a classic,

truly incredible. It could seat more than 50,000 spectators. Fin-

wafer-thin crispy pizza. The pizzas in Italy are cooked to per-

ished in 80 A.D, this monument still allows us the opportunity

fection because they use only the freshest ingredients and cook

to walk on the ground of the famous Roman battle recreations

them in a wood-burning oven. È meraviglioso! Leaving Rome

and gladiatorial combats.

without devouring its mouth-watering pizza is a crime!

The Vatican is yet another incredible site in Rome.

Rome’s beauty and culture can melt even the coldest

The Vatican is situated in the Italian peninsula, but interestingly,

of hearts. The buzzing of Vespas, the never-ending traffic, the

it is not part of Italy. It is an independent state with a little

animated Romans, the colors, the scents, the ancient and mod-

over 600 citizens. Its most famous citizen is the Pope. The

ern architecture, the designer stores, the over-filled restaurants

Pope says mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Basilica is the main

all help to create a unique and evocative atmosphere. It is very

Catholic church and the biggest in the world. Michelangelo

easy to get lost in the romanticism of the Eternal City’s quaint

designed and built the dome on the Vatican which is the largest

little streets, and also in the beauty of its art and culture. I can’t

in the world. Within the Vatican is the famous Sistine Chapel

wait to get back there! I hope to see you there too!

that Michelangelo painted. It took Michelangelo four years to

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complete it. His inspirational paintings represent the stories


Roma: Il Gioiello del Mondo

Roma è il capoluogo d’Italia e della regione del Lazio.

c’è la famosissima Cappella Sistina di Michelangelo. Michel-

Molti turisti visitano Roma ogni anno. Infatti, Roma è la terza

angelo ha impiegato quattro anni per finire la cappella. I dipinti

città più visitata in Europa dopo Londra e Parigi. I Romani

di Michelangelo rappresentano le storie del vecchio e nuovo

sono giustamente molto orgogliosi della loro città. I turisti

testamento della Bibbia. È un capolavoro.

visitano Roma per la sua bellezza, la sua storia, la sua arte, e il

suo buonissimo cibo. Roma personifica due elementi distiniti:

Roma e sicuramente una delle più famose del mondo. Si

la bellezza e la cultura. Fondata nel 753 Avanti Cristo da due

chiama Trevi perchè la fontana si situa su “tre” “vie”. Ancora

fratelli, Romolo e Remo, Roma anocra oggi è un centro eco-

oggi l’acqua della fontana viene dagli acquedotti dei Romani.

nomico, storico e culturale molto importante.

Hanno duemila anni e ancora funzionano! Noi abbiamo avuto

l’opportunità di buttare le monete nella fontana. La legenda

Ho visitato Roma due volte; una volta con la mia fami-

La Fontana di Trevi è una famosissima fontana barocca

glia, e un’altra volta l’anno scorso con la mia classe d’italiano.

dice che se butti una moneta nella fontana, ritornerai a Roma, se

Queste due visite ancora non mi bastano. Voglio ritornarci di

butti due monete nella fontana, t’innamorerai, e se ne butti tre, o

nuovo. Durante la nostra gita scolastica l’anno scorso, ab-

ti sposerai, o ti divorzierai se sei sposata.

biamo avuto l’opportunità di esplorare tutta la città. Abbiamo

visto molti luoghi a Roma, ma quelli più indimenticabili sono

i Romani.” Mangiare! È quasi imposibile fare cinque passi a

il Colosseo, il Vaticano, la Basilica di San Pietro, La Cappela

Roma senza incontrare una buona pizzeria. È possibile trovare

Sistina, e la Fontana di Trevi.

pizze bianche (condite con olio d’oliva e sale), o pizza rossa

(condita con salsa di pomodoro e mozzarella). La pizza romana

Tutta Roma è un museo vivente. Ovunque si guarda

Un detto famoso dice “Quando sei a Roma, fai come

è presente una ricchissima cultura storica. Il Colosseo, o

è sottilissima e croccante. Le pizze sono cotte a perfezione per-

l’Anfiteatro Flaviano, è uno delle attrazioni più famose a Roma.

chè sono fatte con gli ingredienti più fresche in forni a legna. È

È veramente incredibile. Poteva sedere più di 50,000 spettatori.

meravigliosa! Partire da Roma senza aver divorazto una pizza

Finito nel 80 Dopo Cristo, questo monumento ci offre ancora la

potrebbe essere considerato un delitto.

possibilità di camminare sul terreno delle famossissime ricreazi-

oni battagli romane ed i combattimenti gladiatoriali.

che i cuori più freddi. Il ronzio delle vespe nelle strade, il traffi-

co ininterroto, i Romani vivaci, i colori, i profumi, l’architettura

Il Vaticano è un altro luogo incredibile a Roma. Il

Le bellezze e la cultura di Roma può far sciogilere an-

Vaticano è situato nella penisola italiana, ma interessantemente,

antica nel mezzo dell’ architettura moderna, i negozi di alta

non fa parte dell’ Italia. È uno stato indipendente con poco più

moda, ed i ristoranti strapieni aiutano a creare un’atmosfera

di 600 cittadini. Il cittadino più famoso del Vaticano è il Papa.

unica ed indimenticabile. Nella Città Eterna è possibile perdersi

Il Papa dice le messe nella Basilica di San Pietro. La Basilica

nel romanticismo delle stradine strette e anche nella bellezza

di San Pietro è la chiesa principale dei Cattolici ed è anche la

della sua arte e cultura. Non vedo l’ora di ritornarci! Spero di

più grande chiesa nel mondo. Michelangelo ha progettato la cu-

trovarti lì anche tu!

pola che ancora oggi è la più grande del mondo. Nel Vaticano

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CREATIVE CORNER

DEFINE WEIRD... by Kristina Lazzara

One day while rocking out in my car, lost in the epic melo-

dies of the Doors and Led Zeppelin my sister turns to me and says “You listen to weird music.” Upon my upcoming witty rebuttal I start to think just what exactly is “weird?” Well, according to my good friend Webster the pocket edition it is defined as mysterious or bizarre.

I then began to look into and consider the history of my taste in

music. The classic rock genre dominated the music industry throughout the 60’s and 70’s. Back when bell- bottoms and shag carpeting were considered “classy.” Back then the music wasn’t thought to be unusual, bizarre, strange, or even slightly off. So why would it now? Can one thing gain the quality of being weird for no reason at all? And my answer to that is yes. Some things that were once thought to be, what the youngins call; hip, cool, and groovy have now become some puss ridden zit on the teenage face of society. Take mutton chops for example. Sure they were a respectful fashion, back in the Civil War, however, not so much now. Though they are few, people still sport these hairy, facial accessories.

So the lesson learned today is.. “Drum roll please!” POW! To

put it as cliché as possible, weirdness is in the eye of the beholder. Sure that guy jamming on his kazoo while walking his pet alpaca may look quite off. However, in that one citizen’s mind it is as normal as can be. So why not one day be a little weird; break out your old Go-go boots and petticoat for a while and see what it is like to be on the opposite end of this acceptance obsessed society. Break loose from the chains of normalcy. Just do something different for once! Be yourself, if being yourself happens to be “normal” then go right ahead. All biased thoughts aside, we can at least try and be a less judgmental society. It is by all means your choice. Just remember no matter how conformed and ordinary you come off being, there will be at least one inhabitant of this planet that will think you are the most bizarre person they’ve ever met. Except if you like anchovies, that’s just weird.

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We Wish You a Fishy Christmas! By Victor Bertocchi & Aga Jarzabek

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The girls worked hard in the off season. The biggest improve-

Coach LoBianco

ment on our team is the level of dedication. We won’t be the tall-

What kind of motivation do you provide for the team?

est team, we won’t be the fastest, but my team will show up each

My goal is to be fair, fun, but firm. I mean business when it

game dedicated to their program.

comes to basketball and the girls that knows that. I respect this

How do you think the team has improved?

Who are some of the key players? Our key players on the court are Jaclyn Stroud, and Ines Grepo. Our best student athletes are Sladana Nikezic and Emma Pisello. How do they strengthen the team? Jackie and Ines remind the girls daily how much we all need to improve. They play at a higher skill level than anyone else in our program, and create opportunities for themselves and their team. Sladana and Emma remind the team that hard work on the court

sport, it has been my life since I was a 4th grader at St. Celestine. The only time I show frustration with my team is when I do not see them giving the sport the hard work it deserves, and the respect it requires to become successful. What are your expectations? Work hard, play hard, and leave the court with a smile. Winning is the most fun a team can have together, and I like leaving each game with a smile on my face.

is not the only important aspect of our program. The girls model

How does the team bring spirits up when you suffer a loss?

the Rebel Pledge, and lead by examples in the classroom. All four

We reflect. We have to sit in our loss for a while in order to feel

of these girls model the structure needed to be a successful girls

the disappointment. The feeling of disappointment typically seeks

basketball player for the Lady Rebels.

hard work. It’s a terrible feeling, but the goal is to correct our

What are the goals for the team?

mistakes. We go back to basics each practice.

I would like our record to at least average .500. We hope each

I believe you played in high school. What made you want to

game to limit turnovers, box out and eliminate second shot oppor-

coach?

tunities, and keep the tempo at our pace, not our opponents.

I did play in high school, at Leyden. I had fantastic coaches dur-

How far do you believe the team will get in the season?

ing my career at Leyden, but they were tough on me. They taught

This team is strong enough to win a regional, and inching closer

me the meaning of hard work, and importance of life skills. I

to capturing a sectional title. Every game we

learned much more than basketball from them. Because of them

play, we play a tougher opponent than what we see in our re-

I persevere when life presents me with a challenge. I became a

gional. We play the best, to become the best.

coach to inspire my girls to persevere when life gets tough. Most

How do you feel about the team personally and its chemistry? This is a fantastic group of young women. They are strong willed and dedicated to becoming a family on and off the court. The amount of time we spend together creates a strong bond, and cap-

of them won’t play basketball when they leave Ridgewood, so I am trying to leave them with something greater… the belief that they can get through any challenges they face in adulthood. Most importantly, I coach because I love this game, plain and simple.

tures the true meaning of team. During practice we all help each other get better. We improve plays together, we accomplish small benchmarks together, and it shows on the court. 22

interviewed by: Edyta Tarczynski, Kamila Czachorowski, Claudia Kubarycz-Hoszowska


Rebel Wrestlers Aiming Towards Victory by Alexandra Adamo

I “pinned” down the wrestling coach, Mr. McCabe, to get his

Will the team be participating in any tournaments this year?

thoughts and insight on the team and their schedule for the 2012-

McCabe: We have 4 tournaments this year. We wrestled in a

13 Wrestling season.

team tournament on November 23rd at Vernon Hills high school.

Hi Coach McCabe, could you please refresh our memories as to what the team accomplished last season? McCabe: Last year we had 7 qualifiers to the sectional tournament. Then we had one wrestler qualify for the state tournament

Over two days the wrestlers got 9 matches. No medals were awarded, but our team got some great competition. Dylan Kaczmarczyk went 8-1 at the tournament. Adrian Kiluk went 5-4, Joe Perez went 2-0, Sam Karim went 5-0, Nathan Munoz went 3-1.

(Sam Karim). We had at least 3 wrestlers medal in all four of our

What does the team’s wrestling schedule look like?

tournaments that we competed in.

McCabe: We have a tough schedule this year. We only wrestle

What are you expectations for the team this year? McCabe: This year I expect to have no less than 6 wrestlers with

one Chicago team. The suburban teams are more competitive and they will prepare us more for Regionals.

20 or more wins. We already have 4 wrestlers with 10 or more

What do you believe is the most important thing that the

wins on the season.

team does in practice to prepare for a meet?

Do you have a full and complete roster filling all the weight divisions this year? McCabe: We only fill 7 of the 13 weight classes on varsity, so it will be hard to win a dual meet. We wrestled Streamwood high school and won all seven matches, but lost the meet 30-25

McCabe: The most important part of wrestling is conditioning. We need to be in the best possible shape come Regionals. We cannot afford to be tired in the 3rd period. So far, we look great in the third period. We also need to work on perfecting moves that we drill on a daily basis.

because of all our forfeits. By midseason we will have 12 of the

Are there any rules that you believe unnecessary? That you

13 filled. We plan on bumping freshmen up to varsity once they

would toss out if given the opportunity?

get a little more experience. We have a great freshman class. We

McCabe: No.

have 20 wrestlers at the freshmen level. We have never had this many before.

What are your thoughts and opinions on girls participating in high school wrestling?

Can you fill us in on who will be wrestling at each weight

McCabe: All over the state girls are competing in wrestling. I am

class?

not opposed to it. If a girl wants to wrestle, they are more than

McCabe: 106 lbs – Adonis Silva, 113 lbs – Dan Boboc, 120 lbs

welcome to.

– Rocco Caringella, 126 lbs – Nathan Munoz, 132 lbs – Dylan Kaczmarczyk, 138 lbs – Sam Karim, 145 lbs – Joe Perez, 152 lbs – Robby Saadeh, 160 lbs – Adrian Kiluk, 170 lbs – Marcin Topor, 182 lbs – Nobody, 195 lbs – Vinny Scaletta, 220 lbs – Dominick Ateca, 285 lbs – Connor McFall / Azzam Wachaa. Are there any new rules that went into effect this season that are different from last year? McCabe: No.

How do you feel about the parent’s/audience participation at a meet? McCabe: Over the years there has been good support from parents. They come to watch their son wrestle when they get a chance. Thank you, Coach McCabe for your time and cooperation with this interview. May you have a victorious 2012/13 wrestling season. Let’s show support for our Wrestling Rebels! 23


Join the Rebellion! Ridgewood High School’s Student Publication (also known as the school newspaper)

What we write… o School activities/sports o Current events o Technology o Creative writing (short stories, poetry, comics) o Reviews and much more! o Also featuring, satirical pieces, rants, and opinion pieces Photography is also welcomed! Why join the Rebellion? o Express your opinions o Explore your interests o Be part of a team o Improve your writing skills o Build your experience

Plus… win monthly prizes and go on field trips! Meetings are in room 203 at Rebel period on Mondays. For more information, see Mr. Lippstreuer in room 203 or email Editor-in-Cheif, Alex Hanns, at alexhanns@gmail.com. If you are interested in advertising with the Rebellion, please contact Editor-in-Chief Alex Hanns at alexhanns@gmail.com to get more information.

The Rebellion, Volume 27, Issue 2