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Volume 5—Issue 1

September 2009


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UA girls show spirit at Fall Fesival pep rally!

(Above) Mrs. Quante loves ticket sales (Below) Clown Club Reps

(Below) Left to Tell Author, Ilibagiza with freshman Maggie Eggelston

(Below) UA Cheerleaders pump up the crowd!

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9 UA DON’TS from the Upperclassmen to the Underclassmen

Here is our list of the best things to avoid doing here at UA to make a near perfect four years! 1. DON’T be lazy…You simply cannot plan on having a great four years at UA if you aren’t going to get involved in anything. Play with your interests; if you like art, get involved in painting scenery for the plays or be a part of the plays yourself. It’s simple. There are no excuses when our school offers so many opportunities to make new friends and broaden your horizons! 2. DON’T expect things to fall into your lap…You will get out of high school what you put in. If you put in zero minutes of study time of math, expect a zero on the test. Put all your effort into school, and get back the best four years of your life 3. DON’T ignore hallway etiquette… Everyone has to get to class in fewer than 5 minutes, even teachers. This becomes impossible when girls crowd the hallways and chat about the weekend or how hard the test they just took really was. Also, always lock your locker; back locks and demerits are to be expected if you don’t. And don’t walk

on the left side of the hallway unless necessary. 4. DON’T forget your lanyard…We all have to wear the same uniform so make sure every day you wear all the uniform accessories. Make a checklist if you have to: Lanyard, check! Tucked in collared shirt, check! Dean is not the only one doing uniform checks. Be aware! 5. DON’T pull all-nighters…Sleep is good! Especially for growing teens. You will be less stressed if you get more sleep; however, that does not mean sleep in and miss carpool. Spending all night on the phone talking about or to that adorable boy who said “hi” to you at the SLUH football game is not worth falling asleep in science class and missing that tidbit of important information that’s going to be on the exam. Also, get homework done early! Staying up all night to type up a paper that you’ve had two weeks to do is silly! Get to know it well, and early bedtimes are the best! 6. DON’T get behind…After asking twenty or more juniors and seniors what they would like to tell the underclassmen, most all said keep up in homework. Do your homework and projects as soon as they are assigned; you’re only hurting yourself with procrastination. 7. DON’T be sticky…Sticky: v. sticking to one group of friends. This is bad! Branch out, and make new friends; join a club and socialize. As Mrs. Hanock says,

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“The more people you’re nicer to, the more people you have to wish you happy birthday!” Don’t limit yourself and your possible happy birthdays to one group of friends. You’ll miss out on all the amazing characters here at UA! 8. DON’T play dress-up…It’s great to want to look nice every day and showering is highly encouraged; however, we do go to an all-girls school. More than twenty minutes in front of the mirror every morning is an unnecessary waste of time. You’re all beautiful! Why wake up an hour early to tame your hair when you can sleep in and put a pony tail in it later? Remember, sleep is good. 9. DON’T overstress or over-schedule… While getting involved is fantastic, first make sure it is all possible. Overscheduling is easy to fall into, but don’t worry about disappointing people, and do what you love the most first. Stress is one of the biggest problems for teenage girls. Not everything is going to be perfect; so don’t overstress. A little stress is good to keep you on track, but overstressing can led to unhealthy situations. Breathe. Relax. We are all going through some of the same problems and will all overcome them as UA girls! To the underclassman and freshmen especially, Ursuline is your new home away from home! So, here’s an official welcome from the Bear Facts News Staff! DO take this list to heart; it will help!

Additions to the Family: New UA Staff

Ally Hill Bear facts Reporter

At the beginning of the school year all of the students get excited to see who the new freshmen are and try to help them feel welcome at Ursuline; but how excited do we get about new teachers? I decided to take the time to meet two of those new teachers, Mr. Bommarito and Ms. Caruso. Mr. Bommarito is our own little hometown hero, growing up right here in St. Louis. He graduated from Desmet High School and attended college at both Mizzou and UMSL. Besides teaching at Ursuline, he’s also taught at both UMSL and SLUH. One of Mr. Bommatio’s favorite things about Ursuline is the mission statement. “I VOLUME

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really like how the school is so driven by its mission statement; it’s mentioned at every faculty meeting and at most of the Ursuline events. In a way it’s like a thesis statement.” Ms. Caruso was born in Virginia, but raised in Cincinnati. She went to a local Catholic high school called Mount Notre Dame; ironically, another Ursuline school was their rival school. Ms. Caruso knew she wanted to teach theology at an all-girls’ Catholic school, and as soon as she visited Ursuline, she knew that it was the school for her. “After I visited, I actually went out to lunch with one of my girl friends and told her I knew I would get

the job; it’s where I was meant to be, and, sure enough, almost three hours later Dr. Gilligan called, telling me I had got the job.” The foreign language department also welcomes two new faces to their staff, Ms. Geronimo and Mrs. Gray. We all know how scary it can be to shuffle down the halls with all those girls you don’t know, but imagine if you had classrooms full of girls just staring at you. We were all once there in their shoes so try to remember that the next time you see them walk down the halls. Emily Boyer BEAR

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Where In the World is Greg Mortenson?

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Everyone here at Ursuline read over the summer about the brave Greg Mortenson and his dream of bringing education to all people of the Middle East. His foundation, the Central Asia Institute, has made it possible to bring education to the most remote places of the world. He endured months away from his family, facing harsh conditions of the mountains in order to bring his dream to life. In his book, Three Cups of Tea, he told about everything his difficult journey entailed. At the end of the book, he had just reached Afghanistan, and was preparing to start a school there. Where is Greg Mortenson today? Just about everywhere. Mr. Mortenson, as of August 15, 2009, has over 8 million students in his Afghani schools; 2.4 million of them are girls. This jumped from 800,000 in 2000 and is the greatest increase in

school enrollment in modern history. He has continued to travel the United States to give motivational speeches and presentations in order to raise money for the CAI. His lifestyle has not changed much since we last read about him; he spends about 6 months traveling the U.S. and the rest of the year overseas. Mortenson has been awarded numerous honors; just a few of the recent ones from 2008 and 2009 include the Sword of Loyola from St. Louis University and the Star of Pakistan, which is the highest honor one can receive in Pakistan. He has also received from St. Louis University an Honorary Doctorate in 2009. At the urging of his children, Amira and Khyber, Mortenson has begun to Twitter. His “tweets” give updates on schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and he was one or two inspiring videos on Youtube. As of

September 3, he has about 2,400 followers. If any UA girls are interested in following him, the link is http:// twitter.com/gregmortenson . On Tuesday, April 20 of 2010, Mortenson is scheduled to speak at Powell Symphony Hall during the St. Louis Speakers Series. For more information about how to get tickets, please visit the St. Louis Speakers Series w e b s i t e a t www.stlouisspeakersseries.org/ about.htm. This would be a great, inspiring event to go to with a group of friends. Try looking into it! Amy Coyle Bear Facts Staff Writer

Immaculee Ilibagiza Speaks at National Meeting in St. Louis

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n Saturday, September 5 I was able to attend the Keynotes Speaking Event at the St. Vincent DePaul National

Meeting. Held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel downtown, over two hundred people packed the ballroom to hear Immaculee Ilibagiza speak. But, before the speech, I was invited to attend breakfast with approximately thirty other people. Ilibagiza spoke with a more casual tone even though she addressed more personal encounters. One that stood out for me was that she recalled a dream she had in which angels and women were in heaven. She couldn’t comprehend what it meant, but it was significant enough to stay with her. Although Immaculee is fairly well known throughout America, the people in Rwanda do not know her as a celebrity. She does not do television interviews in her native country because VOLUME

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she “just wants to be one of them.” During the speech Immaculee had everyone captivated. Not one chair moved during the hour long speech. Everyone had heard of her story, yet many shed tears from viewing the incident from a different perspective. She didn’t focus on what happened because the audience knew about the Rwanda Holocaust. Instead she persuaded everyone to listen to God and to forgive others. Immaculee’s bright smile showed as she talked about how people are healing today. Immaculee In her a video clip Immaculee was during speech seen going to the jail and forgiving the man whose brother killed her family. Immaculee talked about a time when she made a choice on whether she should do what was right or what was kind. She always chooses the kind way. She didn’t want to hold grudges since that would not make anything better. Her forgiving ways can be an

example of how to stay strong and listen to God even in the most difficult situations. Immaculee travels back to Rwanda every few months and takes a group of about ten Americans. While there, they help the families, and she shows them the bathroom in which she hid for ninety-one days. A movie is going to be made based on Left to Tell. She resides in a New York City apartment with her family. Maggie Eggleston Bear Facts Staff Writer

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Swine Flu: Its Symptoms and Its Cures With the beginning of a new school year, schools and their districts are scrambling to come up with a plan for dealing with the possible outbreak of swine flu or H1N1. Ursuline Academy has in place an action plan to help keep swine flu off campus and students and faculty safe. The action plan as explained by Ms. Hanock, UA health teacher, and Ms. Lipson, secretary to the dean, puts a lot of responsibility on Ursuline students. Ms. Hanock said, “Wipe down the classroom after every class. If you’re sick, stay home; don’t return to school unless you have been fever-free for 24 hours.” Ms. Lipson (who attended official flu prevention seminars) added, “Wash hands, use Germ-X, cough into a Kleenex, or cough into your elbow or arm.” In addition to these helpful hints, UA is in need of donations of Germ-X, wipes and Kleenex. If students feel sick, don’t hesitate to call

the doctor and set up an appointment. Even before a doctor’s visit, the swine flu is recognized by these symptons: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. S”ymptoms are similar to seasonal flu symptoms. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions,” UNWANTED FLU BUG wrote Photo the Missouri Department of Credit: Margie Plurad Health and Senior Services. Swine flu has already hit some local school districts hard. Fort Zumwalt has reported their first suspected case of swine flu back in August, and Wentzville Middle School currently has nearly 10 cases of swine flu. While the numbers seem low, the ripple effect from ten cases of swine flu is clear. The next day after the first reported swine flu case at Wentzville Middle School, nearly 10% of the student body stayed home in fear of getting swine flu.

The Center of Disease Control or CDC recommends the following high risk groups receive the H1N1 influenza vaccine: pregnant women, households with children under 6 months of age and everyone 6 months of age to 24 years old.

In addition, everyone should still get the seasonal flu vaccine. For more information visit the CDC Web site, www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu. Brooke Messmer Bear Facts Staff Writer

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Thank God We’re Back in the 90s!! It took us almost ten years to get back in the 90s after being locked in the George Bush administration for eight years. Can we relearn the things we already knew in the 90s? War is bad; health care is good. Once again, it’s okay to be smart, articulate, and speak out against the cruelties of sexism and racism. Let’s embrace this year’s Fall Fest theme by celebrating the return of literacy and diplomacy, and by selling our raffle ticket. The 90s brought us many great things: Pogs, Rugrats, great Disney movie after great Disney movie. Succeeding the Reagan days and preceding the attacks of 9/11 and its turmoil, the 90s could be seen as the last stretch of innocence before the twenty-first century, especially for our generation. VOLUME

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In the 90s, we were small children and enjoyed small pleasures like The Parent Trap and those little stick-on earrings. This year’s Fall Festival is a great opportunity to relive some of those peaceful moments. The 90s granted us some great entertainment. Cable TV was in full “Let’s bringing embrace this swing, us Nickelodeon, Disney Channel (the good days, before the year’s Fall Fest theme Hannah Montana disaster) and Cartoon by celebrating theare now classics Network. Movies that were to theand big screen: Home returnbrought of literacy Alone, Pretty Woman, and Moonstruck to diplomacy, andAnd by90s music was name a few. unforgettable. every decade there selling our As inraffle were the teeny-boppers, N’sync, the Backstreet Boys, and Brittany Spears. But the real additions to the music world were creative geniuses like

Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Sublime, who shaped the musical influence for an entire generation. As 90s babies we are lucky enough to remember the good old days of Smells Like Teen Spirit and Ferbies, Princess Diana and Monica Lewinsky. Lets honor their memories by making this year’s Fall Fest successful.

Molly Sweeney Bear Facts Co-Editor -in-Chief

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Put Away Those Phones While Driving On August 28, 2009, a new law was passed in the state of Missouri. Most Ursuline students have been following this law since it was first put into writing as this is the one that affects them the most. Students under the age of 21 are banned from sending, writing or reading texts or other electronic messages on a hand-held device while driving. They are also banned from browsing the Internet or downloading things onto their phones. If an officer catches them texting while driving, they will be fined $200. This is one law that, understandably, has caused a lot of talk around Ursuline. The students of Mr. Dailey’s world history class were heard talking about the merits of the new law while watching a video on texting while driving. “It’s stupid because of the age limit,” sophomore Alicen Moser said when asked her opinion. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80. You shouldn’t be texting while driving.”

Leah Renaud, a junior, believes that the new law is a “great way for teens to concentrate while driving because it actually gives them a reason to put their phones away and concentrate on the road.” Another sophomore, Kelsey Rejko, likes the new law as well. She said that not only will it help save lives, but also “it will make teens more aware while driving and prevent many minor crashes.” Many thousands of people have died each year due to talking and texting while driving. About 2,600 people were killed, and about 330,000 were injured in the United States last year. These numbers are predicted to rise each year by at least 50%. In addition, a study by txtresponsibly.org, a Web site dedicated to the halt of texting while driving, found that a 17-year-old who was distracted by her phone has the reaction time of an 80-year-old. Those on their phones were 18% slower to react to brake lights, making them more likely to crash into the cars in front of them, the study found. They also took

“It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80. You shouldn’t be texting while driving.”

17% longer to regain the speed they lost when they braked. In one interview, by the same Web site, a girl mentioned that she didn’t think that texting while driving was a big deal and that she does it often. This sort of thinking jeopardizes everyone else who is driving. Texting while driving endangers every single person on the road. Someone’s life could have been saved if that “lol” would have been sent when the car wasn’t moving.

Ann Slesinksi Bear Facts Staff Writer

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Cash for Clunkers: Political Success? “Cash for Clunkers” was a program that the Obama administration put into effect to stimulate the auto industry. It was intended to get older, less fuel efficient cars off the road and replace them with newer, fuel efficient cars. Fox News said, with an estimated 690,000 clunkers headed for scrappers, this may cause already rising used car prices to rise ever higher. Because “Cash for Clunkers” was received so well by the public, they extended it from August 7 for another two billion dollars, or until August 24. This was a government funded scrappage program. But the money that was put forward by the government was other people’s money. Many regular media outlets, such as VOLUME

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CNN and NBC, boasted about its huge success and none of the pitfalls. Here are some of the pitfalls and successes of the program. Rush Limbaugh said, “Democrats are naturally claiming this is a great success while Republicans are claiming that because the program has run out of clunker cash so quickly, this proves the government can’t run the health care system.” The reason that the Republicans are saying this is that the government estimated the money would last a couple of months, but it ran out in four days. There were many pitfalls in the program. One was that used car dealers have had decreased sales. Another pitfall would be that it lowered the availability of used cars. Some of the successful aspects

of the program would be that many people got new more fuel efficient cars by trading in their old “clunker.” According to CARRS.com these local dealers supported the program, such as Bommarito Nissan in Hazelwood, Dave Sinclair Lincoln Mercury in St. Louis, and Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton. Some of the dealers that supported the program saw as high as a 21% spike in sales during the program. The top three car makers to benefit were foreign. The top three models were, as shown on aol.com, were Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Toyota Camry. Also the top car traded in was the Ford Explorer. Amber Grisham BEAR

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Driver’s Guide: Top 10 Things to Know All right, ladies, we all know the stereotypes out there against women drivers. Apparently we know nothing and are terrible people to be in a car with! Let’s prove all those people out there wrong: we are good drivers! Here are a few thoughts before you begin driving: • There is not something wrong with the gas pump. It is you. Do not go inside the station and make complaints about the nonexistent problem. You’ll end up embarrassing yourself, consequently never being able to go to the station again. Learn how to pump gas. • We’re sorry to have to say this, but invest in a GPS. St. Louis is a huge city, and getting lost is easy. You may think you know the area like the back of your hand because you have lived here your entire life, but better safe than sorry. • It is not OK to park in more than one space. Don’t be selfish. Someone else needs that spot. There is such a thing as backing out and re-parking.

your car any safer if you compose a symphony with it.

knick-knacks hanging from your rearview mirror are a little much.

• You will not die if your windshield fogs up! Hit the defrost or your wipers, and CALM DOWN. You'll be okay. Please do not freak out in the middle of traffic.

• When your car reaches the ‘E,’ meaning you supposedly have no fuel left, your car will not break down right away. Your tank most likely contains 2-3 more gallons… also known as at least twenty minutes max of running time.

• Which brings us to our next guideline: do not freak out on the road. Although you might have just seen the most hideous car or perhaps are getting stressed with the huge amount of traffic, nothing will be solved by your crying and blubbering at the wheel. Relax. • Be cautious when touching anything leather, black, or metal on a hot day. Seriously, it hurts…not from experience though, we’ve just heard. • Keep unnecessary decoration to a minimum. We understand you feel the need to express your opinion and personality, but the bumper stickers and

• When locking your car, two "beeps" at the most. You are not in a parade or trumpet procession so cool it with pressing the lock-button. It will not make

There is such a thing as re-parking. • If you get into an accident, do not run away as if nothing happened. Instead, pull over. Once you have pulled over, assess the damage; do not cry and lay on the ground, begging for forgiveness. (For the record we have only heard of people doing this. We know no one who has ever committed such embarrassment). After surveying the damage, call your mom or dad right away. • Having a car gives you so much freedom, which means you’re more likely to have unannounced passengers. So keep these few things handy in your glove box: mints, perfume, and a CD of music you don't like but know other people do - for instance, Lil Wayne or Dave Matthews Band.

Claire Fadel and Kelli Riddle Bear Facts Staff Writers

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Dangerous Conditions at the SLUH Mixer

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s many of you know, Saint Louis University High school held their annual “Back to School” mixer on August 29. Many other high schools host their own “Back to School” mixers, but SLUH has maintained a reputation as the best one to go to and could probably credit their number of guests and raining sweat for earning that reputation. Therefore, with the mixer being so popular, a dangerous number of people attended. On Facebook.com, where many of us socialize, an event for the “Back to School” mixer was created so SLUH’s student council could invite guests over the internet, and people could join the event themselves to publicly announce to their Facebook friends that they would be attending. 1,298 announced themselves as confirmed guests. But, according to SLUH’s school newspaper, The Prep News, 3,400 people attended. With this many people in one gym, it not only becomes easy to lose sight of one’s friends, but it becomes easy for someone to get hurt and difficult for an adult to walk through the sea of teenagers to reach that person. Packing over a thousand people into

one gym leaves almost no room for one to control where his or her body goes. Kimie Leach Ali Kardesch, a junior at Ursuline who Bear Facts Staff Writer attended the mixer, said, “I was pushed and shoved in every direction. I didn’t even have room to dance. I feel like I wasted seven dollars.” I was pushed so forcefully at one point that I fell to the ground with others falling on top of me. The impact of their fall knocked the wind out of me and caused me to have difficulty breathing and to panic. Because of the blaring music, my friends could not hear my scream for help, and I had to force myself out of the pile of people. After this horrifying experience I couldn’t help but ask, what if I couldn’t pull myself out of the pile of people? Or, SLUH’s gym on the night of August 29th, the crowds lead if I wasn’t able to get myself out, would to dangerous conditions. anyone be able to reach me? Photo credit: Mary Keathley If over a thousand people are going to be allowed to dance together in one gym, there should be enough chaperones to control that many people. It seems as if there were not enough adults to control that many teenagers which is why, in the future, it would be safer to limit the number of guests in the gym so if one is in great danger or having medical problems, a chaperone will be able to reach him or her quickly. Kimie Leach Bear Facts Staff Writer

Bear Facts Editorial Policy Bear Facts is a news magazine published eight times a year by the Newspaper Class of Ursuline Academy at 341 S. Sappington Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122. Bear Facts is distributed to students, faculty and staff of UA in order: 1. T o i n f o r m r e a d e r s thoroughly and accurately of all events and issues relative to students, staff, and community. 2. To provide a public forum for students’ opinions through its editorials and letters to the editor. VOLUME

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To entertain readers with focus and features items. Student staff members will decide the content of each issue and will write and edit all printed material. Editorials will reflect the views of the student staff as a whole, not necessarily the opinions of administration and faculty members. Bear Facts encourages readers to share comments, suggestions or complaints by submitting letters to the editor. In order to be considered for

publication, letters to the editor must include the author’s signature. Names can be withheld only at the request of the author and with the approval of the editorial board. The editors reserve the right to edit letters for clarification or for space limitation. Libelous or profane letters will not be published. The Newspaper staff urges all Ursuline Academy students and coworkers to use the “Letters to the Editor” as a public forum in the spirit of freedom of speech and press. BEAR

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Welcome back to a new Bookstore The new UA!

An Ursuline girl walks into the bookstore to buy some watermelon and receives a shock. Almost everything has gone up in price. “Our distributers increased the price of candy due to the economy,” replied Mrs. Kaller, the bookstore manager. “I had to buy Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch Extreme because we cleaned out the company two weeks in a row.” Interestingly enough, the bookstore makes no profit on candy. The reason for the increase in p r i c e ? T h e e c on o m y . “ A l m o s t everything the bookstore purchases has gone up because of the economy, so in turn we had to increase the prices just to keep the items in the bookstore.” There are many changes taking place in the bookstore. There are new display racks and mannequins. The bookstore, to be more welcoming, was repainted and remodeled. There are new items never seen before in the store: Ursuline keychains, headbands, athletic and club magnets, car stickers and accessories. “We are so excited. We are planning

New items in the bookstore.

Photographs by Nicole Farmer Each year at Ursuline Academy several sports take place. a great number of these sports happen during the fall. Coach Brooks stated, “Fall is our busiest season.” These athletes don’t just gain their skills overnight. It takes a lot of determination and practice to be a fall athlete. The fall sports include tennis, volleyball, golf, field hockey, cross country, softball, cheerleaders and the dance team. Over the summer, many of these teams participated in camps, practices and conditioning to get to where they are today. During the summer, the volleyball team had conditioning for an hour and a half every week as well as a camp they attended for two hours a week. The cheerleaders also attended a camp for a week at Fontbonne University. The girls VOLUME

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on decorating the bookstore for the holidays, and we hope to be able to put together care packages for St. Nick’s Day,” said Mrs. Kaller about what they are planning to do for the holidays. While it may still retain the name “The Bookstore,” school textbooks are nowhere to be found on the display shelves. Books may still be ordered, but are not carried in the store, but rather in Mrs. Kaller’s office. “This is due to the need to get rid of the clutter and so the bookstore has more room for newer inventory. “If the students have any suggestions on what they would like us to carry, please feel free to come in and talk to me about any items you would like us to carry or any changes you’d like to see,” said Mrs. Kaller. Nicole Farmer Bear Facts Staff Writer

Hard Work, No Play for Fall Sports on the cheerleading squad also practiced three times a week. The cross country, however, chose to have individual training in which several of the girls practiced on their own such as Audrey Cova and Alex Doellefeld who practiced by running everyday Monday through Friday. The dance team endured many tough practices of the summer, preparing them for the first pep rally of the year. The field hockey team participated in a camp, as well as practicing every week. The golf team ch o se t o p r e p are in d i vi du a ll y , participating in individual tournaments. Whether the teams worked together or on their own, they all worked diligently to have an outstanding season this year. Kailey Beckett

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UA Knits a Tapestry of Diversity this October 28

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St. Louis Film Hits Big Screen Nationwide When the film Streetballers debuted at the International St. Louis Film Festival, it scored the

Last Year’s Diversity Conference Photograph Courtesy of Patricia Harris

The UA Diversity Team offers wonderful opportunities for students to get involved and have fun. One event that is soon approaching is the Leadership for Diversity High School Conference; this is held at Ursuline on October 28 from 4:30 to 8:30. All are welcome. It is a great opportunity to meet new people. All schools participating in the Catholic Schools Harmony Project are invited. These include DeSmet, Rosati Kain, SLUH and more. It is a safe and inviting atmosphere to learn about issues that are relevant to teenagers today. Guest speakers include Brryan Jackson, an inspirational 18year-old who was injected with HIV as a baby by his father, and Marian McCord from CHADS Coalition who will talk about teen suicide and depression. There will be interactive discussions and activities as well as pizza and bottled water, and the concession stand will be open. Go beyond your borders by learning about different points of view. Mary Rose McFarland Diversity Team

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highest of any film in the Festival’s history. It was no wonder that when the movie, written and directed by St. Louis’s own Matt Krentz, premiered at South Lindbergh’s Ronnie’s Cinema, it received a full rotation of five screenings per day. Streetballers was filmed completely on location at various St. Louis spots like O’Connell’s Pub, the Richmond Heights basketball courts, and LeGrand’s Tomboy grocery store. The cast consists entirely of St. Louis natives, including Jimmy McKinney, former Mizzou basketball player, in a co -starring role. The other starring role belongs to Matt Krentz, the writer/ director of the film. Streetballers, as Krentz described it, is “a story tackling subjects such as division, hardship, racism, and the beautiful ways we strive to make sense of the world around us. It is a heartfelt story about relationships and achieving goals.” The film, which garnered a 7-day commercial run in St. Louis at both Ronnie’s 20 Cine and the Tivoli, honestly portrays the struggles of two junior college basketball players, one from North St. Louis and the other from an Irish-American family, who come to rely on each other for guidance and support. Throughout the film, with “We’re in the process their friendship and love for basketball doingground, something as of stable the two battle against t h e amazing r e a l i t yfor o f a l c o h o l a b u s e , b e r e a v e me n t , v i o le n ce a n d a n independent film.” underground world of gambling and -Matt Krentz streetball. As Krentz’s first feature film, Streetballers has already gathered a myriad of awards since it began making the rounds at film festivals in June 2008. Streetballers kicked off its hometown premiere at Ronnie’s with local news

camera crews, crowds of people and a red carpet. “I got to roll out the red carpet,” recalls Lisa Bueltmann, UA Senior and Ronnie’s employee. “I didn’t even know we had a red carpet!” Bueltmann remembers working the Streetballers premiere fondly. “It was cool because I’ll be able to say that I was there.” Two of Ronnie’s biggest theaters were filled the night of the premiere. Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the film to have averaged “more than $5700 per screen, ranking ninth in the country, ahead of GI Joe, Julie & Julia, and The Hangover” when it was first released in St. Louis. While Streetballers has it roots in St. Louis, the movie will be expanding to larger film markets. “We’re in the process of doing something really amazing for independent films,” says Krentz of Streetballers’ success. Streetballers already premiered at the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on September 25. Caitlin Zera Bear Facts Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Demerit Card French Fries Headband Lanyard UA Plaid White Socks Planner Spicy Chicken Spirit Sugar Cookies Swedish Fish Watermelon Cinnamon Mullins Bear Facts Staff Writer

Your Favorite Summer Movie The Hangover (500) Days of Summer

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G.I. Joe Harry Potter Half Blood Prince District 9

What was your favorite part of summer? “No school.” Maria Gallo Freshman

“Sleeping in.” Sami Voss Sophomore

“Going to Wyoming.” Sarah Brown Junior “I was in the Muny.” Christa Pfile Senior

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HOTTIE of the Month

B.J. Novak

Movies of the Summer HOT Songs

DISAPPOINTMENTS

GREAT MOVIES

Transformers 2- Great action, bad plot; could have done without a sequel. Big disappointment!

UP- PIXAR did it again! An extremely cute and very funny movie! Made us laugh and cry!

Falling For You/ Colbie Caillat

The Collector- Lots of gore, not a good plot! Would not recommend it!

The Hangover- All we can say is “HILARIOUS!”

Good Girls Go Bad /Cobra Star Ship

Blow Away /A Fine Frenzy

Love Drunk/ Boys Like Girls

? MIXED FEELINGS? 500 Days of Summer– It was really funny but depressing. Harry Potter 6– You either loved it or hated it.

Worstest Month Ever: Katie Plus Eight?

Bestest Month Ever: TALYOR SWIFT!

Jon Gosselin, since your kids started school and we have, too, we think it’s time we put you in the hot seat. Jon, shame on you! If you’re going through a mid-life crisis, get a counselor, or talk to your wife. Don’t cheat on her with other women! You knew cheating on Kate was not going to end well! It seemed you loved her enough to have eight kids with her! We’d expect this from a 17-year -old boy, not a married man! All we can say, Jon, is you should be ashamed!!!! With love, Margie Plurad and Ally Hill

We think Taylor Swift is having the Bestest Month Ever. Taylor, we are so proud of you for winning a VMA award at 19-years-old. Every girl knows and loves your songs. Your songs are the ones we rock out to at dances and on the radio in the car. We never get tired of hearing your voice because it’s so good. You are so sweet and deserve your VMA for “You Belong with Me.”This is your moment… and don’t let anyone take it away from you …*cough* *cough*. With love, Margie Plurad and Ally Hill

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September 2009