Volume 5â€”Senior Issue
DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY Seniors Katie Mueller, Madeleine Skaggs and Emily Edwards enjoy a night of dancing at the Senior Prom.
PICTURE PERFECT Evelyn VanCardo and Hannah Sullivan pose for a picture on their prom night.
PROM QUEEN Lisa Bueltmann is crowned Prom Queen of the Ursuline Academy Class of 2010.
ART SMART Senior pieces are featured during the Ursuline Art Show. Right: Kate O’Hallaron’s still life painting. Below Right: Julia Philips’s handmade purse. Below: Katie McLaughlin’s oil painting which took first place. COLLEGE BOUND Seniors Christine Hehmeyer and Kristen Schildz sign their letters of intent during an Academic Advisement ceremony.
College Roommate Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts of Spending the Year Together
his coming year is going to be different in almost every way. New schools, friends, classes and, above all, rooming arrangements. Here are some helpful suggestions on how to have a great year with your roommates. 1. Let your roommates know you are having friends over. It isn’t fair to them if they have had a bad day and then have to come back to their rooms to have people over whom they may or may not know. 2. Ask if she wants to go halves on a mini fridge. Most likely you will be getting a fridge, and you’ll both be using it. It is only fair to go halves with your roomie. 3. If you are staying out late to study or whatever, make sure to let the others know. It’s just common courtesy. 4. Get to know your roommates. Ask serious questions and share health problems. They are the closest persons you will have in case of an emergency so make sure they know your health needs, and what to do if they arise. 5. If you have a party or people over in your dorm room, be sure to invite your roommates. Even if they decline, at least they won’t feel left out. 6. No pranks. You aren’t three anymore, and they just aren’t nice. 7. Don’t take anything without asking first. 8. Sit on your own bed with your friend, not on your roommates’. 9. When in doubt, ask. 10. No boys allowed in your dorm room. Most colleges have this rule, but you need to enforce it along with no alcohol and drugs. 11. Set a time to be “home” and stick to it. It isn’t fair to be walking in at two a.m. and waking your dorm mates who may have a test at seven that morning. If you plan on being out late, LET THEM KNOW. Nicole Farmer Bear Facts Staff Writer
My dad travels a lot so he will visit me, and I will be getting a laptop with a camera for Skype.
Julie Trieschmann College: Columbia College Chicago Location: Chicago, IL
Through Skype, the internet, and calling. I’m going to come in every major holiday. My parents will visit me on the weekends so we’ll be seeing a lot of each other.
Madeleine Skaggs College: University of Dallas Location: Dallas, TX
I’m going to use Skype and call on the phone. I’m only in Cape Girardeau so I’ll come back to visit my family.
Abby Stelmachowicz College: Southeast Missouri State Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
I’ll probably come home a lot and stay connected through Facebook.
Emily Biscan College: University of Lindenwood Location: St. Charles, MO
Facebook and probably Skype, too.
Colleen Dunn College: St. Louis University Location: St. Louis, MO BEAR
Senior Leadership: Leaving Legacy Being an Ursuline senior means a new corner in the café, exam exemptions, a new set of privileges and colored polos. Being an Ursuline senior also means assuming the responsibility of being a role model and a leader. The ability to lead kindly and effectively does not just happen overnight. The moment a junior begins her senior year is not the moment she becomes a leader and a role model for the Ursuline community. This is a journey that begins the moment she becomes an Ursuline girl. Shawna Lamb, a current senior, remembered her freshman year and the seniors who made a difference to her: “They were someone I could look up to; someone I was able to go to for advice.” Now nearing her own graduation, she says she’s tried to remember all the things past seniors taught her. “I try not to put the freshmen down just because they’re underclassmen. When I was a freshman, the seniors didn’t do that to me.” Trish Mantia, 2009-2010 STUCO president, recalls the encouragement and advice former Student Council presidents gave to her. “Sophomore year I was inspired by our President, Molly Stadler. She was one of the presidents I noticed to be friendly to girls on Student Council from all class levels, and that’s what I have learned from her.” With each year a new group of seniors takes on the responsibility of leading different student organizations, clubs and sports teams. This responsibility can be daunting and overwhelming at times, but the experience is worth it as Mu Alpha Theta president Kara Ranft knows: “The best advice I received from the upperclasswomen was to take every opportunity available and to get involved. This advice has led me to be involved in multiple organizations here at Ursuline and be an active participant in them. Being chosen as Mu Alpha Theta president and being a member of the other organizations have made my four years ten times better.” Annemarie Economon, a senior Diversity Team member and chairwoman of this year’s Ursuline Diversity VOLUME
conference, remembered her first year on the team: “As a sophomore on the Diversity Team, I was surrounded by seniors who were always so sure of themselves and confident in what they did, and that motivated me to strive to be like them. They were the ones who pushed me to be involved with the Diversity Team, and I found out that I really enjoyed that leadership role. Because of that, I became more involved in other various activities!” One key element of taking on a leadership role is teamwork. Both Economon and Ranft are quick to credit the other students in their organizations for the success of different events, like the Diversity Conference and the Math Olympics. “A true leader appreciates others and learns from them, but knows herself enough to stay true to her core values and share them,” said Mary Rose McFarland, president of the Ursuline Chapter of National Honors Society, which hosted its first student trivia night this year. Even outside of student organizations, seniors are role models for underclasswomen. Thinking back even as far as her freshman year, current senior Emily Edwards remembered, “My sister was a senior when I was a freshman. She and her friends were people I could go to for help and advice – even things like advice on choosing classes for the next year and ‘where to sit and where not to sit’ in the café. They made me feel like I could fit in faster.” Sometimes these actions seem small and insignificant, but their impact has a lasting effect that will help to shape the next generation of leaders at Ursuline. “I hope I show underclasswomen the same leadership abilities that upperclasswomen showed me,” Ranft added thoughtfully, at the conclusion of her interview. After the last weeks of school, UA seniors will leave behind a lot of different things, but the most important thing which they will leave is an example of kind and effective leadership for the deserving group of young women who will come after them. Caitlin Zera Bear Facts Co-Editor-in-Chief
Calling All New Voters!
ince 1972 the number of young voters has dramatically declined from 51 percent of eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 24 to a shocking 42 percent in the 2000 presidential election according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement. According to the U.S. census, young men are less likely to vote than young women with only 40 percent of young men voting. According to recent surveys conducted by CIRCLE, when asked why they don’t vote, many of these young adults gave differing reasons. Some said they are not registered, or they do not have time; they’re confused. Others stated that they don’t like the candidates; they aren’t informed enough. Still others claimed their interests are not being taken into consideration, but overall, the most common reason is that they feel as though they do not make a difference. With almost 24 million United States citizens in this age group, the youth make up a big percentage of eligible voters in the U.S. so the question is, “Why do they feel they don’t make a difference?” Only about 14.2 percent of the campaigns’ advertising is directed at people between the ages 18 and 34 whereas about 64 percent of these campaigns’ advertising is found to be directed toward people over the age of 50. This causes the young voters to feel as though it is not important for them to participate. They think they do not have a big part in the voting, but in actuality, they make up 31 percent of the voters, and yet have the smallest voter turn-out. In order to encourage voters, there are many civic organizations that have dedicated their efforts to get the young people of the U.S. involved. These include organizations such as Rock The Vote, MTV’s Choose or Lose, NAACP Youth & College Voter Empowerment, Paddle for President, Project Vote, VDay: V is for Vote and numerous others. If anyone turns 18 years old before November 2, she is eligible to vote; so, get registered, and get involved! Kailey Beckett Bear Facts Staff Writer BEAR
Passing It On: Words of Wisdom F
or years, many seniors of Ursuline have said that they wish that they could go back into the past and tell themselves what to expect and what was really important. They found that through these past four short years, they have become wiser than they ever expected. I may not be able to go into the past, but I can give the younger classmen some words of wisdom with the top ten things underclassmen should know.
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I know the students 10 have heard this from teachers, but listen to them. Ursuline is a hard school. If you want to experience this great school for four amazing years, don’t fail out.
know how tempting it is to start rumors and talk about people we don’t like with others. But in the end, it really doesn’t matter whom we insult and who we think is weird. Someone always gets hurt and many times that person can be you.
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Those who say that Ursuline is a school for idiots are idiots. Sometimes you can get so stressed out because of all the things we have to juggle. Remember to take care of yourself, and find a chance every once in a while to have a time to do something fun.
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be surprised to find that most of them actually know what the heck they are talking about. Your teachers have been where you are so they do understand. They can also be really funny and cool. Talk to them.
thinks, it can hurt you. You get so paranoid about how you look or what you say that you don’t know who you are anymore. Be confident, and don’t be afraid.
Talk to those people whom others ignore because they look weird, sound strange or whatever. Trust me: most of the time they are a lot cooler than they seem.
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I’ve heard girls, including myself, say things like, “I wish I had a boyfriend,” or cry because they don’t have a date to a dance. Believe me: it’s better to have fun with friends than have a guy who’s not so great. In the words of my mother, “Never settle for less than you deserve.”
friends are your strength, so don’t lose them. “3 Ursuline Girls” Artwork by Andrea S o m e t i m e s 5. Include Othe rs. we might be so wrapped up in our own groups of friends that we don’t notice the girl sitting alone at a table or the girl who is being excluded from the conversation. Try to be conscious of those around you, and include others.
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Do what you want to do! Who cares if you don’t wear, say, or do what everyone else does? Be unique, and don’t let those around you make you into the person they want to see.
I hope the underclassmen take my words of wisdom. Have fun at Ursuline, girls. It goes by fast. Lots of love! VOLUME
Margie Plurad Bear Facts Staff Writer
Four-Year Participants in UA Student Organizations Athletes Volleyball Megan Cassani Julia Greaves Ashley Harvey Laura King Lexi Linsenman Madeline Riggio Cross Country Ann Redmond Jenny Aubuchon Noelle Ray Alex Doellefeld Swim Colleen Dunn Claire Blackstone Bridget Fleischut Emily Edwards Hannah Milford Hannah Sullivan Tennis Emily Leshe Basketball Michelle Burton Hailey Massa Morgan Kovachevich Dance Rachel Hedgecorth Emma Hotard Sarah Trevathan Cheerleading Melissa Mascare Field Hockey Ashton Abbadessa
Megan Baebler Hayley Bollwerk Lillian Maggiorotto Golf Audrey Dombrowski Gabi Hitch Julie Swanger Racquetball Kara Herwig Lesley Herwig Kristen Hantsbarger Softball Kristen Hantsbarger Christine Hehmeyer Morgan Kovachevich Kaylin McNamara Jessica Sinak Track Michelle Hovis Morgan Kovachevich Morgan Chelew Julie Swanger Ann Redmond Soccer Tori Belgeri Hayley Bollwerk Isabella Fassi Liz Kaiser Lacrosse Lindsey Brown Monica Dryden Emily Edwards Michelle Hannegan Christine Hehmeyer Lexi Warner
Oak Leaves Yearbook Staff Suzanne Redington Blake Hunt
Bear Facts Staff Nicole Farmer
Student Council Patricia Mantia Megan Cassani
Advanced Chorus Members Caitlin Conway Katie McCoy
UA Today Broadcast Team Brigid Mattingly Heather Sansone
ADVICE TO THE UNDERCLASSWOMEN “Keep doing competitions, and keep a positive attitude. Have fun, and keep our style of dance with the team!” -Emma Hotard DANCE TEAM VOLUME
“Just play with your heart and have confidence. Have fun and beat Nerinx!” -Morgan Kovachevich BASKETBALL
“I tell all of them to be involved, but at the same time I always tell them you can’t put too much on your plate.” -Patricia Mantia STUCO BEAR
FAVORITE PROM DRESSES
G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S Lexi Warner is Hollywood elegance in her white dress with beading at the top. She had a great time at the dance and looked breathtaking in her dress.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS Ashley Moehlenbrock is gorgeous in her little black dress with beading. The dress is a classic but was refreshed with beading. Who would have thought a black dress could be so gorgeous? PRETTY IN PRINT Megan Baebler rocks this printed cut-out dress.
GLASS SLIPPER Melissa Mascare is channeling Cinderella in her strapless, light blue dress.
RUNWAY READY Mary Rose McFarland was nominated for Prom Queen and wears an elegant black dress. She looked like a model on a runway.
SEA STAR Rachel Hedgecorth was wishing for the ocean when she bought her seascape dress. It was out of the ordinary but had heads turning and double takes throughout the night. VOLUME
Nicole Farmer Bear Facts Staff Writer
Hotties : Senior Pick
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Senior Summer Fashion
Good– Bye Songs The Graduation Song (Friends Forever) /Vitamin C
From the Senior Staff of Bear Facts
So Long, Farewell/The Sound of
Rising sun chandelier earrings at Urban Outfitters $18.00
This is the Time of Our Lives/ Paul Van Dyke For Good/ Wicked Seasons of Love/ Rent
Grosgrain Floppy Hat at Forever 21 $15.80
Women's Mosaic-Beaded Leather Sandals at Old Navy $19.50
Xhilaration® Plaid Print Triangle Bikini at Target, $17.00
FAVORITE QUOTES OF THE YEAR Famous Quotes
“I see you.”- the Na’vis, Avatar “Oh, Bambi, I cried so hard when your mommy got shot.” Kurt, Glee ““Bazinga.” Sheldon, The Bing Bang Theory “Is this really Caesar's Palace?” Alan, The Hang-
“Party at the Big UA!”- seniors, Fall Fest “Always cover your AS...CAP license,” Mrs. Shea, UA Goes Glee “Excuses are like butts: we all have one, and they all stink.” Mr. Dailey “Hello-Oh...yes.” Mr. Reid, saw a strange
“I can see Russia from my house,” Tina Fay, SNL
magazine on his desk
GOOD– BYE FROM THE SENIOR STAFF OF BEAR FACTS! WE’LL MISS YOU ALL! VOLUME 7 —SENIOR ISSUE BEAR FACTS Margie Plurad Bear Facts BME Editor