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Volume 49, Issue 3

The JourN

December 17th 2010

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What’s Inside: -Get ready to move with new gaming systems, page 8 -2010’s top stocking stuffers, page 4 -Technology taking over traditional stores, page 5

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Going green: the great Christmas tree debate JOURNOLL STAFF REPORT

Even before you make the decision over what cookie to leave out for Santa, you’re left making the biggest choice of the holiday season. Real versus artificial. What sort of Christmas tree is it going to be? Lots of people have their own preferences, but if you have the smallest concern about the environment, you’d like to know which of the two varieties is the least detrimental. It seems like artificial would be the better choice since a real Christmas tree in your living room results in, well, the death of a tree. But when you really think about it, although it may

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last for years, an artificial tree will still be garbage one day, and will take eons just to decompose. A real tree, on the other hand, most likely comes from a Christmas tree farm, where it is replenished after its plucking with another young sapling. And come January, when you take down the ornaments, your dried spruce is picked up by the compost truck and recycled into mulch--the perfect, wasteless option! Although purchasing a real Christmas tree is truly the “greener” option, take a look at the list of pros and cons for real trees and artificial trees before you weigh in your decision.

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Fresh, pine smell Natural, renewable source An acre of Douglas fir trees can absorb 11, 308 pounds of carbon monoxide. For every tree cut down, it is replaced with one to three more trees. Grown locally Minimal transportation from tree farm to seller Can be turned into mulch

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More economical Shedless needles Flame-retardant No time limit for how long it can be left up Can be used year after year No maintenance Wide selection to choose from Prevent living trees from being chopped down CONS

CONS Sheds needles frequently Requires water Flammable Less economical than artifical ($20-$100 each year) Short-lived Difficult to dispose of and transport

Take time to de-stress during finals

No pine scent Made of nonrenewable and polluting material (polyvinyl chloride) Contain lead Substantial transportation (85% come from China) Will never break down in landfill Take up space in house

RACHEL HURTIG MANAGING EDITOR

As the first semester comes to a close, students at Noll are preparing for those dreaded finals. Study guides, lectures, and heavy backpacks fill the days before we are finished with finals and are free for those two weeks of Christmas break. But how people deal with those days is becoming a problem for all students. High schoolers know that finals are an important part of your grade and they try to do their best to get the grades they desire. However, it is becoming apparent that students are putting too much pressure on themselves to excel academically and most are making detrimental mistakes. In an article by Elizabeth Scott, M.S., typical study habits like

pulling all nighters, drinking a lot of caffeine, and waiting till the last minute to study are all common mistakes that students make while studying. Pulling all nighters may seem like the best idea in the world. The last night before finals start, you cram in all the stuff you learned over the past couple of months. The next morning when you sitFl down to take the final you remember everything. This is not true. In a study published in the Behavioral Sleep Medicine, doctors say that students who pull all nighters are likely to have lower GPA’s. Caffeine is also a problem. Students who drink energy drinks like Monster may feel a jolt of energy now, but can crash at any

moment. Your sleep patterns may also be affected. Studying at the last minute is probably the worst mistake that a student can make. For one thing, you may not have enough time to relearn all the material and run the risk of not being prepared. Also, as a result, you may have to pull all nighters and have an energy drink to finish all your work. Like last year, finals are before Christmas and students will have to find time in their busy schedules to study. Follow these study tips and finals may be a little easier. Make a plan: Schedule as much of finals week as you can and then stick with it. Second, if your teacher gives you a study guide,

actually do them; they cover what you need to know for the test. Finally, if you have questions ask your teachers they will be more than happy to help. If you’re still stressed out, it never hurts to exercise; it is a great stress reliever. Also eat healthy, it will give you more energy and you won’t crash during those pivotal hours of test time. Most importantly, get enough sleep. If your mental state is good, you’ll do better on your exams. Finals may be a stressful time, but with the right tools you will do wonderfully on them.

FINALS SCHEDULE Friday, Dec. 17: Periods 1, 2 (2:00 dismissal) Monday, Dec. 20: Periods 3, 4, 5 (2:00 dismissal) Tuesday, Dec. 21: Periods 6, 7 (11:30 dismissal)


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Holocaust survivor brings story of courage and survival HANNAH DOMINIAK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & RACHEL HURTIG MANAGING EDITOR

Back in November, BNI students experienced a courageous story. Along with the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, Noll welcomed Holocaust survivor Ernest Fruehauf. Before Fruehauf started speaking, Michael Steinberg, executive director of the Jewish Federation of NWI, gave an introduction about the organization and its mission. He talked about the importance of tolerance and respect of every human being. Steinberg presented principal Mrs. McCoyCejka with a book entitled “Memory and Legacy: The Shoah Narrative” for students to use as a resource. Then, Steinberg gave a warm welcome to Fruehauf. Fruehauf’s family was able to escape Germany right before the Jewish extermination rose. But, they weren’t able to escape before Nazi soldiers SURVIVOR. (Left) Ernest Fruehauf speaks to Noll students during a presentation; (right) Fruehauf, far right, along with principal Mrs. destroyed their family business, a bakery, which McCoy-Cejka and Michael Steinberg, director of the Jewish Federation of NWI, for a photo. Fruehauf was able to escape Nazi Germany was also their home. Although his family did with his family and emigrate to America, where the Fruehauf family settled in Milwaukee. escape Germany, Fruehauf’s father had to spend it to the United States with his family. -Photos: Paul Szymkowski a short amount of time in the Dauchau concenAt the end of the presentation, Ernest to be respectful and kind to every person they tration camp. Eventually, Fruehauf’s father made Fruehauf took questions and reminded students meet.

Catholic Schools Week plans kick off with new schedule of events

Choir, music appreciation class peform for students at assembly

The BNI Academic Super Bowl team is currently preparing for their competition on April 19, 2011 at Wheeler High School. The students are being coached by History teacher Mr. Tutacko, Math teacher Mrs. Quinn, English teacher Mrs. Terzo, and Science teacher Mr. Schmiedl. The students on the team will be competing in English, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Science, and Math. Each subject has a team of 5 members in total, and there are 20 students on the team overall. The team meets up to study during PRT with their coaches to go over and review for their competition. The members are given specific books and websites to study and review; they are also given types of questions that will be asked during the competition. According to Tutacko, the members do most of their research on their own time. The coaches expect the members to try their best as well as attend the competition, despite the fact that they have to compete this year during Easter break. “Some upperclassmen are necessary for math and science, but any and all students can compete. The competition is a team effort,” said Tutacko.

In the first week of February, we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week once again. This year will be a little different as more events will be added. Students will still get to enjoy the dress down days themed as in years previous, but this year there will be several new additions. The week will start off with a build up to the all schools’ mass. Then, there will be a guest speaker from St. Casimir. On Wednesday, Sal Solo, who was once in a popular rock band in Europe, will be a guest speaker and will speak to the assembly about how he has improved his life through Christ. Solo will use moving clips and pictures when talking to students to improve the meaning of his words. Thursday, students will have a visit from Christian rapper Machete Moses. Then of course, Friday we will end our week with an all schools mass. As Mr. Haddad stated, “This year the goal is to make everything better and go outside of BNI.” Therefore, it will be a week of new experiences and excitement.

Today at 1:10, the choir, music appreciation class, and the Prep Acadamy will perform a special Christmas program during an all-school assembly. The high school students will perform a skit entitled “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”, followed by a choir-led sing-a-long, according to Mrs. Mary Jadernak, music director. Jadernak recommends students to keep their eyes on vocal standouts Anthony Mendez, 8th grade; Jasmine Smith and Cindy Chavez, seniors; and Evelyn DaSilva and Ariana Avila, sophomores. “Not only are they good musicians, but they are enthusiastic about sharing their gifts with others,” Jadernak said.

QUICK BITS

Academic Superbowl gets ready for competition this April

-Sam Garcia offers Laspesa

-Chun Sha

-Gabriela Romo

ACT help

Are you looking for a new way to study and get help for you ACT? Theology teacher Mr. Barrett Laspesa will be offering an ACT prep course in his room. The ACT prep course will be during every day 2 and 3 PRT. He will be offering help with Math, English, Science, and Writing. This is a great way to get help for you ACT. “I hope it’s a great success,” said Mr. Laspesa. -Angela Garcia

Tutacko’s team succeeds at Quiz Bowl Four BNI students participated in the “Making the Grade” game show on Tuesday December 7. The team, consisting of senior Mary Bucki, junior Julie Fornaciari, junior Peter Larson, and senior Walter Kasprzycki and coached by History teacher Mr. David Tutacko, succeeded to beat River Forest quite convincingly and were eventually beaten by East Chicago Central in a close second round. The show will air around Janurary 31st on Lakeshore Public television. -Julio Casares

HALLELUJAH.. The BNI choir, composed of both high school and prep academy students, sing during last Wednesday’s mass. -Photo: Paul Szymkowski


Dec. 17th, 2010

Pro-Con: New body scanners a part of airport security

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WARRIOR YELL

What is your favorite Christmas memory? One year I got a bike. I was so excited to ride it that I tried in the living room The holiday season is a time when families come together, no matter how far the distance and ran into the tree!

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ERIC RIVERA STAFF REPORTER

may be between them. Traveling has always been a hassle, but now, airport security is making air travel extremely uncomfortable. The days of simply going through metal detectors are over. Now, passengers must subject to an x-ray scan or full body pat down. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tries to defend these aggressive tactics by saying that they are a necessary precaution, but many disagree. In fact, the administration has received over 5,000 unsolicited emails from furious airline passengers. The new hostile security methods are adding more debt to an economy that is already in recession. The new full body scanners are costing over $1 billion dollars, which exceeds the budget of the TSA. Passengers are affected most by these costly measures. Time is money for people in busy airports, and the huge delays are taking time away from their business and family life. Not only are the new security techniques costly, but they are also unhealthy. Each time a passenger passes through a full body scanner, they are affected by a small amount of radiation. The scanner shows an outline of the passengers’ naked body, which could be embarrassing for most. The alternative to passing through these harmful machines is receiving a full body pat down, which not only takes a longer amount of time, but also is particularly uncomfortable as the security personal gropes each passenger, genital areas included. As celebrity Khloe Kardashian said after her encounter at the airport, “They basically are just raping you in public.” The hostile security methods are causing many people to opt out of air transportation. As a result of this, the new security that has been implemented has led to 2,300 road accidents that otherwise could have been avoided if the roads were not so congested. The new airport security is an unnecessary precaution that is costly and ineffective. It is not worth the BILLIONS of dollars that is being spent on it. It gives people a false sense of security, but in reality, is actually only another loss for liberty and a step toward an oppressive and expensive form of government.

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What is the best gift you’ve ever recieved? The best gift I’ve ever recieved is love from my family and friends. What is the worst gift you’ve ever recieved? A thermos What are your family’s holiday traditions? Having a big family dinner Christmas Eve and exchanging gifts. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Friday After Next -Jordan Wilson, Junior

What is your favorite Christmas memory? Spending time with my family. What is the best gift you’ve ever recieved? My Buzz Lightyear action figure. What is the worst gift you’ve ever recieved? A Mexican action figure, which to this day, I still do not know who it is.

JULIO CASARES STAFF REPORTER

We have just passed one of the busiest travel days of the year. Thanksgiving is a time when many Americans fill the nation’s airports in hopes to spend a bountiful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Why not fly? It is the quickest form of transportation within in the reach of modern technology, but wait! Oh no! It’s the dreadful airport security. Oh security, how doth modern society make a villainous figure of thee and thou body scanner of certain death. It’s all we’ve heard on the news and radio recently. The talk about these heightened methods of security has left many people passionately opposed to a situation that is highly exaggerated. It is true that the Transportation Security Administration, TSA, has heightened and refined their methods. The new full body scanners and new pat down methods have driven some groups of people and news commentators hysterical. We must remember that the people on Fox News and CNN are there to deliver your news but more importantly get ratings. I flew this past Thanksgiving break on one of the busiest travel days of the year. I was prepared. I showed up early and in what would seem to be a busy part of the day, but I didn’t stand in line forever, not even fifteen minutes. It took me a grand seven minutes at the most to get through security. As a matter of a fact, it was the quickest I ever been through security at O’Hare, which is one of the busiest airports in the country. I was not asked to be put through the full body scan machine or to be patted down. I emptied my pockets, put my shoes in the bin, walked through the metal detector, and was free to be on my way. The only way for anybody to be put through either the full body scan or the pat down is if they happen to set off the metal detector when they walked through it. Also, the scanning machine and pat down procedures are done off to the side so it does not hold up the line. I found myself sitting at my gate thinking about how safe I felt. I never worried less before a flight. Usually, I find my mind racing quietly suspecting every crazy looking person as a terrorist, but I had no reason to worry this time because it was impossible to get past security with any type of illegal device. We shouldn’t be complaining about our government taking simple actions to make us safer in our most vulnerable time. These actions have only made America a better place. So please, all those on TV and radio, don’t abuse the platform you are given. It would make everyone’s holiday better, if you didn’t complain for the sake of complaining, because not everyone enjoys hearing your voice as much as you do.

What are your family’s holiday traditions? Getting together with my family on Christmas Eve eating my grandma’s tamales, and then at midnight we distribute presents. What is your favorite Christmas movie and why? A Christmas carol because it’s a classig and my childhood favorite. -Jose Arteaga, Sophomore What is your favorite Christmas memory? When my sons were between the ages of 7-11, I would hide one of their gifts and give them clues scattered throughout the house to find their gift. it took about 15 minutes and they were so excited when they finally found their gift. What is the best gift you’ve ever recieved? When I was 7 I got a Lionel Electric Train Set, which I still have. What is the worst gift you’ve ever recieved? Clothes-I hate getting shirts, pants, or socks as presents. What are your family’s holiday traditions? A big Christmas Eve dinner, opening presents, then going to midnight mass. What is your favorite Christmas movie and why? I have two of them: 1.) A Charlie Brown Christmas, because I like Snoopy. 2.) It’s A Wonderful Life, because it shows that everyone is important and that everyone makes a difference. -Coach Tarka, P.E. teacher

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Staff Editor-in-Chief...........................Hannah Dominiak Managing Editor........................Rachel Hurtig Copy Editors................Paul Szymkowsk and David Flores Staff Reporters.......................Jessica Bird, Erik Rivera, Sam Garcia, Angie Garcia, Julio Casares, Chun Sha, Gabriela Romo, Velvetina Springer, Lizzy Lira, Elena Delnicki Cartoonists................................Alex Pizana and Anthony Chetsang

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Dec. 17, 2010

Stuffed to the max

We’ve given you our lists for the best gifts of the year, the worst giftst of the year, and even the most high-tech gifts of the year. Now, given a student’s pocketpinching habits, we thought we’d give you our recommendations for the best stocking stuffers. These aren’t just any regular CD, DVD, or video game stocking stuffers, though. These are kitschy and creative. And the best part is, they’re all under $25!

MUSIC BRACELETS Are you looking for a musically themed stocking stuffer, but don’t want to buy a CD or another iTunes gift card? Stop by Hot Topic and pick up one of their rubber music bracelets. There are a large variety of musicians, colors, and styles available. Stop by instore or online to pick up one of these bracelets for between $5.99 and $9.99. -Paul Szymkowski

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RISKY BUSINESS SHADES Risky Business sunglasses are a way to stay fashionable and remain protected from the sun. They have UVA/UVB protection and are available in three colors: black, white, and tort. You can purchase these bad boys for only $10 at urbanoutfitters.com. -Lizzy Lira

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WHAT HAPPENED? BANDAGES

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Stubbed toes and wimpy scabs are definitely not the kind of battle scars you want to show off, but now there is a way to make any simple cut look awesome. The “What Happened Bandages” tell everyone exactly what kind of wound you have under these colorful bandages, from jousting to ninja fighting. Not only will you feel an immediate surge of heroism and bravery, but everyone around you will respect you for the violent actions you have been involved in. The “What Happened Bandages” cost $7.00 at Urban Outfitters. -Eric Rivera

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A CHRISTMAS STORY MUG Adding to the recent surge in popularity of A Christmas Story memorbilia, a coffee mug should satisfy the Ralphie Parker in all of us. The picture of Ralphie in his “deranged Easter Bunny” costume will be a hit with anyone on your Christmas list. The mug is available at Urban Outfitters for $10. -Hannah Dominiak

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6 ELECTRIC CHARGER Don’t you hate it when you can’t find enough outlets to charge your electronics? Then the Electric Garden Charger Station is the perfect gift for you! Its clever design of a mini garden will snazzy up any room it is in. This product can be found on Modcloth.com for only $24.99. -Sam and Angie Garcia

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LEGOS CANDY Go back to the time when you were a kid and build a house, town, and maybe even a spaceship with these candy LEGOS. These, just like the plastic ones you buy in the stores, attach to themselves. Entertaining and Delicious! A 2-lb bag can be purchased on amazon.com for $8.95. -Jessica Bird

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Dec. 17th. 2010

Principal, English teachers express their thoughts on the new eReaders HANNAH DOMINIAK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

With eReaders becoming rising in popularity, the question that arises is this: If a student has an eReading device, would they be able to use it in an English class for reading a particular novel? The JourNoll staff asked Principal Mrs. McCoy-Cejka, English Department head Mrs. Johnsen, and English teacher Miss Ahern what they thought about the idea of having students incorporate new reading technology into their English cirriculum. “To READ the book, yes,” said McCoy-Cejka. “However, as a former English teacher myself and speaking as a student who has been successful in higher level literature courses, I know that to properly STUDY a novel, underlining and notetaking as one is reading is essential. I own a Kindle and read everything I have to read, but nothing replaces paper pages when it comes to studying literature. That's my take on it. Are there other successful ways to study literature while using an electronic device? There might be. But I'm sticking to what I know works!” Johnsen added, “One or two students have used an eReader type decive without difficulty except for the cost of the eBook downloaded. ‘Free’ downloads do not necessarily include the assigned text. The students with the eReaders did balk at purchasing the download, attempting to circumvent paying to read.” eReaders are something new, something fresh, and might encourage today’s texting butterflies and socialnomics to

read rather than sit in front of a computer all day. “It definitely has the capacity to raise students’ interest in reading,” said Ahern, “but if their devices give them the ability to download more than books, I believe their attention will be focused in that direction [rather than reading].” “The possession of an eReader device might intrigue the non-reader for a time, but when the novelty wears thin, they might conclude, ‘It’s still reading,’” said Johnsen. But eReaders are also one of the contributing factors in bookstores, such as the Barnes & Noble in Hobart (see story below), clearing off their shelves. McCoy-Cejka agrees, but also thinks there are other factors contributing to the demise of traditional bookselling. “The replacement of books with other sources of entertainment, such as movies, video games, and social networking, may be a larger contributing factor. When I take my own children to the library once a week, the computer stations are full and the stacks are a ghost town. As a family of four, it is not ususual for us to check out 15-20 books a few times each month. I do not see many others combing the stacks for a good read.” She also adds that she believes entertainment is valued more highly than intellectulism these days, and that “our country suffers from the effects of this value now and will suffer even more greatly in the future. I also believe that the satisfaction one gets from reading takes a little

more time and brain-power than other sources of entertainment do. I love playing games on the Wii; I Facebook; I love a good movie from time to time. But nothing takes the place of a good book. I am always reading 1 or 2 books at a time and I listen to a book on CD in my car at all times. I have relinquished the Kindle to my husband and prefer paper books. That's what works for me.” There are positive and negative effects on the rise of eReaders, according to Johnsen. “The eReader is simply new technology. If the perceived convenience of the eReader encourages more people to read an increasing number and types of materials, that is ‘a good thing.’ However, to rely only on the list of downloadable texts, chosen for their popularity or cost is not a positive aspect. It may limit accessibility and scope to what others have deemed marketable or, dare I say it, acceptable.” McCoy-Cejka adds, “Anything electronic is convenient, and I think that some books can be downloaded for $1, or at least much less than a paper book costs. eReaders are easy to carry and travel with. I find that paper books are benficial when being used as academic tools. There are ways to adapt to the ebook in the academic world, though, which I am sure we will start to see more and more of in the future.”

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Coming unbound eReaders are becoming more dominant than ever, and they’re having both positive and negative effects on booksellers and the Noll community.

Photo: amazon.com From the Publications staffs to the Noll community, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you after break for another round of news, reviews, and features!

NWI bookstore closing, Borders thinking of buying out rival HANNAH DOMINIAK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Barnes & Noble in Merrillville will be closing at the end of this year. A manager at the store, located in the Crossing Strip Center, would only say that the store lost its lease. The retail division of the Hobart store has been suffering significant decreases from the economic situation, more competition, and the expanding digital market of eBooks. CEO of Barnes & Noble William Lynch said that the company sees a massive opportunity for Barnes & Noble in the growth of digital reading over the next five years. “The e-reading push is necessary to offset tough competition from discounters and online retailers and capitalize on the increasing popularity of digital books,” he said. With the rise of eReaders such as Barnes & Noble’s own Nook and Nookcolor, the Amazon Kindle, and the iPad, the market for physical books is decreasing and will mostly likely deteriorate further as the future of digital books expands. The Hobart store isn’t the only Barnes & Noble closing either. Although nothing has been said for the store in Valparaiso, many other stores around the country are also shutting their doors. But, Barnes & Noble isn’t the only bookstore chain with stores closing either. There are also some Borders stores in the Chicago area that are closing their doors. The much visited Michigan Avenue location by Water Tower is nearly finished clearing their shelves. Even in all this closing commotion, the Bordrers

Group has made an offer to buy out Barnes & Noble. This would give Borders a larger hand in the electronic book world, yet some analysts said that merging the two largest companies in the decreasing world of traditional book selling could upset both Borders and Barnes & Noble. Financer, and Borders investor, William Ackman and his investment firm announced earlier this month that they had offered to finance a $963 million bid by Borders for Barnes & Noble Inc. But will this indeed happen? Both Borders and Barnes & Noble have faced, and are still facing, high rising competitions from larger sellers online and in stores, including Amazon and Target. Each company has expressed they are relying on growth of eBooks and eReaders, still a tiny area in their companies, to boost them up again. Last year, Barnes & Noble debuted their eReader, the Nook, and has since then heavily invested in their electronic bookstore. Borders, on the other hand, sells eReaders and eBooks on a minor scale in a partnership with Kobo. The financing from Ackman and partnering with Barnes & Noble would allow Borders to make a huge leap into the digital market. Bookstores aren’t the only stores closing down. Programs like iTunes are contributing to the demise Photos: borders.com; barnesandnoble.com of music stores. And, the popular Netflix and Red Box are also causing video stores to close as well. It’s hard to say what will happen to the future of for sure is that the realm of reading is expanding, for traditional bookstores, as well as music and video better or for worse. stores; only time can tell that. All that can be known


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Sports

Dec.17, 2010

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

New transfer helps lead Noll to winning streak ELENA DELNICKI AND LIZZY LIRA STAFF REPORTERS

If you look at the 6-ft. 3-in player on the court, you wouldn’t think he was an average guy, but senior Adonis Filer, Bishop Noll’s newest member of the varsity basketball team, fits right in with the rest of Noll’s ball players. His favorite artist is Young Money, he likes to dance, and he likes his steak well-done. Filer seems to mesh well with the Warrior squad and his numbers on the board prove it. Transferring from Mount Carmel, Filer chose to attend Bishop Noll after hearing about it from another student and looking into it with his family. An avid basketball player since 6th grade, Filer used to play football but decided to focus solely on basketball when coming to Noll. (The athleticism in his family is not lost. His older

brother, Steve Filer, is an outside linebacker at Notre Dame.) According to Filer, he believes that throughout all of his years playing basketball, his greatest accomplishment was making varsity as a freshman at Mount Carmel. As a senior, his game has improved greatly and according to head coach Drew Trost, Filer makes a welcome addition to an already-successful basketball team. According to a recent Northwest Indiana Times article, while at Mount Carmel, Filer averaged 14.2 points, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game last year. He also was a Chicago Catholic League first-team pick for the Caravan (26-5). Within the first few games here at Noll, Adonis is averaging 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. And just this past Friday, he dropped

an impressive 27-point bomb on the Lowell Red Devils. Filer is currently being scouted by a number of Division I schools—even some Big Ten names—including Valparaiso, Bradley, and Purdue University. If there is a way to sum up Filer’s success on the basketball court at this point in his life, it is probably best said by his own proverb: “failure is not an option.”

UPCOMING SCHEDULE 12/18 @ Lake Station 7:30 1/3 v. Bowman 7:25 1/5 @ Wheeler 7:30 1/8 v. Marquette 7:30

GIRLS��� BASKETBALL

Shooting the bull

JULIO CASARES, ELENA DELNICKI, LIZZY LIRA, ERIC RIVERA

STAFF REPORTERS

@ The Lady Warriors have been working hard on the court, so we thought we’d reward them with a few thoughtful questions.

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How many years have you been playing ball?

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?

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Who is your childhood hero?

What is your favorite breakfast food/?

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What is the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

If you could date anyone at BNI, who would it be?

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Rose Mullaney, 12, guard

Charlotte Williamson, 12, forward

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Escargot

My mom

McDonald’s sausage, egg, cheese McGriddle

SAT prep calendar

Ryan Cloghessy

Carolina Gonzalez, 12, guard

Kelsey Heintz, 12, post

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Mac ‘n cheese soup

SpongeBob

Oysters

My grandma

Donuts

Batteries

Will Kasprzycki

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My grandpa

Bagel with slightly melted cream cheese

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Eric Rivera Alec Rodriguez Eric Rodriguez

Elena Palomo, 11, forward

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Ice cream and chips

My godmother Sandi

“Breakfast is disgusting.”

A cute kitten

Ryan Cloghessy

Chorizo and eggs

Tights

Zyrone Sims


Dec. 17th, 2010

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Macy’s continues Marshall Field’s Christmas window tradition DAVID FLORES COPY EDITOR

Claiming the title of second-largest shopping center in the world, the Macy’s on State Street is one of Chicago’s national historic landmarks. What makes this extremely large store historically acclaimed though? Well that’s simple, its beautiful window displays! Every year Macy’s will give their Christmas displays a theme. This year’s magnificent theme is “Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus.” This theme is inspired by the 1897 New York Sun’s editorial by little Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter to the editor. When walking past all the windows, they give a complete depiction of the story of little Virginia. Macy’s not only houses the historic Christmas windows, but also houses the 45-tall

Great Tree. This tree features 10,000 LED sparkling lights and 1,200 ornaments. An onlooker can behold this enormously beautiful and historic tree in the State Street Macy’s Walnut Room. This tree has been part of the historic tradition for more than a century! According to Macy’s history, the first store Santa appeared at Macy’s in 1870 in the New York City Macy’s. In fact, the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” tells the story of Macy’s first Santa. The Chicago store was built in 1902 and the Christmas magic began that same year. Over the past 108 years, Chicago’s Macy’s has had numerous different themes that give viewers a truly Christmas-y mood.

WRITING FROM THE HEART. In an animated window in Chicago, the character Virginia checks to see if proof of a real Santa exists in her local library. -Photo: oakparkjournal.com

FATHER KNOWS BEST. The character Virginia checks with her father to see if there is any historical proof of a Santa Claus. Based on an animated made-for-TV movie that Macy’s put out, the figures in Macy’s downtown Chicago windows move to entertain passing spectators as they walk down State Street. -Photo: oakparkjournal.com

“Yes, Virginia” still prints every year since 1897 Original letter published by Sun edi“VIRGINIA, your little friends devotion exist, and you know that tor they abound and give to your life

are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and

its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to

catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are

-Anthony Chestang

unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and

glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to makePharcellus glad the heart of of childFrancis Church The hood.” New York Sun is credited for writing this unsigned editorial in 1897, making it the most widely-read and

-Alex Pizana


8 Entertainment Dec. 17th, 2010

Wii kinect andmove

During the 2010 video game season, gaming with a controller is becoming less common. Video games are becoming motion controlled rather than with the basic controller. Trying to keep up with these changes are Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation 3 Move and the Wii. All three of these gaming platforms have designed their own motion controlled games and gaming attachments. All three platforms have also designed their systems to be online gaming enabled. Here’s a quick comparison for any gamers who plan on buying the optimized system for them.

DAVID FLORES COPY EDITOR Xbox 360 is following along with Wii and PlayStation 3 Move by creating Kinect. Kinect is one of the most innovative game attachments though. Lacking the need for a controller, Kinect is powered by the gamers own movements. The gamer’s movements are detected and tracked by the Kinect attachment itself. The attachment includes an RGB camera, depth sensor, microphone, facial recognition software, voice capabilities, and a microphone. While using Kinect, the user doesn’t need to memorize any commands or prompts merely step in front of the camera and move. The Kinect automatically sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face. When you move, the Kinect camera moves with you and completely tracks every movement. However, the Kinect, with all of its gaming gadgets and gizmos, is very temperamental from gaming reports and personal gaming experience. While playing, the gamer’s clothes can’t blend into any background colors or the Kinect camera won’t register movement. Also, certain Kinect sports game’s movements are overpowered and disproportional to the gamer’s movements. The oldest of the three movement gaming systems comes back with the PlayStation 3 Move. The Move takes gaming to a new level with high-definition games through Blu-Ray Media, PlayStation Move motion controllers, a sensor camera, and up to four player use at once. The camera that is needed for Move is the PlayStation Eye. This small camera, which includes a microphone that enables voice recognition and audio/video chat with others without the need of a headset, is essential to the move. However unlike the Wii, a simple flick of the wrist doesn’t give the gamer a full range of motion within

the game. Instead, the gamer must make the full range of motion for them self. The PlayStation Eye, like the Kinect, follows the gamer’s movements while playing. The Move, from personal experience and consumer reports, has a highly accurate controller when it comes to most games. Another plus to the Move controller: the controller’s charge can last up to 8 hours before dying. But like all good things, there is some bad as well. Most games are highly accurate with the controller, but others are inconsistently inaccurate and “laggy”. Like the Kinect, the PlayStation Eye needs proper lighting for the camera to completely detect your movements. In bright rooms, lag becomes more predominant, however in darker rooms, accuracy is at a peak. If the gamer likes a bright room to play in, then he/she needs to be ready to recalibrate their system more than once. The most hyped gaming system in 2006 is still competing with today’s other seventh-generation gaming consoles. The Wii is still a very big seller worldwide, and for many gamers, their favorite of the three available gaming platforms. Today, the Wii offers numerous games in all genres of gaming. The Wii is controlled by a sensor strip, which is mounted either on top of or just below your TV. The sensor strip is used in sync with the Wii remote. Users can also add the Wii Motion Plus sensor to any Wii remote, thus advancing your gaming experience. The Wii greets users with a “channels” screen. The eye pleasing aesthetic shows all the different programs that have been downloaded or in use. The set-up of the Wii main menu is comparable to a TV menu. Most of the games that are for the Wii are family oriented and are usually four players compatible. Four players is the maximum number of users for a single Wii system. The Wii, though, is extremely temperamental when it comes to the field of motion and movement. Unlike

the Kinect and Move, the Wii lacks a camera to assist in movement detection. Wii players need to make sure their Wii remotes are within the sensor strips field of vision or movements won’t register. As previously mentioned when using the Wii, a simple flick of the wrist will give the gamer an illusion of a full range of motion. However, with the addition of the Wii Motion Plus sensor for the Wii remote, this problem goes away, but another arises. When using the Wii Motion Plus Sensor, the gamer must constantly calibrate the controller.

Photos: xbox.com; wii.com; and playstation.com

What’s the cost? Kinect: The Kinect attachment hooks up to any 360 for a retail price of $149.99. Xbox 360(4GB) w/Kinect: this basic bundle package will cost $299.99. Games: Most Kinect games will run at a retail price of $49.99. PlayStation 3 Move Bundle (includes 1 PlayStation Move motion controller, a PlayStation Eye camera, the Sports Champions blu-ray disc game and a PlayStation Move demo disc) retails for $99.99. Games: Games for Move will usually run anywhere from as low as $29.99 to $59.99. PlayStation 3 Move Sports Championship Bundle (includes a PS3 system, 1 PlayStation Move motion controller, a PlayStation Eye Camera, the Sports Champions Blu-ray game and a PlayStation Move game demo disc) retails for $399.99. Wii Bundle: (includes console, Wii remote w/Wii Motion Plus sensor, sensor strip, and Wii Sports Resort Game) retails for $199.99. Wii Games: the games for the Wii usually retail for $49.99.

GET READY TO MOVE. Racing in a simulated world, gamers show their true skills with Kinect. Photo: xbox.com


December 2010