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MARCH 11, 2013 ISSUE 5 VOLUME 51


South poised to switch to block schedule in 2014-2015 Inaara Tajuddin

staff reporter

What’s your take?




On Feb. 28, a committee of 39 instructors and administrators decided to recommend to the Board of Education that South switch to an AB block schedule for the 2014-2015 school year. Principal Dr. Brian Wegley originally said that Feb. 28 was a tentative date for making a decision on the AB Block Schedule because he was not VXUH LI D Ă€QDO GHFLVLRQ FRXOG EH reached. “Our goal [was] to run the process and set up for this discussion, which [was] a consensus building process with individuals that [included] two members from every department and the instructional supervisors for every department,â€? Wegley said. According to Anne LePage, chair of the Schedule Evaluation Committee (SEC), the group revisited major implications surrounding the AB block schedule during the Feb. 28 meeting. “We decided when we were looking at the schedXOHVWKDWWKHUHZHUHUHDOO\WKUHHĂ€OWHUVWKDWZHVKRXOG think about,â€? LePage said. “One would be what impact does time have on student growth, and we certainly don’t want to change anything that might imSDFWVWXGHQWJURZWK7KHVHFRQGĂ€OWHUZHORRNHGDW was what might the change in schedule do to our culture here and who we are. And the WKLUGĂ€OWHUWKDWZHORRNHGDWZDVZKDWWKH schedule would do to social [and] behav-

ioral issues here at Glenbrook South.â€? In order to gain information prior to the Feb. 28 meeting, surveys were handed to teachers in department meetings, according to English teacher Catherine Klahn. 6KHVDLGWKDWHDFKWHDFKHUFKRVHRQHRIWKHĂ€YHRSWLRQV presented, ranging from complete support of the change to a block schedule to no support for the change. According to Terrence Jozwik, Social Studies instructional supervisor, the Social Studies Department was leaning in favor of the AB Block Schedule, where students have 90-minute classes every other day and a built-in lunch period. “We have 25 members in the department, and I think out of those 25, I would say 18 were leaning towards being in favor of the AB Block Schedule,â€? Jozwik said. “[...] So taking a look at those numbers, Social Studies seems to be fairly strongly in favor of the AB Block [schedule].â€? Jozwik mentioned that one of the major reasons the Social Studies Department teachers leaned toward the AB Block was the longer periods. “They were leaning towards deeper engagement in whatever subject of social studies [they] taught and [in] the lesson of the day so that we can continue on instead of start and stop, start and stop,â€? Jozwik said. Phil Gartner, Math Department instructional supervisor, mentioned some aspects of the

See BLOCKS page 2 What’s your take?

What’s your take?


science teacher

social studies teacher

Benedict Hussmann

Emily Sonneborn

Diane Dillon

“When Glenbrook South considered the blocks in 1999-2000, I was opposed to it, and I think partially [because of] my frustration with the choppiness of our eightperiod day, of feeling that I fall behind consistently and [of] the Glenbrook North teachers’ satisfaction with their day, I came to favor the AB block [‌] so I was pleased with the outcome.â€?

“I’m optimistic that it will be a good change. I think it’ll be a better day for students. I continue to worry about the content loss, but I hope XLEX[IGER½RH[E]WXSQEOI?MXYTA-LEZI taught on the block before when it was piloted at GBS. [...] Although [the pilot block classes were]105 minutes, so it is a little shorter [at] 90 minutes, so we’re going to have to work really hard to make every minute count in class.â€?

“I’m not really excited about it. I think that it’s better if we have 50 minutes classes every day because if you have questions, you’re able to go and see your teacher the next day instead of waiting another day to clarify. I feel like I’ll procrastinate much more because I’ll have an extra day to do work. I’m just not excited.�

National movement for STEM curriculum to be introduced at South sign. However, the opportunities Hall envisions for students will fully arrive during and after the 2014-2015 Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a Science, Technol- VFKRRO\HDUDWZKLFKSRLQWVL[VSHFLĂ€FFODVVHVZLOOEH ogy, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-intensive unveiled. These courses include Aerospace Engineerprogram, will be introduced to South next school ing, Biotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering and year with two new courses. Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, According to Dawn Hall, the instructional super- Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Devisor of the Applied Technology Department, the velopment. PLTW initiative was originally designed as a solution “In truth, [PLTW] is a pre-engineering program to a problem the entire nation faces. That problem is of study that is really designed to support a student DGHFUHDVHGLQWHUHVWDQGSXUVXLWLQWKH67(0Ă€HOGV [...] after high school [...] to be more successful,â€? Hall during a time when society needs to increase interest said. “Engineering is such a broad area that one of and the number of careers in these different sectors, our needs and challenges will be to [...] create a seaccording to Hall. quence that is well-known and looked for by schools With the program’s debut next year, students will of engineering.â€? be able to enroll and participate in Principles of Engineering along with Introduction to Engineering DeAaron Ach

92% of PTLW seniors plan

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to pursue four-year degree

70% plan to study STEM in college

90% of seniors are confident in college major choice

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March 11, 2013

Deaf storyteller brings interactive presentation to ASL classes Richard Pearl

staff reporter Deaf storyteller Peter Cook visited South to give a presentation to second level American Sign Language (ASL) students Feb. 15. According to ASL teacher Rosemarie Carsello, Cook is an internationally known storyteller and a professor at Columbia College in Chicago. He travels all over the world to give presentations regarding his work. According to Carsello, she received a grant from the school to use on a special event for her students. Carsello believed hosting a presentation by Cook ZRXOG EH WKH PRVW EHQHĂ€FLDO ZD\ RI XVLQJ WKH grant for her students. “Anyone who’s involved in the deaf community knows who he is,â€? Carsello said. “He’s just an amazingly talented storyteller, and I thought that my students could learn a lot from him.â€? Carsello has been teaching her students about ASL storytelling and believes their storytelling skills will be improved by watching a professional. According to junior Brittany Holsman, the presentation was more of a workshop because it was very interactive. During the presentation, Cook had students doing different activities that utilized different ASL skill sets. Cook taught ASL fundamentals as well as tips and tricks, and he participated in a question-and-answer session at the end. Following the presentation, the students LQYROYHGZHUHVDWLVĂ€HGZLWKWKHH[SHULHQFH “I liked the fact that he was more like a performer rather than a teacher,â€? sophomore Yasmeen Mansoorieh said. “I had

QHYHUPHWDQ\RQHZLWKDVPXFKHQHUJ\RUH[SUHVVLRQDV him. He just seemed like a fun, cool person in general. +HLVGHÀQLWHO\RQHRIWKRVHSHRSOHZKR>KDYH@DJUHDW charisma with people.� Junior Brasalina Sabini enjoyed the presentation for what it represented.

“Peter Cook showed us that being deaf does not mean being stupid, and that nothing has ever stopped him from living a normal life,â€? Sabini said. “I love that we were all able to see that being deaf is not a bad thing.â€? (YHQ WKRXJK WKLV LV WKH Ă€UVW WLPH &RRN KDV YLVLWHG South, Carsello hopes it is not the last. “I would love for him to come back on another occasion and do a followup workshop,â€? Carsello said.


Presenting to an ASL class, deaf storyteller Peter Cook incorporates sophomore Janie Kahan into his performance. Cook received the Excellence in Teaching award in 1998 for his work as a professor at Columbia College. Photos

courtesy of Rosemarie Carsello

BLOCKS, continued from front page eight-period schedule that math teachers see as important that will be lacking in the block schedule. “The belief in a lot of the Math Department is that it is better to see your students every day and have that conWLQXDOUHLQIRUFHPHQWWRKDYH>VKRUWHU@OHVVRQV>@DQGEH able to distribute that practice over 180 school days and 180 assignments instead of combining it into 90 days,� Gartner said. In addition to the teacher survey and department meetings that took place, a cross-section of the student body was brought together to discuss the block schedule versus the eight-period schedule, according to Klahn. “In all cases, groups were asked to generate thoughts

on what the current schedule does well, challenges that WKHFXUUHQWVFKHGXOHLPSRVHVWKHEHQHĂ€WVRIDSRWHQWLDO block schedule and potential challenges of a block schedule,â€? Klahn said. “Discussions were organic.â€? According to Wegley, South’s block schedule will slightly differ from that of North’s and be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. “It would have about 10-minute passing periods, 90PLQXWHSHULRGVPLQXWHVLQWKHĂ€UVWSHULRGVRWKDWZH could have announcements built in without cutting into the class period,â€? Wegley said. “The basic features will be WKHVDPHEXWKRZZHXVHWKHIUHHEORFN>@WRPDNHVXUH ZH DUH SURYLGLQJ PD[LPXP VXSSRUW IRU VWXGHQWV >@ ,

am certain that would be different.â€? Looking forward, Benedict Hussmann, social studies WHDFKHUDQWLFLSDWHVWKDWRYHUWKHQH[WWZR\HDUVWHDFKHUV will have to plan for a change in their classroom atmospheres to keep students engaged in class. “We’re going to have to probably integrate more group work, more student participation, more in-class writing that then gets discussed,â€? Hussmann said. “One of my goals for the longer period of time is to make it a much more student-centered classroom rather than a teacherFHQWHUHG FODVVURRP >ÂŤ@ WKDW WUDQVLWLRQ PD\ WDNH D IHZ years, but I think we’ll get to a place where we feel really good about the quality of our teaching on the block.â€?



March 11, 2013

District announces new course opportunities for 2013-2014 Ruhi Bhaidani

staff reporter

American Sign Language 363

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On Jan. 14, several new courses were proposed and approved for the 2013-2014 school year for South. The courses proposed were Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Introduction to Engineering Design, PLTW Principles of Engineering, AP Economics, and American Sign Language (ASL) 363. According to Matthew Whipple, social studies teacher, the process of getting a course approved and implemented involves several steps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teacher develops a new course and presents it to [a departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] instructional supervisor,â&#x20AC;? Whipple said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The instructional supervisor presents the new course to the entire department for discussion.â&#x20AC;? According to Whipple, if the department supports the proposal, then the course is presented to the entire Instructional Supervisor Council as well as the associate principals. The council is comprised of all instructional supervisors at South. From there, Principal Dr. Brian Wegley makes a decision as to which courses to take to the Board of Education for approvDO7KHĂ&#x20AC;QDOGHFLVLRQLVPDGHWKHUHE\WKH Board of Education. English teacher Scott Glass created a new course, Media Collage, within the English Department for the current school year. For him, teaching a new class is a fresh experience. ´,Q PDQ\ ZD\V , IHHO OLNH D Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU teacher again,â&#x20AC;? Glass said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And this has EHHQ XQEHOLHYDEO\ H[FLWLQJ DQG QHUYH wracking and time-consuming. Even WKRXJK LW LV RQO\ RQH RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;YH FODVVHV , teach, it has received an inordinate amount of my time and attention this year.â&#x20AC;? 7KHVXVWDLQDELOLW\RIDFRXUVHZLOOEHGHtermined through student surveys, feedEDFNDQGVWXGHQWHQUROOPHQWDVZHOODVWHVW scores, according to Dawn Hall, instructional supervisor of the Applied Technology Department. However, according to Terrence Jozwik, instructional supervisor of the Social Studies Department, the instructional supervisor determines whether or not the pros outweigh the cons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to, as the [instructional supervisor], consider what impact it will have on other courses and come to the conclusion that even if it has an impact on other FRXUVHVZHVKRXOGVWLOOSURFHHGEHFDXVHLW LV D YDOXDEOH OHDUQLQJ H[SHULHQFH IRU VWXdents,â&#x20AC;? Jozwik said.

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Hall also said that now is a time when many of the ´FRPPRQFRUHÂľFODVVHVDUHVHHNLQJDKDQGVRQSUREOHPEDVHG OHDUQLQJ HQYLURQPHQW 7KLV VWUDWHJ\ XVHV application to real-life situations and technology as its primary approach to educate students. Hall uses PLTW as an exemplary model for this type of learning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Curricula] has gotten so heavy on all of the requirements and just the academic theories that we got away from people...actually making and creating things and SUREOHPVROYLQJDQGDSSO\LQJFULWLFDOWKLQNLQJÂľ+DOO said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[We need to take] that math and that science and all the things we are learning along the way and really OHDUQKRZWREXLOGGHVLJQDQGPDNHÂľ Like Hall, Dr. Lara Cummings, assistant principal of VWXGHQWVHUYLFHVEHOLHYHV3/7:FRXUVHVDUHPRUHUHOevant to immediate and real scenarios. â&#x20AC;&#x153;PLTW provides an increased relevance and clarity DERXW ZKHUH DQG KRZ PDWK DQG VFLHQFH Ă&#x20AC;WV LQWR HQJLQHHULQJVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\Âľ&XPPLQJVVDLG´3/7:PDNHV many areas of science and math more practical, appliFDEOHDQGFRQQHFWHGÂľ In order to fully develop the GBS chapter of the 3/7: LQLWLDWLYH WKHUH ZLOO EH PDQ\ UHVRXUFHV QHFHVsary to provide engagement and opportunity for students. This spectrum ranges from new industry-level

design software to three-dimensional printing hardware WRQHZWHDFKHUV1RWRQO\ZLOOWHDFKHUVEHUHTXLUHGWRIDFLOLWDWHWKHHGXFDWLRQEXWWKH\PXVWEHWUDLQHGLQPDQDJLQJ WKH H[WHQVLYH DFWLYLWLHV LQ ZKLFK VWXGHQWV ZLOO EH involved as well. Despite all this, Hall nor Cummings see this as a challenging limitation. Actually, Hall sees the acquisition and LPSOHPHQWDWLRQ RI WKHVH QHZ UHVRXUFHV DV QRWKLQJ EXW positive. While the logistics of the integration of future and existing courses is still underway, the only challenge that a KRSHIXO+DOOVHHVDWWKHPRPHQWLVWKHSURJUDP¡VDELOLW\ WRDFFRPPRGDWHWKHODUJHQXPEHURIVWXGHQWVZKRGLVSOD\DQLQWHUHVWLQWKHVH67(0Ă&#x20AC;HOGV â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of excitement with our inFRPLQJ IUHVKPHQ WKDW KDYH KHDUG DERXW WKLVDQG ZH NQRZ WKDW WKHUH¡V H[FLWHPHQW LQ WKH EXLOGLQJ HYHQ ZLWK FXUUHQW VWXGHQWVÂľ +DOO VDLG ´>:H MXVW@ ZDQW WR EH DEOH to meet those demands and provide a space for everyone who is interested.â&#x20AC;? +DOOGRHVQ¡WVHHDEHWWHUWLPHRUSODFHWKDQULJKWQRZDW South to try and meet these expectations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just sounds like GBS, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it?â&#x20AC;? Hall asked rheWRULFDOO\´,WMXVWĂ&#x20AC;WVXV\RXORRNDWWKLVIURPDOODQJOHV DQGLW¡VQRWKLQJEXWJRRGIRURXUVWXGHQWVÂľ



March 11, 2013

Speech team looks forward after historically successful season Tammy Craven & Faith Savaiano

co-news editors The Speech Team placed eighth overall in the IHSA State Speech Individual Events competition Feb.  7KH WHDP DOVR TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG VHniors Gillian Giudice, Hannah Mira Friedland and Elizabeth Woo for the National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament at a district tournament March 3. Woo was named State champion in the Original Oratory event and runner-up in the Non-biased Informative Speaking event, while GiuGLFH ZDV QDPHG D 6WDWH Ă&#x20AC;QDOLVW LQ the Humorous Interpretation event. According to Woo, her familiarity with her competitors contributed to the pride she felt after winning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was unreal,â&#x20AC;? Woo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the competitors that I was competing against were people I had seen before, [â&#x20AC;Ś] so when I found out I won [the State championship], I guess it was rewarding in the sense that all the hard work I had put into STANDING ORATION: Delivering the speech that would ultimately win her a state championship, senior Elizabeth Woo performs her Original Oratory. In her it paid off.â&#x20AC;? speech, Woo spoke about the importance of being a global citizen, touching on her own life experience living abroad in France and Finland as a child. According to head coach Afrodite Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Woo Skaouris, her favorite moment of the competition went beyond simply winning the awards. team thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a collective effort.â&#x20AC;? youngsters [...] the ropes,â&#x20AC;? 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[of my] events has been really solid,â&#x20AC;? Friedland said. from assistant coach to head coach of the Speech Team, According to Skaouris, a key moment before the State ´,¡YHĂ&#x20AC;QDOHGDOPRVWDOOZHHNHQGVDQGWKHQDW'RZQHUV according to Skaouris. competition was a qualifying tournament at Downers *URYH 6RXWK >ÂŤ@ , JRW Ă&#x20AC;UVW LQ 'UDPDWLF ,QWHUSUHWDWLRQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing [some of the returning members] grow to the Grove South. This tournament determines which events [â&#x20AC;Ś] and then [got] to State for Prose. I had never gotten state they are now as seniors has been so fun,â&#x20AC;? Skaouris are sent to compete on the State levelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an accomplish- to state before.â&#x20AC;? said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made my life so easy because PHQWFRQVLGHULQJWKHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW\RI6RXWK¡VSDUWLFXODUVHF)ULHGODQG TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG IRU 1DWLRQDOV LQ WKH 'UDPDWLF ,Q- WKH\NQRZZKDWWKH\¡UHGRLQJDQGP\FRDFKLQJKDVMXVW tional competition, Skaouris said. WHUSUHWDWLRQFDWHJRU\ZKLOH*LXGLFHTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQ'UDPDW- been like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beautiful, do that on Saturday.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken ´,WMXVWNLQGRIEXLOWWRWKLVELJPRPHQWDW>'RZQHUV ic Interpretation, and Woo in Original Oratory. Accord- so much ownership over everything that they do.â&#x20AC;? Grove South] where we placed as a team which is so dif- LQJWR:RRWKHWKUHHVHQLRUVZKRTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGIRU1DWLRQDOV According to Friedland, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall success is Ă&#x20AC;FXOWÂľ6NDRXULV which are to be held in June after graduation, view the also dependent on each memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion and commitsaid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not tournament as a chance to bond as a team for the last ment to the team. WKDW GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW WR time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you do choose to commit a lot of time to place individ´>1DWLRQDOV DUH@ GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ KDUGHU WKDQ VWDWHÂľ :RR >6SHHFK@\RXKDYHWRGRLWQRWMXVWIRUZLQQLQJWURSKLHV ually, but as a said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[...] So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be challenging, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it will and stuff, because sometimes that happens and somebe stressful.â&#x20AC;? times it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, but [also] because you really like it, and 6M[OLĂ&#x201E;M[LLUJH[LNVYPLZVM0/:(:WLLJO Woo, like most of the Speech Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors, is in youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re committed to the people there,â&#x20AC;? Friedland said. 0UKP]PK\HS,]LU[Z[OL:V\[O:WLLJO[LHT her third year on the team. Skaouris believes The National Forensic League National Speech & DeX\HSPĂ&#x201E;LKMVY[OLMVSSV^PUN[OYLLH[5H[PVUthat this core of seasoned bate Tournament will be held June 16-21 in Birmingham, als. members has been key to Ala. 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Winning Categories

Original Oratory Competitor: Senior Elizabeth Woo (pictured immediately right) Type of Speech: A persuasive speech written by the competitor delivering the speech on an informational topic

Humorous Interpretation Competitor: Senior Gillian Giudice (pictured second right) Type of Speech: A humorous speech based on works such as plays, verse plays, teleplays, screenplays or other works Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Woo

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March 11, 2013

Freshman turns extra credit assignment into winning essay Henry Netherland


Web-design students use classroom knowledge to create live website Lauren Benson



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Self-Defense class needs greater participation to succeed For every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are about 35 incidents of rape each academic year, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). With a student body of nearly 2,700, about 1,350 are women. According the NSVRC, about 48 of the female students in our school could be raped in college if the statistic continues to this extent. Preventing such tragedies can begin at South if students enroll in the P.E. class, Self-Defense, and take it seriously. The Oracle Editorial Board believes South students should utilize the opportunity of the Self-Defense class because the introduction of a rape-defense skill set can tremendously change your future if you encounter such a situation. The semester-long self-defense curriculum includes punches, blocks and learning how to escape from chokeholds, among other hands-on skills. Students also learn how to appear less vulnerable to attackers by walking down the street with conĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH DGRSWLQJ D keen sense of awareness LQ SXEOLF DQG Ă&#x20AC;UPO\ UHsponding to possible threats. According to Steve Stanicek, Self-Defense teacher and Physical Education instructional supervisor, the underclassmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-defense gym unit was

created to introduce â&#x20AC;&#x153;basic personal defense, how to evaluate the [attacker] youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with and yourself and angles of attack.â&#x20AC;? Although an introductory unit will increase awareness in the importance of selfdefense, we, along with Thomas Mietus, self-defense teacher, and Stanicek, believe the mastery of this important skill-set only happens with repetition, something that can begin in the upperclassmen Self-Defense class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For physical self-defense to be effective, you have to practice a lot; it has to be instinctive, so as soon as you feel something on you, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already in the process of escaping because in reality, if you take a 210 lb. man[â&#x20AC;Ś] and [he grabs] a 110 lb. girl, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not getting away unless she knows exactly what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to do right at that moment,â&#x20AC;? Stanicek

In an Oracle conducted survey of 201 South students, 55 percent admit to using the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;retardedâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;retardâ&#x20AC;? in a negative manner often or sometimes. Fortyfour percent of students surveyed admit to using the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;gayâ&#x20AC;? in a negative manner often or sometimes. Using the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;gay,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;retarded,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;retardâ&#x20AC;? to replace other words such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;stupid,â&#x20AC;? have become a habit amongst South students. The Oracle Editorial Board recognizes that we, too, are guilty of using these words. We realize that this bad habit is one that can be hard to break, but the fact remains that we need to stop. When using such words, most people probably do not consider the people these words refer to in a disrespectful manner. Though it is unintentional and easy to forget, these words are derogatory and hurtful. And most of all, they perpetuate an environment of intolerance at South. Most people probably donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop and think about the fact that by using the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;gayâ&#x20AC;? to substitute a word like â&#x20AC;&#x153;stupid,â&#x20AC;? they are sending the message that being gay is wrong. Just imagine being gay and hearing people constantly describe something as â&#x20AC;&#x153;gay.â&#x20AC;? Additionally, we feel that the use of the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;gayâ&#x20AC;? in such a way could make students who are gay and have yet to come out feel uncomfortable and even more fearful of being themselves. Max Sendor, a student at South who is openly gay, explained that hearing the use of these words had a similar negative impact on him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, [the word gay] almost [stings] physically every time I [hear] it,â&#x20AC;? Sendor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It, to me, was a form of discouragement when it comes to coming out.â&#x20AC;? Also consider students with special needs. Not only is the word offensive, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even used medically anymore. In fact, the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;mentally retardedâ&#x20AC;? hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

been used for 20 years, according to Shanand ask that your friends say something to non Devine, Instructional Assistant of the you each time you slip up and use one of Special Education Department. these words. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel comfortable The Editorial Board recognizes that not calling out those around you, just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all students mean â&#x20AC;&#x153;special needsâ&#x20AC;? when laugh when you hear somone using one of they say â&#x20AC;&#x153;retardedâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;retardâ&#x20AC;? and inthese words. Laughing validates the perstead are using it as a substitute for â&#x20AC;&#x153;stuson who is saying it and encourages others pidâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;idiot,â&#x20AC;? respectively, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t around them to follow suit. change the fact that it associates people We really hope that South students will with special needs with a negative image. join us in our commitment to eradicate This is why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important to be more these words from our vocabulary and, ulFRQVFLRXVRIWKHZRUGVWKDWĂ \RXWRIRXU timately, make South even more progresmouths so easily, words that some consive and accepting than it already is. sider funny, even. We guarantee that these words are not funny to those they hurt. We also feel that most students wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of using the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;retardedâ&#x20AC;? if they personally knew a student with special needs, and Devine agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people took the time to know students who are cognitively delayed or developmentally disabled, which are more appropriate terms [than words like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;retardedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;], I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think people would even use that word,â&#x20AC;? Devine said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they would feel really embarrassed.â&#x20AC;? The Editorial Board feels that perhaps not enough students have the exposure necessary to be committed to not using these words. But consider the fact that the people you are referencing could very well be your relative, or someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relative, or a friend, or a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relative. 6R ZKDW FDQ ZH GR WR Ă&#x20AC;[ WKLV problem? Like all bad habits, we must teach ourselves to stop. If you feel brave enough, call out your friends, as we on the torial Board have started to do,

said. Junior Saadia Malik took the Self-DeIHQVH FODVV Ă&#x20AC;UVW VHPHVWHU DQG ZRXOG KDYH preferred to have learned a wider range of skills, but she recognizes that that approach would only be effective if students are more dedicated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone should take it, but they really have to want to learn,â&#x20AC;? Malik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like other gym classes. [...] There is a curriculum to cover, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important you want to be there.â&#x20AC;? Based on the fact that only eight out of the 96 students who enrolled in the class are male, the Editorial Board encourages more ER\VWRWDNHWKHFODVVIRUWKHLURZQEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WDV well as for a broader cause. Not only would the course help males gain further insight on how to defend themselves in a dangerous situation, but a larger male enrollment would also allow females to practice against the speed, strength and size of what they could face in the future. Though we understand students may be unable to take the class or may be uninterested, we want to remind students that in a matter of four years or less, many South students will enter a college environment where unfortunate instances of assault and rape are more prevalent, according the NSVRC. For this reason, we encourage more students to take the class, and upperclassmen should realize that the skills they can potentially learn in this class are in a much different category than learning how to spike a volleyball or play Pickleball.

South must put an end to casual usage of â&#x20AC;&#x153;gayâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;retardedâ&#x20AC;?



March 11, 2013

Drinking & driving: when â&#x20AC;&#x153;invincibilityâ&#x20AC;? destroys us

Bailey Monte

co-opinions editor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a great drunk driver.â&#x20AC;? Tell me why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had this phrase uttered to me more than once recently, and normally in some suave tone, as if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m supposed to be impressed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really like to know why some people are still able to shrug off the dangers of drinking and driving, as if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;no big deal.â&#x20AC;? These were most likely the thoughts of Jessica Rasdall when she was 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My name is Jessica Rasdall, and on Feb. 25, 2006, I killed my best friend,â&#x20AC;? Rasdall said as she spoke to high school students in Florida, according to She was a freshman in college when she and her best friend since kindergarten, Laura Gorman, got into her car after they had been drinking at a club. They got into an accident, and ultimately, Rasdall was charged with killing Gorman. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink and drive. I know; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been drilled into our heads since any of us had even begun to think about driving. So then tell me why there still seems to be a lack of understanding. Tell me why, in the past two months alone, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been made aware of several drunk driving instances involving acquaintances of mine. Tell me why, a drunken driver kills someone every 40 minutes in the United States, according to What is it going to take? Should I bore you with more

statistics? Share more stories of people who have lost their lives and their friends or family members in drunk driving accidents? Or does someone in our community QHHG WR GLH Ă&#x20AC;UVW EHIRUH DQ\WKLQJ FKDQJHV" 7R PH WKDW would be a tragic way to learn this lesson. I think we should be more proactive. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what it is that that makes teens in our community think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to get behind the wheel after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been drinking. And it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been RQHEHHURUĂ&#x20AC;YHLWVWLOOVKRXOGQ¡WKDSSHQ%HVLGHV\RX¡UH probably lying when you say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only had a few. A part of this problem has to be entitlement. In our community, where so much seems like it is just a given, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to take things for granted. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to feel like you can do what you want, when you want, and like nothing can stop you, nothing can possibly go wrong. Or perhaps the better word is invincibility. Most of us think that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invincible. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter what happened to roughly 10,000 people last year; when I get into that car drunk, it sure as hell wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be me who GLHV%XWWKDW¡VIDXOW\ORJLF$QGWKDW¡VH[DFWO\ZKHQWKH unthinkable happens. ,ZLOOEHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRDFNQRZOHGJHWKDWDWDQ\WLPHSDVW  SP WKH VWUHHWV RI *OHQYLHZ VHHP SUHWW\ GHDG %XW people hit light poles; they hit trees. And sometimes, a sober driver on the road does something stupid, but the drunk driver just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t react quickly enough. ,¡PJRLQJWREHH[WUHPHO\EOXQWLQVD\LQJWKDWLI\RX choose to drive a car after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been drinking, then you made that choice to put yourself in danger, and I am much more concerned about the other peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives you

DUH SXWWLQJ DW ULVN E\ GULYLQJ GUXQN IRU H[DPSOH P\ SDUHQWVZKRDUHOLNHO\WRGULYHKRPHDWDSSUR[LPDWHO\ the same time as you. Let me take a moment to note the fact that it has gotten VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\EHWWHU$FFRUGLQJWRWKH&HQWHUIRU'LVHDVH &RQWURODQG3UHYHQWLRQWKHQXPEHURIWHHQVDJHVDQG older that drink and drive went down from 22.3 percent in 1991 to only 10.3 percent in 2011. It used to be the norm to drink and drive. My dad carried the caskets of several of his close friends in high school who died in drunk driving accidents. I think that our community is so fortunate to have been free of such tragedies. %XW WKLV GRHV QRW E\ DQ\ PHDQV indicate that there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t room for improvement. Or that something terrible canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t still happen. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a student reading this (though this admonition is not limited to teens), I just ask that you make sure you are keeping you and your peers safe. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to take someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NH\VLIWKH\DUHWU\LQJWRGULYHGUXQN&DOOWKHPDFDE &DOOWKHLUSDUHQWV,JXDUDQWHHWKH\ZLOOSUHIHUWKDWSKRQH call over the one they could possibly receive from the police about an accident their child has been involved in. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a parent and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reading this, you cannot say any of these things to your child too often. Make sure your teenager would never resort to drunk driving in order to avoid punishment if they were to call you in a time of need. Even if this resonates with only one person and changes the actions of only one individual, this column will have accomplished what I intended it to.

My dad carried the caskets of several of his close friends in high school who died as a result of drunk driving accidents.

An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.

On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

GONE TOO SOON: Jessica Rasdall, right, and Laura

Gorman were best friends since kindergarten. On Feb. 25, 2006, the two freshmen in college were drinking at a club, In 2011, 9,878 people died and then got into Rasdallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car to go home. Just one mile from home, the car drove off the highway and down a hill, in drunk driving crashes, one every 53 minutes. crashing into a tree. Gorman was killed in the crash, and According to The National Highway Rasdall was charged with her murder. Traffic Safety Administration

A TEARFUL EMBRACE: The father of a drunk-

driving victim hugs 18-year-old Takunda Mayima, the teen responsible for the accident that took the life of his son, Tim See, 17, and Krysta Howell, 15. After a graduation party, Mayima, with a blood alcohol level of .10, lost control of the wheel and crashed into an off-ramp on May 20, 2012.



March 11, 2013


Misplaced priorities: students must start putting health first more time. In the grand scheme of things, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an ex- der the weather because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a big deal for me to miss tension on a test makeup or homework assignment any- school. For those already drowning in homework, howway? ever, an added load of makeup work can be what does Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt that school can be demanding, but them in. the pressure to perform top-notch all the time can make While making up the work you missed might be a students feel like they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back off, even in the case of problem for you alone, coming to school affects everyone an illness. After all, when I look on HomeLogic, my eyes around you. By coming to school sick, you risk spreadare drawn immediately to the grades I screwed up, not ing your sickness. If you feel you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to miss a Claire Fisher everything I did right. couple days, what makes you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be so much easier columnist These expectations of perfection are completely un- for someone else? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all sat in class with someone who is obviously realistic. But if perfection is what we strive to achieve, Missing school might be a hassle, but the answer isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sick. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the wet, hacking cough that disrupts the teach- toughing it out when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick is counterintuitive. Ill- to avoid staying home at all costs. While a tough schedule HU¡VOHFWXUHHYHU\IHZVHQWHQFHVWKHSHUVLVWHQWVQLIĂ HRID ness is often our bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of telling us that we need and the pressure to succeed might make staying home to student denying the need for a tissue, the kid in the back to slow down, and it is often necessary to pause life for a rest feel impossible, perspective is necessary because we of the room resting his throbbing head on the table. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s few days to recuperate. all get sick. Save yourself the strain and save everyone clear that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling under the weather, so why are I know this is easier said than done. With about 15 ab- else the chance of catching your sickness: cough your they at school? sences this year alone, I stay home when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling un- lungs out at home, not on the back of my head in class. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick, you belong in bed, not at your desk. That is why I choose to stay home, and when I do, my goal is to sleep, not to feel pressured to keep up with my reading assignment of Great Expectations. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have to spend my sick day doing homework and teaching myself what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m missing in class that day so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too behind, it seems like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just be easier to struggle through school. However, going to school while sick isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t productive. When I have a cold, I know that all Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking about in class is how long I can go without having to get up and blow my nose in front of the class. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty hard to focus when all you can think about is how awful you feel. Instead of attempting to keep the same pace while \RX¡UH VLFN WKH PRVW HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW ZD\ WR DYRLG JHWWLQJ WRR off-track in school is taking it easy for a few days at home and getting a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep. You might get a little behind on work, but in the end, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably miss fewer days of school by giving your body the rest it needs to heal itself. I know, however, that there are plenty of sick students at school each day who decide to ignore their sickness and tough it out. The promise of a heightened workload from a day missed can be enough to drag them to class, tissues and cough drops in hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The amount of work assigned is a lot,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Rachel Chmielinski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recently had a friend tell me that she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to class because she had too much homework. While that seems insane, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true.â&#x20AC;? Homework is a necessary evil, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a separate probOHP LI \RX VWUXJJOH WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK LW RQ WLPH ZKHQ \RX DUH healthy. But if it feels hopeless to try to get back on track BOTHERSOME BUG: With their rigorous academic schedules, many students believe that taking one sick day could be detrimental to their after a few missed days, teachers need to understand that success. However, in the winter months, South becomes a breeding ground for viruses, and sick students run the risk of doing more damage staying home sick isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a vacation day and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean by coming to school and infecting their classmates. Photo by Evan Richter students will get all their work done even if they have


Participation grades serve as way to animate classroom, enhance learning teachers using participation points. But the more important facet of participation grades is helping those kids who do normally participate. Obviously, this can provide a boost to their grades, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to it than that. Those students who do normally participate enthusiastically deserve a good, engaged class discussion. Two or three students talking all the time does no good to Chris Callahan anyone. Participation points can incentivize more particcolumnist ipation in discussions and create a more thoughtful exMost of us have had that experience at one point or SHULHQFHIRUDQ\RQHZLOOLQJWRHQJDJHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFH Even if students werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to participate at the beDQRWKHU :H UHĂ H[LYHO\ FKHFN +RPH/RJLF DQG Ă&#x20AC;QG RXW that our participation grade in our favorite class is a C! ginning, the experience of having a productive discusWe ask ourselves what we did and how we could have made our teacher that annoyed at us. But really, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an issue of what we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do. Almost every teacher Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had at South has given out some form of participation points. They can range from tally marks on the board to a substantial percentage of the grade. Many people I know both like and dislike teachers doing this, and many quiet people resent the fact that their natural tendencies are punished. Why should people who tend to talk less have points taken off? Because often, that is the only way to keep a classroom engaged. Obviously, there will always be students who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk, but participation points can be a way to get students, especially those who are on the edge, to cross over onto the side of more participation. According to Ben Hussmann, social studies teacher, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Participation grades are an important signal that an active classroom is a necessity.â&#x20AC;? Students who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally participate but do care about grades are likely to change their behavior at least a little bit as a result of

sion may cause them to participate more in the future, VLPSO\IRUWKHVDNHRILW7KDWFDQRQO\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WHYHU\RQH Obviously, the objection remains that participation points are subjective and impossible to determine effectively. And yes, this is true to some extent, but according to Hussmann, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most teachers are fairly able to make judgments pretty well, at least the difference between a kid whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an A, a kid whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a B and a kid whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a C.â&#x20AC;? 6RPD\EHLWLVGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRGHWHUPLQHWKHGLIIHUHQFHEHtween an 87 and 88 in terms of participation. But when teachers can more or less tell who deserves which grade, why forgo a useful tool for class discussions? It can only make the class experience better for everyone.



March 11, 2013

Hoodie Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crew CutsDIĂ&#x20AC;UPVUHSXWDWLRQDVXQRUWKRGR[UDSSHU Will Gould

music critic Steven Markowitz, a University of Pennsylvania alumnus and former Google employee, was nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoodieâ&#x20AC;? as a child. Considering that he makes frequent UHIHUHQFHVWRKLVRZQIDLWKHYHQQDPLQJKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVW(3Bagels and Beats, it makes sense that he chose a moniker playing on fellow Jewish celebrity Woody Allen. Hoodie Allen released his new mixtape Crew Cuts for free on his website Feb. 20. Within one day, it had been downloaded over 80,000 times. With just one listen, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see why this record appeals to so many people. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VRQJ ´/HW 0H %H 0HÂľ VHWV WKH WRQH IRU WKH rest of Crew Cuts EHDXWLIXOO\ /LNH QHDUO\ HYHU\ +RRGLH Allen song, it features a laid-back piano beat, and the island bongos make the song feel like a Jack Johnson tribute. Towards the end of the song, Allen samples a line from Kanye Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New God Flow,â&#x20AC;? hinting that he has also â&#x20AC;&#x153;made something from nothing.â&#x20AC;? Considering that he has garnered so much success as an unsigned rapper, this claim is not unfounded. ´/HW 0H %H 0HÂľ LV QRW WKH RQO\ WLPH RQ WKLV UHFRUG that Allen references another rapper, let alone the only time he references Kanye West. In fact, in the next song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;FIFAâ&#x20AC;?, Allen not only name-drops chef-turned-rapSHU$FWLRQ%URQVRQEXWKHDOVRWDNHVDOLQHIURP:HVW¡V â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Fantasy,â&#x20AC;? only replacing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeezyâ&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoodieâ&#x20AC;?. This trend continues throughout the rest of the album, as Allen frequently ends verses with the names of other rappers. It gets a bit tired after the fourth or Ă&#x20AC;IWK WLPH DQG EHJLQV WR ORRN OLNH idolatry. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doubtful that any of WKHVH UDSSHUV ZRXOG Ă&#x20AC;QLVK RXW D verse with the name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoodie,â&#x20AC;? although he would likely faint from excitement. Despite this, â&#x20AC;&#x153;FIFAâ&#x20AC;? undoubtedly holds the best performance on the record. Chiddy RI &KLGG\ %DQJ KDV D GHFHLYLQJO\ IDVW YHUVH OLOWLQJ ODzily through the doo-wop beat. Unfortunately, Chiddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HDV\FKLOODVKHFNĂ RZSXWV$OOHQWRVKDPHEXWLWLVVDLG

that you should surround yourself with the type of person that you want to be. Allen did a fantastic job in that regard, with guest spots by Chiddy, Chance the Rapper DQG*(D]\DPRQJRWKHUFRQWHPSRUDULHV Over a third of the way through the record, I was starting to worry that Crew Cuts had eschewed the token banger track like All Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Interruptionâ&#x20AC;?. I realized my fears were unIRXQGHGZKHQWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWKVRQJ´&DNH%R\Âľ began. While Allen only goes this hard once per album, this trunk-rattler is QRW WR EH PLVVHG ´&DNH %R\Âľ suggests the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mikey Rocksâ&#x20AC;? by The Cool Kids DQG LV PRVW GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ JRLQJ WR EH D FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG hood classic. One of my favorite aspects of this record is that Allen embraces, rather than rejects, his ethnicity. A minority in the hip-hop scene, white rappers often try to hide their â&#x20AC;&#x153;whitenessâ&#x20AC;?. Allen, on the other hand, has QR LVVXH PRFNLQJ KLPVHOI DQG ZH Ă&#x20AC;QG KLP UK\PLQJ DERXW (PPD :DWVRQ (PPD 6WRQH DQG 7KH Hunger Games, among other topics that most rappers would not be caught dead mentioning. With clever and relatable rhymes, fun and easy-going beats and an appealing sticker price of zero dollars, there is no excuse to pass up Crew Cuts. Although the name-dropping gets tired and Allen should stick to rapping rather than singing, this mixtape does exactly what it set out to do: it is a collection of relaxed suburban anthems, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break any frat-rap boundaries.

SMUG SMILE: Late last

month, rapper Hoodie Allen released his fourth mixtape, Crew Cuts, for free online. Allen even stated via Twitter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You cannot pay me MVYP[\USLZZ`V\Ă&#x201E;UK where I live, break into my house and stuff money in my underwear drawer.â&#x20AC;? Photo from

One of my favorite aspects of this record is that Allen embraces, rather than rejects, his ethnicity.

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Votes: 12% Address: 910 Greenwood Rd. A plate of pancakes: $4.50 A little-known gem of Glenview. This is my favorite place to be in Glenview before 11:00 a.m. If you want to know why, next Saturday, wake up, go to Greenwood, be welcomed by the kindest waitresses around and order the breakfast special. I love going to Greenwood because it makes me feel like I am living in an episode of Friday Night LightsLWMXVWKDVWKDWVPDOOWRZQIHHOWRLW7KHVXPPHUEHIRUHP\IUHVKPDQ year, I literally ate there every other morning. However, the food at Greenwood is not much better than what I cook at home (the eggs are basic and the chocolate shake is made with Hersheyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Syrup), and after the breakfast special ends at 11:00 a.m., the prices arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t great.


Votes: 49% Address: 1615 Waukegan Rd. A plate of pancakes: $6.50 :DONHU %URWKHUV KROGV D OHYHO RI WUDGLWLRQ XQSDUDOOHOHG E\ DQ\ RWKHU EUHDNIDVW UHVWDXUDQWLQ*OHQYLHZ:DONHU%URVKDVEHHQKHUHVLQFHHTXLSSHGZLWKWKH wooden booths, stained glass windows and an undersized parking lot we know and ORYH$OWKRXJK:DONHU%URVGRHVLQGHHGFODLPP\QXPEHURQHVORWIRUEHVWIRRG, cannot say that it is my favorite restaurant. The reason is simple: a solid meal will usually cost $15 with tip. For PHDQGPDQ\RWKHUV:DONHU%URVLVPRUHWKDQMXVW DUHVWDXUDQWVLPSO\ZDONLQJLQWKHGRRUHYRNHVVRPHRIWKHEHVWPHPRULHV,IWKLV is not the case for you, then go make some memories! (And order something sweet because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re best at).

*Survey results based on an Oracle-conducted survey of 206 students.


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Glenbrook Evening High School provides community with opportunities, support Addie Lyon

staff reporter Glenbrook Evening High School (GBE) has been serving the community for 38 years as a high school option available to both students and District 225 residents who do not have a high school diploma. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[In 1975] they started with about  VWXGHQWV DQG IRXU RU Ă&#x20AC;YH RI WKHP JUDGXDWHGWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUDQGWRGDWH ZH SUREDEO\ KDYH DERXW  VWXdents who have graduated from the HYHQLQJ VFKRROÂľ *%(¡V SULQFLSDO )UDQN6DQWDVDLG´6RLW¡VEHHQDJUHDW VXFFHVVIRUPDQ\\HDUVÂľ $FFRUGLQJWR6DQWDVWXGHQWVFRPH IURP  SP WR  SP DQG FODVVHV are in session Monday through ThursGD\IRXUGD\VDZHHN 6RXWK¡V3ULQFLSDO'U%ULDQ:HJOH\ H[SODLQHGKRZ*%(EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVWKHFRPmunity by providing help to those who need extra support. ´:KDW , ORYH DERXW RXU GLVWULFW LV that there are a lot of mechanisms LQ SODFH WR FDWFK VWXGHQWV RU WR SURYLGH H[WUD VXSSRUW EHFDXVH DV \RX NQRZ OLIH KDSSHQV DQG ZKHQ OLIH happens we all need supports and opWLRQVDURXQGXVWRKHOSÂľ:HJOH\VDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;[GBE] is one of those options that KDYHEHHQFUHDWHGDQG,WKLQNDQH[- EVENING EDUCATION: Located at 1835 Landwehr Road, Glenbrook Evening High School (GBE) provides past or present GBS or GBN students age 16 or older FHSWLRQDORQHÂľ and District 225 residents age 21 or older with a chance to earn a high school diploma. According to the GBE website, a school year at GBE consists of two 15Along with providing students week semesters with classes meeting Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Photo by KK Kuramitsu ZLWK H[WUD VXSSRUW 6RXWK¡V 'HDQ Ronald Bean explained why GBE might be a better makes it a requirement for students to be involved in dif- and [guidance counselor] Melissa DeFrenza do a great ferent activities during the day. job with kids and with families in terms of getting them option for some students. ´:H PDGH LW RQH RI RXU UHTXLUHPHQWV IRU VWXGHQWV WR FDXJKWXSDQGEDFNRQWUDFNLQDQ\VLWXDWLRQÂľ%HDQVDLG ´7KH FXUULFXOXP LV VLPLODU EXW WKHUH LVQ¡W DV PXFK 6DQWD VKDUHV ZKDW KH KRSHV *%( VWULYHV IRU DQG WKH homework sometimes in night school because you only work or volunteer during the day mainly because we GRRQHFODVVDGD\VRLWPLJKWEHDORWHDVLHUWRIRFXVRQ ZDQWWKHPWREHGRLQJVRPHWKLQJSRVLWLYHZKLOHWKH\¡UH motto that keeps them motivated to do so. ´*%(VWDQGVIRU*OHQEURRN(YHQLQJEXWZHDOVRDERQHFODVVDGD\UDWKHUWKDQVHYHQGLIIHUHQWFODVVHVDGD\Âľ QRWDWVFKRROÂľ6DQWDVDLG /DXUHQ%HUN*%(¡VUHDGLQJVWUDWHJLHVWHDFKHUVKDUHV EUHYLDWHLWDV*RLQJ%H\RQG([SHFWDWLRQVVRLWDOVRVHUYHV Bean said. 6DQWDH[SODLQHGZK\DVWXGHQWPLJKWĂ&#x20AC;QGLWPRUHFRP- that many students in public schools have an inaccurate DVDPRWWRIRURXUVFKRRODQGZKRZHDUHÂľ6DQWDVDLG perception of the fortable in GBE. ´,W¡V PRUH RI D ODLGEDFN HQYLURQPHQW ZKHUH HYHU\- students who atERG\NQRZVHYHU\ERG\VRLWPLJKWEHPRUHUHOD[HGIRU tend GBE and the students who feel maybe a little anxious or uncomfort- reasons that they DEOHLQDEXLOGLQJZLWKDERXWVWXGHQWVÂľ6DQWDVDLG transfer here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one conâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Another advantage is that since classes are usually beWZHHQDERXWHLJKWDQGVWXGHQWVWKH\JHWPRUHDWWHQ- siders the typical WLRQLQWKHFODVVURRPPD\EHDOLWWOHELWPRUHKHOSIURP evening schooler to be a high WKHWHDFKHUEHFDXVHWKHUHDUHIHZHUVWXGHQWVÂľ with (YHQWKRXJKEHLQJDVPDOOHUVFKRROKDVPDQ\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV achiever great test scores. Santa shares that drawbacks still exist. It would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since we great if peoare a school ple could be ZLWK VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;more aware cantly less of and unWHDFKHUV RXU derstand all course offerthe differLQJV DUHQ¡W ent reasons as extensive someone as the day might take VFKRROÂľ 6DQthe road ta said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For less traveled H[DPSOH ZH by going to FDQ¡W RIIHU UDGLR RU DQ DGYDQFHG FDOFXOXV EHFDXVH ZH GRQ¡W KDYH *%(Âľ %HUN VDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stereotypes do HQRXJKVWXGHQWVWRRIIHUFRXUVHVOLNHWKHVHÂľ $FFRUGLQJWR:HJOH\PLVVLQJRXWRQVRPHRIWKHH[SH- damage not only students riences South provides is another possible drawback for those who attend GBE GBE students. ´,¡PDELJIDQRI*OHQEURRN6RXWK+LJK6FKRRODQG, currently but also think that the experiences that you can get in our high those who might VFKRRO DUH ZRQGHUIXO DQG OLIH FKDQJLQJ H[SHULHQFHVÂľ one day need :HJOH\ VDLG ´6R XQOHVV WKHUH¡V D UHDVRQ QRW WR HQJDJH those services and LQWKDW,WKLQN\RX¡UHJRLQJWRPLVVRXWRQVRPHRIWKRVH \RX QHYHU NQRZ LWFRXOGEH\RXÂľ WKLQJVÂľ 2YHUDOO %HDQ :LWK VFKRROLQJ FRQĂ LFWLQJ ZLWK WKHLU DFWLYLWLHV 6DQWD explains another limitation that many students have to shares his positive outlook on face when choosing to switch to GBE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes students who come to the day school be- GBE and the posiORQJWRFOXEVRUWHDPVDQGLIWKH\GHFLGHWRFRPHWRHYH- tive way it serves QLQJ VFKRRO XVXDOO\ SUDFWLFHV RU PHHWLQJV FRQĂ LFW ZLWK our community. ´,W¡V D JUHDW UHFODVVWLPHVRWKH\XVXDOO\KDYHWRJLYHXSRQWKHVHFOXEV source for us to RUWHDPVÂľ6DQWDVDLG Although oftentimes students have to give up clubs or KDYH DQG , WKLQN WHDPVEHFDXVHLWZRXOGFRQĂ LFWZLWKQLJKWVFKRRO*%( that Mr. Santa

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Classes introduce unique subjects, thinking strategies to students Several South classes are little-known or offer students the chance to tap into talents they might not otherwise know they possess. The Oracle features four of these classes including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Issues and Answersâ&#x20AC;? taught by Daniel Zapler, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Astronomyâ&#x20AC;? taught by Steven Grosland, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russianâ&#x20AC;? taught by Izabella Tashlitskaya and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Improvisationâ&#x20AC;? taught by Beth Ann Barber. Astronomy


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Lauren Frias

staff reporter When one looks out into the sky at night, he or she sees a dark expansive space stretched above, speckled with dots of bright light. But what makes up this PDFURFRVPNQRZQDVWKHXQLYHUVHDQGZKHUHGRZHDVKXPDQVĂ&#x20AC;WLQWR it? Astronomy is a one-semester science elective course at South taught by Steven Grosland which explores these questions. The course topics include history of astronomy, the solar system, planets, moons, stars, binary star systems, galaxies, the overall structure of the universe and cosmology. Grosland begins each class with what he calls the â&#x20AC;&#x153;astronomy picture of the day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The picture is normally [something relatLQJ@ WR WKH XQLYHUVH VR ZH DOZD\V WDNH Ă&#x20AC;YH WR ten minutes talking about it,â&#x20AC;? Grosland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then normally for half of the class I lecture, and [the other half] of the class the students complete a lab.â&#x20AC;? Senior Michelle Rolf believes her experience in Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Astronomy class changed her view on the world and our place as humans in the universe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My outlook on life has changed because I now understand what is going on millions of light years away, which kind of makes my petW\ SUREOHPV VHHP LQVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWÂľ Rolf said. Grosland believes the class appeals to many students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any student who is interested in the place they live and wants knowledge on stars or just the picture of the universe [should take the class],â&#x20AC;? Grosland said.

staff reporter Izabella Tashlitskaya, Russian language teacher, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, studied at a university in Russia and traveled, lived and worked in other republics in the former USSR before becoming a teacher at South. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The concepts we cover in class are primarily focused around the culture and society of traditional and modern Russia,â&#x20AC;? Tashlitskaya said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We cover food, clothing, professions and positions of family members in society, trends of society, poetry, literature, art.â&#x20AC;? Most of Tashlitskayaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students have Russian family backgrounds, so learning the Russian language in school helps them connect with their culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have many students mention that because RI D VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F WRSLF ZH FRYHUHG LQ FODVV WKH\ were able to have a sophisticated discussion at home with their parents and other people,â&#x20AC;? Tashlitskaya said. Junior Gabby Medovoy, a student in Tashlitskayaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Russian class, believes the lessons taught in class will be quite valuable later on in life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With knowing Russian, [it] opens up more business opportunities,â&#x20AC;? Medovoy said. Tashlitskaya recognizes a similar need for Russian speakers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are talking about the shortage of people with knowledge of the Russian language in the Department of Justice, the U.S. Congress, and the Peace Corps,â&#x20AC;? Tashlitskaya said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, NQRZLQJ5XVVLDQZLOOKHOSWRĂ&#x20AC;OO those positions.â&#x20AC;?

Issues & Answers


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Julianne Arnold

staff reporter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just about ideas,â&#x20AC;? is how Daniel Zapler, social studies teacher, describes his Issues and Answers class, offered to juniors and seniors. Although it is considered a history class, according to Zapler, it falls under the category of a philosophy course. The class begins with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;word of the day.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; According to senior Andrew Peterson, Zapler will give the class a word, and as a class, they will talk about it using stories and examples. ´+H ZRQ¡W JLYH XV WKH GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQ EXW he will get us talking about it, so by the WLPHKHGRHVJLYHXVWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQZHZLOO understand it better,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. The rest of the time is used to discuss questions as a class. Some of these questions inFOXGHWKRXJKWVDERXWWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQRIEHDXW\WKH meaning of life, why people do the things they do and other similar, non-tangible ideas. According to Zapler, students are encouraged to bring their own life experiences and questions to share. Junior Rema Abu-Hashim states that the class is mostly student-led, which she enjoys because it gives them a better chance to learn. Zapler doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a class outline but rather designs the class around what the students want to do. Abu-Hashim took several life lessons away from her time in the Issues and Answers class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have learned that patience is the key to success,â&#x20AC;? Abu-Hashim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not JRLQJWROHDUQDQ\WKLQJXQOHVV\RXWDNHWKHWLPHWRUHDOO\GLJGRZQGHHSDQGĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXW the answer.â&#x20AC;? 7KHFODVVLVHQMR\DEOHDQGEHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDOIRUERWK=DSOHUDQGKLVVWXGHQWV â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The] questions we address are questions Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m interested in [because] Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for answers too,â&#x20AC;? Zapler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[It is an] opportunity for me to learn as well.â&#x20AC;? According to Zapler, he hopes students take away several ideas from the course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I hope students can] rekindle a love of learning [and develop a] deeper understanding of themselves,â&#x20AC;? Zapler said.

staff reporter Improvisation, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;improv,â&#x20AC;? is a form of acting that requires extemporaneous speech, acting and sometimes movement. Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Improvisation elective course is taught by Beth Ann Barber, who says that the goal of the class is to introduce students to a type of acting with which they might be unfamiliar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The foundation is to learn what improv is, learn how to work well with each other, to learn the rules of improv and then begin to play the games,â&#x20AC;? Barber said. Freshman Helene Paulson, who took the summer elective of Improvisation, loves the games played in the class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On a typical day, we have these certain games that we practice,â&#x20AC;? Paulson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For instance, [in] â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Doo-run-runâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; you have to be able to be quick on your feet with rhymes, and [in] â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Freezeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; you have to be quick on your feet with scenarios.â&#x20AC;? Junior Zack Bauer thinks that learning improv can improve oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to memorize lines. ´,PSURYKHOSV\RXVD\GLDORJXHFRPIRUWDEO\DQGGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ helps with all acting skills,â&#x20AC;? Bauer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to do improv makes you get comfortable thinking very fast, which I believe also ties in with remembering lines faster and easier.â&#x20AC;? Paulson believes that being a part of the class gives students a deeper understanding of acting and the skill it requires. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You may think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I hate acting; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to suck at this,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but, really, once you get into it, and once you actually go to class, and you meet new people and you talk to new people, you honestly start loving every minute of it,â&#x20AC;? Paulson said. Of course, not everyone will be good at every game that the elective introduces, but, according to Barber, everyone has his or her own inevitable strengths and weaknesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Improv is about playing to the height of your abilities,â&#x20AC;? Barber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The point of WKLVFODVVLVWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWZKDW\RX¡UHJRRGDWĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWZKDW\RX¡UHQRWJRRGDWDQGWKHQ get better.â&#x20AC;?

12 South offers several resources including P.E. classes and a fitness center to advocatestudenthealth.TheOraclehighlightsfivestudentswho take it a step further by maintaining healthy could say I’ve already reached my goals because I am happier, healthier and stronlifestyles outside of school. iving ger than I’ve ever been.”

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From mandatory gym classes to club sports and activities, South serves as a resource for students trying to maintain healthy lifestyles. According to health teacher Courtney Kelly, however, it is a student’s responsibility to maintain a disciplined, healthy life. “Behavior and decision making is essential to our course and how we can instill students to make better decisions and develop good, healthy behaviors so that they can carry that with them throughout their lives,” Kelly said. According to Kelly, the trend of poor health behaviors among adolescents urged her to be a part of the change. Similarly, physical education teacher Patricia Moulakelis was interested in the declining health of high school students. Moulakelis began her fitness career at 16, working at the Women’s Workout World. After receiving her professional certificate and becoming a personal trainer, she shifted her fitness interests to high school students. “Kids may think that they’re invincible now, that what they do to their body might not harm them later, but if they start [living healthily] […] then they won’t have those lingering effects when they’re older,” Moulakelis said. Besides teaching students in Dance and Total Body Conditioning, Moulakelis also runs a beforeschool boot camp for North and South teachers at South. Nutrition is another part of a healthy lifestyle. In order to obtain proper nutrients, Moulakelis suggests packing snacks such as fruits and nuts to eat throughout the day. Kelly also suggests to look for better school meal options or to pack a healthy lunch. According to Moulakelis, students wanting to

Better Bites Better Bites is a new club at South in which students can discuss different ways to promote healthy lifestyles. According to sponsor Michelle Scheinkopf, students come in with food recipes and discuss ways to change some of the originally unhealthy elements. “There are some things that we can tweak to lower fat content,” Scheinkopf said. “Get rid of the cholesterol. Lower the sugar a little bit [by] maybe using applesauce instead of oil.” In addition, students will be provided with opportunities to learn some exercise moves or hear from guest speakers like nutritionists, dieticians, exercise physiologists or yoga teachers, according to Scheinkopf. “Let’s listen, let’s learn and let’s go out and act on it,” Scheinkopf said. “I want to get that word out the most, that this is not going to be a club where you just sit back and listen. It’s going to be a club where we do things.” Better Bites meets every other Friday in room 715.


maintain a healthy lifestyle should avoid “fad diets.” “Your body starts to break down if you’re not getting the nutrition that you need, and it starts to get injured, you feel fatigued and your mind is not working as well as it should be,” Moulakelis said. Moulakelis also commented on the trend of students starting to focus more on physical capability rather than societal, image-based goals. “I don’t think [becoming excessively thin] is realistic,” Moulakelis said. “Nobody looks like that unless you’re a model. Even professional athletes [are] getting bigger and just need more muscle mass and [are] becoming more fit that way, [as opposed to becoming thin].” According to Kelly, in order to create a sustainable, healthy life, students should start Patricia Moulakelis, physical education teacher and De La making good health choices now. Cru coach, offers her advice to students for staying healthy “Start working out now,” Kelly said. “Start during the school year. maintaining healthy habits now because that is going to carry on into your adulthood. If EAT breakfast you aren’t maintaining those behaviors, make the changes now.” Moulakelis has similar thoughts. EAT small meals throughout the day “I’m probably stronger and wiser in my 40’s than I was in my 20’s,” Moulakelis said. “I EXERCISE for 30+ minutes, enior Jack Stillman think as you get older, you get smarter in what 5 days a week thinks of moderation as his your body can take.” goal to stay healthy. Moulakelis strives to instill not only fitness HANDLE stress through yoga, “Eating only when you but also confidence within her students. are actually hungry makes a meditation or reading “The main goal for me is [for my students] huge difference,” Stillman said. to have confidence, to be able to develop their “Snacking can really start to add own fitness program so they can do it on their SLEEP up.” own and feel confident about going to a health According to Stillman, he works club,” Moulakelis said. “That’s my goal.” out every other day if possible. “I do a full body circuit with free weights, legs and upper body on the same day,” Stillman said. “I work out at the Five Seasons, and I make sure to FAVORITES: eat plenty of protein in the 24 hours after workForm of exercise: free weights ing out and plenty of After school snack: banana carbs in the 24 hours beMeal: salmon with quinoa, broccoli and roasted tomatoes fore working out.” Workout song: “Knas” by Steve Angello Along with working Workout gear/brand: Nike out and eating the proper foods, Stillman also tries to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to





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Coletta explained the shift in her mindset, from trying to lose weight to trying to become healthier. “I wanted to be the thin girl that every girl dreams of being,” Coletta said. “I slowly ditched the ‘thinspo’ attitude and eased into a ‘fitspo’ attitude. I do not just want to lose weight, I want to be strong and in shape.” Coletta recalled the first day of her healthy lifestyle. “I first began my healthy lifestyle around Halloween of 2012,” Coletta said. “I was sitting on my couch with a bag of potato chips, completely disgusted with myself. I went to the gym that day and decided to make a change.” Though there are difficult moments in Coletta’s healthy lifestyle, she hasn’t

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healthily does not only consist of eating clean and exercising, but ensuring everything in daily life benefits the body, mind and future, according to senior Chloe Coletta. Though restricted by school and work, Coletta is still able to maintain her workout schedule, exercising six days a week at the Glenview Park Center. Despite her strict workouts, Coletta does not have a goal weight in mind. “The only goal that keeps me going is to be the best ‘me’ I can be,” Coletta said. “ Y o u


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doubted herself once. “I definitely have my good days and my bad days,” Coletta said. “I have my moments where I think, ‘This is all for nothing,’ but it isn’t.” According to Coletta, her advice to students would be to “just keep going” and stay motivated. “Every time you workout, you are one step closer to your goal,” Coletta said. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”



Form of exercise: sports After school snack: Wasa crackers Meal: grilled fish with fresh vegetables Workout song: “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z Workout gear/brand: Nike


Form of exercise: yoga After school snack: wholewheat toast with peanut butter and banana Meal: salmon with baked potato and broccoli Workout song: “Shooting Star” by LMFAO Workout gear/brand: Nike



or sophomore Katie Hauldren, her health is her priority. “It’s all about balance,” Hauldren said. “If I know I want to go to yoga for an hour one night, I make sure I focus on getting my homework done before then. If you put health high up on your priority list, then you will make time to workout or go buy healthy foods or sleep that extra hour.” According to Hauldren, she tries to get some form of physical activity in every single day. “I really try to not do the same thing two days in a row to really keep it fun,” Hauldren said. “I mix it up from running inside, running outside, going to Lifetime Fitness, going to yoga, swimming, volleyball or lacrosse.” Along with working out, Hauldren also watches what she eats to maintain her healthy lifestyle. She believes everyone has to watch what they eat or they could harm their bodies without realizing it. According to Hauldren, she makes sure the food she is putting into her body is




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unior Sarah Betadam had always been an active person. It was not until her sister started getting sick that Betadam’s whole family started seeking ways to make their lives healthier. “My parents went on a trek to change the way we ate because controlling that meant that at least our diet wasn’t compromising [my sister’s] well-being,” Betadam said. “Eating healthy would encourage her body to be able to heal from the inside out.” Betadam’s mom started cooking healthier, and the family began eating out less. Betadam’s family began to see the importance of controlling its health. “When my body started disliking foods that weren’t good for it, I realized I was doing the right thing,” Betadam said. Betadam believes eating and sleeping well are big parts of a healthy lifestyle. “It’s pivotal to understand that we all should treat our bodies right so that our main inspiration to continue to be healthy comes from ourselves,” Betadam said.



healthy but also believes that you can have anything in moderation. “You don’t have to beat yourself up for missing a few workouts or eating a bad meal,” Hauldren said. “No one makes healthy choices all the time. Moderation is key.” In order to make sure the food she eats is healthy, Hauldren does a lot of research about simply living healthy. According to Hauldren, she sees healthy living in her future and is particularly interested in nutrition. “I have had interest in becoming a dietician or nutritionist,” Hauldren said. “Living healthy has made me feel better, have more energy and be overall more confident.”


enior Ellen Hirsch defines a healthy lifestyle as eating nutritionally dense foods and treating one’s body keep himself hydrated. with respect. Stillman explained how “Getting a lot of sleep is really important,” he recently got into a new Hirsch said. “When you’re tired, you make poor form of working out: yoga. choices throughout the day and have less self-control.” “[I began doing yoga] to Hirsch maintains a discirelieve stress and help fuel plined diet on a daily basis. faster muscle recovery,” Still“I eat the same thing alman said. “It’s really simple to most every day for pick up too. Just put a laptop breakfast and lunch, in front of you, search ‘yoga’ on so it makes it YouTube and go to town. You’ll pretty easy to be feel so good when you finish.” healthy,” Hirsch Along with his yoga tip, Stillsaid. man has some other advice for all According to students. Hirsch, she grew “Regardless of your schedule, accustomed to a make fitness and healthy food healthier lifestyle afchoices part of your daily routine,” ter participating in Stillman said. “In ten years when all yoga teacher training of your buddies start putting on mad in Hawaii her junior pounds, your body will thank you for year. not being one of them.” “We ate all organic vegan food and learned about treating our bodies corr e c t l y, ” Hirsch said. “They called it ‘medicinal eating’, where every food is meant to nourish and heal your body.” Hirsch became certified to teach yoga over the summer



a n d recently completed an internship that involved shadowing another yoga teacher. “I don’t have time in my schedule to teach at regular hours, but I’m looking forward to having the time to teach in college,” Hirsch said. Currently, Hirsch attends yoga classes at Lifetime or North Shore Yoga and dances at Fischer Dance Center. “I go to Snap Fitness, which is right by my house, on nights when I’m not doing either of those to go on the treadmill or lift weights,” Hirsch said. “I usually workout four or five times a week, but it really depends on how busy or inspired I am feeling.” FAVORITES: Although Hirsch believes it can be difficult to maintain a Form of exercise: yoga healthy diet, the continuous After school snack: vanilla Greek yogurt Meal: lemon chicken and roasted brussel effort is what really counts. sprouts “If I have a lot of homeWorkout Song: “What Makes You Beautiwork, I will skip dance or ful” by One Direction working out and stress-inWorkout gear/brand: Athleta duced eating is always tempting,” Hirsch said. “But whenever I have a bad day or week, I just try to accept that and move on.”



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7KHUH DUH PDQ\ GLIIHUHQW Ă&#x20AC;HOGV RI HQJLQHHULQJ UDQJLQJ IURP ELRPHGLFDO HQJLQHHUing to computer engineering. As technology continues to advance, computer engineering LV H[SHFWHG WR EHFRPH RQH RI WKH ODUJHVW Ă&#x20AC;HOGV LQ GHPDQG E\ $FFRUGLQJ WR 0LFKDHO Sinde, Engineering Design and Fabrication teacher, salaries in engineering can range from D\HDU$OVRGHSHQGLQJRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGGLIIHUHQWVFKRROLQJUHTXLUHPHQWVDQG FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQVDUHQHFHVVDU\ ´0RUHW\SLFDOHQJLQHHULQJMREVUHTXLUHDWOHDVWD%DFKHORU¡VGHJUHH>ÂŤ@DQGWKHQXOWLPDWHO\ VRPHW\SHRIFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQÂľ6LQGHVDLG South offers many classes to prepare students for this type of job such as Engineering Physics and Engineering Design and Fabrication. Junior Erin Karnig, who is interested in having a career in biomedical engineering, currently takes Engineering Design and Fabrication. According to Karnig, this class is good preparation for her career plans in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like [the class] because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of freedom,â&#x20AC;? Karnig said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do a lot of different things, like sometimes we work on and develop models of products.â&#x20AC;? According to Sinde, South is trying to morph many of the classes at South, such as Engineering, CAD and Architecture into a new class called Project Lead The Way (PLTW) for the upcoming school year. PLTW is a program offering educational curriculum in innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to middle schools and high schools throughout the U.S., according to

According to Christine Memler, web development teacher, web development is a big deal in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job market. This job is mainly comprised of designing and creating websites. Web developers are responsible for the websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical aspects: how fast it runs and performs and the content of it. Software developers focus on computer programming. 6RPHZRUNHUVLQWKLVĂ&#x20AC;HOGGHYHORSDSSOLFDWLRQVWKDWSHUIRUPVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FWDVNVDQGVRPHGHvelop the underlying systems that actually run the devices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developers analyze usersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs, then design, test and develop software to meet those needs. The average annual pay for a web developer is $75,660. Classes at South that deal with web designing and software developing are Digital Graphics Design, Web Design and Digital Multimedia. Memler has taught Digital Graphics Design IRURYHUĂ&#x20AC;IWHHQ\HDUV â&#x20AC;&#x153;It started out with some basic Super Paint but [later progressed to] working with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator - those are professional software packages,â&#x20AC;? Memler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it reDOO\JLYHVNLGVDWDVWHRIZKDWLW¡VOLNHWREHDEOHWRZRUNZLWKDQGPRGLI\JUDSKLFVWRĂ&#x20AC;WWKHP into whatever project [theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re] working on.â&#x20AC;? According to Dawn Hall, instructional supervisor of the Applied Technology Department, there are many factors that should be considered when choosing an occupation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think [there is] a focus of not only getting an understanding of what do you love to do, what do you enjoy, what are you good at and then taking a look out there and seeing how can WKRVHWKLQJVĂ&#x20AC;WLQWRDQDUHDZKHUHWKHUH¡VJRLQJWREHDQHHGÂľ+DOOVDLG

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March 11, 2013

Bundled Up Junior Emma Bigelow knits items ranging from $20 - $30

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Bigelow copes with depression through self-started knitting business Sally You

asst. a&e editor One in 20 teens in the United States suffer from clinical depression, which impairs oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to carry on without mood disorders and changes in behavior and physical health, according to notmykid. org. Unfortunately, many young adults take on negative coping mechanisms, ranging from drug consumption to self-harm, to overcome their depression; however, for junior Emma Bigelow, depression resulted in a unique coping strategy and hobby â&#x20AC;&#x201C; knitting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m battling depression, and there are so many negative coping skills out there and negative things to do, and I wanted to do something positive,â&#x20AC;? Bigelow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I looked online and [found that] you can make a lot of cool things [by] knitting, so I went to Michaels, bought some yarn and needles and just started.â&#x20AC;? Bigelow believes knitting has improved her approach in dealing with her depression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knitting has helped a lot because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to do with your hands, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a repetitive movement so you

just keep doing it, and I [eventually] lose track of time,â&#x20AC;? she said. Knitting has become more than a hobby for Bigelow as her products started attracting her peers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would wear some of the things I knit, and people were actually willing to buy [scarves] from me,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bigelow started a Facebook page titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bundled Up,â&#x20AC;? where customers can sift through images of the scarves she knitted and place an order via Facebook message based on two criteria: color and design. According to Bigelow, customers are able to select any color and choose EHWZHHQWKHWUDGLWLRQDOLQĂ&#x20AC;QLW\DQG eternity styles for their own customized scarf. Along with scarves, hats are also available for customers to purchase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although I do enjoy the money and the knitting, just seeing how happy people get when they see or try on my scarves makes me happy,â&#x20AC;?she said. The knitting process takes approximately six to eight KRXUVUDQJLQJIURPWZRWRĂ&#x20AC;YHGD\V:LWK%XQGOHG8S EHLQJDVWXGHQWUXQEXVLQHVV%LJHORZRFFDVLRQDOO\Ă&#x20AC;QGV WLPHPDQDJHPHQWGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW

Although I do enjoy the money and the knitting, just seeing how happy people get when they see or try on my scarves makes me happy. -Junior Emma Bigelow

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have time to knit because of [De La Cru practice or homework],â&#x20AC;?she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then I get behind on orders, and things can get frustrating.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Dana Grad, a customer of Bundled Up, expresses her satisfaction towards the quality of the scarves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think [the scarves are] really professionally done,â&#x20AC;? Grad said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so soft, [and] itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that I would buy at a store. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really high quality, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe Emma made them herself.â&#x20AC;? Bigelowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend junior Yunsu Yu admires her positive attempt to gradually overcome her depression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was hard to see her be so unhappy consistently but seeing her be able to become stronger as a person [...] by knitting has made me really look up to her,â&#x20AC;? Yu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is one of the strongest and bravest girls I know.â&#x20AC;? The improvements Bigelow has made as a result of her knitting business are noticeable to her parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Emma] seems calmer and less distracted because she has something to keep her busy,â&#x20AC;? John Bigelow, Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, said. Emma is currently learning to knit sweaters and mittens and plans on continuing her business for as long as customers show interest in her products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also trying to learn how to knit sweaters and mittens now too, and when I have time, I try to learn how to crochet,â&#x20AC;? Emma said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun learning all these techniques and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good distraction.â&#x20AC;?



March 11, 2013

Paradox show brings unconventional humor to South Mollie Cramer

staff reporter :HEVWHU'LFWLRQDU\GHĂ&#x20AC;QHV´SDUDGR[ÂľDVDQRSLQLRQ contrary to the commonly accepted opinion and, according to sponsor Erin Bosack, the sketch comedy club known as Paradox, which performs on March 15 and 16, is just that. According to Bosack, Paradox is a club that showcases student-written skits. It builds up to one production and allows students to be creative with their writing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It attracts people who have a quirkier, weirder sense of humor,â&#x20AC;? Bosack said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, I think sometimes kids feel WKH\Ă&#x20AC;WLQ>DW@3DUDGR[Âľ According to senior Josh Raebel, Paradox has been a great creative outlet for him and others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I like it so much,â&#x20AC;? Raebel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can act, but I can also just hang out with all these amazingly creative people.â&#x20AC;? Dr. James Shellard, assistant principal in charge of VWXGHQW DFWLYLWLHV ZDV RQH RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VSRQVRUV RI WKH club, and he believes that Paradox is unique because it appeals to people who usually think outside of the box. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Paradox attracts students who are unconventional in their interpretation of the world and want to be able to express themselves without the limitations of a scripted play,â&#x20AC;? Shellard said. According to senior Jordan Scherer, Paradox writes scripts that people would not traditionally consider funny. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If something sounds crazy, go with it because you could always edit, or not edit and just leave it in its FUD]\IRUPDQGVRPHRQHVRPHZKHUHZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGLWIXQQ\Âľ Scherer said. Bosack said that most club membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strengths lie in their writing and their ability to be completely goofy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The skit ideas come from things that happen in their lives,â&#x20AC;? Bosack said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh my gosh, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never guess what happened to me on my way to school today,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and then the next week weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see that they have a skit written about it.â&#x20AC;? According to senior John Adkisson, it is neat seeing like-minded kids come together to write unique comedy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking things that people may think of and joke about and just pushing them to this level that you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect,â&#x20AC;? Adkisson said. According to Scherer, Paradox does not typically use many costumes or have very many â&#x20AC;&#x153;trainedâ&#x20AC;? actors, so they really have to focus on writing things that are funny, no matter how they are said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mainly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just going to be two people standing out

EXUBERANT PERSONALITIES UNITE: Reading their student-written scripts, senior Meghan Freeman, junior Wyatt Richter, and senior Tommy Neuman practice for their Paradox show, which will take place on March 15 and 16 in the Drama Dance room. Paradox is a club that allows students to express their creativity through writing and performing humorous comedy skits. Photo by Evan Richter

there with minimal stage direction just saying funny things, which I think is the best part,â&#x20AC;? Scherer said. Raebel said that there are other reactions they want from the audience besides laughter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, the main goal is to make people laugh, but we also want mass confusion and hysteria,â&#x20AC;? Raebel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make it a typical comedy show.â&#x20AC;? According to Adkisson, it is a great feeling to have the audience laughing at what you are saying, especially when it is a joke you have written. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like making people laugh,â&#x20AC;? Adkisson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you get up there, and you say something funny and you get the big reactions, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a much better feeling than getting the whole room going.â&#x20AC;?

According to Bosack, Paradox is much edgier and pushes the envelope a bit more than other comedy groups at South. As long as an individual is being him or herself and EULQJLQJWKHLURZQFUHDWLYLW\WRWKHWDEOHSHRSOHZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QG it entertaining and enjoyable, according to Raebel. Scherer commented that although they try to push a script to an extreme, there is almost always some truth in a script. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make [the audience] question what they think is funny,â&#x20AC;? Scherer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want them to be laughing, but we think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really cool when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re laughing and they have no idea why. We want them to sort of examine comedy and feel a little uncomfortable.â&#x20AC;?

with it,â&#x20AC;? Hauldren said. Ford said his close friendships with Ishkhan and Hauldren inspired him to become one of his managers. Moving to a new town can be a big step in any nineâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been best friends with them for a while, and it year-old boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, and this was exactly the case for was always something [Hauldren] and I were around senior Matt Ishkhan. Not only did he have to adjust to and supporting, and eventually it just got serious,â&#x20AC;? Ford a new environment, but he also had to meet new people said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We backed him up and want him to make it big.â&#x20AC;? and make friends. According to Ishkhan, he and his managers recently As he grew closer to his friends throughout junior high, Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGWUDQVIRUPLQJDZDONLQFORVHWLQKLVKRXVHLQWRD Ishkhan began free-style rapping with them. Although recording studio. his friends only saw it as a fun hobby, Ishkhan took â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited to be able to record in his talent of rapping and turned it into a career. there instead of a studio,â&#x20AC;? Ishkhan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[My â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the one thing that I was best at recording studio] is almost professional.â&#x20AC;? because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing all of these Ishkhan also said that he has been planning sports, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had as much on shooting a music video that is set to come success as I wanted to,â&#x20AC;? Ishkhan out within the next month and a half. said. ´,KDYHQ¡WUHFRUGHGLW\HWEXWLW¡VGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ Ishkhan has written about 50 part of the plan,â&#x20AC;? Ishkhan said. songs, but he has only recorded Ishkhan also said that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working around 25 of them. Ten of the on collaborations that will appear songs were featured in his mix on Matter of Time with different tape Next Man Up, and around artists such as senior Kris Hansen 14 more will be put on his next of Zaramela as well as tape Matter of Time, which comes Colossal, a rapper from out spring break this year. Mount Prospect. According to Ishkhan, Since his next mix his favorite song that he has tape will be more recorded is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next Man Upâ&#x20AC;?. professional than ´7KH O\ULFV GHĂ&#x20AC;QH ZKDW , DP WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW ,VKNKDQ and what I want to be, and I believes that Matter of feel like I get the message across Time will have a big really well,â&#x20AC;? Ishkhan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus, impact on his career. the beat is great, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a According to Ford, he lot of positive feedback from the also believes that the listeners.â&#x20AC;? new release will attract Ishkhan has had his two more fans. managers, seniors Ryan Hauldren â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully with this and Spencer Ford, for about two second mix tape, people years. According to Hauldren, will recognize he and Ishkhan have been [Ishkhan] is special NEXT MAN UP: In his studio, senior Matt Ishkhan records friends since middle school. and jump on the one of his rap songs. Ishkhan has a mix tape called Next â&#x20AC;&#x153;In middle school, all of our bandwagon,â&#x20AC;? Ford Man Up, which can be listened to on friends started rapping, and said. Photo by KK Kuramitsu he was the only one that stuck Hauldren and

Ford not only see the progress in Ishkhanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career as his managers but also as his best friends. According to Hauldren, Ishkhan has improved greatly since he started to rap. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He gets better and better every song and is not even close to reaching his potential,â&#x20AC;? Hauldren said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extremely talented kid.â&#x20AC;? Ford also said that he is very proud of the progress his best friend has made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Hauldren] and I have been privileged to see talent grow as much as it has in front of us, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our best friend that is speaking to people through his music and representing a different kind of rap,â&#x20AC;? Ford said. Ishkhan hopes that his listeners will take his new tape for what it is: a story about a normal kid trying to make it in life and become a well-respected person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason why we named it Matter of Time is because KHUH , DP LQ P\ Ă&#x20AC;QDO PRQWKV RI OLYLQJ LQ *OHQYLHZÂľ Ishkhan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that when that mix tape is released, ,¡PĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\JRLQJWRJHWWKDWDGPLUDWLRQDQGWKHUHVSHFW, feel that I deserve and wanted for so long, and therefore, it was just a matter of time.â&#x20AC;?

Ishkhan transforms rapping hobby into potential musical career Lauren Durning

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March 11, 2013

Model: Sophomore Emma Maar

Petlakh turns passion for photography into business venture According to Petlakh, her experience as a model has also made her more knowledgeable about the business and helped At an early age, it was clear for senior her with her work. Vika Petlakh that photography was her â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Modeling] gives me a better idea of passion. Although taking pictures started the best angles at which to shoot the modas a personal craft, it soon became a le- els and how to make them look and feel gitimate business. After receiving many comfortable on camera,â&#x20AC;? Petlakh said. compliments on her work and requests On the set of her for paid photo shoots, she was inspired Ă&#x20AC;UVW SKRWR VKRRW to create her own photography company, junior CĂŠline WaVika Petlakhgraphy, in September 2012. terschoot explained â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got into photography at the age of that Petlakh helped 12,â&#x20AC;? Petlakh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I was] frustrated with her overcome her other forms of art, and I never really got nerves and ultigood at dance, drawing, painting, music mately produced or sculpture.â&#x20AC;? great work. With this frustration came a new interâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It was actually est and profession. By September, Petlakh very fun,â&#x20AC;? Waterestablished her own freelance photogra- schoot said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was phy company. According to Petlakh, run- kind of nervous at ning her own business is tough, but she Ă&#x20AC;UVWEXWDIWHULWZDV has managed to make it work. Ă&#x20AC;QH >3HWODNK@ ZDV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work,â&#x20AC;? Petlakh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nice and told basically a 24/7 job between planning, me to just have fun with it.â&#x20AC;? Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJPRGHOVZRUNLQJRXWWKHORJLVWLFV According to Petlakh, her favorite part of the shoot, on top of actually shooting, about photography is being able to bring editing, posting and promoting.â&#x20AC;? her ideas to life. Although time consuming, Petlakh enâ&#x20AC;&#x153;[My inspiration comes from] some of joys being a self-employed photographer. the ideas I think of on my own,â&#x20AC;? Petlakh Kali Croke

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said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other photographersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work also inspires me.â&#x20AC;? Senior Annika Synnestvedt, model feautred in Petlakhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, also admires Petlakhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to take ideas from other photographers and make them her own original and creative concepts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Petlakh] has amazing ideas for every shoot,â&#x20AC;? Synnestvedt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is really good at seeing an idea she likes and changing it just enough to make it her own. [...] If something doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;t go the way we planned, [Petlakh] is always able to think of something to make up for [any time or work] lost.â&#x20AC;? In addition to her own concepts and inĂ XHQFHV IURP RWKHU SKRWRJUDSKHUV 3HWlakh is open to conducting photo shoots inspired by the ideas of her peers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to hear about peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas for shoots,â&#x20AC;? Petlakh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always open to

â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Petlakh] has amazing ideas for every shoot. She is really good at seeing an idea she likes and changing it just enough to make it her own.â&#x20AC;? -Senior Annika Synnestvedt

new and creative projects.â&#x20AC;? As a close friend of Petlakhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Synnestvedt appreciates being able to have a voice before, during and after photo shoots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After [taking pictures], [Petlakh and I will] look through them and narrow down, edit and post our favorites,â&#x20AC;? Synnestvedt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really lucky to have a good relationship with [Petlakh] because she always lets me have a say about which pictures I like and which I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Much of Petlakhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work can be seen on her Facebook page, Vika Petlakhgraphy. She explained that using Facebook has acted as a very helpful medium in posting her pictures online and sharing her work with the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically free advertising and helps me get my photography out for the rest of the world to see,â&#x20AC;? Petlakh said. In addition to the Facebook page, PetODNK SODQV RQ Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ D PRUH IRUPDO website for her business in the near future. She also sees her photography continuing down its current path and progressing with time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I plan] to keep freelancing and taking on new projects, as well as personally learning, growing and creating more beautiful work,â&#x20AC;? Petlakh said.

Photos by and courtesy of Vika Petlakh Model: Senior Liza Kizhakkekuttu

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March 11, 2013

V-SHOW IN REVIEW: Maddie Abrams & Rachel Mann

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Kidz with Kupz

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Tye Silks Vocal act performed by seniors Katharine Battaglia and Katie Iida and juniors Tom Olickal and Matt Taki Q&A with Katie Iida Q: Can you explain what the Kidz with Kupz act was? A: The Kidz with Kupz act was just a bunch of crazy kids getting together to sing some songs, play with cups and have a good time. We just happened to be doing all of that in front of an audience. Q: Was it challenging singing and moving the cups simultaneously? A:,FDQQRWHYHQWHOO\RXKRZKDUGLWZDVWRJHWLWDWĂ&#x20AC;UVW,UHPHPEHUVLWWLQJLQ P\URRPIRUDJRRGDPRXQWRIWLPHMXVWWU\LQJWRĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXWKRZWRGRWKHFXS movement, but once you get the cup movement down it becomes second nature to the extent that I could sit and have a conversation with someone while unconsciously cupping. Q: What was your favorite part about performing this act in the V-Show? A: My favorite part about performing the act was that we had so much fun with it. We were just a bunch of goons up on stage playing with kitchen supplies. Q: Any fun facts or stories about things that happened â&#x20AC;&#x153;behind the scenesâ&#x20AC;? of the act? A: So, for our act we have two instruments: our voices and the cups. Like any instrument, our cups needed to sound just right for our act. Me and [Battaglia] WRRNDWULSWR7DUJHWWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHFXSWKDWZDVMXVWULJKW6RKHUHZHDUHVLWWLQJRQ WKHĂ RRURIWDUJHWZLWKWKUHHGLIIHUHQWFXSVLQIURQWRIXVFXSSLQJRXUVRQJWRWKH entire store. [â&#x20AC;Ś] So many weird looks being shot our way!

The Happy Hands Club

Acrobatic act performed by junior Alison Tye Q: Were you scared at all while performing on the silk? A: I was not scared up there. I am very comfortable with silks and the skills I do. I DPVFDUHGRIKHLJKWVDQG,DOZD\VKDYHEHHQEXWVLQFH,VWDUWHG,KDYHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ overcome it, and I have improved tremendously. Q: How did you manage your time with V-Show and other shows or obligations you had? A: ,W ZDV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ D FKDOOHQJH WR PDQDJH P\ VKRZ LQ (YDQVWRQ ZLWK 96KRZ EHFDXVH,KDGWREHDWP\FLUFXVVKRZWKHVDPHWLPH96KRZVWDUWHG,ZDVVROXFN\ WKDWHYHU\ERG\LQYROYHGLQ96KRZZDVDEOHWRKHOSPHPDNHLWHDVLHUE\PRYLQJ my act around, and I am so appreciative. Friday and Saturday [night] I came to 96KRZVWUDLJKWIURPP\RWKHUVKRZ7KH6DWXUGD\PDWLQHH,ZDVXQIRUWXQDWHO\ unable to make because I have a show at 4:30 p.m. also on Saturday, and I have to be there at three to set some stuff up. It was really hard with schoolwork, but I always seemed to manage my time and my teachers were always very understanding. Q: We heard from a few people that you are trying out for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent. Is this true? A: I did recently audition for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent with a partner from my circus. I am legally only allowed to say I auditioned for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent, and everybody is just going to have to tune in when the Chicago auditions air to see if we made it! Q: Is there anything else you would like to add? A: I just want to add that circus is something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing for about six years now, and I am absolutely in love with it. I trained at Ă&#x2030;cole Nationale De Cirque in Montreal for two weeks this summer, and it was such an amazing experience. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be where I was if it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for my friend Carla. She was the one who got me started at the summer camp, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing it ever since, and I really owe it to her.

No Strings Attached

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Sign language act performed by junior Celia Grabill-Sulski, sophomore Janie Kahan and senior Lauren Marchetto Q&A with Janie Kahan Q: How was the music selected? A: Music selection was really important. We had to pick songs that were fun and used very visual signs. We also tried to [â&#x20AC;Ś] weave [the theme] â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carpe Diemâ&#x20AC;? into it, which is why we started with the quote from Dead Poets Society. Q: How did you learn all the different signs? A: [Marchetto] and I are in [American Sign Language] 2, and [Grabill-Sulski] was LQ>$PHULFDQ6LJQ/DQJXDJH@ODVW\HDU%HWZHHQXVDOOZHFRXOGĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXWWKH signs, or we just knew them. For example, the sign â&#x20AC;&#x153;seizeâ&#x20AC;?, [well] there is no exact VLJQIRU´VHL]HÂľ6RZHKDGWRUHDOO\WKLQNRIWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQ´WRKDYHÂľDQG´WRJHWÂľ and then we just signed that. Same meaning, but not word by word. Our goal was to tell the stories of the songs, whether or not we interpreted it word by word doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter, as long as we told the story well. Q: How did it feel to be on stage performing the act in the Variety Show? A: My adrenaline was pumping the entire song. I just loved standing up there with my friends showing everyone our passion. Just being on stage was wonderful, and every time before we went on, we look at each other, and we still could not believe we made it in the show. Q: Is there anything people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about this act? A: In the early stages of our act I was learning how to sign, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look At Me Nowâ&#x20AC;? really fast, and I was going so fast and was trying so hard that I smacked myself in the face trying to sign [the word] â&#x20AC;&#x153;bestâ&#x20AC;?. It actually really hurt, and I had to sit out for a minute.

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Instrumental act performed by freshman Ben Friedland and seniors Hannah Mira Friedland, Gabby Gottfried, Kendrick Lau, Isabelle Uhl and Elizabeth Woo Q&A with Hannah Mira Friedland Q: How did the group prepare for the show? A: In preparing for the show, it took arranging a few different pieces before settling on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julie-Oâ&#x20AC;?, a jazz string piece composed by Mark Summer. The bulk of our work took the form of arranging what was originally a piece written for solo cello to accommodate six instrumentalists (two violins, two violas, guitar and bass). Though it was quite time consuming, it was really cool to come up with someWKLQJRIRXURZQ>@ZLWKHDFKSDUWVRPHKRZUHĂ HFWLQJHDFKRIRXUSHUVRQDOLWLHV Q: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about this act? A: We all had a lot going on this year between college apps and other activities, so we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get going on the act until winter break. We wrote out the majority of our parts at the beginning of break, but then we all went out of town with our families and werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to meet up to actually play our parts together until two days before auditions. So, we did our best to memorize parts on airplanes with tray table music stands and some good old muscle memory. Q: What was the vibe that you and the other musicians had on stage? A: With the exception of Ben being the new addition, we have all been in the same really close group of friends since sophomore year and have become close through PXVLFVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\RUFKHVWUD:HGRHYHU\WKLQJWRJHWKHUDOZD\VLQYROYLQJHLWKHU orchestra or Asian food. I think all of us would agree that being able to share what we love to do, whether playing Shostakovich in orchestra or stuff off the beaten path, and to be able to share it with our closest friends is something very sacred that we will never forget.



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Phenomenal Woman Dance act performed by junior Julia Jacobs Q: How did you come up with the idea for the act? A: Every year I choreograph a piece for my studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance show, so I started one to the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vultureâ&#x20AC;? by Gil Scott Heron. There was something off about it, and after switching twice more I decided to start from scratch again. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a bit consumed with the idea of feminism and being a woman lately but kept rejecting the idea for some reason. Finally, I just decided to go for it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phenomenal Womanâ&#x20AC;? was always in the front of my mind. I explored other ideas, but it was really the only poem that was right. Q: Why did you decide to dance to a poem rather than a song? A,Ă&#x20AC;UVWGLVFRYHUHGWKHSRHPDV,ZDVVHDUFKLQJIRUPDWHULDOIRUDQ(QJOLVKSURMect for John Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophomore class. I had listened to Maya Angelouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spoken memoir a couple years ago, and her voice is just so rich and expressive that it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long until I forgot there was no music to it. Q: How did you come up with the moves? A: I choreographed in my basement over a period of two weeks, which is a reasonably short time for me. Some choreography is pretty literal but most of it is just how my body wanted to move to the cadence of Angelouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice. I made a sort of diagram of the rises, falls and accents, and that helped me tune the movePHQWWRĂ&#x20AC;WWKHODQJXDJH Q: What was your favorite part of performing? A: My favorite experience of performing was dancing on such a big, beautiful stage as this is the feeling I have when dancing beneath the lights. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit ethereal, a bit dreamlike. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any faces in the audience-the house is pure blackness-and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just swimming in a pool of light. Q: What were some reactions you received post-performance? A: Most reactions were favorable. My favorite was when a woman came up to me and told me that her younger daughter pointed at me on stage and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I want to do.â&#x20AC;? I was that girl once, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful to be on the other side. I heard some criticism for sure, but I never closed my ears to it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy that it put some people out of their comfort zones because for as long as the movement has been around, feminism still makes some people laugh or cringe. A guy turned to me in the hallway after the preview show and shouted at me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;FEMINISM!â&#x20AC;? More likely than not it was mockery, but I turned back with my arms in the air and replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;FEMINISM!!!â&#x20AC;? If it gets people thinking about things they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet considered, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done my job. That means it made people feel something, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 percent the business Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in.

Feeling FeelingGood Good

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Vocal and instrumental act performed by seniors Will Barnard, Josh Schwartz-Dodek, Aaron Gamalinda, Declan Garvey, Mike Jang, Katherine Loiselle, Melanie McNulty, Tom Moscinski, Nick Sindelar, Olivia Stern and junior Gary Zucker Q&A with Katherine Loiselle Q: How did you think of the idea for the act? A: I had sung the song a few months before V-show auditions for a jazz musician ZKRLVIULHQGVZLWK>'LUHFWRU6WHYL@0DUNV>ÂŤ@:KHQ,KDGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVLQJLQJ Marks made a comment about how I should try out with that song for V-show VLQFHLWZRXOGĂ&#x20AC;WWKHWKHPHVR,MXVWNLQGRIUDQZLWKLW Q: How did you prepare for the act? A: I really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much of a plan for the act besides knowing I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to sing it alone. There is something particularly exciting about being able to perform off the energy of other people, which is why I knew I needed two HTXDOO\FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWDQGSDVVLRQDWHSHUIRUPHUVWRKHDGWKHDFWZLWKPH7KHQWKH song in and of itself warranted a large band, so I talked to my good friend [Moscinski] and we got a group together. Marks came up with the costume idea and the basics for the movements. It was all a very simple, painless process which made the act just very comfortable and fun. Q: What was your favorite part about the act? A: I have two favorite parts of the act. First was having the opportunity to create vocals with incredible musicians. Having a large and musically-smart band is not something most high school vocalists are able to perform with, but because our school has this surplus of talent, we managed to put together this incredible horn section with a rhythm section that really knew what they were doing. I loved singing with them because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a completely different feeling than singing with a piano or guitar. My second favorite thing was doing it all with two of my best friends. [McNulty and Stern] both have such incredible attitudes and are so supportive. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have people on stage with you who value the same things within performing that you do, which was a big reason why I asked them to do the act with me. Q: Any fun facts about the act? A: I had strep throat all 5 performances. What got me through that was positive thinking instilled in me by the entire band, not just [McNulty] and [Stern]. The boys were so kind to me and supportive about how I sounded and made it clear I should push through and remain a part of the act. Also, [McNulty], [Stern] and I were the three girls with solos in our Freshmen Act. We always thought that was funny how it felt like everything came full circle since the act on right before us was the current Freshmen Act. We would stand in the dark behind stage and just listen while all holding hands [before our act].



March 11, 2013


asst. sports editor :LWKDĂ&#x20AC;QDOUHJXODUVHDVRQUHFRUGRI and having placed third in conference, the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team ended its season ZLWKDORVVWR5HVXUUHFWLRQLQWKH5HJLRQDOĂ&#x20AC;nals on Feb. 15. According to senior co-captain Lindsey Oldshue, this was a game they expected to win. ´$ORWRIXVH[SHFWHGDZLQRXWRI>WKHODVW JDPH@EXW,WKLQNZHMXVWFDPHRXWRILWDOLWWOHVORZDQGMXVWFRXOGQ¡WJHWRXUPRPHQWXP going,â&#x20AC;? Oldshue said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were a good team of course, and they shot the ball really ZHOO,WKLQNZHMXVWGLGQ¡WPDNHWKRVHHDV\ shots that we shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made.â&#x20AC;? The past three years the team has won a regional championship, and this year they had goals to go much farther in the playoffs, ZKLFKPDGHWKLVORVVHVSHFLDOO\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWDFcording to Oldshue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Towards the end, the goal was to ultiPDWHO\JHWGRZQ>WR@6WDWHMXVWOLNHDQ\RWKHU team,â&#x20AC;? Oldshue said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why it was a little disappointing to get out so early.â&#x20AC;? Despite this loss, head coach Steve Weissenstein believes they had a really strong season overall. ´:H MXVW ZDQWHG WR JHW EHWWHU HYHU\ GD\ and we played one of the toughest schedules PAST PASS: Looking for the open Titan, senior Katie Jennings cocks her arms back and prepares to pass the ball. Jennings, one of the Lady Titansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; six-foot in the state,â&#x20AC;? Weissenstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our girls Z[HY[LYZOLSWLKSLHK[OL;P[HUZ[VHUV]LYHSSYLJVYKVM[OPZZLHZVU^OPJOJVUJS\KLK-LI^P[OHSVZZ[V9LZ\YYLJ[PVUPU[OL9LNPVUHSĂ&#x201E;UHS GLGDIDQWDVWLFMREDOO\HDU:HKDGYLFWRULHV Photo by Wyatt Richter over teams that are in the top 10.â&#x20AC;? According to senior co-captain Molly McDonagh, a large part of the Lady Titanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sucin its defense, according to Weissenstein. ´:HMXVWVKRXOG¡YHEHDWHQWKHPDQGZHFDPHRXWVR cess last season was related to team chemistry and comâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Defensively, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really good,â&#x20AC;? Weissenstein said. weak,â&#x20AC;? McDonagh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letting them come here and munication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teams have had a really hard time scoring on us. We beat us was one of our lowest points, but I think we really â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all friends off the court, so I think on the court donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually play zone and we played zone, this year. excelled after that. We used that kind of as motivation.â&#x20AC;? weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really able to communicate with each other well,â&#x20AC;? <RXFRXOGMXVWNLQGRIVHHXVJHWWLQJEHWWHUDQGEHWWHUDQG Leading the team this season were McDonagh and McDonagh said. more comfortable with it as the year went on.â&#x20AC;? Oldshue, as well as seniors Teigan Flaws, Katie Jennings, Weissenstein echoed the great team chemistry and its According to Oldshue, winning the championship Katie Dwyer, Brooke Thomas and Annie Engels. role in their success. game of the holiday tournament against Wheaton North According to Oldshue, all of the key players carried ´>7KH\DUH@JLUOVWKDWUHDOO\ZDQWHGWRJHWEHWWHUDQG was the focal point of their season. the team this year, and she hopes this will continue next OLNHHDFKRWKHUZKRSOD\HGWRJHWKHUZHOODQGMXVWFRPâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We all had probably our best game,â&#x20AC;? Oldshue said. season. peted at the highest level,â&#x20AC;? Weissenstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There ´:HMXVWUHDOO\SXOOHGLWWRJHWKHUSOD\HGRXUEHVWJDPH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a big change next year,â&#x20AC;? Oldshue said. ZDVQRVHOĂ&#x20AC;VKQHVVHYHU\RQHMXVWZDQWHGWRZLQDQGLW DVDWHDPDQGWKDWZDVSUREDEO\P\IDYRULWHPRPHQW>RI â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably going to be a lot younger of a team, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who got points, as long as we won, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WKHVHDVRQ@Âľ think we did set a pretty good example for the incoming what was important.â&#x20AC;? McDonagh believes another key game in their season class, and I hope maybe us losing so early will inspire Besides team chemistry, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths also lied was against Hersey, but for a different reason. them to work harder and do a lot better next year.â&#x20AC;?

MacDonald takes over as womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head swim coach Rachel Chmielinski

asst. sports editor For the 2013 season, Keith MacDonald, the head menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swim coach, will take over as the head womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swim coach as Kelly Timson is stepping down. :KLOH WKLV ZLOO EH D VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW DGGLtional commitment, MacDonald says he is looking forward to it. ´,W¡VGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\WDNLQJDORWPRUHRQP\ plate, but coaching is something I love to do,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to spending the extra time around the pool and motivating the girls the best I can.â&#x20AC;? According to sophomore Kelly Cordes, the team looks forward to having MacDonald as their coach and thinks he will have a Photo by John Adkisson

SRVLWLYHLQĂ XHQFH ´, WKLQN LW ZLOO LQĂ XHQFH >RXU VXFFHVV@ LQ D SRVLWLYH way,â&#x20AC;? Cordes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team is fast and has been doing well with him, so I know it will work with us.â&#x20AC;? MacDonald doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect there to be much of a change coaching girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much difference,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls are like boys, if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re motivated theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to swim fast. For me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about making sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having fun and staying motivated.â&#x20AC;? According to Cordes, the main change is the difference in gender.

MAC ATTACK: On Jan. 25, Keith MacDonald, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity swim coach, announced that he would be taking over the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity swim coach position as well. MacDonald has been coaching and teaching Physical Education at South since 2005. Photo by Ethan Spalding

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it will be interesting to have a guy as our high school coach because for the past two years itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a girl, so I think that will be different,â&#x20AC;? Cordes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A new FRDFK>ZLOOPDNHXV@WU\WRLPSUHVVKLPWRPDNHDJRRG impression. I feel like it will make us better as a team.â&#x20AC;? Cordes believes that having a coach of a different gender will give a different, but positive, perspective that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had before. MacDonald believes the team will have a successful upcoming season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as they train hard in practice weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see good results in the end,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. MacDonald is already familiar with the team because he was also the coach of the freshmen girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team. Cordes believes that the familiarity the team has with him will make the transition a lot smoother. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s him because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known him as a coach because he was the freshman girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach, and he knows us as swimmers too,â&#x20AC;? Cordes said.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swim Team State Finishes

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March 11, 2013

Value athletes by their ability, not their sexuality Ethan Spalding

co-sports editor During the NFL Scouting Combine, which occurred Feb. 23-26, Manti Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o, former Notre Dame linebacker, was the center of attention. The Heisman runnerup in 2012, Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o was looking to turn his college successes into a big payday with a good showing. By all accounts, Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o was a draft prospect who some projected to be picked in WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWURXQGRIWKHGUDIW%XWWKHQDUHport on Deadspin revealed that he was involved in a hoax. According to the report, Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, who had reportedly lost her battle to cancer earlier in the year, had never existed. ,Q WKH PHGLD Ă&#x20AC;UHVWRUP WKDW IROORZHG DOOVRUWVRIWKHRULHVĂ RDWHGDURXQG7H¡R¡V story is that he was duped by a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who himself claimed to have be in love with Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o. The story was incredibly strange, and the truth will likely never be fully revealed. The lack of truth has led NFL teams considering Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o to be wary of what it may mean about Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality or FKDUDFWHU  2QH WKHRU\ DSSDUHQWO\ Ă RDWing around NFL teams is that Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o may be gay; according to NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mike Florio, multiple teams have asked him in interviews if he was homosexual. This is absolutely unacceptable. Not only is it immoral, it is illegal; under the ruling of Macy v. Holder, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that discrimination against people based on sexuality is unlawful. Asking Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o about his sexuality in a meeting to determine whether or not he should be drafted is doing just that. The arguments defending these actions are all the same. They say that players in the locker room would be uncomfortable with a gay teammate because of locker room and shower proximity, fearing that a gay teammate would be sexually attracted to his teammates. Of course, under the law, none of the VHQWLPHQWPDWWHUVSURĂ&#x20AC;OLQJEDVHGRQVH[uality is illegal. It is also completely unreasonable for anybody to think they have never shared a locker room with a gay teammate. According to a Gallup survey, 3.4 percent of Americans identify as openly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transsexual, and if that number was representative of the true NFL proportion, there would be at least 50 gay players in the NFL.

TACKLINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;O: Coiling up at the start of a sprint, NFL hopeful Manti Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o prepares to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o, who was second in the HeisTHU]V[PUNOHZILLUZ\YYV\UKLKI`JVU[YV]LYZ`YLJLU[S`WYVTW[PUN5-3[LHTZ[VX\LZ[PVUOPZZL_\HSP[`ZVTL[OPUN[OH[JHUILJSHZZPĂ&#x201E;LKHZPSSLNHSKPZJYPTPUH[PVU Photo from Bleacher Report

Clearly, something is making closeted athletes fear coming out, and that is simply wrong. I know from personal experience that there is nothing to worry about with sharing a locker room with a gay teammate. While on the swim team at South, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had at least two gay teammates, neither of whom ever made anyone in the locker room uncomfortable. I consider it a privilege to have swum with both Thomas Pollick, an AllAmerican swimmer who graduated last year, and James Koh, a senior who made the varsity swim team as a sophomore before pursuing other interests. Both Pollick and Koh were brave enough to come out of the closet knowing the general discomfort in the athletic world towards gay athletes. According to

Pollick, this was a major fear he had when he came out of the closet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My biggest concern when I was coming out was the team just because athletics and being gay didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t [seem to] mesh together,â&#x20AC;? Pollick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occur to me that you could be openly gay and be an athlete.â&#x20AC;? Koh shared this perception of athletics, and though he says it did not VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ FDXVH UHVHUYDtions for him, he believes the culture of sports is negative towards gay people, both in and out of the closet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think sports especially have an [anti-gay] culture, and I can see why that would cause hesitation in coming out,â&#x20AC;? Koh said. After he came out, however, Pollick says that any evidence of homophobia on his team went away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very different than I imagined it would go,â&#x20AC;? Pollick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were really nice and accepting afterwards.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think sports especially have an [anti-gay] culture, and I can see why that would cause hesitation in coming out.â&#x20AC;? -Senior James Koh

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Both Pollick and Koh have inspiringly brave stories. However, the fact that they need to be that brave is the problem. According to a survey conducted by the Oracle of 65 athletes, 66.2 percent of athletes feel that their teammates would be uncomfortable with a gay teammate, and 33.8 percent believe that a gay teammate would not feel accepted on the team. In the end, any athlete interested in his or her team performing well should strive to make their teammates as comfortable as possible. Referring to things as â&#x20AC;&#x153;gayâ&#x20AC;? does not make you more masculine or tough and could only wind up hurting a teammate, and in turn, the team. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no excuse for homophobia. Manti Teâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o is still a Heisman runner-up, regardless of what rumors may be swirling. Thomas Pollick is still an All-American. Most importantly, however, every athlete, gay or straight, is a human being. It is his or her prerogative to choose what KHRUVKHGRHVRIIWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG6RDSSUHLFLDWH his or her contributions to the team, and make all your teammates feel accepted.

sports 22 SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: March 11, 2013

Written and assembled by: John Adkisson

2013 Edition

co-sports editor

Justine Kim, Breck Murphy & Ben Wittenstein

staff reporters

Photos by JP Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke, Wyatt Richter, Dan Chmielinski and courtesy of athletes of their respective sports

Key Players: Marques Thompson, Malcolm Engel, Austin Dickholtz, Ose Ilenikhena Key Players: Ryan Hauldren, Will Reynolds, Young Guns: David Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Gara Under the Radar: 3HWHU :HVWHUĂ&#x20AC;HOG 'DQ Cam Irwin, Jack Washburn, Spencer Ford Young Guns: EJ Reynolds Weathers

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Track and Field

According to head coach Kurt Hasenstein, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength this season lies in its depth of sprinters, which he hopes will help lead the team to a successful postseason.

$IWHU Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ DV RQH RI WKH WRS teams in Sectionals last year, head coach Kurt Hasenstein knows that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team has the potential to be successful again. According to Hasenstein, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team will have depth in sprints, which allows most competitors to concentrate on their best events. Additionally, with the ability to spread events out among competitors, Hasenstein hopes that less of the team will fall to injuries, as no one is being overworked. Some of their main competitors this year will be Evanston, Maine South and New Trier, according to Hasenstein.

Key Players: Kyle Pauly, Sam Koloms, Nick Loggarakis, Max Cohen, Sam Selby, Matt Hoshaw Young Guns: Connor McCarthy, Tommy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara, Cody Carol, Connor McCarthy, Austin Okuno Under the Radar: Robert Milota, Drake Hlaving


After many of the juniors and seniors on the South baseball team played together this summer, the boys are looking to have a successful season with good chemistry, according to senior Nick Loggarakis. With many veterans returning, Loggarakis hopes that they will lead the team to the immediate goal of winning Conference. Senior Kyle Pauly hopes to use the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chemistry as an advantage to make it deep into the playoffs and go down state. Both Pauly and Loggarakis are committed to playing baseball in college; Loggarakis is RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\FRPPLWWHGWR1RUWK&HQWUDO&ROlege, and Pauly is currently undecided with a few schools under consideration.

With seniors Nick Loggarakis and Kyle Pauly, both college baseball bound, leading the team, the goal is to win their Conference.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse

With new head coach Matthew Jones leading the South menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse team this year, the group is expected to gel well, according to Jones. The boys have had a number of pre-season open gyms to prepare for this season, and there is much excitement and energy in anticipation. The team hopes WRLPSURYHRQHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\RISOD\ in the short-term, which will help the team achieve their overall goal of competing for and winning the State championship.

Key Players: Danny Correa, Bob Meyer, Brand Bozcek Young Guns: Jake Nelson, Seamus Heneghan

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Water Polo

This season, the South menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo team will be without Tom Meyer, their former star goalLHIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQIRXU\HDUV$GGLWLRQDOO\VHnior Mike Sadowski recently suffered a shoulder injury, which will cause him to miss the entire season. While head coach Dave Lieberman was not worried about replacing Meyer heading into the season, the obstacle could now pose a problem for the men. After coming in second in Conference and third in Sectionals last year, Lieberman expects the team to get right back where they left off. According to senior Danny Correa, he expects this to be one of the quickest teams he has been on, with many members of the team having been on the swim team. Their goals this year include winning Conference and qualifying for the State tourney.

Key Players: Will Kozloski, Brandon Lucari, Matt Kaiser Key Players: Will Lyon, Ross Gan Young Guns: Anthony Lebryk Young Guns: Michael Baddeloo Under the Radar: Kevin Mathein Under the Radar: Steven Kim, Wyatt Jason

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volleyball

The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team sees the 2013 season as a time of contention to win Conference again, as well as win their Sectional. This season, the team returns without Peter Rafalo, top alum player, who at 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;9â&#x20AC;? was last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go-to player for last minute points and kills on the court, according to head coach Tim Monahan. During the two months of open gyms, the boys have been working to improve on consistency after seeing how inconsistency led to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss against rival GBN. According to senior Brandon Lucari, the team has the talent and ability to win Conference again and many of the players will have to step up in order to make up for last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s losses. They return this year with All-Conference setter Matt Kaiser and starter Will Kozloski, who are expected to lead this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team.


The men lost seven graduates going into this season, including Michael Selitto and Michael Levin, the All-State doubles duo.

The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team is looking toward a season of rebuilding and Ă&#x20AC;OOLQJ WKH VKRHV OHIW HPSW\ E\ ODVW \HDU¡V VWDWH TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUV $FFRUGLQJ WR head coach Larry Faulkner, the focus this season is to establish a lineup to maximize every playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent and reduce their weaknesses along ZLWK KDYLQJ VWDWH TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUV DJDLQ In the 2012 season, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis WHDPSODFHGĂ&#x20AC;IWKDW6WDWHDQGDVSLUHV to win Conference this season. Senior captain Will Lyon feels that with hard work, the younger, talented players FRXOGĂ&#x20AC;OOWKHVKRHVRIWKHVHYHQVWDUWers who graduated last year.



March 11, 2013

A comprehensive look at Titan sports

Key Players: Caroline Collins, Allie SonKey Players: Sarah Grieve, Anne Edwards, QHERUQ6WHSKDQLH0LWFKHOO0RUJDQ1RODQ 0DJJLH'LHWULFK Young Guns: Nonie Andersen, Autumn Koh, Young Guns: 5HPD$EX+DVKLP 0DUJDUHW -DQH%UHQQDQ Schneider Under the Radar: &DOLH1RZDN.HOO\:DUG


According to assistant coach Rob- In a difficult in Doyle, the beginning of the season CSL South conhas been plagued by an insuffcicient ference, the number of players. However, the laLady Titans, dies still have high hopes for a sucwho have been FHVVIXO VHDVRQ :LWK 6DUDK *ULHYH senior State-qualifying swimmer, at struggling to the helm this season, Doyle ultimate- fill their rosly hopes that the team will be able to ter, are workcompete for the tough Central Sub- ing toward XUEDQ /HDJXH &6/  WLWOH 1RQHWKH- their ultimate less, according to Doyle, perennial goal of compowerhouses New Trier, as well as peting for the VHYHUDORIWKHRWKHU&6/WHDPVZLOO CSL ConferPDNH WKLQJV GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW IRU 6RXWK VR ence title. for now they just hope to train hard.

This year sees the team without star alum Danielle DeVito, their only runner to qualify for State last year. She now runs at Bradley University in Peoria.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Water Polo

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse

The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse team ended their season ODVW\HDUE\SODFLQJĂ&#x20AC;IWKLQ6WDWHDIWHUORVLQJWR+LQsdale Central by one goal. According to head coach $QQLH /HVFK WKH JLUOV KDYH EHHQ ZRUNLQJ KDUG LQ the offseason to challenge for the IHSA State title and build upon last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiences. The squad graduated eight seniors, seven of whom were starters, and according to senior Allie Sonneborn, there is a large amount of competitiveness and commitment from the players this year to have the best season possible. Despite the loss of alumni, with nine UHWXUQLQJVHQLRUV/HVFKKRSHVWRKDYHDVWURQJFRUH of leadership on the team and hopes that the ladies FRPHWRJHWKHUDVDFORVHNQLWWHDP7KHWHDP¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW KRPHJDPHDJDLQVW/\RQVLVRQ0DUFKLQWKH-RKQ Davis Stadium.

Key Players: (OOHQ 7DNDJL 0DFNHQ]LH 2¡%ULHQ%ULWWDQ\%DO]DQR0DXUHHQ$QGHUson, Emma Cashman Key Players: April Cronin, Greta Stadler, Young Guns: -RMR*DUYH\&ROOHHQ/\QFK Emma Sailer, Carolyn Nash Under the Radar:0HJ1DVK Young Guns: Kaily Bruch


Although Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s badminton team lost eight seniors from last season, the girls are up for the challenge this year, according to senior Ellen Takagi. :LWK WKH RSHQ spots, senior Brittany Balzano looks forward to the upcoming season with some new players to add to the roster. They have their goals set to beat New Trier, send girls back to state, and Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQWKHWRSWKUHHLQFRQference, according to head coach Tiffanie Kimura and Takagi. The girls hope to do these things by improving their net game.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer

:LWK WKH 6RXWK ZRPHQ¡V VRFFHU Key team competing in the state tournagames for ment two out of the last three years, the girls look to go down state again South this this season, according to head coach season: Seong Ha. Senior April Cronin, who has committed to play soccer at ValMarch 12 paraiso University, has expectations vs. Loyola WR OHDG WKH WHDP DQG SRWHQWLDOO\ Ă&#x20AC;Qish in the top three of all time biggest April 12 At scorers at South. The team this year New Trier has over 12 returning players and hopes to use this as an advantage to April 25 vs. build chemistry and create plays, acMaine South FRUGLQJ WR +D :KLOH KDYLQJ PDQ\ veterans on the team, Ha also hopes that some added new players will Playoffs begin May 14 KHOSWKH/DG\7LWDQVUHDFKVXFFHVV

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Track and Field

A year after qualifying one runQHUGRZQVWDWHODVW\HDUWKH:RPHQ¡VWUDFNDQGĂ&#x20AC;HOGWHDPKDVWKHSRtential to send even more this year, DFFRUGLQJWRVHQLRU0HOLVVD%DVWDQLpour. This season sees the return of many seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a few of whom just missed qualifying for state last year. Additionally, Bastanipour feels that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team comes in with a strong underclassman force that looks to learn a lot from the seniors. Some of their goals this year include the seniors training the underclassman and taking advantage of their speed, according to Bastanipour.

Key Players: Katie Rossman, Alyssa StrapNR0DFNHQ]LH0RUJDQ0DGGLH+DXVHU Young Guns: Yasmine Giliana, Daniela 0DUFKLRUL Under the Radar: -RUGDQ 'DYLV 0HJDQ Steil


According to head coach Kay Sopocy, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s softball team will be better than ever with All-Conference pitcher Katie Rossman and $OO&RQIHUHQFH LQĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU 0HJDQ Steil. Dominated by juniors, the close-knit team teems with competitiveness and energy this season in order to beat rivals New TriHU0DLQH6RXWKDQG1LOHV:HVW/DVW season, the girls lost to New Trier 0-7 and they hope to not only beat New Trier but also have a season batting average of over .500. Sopocy believes that the large amount of maturity and energy will boost the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability to be even better than last year and not lose their streak of energy at the end of the season.



March 11, 2013

Salomon emerges as star as Titans place 18th at State John Adkisson

co-sports editor On Feb. 22-23, the South menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity swim team received 18th place at the IHSA State meet. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season, according to senior Ethan Spalding, was marked with a lot of uncertainty as to how the team would perform due to the loss of alums Ryan Brander, J.J. Connor, Ryan Hianik and Thomas Pollick, all of whom having earned points at State the year before. However, Spalding feels that the team exceeded expectations, amassing a 7-1 record in dual meets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we had to step up and make up for that, and though we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t place ninth like we did last year, we still had a very successful season,â&#x20AC;? Spalding said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We showed a lot of depth, and while we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t score as high at State as we have in the past, I still think we performed well. There were really good performances even among the guys who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t score points at State, and I think overall it was GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\DVXFFHVVIXOVHDVRQÂľ Using all of this, the men headed into the CSL Conference meet Feb. 9 expecting, according to Spalding, to get second behind the eventual State-champs, New Trier. However, head coach Keith MacDonald feels that the team underperformed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conference was, at times, a train wreck because we underperformed,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That sometimes happens because the majority, almost the entire team, was focused on sectionals, which was the following week. Individual times were not where they needed to be.â&#x20AC;? Despite not getting the times they had hoped for at Conference, they bounced back at the Sectional meet Feb. 16. Eight swimmers, including seniors Spalding, Tommy Cahill and Bob Meyer; juniors Jake Nelson, Seamus Heneghan and Kevin Benson; sophomore Jon Salomon; and freshman Sam Salganik, as well as sophRPRUH GLYHU$DURQ$FK DOO TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG IRU the State meet, and the team received third place, behind Loyola and New Trier. According to MacDonald, the team performed up to expectations and set themselves up nicely for the State meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sectionals was so much better,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone swam [really] well. We had some great swims. It was unfortunate that our 400 free relay didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualify, and that was disappointing beFDXVH ZH KDYH TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG DOO WKUHH UHOD\V every year I have been here, so for that re-

LONG JON SALOMON: Kneeling down for the start, sophomore Jon Salomon readies for his 200 yard Individual Medley at IHSA State Finals Saturday, Feb. 23. Salomon took third in the race with a time of 1:50.95, the 15th fastest time in the event in Illinois history, as well as the second fastest ever for an underclassman, behind only Peoria Richwoodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Matt Elliotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1:50.93 in 2008. Photo courtesy and VIP

lay not to qualify was a little disappointing.â&#x20AC;? Most of the team was rested for the Sectional meet, which, according to MacDonald, was to ensure that as many people would qualify for State as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so hard to make the State meet, and to be at the State meet is so exciting so we try to get as many people as we can to the State meet,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So our focus is usually to get as many guys as we can across, and by doing that we have to focus a lot of our training towards the Sectional meet, and this year it paid off.â&#x20AC;? With a decent showing at the State meet, MacDonald was very pleased with the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. According to MacDonald and Spalding, the team al-

ways has a goal of making the top 12, and DOWKRXJKWKH\IDLOHGWRGRWKDWIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW time in MacDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure as a coach at South, he was very happy with his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State meet was great,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lacked the stars to crack the top ten, which we would have liked, [â&#x20AC;Śbut to] swim as well as they did [â&#x20AC;Ś] that was a point of pride for our team.â&#x20AC;? Despite the lack of star-level depth, Salomon still shined at the State meet, getting third place in the 200 IM and swimming on the 200 Freestyle relay consisting of himself, Cahill, Heneghan and Benson. According to Salomon, this was a great experience and is good for future meets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt that I really succeeded at State in

my individual swims, and I will use this experience to help motivate myself for the next two years,â&#x20AC;? Salomon said. Overall, MacDonald feels that the team left everything in the pool, and they were model athletes both in and out of the pool all season. He was particurly thrilled by Salomon and the 200 free relayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance at the meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was a great end of the year,â&#x20AC;? MacDonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a realO\ JRRG 6HFWLRQDOV ZKHUH ZH TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG D bunch to the State meet. That was exciting for us, and then we performed very well DWWKH6WDWHPHHWKDYLQJ6DORPRQĂ&#x20AC;QDOLQ DFRXSOHUDFHVRXUIUHHUHOD\Ă&#x20AC;QDODQG pretty much everyone else improved their time at State.â&#x20AC;?

Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bread & Butter: the 200 Freestyle Relay

Photos by Evan Richter

In two years at South, sophomore Jon Salomon has now been part of two point-scoring 200 free relays. His leadoff split of 20.76 seconds was the sixth-best 50 freestyle in Illinois this year.

,Q KLV WKLUG DQG Ă&#x20AC;QDO \HDU on varsity, senior Tommy Cahillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career culminated with KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW HYHU 6WDWH DSSHDUance, on which he split 21.38 seconds on his 50, second best on the team.

After losing the end of his sophomore year to a fractured back, junior Seamus Heneghan swam below 22 seconds in both prelims and Ă&#x20AC;QDOV LQ KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW FDUHHU 6WDWH meet.

After missing consolation Ă&#x20AC;QDOVE\OHVVWKDQDVHFRQGLQ the 500 freestyle in prelims, Benson switched into the 200 IUHH UHOD\ IRU Ă&#x20AC;QDOV DQG DQchored the relay with a split of 22.01.

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