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Volume 61, Issue 5

February 24, 2012


Crazy for Classes By Sanuri Gunawardena „14 and Anna Zuo „14

It‘s that time of year again. For the seniors, the second semester is kicking off and it‘s finally time to relax. But for underclassmen, it‘s scheduling time. For the past couple of weeks, the lives of the underclassmen have been stressed, deranged, and all about next year‘s classes. There is a bucket-load of choices in every subject for the upcoming school year and, frankly, we just can‘t decide which ones to choose. With so many choices available, there‘s bound to be some classes that grab our interest. For all you chefs out there, Gourmet Cuisine has added an additional class, Gourmet Cuisine II, so you can send your taste buds on a wild ride with all of the mouth-watering dishes you cook up in this new elective. This class will teach you about the cuisine and the culture of many different areas in the country and the world. Your scrumptious and exotic treats could even make you the winner of the ―Next Great Food Network Star‖ competition that will be completed as the course project. The possibilities are endless in this creative kitchen. Unfortunately, several information

technology classes were eliminated from the bountiful list of practical arts choices. It‘s time to say goodbye to General Info Tech, Engineering I and II, and CADD. Some classes remaining include Video Technology I and II, Braves Beat, and Web Design. If you‘re into using your brain power to make your design ideas into reality, Introduction to Engineering Design is a new class that you can take next year. It‘s part of a nationwide program called Project Lead the Way, and starting next year, the “Now Just remember though, your decision affects the rest of your life, or at least the rest of your high school career.”

first one of the four classes they offer will be taught here at Indian Hill. Now how about exposing yourself to some new cultures and languages? Down in the Foreign Language Department, Mandarin III will be available to those of you daring enough to take your knowledge of the Chinese language to the next level. China is booming, so it‘s a good time to try to ―get your Asian on.‖ Fun Fact: our school offers a total of 999,999,999,999,999 (ok maybe a bit more like 121) classes and 24 APs for you to take. No wonder people have such a hard time making the perfect pick! Just remember though, your decision affects the rest of your life, or at least the rest of your high school career. So, choose wisely. We know you‘ll make the right decisions, Indian Hill.■

THIS MONTH IN CHIEFTAIN: Senioritis: An update on the disease plaguing our seniors. (page 4) Viewpoints: The legalization of same-sex marriage. (pages 6-7) Meditation: One of our own students explores the practice of meditation. (pages 1011) College Essay: Seniors, here’s an example from our very own class of one that worked. (page 13) Top Ten: In honor of the recent Valentine’s Day, read about the top ten awkward date moments. (page 15) Reviews: See what our own students thought of recent movies, restaurant visits, and boutiques. (pages 16-17) Spring Sports Preview: See what your Braves have in store for you. (page 18) Visit Chieftain online at and feel free to contact us at with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


February 24, 2012

NEWS Nothing to Worry About By Monica Valentini ‘15 Most of you are probably a little concerned with the strange weather. This time of year is supposed to be cold and snowy. Instead, it‘s either warm and sunny, or it‘s rainy. Could this crazy weather be a preface to what is coming next: the end of the world? Or is it just that uncertain Cincinnati weather? Actually, it‘s neither (well maybe it is partially Cincinnati weather). This abnormal weather is the result of two things: El Niño and La Niña. El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of a weather phenomenon known as El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). It occurs every few years and can last as long as a couple of years or as little as several months. Basically, it‘s when the temperature of the ocean and the atmosphere are constantly changing. El Niño is typically the warm phase of ENSO, and La Niña is the cold phase. El Niño is caused by an increase of surface ocean water near the equator. During the winter season, El Niño causes unusually warm weather. Also, in America, there is either a lot of rain or it is very dry. La Niña is just the opposite. It is caused by colder sea surface temperatures. The effects of La Niña are also opposite than those of El Niño. In the north it is warm in the winter and in the south it is cold. These types of weather patterns have been taking place since the 1600s. They were first observed by two fishermen who noticed an unprecedented lack of fish in the winter in South America; the unusually warm water caused the fish to disperse from the area. Even though this weather is very strange, it is nothing to be too worried about. It‘s nothing serious, and it‘s only temporary.■

Cut Loose this Weekend! By Katherine Arnold ‘15 If you had the chance to catch the opening night of this year‘s Pow Wow last night, then you know just how incredible our Braves‘ rendition of Footloose is. The forty-three member cast is bringing to life a story centered around teenager Ren McCormack. When Ren moves from the big city of Chicago to small town Bomont, he isn‘t prepared for the rigorous local laws, which include a ban on dancing instituted by Reverend Shaw Moore. You will watch the struggles between the adults and the youth of the town that arise with Ren‘s arrival. The cast is phenomenal with junior Hugh Strike playing the role of Ren and senior Alexa Harris starring as his love interest and the preacher‘s rebellious daughter, Ariel Moore. Juniors Will Jaroszewicz and Rachael Bentley tackle the characters of Ariel‘s parents while senior Maggie Fritz portrays the sassy Rusty, Ariel‘s best friend. Junior Zach Whittington embodies Ren‘s good friend and Rusty‘s humorous boyfriend, Willard, and it‘s impossible to forget senior Rob Becker who plays the role of cocky Chuck Cranston, Ariel‘s boyfriend and Ren‘s enemy. This is just a small look at the myriad of talented actors involved in Footloose. The director, Mrs. Lisa Harris, assures the audience of the show‘s expected excellence. ―Our Pow Wow students work extremely hard to take the production to the highest level, and we don‘t settle for less. It is a show you will not want to miss!‖ You will agree with Mrs. Harris after watching the performance. The director, musical director, choreographer, cast, crew, band, and community of parents have put countless hours into this show to make it the best it can be. Everybody cut Footloose and come check out IHHS‘s Footloose tonight at 7:30 PM or tomorrow at 2:00 PM or 7:30 PM.■ "This chord is like burning yourself while roasting marshmallows in the middle of an ice storm." –Mr. Clary

February 24, 2012


POLITICAL NEWS DECA and Mock Trial: Taking Over the World By Sarah Dorger ‘13 It was January 31st, a bleak and cold morning. Stephen Reger rolled out of bed, donned his swanky trench coat, and called up his partners in crime, Mr. Phil Said and Mrs. Susan Schonauer. Together, they planned to take over the world. Their method: Indian Hill DECA and Mock Trial. The district competition for Mock Trial took place at the Hamilton County Courthouse against other schools in our area. The teams developed arguments for both sides of a case and then presented each one in two trials. Judges then scored the teams, and those who won both trials moved on. Despite only two of the five teams making it to the regional competition, the two rookie teams did a fantastic job holding their own against their more experienced opposition. Teams Red and Blue will compete today in the regional competition. Sophomore and veteran Hannah Fereshtekhou says that the team‘s goal is to have Red and Blue in an Indian Hill versus Indian Hill competition at the state final. On the same day, Indian Hill‘s DECA team competed at UC Clermont. According to first-place finisher Melissa Aydogan, DECA is a worldwide organization of marketing students who compete at the district, state, and international levels, either by taking a 100-question multiple choice test and doing a role play or by writing a manual. ―Being in a business-like atmosphere, getting essential practice for college interviews, and developing professional skills that can be used for real situations are what I personally enjoyed,‖ said participant Sarah Ginn. Second-place winner Jordan Perlman reports that Indian Hill ―did very well and wiped the floor with the other schools‖ and commends our strong showing at Districts (where there were plenty of first-place winners in numerous categories). Congratulations to all, and good luck to those moving on to the next round of their respective competitions!■

Slam Dunk for LLS Wrap Up By Catherine Fei ‘13 You‘re sitting in your third period class when Daron Artis and Zack Whittington walk in and begin to serenade you with the Pokémon theme song. How is this possible? Slam Dunk for LLS. For those of you who don‘t know, Slam Dunk for LLS is an entirely student run organization that raises money for The Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS). Since its inception in 2009, the club has raised over $21,000 to donate to LLS. This year, the goal was to raise even more. To do this, we‘ve held a variety of fundraisers around the school and throughout the community. The flower sales during lunch and bake sales during MP have been great ways for students or faculty to lend their support to the cause, while a benefit night at the Tap House Grill allowed community members the opportunity to join in on the fun. And the most well-known fundraiser, the silent auction, was also a success. It featured items ranging from gift certificates to jewelry to covetable sports memorabilia. But wait, there‘s more! Other schools including Wyoming and CCDS have also done their part in helping the cause by hosting their own Slam Dunk for LLS basketball games. All the money raised goes directly to LLS and helps fund research or generate awareness about blood cancers. Overall, none of this could have happened without support for the school or the community, so thank you all for your continued contributions to Slam Dunk for LLS. If you‘re interested in knowing more or getting involved with the club, talk to Emma Goold, Saahil Desai, or Melissa Aydogan.■ "Why do books always start on page not one?" –Jillian Skale


February 24, 2012


By Anjani Sheth ‘12

SENIORITIS I‘ve become a rebel. Shocked? You should be. The things I‘ve done make alcohol, drugs, and other illegalities look like nothing—they‘re unimaginable. I trust the following information I reveal will remain confidential. Here it goes. In the past few weeks, I‘ve fallen asleep in class, skipped a day of school, left school sick, intentionally not done my homework, and waited until the last moment possible to write this article. Phew. That felt good to get off my chest. Obviously, since I‘ve spent the majority of the past few weeks slacking, I‘ve had some time to ponder the source of this newfound sense of rebellion. Because I‘m too lazy to come up with a real answer to my question, I‘ll adapt one that my peers have already created. One word: senioritis. But I have reason to believe my definition of senioritis differs slightly from the opinion supported by the general school population. My definition of the concept senioritis isn‘t a time period, it isn‘t an excuse to do absolutely nothing, and frankly, it isn‘t applicable to the seniors who were just as unmotivated freshmen year as they are now. To me, it‘s more of an awakening or a realization. After facing a deferral or rejection and hearing about plenty more, it‘s the realization that hard work doesn‘t always immediately pay off. It‘s the realization that I need to catch up with all the friends I blew off in the months I spent locked in my room working on applications. It‘s the realization that there‘s more to life than building the perfect résumé. And I think I speak for most seniors when I say it‘s the realization that the approaching semester—the first and last semester that doesn‘t actually ―count‖ for anything—should be filled with relaxation and balance.. Of course, senioritis is every teacher‘s nemesis. Predictably, as their students start to slack off, they pile on the work, determined to finish preparing us for AP exams, college, and ultimately, life. Well teachers, just to clarify, AP exams are hardly our first priority. Sure, it‘d be nice to get a five, but I‘m willing to sacrifice a perfect score for some good times and good laughs with family and friends. As to preparing for college, honestly, if our preceding twelve and a half years have not prepared us, do you really think five extra months are going to make a difference? The reality is that all of will learn from mistakes made our freshman year of

college – loading on the work second semester isn‘t going to prevent those mistakes. And as to preparing for life, there‘s plenty of time for that. That‘s what college and grad school and employment are for…not second semester senior year. All you concerned people out there, listen up. We seniors have spent the past twelve years making the honor roll, taking as many AP classes as possible, becoming leaders of more than one club or organization, trying to build relationships, and having experiences only high school can give you. But I speak on behalf of all of us when I say we‘re burnt out. We‘re tired. We‘ve become the generation with bags under our eyes, the generation that requires Starbucks every morning, and the generation that takes two hour naps after school before we can even think about starting our homework. All we‘re asking for is a break. Because honestly, if hard work isn‘t rewarded (and college admissions certainly aren‘t doing an adequate job of that) then this temporary lack of motivation will extend to cover an indeterminate amount of time. When it comes down to it, if skipping a single day of school, taking a nap in class once, and intentionally neglecting a single assignment are our biggest problems, I guarantee you, we‘ll be alright. Having spent my weeknights working on homework, my Friday nights working on mock trial, and my weekends on anything and everything else, I can assure you that we‘ve developed the minimal values and skills necessary to survive in the next stage of our lives. We don‘t need to be sheltered. We‘re not kids anymore. We‘re

growing up.■ ―Of course you can quote me, I‘m always funny,‖ –Alex Hayes

February 24, 2012


5 By Laurin Schwab ‘13

The Paradoxes of Time Travel It‘s a hot topic – there‘s no denying that. Time travel has been a recurrent theme in science fiction and fantasy alike, glorified by popular novels, feature films, and TV series. Harry Potter and Doctor Who are just two of a plethora of world-renowned examples; who could possibly forget Hermione‘s time-turner necklace, which allows her to take so many extra classes at once? Or the Doctor‘s famous Tardis time machine, innocuously disguised as a telephone booth to deceive unsuspecting passerby? Or even the retro time traveling car from Back to the Future? I, myself, must confess to have frequently used the time machine conveniently located by the pool on the IHHS roof during my high school career (Ever noticed Doctor Shelton‘s bow ties? Yeah, that‘s not a coincidence; he‘s actually Doctor Who from the future and personally brought the Tardis to IHHS.) But what exactly is time travel? Is it actually possible? For the purposes of discussion, sure – let‘s assume that it is theoretically possible to travel from one time to another, that some device, somewhere, somehow, can transport people through the fourth dimension. Would everything function as smoothly as in only three dimensions? The answer is: not really. As any Harry Potter fan knows, the concept of time travel is intrinsically flawed. But this is precisely what makes it so fascinating. The improbability of time travel is manifested in

the presence of what is notoriously known as the paradox. A paradox is essentially a true contradiction (that sentence was a paradox in itself), and time travel is positively teeming with them. The two most common types are the temporal and predestination paradoxes. The temporal paradox is when a time traveler does something in the past that prevents him from performing that very action in the first place. Picture a time traveler who goes back in time and kills his grandfather. Wouldn‘t this action prevent him from existing? And yet, he still exists. The predestination paradox, also known as the closed loop, exists when a time traveler is caught in a chain of events that predestines him or her to travel back in time. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is rescued from a mob of lethal dementors by a patronus spell, the castor of which is unknown. Since it takes the shape of a stag, he irrationally believes it to be that of his deceased father‘s – that is, until he travels back in time only to discover himself witnessing the same situation all over again: his old self slowly being overtaken by the monsters. Waiting for his father to appear, watching himself die, he has an epiphany; his father did not create the patronus. He did. It is then that he casts his own stag patronus, saving his past self from the dementors, and closing the loop. So, no – we can‘t really know if it‘s possible. The whole idea is so vast and complex that, as a matter of fact, we may never know. But that is just half the fun.■

"I had a 4.7 sneeze on the Richter scale. Huge! I took it right in the left elbow." –Mr. Slonim


February 24, 2012


By: Michaela Phillips ‘14 and Caroline Pirozzolo ‘14

Gay Marriage is Constitutional These days it‘s impossible to turn on the news or open up a newspaper without hearing about America‘s great debate: Should we legalize gay marriage? Is it constitutional? In short, the answer to both of these questions is yes; in order for this country to be completely equal and free as it aspires to be, we need to legalize gay marriage. Not only is denying gay people the right to marry unconstitutional, it is simply unacceptable. The first thing that people need to consider is the constitutionality of gay marriage. Not only is it perfectly constitutional, as nowhere in our constitution is there any kind of limitation on marriage rights or other rights, it is actually supported by American ideals. Even our own Declaration of Independence, says ―all men are created equal.‖ If all men are really created equal and getting married is a right that straight couples have, gay couples should have that right too. Luckily, there are several states that allow for gay marriage including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and a few others. After the recent editing of the Defense of Marriage Act, which stated that marriage should be between a man and woman, the act was actually found to be unconstitutional. The main reason was because it violated the Fifth Amendment‘s equal protection of law. This was how many states, like Massachusetts, were able to allow for gay marriage. In the Constitution, laws have to be followed; however if the states find a law unconstitutional, then the law may not hold up. This is essentially what happened with the Defense of Marriage Act. One could argue that most religions consider homosexuality to be a sin. However, was this country not built on the ideals of separation of church and state? Religion should not matter to a country that is not religious; it is as simple as that. While religion is important and needs to be respected, it is not anyone else‘s business if a loving gay couple wishes to get married. Some say gay marriage ―weakens‖ the institution of marriage. I hate to burst anyone‘s bubble, but the institution of marriage was weakened LONG ago. One glance at pop culture these days and you can see what I mean. How many celebrities these days actually stay married for longer than a few months? Kim Kardashian anyone? Some of them can‘t even manage to stay married longer than a single day! (*cough cough* we‘re looking at you, Britney Spears) What‘s really unfair is that people like this who are clearly not truly in love with each other can get married upon any whim, yet loving and caring gay couples cannot be married with the one they love. Is anybody else seeing a problem with this? Argue whatever you want; you cannot deny the fact that gay marriage is indeed constitutional. By keeping our anti gay marriage policies in place, we are actually discriminating against a minority, plain and simple as that.■

Pro: Main Points Gay marriage is both constitutional and supported by American ideals All men are created equal and therefore should be treated equally in marriage Loving gay couples should be able to express their love too Below: a group of gay marriage activists in New York

"I haven't eaten McDonald's in years. That's how I keep my girlish figure." –Mr. Whitt

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By: Erin Froehlich ‘12

Gay Marriage Cannot Be Legalized

Con: Main Points Gay rights propositions have been found unconstitutional in many states The power to make gay marriage lies within state power—not federal The 10th amendment blocks the government from being able to allow gay marriage Allowing gay marriage would go against the principles in the Constitution

Gay marriage over the past several years has become a major hot topic, and one people get very passionate about. Gay rights enthusiasts claim the federal government should take steps to recognize and change laws prohibiting same sex marriage. The only issue with this last statement is that, by the Constitution, the Federal Government currently can‘t do anything about it. As the 10th Amendment states, ―The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.‖ Under this Amendment, marriage has continuously been seen as one of the powers not delegated to the federal government, thus it is reserved for the states. The reason opposite sex marriage is nationwide is because all states have a marriage law in their state constitutions, and the federal government has absolutely nothing to do with any of these statutes. However, the U.S. Supreme Court can be called to order when an unconstitutional law arises at the state level. The case of Loving v. Virginia (1967) dealt with a heterosexual, interracial marriage that was sealed illegally – outside of Virginia‘s strict laws against such a union. The state of Virginia currently had the ―Racial Integrity Act of 1924‖ which prohibited interracial marriages. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld, in a unanimous decision, that the ―Racial Integrity Act of 1924‖ was unconstitutional, thus overturning the state law. As this particular decision shows, the government is designed to work as a system of checks and balances in order to keep previous laws and decisions accurate and up-to-date. The state of California is unique among the United States for several reasons, one of them being that it was the second state in 2008 to allow same-sex marriages. This right was granted from June 16 until November 5th of the same year before Proposition 8 surfaced. Proposition 8 added an amendment to the California constitution that stated that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Same sex marriages in the state of California were in moratorium until February 7th, 2012. The Supreme Court of California ruled in a 2-1 vote that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. Currently, 9 states, including Washington D.C., recognize same-sex marriage within their borders. 20 in total recognize marriages, other forms of unions, or have no specific recognitions or prohibitions to same sex marriages and/or unions. The argument that same sex marriage isn‘t getting legalized, or that the United States hates gay people is both false and misinformed . The Federal Government is not allowed to nationally recognize same-sex marriages by the 10th Amendment, that is, unless an amendment is ratified. There are supporters and opposers, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but times are changing and states are continuously recognizing same sex couples. To put it simply, not now nor in the foreseeable future can the Federal Government write or draft any bill regarding marriage of any kind; the 10 th Amendment will not allow it.■

―If I wanted to start a quartet to serenade a girl…how would I do that?‖ –Mark Toler


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By Melissa Aydogan ‗12 Fill in the blank: ____ Blonde. If you filled in the blank with ―dumb,‖ that is the farthest thing away from the blonde I am about to rave about. With Rachel Littman, try filling in the blank with something more along the lines of hard-working, competitive, determined, or just plain cute. Whether she‘s on the tennis court or on the spot DECA roleplaying, this girl is bi-winning. You may run into this 5‘ 2‘‘, bow-wearing blondie in the halls, but it‘s more likely that you‘ll see her, or her motto ―I‘ll sleep when I‘m dead,‖ on your newsfeed as she stays awake to complete all her work to perfection. Now that‘s what I call #dedication. Regardless of her fun-sized height, Rachel‘s spirit is heard over anyone‘s during TSL events as she cheers her freshmen to victory. Although she has no idea where she will end up for college, Rachel has an extremely impressive résumé that includes being tennis captain for two years, winning top ten at DECA Internationals last year, and volunteering many hours for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. So, wherever she ends up going, Indian Hill will certainly miss this 13-year clubber in every way possible.■

By Allison Dammeyer and Erin Froehlich‗12 Brian Beast Boone. The name says it all. A standout athlete in football, baseball and basketball, Brian definitely does his name justice. Have any of you gotten the chance to see him at a homecoming or prom? For those of you who have not, you‘re missing out. In addition to his love of sports, Brian has some killer dance moves. When he‘s not talking to someone or cracking a joke, Brian can be seen with his iconic smile, or singing to his favorite song, ―It Will Rain,‖ by Bruno Mars. Brian has said that if he could choose to take a tropical vacation to anywhere in the world, his choice would be Brazil. In all seriousness, Brian Boone may be one of the nicest kids at this school. If you haven‘t had the opportunity to get to know him yet, definitely take the time to have a conversation with him, or go watch him take over the baseball field this spring. As for college, Brian hasn‘t officially committed anywhere, but with the number of opportunities being presented to him, you can be sure he‘ll end up at the best place possible.■

By Tommy McClure ‗12 If you went to any football games this year, you probably noticed the lineman who was about four inches shorter and fifty pounds lighter than everyone else. That was Dawson. And while he may seem small, his athleticism shows otherwise. Dawson was a two-way starter for the Braves, and as a strong-point on the defensive line, he recorded 42 tackles, including a sack and forced fumble. In addition to being a three-year letterman for the football team, Dawson is a menace on the lacrosse field, where he shuts down opposing attack-men. Since picking up the sport ten years ago, Dawson has used his aggressiveness to terrify opponents and keep them from scoring. When he is not down on the field or working out in the weight room, you might find Dawson up in the air—literally. While everyone else was busy at Jeff‘s, Dawson was at Lunken airport learning the skills and techniques to becoming a certified pilot. He is currently unsure of his post-high school plans, but make sure you get to know this crazy senior before he leaves. And if you‘re looking for good music, he definitely has it.■

By Tanvi Mehta ‗13 If you haven‘t heard of one of the happiest, most enthusiastic, creative, and fun to hang out with seniors yet, I suggest you look out for Darby Highlands. She‘s definitely an individual who stands out. You‘ll always find her helping someone, or just trying to make them laugh. This girl is full of fun and lives on the creative side of life. She loves playing the guitar, singing, crocheting, whistling, traveling, and ―cool stuff like that.‖ This ―cool stuff‖ is usually accomplished by eating popsicles, singing, and interpretively dancing around her room. Darby also looks forward to writing songs and poetry, going to camp in Michigan (finally becoming a counselor after her 9th year!), cliffjumping, and just driving around (now that she‘s finally got her license; congrats!). Her music and writing are inspired by Jason Mraz, Gandhi, and Betty White; they also help push her through life. After attending college at Henry or Samford, she hopes to become a journalist, happily living in Australia. As a backup, she‘s willing to become an interpretive dancer instead. Clearly, Darby is one of the happiest and one of the most laidback, fun, and open outgoing seniors. If you haven‘t met her yet, you‘re definitely missing out. Her bubbly personality will certainly be missed by many next year; good luck, Darby!■

―We thought it would be really funny if we named our hippos Poopy.‖ –Mr. Conway

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By Irena Zheng ‗12 Seven letters, two words, one person: Lora Zuo. Born here in Cincinnati, the past seventeen years of her life haven‘t taken her far from home. Quirky and bright, she has always been known as Lolo, the dorky, loud, Star Warsobsessed, sleep-loving, constantly restless girl. She loves some words— ―apple,‖ ―sheep,‖ and ―squash‖ are just a few of her favorites. She fills her time reading random memoirs, classical literature, insightful stories, and shallow tabloids (which all together provide a perfectly balanced portrait of her). She volunteers her time selflessly, either helping out at Children‘s Hospital, or agreeing to listen to a friend‘s problems. Lora also follows Pretty Little Liars and televised tennis tournaments as religiously as those who followed the royal wedding. And now, her future shines with ambition. Full of determination, Lora plans to achieve an MD as a psychiatrist following her attendance at Washington University at St. Louis next year. Her life goals consist of visiting North Korea after meeting Hollywood‘s talented, Matt Damon. So, despite her stationary life thus far, you best not deny Lora of her future‘s potential. Just wait and see all the places she‘ll go.■

By Mattie Meyer ‗13 What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name Ian McKay? Well for me, it‘s LAX! Ian has been playing lacrosse, a game he lives and breathes, for as long as he can remember. Whether he is inside the weight room working on his ―guns‖ or outside working on his ―rips,‖ Ian is always striving to improve his game. Aside from LAX, Ian is very involved with fundraising and leadership. He is currently working with the American Heart Association by fundraising and increasing awareness. Additionally, Ian is a high school TSL. He does a great job with the freshman, and he also works with the eighth graders, giving tours and making them feel comfortable at the high school. Because Ian has such a busy schedule, his days can get quite chaotic. To help him relax he recently joined the Meditation Club, and he loves it! When you next see Ian, either strolling down the hall with a big smile or on the turf practicing his game, make sure to wish him luck next year as he pursues his lacrosse career at Belmont Abbey College.■

By Alexa Harris ‗12 If you‘ve ever heard a contagiously loud laugh echoing throughout the halls of Indian Hill, you‘ve probably heard of Paul Kim. With the amount of energy this kid holds, you‘ll never find yourself in an awkward silence. But Paul knows how to turn things serious, too. He‘s taken on numerous acting challenges throughout his high school career such as playing Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Eugene in Grease, and a member of the jury in 12 Angry Jurors. Paul hopes that his talents as a performer land him a spot as an acting major in college. As if his charismatic personality isn‘t enough, Paul has been privately studying acting to prepare for a bright future in the arts. Not only is Paul a talented young performer, but he‘s a leader as well. Paul, a student director for this year‘s Premieres, leads his classmates in warm-ups, sight-reading, and amplifying the tenor section. Paul has his head on straight, both academically and theatrically. Broadway and Indian Hill are excited to see what accomplishments Paul Kim holds in his future.■

By Mason McClay ‗13 Since she was a child, Christy Wright has been determined to pursue her ultimate fantasy of becoming the best Pokemon trainer. Since she has now achieved this an infinite amount of times in the several different Nintendo games, Christy is on to bigger and better things (well, maybe not as big as Snorlax or better than Charizard). Christy is able to attract many people due to her intense compassion. Her natural love for everyone and everything gleams through her pores like the sun‘s setting tangerine rays, dancing on the ocean‘s open horizon. This passion is demonstrated greatly in her love for Iron Chef, the aliens in Toy Story, and her dear friends. Christy‘s ambitions include obtaining a Master‘s degree in Business and Communications, which she will quite easily conquer, considering her mastery of profound social skills. As a true, kind-hearted women and beautiful friend, Christy may one day be fortunate enough to attain all of the desires that this world has to offer.■

―I‘ve really got to take a poof, but there‘s some kid in the stall‖ – Anonymous


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When most people in American culture hear the term ‗meditation‘, a variety of associations and connotations are sparked inside their minds. The majority of those unfamiliar with the practice of meditation often entertain themselves with the question, ―I am not spiritual, so why should I pursue meditation?‖ as well as, ―What good would come from remaining even more sedentary than school requires me to be?‖ And yet, as the practice of meditation is being studied by a multitude of universities throughout industrialized societies, its benefits have been observed in experiments ranging from the physical to the emotional to the psychological. So positive are the impacts proven to be that hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and celebrities are dynamically embracing its practice every day, “A recent study from Harvard confirms the benefits of meditation with scientific experiments.”

A recent study from Harvard confirms the benefits of meditation with scientific experiments. Sara Lazar, an instructor from the Harvard Medical School, discovered that the participants of an eight-week meditation program (in which each participant was required to practice only 27 minutes of mindfulness exercises a day) had literally changed the structure of their brains. Within this group of participants, areas of the brain associated

By Mason McClay ’13

with compassion, self-awareness, and joy had increased dramatically, while locations responsible for stress and anxiety had decreased. Contrastingly, the control group of non-meditators showed no difference in the structural integrity of the brain. In another study, the Dali Lama of Tibet actually granted several of his monks permission to come to the United States in order for their brains to be examined. Each monk received CT scans on their brains as scientists thoroughly inspected their structures. The results paralleled those of the experiments done in Harvard: a dramatic reduction of grey-matter in the brain. Moreover, a significant increase in the physical dimensions of the brain, as compared to a non-meditator, was evident. In a similar yet more subtle experiment, Professor Chuck Raison from Emory University attached microphones to the clothing of meditators and non-meditators alike in order to observe their verbal interactions throughout several days. His results concluded in typical meditative fashion, as it was shown that those who practiced meditation spoke with extremely sensitive language and laughed much more frequently than their counterparts; the meditators even proved to use the pronoun ‗we‘ more often than the pronoun ‗I.‘ As a result of the overwhelming proof of the benefits of meditation, the most prominent names of our society are embracing its practice. The Beatles, known for their greatness in music, philosophy, and peace, delved into the sanctity of meditation while rising to fame. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc., reported to be very captivated by the culture and results of meditation, and actually pursued monkhood as a young man before attaining supremacy in Silicon Valley. Orlando Bloom, otherwise known as Legolas from Lord of the Rings, speaks of his participation in daily meditative exercises. In fact, even “The Beatles, known for their greatness in music, philosophy, and peace, delved into the sanctity of meditation while rising to fame.”

―Usually, when you think of an opera, you think of some guy getting stabbed, and instead of him dying, he sings about it.‖ –Mr. Barker

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the great Johnny Depp activates himself in meditation quite frequently, for he believes that it will help him connect with his ‗inner vampire.‘ Large-scale corporations such as Google, AT&T, Taco Bell, Coca- Cola, and the IRS require their employees to practice meditation weekly, as it has been proven to increase productivity among the companies as a whole. Now, I challenge whoever is reading this article to take at least one moment of their day and go into meditation now by following these instructions: Set a strong intent to experience a feeling of fulfillment, joy, peace, or calmness of the mind. Become aware of the breath; allow it to gently elongate as you inhale, and evaporate all concerns as you exhale. Envision yourself in a golden sphere of light and contentment, and allow all efforts and tensions to dissolve and disappear into the sphere. Close your eyes while remaining aware of the breath and the vision of this viscous, golden energy encompassing your body. If your awareness cannot help but to shift to concerns, bring it back mindfully to the breath. Meditate. As you open your eyes, become aware of how your state of mind has changed. If you took the initiative to meditate in this fashion every morning, wouldn‘t your experience of the school day be much more enjoyable, much more blissful?


“It’s a wonder to me why people do not ask more often, “Why doesn’t everybody meditate?”

Considering the neurobiological impacts of meditation in regard to how little even the most brilliant beings of modern society understand the brain, the results are even more important. The endless list of experiments proves that one‘s current state may shift from concern for a spectrum of things – ranging from schoolwork to basketball practice to finishing a main spread article for The Chieftain – to a concentrated mentality of boundless bliss, causeless joy, or even unfaltering, unconditional love, and all just by the mere effort of sitting with intent and focusing one‘s awareness. Since this shift in perspective is proven to be so concrete that one may actually reach its relaxing results just by meditating silently once a day, it is a wonder to me why people do not ask more often, ―Why doesn‘t everybody meditate?‖■

―In Porgy and Bess, one guy comes to town and he sells happy powder. I‘ll leave that one up for you guys to figure out.‖ –Mr. Barker


February 24, 2012


Compiled By: Aloke Desai ‘12

‘Snides’ tells of wars and college By Dave Schonberg From December 7, 1979

them at IH. ―The students at IH seem to be goal motivated. I know that sounds like it‘s straight out of the guidance department.‖ Mailman, insurance claims adjuster, clothing Since he started teaching, Mr. Schneider has salesman, boat sales/service, Recreation Departcoached football, wrestling, track and soccer. ment park leader, bartender, waiter, Ryerson ―Indian Hill students are just as competitive Steel observer, cashier, dorm counselor at Miami, physically as they are academically.‖ safety lane attendant, assembly line of GM, Bill Out of school Mr. Schneider reads, swims, Tepe for Mayor of Norwood campaign...who are builds model tanks, and watches girls. ―Girlthese people? Why Mr. Ken Schneider, of watching has always been a favorite.‖ course. If you have ever been in his classes, unMr. Schneider‘s favorite historically figures doubtedly these jobs and related stories have all seem to be colorful and strong willed. ―I enjoy come up. teaching my Civil War and Twentieth Century Mr. Schneider inspires interest in history by history classes the most. Just look at the personcombining humorous historical facts with the alities of the leaders during these periods.‖ standard curriculum. His classes are high spirA discussion with Mr. Schneider on the topics ited and the result is a lot of students later inof the Confederacy, Kennedy, New Orleans, MiMr. Schneider warns that even volved in history and related subjects. ami U., Napolean, or any history related subject is General Grant would not get Snides, as he is called by some of his students, away with throwing up in class sure to bring a smile and spark further interest in has been teaching for nine years, the last four of the topic.■


Compiled By: Aloke Desai ‘12

U.S. Olympics begin at Lake Placid By: Greg Troutman From February 15, 1980 The U.S-sponsored winter Olympics at Lake Placid promise to attract attention in the sports world. The last American-sponsored winter Olympics dates back to 1932, when they were held at Lake Placid. In the 1932 Olympics, Americans won a total of twelve medals, but this year they are expected to easily surpass that number. The American bobsled team, reaching speeds of 90 m.p.h, is expected to do well on the dangerous Lake Placid run. In the downhill skiing, Phill Maher is the favorite American skier. The Europeans, however, are expected to dominate the downhill skiing event. Speed skating and figure skating are America‘s best events. In speed skating, Eric and Beth Heiden are ex-

pected to run up eight gold medals—more gold medals than the entire U.S. team has ever won in winter Olympics competition. Linda Fratianne and Charles Tichner have the best chances of winning gold medals for the U.S. in woman‘s single and men‘s single competition respectively. In doubles, Randy Gadner and Tai Babilonia will have to beat a tough Russian pair for the gold medal. Bill Koch, who surprised the world in 1972 winter games by winning a medal in cross country skiing competition, is the U.S. favorite in competition this year. Bill Koch believes that in a few years, cross country skiing will be a stronger event for the U.S. because of its growing popularity. Other areas of Olympic competition include the luge, the biathlon, ice hockey and ski-jumping. Most events will be held on either newly constructed or reconstructed equipment. The new ski jumps, for example, were opened in 1979 and were constructed a cost of five and a half million dollars. The bobsled run was reconstructed and completely refrigerated last year for the competition. Although it looks like this year‘s American team will be the strongest team that the U.S. has ever sent to the winter Olympics, the Olympics are not a competition between counties for the most medals. They are ―competition between individuals.‖ Lake Placid, NY has prepared extensively for the competition and it appears that there will be enough snow, either man-made or natural, to hold the 1980 winter Olympics.■

"The dark side is strong with you." –Mr. Conway

February 24, 2012



Compiled By Aloke Desai ‘12

Flo Vandershueren: Duke Class of 2016

I may have lived in Cincinnati for the past ten years, yet I still feel like the rustic, cozy mountain home we own in the French Pyrénées is the culmination of my past and childhood. Twice a year, in the summer and in the winter, I retreat to this "chalet," as it is called in French, where I am always flooded with joyous memories of Christmas mornings huddled around the three-foot-tall pine tree, bundled in warm layers, as I open the small pile of gifts labeled just for me, while my siblings do the same. The house itself is perched precariously on a steep hill, overlooking the village in the valley below. The best days are the cloudy ones; more specifically, the days when the village is overcast with clouds while we enjoy the sunny paradise above the cloud line. The untamed environment at that altitude is a separate world from the concrete alternative we lived in while in Paris, Madrid, or Brussels. We make daily trips to the traditional bakery to pick up fresh bread, where I habitually tear off the end piece to savor as a mid-morning snack. It is the place where I kindled a passion for the outdoors, where I started to explore and travel, the place I grew up. It is the place I call home. At the age of nine, I walked down and back up the Bright Angel Trail of the Grand Canyon. Two years later, I hiked the five-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

By the time I was fourteen, I had traveled to Costa Rica, China, Oman, and Morocco. And when I was fifteen, I chose to leave my house for three weeks to summit Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. All of these trips started with the enthusiasm the "chalet" had instilled in me during my childhood. I realize it now, this "chalet" prepared me for life in

the best of ways. When I thought my parents were just preparing another picnic, they were teaching me to plan ahead. When we were driving two hours South and through the mountain to Spain, I was getting ready to explore the world. When I would tear off the end piece of a baguette for a snack, I was enjoying the little things in life. And when I was convincing myself to overcome my fear of speed and turn my skis downhill, I was preparing myself to face challenges head on. It is a shame that as I grow older, it's getting harder and harder to make the trip to that special home. It pains me to say so, but you really do miss something only once it's gone. Thankfully, I keep my memories, and these are the driving force to my character. My easy-going nature and desire to explore and be challenged by new situations came bout through the magical moments I spent with my family in this rustic "chalet," precariously perched on a French mountainside.■

"I like mice. They're cute, they're cuddly, and they don't live very long." –Mr. Whitt


February 24, 2012


By Steven Gu ‘14

Which two teachers would you pay to see fight? Why? Grace Chabut: "Ms. Bloomstrom and Mr. Reger. Mr. Reger has a sledgehammer, but Ms. Bloomstrom is stronger." Dominic Travis: "Mr. Kauffman and Dr. Shelton. Two coolest people in the building. Duh." Troy Schwab: "Conway and Reger because I'd love to see mathematical logic battle it out with history." Keely Gardner: "Mr. Little and Mr. Reger because they seem like such different people." Nick VerSchure: "All of them... Kinda like hunger games. Why wouldn't you wanna see a fight to the death?"

Who's your daddy? Summer Staff: "Yo mama." Devon Reich: "You ;)" Corey Zhu: "Genghis Kahn, did you know every person has a .5% chance to be related to him?" Lindy Howe: "Mr. Reger!"

Why are you awesome? Saeed Nassef: "Steve... come on." Karl Koster: "Why am I awesome Steve? IDK, it's the way I are." Raghav Joshi: "Because I eat cereal right afterwards." Gloria Park: "Why is this even a question?" Reese Bollinger: "Why I'm awesome? My genes entailed it."

Which 5 people would you bring to a bar fight? Saeed Nassef: "All I need is myself." Nick VerSchure: "Chuck Norris... Who else would you need?" Sarah Dorger: "Inigo Montoya, Bruce Lee, Aaron Hall, Russell Crowe, and Chuck Norris Geoff Ferguson: "Alright here we go: Sammy Kassem, Ben Frazier, the half pint brawlers (they are short so thay only count as one person), Joey Campbell, and the Loch Ness Monster." Zlatan Blagojevic: "I don't know about 5, but i'd definitely bring Tim Tebow so he can pray for me."


By Reagan Wilkins ‘13

The arrival of Thrift store Thursday called for some major closet-raiding in which I uncovered harem pants, a pair of scuffy combat boots, and an armful of bangles. Did my outfit come from a thrift store? Yes. Do I wear these articles of clothing solely for spirit day? No. I‘ve totally worn those pants, shoes, and jewelry on a normal day. You see, I prefer to shop at thrift stores-- not because I can‘t afford the clothes in a regular department store-- but because buying clothes in secondhand shops is a whole lot more fun. In a department store, everything around you is cute. All around you hang clothes that make you look like you sauntered out of the pages of Vogue. This, however, is not true of thrift stores because most shirts from

Goodwill aren‘t exactly the epitome of fashion, but every now and then you‘ll find something like an awesome sweater, a sweet necklace, or a super cool skirt. Clothes don‘t have to be serious. Nor do they have to follow any fashion trend. Clothes should be worn to reveal your true personality, and if your personality is jeans and a t-shirt, rock it! If your personality screams ―Straight-off-aNordstrom-Mannequin‖, good for you. That‘s a style, and it‘s definitely IN style, but no matter what you wear, you should be excited to put on your outfit every morning. At the moment, the style that energizes me is what I call ―Hobo chic‖; it may look like I don‘t match, but it matches my personality: fun, vintage, and vibrant. Besides, shopping at Goodwill is cheap! Everything there is $10 or less with the occasional half-price day where all prices are cut further. Pretty cool, huh? Once I got an entire outfit, earrings included, for $6.35. Saving money always makes me happy. Besides, by buying at a secondhand store, you‘ll never have to go through that awkward encounter with someone who's wearing the same outfit as you. In addition, for you Green folk out there, buying second hand clothes means you‘re recycling. Together we can save the earth, one pair of harem pants at a time.■

―You think I could be a UFC wrestler when I grow up?‖ –Reagan Wilkins

February 24, 2012


TOP TEN: AWKWARD DATE MOMENTS In light of current events (Valentine‟s Day), we‟ve decided to take a little time to recognize some of the most awkward dating moments. As you read these, feel free to relate your own stories… you probably already are. 1. The burp. It‘s been a great dinner, but those garlic mashed potatoes aren‘t sitting too well in your stomach. You‘re trying to hold it in but start to say something. All of a sudden you‘re overcome by the repulsive belch. While it‘s more disgusting to be a girl in this situation, it‘s pretty bad for guys too. Disclaimer: better out the attic than the basement. 2. The tall girl + short guy. It doesn‘t seem like that big of a deal (and everyone acts like it isn‘t), but when your man tries to put his arm around you‘re foot taller-self, it‘s a problem. Not only will he dislocate his shoulder, but walking down the street, you can expect the ―most awkward couple‖ award.

By Rachel McGoff ’13 and Caroline Gutbezahl ‘12

5. The wrong name. Whether it‘s your ex‘s name or just your friend‘s name, this is utterly unacceptable. Not only will your date feel awkward, but he or she will also start (silently) freaking out. Even if it‘s only a hesitation before saying your date‘s name, expect a harsh glare and awkward pause. Chances are that this date will be the last time you'll say his or her name again. Doubting this? Ask Doc Wat. 6. The parent tag-along.As if isn‘t awkward enough being picked up by your date‘s parents, sitting through a dinner at a table for four is at least ten times worse. Upperclassmen, you shouldn‘t have to worry about this because most of you can drive, but underclassmen, a little tip here: if you‘re parents are there, you most likely won‘t get a second chance. If your parents even try to come, for the sake of you and your date, cancel. 7. The blind date that doesn‟t click. Blind dates can be a great time… Or a complete bust. Compare all of the people in the world you wouldn‘t date with those you would. The odds just aren‘t in your favor. Enjoy the rest of your night with that creepy stranger. 8. The complete silence (or lack thereof). We all understand nervousness, but please try to find something to talk about. Maybe not THE cliché, weather, but ask questions. Say anything, because silence is unacceptable. On the opposite end, when one person talks incessantly, things still aren't okay. Take a break and let your date speak. 9. The TMI moment. Sometimes you blurt things out, but when you tell your date your deepest darkest secret five minutes into the date, you‘ll experience awkward like you've never known. Don't expect a call back.

3.The food attacks. Sure, Chipotle can be cheap and delicious, but when you attack that 10 pound burrito like a cheetah devouring its prey, you can expect to get food in your teeth and all over your face. At that point, your date spends the rest of the night trying not to stare at that piece of rice on your cheek and that pepper in your teeth. This also applies for: pizza (especially when the cheese decides to attack your face), salad, soup, pasta and the list goes on. Select your food wisely.

“Sure, Chipotle can be cheap and delicious, but when you attack that 10 pound burrito like a cheetah devouring its prey, you can expect to get food in your teeth and all over your face.”

10. The one-sided date. The night‘s been a blast so far. As it comes time to pay, suddenly the talking and laughing come to a halt. Congrats, you now have just experienced one of the most awkward stares in the history of dating. Here‘s why: he obviously thought you were paying for yourself, you didn‘t bring any money and now you‘re in a full on body sweat.■

4. The “I like Twilight” moment. It‘s fine to like Twilight… In middle school. Seeing as this is high school, you have no right to enjoy sparkling vampires. After you tell your date this, he or she will bolt out of the restaurant like Jacob going werewolf. What can possibly be more awkward than being ditched on a date? ―We all say ‗no‘, but really what we mean is ‗yes.‘‖ – Melissa Aydogan


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Boutique Review: The Next Best Thing Sick of shopping at the mall or overly priced stores? Looking for that unique boutique? Go check out The Next Best Thing, nestled in the heart of Kenwood. Since October 2005, The Next Best Thing has been providing the Greater Cincinnati area with a boutique atmosphere and quality without the boutique pricing. It has currently completed a move down Kenwood Road, from a stand-alone Cape Cod style house to a shop that is now at 9405 Kenwood Road, in between Donatos and Cookie By Design. The Next Best Thing realizes ―it‘s all about the accessories.‖ You will

find a variety of fun jewelry, scarfs, handbags, watches, clothing, shoes, and other accessories every girl‘s got to have. Not only are these accessories cute, but also they are also affordable. Accessorize an outfit with these funky and distinctive accessories, including Miller Ribbons key chains, Onesole shoes, Eliza B. apparel, and more. What really sets this store apart, though, is the owner‘s hidden ability to locate quality items at discounted prices and pass the savings to the consumers. Fabulous identical Long Champ bags, Burberry Scarfs, David Yurman Bracelets, Michael Kors watches and more, all ranging between $8-80, can be found here. Why spend hundreds of dollars on the real thing when you can get the same for a price like that? So next time you‘re looking for that new trendy item for yourself, a friend, or a significant other, but your piggy bank is looking a bit bare, stop at The Next Best Thing and your problems will be solved.■

RESTAURANT REVIEW: J Alexander’s Walking into J. Alexander‘s, I immediately felt the warm, welcoming atmosphere and smelled the delicious food. The service was prompt, friendly, and very helpful, seeing as we had never been to the restaurant before. The menu wasn‘t terribly long and the options were typical American fare. I had been looking for something a little different than the norm, and, unfortunately, there really wasn‘t anything special on the menu. My mom and I started off with a roasted artichoke appetizer. The flavors were great, but there wasn‘t much to eat off of the artichokes themselves. The beginning of the meal had started off rather disappointing, but I remained optimistic about the main course. The food came out quickly, but one of the dishes, the filet mignon with mashed potatoes, wasn‘t hot and had to be returned to the kitchen. When it came out the second time, steaming and ready to eat, it was somewhat unsatisfactory. The filet was tough to chew and the sauce wasn‘t spectacular, but the mashed potatoes were smooth and savory. Our other main

By Sydney Winans ’12

By Brynn Mckenna ’13

course dish was a cheeseburger. Surprisingly, it was fabulous, cooked just the right amount and with all the usual toppings. Along with the fries and their secret, remoulade sauce, it ended up being the best thing we tasted all night. The serving sizes were plentiful, but not over the top. We ended dinner with their warm, homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing. The cake was good, but very rich. Even though we split it, we still couldn‘t finish it! Overall, J. Alexander‘s isn‘t a top-notch restaurant food-wise, but it is a great place for family or friends to go for the atmosphere and service (and cheeseburgers!).■

"Take out your homework. If you don't have it, may a bird poop on your head." –Mrs. Hunsche

February 24, 2012


MOVIE REVIEW: Woman in Black The afterlife has always been questioned throughout history. What happens when someone dies? The Woman in Black takes a look into this deep question. In this movie, a restless spirit haunts a small village in the early 1900s and refuses to rest, leaving all children in peril. Filled with drama and suspense, you are kept at the edge of your seats throughout the whole movie. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the main character Arthur Kipp, does a persuasive job convincing the audience of his tragic past. Although he will always be remembered as Harry Potter (with a few audience members proving this), for 95 minutes he is a completely different character. The smaller characters


By Vivian Zheng ’14 “The intense music does not help the nerves, either, and you expect something to pop out from every corner.”

also contributed to the eerie feeling, depicting the village as a scary, uninhabitable place. The dreary lighting in the movie adds to the suspense; never is there a happy moment. The special effects were quite realistic as well, bringing the movie to life even more. From the Woman in Black appearing out of thin air wherever Kipp went to the chilly marshland blanketed in fog, everything looks genuine. The intense music does not help the nerves, either, and you expect something to pop out from every corner. There is no time to rest your beating heart as it quickens every second. A convincing horror film, there is no wonder The Woman in Black made it near the top of the box office within its first week. The movie was wonderfully depicted in a remote village in the middle of nowhere, and the plot line was as believable as a movie can be considering the fact that none of this could happen in real life. Or could it? Watch the movie to decide yourself.■

By Quinn Falter ‘14

The Vow, directed by Micheal Scucsy, is the newest datenight chick flick, released just in time for Valentine's Day. It oozes with trite plot lines of lost love, reconciliation, and amnesia, but still manages to be appealing. Based on true events and a novel written by the real couple, The Vow tells the love story of Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum), a hipster chic couple living in Chicago who struggle with Paige's recovery of her memory loss after a car crash. When Paige wakens from her medically -induced coma, she can't remember the past 5 years of her life, which is the time she met her husband Leo. “The Vow...oozes with trite plot lines of lost love, reconciliation, and amnesia, but still manages to be appealing.”

As Paige progresses through her memories, she tries to piece together what has happened in the last 5 years of her life. The audience learns she was once a preppy law student, engaged to another man, and daddy's little girl. However, in her time spent with Leo, she became an art student and adopted a more independent, bohemian lifestyle. The story is stitched together with flashbacks and voiceovers from Leo as the audience tries to understand Paige's

transformation from law student to artist. While this movie may be one about love, it is also one of self-discovery, as Paige tries to find out who she really is, who she once was, and who she will become. Her struggle with her identity and the identity of those around her prove to be the most difficult obstacles she overcomes. Leo, in the mean time, tries to win her back by trying to recreate how they fell in love. Those who are romantics may want to stay away from this movie since it has rather realistic themes of love. However, those who like dramatic and realistic movies will thoroughly enjoy this new picture.■



February 24, 2012

SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW Spring sports, the epitome of starting fresh. No more snow. There is sun in the sky, warm weather on the rise, and an intense new season for our Indian Hill sports teams! This spring we all get to cheer on our boys‘ lacrosse, girls‘ lacrosse, baseball, softball, and track & field teams! All of our teams are coming off of great seasons and are ready to reach their lofty goals. It doesn‘t matter which sport you love the most. Whether you are a jock or a bookworm, you‘ll love to watch these exciting teams play every week. Boy‘s lacrosse is returning 16 high powered seniors this 2012 season, after finishing with a 9-6-1 record last season. They are ready to take the city and the state by storm. The head coach Spencer Dunning says, ―Our goal is a State Championship and I believe we have what it takes to reach that goal. I can guarantee that this will be an exciting season and we can definitely use all the fan support we can get.‖ The leading senior captains to guide the Braves on to a state championship this year will be Rob Becker, Daron Artis, Jordan Schriner, and Luke Lewis. But the boys aren‘t the only lacrosse team with an important season coming up. The girl‘s lacrosse team is returning 4 Senior US Lacrosse 2011 Academic All Americans: Emma Goold, Sarah Hanson, Kathleen Heinbach, and Sydney Winans. The lady braves coach Walt Haag confidently states that this year‘s returning seniors are ―returning to lead what should be a powerful varsity that could make it to the State Final for Division II.‖ Coming off their best record in the school‘s history with 15 wins and 4 losses we might have to cheer for not one, but TWO lacrosse state champions this year! But Before you spend your entire time watching lax, make sure you cheer for our baseball and softball teams. Softball has a new coach this year named Patrick Spurlock who is ready to direct the braves to another great season. Last year

By: Jake Rhoad ‘14

the team went 11-10.They are looking for revenge against defending co-champions Deer Park and Reading. Returning seniors are Katie Howe, Jeanette Jinkinson, Lauren Lytle, and Christy Wright. Katie Howe says ―We are excited to see how it is with a new coach!‖ Across the field on the other diamond Coach Cody Conway and the baseball team are coming off a tough, but hard fought season of 6-13. Our braves are returning 9 seniors and are ready to win! Indian Hill baseball produced two 1st team All League players in senior Blake Calvin and junior Nick Pai. Coach Conway knows it is the seniors‘ time to have some big wins this year and stated, ―This year‘s seniors have been building up and training hard all along their high school career; winning while they were freshman and sophomores. Now, it‘s their time to win and dominate.‖ Your Boy‘s Tennis team is also coming off an impressive season. With five returning seniors, the Braves are ready to light up the courts and blow away all the opponents! With Coach T.J. Scheve, the Braves have claimed many tournaments and you won‘t want to miss out on our boys as they claim the CHL. And last but certainly not least, there is track and field with Coach Susan Savage. Coach Savage has always pushed our boys and girls to the limit, and they have always responded with astounding results! There are many returning seniors and even though they have lost a lot of quality students to graduation, the track and field teams are poised to claim the CHL and beyond! So make sure you support you Braves this spring as they strive for victory!■

―One of these days I‘m actually going to beat up everyone.‖ –Reagan Wilkins

February 24, 2012



Cormac Dixon

Natalie Newton

For the 3 years that I‘ve known him, Cormac Dixon has always maintained his focus on one sport. No matter what season it is, Cormac is always looking to improve his shooting, ball-handling, and defense on the basketball court. Such dedication has definitely shown this year. Cormac leads the team in 3pointers made and 3-point percentage. Cormac has also showcased his defensive skills with 7 steals this year. The Braves will have to rely heavily on Cormac scoring off the bench in order to make a run deep into the playoffs. Cormac understands the pressures placed on him, and he handles such issues extremely well. He is always staying late after practice to shoot, lift, and even run sometimes. My friend and fellow teammate is a very influential leader and player. He inspires us all to work harder in practice, and helps keep us focused on our ultimate goal, a state championship.■

Recently, the Indian Hill girls‘ basketball team secured their 4th straight CHL title, despite the transition to a new coach this year. Although the achievement is a team effort, a large factor has been senior Natalie Newton, who has ―really been the steady one,‖ according to her coach, David Marshall. Natalie has averaged 6.1 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, but her true contribution has been her leadership. As one of 3 seniors on the team, she has served as an excellent role model thanks to her consistent play and hard work. This year‘s season may be coming to a close, but, luckily, Natalie‘s basketball career is not over yet. Her efforts haven‘t been overlooked by colleges, and recently she announced her intent to continue playing basketball next year at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. We wish her best of luck next year as a Tiger. Congratulations, Natalie!■

By: Jordan Conn ‘13

COLLEGE SIGNING Steve Bell Jack Schaub Jeannette Jenkinson Teddy Kremchek Nicole Bell Sarah Arington Natalie Newton Mack Rice Hannah Vester Elizabeth Heinbach Ian McKay

Ball State Butler Heidelberg Wittenberg Ball State Emory Wittenberg Pittsburgh William & Mary Stevens Institute of Tech. Belmont Abbey College

By: Adrian Horton ‘12

By: Tommy McClure ‘12 Football Football Soccer Basketball Basketball Basketball Basketball Swimming Swimming Swimming Lacrosse

The class of 2012 is extremely talented athletically. It is no surprise that 11 seniors have already decided to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. This year‘s seniors wish to end Wyoming‘s reign as the allsports champion and bring the glory back to Indian Hill after many years of absence. Wish these seniors good luck before they leave Indian Hill behind and advance their athletic careers, and don‘t be surprised if a few more names join the list.■

(Talking about his valentines) "I have a few: Ari Tepper, John Meng, Arjun Sheth. I just told Arjun he was going to be my valentine though, I didn't ask him." –Aaron Hall

February 24, 2012


Indian Hill High School 6865 Drake Road Cincinnati, OH 45343

MORP SURVEY: What did you think? By Alex Skidmore ‘15 and Madison Hecht ‘15

On February 3, 2012, the students of Indian Hill High School celebrated winter sports with MORP, an intense basketball game followed by a casual dance. Individuals were dancing and laughing in the relaxed atmosphere, accompanied by glow-sticks and a captivating music-video screen. As students conversed, the general consensus remained clear—the spirited, yet casual, dance was a success. The public approved of the delicious snacks, neon t-shirts, and energizing music. The pounding dubstep had everyone, including Dr. Shelton, moving! After the event, members of each grade level shared their opinion of the night. Overall, MORP is here to stay, and all the students are ready to see what it has planned for next year!

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Indian Hill High School CHIEFTAIN Volume 61, Issue 5— February 24, 2012 Editors-in-Chief: News: Sports: Editorials:

Anjani Sheth Aloke Desai Sarah Hanson Catherine Fei Delaney Smith Tommy McClure Adrian Horton Corinne Hardy Laurin Schwab


Lindsay Tracy Steven Gu Hannah Fereshteh khou Saahil Desai Photography: Frannie Rozenk rantz Allison Dammeyer Erin Froehlich

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February 2012 Chieftain  

February 2012 edition of Indian Hill Chieftain

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