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Volume 73 Issue 2 • Crown Point High School • 1500 S. Main Street Crown Point, IN 46307 •

• Friday October 31, 2008

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Key Club members Daniela Mendoza and Gabby Touchette

Indiana poised to make swing statement By Megan Binder / editor-in-chief

For the first time since 1964, Indiana may vote for a Democratic president. As the country faces crises in both foreign matters and the domestic economy, Indiana’s 11 electoral votes hang in the balance and some students have the opportunity to play a key role in the process as they vote for the first time.


Richmond High School junior Sarah Bumbalough

presidential face-off Presidential poll asked 437 students which of the presidential candidates they favored for the White House.

gubernatorial race

The two leading candidates for the presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama (top) and Republican John McCain (bottom) speak at recent engagements. This election has sparked record voter registration in Indiana and around the United States. Photos used with permission: Obama photo courtesy of ihspa, by Clark Hadley, McCain photo

With a rapidly failing economy, a war of American families who make less than being fought in a country 6,300 miles away $200,000. and millions of Americans without health“Really, neither economic plan truly care, the United States is facing some major addresses the current crisis,” Ingelhart political crises. In less than four days, the said. “It’s almost come down to whichever most important positions in the govern- candidate you have more faith in.” ment of the United States and that of InThe economic crisis has rekindled indiana will be handed over to a new set of terest in the next leader of the country. The officials. historic nature of the election, that will al“Every election for political office is most certainly see either the first Africanimportant,” senior AJ Jabarin American president or the first said. “Putting the right peowoman vice-president of the ple in office is crucial for the United States, has encouraged country.” students to volunteer for camOn Nov. 4, the more than paigns and just generally be73 million registered voters come excited about the race. across the United States will “Obama is the candidate decide between the Repubfor freedom and change,” selican Sen. John McCain of nior Matt Cruz said. “He has Arizona and Democratic Sen. a better plan for America on Barack Obama of Illinois, the every single important issue frontrunners of the presidenthis year.” tial race. On the same day, Cruz spent the past three Indiana’s 11 the election for Indiana govmonths volunteering at the electoral votes ernor between incumbent Obama campaign office in are up for grabs Republican Mitch Daniels Crown Point. As a result, he between and aspiring Democrat Jill has gained over 120 service Long Thompson will also hours and unique opportuniDemocratic take place. ties to meet politicians. nominee Barack In both races, the candi“I did meet Barack Obama, Obama and dates are separated by their as well as Jill Long Thompson, Republican parties’ ideologies (Republi[Democratic Sen.] Birch Evan nominee John cans are traditionally more Bayh and regional politicians McCain conservative and Democrats that just stop in to say ‘hi,’” more liberal). Yet many beCruz said. lieve this election will be deThis election has mobicided on the important issues and not nec- lized millions nationwide to register to essarily the party name that comes after the vote. According to Cruz, the efforts of the candidate’s on the ticket. campaign office have registered more than “[The most important issue] is the 30,000 people from both parties in Lake economy. People tend to vote their pock- County alone. etbooks,” social studies department chair Important national issues have inJim Ingelhart said. “Whenever there is an spired Republican students as well. “The most important issues to me are economic crisis—and this is an economic crisis—other issues, like Iraq and health- national security and the war in Iraq,” care, are going to be considered luxuries of Jabarin said. “It is discomforting to me to know that a lot of people are more consorts.” Indeed, in the past month both presi- cerned with the economy than with the sedential candidates have touted their eco- curity of our country.” McCain was a POW in the Vietnam nomic policies. McCain’s plan has more tax cuts across the board in an effort to stimu- War for more than five years and supports late the economy and allow big businesses the current war in Iraq. Obama, on the other hand, says that under his administration to keep their workforce. “McCain will lower corporate taxes he would support gradual troop removal in the region until the majority of the forces from 35 to 25 percent,” Jabarin said. Obama, on the other hand, wants to would be gone by the summer of 2010. “McCain is a military war hero and increase taxes on individual families and companies that make more than $250,000 a thus knows what it takes to be commander year but plans to cut taxes on the 95 percent in chief,” Jabarin said.

Gubernatorial poll asked 272 students which of the candidates they favored for the governor’s mansion.


save the date



October 31, 2008

Students gather to pray, worship

Daylight Savings Time Ends

“See You at the Pole” offers students spiritual support


By Brittany Curtis /feature editor

Half Day of School


Veterans Day

11.7-11.8, 11.13, 11.15-16 Fall Play Rumors; CPHS auditorium


End of Second Six Weeks


Chamber Orchestra concert; CPHS auditorium


No School; Thanksgiving Break

in the know

Two named National Merit Finalists, five Commended Scholars Seniors Stephen Sheafer and Nile Sobek have earned National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist status. They are in the running for a scholarship along with 16,000 other semifinalists. In addition, Megan Binder, Thomas Ladendorf, Kyle Land, Brendan Morin and Anthony Zaffino have been named Commended Scholars in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Journalists earn national, state honors Inklings earned national and state recognition recently from Quill and Scroll and the Indiana High School Press Association. Inklings scored 970 out of a possible 1000 points and earned superiors in every category to claim the George H. Gallup Award of Highest Honors in the Quill and Scroll News Media Evaluation. At the state level, Inklings was named one of the eight high school newspapers recognized in the Hoosier Star competition. Individual journalists earning recognition at the IHSPA state convention were junior Becca Iddings for newspaper advertising, junior Brenna Wermers for newspaper sports writing, then-seniors Kara McIver and Devin Holme for yearbook overall theme, junior Sammy Vercellino for yearbook academic spread, and then-senior Nicole Chromey for yearbook people spread.

Scheub donates shirts to leaders Students who have earned the distinction of being student of the week were presented with t-shirts Monday from 2nd District County Commissioner Gerry Scheub. Scheub purchased the 180 t-shirts to be given to past and future winners. Students are selected as students of the week after being nominated for demonstrating the values of college, career, citizenship, creativity, courage, and culture in thier lives (which are the principles that CPHS tries to embody in its students). “I’m very honored that I have the opportunity to be associated with this group of young people whose futures are bright; they are the leaders of tomorrow,” Scheub said.

Bean bag fundraiser set for Nov. 8 The softball program will sponsor a bean bag tournament fundraiser for students and staff Nov. 8 from 12 to 5 p.m. in the field house. The entry fee is $10 per team of two. Contact coach Brett Crutchfield in room C235 or call 663-4885 ex. 11253 to sign up.

Almost every morning, students can see a dedicated few gathering around the flagpole each morning praying and/ or singing around the flagpole during zero period. Whether its rain or shine, they’re there, showing their passion and their devotion to their religion. While most students think that this daily occurrence is just a recent development, See You at the Pole has actually been around since 1990. “See You at the Pole” started as an annual event occurring on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole [SYATP] was started by a youth group in Dallas, Texas. It first occurred Sept. 12, 1990 throughout four states, and more than 45,000 students gathered around their flagpole and prayed. SYATP is a student-initiated, student organized and student-led event. Students chose to start meeting once every week before school to pray around the flagpole. Recently, however, students at CPHS have decided to start meeting every day at 7 a.m., gathering around the flagpole in front of the high school. “We really want to make a difference, and we thought that this can’t just be a once a year or once a week type of thing,” junior Anthony Rettig said. Anthony Santos, a recent graduate of CPHS, decided to come to SYATP and to join in their prayer. Santos is studying to become a pastor. “[Santos] just really inspired us to start coming back every day. He came and was just talking to us about how if we really want to make an impact, then we have to do this more than just once a week,” sophomore Kelsey Emery said. At SYATP, praying is not the only activity that goes on. Students also bring guitars and worship every Tuesday and Thursday. “On Tuesdays and Thursdays, some people bring guitars and we have worship where we sing and pray. We only do it on Tuesdays and Thursdays because we have a longer zero period, and it gives is more time to worship and pray,” Emery said. All students are welcome to come to SYATP, and no student will be discriminated against. “Any student who wants to come to SYATP is perfectly welcome to. We want to get as many people as we can to participate in SYATP with us. You can be from any religion, any nationality; anyone is welcome to come and worship with us,” Rettig said.

photo by alex parrish

Students participate in the weekly See You at the Pole (SYATP) worship. SYATP meets every Tuesday and Thursday before school. The tradition was started by a youth group in Dallas, Texas in 1990 and is initiated, organized and led by students. While SYATP is not sponsored by any organization, it does partner with the Federation of Christian Athletes [FCA]. “We’re just hoping to create a student ministry, and we also partner with FCA to try to do a number of. We’re actually trying to get a band to come to our school. The band is called

Take No Glory and they’re a really great Christian band,” Rettig said. Any student is welcome to come to SYATP, and it is not just for Christian students. “We’re there because we love God. We’re just a group of kids trying to make an impact for Christ,” Rettig said.

Students help peers through tutoring program National Honor Society members, volunteers share knowledge By Michele Bates / news editor Since teachers are meeting collaboratively on Tuesdays, and therefore unavailable to help, a student-led tutoring program began last month. The program is led by members of the National Honors Society and current students on the guidance department tutor list. “We have been putting flyers around the school and telling [students] about it,” sophomore student tutor Stephanie Burke said. According to assistant principal Deb Cuffia, the idea originated from principal Dr. Eric Ban. English teacher Ashley Monroe, guidance counselor Kim Swan, and Cuffia then worked out the details. National Honor Society members and tutors on the guidance department list then went to the teachers to see what subjects students needed help in the


Student-led tutoring is available on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 7:30 a.m. in the new section of the cafeteria. most. “[Peer tutoring] is a great way for students to perform community service within their own school,” Cuffia said. National Honor Society members and tutors on the guidance department tutor list are available from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Though math and science teachers are available for help on Thursdays, Cuffia said that student tutoring will

still be available. Peer tutors offer help in foreign language, math, science, and English in the new section of the cafeteria. “[I think student tutoring helps] because you can get help from students that are on your level. It is a good chance that [the student tutors] use to have the same problems you did,” junior Jamie Cook said. According to Burke, the tutoring program has been receiving a lot of positive feedback from teachers. The student tutors have helped approximately 10 to 15 students during the week. Any student willing to be tutored should bring books, a writing utensil, and paper. Burke encourages students to come in for help. “Sometimes students are uncomfortable going to teachers. Going to get help from teenagers is more relaxed,” Burke said.


October 31, 2008

Students adapt to economic shift


Struggling economy affects younger generation

according to The Washington Post. The bill is expected to reduce the dependence on expensive, private loans and lower the interest rates on regular loans. Dow went down 29 points. Banks With over 600,000 jobs lost this year, closed. Workers fired. Money lost. according to CNN, students may find it difSince the economy is so complex, stu- ficult to stay in the workplace. CNN says dents may be confused as to what actually is that banks are unwilling to lend money, occurring. Headlines and armeaning business will have ticles nation-wide are filled a harder time gaining finanFast Fact: with information about the cial support. In turn, this will economy, but some students pressure those businesses to Teens 14-17 are not familiar with the basave what money they have, spend on aversic terminology. even if that means firing age $46.80 per “I don’t know what the some employees. mall visit. They Dow means, but I want to “It’s tightened up the job visit malls more know how it’s going to afmarket. Students now have frequently than fect gas prices,” sophomore to compete against people any other group TJ Gordon said. who lost their jobs, not just Despite the chaos surother students,” Bernacky averaging once rounding America’s cursaid. per week. rent economic situation, Since the American The National Labor Committee there are certain constants. economy is in such a vola‘Dow’ is actually short for tile state, some Americans ‘Dow Jones Industrial Averare being extra cautious age’, which is a method of measuring how about spending, according to Fox News. well the stock market is doing. The Dow is To amend this hesitance, some stores are represented by ‘points,’ where each point starting their sales early this year (like Walstands for one dollar. If the Dow points go Mart, which is setting up its holiday sales down, it means that stocks are worth less, a week early). Some students are reducing so when the stocks are bought, there is less their holiday budgets. income for the economy. If the points go “I’m going to definitely spend less up, the stocks are worth more. This is why money this season,” junior Elizabeth the public reacted negatively when the Philips said. “I feel like I need to save my Dow fell by 778 points on Sept. 29. money just in case.” The technical terms and concepts can “The new generations will seize new cause the financial problems to seem dis- ways to improve on the inefficiencies of the tant and foreign. However, these issues last generation,” Bernacky said. ”If you’re may affect aspects of life close to home- younger and have a job, now is a fantastic like college loans, student jobs, and even time to move up in the market because of the holiday season. bargains.” “It’s going to be more difficult to get Bernacky said that even though the student loans because of the economic cri- economic crisis is bad for many Americans, sis,” history teacher Don Bernacky said. students can benefit from it as long as they Banks and investment companies lend spend wisely. money to students to help them afford col“Whenever I get a few extra bucks I just lege, but certain banks have had financial save it in my drawer. If I put it in my checkproblems, making it difficult for them to ing account I just spend it with my debit give out these loans. However, on Sept. card,” senior Jake Wing said. “The debit 28, President Bush passed a bill that will card makes it too easy to spend money. achieve better security for student loans, This way I have money for a rainy day.”

By Becca Duggan and Kelly Rostin / entertainment editor and reporter

Photo by Georgia Otte

Junior Thomas Vanderplough rents a DVD at a Redbox which is less expensive than going to the movie theatre. According to Fox News, some Americans are being extra cautious about spending money.

Planned construction due to start later this fall

Walgreens relocating nearer to high school By Jeff Tompkins / reporter Last month, the Crown Point Plan Commission gave approval for a new Walgreens building and a five-unit structure to be built on the southwest corner of South Court Street and Burrell Drive (125th St.). The planned construction is due to start later this fall. It is located in the business zone just south of the YMCA on Court St. and west of St. Mathias church, which owns the land. Despite the construction of the new building, the current manager and most store employees will be moving from the old Walgreens located near Strack and Van Til’s at 200 E. Franciscan Drive. “Walgreens’ lease expired at the location next to Strack’s, and like many other of the (Walgreens) stores, they wanted their own location at a corner or intersection,” Crown Point city planner Steve Mikros said. Resistance against the move has consisted of complaints from several tenants living in Lake View Terrace, an apartment complex down the street from the current Walgreens. Residents there claim that they disapprove of losing the store at a convenient walking distance. Claudia Gladys, two year resident of

Photo by Georgia Otte

The current Walgreens will relocate west of St. Mathias Church at the corner of Burrell Drive and Court Street from its present location on Franciscian Drive. Although traffic issues do raise concerns, the location has satisfied all ordinances. the apartment complex and frequent shopper at the current Walgreens, voiced concern in the change of location. “I get most, if not all, of my prescriptions from there (the Walgreens on Franciscan Drive) and now that it’s moving I don’t

know what I’m supposed to do. Several other people living here are in the same boat,” Gladys said. Officials and parents also have worries dealing with how the new structure will affect traffic near the high school. On school

mornings, the traffic near the high school has been voiced as a problem, and many believe a new Walgreens wouldn’t provide any aid to the situation. “Usually in the mornings, you have the buses and parents and students all trying to get somewhere and it’s a giant mess. Building a new Walgreens isn’t going to help anything,” Alberta Nettles, parent of freshman Jimmy Nettles, said. Although the traffic issue does raise an immediate concern, Mikros stated that although the Walgreens might promote more traffic, the city engineering department has concluded that the location has satisfied all ordinances and passed all codes for building. “This includes infrastructure and the possibilities of traffic. So far, the location looks fine for building,” he said. The construction is due to start later this fall, but has been slightly delayed due to concerns of the Crown Point Plan Commission. At the approval meeting for the new Walgreens, the commission disliked the the structure’s planned design. Several members of the plan commission plan to travel to Chicagoland towns in the coming weeks to explore possibilities and ideas suitable for the façade of the new building.




Inklings is a student publication distributed to students, faculty and staff of Crown Point High School. It is published monthly by the newspaper and advanced journalism students. Opinions expressed in Inklings do not reflect those of the CPHS faculty, staff, or the administration. Inklings welcomes and encourages signed letters to the editor. Letters may be edited for space or clarity. Letters must be signed and turned in to room C124 one week prior to publications and must not contain personal attacks. Letters may also be sent via e-mail at inklings@ Not all letters may be printed. Such decisions are the sole discretion of the Inklings editors and staff. Advertising is subject to the applicable rate, copies of which are available from Inklings advertising department or by contacting 6634885 ext. 11213. Inklings is a member of the Indiana High School Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll. Inklings can be contacted at 1500 S. Main, Crown Point, IN, 46307; 219-663-4885 ext. 11213; fax 219-662-5663; or Editors Megan Binder editor-in-chief Cori Novelli Brenna Wermers executive editors Jeremy Rex chief photographer Deanna Sheafer copy editor Michele Bates news editor Brittany Curtis feature editor Becca Duggan entertainment editor Trey Aultman sports editor Hunter McKee sports assistant Anna Ortiz graphics editor Becca Iddings advertising editor Lauren Cain advertising assistant Joe Nejman Alex Parrish Georgia Otte Cat Fleszewski photographers Staff Colin Likas Vinnie Needham Kelly Rostin Milan Savich Matt Smith Nikki Sekuloski Andjela Tarailo Jeff Tompkins Adviser Julie Elston

October 31, 2008

Benefits of AP classes misunderstood By Cori Novelli / copy editor


cartoon by

Anna Ortiz

Consider more than gas prices


Paying less at the pump may help keep our wallets fatter for now, but this temporary relief should not blind us to the unpleasant reality of the country’s economic troubles. editorial

Every news report and politician lately seems to focus on the failing economy. Thankfully, gasoline prices seem to present a different story, though that story needs to be kept in context with the very real economic issues being so hotly discussed elsewhere. In the past month and a half, prices have fallen dramatically nationwide. According to the Energy Information Administration, a gallon of gas that cost the average consumer $3.84 on September 30 now costs just $2.78. To students that have to work jobs that may pay only minimum wage to fill up their cars, an extra dollar in their pocket means a lot. Paying less for gas is great, but it needs to be kept in perspective. Unfortunately, many consumers are failing to do just that. An ABC news report found that some car buyers are already reviving desires for SUVs and other gas-guzzling vehicles that had fallen out of favor with American consumers in the past two years. One Toyota dealership reported that sales were up 10 to 20 percent in just the past two weeks. And here lies the problem: through the haze of gasoline fumes people are forgetting the genuine problems the country is facing. The decline in gas prices is not permanent. It can’t be: gasoline is a nonrenewable resource we will run out of some day. When the current supplies deplete it is inevitable that there will be $4 a gallon gas again, no matter how much we might dislike it. What will all the newfound, short-sighted SUV owners do then? When gasoline hit $4 a gallon it gave the country pause. Americans began to seriously consider public transportation, car pooling, and alternative modes of travel for the first time in 30 years. But all of that wisdom seems to have disappeared in just a few days. Our insistence on energy dependence will cost us sooner or later. Paying less at the pump may be nice, but that dollar less per gallon is costing us a lot more in judgment.

For whatever reason, students decide that if they were to take Advanced Placement classes and flaunt the fact that they are in them, others would automatically view them as more intelligent, more superior, and as an ideal friend. Unfortunately, this is a ridiculous way to look at the benefits of the AP courses. Students should not take AP classes just because they’re considered a college course. AP classes were designed as opportunities for students to receive an indepth understanding of certain subjects, not as ego-boosters. For students to ignore the class’s subject and take it solely because the letters AP are stamped in the front of it is absurd. If that’s the real motive behind adding it to your class schedule, all you’ll likely gain from the class is more stress and more work. After all, while many students believe that the AP class will help their GPA, oftentimes the students that wanted those better grades end up struggling to understand the difficult material of the class and must drop. The result? An even worse grade (and subsequent GPA) and a broken spirit. Admittedly, AP classes are great for students who can handle the work, handle the grades and handle the stress. They provide excellent opportunities for those students who want to receive a deeper look into the subject and are money savers for students who can pass the AP test and receive college credit. But to take the class as a method to raise a GPA by the glory of an AP class is wrong. College classes are designed for students who want a fuller understanding of a subject and can comfortably maintain decent grades; it’s not for those who strive for the splendor of being in AP.

heard in the


Student tutoring “Student tutors are great. They make it easy to learn someting you don’t understand, and are easy to relate to when teachers aren’t available.” sophomore Neil Schlesinger

Trick-or-treating “Trick-or-treating is awesome. I’ll never be too old for it.” sophomore Miranda Sanderlin

Political awareness “It’ll be interesting to see if Indiana actually votes Democratic [for president] for the first time in 40 years, like you hear all the time on the news.” senior Lauren Bryner


October 31, 2008


A single vote can make a big difference By Lauren Cain / advertising assistant

Obama or McCain? cartoon by

Obama’s clear-cut policies win over McCain’s petty attacks By Megan Binder / editor-in-chief In today’s political climate, it’s hard to wade past all the well-polished speeches and charming campaign promises. Yet if you dig deep enough, there is a hidden truth not everyone wants the voting public to know: Barack Obama is the one honest guy left in Washington. The most fundamental difference between the two candidates is that Obama has an actual plan for America’s future. McCain largely resorts to misleading criticisms of Obama’s proposed policies rather than offering any of his own, and as recent polls have showed Obama ahead of McCain in several key states, McCain and his supporters have even resorted to childish attacks on Obama’s character. On the issues, McCain has accused Obama of seeking to raise taxes, which is true only if your income exceeds $250,000 a year. For the 95 percent of working families in America who make less than that, Obama is actually planning a tax cut. McCain and his supporters tend to ignore that statistic, so they instead have attacked Obama’s character. They accuse Obama of befriending William Ayers, a one-time domestic terrorist in the 1960s, which sounds terrible...even though the truth is that this “friendship” consists of being members of the same Republican-sponsored charitable organization in Chicago. Most of all, McCain and his supporters love to accuse Obama of being inexperienced. But the senator from Illinois is the only candidate with clear, well-laid plans that could see our country through the upcoming crisis. After all, since McCain picked a two-year governor of Alaska (which has less than 650,000 people) as his running mate, Republicans might wish he’d take the whole “inexperienced” comment back.




As the Presidential election finally comes to a head in less than a week, the two major parties’ candidates are locked in a battle over issues in a fight to win control of the country’s future.

Anna Ortiz

McCain not the next Bush, offers experience, wisdom By Brenna Wermers / executive editor Unlike his opponent, he has 26 years in Congress. Unlike his opponent, he has served our nation as a member of the United States military. Unlike his opponent, his experience has given him the background to run our nation. Republican candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona is the obvious choice for the next President of the United States of America. McCain has a much stronger regard for national security. Coming from a strong military background, he served our nation in the Navy for 22 years, and was a POW during the Vietnam War. During his imprisonment, he was often beaten and tortured, but he never gave in. Who would you like in Congress: a man who will stand up to anyone or someone who has only two years in Congress and has not authored even one bill? Unlike his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, McCain is nonpartisan in Congress. He votes for what he believes in. Obama has rarely taken a stance for what he believes in. It seems that he does not want to offend voters on either side of the election. Who could blame him? With ties the group ACORN, notorious for voter fraud, and knownterrorist William Ayers, Obama has quite a few spots on his record. Many have tried to pin him as the “next George Bush,” but John McCain is not. Of course he and W are going to have some of the same ideas, but that does not mean they will be the same president. With all the turmoil currently plaguing our nation, it’s difficult to make a choice when it comes to who to vote for this Presidential race. But think about it for a second. Is “change” really what we need?

With many pending crises on our hand, the elections will make a huge impact on how our country will turn out. When we are given the opportunity to vote, there is no legitimate reason we shouldn’t take advantage of having a say in changing our country. The war in Iraq has been going on for five years now, and is still an underlying force in our country today. It’s inevitable to see a yellow ribbon hanging on a tree in your neighborhood, or to hear about the deaths occurring overseas. Chances are you have a strong opinion concerning the current state of our country, so by voting, you’re helping by taking a stand so that your ideas can be conveyed through an overall representative. We have a right and a responsibility to vote each election. Would you really let someone else choose something that affects you every day? No, and this is no different. Why would you let someone else make this decision for you when you have the ability to make the decision for yourself? The president of the United States has so much jurisdiction over the big aspects of your life, that choosing not to vote would be negligent. Different generations have different stakes riding on who takes office, and our generation will be hugely impacted. If the war isn’t ended, people you know will be sent overseas. If the economy isn’t fixed, you will be paying for it. If you don’t vote, you’ll be stuck with the decisions of another that you don’t agree with. By not voting, you’re saying you have no opinion on the current state of our country. We need to stand up and use the right that our predecessors fought for. We need to use a voice and start a change.

Dillon Cope “Obama. He wants to lower taxes, lower insurance for the elderly, and find an alternitive fuel source.”

Megan Darnell “I like Obama because he is very optimistic.”




Who do you favor for the White House? Why?


speak up

Steve Gallas “Obama because he wants to increase money for education for younger kids.”

Andrew Bocanegra “I’m kind of neutral because McCain and Obama both bring up good points.”


Liz Palmer leads the juniors in cheering for their classmates after winning the Homecoming pep rally relay race.



Ask Laugh Explore Wonder Inspire Live

October 31, 2008

Principal Dr. Eric Ban performs for choir students during class. He has played with his band, The Bahama Llamas, and has recorded multiple CDs.

Love is the movement

Organization To Write Love On Her Arms spreads hope

by the


121 million

People worldwide suffer from depression.

By Brittany Curtis / feature editor To Write Love on Her Arms. The name is odd enough to spark some interest. At first glance, it may seem to be the name of a band, or some random phrase. However, To Write Love on Her Arms is not a band, and it is certainly not random. To Write Love on Her Arms is a movement, it is an idea, and, most importantly, it is the hope that rescue is possible. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit organization that was started in 2006 dedicated to creating hope and finding help for those struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicide. It aims to spread awareness of all these issues, and to help those that are struggling with them know that they are not alone. Sophomore Kelsey Emery is a supporter of To Write Love on Her Arms [TWLOHA], and strongly believes in the message that the organization is trying to spread. “[To Write Love on Her Arms] is an organization that offers hope. It started out with a story about a girl who hit rock bottom. Some of her friends loved her and offered her hope when she was turned away from a rehab facility,” Emery said. TWLOHA began as a story, a written account of the time spent with Renee, a woman who was denied entry to a drug treatment center, by Jamie Tworkowski. “The center has no detox, names her too great a risk, and does not accept her. For the next five days, she is ours to love. We become her hospital and the possibility of healing fills our living room with life. It is unspoken and there are only a few of us, but we will be her church, the body of Christ coming alive to meet her needs, to write love on her arms.” This is what Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of TWLOHA, wrote when re-telling the story of Renee, his friend who inspired him to start the organization. Renee struggled with depression, drug addiction, self-injury, and had tried to commit suicide. Tworkowski and his friends offered her hope, and helped her to seek treatment. In order to pay for Renee’s treatment, Tworkowski and his friends printed t-shirts and sold them. “I had heard the name before, and then I saw someone wearing one of their shirts, so I decided to check out their website. I read about Renee, the woman who inspired her friends to start the organization, and loved what they were doing. I really believe in what they stand for, and I think that it affects today’s youth in a major way,” junior Alex Horst said. According to the World Institute of Mental Health, untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. “Teen depression effects our everyday lives so much. Some may not even know that they’re depressed. But it is real, and teens who are depressed or are struggling need help,” Emery said. Students can become involved in TWLO-

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million of these cases occur in the United States.

20-50 Percent of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this



Of people suffering from depression never seek treatment


Suicide is the leading cause of death among teens. Photo ILLUSTRATION by Georgia Otte

HA through a number of ways. Students can buy t-shirts online, at, or at Hot Topic. Another way to become involved is to add TWLOHA on MySpace and Facebook in order to help spread awareness about the organization. If a student wishes to make a donation to TWLOHA, they can visit the orgarnization’s website to obtain the organization’s address. In addition, TWLOHA gives a portion of its proceeds to the recovery and treatment programs of the National Hopeline Network, Teen Challenge, S.A.F.E (Self-Abuse Finally Ends), and Kids Help Line. Over the past year, TWLOHA has donated $100,000 to those

causes alone. “Just buying a t-shirt or telling a friend about it helps to spread the message. I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and flat-out ask, ‘What does your shirt mean?’ When they hear the story, they’re interested. Another way is to add them on MySpace and make them one of your top friends. That way, other students can see TWLOHA and check out their MySpace to see what it’s all about,” Emery said. For more information about TWLOHA, go to If a student is struggling with any of these issues, he/she should talk to their parent or guardian or seek help from their guidance counselor.



Estimated percent of teenagers will suffer from depression at some point before they reach adulthood.

All according to the World Health Organizatoin, the National Institute of Mental Health, and a 1999 U.S. Surgeon General’s Survey.

October 31, 2008


Lies in disguise


Common foods and activities have hidden costs By Georgia Otte / photographer

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Exercising, eating healthy and proper hygiene are generally accepted as good habits for everyday health, and for the most part are common sense. But there are a few sneaky items that people think are good for them but really do more harm than good. Recent studies show that the popular drink Vitamin Water isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Vitamin Water has more than 32.5 grams of sugar in just one bottle alone. For sake of comparison, a classic can of Coke has around 39 grams of sugar. Not only can all “health” foods seem good for you, but advertisers use catchy slogans to draw buyers into thinking that the food they are eating is actually healthy and good for the body. Foods that are labeled fatfree may seem like a superb healthy choice. However according to BNET Business Network manufactures often increase the sugar content in fat-free foods to make up for the flavor and texture lost due to the fat loss. “When I see words like fat-free or low-sugar I think that whatever that food is actually healthy for you. I never looked to see what was truly in the food,” sophomore Elizabeth Rettig said. Besides using words like “lowcalorie,” “fat-free” and “low-carb,” advertisers will twist words around in their ads in order to make people think that they are getting the healthiest food on the food market. McDonald’s Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips sound healthy. Nevertheless, ounce for ounce, the Selects are no healthier than the chain’s Chicken McNuggets. A standard, five-strip order has 670 calories and

10 grams of artery-clogging fat. That’s about the same as a Big Mac, but the burger has 1,040 mg of sodium, while the Selects hit 1,660 mg—a whole day’s worth—even without the salty dipping sauce. Just as misleading are the “healthier” choices of eating a salad at fast food restaurants. It is generally assumed that salads are the healthier option, but often it is the exact opposite. Fast food salads usually have twice the calories, fat, sugar and carbs

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compared regular menu items like hamburgers or chicken sandwiches. The Tender Grill Chicken Garden Salad from Burger King has 240 calories in the lettuce and chicken alone, but when consumers begin to add the dressing and croutons the salad shoots up to 510 calories. Although food plays a big role in what people assume is healthy, there are many other misconceptions that can have unhealthy consequences. Flip flops–that ubiquitous symbol of summer days and teenage years-are really quite damaging. According to USA Today, long-term wear of flip flops can cause inflamed Achilles, heel calluses, hammer toes, and irritation between toes which can lead to fungal

infections. Even certain kinds of physical exercise can lead to problems. Sit-ups can actually injure lower backs. They involve spinal flexion-rounding your lower back to allow you to bend forward at the waist-but according to research, that’s the exact mechanism that causes a herniated disc in the lower back. One of the most harmful agents is surprising: meat. When one consumes certain types of chemically-enhanced meats they are consuming all of the hormones, drugs and other chemicals that have been fed to the animals before they were killed. By consuming these chemicals they are putting their body at risk for anaemia, appendicitis, arthritis, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, gall stones, gout, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity and strokes. In additon to the consumption of meat being risky for our bodies, it also causes significant damage to the environment. Over 260 million acres of forest land in the U.S. alone has been cleared in order to allow grazing land for cows in efforts to produce meat. Millions more acres of Amazon rainforest have been cleared for cattle farmers as well. “I will most likely think about cutting back on the meat that I eat. I want to help the earth, and by cutting back on meat I hope that I can help our environment,” sophomore Kayla Ballad said. Overall, our everyday choices may not be as smart as we think. While doing sit-ups and eating meat in moderation will most likely not affect our daily health, when we constantly wear flip flops or eat three Big Mac’s a day we will almost certainly see problems in our everyday health.



October 31, 2008

Pop music strikes a hit with students By Cori Novelli and Milan Savich / executive editor and staff writer

Newly introduced pop music class provides students with an opportunity to learn the history behind great music and the fundamentals that shape the composition of songs produced and recorded today.

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Senior Matt Baliga plays his guitar in an appreciation for pop music class. The pop music class, which includes all seniors, was introduced this past year by band director Johann Sletto to help musically-inclined students understand the components behind music that they hear every day on the radio and on their iPods and not just the background of classical music (the focus of many traditional music classes.

From the Beatles to Brittany Spears, pop music has resonated throughout the ages influencing the American culture. Now, though, great music is not only found on students’ iPods, but taught about in class. Pop music, a semester long course started this year by band director Johann Sletto, is designed to help students understand the components behind music. “I feel like everyone is listening to music, but they don’t know the roots of it,” Sletto said. Generally during class students listen to different kinds of music and learn the details of what makes the song, a song. “It’s pretty interesting because we learn the background of music. We’re taught musical elements that really expand my musical horizon,” senior Brian Phillips said. With this, they cover the seven elements of music: melody (the basic tune), harmony (the chord structure of the song), rhythm (use of sound and silence in relation to time), instrumentation (instruments being used), form (structure of the song), texture (layering of sounds), and timbre (adjectives used to describe the sound); all of these used to craft notes, keys and rhythms into a final product. Throughout the class, students begin learning these “elements” of rock music (starting in the 1920’s with country and blues) and continue on to everything from 1950’s rock ‘n roll to popular music today. “My favorite part of the class is learning about the history and just where it all came from,” senior Chelsea Bowman said. In addition to the history aspect of the class, students are also encouraged to write

and perform their own music. “The kids are writing their own verse of blues, and we’re going to put them together and make our own blues song,” Sletto said. On what Sletto calls “jam days,” students are able to share their musical talents with the class. “He gives anyone who plays an instrument (like piano, drums, or guitar) the chance to play music in class. Everyone is involved, though, because others can take turns learning to play the drums,” Bowman said. Phillips, who has been playing the guitar for five years and drums for six months also enjoys these performance days. “I love when we get to bring in music and share it with the class. It’s cool because [Sletto] teaches you instruments and music theory, but then we get to actually play it and put it together,” Phillips said. Along with creating and performing music, students look forward to having guest speakers, such as radio DJ’s, come to the class. “I’m so excited because you get to hear their point of view and see how they feel about music,” Bowman said. Basically, the class allows students a “behind the scenes” look at all kinds of music from various different perspectives. “It’s a topic I love and it’s more hands on; we’re not just always sitting down and learning,” Phillips said. Bowman agreed. “It’s a great class. We still have tests and homework, but it’s a break in my day and puts me in a better mood. Definitely take it next year,” she said.

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October 31, 2008

Brown bags make the grade


Packing a lunch offers tasty and “green” options By Deanna Sheafer / copy editor For those who don’t buy a school lunch, the different meal options may seem limited. A lot of students settle for a soggy peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chips every day.  But brown bag lunches don’t have to be dreary and monotonous. A few simple, fast changes can spice up lunchtime, and help the environment in the process. “I bring my lunch because I like to have a unique alternative to cafeteria food,” junior Taylor Perry said. “I even save my brown bags and reuse them to be more environmentally friendly,” she said. To quickly update a favorite sandwich, try making it on a wrap instead of bread.  Whole wheat wraps are especially healthy because they have more nutrients and are less processed.  Packages of these thin, flat wraps can be found in any local grocery store. Once you make the sandwich just cover it in aluminum foil and it’s good to go. Another fresh sandwich idea is using sub buns or miniature bagels instead of boring bread slices. Deli-style sandwiches can be made at home as easily as if you bought one from Subway or Jimmy John’s. If you’re tired of the same old sandwich fixings each day and are looking for suggestions, a tasty alternative is a barbequed chicken sandwich. To start, buy separately packaged chicken that is already cooked and cut into strips and individual packets of barbeque sauce.  In the morning, put the chicken pieces on bread, a wrap, or a bun, and add any other sandwich fixings like lettuce or tomatoes.  This can be done at night if you’re short on time in the morning. When lunch rolls around, squeeze the barbeque sauce on the sandwich to ensure that it is fresh and enjoy. Salad lovers can rejoice.  There is a plastic, reusable container, also available at grocery stores, that has two compartments.  The bottom is for the whole salad, like lettuce, cheese, and any other vegetables or fixings, and the very top of the container holds the dressing.  Just push the button on

the lid, and out comes the dressing. This prevents soggy salads, keeps the vegetables crisp until seconds before eating, and could be a good meat free choice for vegetarians. Cold pizza is a Saturday morning favorite, but it’s also a good alternative for pizza lovers who are unsatisfied with how often the cafeteria serves it. Whether it is pizza from last night or the microwavable kind, it is sure to cause envy from lunch mates.   While muffins are generally considered a breakfast food, they can serve as an excellent lunch entrée.  For the busiest students, grocery store bakeries provide all kinds of delectable muffins from blueberry to pumpkin and everything in between.  Pre-packaged muffins also help against after-school hunger pains.  You can even bake large batches from mixes over the weekend or in the evening and freeze what you don’t need for a later time. Caramel apples are a tasty treat for fall, but are hard to pack in a lunch bag. Fortunately, there are individual packs of caramel dipping sauce available at grocery stores to dunk apple slices in. This provides all of the great taste and none of the mess. Similarly, trail mix isn’t just for hiking and camping anymore. These prepackaged bags usually include a healthy and good tasting mix of nuts, granola, pretzels, cereal, and even mini chocolate chips. While

you can buy already made mixes at grocery stores, making your own and personalizing it to your specific tastes is easy and cheap. Another easy choice is chips and salsa. Just fill a sandwich sized plastic bag with corn chips and put some of your favorite salsa in a container. While hot lunches seem like a luxury for those buying cafeteria lunches, thermoses work wonders for keeping soup or other foods hot throughout the morning. Buy your favorite types of Campbell’s or Lipton’s and microwave in the morning. Add a plastic spoon and it’s good to go. Spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli and much more can all be enjoyed thanks to a thermos. All of these options have the added benefit of helping the environment. By taking reusable Tupperware containers and thermoses, brown bag lunches can even become more “green.” According to, the average school child who carries a lunch creates 67 pounds of waste per school year. Anything reusable and washable decreases the amount of garbage wasted every day. That also means less trash in landfills.

10 Things to Pack

1. Sandwich wrap 2. Mini muffins 3. Chips and salsa 4. Tacos 5. Cup of soup 6. Apples with caramel 7. Cold pizza 8. Sub sandwich 9. Trail mix 10. Salads

Improve your college resume in a few easy steps Academics, extracurricular activities, college preferences: when it comes to college applications, there are many categories students need to think of. Activities in which students involve themselves during their high school career could be just as important as their grades. “Every college is looking for a student who has taken a solid college prep curriculum and can handle college work. They like to see students well-rounded,” guidance counselor Coral Penzato said. Not only do colleges look at the students’ transcript, but they also take their extracurricular achievements into consideration. According to Penzato, some students receive full ride scholarships because of the activities they took part in. “It doesn’t matter as much what the club is, but more of their dedication to the club. Any activity looks good if a student has gotten involved at a sincere level, like in a leadership position,” she said. Many students are involved for different reasons. While some students think about the advantages that being involved would bring when applying to colleges, others don’t think about the benefits their activities can bring them. “When I was in eighth grade, my dad told me that being involved in a lot of things while still keeping up good grades looks good on applications, so I went to the extreme,” senior Rachel Kolavo said. Kolavo participates in such activities as cross country, swimming, track, band, and Spell Bowl while still maintaining an approximate 3.5 GPA.

If I could do it all over again, I would have joined clubs earlier on, because when it came to applying to colleges, I felt like I didn’t have enough to write down on my application.

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-Cassie Bauhan, CPHS Class of 2008 While students like Kolavo think practically about their future, others just involve themselves for the experience. “I do sports because I like to do them, not because of how they’ll look on a college application. I do them because it’s fun for me,” sophomore Holly Schoenbeck said. Another aspect of resumes is the college students apply to. Many CPHS graduates attend colleges in the state, such as Indiana University, Purdue, Ball State, IUPUI. While these state colleges look for a 3.0 GPA and extracurricular activities, elite colleges, like Ivy League schools, pay more attention than state colleges do to the things that separate good students from the rest. They want students who will

participate in their community after they graduate from college, as well. “[Colleges] liked that [students] did something different. Elite colleges look for the students who go the extra mile and get involved. There are plenty of students with just good grades,” Penzato said. Students should be looking at colleges as early as their freshman year, according to Penzato. One way to ensure their dream college’s requirements is to go to the college’s website. Another tool is where students can get information by viewing a timeline, get answers about Indiana colleges, and also find options of paying college tuition. Students should be preparing early on and should be getting involved in a few activities, Penzato said. Colleges want to take in students who are involved in the community, because it shows that they’ll maintain that effort in the future when they’re beyond schooling. These benefits of various clubs at CPHS are evident to some students. “Taking part in as many sports and clubs as I do will benefit me in the end. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s definitely worth it because the colleges I apply to will recognize that I did take advantage of the things my school had to offer,” Kolavo said. While balancing extracurricular activities, students must also focus on the classes they are taking, according to Penzato. “Take the hardest academic classes you can be successful in with effort. Get involved with at least one or two activities and develop some good study habits,” Penzato said.


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Classic and modern novels offer Halloween readers chills By Anna Ortiz / graphics editor Tell someone to think along the lines of the horror-paranormal genre of literature, and an array of different thoughts, and (some rather gory) images flicker through their minds. Some think Stephen King, with a side of blood and guts; others think of the eerie suspense that lurks within a good ghost story at a camp fire. From vampire and werewolf tales to true accounts of the paranormal, horror is a vast genre that gets people talking- and reading. “In the variety of horror and paranormal books, you’ll always find interesting and odd characters, as well as plot twists and turns,” English teacher Lisa Landgrebe said. “People like to be scared. It gives you the goosebumps, like the feeling where you keep looking over your shoulder,” she added. And not only does this attract the readers. It draws in many talented authors as well, creating a selection of literature that stretches back into history. The first piece of literature that contained the classic elements of horror is Dante’s The Inferno in the early 1300’s. Yet from then on the horror genre has evolved throughout the centuries. Slowly the preoccupation with scary books has progressed into the creation of comic strips, then to writing plays, and so on to movies. In fact, the first horror movie was an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1922. Since then, over two hundred films featuring this age old character have been released. Among other successful authors of fright, Stephen King, the renowned “King of Horror,” has sold over 350 million books and short stories. Forty-nine of his works were made into movies or television series. Junior Heather Digiacomo, an enjoyer of writing scary stories herself, enjoys King’s writing style in particular. “My favorite horror story is definitely Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, because it portrays vampire

mythology very well. I think Stephen King is just a really good story teller and an entertaining writer,” Digiacomo said. Sophomore Neil Hamilton likes reading the supernatural Japanese Manga series entitled Death Note. This dark comic is about a teen who finds a divine book that causes death to come on anyone whose name is written in it. “I like it because it’s very complex and twisted, and it has a great story line. Tsugumi Ohba is my favorite author,” Hamilton said. However, not all chilling stories are completely fictional. Some are based off of true events. The Exorcist is based off of an account of a thirteen year old boy that lived in Maryland in 1949. The Amityville Horror is based off of a massacre in 1974 and the account of the family that lived there a year later that had expirienced paranormal activity. Mark Merriman’s the Haunted Indiana series are true records and legends of the supernatural in Indiana given by locals. Landgrebe prefers this form of frightening tales.

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“I really am more into nonfiction, like true murder tales and crime stories. I’m curious about human nature and why people do the things they do. The trueness of those stories makes them more interesting and creepy,” she said. The increasing popularity of horror and paranormal in literature derives from the human psyche to fright. As famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft put it, “the oldest and strongest emotion is fear,” so it’s easy to see why it is so prominent in our entertainment. “People are looking to experience some kind of sensation equivalent to an adrenaline rush,” psychology teacher Brett St. Germain said, “I think what draws people in is curiosity; some are just risk takers/thrill seekers by nature.” However, not only has the media aspect of the genre evolved, but the elements as well, leaning toward the more gory side of things. “It’s a reflection of culture values changing. Things that could have shocked us before, doesn’t shock us now; so to get to that ‘shock factor’ writers have to really go that extra mile,” St. Germain said. Landgrebe agrees that m a n y books of t o d a y ’s genre have less moral value and are more for entertainment. Basically, they have a more“cynical side” to them.

Even the creatures that lurk within the pages have changed in unison with our culture. Among these many monsters is a being that has even formed its own genre: the vampire. So between the classics and the modern, one wonders which is more preferred. Between Stoker’s cold villain, Dracula, or the vampire sweetheart of the Twilight Series, Edward Cullen, who wins the popularity contest? “I definitely like the Twilight Series better. Dracula is an older book, while Twilight is more aimed at teenagers, because the characters are teens. I can also relate better because it’s more recent, whereas the older books are harder to understand,” junior Tiffany Drasich said. Teachers such as English teacher Rachele Raloff enjoys the classics much more than the modern novels. “I prefer classic literature, such as anything in the 1800’s or before,” Raloff said. On the other hand, sophomore Emily Ward-Smith, who reads James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series, is fond of both time eras in literature. “I like both [modern and classic] because they’re both interesting and different. It can be more difficult to read classics because of how they’re written, but they are still really cool and entertaining to read,” Ward-Smith said. Whether old or contemporary writings, the aspects of horror and paranormal in society has captured readers for centuries. And in the spirit of the season, there’s no better time to explore the terrifying and eerie unknown from the comfort of one’s own covers. No shame in leaving the night light on, right?

from Amityville to Zombie 1. The Shining by Stephen King A classic masterpiece from the king of horror and gore, The Shining follows tormented author Jack Torence. Torence moves his family into an isolated Colorado hotel in the mountains with a rather grim history. As the old hotel manipulates both living and dead, Jack begins to change into a monster, madly bent on murdering his family.

2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Supernatural investigator, Dr.Montague, invites three guests with paranormal pasts to stay at the dark Hill House mansion. As the mansion’s sinister past is revealed, the guests are thrown into a torrent of morbid events and taunted souls. They find, despite the owner being long dead, the house is very much alive and out for revenge.

3. The Haunted Indiana Series by Mark Merrimen Merrimen explores the plentiful haunting of Indiana, from local cemeties to ancient mansions. Stories such as the grim tale of a young woman doomed to hitchhike the same stretch of road since her untimely demise and the sorrowful legend of “Stiffy Green,” echo Indiana folklore at its best.

4. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson Based off true events, Anson paints an eerie and morbid picture of a house infested by evil entities after a mass murder that took place in the residence. The Lutz family, moving in a year after the grizzly murders, begin to expirience terrifying phenomena. Even their priest’s attempts of exorcism seem futile. Which leaves the family with one question, are they doomed to live in a nightmare forever?

5. The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen This collection of the famed Poe is bound to keep you looking over your shoulder. His most famous works, such as stories like “The Murders of the Rue Morge,” “The Tell Tale Heart,” and “The Raven,” are sure to terrify readers.

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October 31, 2008

Fall into primetime

New, returning shows offer variety of entertainment By Nikki Sekuloski / reporter Every summer, TV viewers see commercials about the premieres of new series and the next season for returning shows. Every fall, people tune in and watch these programs that are said to be “the most talked about show of the year.” Shows like Gossip Girl and The Office are constantly being acclaimed for the number of viewers watching and the expertise of all the people involved in the making of the episodes. With all the “amazing” shows coming out and restarting, how does a viewer know which ones they should take their time watching? Well, here is a breakdown of some of the new and returning shows that may be considered “worth watching.”


The CW’s new show 90210 is set in a high school in Beverly Hills (the zip code of which gives the show its name), where teenagers face the problems of trying to rise to the top of the social list and also trying to make it to stardom. Although this show is a remake of the ‘90s version, it brings up many modern issues while also bringing back actors from the original series. This show may be confusing at times with its many characters and relationships, but it brings up interesting topics like how to cope with your parents working at your school. It becomes easier to follow the more viewers watch.


Privileged, a new show on the CW, is about Megan Smith, a Yale graduate aspiring to be a journalist. When fired from her job with a cosmetics magazine, she decides to take a job as a live-in tutor for the Baker twins. However, Rose and Sage Baker, well known for their looks and money, are not thrilled about the idea of having a tutor. Megan must learn how to teach the twins to balance school and friends, while also trying to balance her own social life. With its clever humor and wit, this show is a must see for anyone wanting to watch something with real meaning but still have fun watching it.

Hole in the Wall

An adaptation of the Japanese game show Brain Wall, Hole in the Wall, a new series on Fox, forces contestants to contort their bodies to fit into oddly shaped Styrofoam cutouts. Two teams of three players dressed in silver spandex go up against the Hole for four rounds. The winner of the first four rounds must then face the

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blind wall in an attempt to win additional money. This show is different in its own way but also much like the rest of today’s reality shows: it presents a unique setup, but it still has the general idea of humiliating oneself in a way that even the contestants find funny. This show is great for anyone who wants a laugh without having to think.


The characters on NBC’s Heroes really do have superpowers. Their powers range from regeneration, flying, and time travel. In the closing of season two, the audience was left with the shooting of Congressman Nathan Petrelli; Sylar, the most feared villain, regaining his powers; and Peter Petrelli catching the vial that holds a virus that could potentially wipe out the human race. The third season restarted with an assassin, who is the future version of Peter, trying to kill Nathan. However, Nathan unexpectedly survives an almost certain death with the help of Mr. Linderman, an old friend who is thought to be dead by everyone except Nathan. Mr. Linderman was able to revive Nathan by using his gift of rebirth. This show is full of action-packed adventure with twists and turns around every corner.


At the end of season three of Supernatural, a series on the CW, Dean Winchester was trapped in the underworld, while his brother Sam’s life was narrowly spared by

Also known as The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular, this novel is the third installment in the popular Inheritance Cycle. Orginally intended to be the conclusion of the series, Brisingr takes readers on an adventure with Dragon Rider Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they battle against the evil King Galbatorix. It is preceded by the novels Eragon and Eldest, and will be continued within the next two years.

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one of the most powerful demons. At the beginning of this season, Dean’s help is needed to fight the war between good and evil: therefore, an angel literally pulls him back from hell. However, Dean learns that there is one catch to his spared life: he must kill his brother. This show is full of nerve racking suspense. It is the perfect show for people who love scary movies and are looking for a weekly show that will have the same effect.

Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daises, an ABC series in its second season, is about a pie maker named Ned. When Ned was a child, he discovered that he had a very unique gift; he could touch dead things and bring them back to life, but if he brings them back for more than a minute, something else dies. In an attempt to find the killers of homicide victims, Ned joins forces with Emerson Cod, a private eye. Ned brings back these victims for one minute, and they ask the victims questions about their death. When Ned comes across the body of Charlotte, a childhood friend, he decides to bring her back to life for good, but one more touch from him will send her back to her death. There is an instant connection and a romance starts to bloom between Ned and Charlotte, though they must learn to get along without ever making physical contact. Pushing Daises is extremely witty and makes the viewers feel like they are living in a mystery novel where more and more surprises await at every turn.

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favorite things High School Musical 3 The final installment of the High School Musical trilogy, High School Musical 3 follows the Wildcat crew through their senior year. Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, and Ryan make college choices and prepare for prom, all while creating their senior musical alongside new and old friends. Filled with catchy songs and show-stopping choreography, HSM3 doesn’t fail to deliver.

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Entertainment re-runs lack style By Nikki Sekuloski / reporter It seems that the new generation, our generation, is becoming less and less its own. Aspects from past generations are constantly being reused or remade. They are being “borrowed” by us, and we are not getting our time to shine and show our own style. From movies to clothes, things from past generations are showing up more and more. For my mom, going shopping in any store where clothes for teenagers are sold is like a blast from the past. She is constantly telling me how much “modern” clothes resemble the clothes she used to wear. Of course, they have a dash of modern elements to them, but she can still see a major resemblance. Therefore, we are not fully expressing ourselves through our own completely new style. In fact, the other day I was wearing a shirt that I got from Aeropostale that I believed was a new style. However, my aunt and mom told me that that shirt was almost an exact copy of shirts they wore in the late 1960s and early 1970s. That shows that our new style is our parents’ old news. Movies are also being “borrowed” from the past. Just this spring, a movie from 1980 was remade. Prom Night, originally starring Jamie Lee Curtis, was recently remade starring Brittany Snow. After watching the remake, I was curious as to how much alike the original and remake were. So I rented the 1980 version and found out that, although they have different plots, they still have the general idea of a killer at a high school prom. Other movies like Cheaper by the Dozen, When a Stranger Calls, War of the Worlds, and many more have also been remade, not to mention that television shows, like 90210, are being remade as well. This just goes to show how more and more things are being reused from the past. Our generation seems to be recycling fads from past years, and in the process, we’re not letting our own style shine through. So, before we look at our parents’ old clothes or movies and laugh, we should probably look at ourselves first and contemplate whether our generation is really that different. Yes, the movies may have better special effects and the clothes may now be considered a little more stylish, but all in all, the amount of change does not add up to the number of years that have gone by.

iPod nano-chromatic Apple has done it again. They recently released the new and improved iPod Nano. With 8 or 16 GB of memory and a starting price of $149, this mp3 player also boasts new features like “shake to shuffle,” and a new rotated movie mode. This proves a popular hit this holiday season so get yours soon!


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Real chills cheap thrills Filled with Halloween spirit, members of the Inklings staff scouted out haunted locations to visit and compare. The Gymnasium of Terror in Hobart and Gypsy’s Graveyard in Crown Point were both home to scares, however some were created and some were authentic.

Gymnasium of Terror By Becca Duggan / entertainment editor Do not be fooled by its innocent location; the Saint Bridget Catholic School’s Gymnasium of Terror will send shivers down the spine. From the very beginning, the gymnasium gives off a menacing atmosphere. The looming doorway leads to the narrow hall lined by black garbage bags cut into the shape of walls. Led by a ghostlylooking student who wears white makeup, you see a shadowy hallway emerging ahead. Footsteps echo from behind, and a glance to the back reveals a masked student stalking you. Screams or moans resound off the walls sporadically throughout the haunted house, leaving the ears ringing. The frightening mood is main-

tained so well, the smallest movements can make you shout in surprise. The haunted house’s actual conclusion will leave the heart racing long after you leave. Even though the haunted house is in a school gymnasium, it is every bit as chilling as regular spooky locations. It was designed to “scare the pants off high school students”, as said by Greg Ernst, President of Saint Bridget’s Home and School Association, and that is precisely what it does. The house is open for all Friday’s and Saturday’s of October from 7 to 11 PM, so if students want something to do after trick-or-treating, visiting this Gymnasium of Terror is perfect for latenight scares.

Gypsy’s Graveyard By Joe Nejman / photographer From the first shock of the dark to the finale flee out; there is no argument that an exploration of a backwoods graveyard can be a great place for some Halloween chills. The legend goes that a band of gypsies came to Crown Point and got sick. The town residents thought they were being stolen from, and refused to help the gypsies. Before they died, the gypsies cast a spell on the land cursing whoever goes there. Starting from the blind stretch of road that Gypsy’s Graveyard rests on, the lack of light is the first of many frights to start the night. Using only the gleam of a flashlight to climb up the short steps, you glance around nervously, not knowing if

an orb will pop up. Wind whistles through the trees surrounding the cemetery. The first of many tombstones show their weatherworn faces. Many of the stones’ words are scratched and faded. Standing in the dark, a cold breeze may blow down upon your spine, and a glance back to the entrance will reveal a pair of stone benches resting against the chain link fence. It could be just imagination, but the bench looks occupied by a dark shape. Among the ancient tombstones, one particular statue stands out. An angel statue amidst the grave markers certainly draws your attention and often causes even the bravest souls to leave.

Fun Center offers local entertainment By Jeremy Rex / chief photographer Ever since the Schererville Fun center closed last year, there hasn’t been a place for Crown Point students to go to play mini golf or ride go-carts. The opening of the Crown Point Family Fun Center has made it possible for Crown Point kids to do that close to home. The Fun Center is located at 1301 Merrillville Road directly behind Jewel. On the grounds, there are two miniature golf courses a total of 36 holes, baseball and softball batting cages, a soccer cage, a 1/6 mile go-cart track, and an indoor arcade. There is also a party room for private parties that can be rented out for either $9.95 or $14.50 per party guest depending on the package . Each party must have at least eight people in it. “The fun center is a great place to go. There’s something for everyone,” freshman Austin Stanley said. The Fun Center is not just for private parties however, the owners Don and Cecilia Ernst will be opening a heated indoor training facility that they are calling the

dome. The target date for the opening of the dome is Thanksgiving weekend as long as there are no weather or construction delays. “The dome will support baseball, softball, soccer, and golf. The facility can be used for many other things, but these sports we will be able to accommodate with no problem,” said Ernst. Rates are not yet finalized for the rental of the dome, but they will fall into the $175-$225 range for a 90-minute block of time. Also offered for teams is the option of signing up for a 10-week session at a reduced rate. Private parties can also rent the dome. “We have already been contacted by several churches and other non-profit groups who are interested in holding youth group meetings, as well as some businesses that are looking for something different for their Christmas parties,” Mrs. Ernst said. Gift cards can also be purchased on site or online. For more information on attractions or rental prices, visit www.cpfun. com, or call 219-663-3663.

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Senior Ali Martin tests out her put skills on one of the holes at the new Crown Point Family Fun Center. Each of the two mini golf courses has 18 holes.

October 31, 2008


Football season comes to a close Offense struggles as Bulldogs fall to Pirates in sectional match up

Witt heads to state tournament By Milan Savich / reporter

By Brenna Wermers / executive editor Three years of triumph, with three back-to-back Duneland Athletic Conference titles, a sectional championship and a bout at regionals, have ended. For the past three years, the Bulldogs football team has been a force to be reckoned with. This year, the Bulldogs went 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the DAC this year. “I was really disappointed that the season ended with more losses than wins,” senior linebacker Lance LaMere said. Although the ‘Dogs struggled this season, LaMere broke the school’s all-time tackle record, racking up 125 tackles in ten games, dethroning the previous record of 114 in 13 games set by John Sertich. “I just tried to be the best athlete I could this season,” he said. “Football is a great sport. It’s one of the few [sports] that it’s legal to hit [tackle] someone, and people applaud.” The boys started out the season slow, falling to both Lowell 7-0 in week one, and then Hobart 13-7 in week two. Senior running back Nick Bruno said the season was rough off the bat because of a lack of experience. Last year, the Bulldogs graduated 19 out of 22 starters. “It was really hard to replace the talent from last year,” he said. Head coach Chip Pettit said that heading into the season the defensive secondary and linebackers were the ‘Dogs strongest asset. The defense held opposing teams to only one touchdown per game for the first five games. “But, we had to rebuild the offense,” he said. “Realistically, we did not have a great [offensive] line and that’s where every team starts. The guys coming up next year have to dedicate themselves to improving their strength and technique.” Senior wide receiver Danny Osojnicki said that although it is never fun to lose, he always tried to look at the positives. “We played together so well for so long. We have great chemistry,” he said. Then came week three. Coming off of two disappointing losses and going up against arch rival Merrillville, very few


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Sophomore Reed Stofko goes against the offensive line during the week five game against Portage. The boys defeated the Indians 21-6, and came out of this season with an overall record of 3-7. people expected the boys to come out on top. “That is ‘The Game’ of our season,” Pettit said. The ‘Dogs came out with a win that week. “That was the highlight of our season,” Osojnicki said. “The first win of the season is always a good feeling.” In the next weeks, the boys would only manage to gain victories over Portage in week 5 (21-6) and LaPorte in week 7 (35-28). They would go on to be defeated by Lake Central, 10-5; Valparaiso, 38-17; Chesterton on Homecoming 20-7; and in the last game of the regular season, Michigan City, 7-3. “We sure let some tight ones get away from us,” Pettit said. “These games could

have gone either way, and I’m disappointed that we did not come out with more.” Lamere said that the defense began to crumble as the season progressed. “You can’t just blame it on one side of the ball,” he said. After the regular season ended, postseason play began. The Bulldogs were matched against the Merrillville Pirates in the first round. Under a blanket of rain and almost freezing temperatures, the boys fell to the Pirates with a score of 42-6. “It was one thing to lose,” Bruno said, “but to lose like that was heartbreaking.” Pettit said that any season coming to a close is bittersweet. “It’s always the last game for the seniors, and losing to Merrillville like that always stings,” he said.

With a Conference record of 4-3, the cross country team, led by senior Brian Witt, took fourth in their conference. Witt won three of four races run in the DAC. “The team had a really good year,” coach Keith Iddings said. ”They won the CP invitational and the Rich Dust invitational in Illinois.” “At the beginning of the season, our goals were to win sectionals and to help each individual improve, and I think we saw a lot of significant improvements,” Iddings said. “Brian Witt made the biggest improvement from last year.” In 2007, Witt went from being the number five runner to being the number one runner in 2008. “I’m running better than last year,” Witt said. “I trained everyday in the summer to build my running base.” The Bulldogs ran sectionals and regionals at their home course of Lemon Lake. They won sectionals on Oct. 14 and took second to Munster in the regional on Oct. 18. In the post-season, Witt finished first in sectionals as well as regionals. “It definitely felt good to run at our home course during sectionals and regionals because we ran the course so much during the summer, so I had it down,” Witt said. Although Witt, the ‘Dog’s leading runner is graduating this year, the rest of the roster will be returning. “The bad thing about next year is that Brian [Witt] is graduating, but everyone else is back,” Iddings said. This year, Iddings was selected to coach the Indiana boys All-Star cross country team. “It’s an exciting opportunity to get to work with a really talented group of kids from around the state,” Iddings said. “It’s great to work with kids from Crown Point, but it will be a very different perspective to work with kids from around Indiana.” Witt is the only runner to advance to the state meet, which is held in Terre Haute, IN. “We are very confident that Brian [Witt] will do the best job he can at state,” Iddings said. The top 25 runners qualify to be allstate, and the top 15 are awarded medals.



October 31, 2008

Lady Bulldogs fall in sectional opener

Young team loses to tough opponent in first round of post-season

Photo by Trey Aultman

Senior Liz Ladowicz goes down for a dig on senior night against Lowell. The Bulldogs lost the match.

The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team had a productive season, accumulating a record of 16-8. However, the success the team obtained during the regular season was brought to an end in the first round of sectionals, when they faced off against Chesterton. “Chesterton is always a tough team to play because they have a lot of good players,” sophomore outside hitter Gabby Raspopovich said. The Lady Bulldogs were 0-5 against Chesterton during the regular season. In the first round of sectionals, the winless streak continued as they were swept in three sets out of five. (25-20,25-21,25-23) Players felt that they were ready to play Chesterton in the first round of sectionals, but they were unable to play to their full potential. “The team was off,” Raspopovich said. “I know that the team had a lot of nerves, however we were prepared as I thought we would be.” Raspopvich recorded eight digs and four kills in the opening round of sectionals while junior team-

“They matured a lot, and we look for a lot from them in the future.

By Hunter McKee/ asst. sports editor

Lady Bulldogs head coach Rick Ashmore mate Blythe Redman put forth two service aces, six digs and 17 kills. “We all thought we had a chance if we all played together and were focused,” junior defensive specialist Tori Welker said. “However, we had a lot of mental errors and some miss-serves that could have been avoided.” Despite the sweep, head coach Rick Ashmore believes that the team illustrated signs of improvement and devolpment throughout the regular season and post-season. “(In sectionals) we saw a lot of the young talent step up,” Ashmore said.

“We had a lot of ups and downs, but we did have positives throughout the year even though we were unable to make it out of the first round of sectionals,” Welker said. On senior night, the Lady Bulldogs faced off against the Lowell Red Devils. The Lady Bulldogs lost the match in four hard fought sets. (25-18, 2521, 19-25, 26-24) Welker went perfect on the night serving 16 for 16 while also recording 12 digs. Senior Liz Ladowicz went 17 for 18 serving and accompanied that with seven digs while Redman was 11 for 14 serving and had twenty-one assists. The young Lady Bulldogs look to continue their experience into upcoming seasons. “This past season I’ve learned that you have to play as one,” Raspopovich said. “You will never be playing for yourself, the team is everything.” As for the team, coach Ashmore says that he is pleased with the way they have progressed. “They matured a lot and we (the coaches) look for a lot more in the future,” he said.

Boys make sectional championship game under first-year coach By Colin Likas / reporter Jeff Fairbairn arrived at the Bulldogs’ boys soccer head coaching position this year not knowing any of the players on the team. None of the players knew who he was either. However, that didn’t stop the boys and their new coach from setting some lofty goals for their season. “We wanted to be undefeated at home, to win sectionals, and to finish in the top half of the conference,” Fairbairn said. “We were able to achieve the third goal.” Despite losing the sectional championship game to Lake Central by a score of 6-1, the boys were able to put together a successful season. They finished with an overall record of 7-8-1 and 3-4 in the DAC. Junior Silvestre Lomeli feels the team’s good play was helped by an excit-

ing source. “(Senior Mike) Lipton’s pregame speeches seemed to influence us,” Lomeli said. “They were always very interesting and got us going.” Faribairn felt that his team could have achieved more of the goals that they set during the preseason. “I don’t think the season was as successful as it could’ve been,” Fairbairn said. “I still don’t look at the season as a failure.” Senior defensive captain James Steriovski had a lot to do with the victories the Bulldogs’ racked up throughout the season. Steriovski made the move to defense after playing up front in the previous three seasons. He felt he became a leader on the team. “I think I led through my defense,” Steriovski said. “I had to be a vocal leader too.”

According to Fairbairn, many of the team’s more experienced players, including Steriovski, as well as some of the new players stepped up to important roles throughout the year. Senior forward Mike Lipton and senior defender Ryan Dobbins were both returning players who made a big impact on the team’s play. Relative newcomers such as sophomore midfielder Daniel Relinski and freshman goalkeeper Christian Lomeli also made important contributions to the team. “I think the team next year is going to be pretty good,” (Silvestre) Lomeli said. “There are supposed to be many eighth graders coming in next year who will help us out.” Fairbairn agreed with Lomeili’s prediction. “I feel that we put ourselves in a good position for the future,” Fairbairn said.

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If you want it, your team has it By Trey Aultman / sports editor Walk into any store and you’re bound to see something that has a sports team on it. What you would need a pair of Detroit Lions oven mitts for, I have no idea. The professional teams are doing it to make money to pay the multi-million dollar salaries of their “superstars”. While A-Rod’s making $28 million, some factory worker in the Bronx is paying $90 for a pair of Yankee shoes that he can normally get for $50. Unfortunately, the college teams have noticed the ability to make the big bucks. I’m all for the little Tennessee garden gnome in my neighbor’s front yard, and the Michigan pizza cutter that plays “Hail to the Victor” when it is being used, but you have ask, when has the madness gone too far? The most recent venture that may have crossed a line is the college team caskets. A company started putting the Georgia and Georgia Tech logos on the caskets in 1998 and have recently added nearly 100 more schools to its repertoire of caskets, urns and grave markers. This could give a new meaning to the term die-hard fan. Who would buy these caskets? I’m not sure, I might. Maybe the people that have had loved a team since birth. Another product that may make people think about as crazy is the Team Baby Entertainment series titled, “Raising tomorrow’s fans today.” The DVDs show game footage while teaching the babies the team colors, the mascot and some famous numbers of several favorite teams including Alabama and Florida. Of course, who wouldn’t want one of these? Many of the videos have celebrity hosts such as the “smooth-talking” Regis Philbin for Notre Dame and Matthew McConaughy for The University of Texas. Another item that may be seen as bizarre is the pooper-scooper with a collegiate team on it. Then you have to think of all the fanatics who are all caught up on their rivalry facts. Just the thought of picking up dog “business” with an opposing teams’ logo on it is enough to make even the most serious fan laugh a little. I know plenty of people who would gladly purchase a nice Michigan or Auburn pooper-scooper. The lesson to be learned from these products and schools is that if something can have a team’s logo on it; it will. And more often than not, someone will buy it.

Cross country heads to state

Girls go to Terre Haute after successful post season By Trey Aultman/ sports editor Often in sports home-field advantage is overlooked. In cross country, the knowledge of every turn is the advantage. The Crown Point girls cross-country team used that help in the sectional round of the post season. Running at Lemon Lake Park, the Lady Bulldogs took first overall by a large margin. The girls beat Andrean who had a score of 70 and Lowell who had a score of 87. With the lowest score winning the competition, the Lady Bulldogs took seven of the top 12 spots in the race to score a 22. “They all did really well; all seven of the kids were in the top twelve,” said assisstant coach Elizabeth Laba. The seven were sophomore Laicee Pierce, first overall (19:52); junior Morgan Kleinaman, third overall (20:16); senior Maggie Schwuchow, sixth overall (20:40); junior Ksenia Pilarski, seventh overall (20:50); freshman Lauren McCarroll, eighth overall (20:53); sophomore Elizabeth Schrader, tenth overall (21:14); and freshman Madison Koch, twelfth place overall (21:20). “There are some good teams in our sectional, but based on the way that we had been running all season, we had hoped that we could pull out the win,” Laba said. This season was headlined by many wins including victories at home over Chesterton and LaPorte. The Lady Bulldogs first beat Chesterton 28-27 and then LaPorte 4318. The meet was headed by Pierce, who finished fourth overall and Schwuchow, who finished third overall. Also in the season, the Lady Bulldogs participated in the Duneland Athletic Conference meet at Valparaiso on Oct. 4. The girls finished fourth overall in the meet behind Valparaiso, Lake Central, and Portage with a score of 84. The highest placing Bulldog was again Pierce in fifth place with a

By Vinnie Needham/ reporter After a strong regular season in which they won 10 games, the girls’ soccer team headed into post season play with high expectations. “Our expectation was to beat Lake Central, ” senior Ashley Morfin said, “for the past four years we have lost to them.” The girls began the first round of sectionals with a 6-1 defeat over Merrillville. “We were tied 1-1 in the first half, and then scored five in the second,” Mikrut said. “After our third goal; we knew the game was ours.” Following the victory over Merrillville, the girls went on to play Lake Central and were defeated by a score of 2-1. “We knew going into post season that

The Bulldog tennis team captured a sectional title this year. For the title, the team defeated Kankakee Valley, by a score of 5-0, and then the Lowell Red Devils by a score of 5-0 to take the championship for the second year in a row. The boys headed into the regional round to face undefeated Munster. In the match, the Bulldogs were topped by a score of 5-0. “Each match lost came down to a nail biting finish, but not without leaving bulldog bite marks on our opponents,” said head coach Chris Korzeniewski. Senior Chase Korzeniewski

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Sophomore Laicee Pierce runs towards the finish in the sectional meet at Lemon Lake Park. Pierce finished first overall to help the Bulldogs to victory. time of 20:08.2. After the sectional, the cross country team also hosted the regional at Lemon Lake park. The girls finished the meet in second place behind only Lake Central and advanced to Semi-State on Oct.25 at New Prairie High School. At New Prairie for the semi-state meet, the Lady Bulldogs placed fifth behind Duneland Athletic Conference rivals Lake Central, Valparaiso, Portage, and non-conference opponent West Lafayette. In the meet, the girls were led by Schwuchow(20:01.82), twenty-sixth overall, Pierce(20:08.09), thirtieth overall,

Kleinamen(20:19.94), thirty sixth overall, Pilarski(20:23.17), forty-first overall, Schrader(20:43.69), fifty-third overall, McCarroll(20:45.67), fifty-fifth overall, and Koch(20:58.64), sixty-fifth overall in the field of 157 runners. Together the girls time was 1:41:36.71 “I know that I did not have a good performance at semi-state,” said Pierce, “but I’m looking to redeem myself here(at state).” The Lady Bulldogs will compete in the state meet on Nov. 1 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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it was going to come down to us and LC,” said Mikrut. Despite knowing they would play the top team in the DAC, the team was confident going into the game. “The LC game is one of the best of the year, we couldn’t wait for the day and had the mind frame that we would win,” junior Sammy Vercellino said. Their confidence carried them through most of the game, but the bulldogs could not come through. “With 13 minutes left we were in the lead,” Mikrut said. “We had the opportunity, and it just slipped away.” To close out their season, the team ended with a record of 11-6-1. “It was hard to lose, but the girls gave Photo By Trey Aultman it their all and put up a battle,” Mikrut said. “It was a great year, and we’re proud Senior Flori Garcia-Vicente takes up a loose ball against Merrillville. of the accomplishments.”

Achievements -Senior Lance LaMere broke the Crown Point Football single season tackle record previously held by 2007 graduate Jon Sertich. LaMere had 118 in the regular season and seven in the post season. This put LaMere at a total of 125 in 10 games, beating Sertich’s mark of 114 in 13 games. -Senior Marcus Shrewsbury was ranked number seven in the nation in the 189 pound weight class by WrestlingUSA magazine. -Senior Mark Myers received an honorable mention from WrestlingUSA magazine in the 160 pound weight class. The honorable mention means that Myers is in the top 60 in the nation in his weight class.

Girls Golf The girls golf team recently concluded a rebuilding year. The team went into the sectional round of playoffs with a regular season record of 2-8. In the sectional at Sandy Pines Golf Course, in Wheatfield, Indiana, the girls shot a combined 410 trailing only to Twin Lakes and Lowell to advance into the regional round. In the regionals at Beechwood, the Lady Bulldogs shot a team 389. At Beechwood, the girls were led by sophomore Carolyn Kupchik, who shot an 85, along with senior Lauren Bryner ‘s 94, senior Chelsea Gyure’s 107, sophomore Kelly Rostin’s 103, and junior Andjela Roberts’ 116 for a combined 389. Despite the better score, the season ended there for the team. “The girls golf team had quite a nice season,” said head coach Scott Vlink. “They improved greatly over the course of the season and enjoyed the team camaraderie. Although we only had two wins this year and finished seventh in the conference, the season was still a success. “



October 31, 2008

Don Bernacky

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History teacher by day, Ghost Hunter by night

By Cori Novelli / executive editor

photo by cat fleszewski

What is one thing about you that is unknown to most people? I’m a vegetarian.

Who are three people you would love to spend the day with? Pink, the Jonas Brothers, and Betsy Johnson.

Name a major issue that you believe teens deal with every day.

Drinking and smoking. They need to understand that there are bigger and better things in the world.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? The war in Iraq.

What was your greatest accomplishment? Becoming liutenent of varsity cheerleading.

What is your fondest high school memory? The Turnabout dance freshman year.

What is one of your pet peeves?

When people are always mad and complain when they are the ones who can change things.

What is one of your biggest fears? Why?

Losing my best friend. I don’t know what I would do without her.

From watching spooky movies as a child with his grandma to performing paranormal investigations of haunted areas now, history teacher Don Bernacky has always held a spot in his heart for the ghostly past. “When I see something cool, I go there. When I read a good book, I contact the author. I’m someone who loves having my hands directly on the research. I’m really just a very curious person,” he said. Through this research, Bernacky produces films that present his ghostly findings. Mystic Indiana is just one such movie that reveals various haunted spots in and around the area. “Along with writing, directing and producing the film, I made costumes, did special effects and even appeared in it,” he said. In addition to his ghost movies, Bernacky enjoys producing other short films with his wife, which he does under the company Paz Productions. “The name comes from the children’s book I’m writing called Paz the Turtle, a philosophical story of a young turtle who finds and befriends God,” he said. Bernacky and his wife have even won some awards for their short films, such as the Chicago cable WIC award. But when it comes down to it, researching and filming that of ghostly phenomenon is what Bernacky loves. Throughout the past 20 years, Bernacky has combed through history, traveling to numerous places to learn each area’s history of encounters with the dead. “I find places with a strong historical background and I’ll speak to the owners to learn as much I can about it,” he said. To actually “hunt” for ghosts, Bernacky uses a number of instruments, one of which being an Electromagnetic field detector, or EMF. “The EMF senses any fluctuations or disturbances in the air. When it beeps, it lets us know their might be something out of the ordinary around us,” he said. Bernacky also takes pictures where he has much of his results on film. “Ghost hunting is like fishing; you wait and see what you get. At times, it

can be spontaneous and you come home with more than you expected, whereas others, you wait all night and get with nothing,” he said. On nights that he does find evidence, the results can be substantial. The creepiest encounter he’s ever faced? A ghost recording one night at the Valparaiso Museum. “Generally, on our searches, we will ask the EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) that if anyone is there, to please tell us your name. When we asked this time, I remember we received an answer, where a man stated that he was Everet Daniels, part of the USA army.

We immediately began looking around, when we realized next to us was a box of donated goods, labeled ‘Everet Daniels.’” Though he’s never actually seen a ghost, he claims that it’s really the history that draws him to the place. “If I’m left with an ear full of stories, I’m extremely satisfied, even if our search bears no results,” he said.

Social studies teacher Don Bernacky writes, directs, and produces films. His special interest is researching and filming ghostly phenomena which he has done for 20 years. photo by Jeremy rex

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