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The Double Standard School dress codes reinforce an attitude of blame
rop tops. Backless shirts. Sheer shirts with neon bandeaus. High-waisted shorts. Daisy dukes. Spaghetti-strapped shirts. Body-con skirts. No, this isn’t a list of the latest trends in fashion catalogues; it’s a list of clothing items which are banned by Central’s dress code because of their supposedly provocative nature. According to the Student Handbook, clothing that is considered “disruptive to the educational process” is not allowed. However, the handbook’s dress code uses vague words that make determining what and how clothing is disruptive an impossible, highly subjective task. Due to the increasing prevalence of news stories about the banning of yoga pants and leggings in schools across the country, we’ve been forced to ask the question: Should girls who wear clothes that are deemed “inappropriate” be blamed for distracting boys at school? Our answer is a resounding no. Instead of discouraging girls from wearing clothes that they feel comfortable in, we should encourage them to dress freely. By telling girls that their clothes are distracting to boys, we reinforce the idea that girls, and the way that they dress, are responsible for their male counterparts’ actions.
The dress code is not specifically separated by gender, but the list of unacceptable clothing items (except those related to drugs or alcohol) seems to be directed only towards female students. It is very unlikely that boys will be wearing “backless, one shoulder, strapless or spaghetti strapped shirts or blouses,” thus making the dress code blatantly one-sided. Marina Kallas, junior, affirms that the dress code is more specifically targeted towards girls than boys. “When I go to school, I’m not really sure what I can wear. Some aspects of the dress code are very unclear, and I feel like there’s more focus on what girls are wearing,” Kallas said. Additionally, this attitude reinforces the negative idea that girls need to change their attire because boys can’t control themselves. Some clothing is inappropriate for school, but the reason the clothing is inappropriate should not be because it is distracting to the opposite sex. It’s true that an academic setting bars students from wearing certain clothing, but why is it that an offending student is completely at fault for the offence? In reality, two people should be held accountable. The culture of discouraging girls from wearing what they want instead of teaching students, specifically boys, to ignore distractions, needs to stop.
This editorial is the consensus of the Devils’ Advocate editorial board.
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Cheers + + Cheers to not moving the graduation date for juniors. The buttons did it. + Cheers to the Autism Walk. Over $100,000 rasied! + Cheers to college t-shirt day. Good thing orange and blue look good on everyone. + Cheers to Maddie Roglich. Or should we say Mrs. Butler? April 6 opinions
Jeers - Jeers to Donald Sterling. Really? - Jeers to no bells until May 19. Who knew reading analog clocks would be this difficult. - Jeers to late promposals. The puns aren’t funny when it’s the day before the dance. - Jeers to AP tests. Nothing like paying $90 to be reminded of our inadaquecies.
Should Obama approve the Keystone Pipeline?
resident Obama should veto the Keystone XL pipeline because it would physically and symbolically approve of environmental catastrophe. The pipeline looks attractive to oil companies because it moves 830,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands per day (vox. com) to refineries in the Gulf, which islogistically difficult to do otherwise. So, building the pipeline would cause an explosion of profitability for the tar sand industry. Though great for these industries, the pipeline is a bad idea because tar sand is the dirtiest, least efficient way to harvest oil. Processing tar sands is such a desperate, dirty act. It releases three to five times more greenhouse gases than traditional oil (CERA). The extraction of these tar sands destroys overlying forests and requires huge amounts of water. Processing these tar sands would permanently pollute finite water sources. Human activity has already pushed the Earth past its tipping point. Enough is enough, and it’s time for Obama to draw that line. According to a 2013 Pew Research, 66 percent of Americans approve of vetoing the pipeline. It’s presumable that a veto would be politically destructive, but Obama is a unique position that allows him to veto: Obama won’t make a decision on Keystone until after the midterm elections. At that point, he will be a late second term president, thus insulated from the electorate, so it won’t hurt the party’s image if he did decide to veto. By then, elections will be over and the decision will have been out of the public eye long enough that it won’t be held against any Democrats. You can talk about profit, but it is cheaper to prevent environmental disasters than to try to clean them up afterward. We’re at a diverging path where one road leads to an environmental and cultural turning point and the other leads toward further environmental destruction. What President Obama needs to do is take the right turn toward sustainability.
he Keystone Pipeline is a proposed oil pipeline that would carry tar sands from Canada all the way to Texas. Though this would be a massive undertaking that would lessen North America’s dependence on energy from foreign nations, it has met constant protest and has been continually delayed by the Obama Administration. Opponents argue that the pipeline would hurt the environment by encouraging the development of oil sands in Canada. The mining and the large amounts of water needed coupled with the release of air pollutants will no doubt harm the environment; however, The State Department concluded that the project is “unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States.” Moreover, the environmental costs resulting from this pipeline don’t compare to the pipeline’s benefits. Essentially, this pipeline allows the United States to refine the tar sand oil within the United States. This will increase economic cooperation between Canada and the United States and allow more flexibility in helping our allies with their energy needs, thus halting the hike in energy prices and possibly even lowering costs for Americans. With increasing turmoil and problems with major exporters of energy, it makes sense to approve this pipeline as soon as possible, as it would decrease our dependence on foreign fuel and deter Russia and the Middle East from using our massive energy needs as leverage. The Keystone Pipeline Project is a polarizing issue within the United States. Our government has continually delayed the final phrase of this project, and it is hurting our economy and making our energy problem worse. Although there will be some environmental problems, it doesn’t outweigh the clear benefits. The government must approve this final part of the pipeline as soon as possible.
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s someone who holds the English language in high esteem, I never thought I’d cave in, but I’m sad to say that I have. I have given into slang. Even though I promised myself that I would never give in to the urge to stay modern with slang, I caved. Yes, that means “the dirts” no longer refers to what’s on the ground outside, “tight” is no longer synonymous with “constricting,” and “dank” is no longer reserved exclusively for describing attics. Believe me, the language prescriptivist in me is both disappointed and outraged, screaming “YOU HAVE RUINED ALL THAT IS PURE AND HOLY ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE YOU SPEAK,” every time I call someone “sick” even though he or she isn’t running a fever. To be fair to myself, though, I didn’t arrive here willingly. At first, my acquaintance with slang was out of sheer irony; I did it for comedic purposes only, casually dropping a “yeah, bruh,” here and there. But doing things to be ironic is
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a dangerous thing—when you start off liking something or doing something solely for the reason of being ironic, that thing eventually becomes a part of you. That’s how I came to like maybe a fourth of the things I do. Why do you think I like One Direction and Crocs and wearing leggings as pants? I fell into it. I didn’t choose it; it chose me. Doing things for laughs is a slippery slope, I’ll tell you. Is it one I regret going down? You know, I don’t think so, particularly when it comes to my new vocabulary. There’s something charming about slang: it’s regional, it’s exclusive. It’s the intangible, verbal equivalent to walking into that place where everyone knows your name. And I find comfort in that. It’s nice to know that, in the future, no matter how far off I venture to places where nobody understands my vocabulary—where you’re not “hot” you’re “foine,” or where “I see you,” replaces “I feel ya,” or “rachet” replaces “janky”— I can come home and dank will be dank and dope will be dope, no questions asked.
The brocial chairmen
Wes Berger and Jack Duggan prepare big plans for next year By Rafia Ali and Mark Schmidt
Wes Berger poses with co-Social Chairman Jack Duggan. Their campaign promised to push the envelope next year.
he competition for Social Chair took Central—and Facebook—by storm, through videos and social media, but juniors Weston Berger and Jack Duggan came out on top to replace the current singular senior Social Chair Blake Stephens. Berger credits their victory to their different personalities that complement each other, making them a good fit for this position. “Duggan and I just fit well with the position,” Berger said. “We’ve been planning this out for the last year and a half. Our personalities are different but kind of the same in a lot of ways, and it ends up that we work well together.” Duggan jokingly disagrees. “We’re just more attractive, more athletic. We know more jocks,” Duggan said. Next year will be very different as the Social Chair returns to its traditional two-person role. In terms of dynamics between the two social chairs, Berger explains that their different types of humor will play off each other. “I’m more of the louder, obnoxious one, and Duggan’s more of the humorous one.” Berger said. “Duggan’s able to feed off whatever I do, and make it much funnier. For the 2015 school year, Duggan and Berger have high
expectations to be as over-the-top as possible. “Next year we want to make it kind of obscene, as rowdy as possible.” Berger said. “We’re trying to go for some ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ madness.” Duggan said. “We want to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable,” Berger said. “I mean, look at comedians, they’re definitely toeing the line at all times.” “But we’re not comedians, so don’t get your hopes up.” Duggan said. Berger, notorious for his red speedo in Central’s student section at recent basketball games, and Duggan, are looking to get more students involved with the student section, especially after this year’s explosive turn out for games. Central also got the chance to see the pair’s talent and comedy on social media, especially Facebook. Duggan and Berger are looking to continue the popular video trend, following in the footsteps of Stephens. Whether it’s an obscene campaign video or baring it all at basketball games, Berger and Duggan are shaking things up at Central. Duggan said, “We’re taking Central to the stratosphere.”
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Faces in the crowd Students face an apathetic environment towards different sexualities
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he ran down the hallway screaming. Ta’Tyana Brown, junior, is well known for never spending a passing period quietly. Yet on Friday, April 11, Brown spent the day with two strips of duct tape plastered over her mouth, ate her lunch without a word, and went to class without so much as a whisper. Her uncharacteristic decision to remain mute was part of something bigger: a project called the Day of Silence, commemorated by members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) community around the country. “People were criticizing me and my friends and I needed an outlet,” Brown said. “So I screamed.” Brown and other students and teachers participating in the day of action remain silent to symbolize the stifling of LGBTQI students due to harassment and bullying. The fact that only a handful of people at Central recognized the Day of Silence is representative of a peculiar trend within the school’s community. A diverse population of almost 3,000 students has remained indifferent to the frenzy over gay rights sweeping the nation. Some do point to Hinsdale’s “traditional” values as the
“I was tired of lying about myself and always being scared the truth would slip out before I was ready.” It helps in situations like Mooney’s to have strong support from family and friends. Protection from an inner circle of loved ones is vital because even though popular sentiment from the media emphasizes tolerance, LGBTQI students still encounter hostility. “When I first came out, I got a lot of criticism from everyone. People thought I was faking and others thought I was naive,” said Caitlin Vera, freshman. “I’ve gotten hurtful reactions from strangers, but those matter less,” Mooney said. “I’m still often scared to be who I am. But knowing I will always have certain people who are okay with me helps. To help ease students into being an open member of the LGBTQI community and cushion the blow of harsh interactions, S.A.F.E. networks with the social work department. S.A.F.E. partners with outside schools like Lyons Township and even larger state organizations, but student participation is still weaker than one could expect. Statistics about students who identify as part of the LGBTQI don’t match up with the club’s attendance. “People are still ashamed to be a part of the GSA,” Mooney
“I’m still often scared to be who I am” - Melissa Mooney, junior
reason for some students’ hesitance to be affiliated with the gay community and the assumptions that come with it. Because a variety of faiths and beliefs converge at Central, it comes as no surprise, though, that some students may act based on conflicts they have with vocal members of the LGBTQI community. “I think that we definitely have some disrespect going on,” said Iman Ajaz, senior. “I know many students have conflicting religious and moral views towards gays or lesbians.” For the most part, though, there aren’t any strained tensions or outright disagreements between the straight and gay populations. Central is acknowledged by the members of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) as a relatively safe environment to come out in. However, safe doesn’t necessarily mean supportive. LGBTQI students are tolerated, but in no way celebrated. “On one side of that coin the students tend to be more accepting, but on the other side they aren’t doing anything to improve themselves and others’ hostility towards LGBTQI,” said senior Grant Dunderman, former president of S.A.F.E. (Student Alliance For Everyone). For many, though, Central did provide a safe environment in which to come out with little fanfare. The need to come to terms with themselves drives students to be frank and open about their sexuality. “I came out when I was 15 to my parents, and then more publicly when I was 16, during the spring of my sophomore year,” said Melissa Mooney, junior, about her experience coming out.
said. “Insulting people by calling them “gay” or “faggot” or something like that goes around all the time. No one ever tries to stop it. Most teachers just sit with it, or even laugh along.” According to a 2013 Gallup poll, up to 5 percent of the country identifies as members of the LGBTQI population. Ideally, this means about 140 students would be involved in S.A.F.E. But attendance of the club has dwindled over the years. “About 8-10 people regularly attend our meetings,” said Mike McMahon, social worker and advisor of S.A.F.E. “I think we have an environment here where students are not really comfortable with revealing their sexuality.” The student body tends to overlook sexuality, creating a “don’t ask, don’t tell” mentality. The resulting indifference towards the LGBTQI communitycan actually become offensive when students commit seemingly innocent microagressions. “The amount of times I hear the word faggot, gay, or homo has made me think that people at Central wouldn’t be very warm to a person coming out,” said Audrey Pound, junior. Alanna Wong, junior, added, “I’ve never noticed anyone disrespecting anyone from the LGBTQI community...because I don’t personally know anyone at our school who is gay.” Students like Pound joined S.A.F.E. in their effort to speak out with silence. But on the whole, students don’t make a big deal out of their peers coming out - either positively or negatively. It’s almost as if LGBTQI students are simply faces in the crowd just part of the way things are.
News Feed Senior swap
Business idea takes senior class by storm
By Cole Meyer and Riyah Basha
College-bound seniors encounter many dilemmas when packing up the remnants of their high school lives. This year, a group of seniors tackled an annual dilemma: apparel. After committing to college, old non-choice college merchandise is out of place in many seniors’ preparation for a brand new chapter of their life. Seniors Brian LaManna, Quinn Kuhlman, Cole Meyer, and Morgan Fitzgerald noticed the problem of outmoded clothing when their peers began to commit to schools. And thus, the Senior Swap was born. “What am I supposed to do with all the other college gear I have at my house? Let it sit?” Kuhlman said. The idea is relatively simple. From April 23-25, the Senior Swap team collected gear from senior students. In return, the students were given “credits” to get new gear. Then, on Monday, April 28, pictures of the apparel were posted on the Senior Swap Facebook page, and the exchange began.
“I’m amazed by the positive response...people got great stuff to wear for the May 1 college [t-shirt] day,” LaManna said. By the time of the Swap’s opening, the Facebook page boasted over 350 collected items. Participating students whose schools weren’t represented can use their credits in a raffle for tickets to a Blackhawks game, among other prizes, while unclaimed clothing will be donated to Gwendolyn Middle School in Oak Park. Operating on a “first come, first serve” basis, the Swap will run for a week, after which the first commenters on a picture will receive their new apparel. The exchange’s intelligent and practical format can serve as a blueprint for future classes. “I think the senior swap was a really cool idea,” said Samantha McClary, junior. “I definitely want to steal everyone’s stuff next year.”
She shoots, she scores? Senior gains attention for viral prom ask video
By Izi Anastassoff From FBI searches to Easter Egg hunts, each year boys step up their game and outdo each other’s promposals. However, this year the tables have turned. Maddie Roglich, senior, has asked Jimmy Butler, the Bulls’ sensational small forward, to prom. After deciding to invite her favorite basketball player, Roglich started planning her promposal. First, she went to a game with a sign asking Butler to prom. However, because she was in the 200’s section, he couldn’t see it. That didn’t stop her, though, and she started working on a YouTube video. The same day she posted the video, she and a few friends went to another game with a prom sign. “I could’ve sworn he made eye contact with the sign. I didn’t know if he read it or if her was just looking, though,” Roglich said. That night, the video went viral. Friends, family, and Central
students shared the video on Facebook and tweeted the video at Butler and his brother. A few days later, Butler’s brother tweeted senior Jenna Broz, one of Roglich’s friends, back, asking for the date of Central’s prom and more details. After sending him the information, Butler’s brother said that he could not confirm anything until the playoff schedule came out. On April 10, junior Margaret Kaufman’s parents attended a Bulls’ charity dinner, where they took pictures with Butler. “Margaret sent me the picture and said they put in a good word for me, and then, apparently, Mr. Kaufman showed the video to the owner of the Bulls and their marketing team,” Roglich said. With the Bulls’ owner, the marketing team, and Butler’s brother in the know, it seems quite possible that seniors will be seeing Butler at prom if the playoff schedule works with the date. “I can’t believe it,” Roglich said. “I still can’t wrap my head around all of this.”
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Solar panel installation saves district money
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district’s budget. “The district will start saving money on their electric bill immediately. Our savings will be about $2,000 on our electric bill over the course of a year,” Fernandez said. Along with saving money and energy, Fernandez predicts that the installation of solar panels will bring about a change in the community. “It gets people to start thinking. When you have a more eye-catching example of being green, it challenges students—challenges the community— to think about what they can do as individuals. The possibilities are endless. It has to start somewhere, and I think District 86 is a great place to start. If we can just get people to start thinking about it, we’ve succeeded.”
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Central will take its commitment to going green one step further with the installation of solar panels this summer. Mrs. Lisa Fernandez, science department head, spearheaded this project along with students who attended the Toshiba Youth Conference in Thailand during the summer of 2012. “The students who went said that they wanted to do something on a larger scale. They paired up with the Ecology Club and decided that they wanted to bring solar panels [to Central],” Fernandez said. The project cost around $100,000, and was obtained through fundraisers, grants, and individual donations. Because no district funds were used, the project will have an immediate impact on the
Here comes the sun
Maddie Roglich shares a smooch with her dream prom date. Her video has received almost 5000 views.
Domo arigato HC roboto Central’s Robotics Club set to take Worlds By Kevin Gaffney and Faith Michal
Central Robotics Club takes on other robotics clubs at a competition.
fter attending a robotics club meeting with a friend at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), junior Jordyn Imaña began what is now the Hinsdale Central Robotics team. Over the summer, she researched possible partners, and by the time the school year started, she secured partnerships with Castle Metals, Bronson & Bratton, JobGiraffe, and by late December, Comtec as well. In addition to this, NASA gave them $6,000 to start up their team. Aside from partnerships, the team also needed a teacher sponsor. Imaña found secured the former sponsor of Central’s Computer Club, Mr. Steve Wilson. “Mr. Wilson was a tremendous help in the early stages for the club and took on the role as our coach,” said Imad Kholker, junior. “We were able collaborate with one another to create the final product by devising a plan for exactly how the robot will function.” The group, consisting of eight freshmen, seven sophomores, 17 juniors, and three seniors, began their robot in early January, when the FIRST Robotics Competition challenge is released. This year’s challenge is called Aerial Assist, and involves robots that can play a ball game together. “There are two alliances, one red, one blue, each with three teams. These teams try to score a ball into either a low goal, which is worth one point, or a high goal, which is worth 10 points,” said Ben Thayer, junior, “Bonus points could be earned by ‘assisting’ teammates, as well as throwing the ball over a truss suspended above the playing field.”
“This point system really encourages teamwork,” Wilson said, “It rewards you for interacting with other teams and finding out what can your robot can do and how we can make our robots work together. Scoring a goal may be one point but doing it with 3 assists on the way to getting there may be 31 points, so it can really make a huge difference.” Teamwork and dedication helped the team to earn the “Rookie All-Star Award,” which qualifies them to advance to the world championship. According to Thayer, it’s rare for a first year robotics team to make it to the world championship. “Most rookie teams are not able to get a robot to compete, but we were able to make all of the qualification matches, which is especially amazing because we did not have any committed mentors to guide us,” he said. As the team gets closer to the world championship date, hopes remain high and reflection begins. “This experience may well be life-changing for some in the sense that it may influence the career they choose,” Wilson said, “Participation in the First Robotics Competition unlocks over $19 million worth of scholarships, about 60 percent of which are for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related majors. It can also open a lot of doors, like meeting professionals and corporate leaders of today. It is a huge opportunity to make connections and network.” Kholker added, “This experience has allowed me to develop a completely new understanding of this entity and has been one of the most memorable moments of my high school experience.”
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n June 15, 2013, 16-year-old Texas teen Ethan Couch guzzled down enough beer to shoot his blood alcohol content up to .24, three times higher than the legal limit, before taking his father’s pickup truck without permission to go out with six friends on a joy ride that resulted in a crash so destructive it severely injured three passengers who were hurled from the car, left another unable to move or talk because of brain injury, and killed four pedestrians. Couch’s actions could have landed him with 20 years in jail, but he didn’t receive a single day of incarceration. Instead, the judge let him off with 10 years of probation after his attorneys claimed that Couch suffers from “affluenza,” primarily accredited to his family’s wealth, and is in need of treatment. Because Hinsdale is notoriously an affluent community, outsiders often accuse Central students of suffering from “affluenza,” ignorant to everything but the cushy world around them. Though Central students may think of this diagnosis as nothing more than a snap judgment made by uninformed
people, the outsiders may be right with their convictions. “Affluenza” applies to individuals “who have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, and make excuses for poor behavior because parents have not set proper boundaries,” according to CNN. Steven Chun, junior, said that he’s heard about students acting irresponsibly and receiving little to no punishment for it. “I hear more about kids doing really stupid things and not even getting caught or disciplined whether it be by the law or their parents.” Ariadne Abrsuci, senior, agrees, adding that she believes Central kids feel a sense of entitlement when it comes to their actions, feeling that they expect their parents to bail them out of their sticky situations. “Kids (at Central) think that they can do anything they please,” Abrusci said. “Kids talk about how their parents facilitate their reckless actions. It’s only a matter of time before someone does something extremely stupid and expects Mommy and Daddy to fix it with their wallets.” Jeff Yoo, senior, feels that knowing that parents can
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bail kids out of a situation keeps students from thinking twice about their actions. “I think because we do have the safety net of our parents, we do tend to be a little bit more reckless,” Yoo said. Though Chun believes irresponsibility is universal among all teens regardless of wealth, he believes wealth can particularly be conducive to bad behavior. “Wealth provides the means to be excessively irresponsible in terms of having more money to spend on booze, drugs, and more property to destroy,” Chun said. “Also, when kids have their trust funds set up for them, they don’t feel the need to be responsible with their privilege,” Chun said. Junior Alessia Di Nunno also testified to this idea of students acting irresponsibly saying, “I heard about this guy who got away with a DWI,” Di Nunno said. “And I know of someone who goes off-roading in private property. He got ticketed but continued to do it anyway. He just pays off the tickets.” Yoo says that wealth doesn’t only excuse kids from acting recklessly, but also excuses them from certain responsibilities,
and can even get them ahead in life. “It may be the person who has doctors for parents, who has the ability to be excused from gym because his parents have given him a ‘medical excuse,’” Yoo said. “Or it could be the person who is able to get a really good internship because of his dad’s work, but it’s the little things like these that can help encourage the ‘affluenza’ labels upon our students.” This sense of entitlement outrages some like Di Nunno. “I think it’s ridiculous that people think that money or position excuses them from basic laws, rules, or social standards,” Di Nunno said. “Being rich doesn’t mean you can break the law, ignore rules, or act differently to people you might look down on,” Di Nunno said. Affluenza may not plague all of Central; however Chun thinks that the wealth of the community blinds some students from seeing the implications of their choices and actions. “We live in kind of a bubble; when you’re surrounded by wealth and privilege, you are isolated from the real world to a degree,” Chun said.
*Sadler will attend the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Seniors Georgie Sadler*, Spencer Wawak, Yianni Kinnas, Jack Cherry, and Laura Nelson sit in the dressing room wearing their future college t-shirts. All five of them aspire to have a career in the arts.
Seniors will pursue acting majors in college despite the challenges they will face By Libby Morris and Caitlin Reedy
t’s the week of Feb. 3, and thousands of prospective theatre majors gather at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. They are about to embark on a taxing college audition process that will impact the rest of their lives. This process is called the National Unified Auditions, which an event for high school seniors who want to pursue a BFA in acting. Georgie Sadler, senior, finds herself among the crowd of high schoolers, waiting for her time to shine. Sadler has been practicing for months on end for this one five-minute audition that will change the course of her college search. Sadler is one of the few Central seniors who plan on going to college to study and major in theatre and performance. These seniors have unmatched passions for theatre, and are willing to take on all the risks and challenges that come along with pursuing a theatre degree. “Honestly, I can’t imagine doing anything else or studying anything else.
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It’s the thing that makes me the most happy,” said Addy Stafford, senior, who also plans to major in theatre next year. However, Stafford and other theatre hopefuls aren’t wrong in their slight apprehensions about majoring in theatre. A 2013 study done by Georgetown University places those with a graduate degree in the arts earning the secondlowest earnings in 2010-2011, beating out only college graduates trained in recreation. Specific majors in Drama, Theatre Arts, and Visual Performing Arts have some of the highest rates of unemployment, at 7.9 and 9.3 percent. The nation’s most prominent theatre schools have extremely high tuition, such as New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, which has an estimated expense of $76,861 per year including room and board. Georgetown also reported that recent college graduates who have a degree in the arts make an average of $30,000 per year. These facts confirm that majoring
in theatre doesn’t guarantee college graduates and degree holders a job or a constant source of income. “I’m going to be taking on a big college debt. I’m at a high risk of not being paid very much money, but it’s a risk that I think all actors and performers are willing to take,” said senior Spencer Wawak, who will be majoring in drama theatre at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. “Going into this business, you have to love it more than you love money, and I do. I’m passionate about it.” These students knew that going into theatre would cause certain issues to arise. Parents worry about the practicality of a theatre major. While all parents encourage their kids to pursue their dreams, many are apprehensive about what the future will hope for a theatre major. “My parents at first were a little bit apprehensive about it. Obviously, what’s a theatre major really going to do in
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hindsight?” Sadler said. “I think they’ve grown more to the idea—especially with the school’s I’ve gotten into, showing that I have improved and have gotten
“Honestly, I can’t imagine doing anything else or studying anything else. It’s the thing that makes me the most happy.” -Addy Stafford somewhere and show potential.” Dan Cassin, now a sophomore at the Tisch School of the Arts and 2012 Central graduate, believes that being apprehensive about the future is almost a given for arts students. “I think to a degree all students who
attend college for the arts have to be a bit apprehensive. If you aren’t, you aren’t fully in touch with reality,” Cassin said. That’s why students like Stafford plans to double major, a common route for many students going into theatre. Stafford plans to double major in theatre and some type of communications or business. And although Stafford plans to double major just in case theatre doesn’t work out, she isn’t apprehensive at all. “I love it enough to not care how much money I make,” Stafford said. Students who decide to major in theatre learn all there is to know about drama. Sadler added that sometimes theatre majors are almost like fellow English students. “You’re studying scripts and plays. You’re studying stories. There is some learning involved,” Sadler said. But a theatre major doesn’t just teach acting. Drama teaches those who study it many valuable life skills that can be
applied to areas other than theatre. “It teaches you about acting and working with a group and speaking in front of an audiences and presentations. I think that if I never end up being a performer, a degree in theatre will help me do other things,” Sadler said. Despite the fact that some students believe theatre isn’t a “real” major, those who plan on majoring in theatre, such as Sadler, Stafford, and Wawak, know that theatre is the right place for them. They not only learn more of what they’re passionate about, but they also form relationships with other students and professors that are invaluable. “The number one reason why I’m going into theatre is for the people. Those are the kind of people I want to be around,” Wawak said. “Without [them], I could make as much money as I want, but I wouldn’t be happy.”
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@FoodReviews: Smoothie edition By Honor Crandell, Nina Molina, and Mariam Ardehali
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A light-hearted, casual gathering place for hungry teenagers, Red Mango is buzzing with customers at just about any hour of the day. Drawn in by the multitude of different yogurts and toppings, the vast selection of smoothies often goes unnoticed by customers. After squeezing myself in among the huge throng of people, I ordered the smoothie with the best name, Super Berry Flower Power, and was not disappointed with my selection. Extremely sweet, the petal pink concoction has a creamy consistency and texture, at harmony with the fresh taste of the strawberries. The recipe stated that the smoothie contained “tropical fruits,” hibiscus, strawberries, and yogurt. I must admit that I spent some time wondering how they incorporated a hibiscus into my beverage. Unfortunately, I didn’t encounter any flower petals in my smoothie, but despite that short coming, I think I’ll be sipping a Super Berry Flower Power smoothie the next time I’m in Red Mango.
After-school cravings or the humid mid-afternoon walk home got you down? Hinsdale Fruit Store’s smoothies may be the remedy. Snuggled between familyrun shops in downtown Hinsdale lays the short white building. Here, various smoothie options are served for any thirsty customer including Berry Nice, Strawberry Passion, Mango Madness and Summer Paradise. After one sip of Berry Nice, the seeds and skin of freshly blended fruits, including raspberries, strawberries, grapes, pineapple and bananas, are palpable and delicious, instantly cooling for eager taste buds. Servers are welcoming and ready for a conversation about the fresh fruits than come blended in the concoction. Finally escaping winter’s clutches, it may be about time to get a hold on one of these scrumptious delights.
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For the picture-perfect smoothie experience, Jamba Juice is the ideal place to go. The interior of the shop is modern and sleek, following a general bright color scheme. All smoothies are made from fresh fruits and are prepared in front of the customers. Nutrition facts and menu options are simple to understand and navigate, and the staff is helpful and friendly. The Caribbean Passion smoothie was the perfect twist of a sweet and tangy flavor, and the smoothie was well blended to a perfect consistency. It will surely transport anyone to the beach on a tropical island. Jamba Juice is clearly popular for a reason, and will have plenty of business for years to come.
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With the departure of drama teachers Mrs. Hicks and Ms. Gecker, Central lacks a department head for next year. By Maddy Bellman and Zena Ibrahim
t is just another after-school rehearsal in room 216, and Ms. Sonia Gecker has the cast of the spring play, “Rimers of Eldritch,” huddled in a circle with a solemn feeling in the air. Gecker takes a deep breath and tells the 17 of them news that will circulate throughout the drama club before the night ends. Toni Adeyemi, junior, wipes tears from her eyes as she hears the news. Gecker is leaving Central. It is widely known that Mrs. Christine Hicks, the backbones of the drama program, is retiring at the end of this year. Next year, the direction of the drama club and some shows was supposed to fall to Gecker, a Central teacher of two years and a director for ten. Now that she is leaving as well, it’s up to the collective team of directors and teachers to help mold the new face of the drama program. “Mr. Woods is taking over the September play in the fall as of now—he is going through scripts right now. Mrs. Jaffe will be taking over the spring play. At this time, we are unsure about who is taking over the rest, but we have plenty of time to find the right person for each
production,” said Mrs. Sally Phillip, Director of Student Activities. “We will have a number of new hires, hopefully some will be interested. We have people who are interested in the building and will be looking outside the building as well, if necessary.” Though Hicks is retiring, she states that she also is playing a role in the decision-making process for next years and acknowledges the extreme care everyone is taking to help the program continue its success. “Nobody is about to say, ‘Oh well. Good luck with that. Maybe things will work out.’ People know how much that lives are changed by being in plays and seeing plays, because theatre is just really, really important,” Hicks said. “We are all very, very involved in coming up with plans and alternatives so that we go on with a sense of pride.” Mr. David Lange, English Department Chair, explained how the school will try to compensate for the loss of the Mrs. Hicks and Ms. Gecker. “We have some great teachers in the department and across the school who are looking forward to taking on bigger
roles next year. The English department will also be looking to hire excellent English teachers who also have a love for drama and experience in working with students in plays and musicals,” Lange said. The kids who will be incredibly important to the drama program next year are the actors and crew members that have been involved in productions in past years. “The kids’ support of the new [teacher] and trusting that all of us are here for the same reason...can make all the difference in the transition next year,” Hicks said. Not only will the students facilitate the dramatic change of directors, but they will also pass along something important and meaningful to those who didn’t have the chance to work with either Gecker or Hicks. “It will be important for the upperclassmen to teach the [younger students] what we have learned from Ms. Gecker and Mrs. Hicks because they won’t be there to do it first-hand, but they leave their lessons through us as their legacy to Central,” Adeyemi said.
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Game of the Month
Girl’s soccer prepares for rivalry game vs. Lyons Township “Our team has already become very close, so you can see that chemistry on the field,” said Cathryn Quinlivan, sophomore team member. “We play for each other, and I think this really contributes to our success.” The Central vs. LT rivalry dates back deep into the schools’ histories, and the buildup to Maya Husayni, senior, practices for the rivalry game against Lyons Township May 8. the game only The senior boys intramural team, Big Green, offers them some competition. increases each The girls’ varsity soccer team year. The team anxiously awaits and prepares for the utilizes the energy surrounding the hype around their crucial matchup game as another incentive to win. versus Lyons Township on May 8. “The LT vs. Central game is always The girls’ squad has displayed trehuge,” said Lily Chetosky, senior team mendous success thus far this season, member. “It’s so hyped and energetic; and notices their team chemistry equat- it makes everyone excited. It’s ing to accomplishments on the field. awesome that the game is always later
in the season, because the team talks about it constantly during practices. It gives us motivation.” Despite the building anticipation before the game, the team understands how difficult the game will be, and the success that Lyons has had as well. “LT does have a good team,” Chetosky said. “They have great athletes and a lot of school spirit that drives their team.” That school spirit may just be the deciding factor in the game. With evenly matched teams and a rivalry at hand, the atmosphere of the game could determine the outcome. “(LT’s) fan group ‘The Hooligans’ are always there to try to outnumber our fans,” Chetosky said. “But, they don’t scare any of my teammates.” Quinlivan added, “Many fans usually come to cheer, and they create a really fun atmosphere to play in.” In last year’s matchup, the Red Devils were victorious on two occasions. This year, they are practicing hard and seeking success for a third straight time “This year, we expect nothing less.” Chetosky said. “We are prepared for a great game and I am confident that our team will show up to play to win.”
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Boys’ varsity tennis Team looks to repeat state championship
to receive the fan turnouts produced by the “Code Red” campaign during the basketball season. With future D-1 players such as Joyce and senior Chase Hamilton, it’s a valid question. The team itself knows that although they are not always widely recognized by students, they are wellknown and respected in the high school tennis community. “We certainly get people’s attention when we show up at a tournament, I will tell you that,” Naisbitt said. “I don’t think they like seeing Hinsdale Central on their schedule, but every team that gets off the bus at Burns Field is bringing their ‘A’ game every single time, that’s for sure. We have a huge target on our back being the team that we are. People want to beat us,” Joyce said. Their success comes with plenty of smiles as well. For the players, practice certainly isn’t a burden. “My favorite part is the practices,” Ha said. “Its just a really enjoyable time where we kind of just have fun and play tennis. Its serious enough where tennis practice is intense, while at the same time, we can laugh and joke around with each other.” Overall, the team strives to be better with every practice so they can continue the long legacy of tennis at Central. “HC has a tradition of excellent tennis and this year is no exception,” Naisbitt said.
travelled down to Louisville and came back with the Deco Turf High School National Championship under their belt early in the season. They won 33 out of 36 matches against some of the highestranked teams in the country. Mr. John Naisbitt, history teacher, has been the dedicated head coach of the varsity team for the past five years. Naisbitt believes that the reason the team does so well can be credited to their natural talent. “They are year-long players who are committed to getting better,” Naisbitt said. Michael Ha, sophomore and team member, attributed their success to “some of the most talented players in the state. Along with that, (the) team had a great relationship with each other.” Whether Michael’s combination is the key or not, they’re certainly doing something right. The team also won the Benet/DGS invite by defeating three Lope Adelakun, junior, serves the ball in the boys’ varsity schools including New Trier. tennis match against OPRF. The boys have gone undefeated all season In regards to the team’s goals for the rest of the season, junior and The latest of Central’s exceptional sports team member Martin Joyce said, “Win teams this year, the boy’s varsity tennis state. Period.” Winning their third state team has already collected a handful of championship in a row is not a goal out of prestigious and sought-after trophies over reach, but rather one ripe for the taking by some incredibly tough competition. Central’s historic group of champions. A team with 23 players, one team Some may wonder why a team with manager, and two coaches, the boy’s back-to-back state titles and a fantastic varsity tennis team is a force to be reckoned with. Over spring break, the team chance of achieving the three-peat fails
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Yay Or Neigh The high cost of horseback riding By Molly Leahy and Jack Buczkowski
merging between a subdivision and golf club in Countryside, the dirt road seemed out of place among the rows of suburban housing, lanes of traffic, and downtown setting. The dirt road turns bumpy and dusty as the surroundings become quieter, until Double J Riding Club appears, tucked away in an open field, with white fences and grazing horses. Mackie Stevens, sophomore, spends her afternoons and weekends here, getting away from her hectic schedule to be where she loves. Leading the way through the barn, she stops at the first stall, which houses a horse she leases, Narnia. Her face lights up. The smell of fresh hay and dirt hangs in the air inside the dark and wooden barn as she leads Narnia to gallop around the outdoor dirt arena. The heads of other horses peek out of their stalls. Stevens is just one of many Central students who are equestrians and who spend more time among the musty stalls with their beloved horses than in their own home. “It’s a unique sport and definitely one that comes with a whole world of its own,” said Stephanie Harris, junior. “There is an entire riding community that is cool to be a part of.” Through traveling, competing, and caring for their horses, riders and trainers becomes like a family. This community also extends beyond the friends and trainers at the barn, as many horseback riders compete in different shows and divisions. “You get to know the girls that you show against if you show on a regular basis,” said Shelby Long, junior. “There is definitely a celebrity aspect to some riders in areas either South on the east coast who are home schooled and showing all year round.” However, the competitions, horse care, and trainers come at a high cost. Equestrians spend up to $20,000 per year to keep up with the lessons, shows, horse care,
equipment, and boarding. The cost is what turns most people away from the sport, and what makes champions. “If you don’t have the money to compete, you don’t have the money to win,” said Sara Watkiss, junior. Harris agrees, noting that money can hold many equestrians back in lower divisions because they show less. “If I had
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unlimited money, I would definitely be showing more frequently and probably be doing better in my division in our state rankings,” Harris said. Despite this setback, students agree that many girls from Hinsdale are fortunate enough to continue in this sport. “I’m lucky to have my parents who support me,” said Katie Diggs, senior. More important than all the money, travel, and showing, however, is the love and connection equestrians have with their horse. Not only do horseback riders spend multiple hours training with their horse, but also numerous extra hours to care for them, including brushing, medical care, and horseshoe maintenance. For
those who love their horse, however, that part of the job is easy. “She’s my girl, and I can’t see myself riding anyone else,” Harris said about her horse of over two years, Romy. “I know her like the back of my hand, and we’re both pretty used to each other’s quirks and skill sets.” When Steven’s horse, Frank, got sick earlier this year, she visited him every day until he was put down. To her, losing Frank was a lot like losing a friend. “It was the saddest day of my life,” Stevens said. “He knew me better than anyone else.” Steven’s love for not just Frank but all horses is evident with her new horse, Narnia. When Narnia got a little
:"1'7*;"$16*$10,850 frisky outside the barn, only Stevens could calm her down with the sound of her voice, showing how strong their connection is. “You could say that the bond between a horse and a rider is the strongest bond in the world,” Stevens said.
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All photos by Margot Wagner
1) The trainerâ€™s office is open to all athletes from 2 pm to the end of the day, which can be as late as 6 or 7 pm. 2) Trainer Jess Gruca wraps the leg of a track athlete during a meet. They are also in charge of helping athletes from other schools. 3) Often, the trainers must help athletes deal with more immediate injruies, like scrapes, blisters, and gashes. 4) An athlete getting stretched out after practice by trainer Jimmy Bedolla. Trainers can advise athletes on how to avoid injury and recover. 5) Athletes who are injured will often do alternate workouts in the training room rather than practice with the team. Here, a trainer unwarps an agility ladder. 6) Trainers also advice athletes on nutrition and hydration. 7) Morgan Serwat goes into the training room to do personal recovery, like stretching, icing, or getting rolled out. 8) Trainer Mark Sweeney wraps the ankle of an injured gymnast.