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“Technology should be used as an additional way to communicate, as something supplementary. It should never replace face-to-face interactions,” says Winnetka resident Mary Kay Burke.

photography by joel lerner ■ by bill mclean Kevin Marsh, a dean at Deerfield High School, was conversing in a hallway with a guidance counselor and a student when

the student looked down at his smartphone. The student started texting. “You’re kidding me!” Marsh barked. “What are you doing?” “I’m texting my mom,” the teen replied. “Flip your phone over,” Marsh said. “Now.

We’re talking.” In a New York Times article, “Step away Marsh, also the school’s longtime var- from the phone!” Caroline Tell described sity baseball coach, shook his head as he the rules: “Everyone places their phones recounted the scene. He was half-miffed, in the middle of the table; whoever looks at half-resigned. Kids these days — even the their device before the check arrives picks up the tab.” graceful ones — are primarily all thumbs. As communicators. Lake Forest resident John Hubbard Texting is the preferred way to share. makes his three children — Lake Forest Engaging, meaningful discourse is so High School senior Allie; LFHS junior Jack; five years ago. seventh-grader Katie — turn their phones Maybe longer than that. off at the dinner table. “I remember, as a kid, sitting in a cafeteria “For 45 minutes to an hour, I try to promote at school with seven other guys,” Marsh said. conversation,” John Hubbard said. “If the “We talked. Eight guys had info after a while. answers I get to my questions are too short, “Now,” he added, “one guy types info on the two questions I usually can rely on are, a phone or a laptop, and 100 [Twitter] fol- ‘What was the highlight of your day?’ and, lowers read it.” ‘What was the lowlight of your day?’ Those A recent study by Sophos, a developer and get them going. “Sometimes,” he added, “my kids turn to vendor of security software and hardware, conducted a survey and found we carry 2.9 me and ask about my day’s highlight and gadgets on average. lowlight.” Scarlett Madison — in a piece, “Are we It is a rare day when Victoria Falk does carrying to many devices?” on — not Facebook (yes, it is also a verb). The put that number in perspective. Lake Forest High School senior uses it to “We have more gadgets on us at any one keep in touch with friends from out of state. time than most of us have arms,” she wrote. A West Point hopeful, she “friended” memPractically everybody with a heartbeat bers of West Point’s women’s tennis team. owns a smartphone. A laptop is the second “They’ve been helping me through the most popular gadget, followed by a tablet. admissions process,” said Falk, a member But there’s good news for those along the of two state championship tennis teams at North Shore who are worried the art of con- LFHS. “It’s pretty involved. It’s tough. “Social media … it can be a good thing,” versation will be reduced to a cold symphony she added. of beeps, boops and clicks: A bad thing is when two people are in a Tech-abatement plans exist. Folks play the “phone stack” game at technology >> page 19 restaurants. Ravinia North Shore 1-3 Heating ad_Layout 1 12/30/13 12:38 PM Page 1



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marching band, and he supplements that with private lessons with a Chicago Symphony Orchestra saxophonist. He recently tried his hand at conducting and arranging music for the school’s fall musical production, STUNTS, which is student-produced. It was his first experience arranging and conducting music. “It’s incredibly complicated,” explained Whitworth, who learned from watching videos online. “It was a really unique experience, and it gave me a lot of skills that not only apply to music, but life in general.” “He is a very positive role model for many musicians at the high school,” said fellow classmate and musician Natalie Sereda. Outside of school, Whitworth collaborates with friends in a classical saxophone quartet and recently formed a jazz combo, which shows his appreciation for a diverse repertoire. Jazz, particularly, allowed him to look at the saxophone in a new way, and he describes it as learning to play the instrument all over again. “I think it’s crucial to express yourself, and music is just a great way to do that,” he says. “It can be therapeutic in a way, and there’s so many aspects of music that can be applied to other areas of your life as well.” ■

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Northwestern University trustee Neil Bluhm and the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation made a $25 million gift to Northwestern. About $15 million will support Northwestern University School of Law — its biggest gift ever — and provide additional funding for other areas of the university, including Northwestern Medicine, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Bienen School of Music and the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. “I am extremely pleased to support Northwestern University and the law school with this commitment,” said Bluhm, a 1962 graduate. “I am inspired by the vision of Dean Daniel Rodriguez and his goals for the law school’s mission and future.”

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Kenilworth The Village negotiated a new agreement with Republic Services to provide refuse services to the Village, which became effective Jan. 1. For most residents, the only change is recycling will be picked up weekly instead of every two weeks. Additionally, recycling costs will decrease by $10 a month for weekly backdoor service.

Preview Kenilworth The Kenilworth Park District will offer a basketball program this season for first through third-grade children. The program will run from Jan. 11 through March 22. The program is open to both boys and girls. Applications Applications received in January will be subject to a late fee of $25.

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Wilmette The village, in partnership with Elgin Recycling and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, will be accepting holiday lights for recycling through Friday, Jan. 31. Holiday lights can be dropped off at the Wilmette Public Works Facility, located at 711 Laramie Ave. The recycling boxes will be located in the visitor›s parking lot, accessible 24 hours a day. Garland, live greens, and wreaths are not accepted with this program. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 847-853-7500 or ■

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16 | lifestyle & arts sunday breakfast ■ by david sweet More than 30 years ago, recently graduated from Northwestern University, Charlie Potter began a migration. He started at the end of the road below the Arctic Circle in Canada. Six months later, where the Mississippi River pours into the Gulf of Mexico, he stopped.

 The trip following the waterfowl migration down the Mississippi Flyway was a seminal adventure.

 “I was stunned at the amount of wetland loss and the terrible water quality of the Mississippi River and its tributaries,” says Potter, a Lake Forest resident. “I read the accounts of the historic duck clubs in their hunting logs and realized that in less than 100 years we had mostly destroyed one of the greatest wetland ecosystems on earth.”

 Today, Potter is president and CEO of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, a national leader in conservation based outside of Chicago. It aims to unite the public and private sectors to Charlie Potter develop a modern-day business model that will deliver the greatest impact for advancing America’s outdoor heritage and conservation mission.   

 “Our view is that there is plenty of money — but funds can be more effectively spent on the federal and state level while leveraging the private sector’s involvement

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and resources, ” says Potter, sipping a glass of water at The Deer Path Inn during a snowy evening.

 McGraw also develops conservation plans. After determining how much money is available for sportsmen in America on an annual basis, McGraw will create a blueprint by 2015 on how to save hunting and fishing in the country. Potter is quick to point out that both he and McGraw see a big difference between conservation and environmentalism. 

 “The media does not understand that the conservation movement — the proper use and management of natural resources — has been hijacked by environmental extremists,” he says. “Our tenet is science should dictate, not emotion. People think, ‘Nature will take care of itself.’ That’s not true.”

 As an example, Potter cites an exploding deer population on the North Shore.

 “Many municipalities will not permit the culling of deer. So, good luck growing tulips. And they carry diseases such as tick lyme that can be given to humans.”

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 Five years after his jaunt down the Mississippi Flyway, Potter bought a farm in Mississippi dedicated to hunting and agriculture. He soon discovered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned a project to run through the middle of his newly purchased property. 

 “I was going to lose the whole thing and get nothing for it,” he recalls. 

 Aided by dozens of like-minded landowners who also expected to suffer from the $2 billion plan — the largest wetland drainage project at that time, which would have significantly reduced waterfowl and sportfish in the Mississippi Flyway — Potter helped halt it.

 “We stopped them through public pressure,” he says. “That started a lifetime of trying to rein in the Corps of Engineers and trying to rein in wasteful wetland drainage projects.” 

 Potter — who has written for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life, among others, and who has authored a book about his travels called “Following The Flight” — enjoys a national voice on conservation thanks to “The Great Outdoors,” which is broadcast Sunday mornings on WGN Radio. Though the outdoorsman had no training in radio, he was hired as its host 15 years ago. He’s interviewed presidential candidates and obscure scientists.

 “For me it’s a joy. It allows me to talk to people across the country who love the outdoors,” says Potter.  “The beauty of radio today is it’s all podcast, all archived. We have the ability to build content that lives forever.”

 When asked about his favorite Sunday Breakfast on the North Shore, an indoor restaurant doesn’t make the cut.

 “It is sitting anchored on my boat off Lake Forest beach watching the summer sun tip the horizon,” notes Potter, who can share it with his wife Julie and children Alexandra, Trey and Prescott. “If I’m lucky, I will even have fresh fish for breakfast.”

 Before he heads out from the Deer Path and back into to the snow — perhaps to engage in his passion for cross country skiing — Potter points out how fortunate he has been.

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That yearbook smile may be sign of future marital bliss ■ by joanna brown When you think of all the reasons why your marriage works, your high school yearbook photo probably didn’t make the list. And yet, researchers from DePauw University in Indiana found a correlation between those two wildly unrelated things. A team led by associate professor of psychology Matthew Hertenstein measured people’s emotional displays in hundreds of college yearbook photos, and then considered the subject’s marital status. It turned out that those who smiled least in their photos were about five times more likely to divorce at some point in their lives compared to those who smiled most. A second study by the same group reached the same conclusion. They asked people 55 and older in an unnamed Midwestern town to share childhood photos. People as old as 91 agreed, and handed over 200 photos from a wide spectrum of situations. The average age in the childhood photos was 10, but the results were the same as the previous study of college yearbooks: stoic children were more likely to divorce as adults. Mr. Hertenstein is clear that smiling did not cause any outcome, nor is it necessarily a valid predictor of divorce. The tendency to smile as children and adult divorce rates are correlated, and the link has yet to be explained. But Northbrook dentist Mark Humenik (who works with his wife, by the way) assured me that the potency of a warm smile is immeasurable. He knows from 20+ years in practice – working with patients across the country – that a smile is a reflection of self-confidence. We wondered if self-confidence was the link between smiling adolescents and happily married adults. “When you’re happy about your appearance and happy about yourself, that just radiates out into everything you do,” Dr. Humenik explained.

Dr. Humenik has countless examples from his local practice, but also from the last few years he’s spent traveling as a volunteer with Mission of Mercy, a national organization that puts on two-day dental clinics to provide free care for people who would otherwise be unable to receive it. Patients line up days before the clinics open, and Dr. Humenik often stops to talk to them while the volunteers are still setting up. “The first people we see in line are those who are in pain or have swelling, and the next are those who need replacements for their front teeth,” he explained. “They will spend a day and a half sleeping outside sometimes to get their front teeth replaced. It’s moving to see and to talk to them about it.” A 2012 clinic at the Lake County Fair Grounds brought care to more than 1,200 people, valued at $1 million. Another Illinois Mission of Mercy will be held in Peoria this summer. “In my practice, when we see a new patient whose front teeth are broken or worn down, we find that men will often grow a big mustache to hide it. And when we restore their smile and complete treatment we find that they frequently come back to the office having shaved their mustaches. Women have other ways to hide, either with hand gestures or they look away when they talk to you. It’s definitely a sign of self-confidence.” Maybe it’s self-confidence bubbling over in smiling students who grow into happily married people. But a beautiful smile isn’t just aesthetic, the doctor reminded me. It’s a big part of good health. “Whole body health starts with the mouth,” Dr. Humenik explained. “When you can chew properly and get good nutrition, good digestion, it snowballs from there and everything feels better.” Love & Marriage columnist Joanna Brown can be reached at ■

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But seriously … Posen knows the art of comedy ■ by les jacobson

Brian Posen is serious about being funny. The 49-year-old Glencoe native runs the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, which this year will feature more than 1,000 performers from Jan. 9-12 and Jan. 16-19. He’s also the artistic director of Stage 773 at 1225 W. Belmont in Chicago where the festival is held. Posen also runs the beginning improvisation program at Second City and teaches three acting classes a week at Columbia College. He’s also a member of The Cupid Players, the comedy group he founded 14 years ago. He says he has not had a weekend off in 11 years. “Wait, when did I become an adult?” he muses half-seriously about his packed schedule. The answer might be that he’s always been an adult, inclined to the arts and management, because both strains run in the family. His aunt was Barbara Cohen, who was the first executive director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. His grandfather, Sam Posen, founded Beltone, the hearing aid company now headquartered in Glenview. His father, Lawrence, helped build it into a successful global enterprise. He took up piano at 5 and by 9 played better than his 18-year-old sister Laura. “At which point I quit and grew my fingernails back,” she says. Posen’s life has been a mind meld of commerce and comedy. He starred in musicals at New Trier High School and was a criminal justice and psychology major and business minor at Indiana University. “After all, what do nice Jewish boys from the North Shore do but go into business?” he says. What turned him around were acting classes at Second City and Columbia, which he loved. “My dad gave me until 30 to find my way,” he recalls. “Fortunately I found it at 29.” Posen got a masters degree in fine arts from the University of

Illinois, and since then he’s been producing, directing, performing and teaching around Chicago non-stop. “Comedy, Shakespeare, musicals, commercials, film, you name it,” he says. Sketchfest, as the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is also known, came about as a way to fill the Theatre Building. He began the first Sketchfest in 2002 with 33 groups and 132 shows. This year there will be 159 groups and 188 shows. Performers hail from Canada, England and Italy as well as across the country. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend what is billed as “the largest sketch comedy festival in the nation.” Posen’s mission is two-fold: to provide a supportive venue for artists in an environment of “celebration, collaboration and community,” and to offer the public a great entertainment value. Tickets start at $14. “I know I’m the stupidest businessman in the world,” he says of the ticket prices. But by encouraging people to come, he says, he can invite more performers, provide more shows and bring in bigger crowds. Between Cupid, the festival and teaching, Posen has helped legions of performers and developed sketch comedy – which unlike improv is largely satirical and completely scripted – into the art form it is today. “That’s why he’s a legend in the Chicago comedy scene,” says Jill Valentine, Stage 773’s director of operations. “I can’t tell you the number of times someone has walked up to him and said, ‘Brian, you changed my life.’ ” There’s been a price to pay, however. “I should be on my second wife by now,” he laments about being married exclusively to his work. But he doesn’t seem to mind. He quotes approvingly from his grandfather Sam, the hearing aid magnate: “If you love what you’re doing, you never work a day in your life.” ■

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photography by bob carl Held at the Standard Club of Chicago, The Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet hosted their Nutcracker Family Dinner on December 8, welcoming more than 575 guests. More than $140,000 was raised during the afternoon, which featured entertainment for both children and adults. A family-friendly dinner, arts and crafts tables, and, of course, a matinee performance of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, made for an unforgettable Sunday. Funds raised from the event will go to support the Ballet’s productions, as well as the Joffrey’s Community Engagement programs, which are dedicated to sharing the art of dance to thousands of children each year, regardless of income.

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The Tale of Despereaux | Evanston Public Library | 703 Orrington Ave. | (847) 448-8600 | 2 p.m. | Little Despereaux, the mouse, is born tiny, wheezy and with comically oversized ears and is different from his family. His love for a princess leads him on adventures which involve him with an unhappy rat — who schemes to leave the darkness of his dungeon — and a bumbling servant girl in this 93-minute, G-rated animated film.


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Instrument Petting Zoo | Wilmette Public Library | 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette | 10 a.m. | | Join experts from the Music Institute of Chicago in the Youth Program Room for a hands-on session to find out what instrument and teaching method are the best fit for you and your child.

Your New iPad: The Essentials | Winnetka Public Library | 768 Oak Street, Winnetka | 2 p.m. | 847-446-7220 | | Learn tips and tricks to navigate an iPad device and use basic apps. Bring your device for best results. Registration required.

Knitting With Eliza | Lake Bluff Library | 24 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff | 3:30 p.m. | Free | | Children ages 9-11 are invited to join Eliza for a relaxed knitting group in the Children’s Activity Room.

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| Writer’s Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe | 7:30 p.m. | Tickets $60 | | Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s deeply nuanced Hedda Gabler is considered one of the great female roles of the theatre world. Performances run through March 16. Want to submit your North Shore event to Goings On About Towns? Send an email with the subject heading “GOAT” along with the particulars — Event Name, Event Location/Sponsor, Event Address, Event Time/Date, Event Cost, contact information (web or phone) and a 30-word description of the event —to at least 14 days before publication, and we will do our best to get it in.

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room, feet apart from one another, and they’re communicating via either text or email. It happens — at schools, at offices, at homes. “That was not the intent of such technology,” said Jim Jackimiec, chief information officer at Loyola Academy, which implemented a 1:1 student-iPad ratio at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. “There are good technological tools that enhance education,” he added. “And the availability of information is incredible. There are all kinds of ways to instruct, and electronically is one of them.” Jackimiec taught physics at Loyola Academy for 22 years before being named to his current position in 1990. He relied on actual textbooks — the ones with tangible pages — and a chalkboard when he taught Newton’s Laws and vector principles. “High tech back then was having colored chalk,” Jackimiec cracked. “But there’s room for an old-school style of teaching today. Sometimes our teachers tell their students, ‘OK, put your iPads under your chairs.’ ” Mary Kay Burke noticed a man bow his head in a pew at church one Sunday. But he didn’t do so to pray. “He was looking at his phone, trying to be surreptitious about it,” said Burke, who works in Winnetka.“It’s pervasive, how dependent people are on gadgets. It’s also sad. “Technology has made my job easier and more efficient. But it should be used as an additional way to communicate, as something supplementary. It should never replace face-to-face interactions. Nor should it replace phone calls.” Deerfield High School senior Addison Jacoby toted around a cell phone for the first time in the sixth grade. He was told to use it only for emergencies. Jacoby’s very


first text, though, wasn’t an urgent one. “I texted, ‘Hello,’ to my mom [Elaine],” Jacoby recalled. “It was a test text. Mom … she texted me back with the same message. Her ‘Hello’ had a lot of exclamation points after it. “That was a big jump, going from fifth to sixth grade,” he added. “Kids start having more responsibilities in the sixth grade, more freedom.” Jake Stotter, another DHS senior, handled his first cell phone at around the same time Jacoby did. Stotter used a Motorola Razr. “It was the coolest thing,” said Stotter, a varsity outfielder/pitcher like Jacoby. “I do check my phone every five seconds these days; it’s a part of my lifestyle. It’s good to have around, because I’ve been receiving emails from college [baseball] coaches.” Marsh and his wife, Cheryl, were recently at a table in a restaurant when he noticed what was going on at another table. A girl, around 4 years old, was watching a Disney movie on a tablet. Her parents had set the tablet up for her, probably after rearranging napkins and moving the salt and pepper shakers. Marsh probably shook his head again. “I told my wife, ‘Take a look at that,’ ” he said. “Everybody, it seems, is so plugged in. They’re getting information so fast. They have access to entertainment at any time. “In today’s world, it’s possible to have worldwide information in your pocket,” he added. “You know something? That’s great, just great. But the way these kids today are communicating, the way so many of them are sitting together at a table, looking down and texting … I liked the old way of communicating.” ■

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A tragedy prompted building of Evanston lighthouse On a cold winter day in 1674, Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette camped on a barren and icy promontory he called Grosse Point, a salient reaching out into Lake Michigan in what is today Evanston. Marquette stopped there on his way from Green Bay en route to winter with the Inoca tribe, who were at their cold-weather encampment near where the current city of Chicago now stands. He would be the first European to make such intimate contact with these indigenous people.

“More than 300 people perished when the Lady Elgin sank after the collision in the frigid and fog-shrouded waters. The people of Evanston, many of whom helped survivors from the water, petitioned Congress to fund the building of a lighthouse.” Grosse Point was wind-swept and desolate even for this irrepressible evangelist. He noted in his diary that “this land, bordering the lake, is of no value.” In spite of Marquette’s opinion, his contemporary, French explorer Louis Jolliet, was certain that the terrain where the Chicago River met Lake Michigan would one day be of vital military and commercial importance. Jolliet envisioned a future when this area would be a crucial hub in an inland trade system through the continent’s interior,

linking the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River and eventually with the Gulf of Mexico. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1824 and the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1848, Jolliet’s vision became reality. Chicago became the central point of this vast maritime network. As lake traffic increased, mariners found that the inclement weather in the Great Lakes was every bit as hazardous as the fog and storms in ocean sailing environments. Sailors understand that, even with the ferocity of waves and wind, it is the land, not the water, that creates danger for vessels. So it was that the shoals and shallows along Lake Michigan’s shore north of Chicago became an untenable threat to shipping. The dangers achieved national attention early on Sept. 8, 1860 when the passenger steamer Lady Elgin collided with a ponderous lumber-carrying schooner, the Augusta. More than 300 people perished when the Lady Elgin sank after the collision in the frigid and fog-shrouded waters. The people of Evanston, many of whom helped survivors from the water, petitioned Congress to fund the building of a lighthouse on the spot. Eleven years later, Congress approved the project. Building began in 1872 under direction of Civil War hero, Orlando Poe. The lighthouse project was completed in late 1873. The beacon first provided guidance to shipping when the season opened in March 1874. In the days before electric lamps, constructing an optical system to signal ships miles out in the lake was a considerable challenge. Fortunately European lens makers had been experimenting with such optical systems for more than half a century before the Grosse Point lighthouse was built. Lighthouses require big optical lenses to concentrate and project the light, and the Fresnel lens is the only way to make such large systems viable.

According to Smithsonian magazine, the first Fresnel lens (designed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel) was used in 1823 in the Cordouan lighthouse at the mouth of the Gironde estuary. Its light could be seen from more than 20 miles out. Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster is credited with convincing the United Kingdom to adopt these lenses into their lighthouses. The Fresnel lens design allows the construction of lenses of large aperture and short focal length without the mass and volume of material that would be required in a conventional design. A Fresnel lens can be made much thinner than a comparable conventional lens, in some modern cases taking the form of a flat sheet. Sometimes these flat Fresnel lens are used today in computer displays. Initially the Grosse Point lighthouse used a three-wick oil lamp to project a beam that could be seen some 21 miles out into the lake. The tower, which stands 113 feet high, was topped by the optical system and beacon. It took three lighthouse keepers and a technician to keep the beacon operating during shipping season. In 1934 a photoelectric system was installed and this meant that the facility could be operated without full time people in attendance. With the advent of modern GPS navigation, the lighthouse has lost most of its earlier utility. Today, Evanston’s Grosse Point lighthouse is among 300 lighthouses still standing in the United States. It is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is scheduled for a complete refurbishment in 2014. Located at the intersection of Central Street and Sheridan Road in Evanston, the lighthouse is open to the public free of charge year round and tours are held contingent on weather. Main Street columnist Bob Gariano can be reached at■






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Ginny McGowan, who is ranked the No. 1 defender (Class of 2014) in the Midwest by, says that Notre Dame has been “her second home” for years.

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Elite McGowan primed to dazzle ‘em at Notre Dame ■ by bill mclean Ginny McGowan had courted soccer and field hockey, danced with soccer and field hockey, adored soccer and field hockey. A Lake Forest High School freshman at the time, McGowan — an elite athlete in both sports — chose one. Soccer got the ring. “We, as coaches, were rather disheartened,” Lake Forest High School field hockey coach Melanie Walsh recalls. “We knew she was something special [after her freshman year on the JV ‘A’ team].” McGowan made a verbal commitment to play soccer for the University of Notre Dame on Dec. 22, 2011. The center back was only a sophomore then. Walsh’s reaction: “We would never get her back.” McGowan’s junior year rolled around. Field hockey entered the picture again, winking, “psst”-ing and beckoning. McGowan was interested. Walsh and her assistant coaches got McGowan back. McGowan played varsity field hockey and continued to play club soccer for Oak Brook-based Eclipse Select in the fall of 2012.

“I’m glad I returned to field hockey, because so many of my good friends played it,” says the 5-foot-7 McGowan, ranked first among defenders (Class of 2014) in the Midwest by Walsh happily deployed McGowan, a midfielder/forward, during the regular season. But McGowan missed the final week of the field hockey postseason in order to fulfill a commitment to a national soccer camp. Lake Forest’s Scouts, meanwhile, captured the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association (IHSFHA) state championship. McGowan’s senior year rolled around. She said yes to club soccer in the fall. She said yes to field hockey in the fall. LFHS won the IHSFHA title again. And a two-sporter named Genevieve McGowan played a singular role in the Scouts’ 3-0 defeat of New Trier’s Trevians on Nov. 2. “Ginny’s presence in the state final was crucial to our success,” Walsh says. “Ginny was able to sub for each of our all-state players and help keep New Trier out of our defensive zone. She is tremendously competitive without being manic, tremendously conditioned to the point where you think she isn’t working hard during a game. “Another amazing thing about Ginny,”

Walsh adds, “is that field hockey is not her primary sport and her skills are still top-notch.” McGowan used her soccer skills — also way up there — at the Elite Club National League (ECNL) Championships last summer in Richmond, Va. A center back for Eclipse Select’s U18 team, she got picked to battle for the club’s U23 squad. The U23s won a 2013 ECNL national title in July. “To play with older players — some in college, some who had graduated from college — was great,” says McGowan, 17. “They were all so good, so mature, so top-level. It was a really cool opportunity.” McGowan played on a U16 Eclipse Select team that finished fifth in the nation. Her U15 Eclipse Select team took sixth in the nation. “Ginny is athletic, and she’s clean and confident with the ball,” says Eclipse Select coach Rory Dames, also the head coach of the Chicago Red Stars, a professional National Women’s Soccer League team (former LFHS and Stanford standout Rachel Quon played for the team in ’13). “She reads the game really well,” he adds. “She’s a vocal leader. She keeps the line organized. Ginny also makes others

around her better players … makes the group better.” Alexa Ben first met McGowan two years ago at an Eclipse Select workout. It was Ben’s first day with the club; McGowan had been affiliated with it for a year. DePaul-bound Ben, of Schaumburg, was anxious, bordering on a jittery state. “One of the first to talk to me that day was Ginny,” Ben recalls. “She asked me about my experiences with my previous teams. Then she asked if I was nervous. I told her I was, because I didn’t know anyone there. Ginny said, ‘Don’t be.’ “Ginny,” she adds, “explained what would happen [at the workout]. She made me feel comfortable instantly.” How forwards feel when they attempt to dribble against McGowan in soccer matches: not so comfortable. Tough, fast, savvy, smart, resilient … just some of McGowan’s attributes. “Communication is the biggest thing [on defense],” says McGowan, a member of Lake Forest’s varsity soccer team as a freshman. “Knowing where the back line is, at all times, is also important. “I like the idea of 11 players, moving the ball and creating opportunities. And shutouts … they’re satisfying.” In a U18 match last summer, a forward had appeared poised to score an easy goal against Eclipse Select. “She beat our goalie on a breakaway,” Ben recounts. “But Ginny came out of nowhere and stopped the player with a sliding tackle. I remember saying to her, ‘Wow. Where did you come from?’ She reads the game so well, makes plays, anticipates well. Ginny understands soccer at another level, and she is one of the best 1-v-1 defenders I’ve seen.” A little more than two years ago, McGowan had one of the best days of her life. She said yes to Notre Dame’s soccerscholarship offer. Which meant she said yes to her father’s alma mater. Mike McGowan graduated from ND in 1983. Mike and Ginny have been attending Irish home football games together for years. “It’s been my second home for so many years,” says Ginny, who had also received offers from North Carolina, Stanford, Duke and Virginia. “I love the coaches and academics at Notre Dame. “The recruiting process,” she adds, “went really fast. And since I committed early, it had seemed, for so long, something way in the future. Now that [attending ND] is almost here, I’m excited.” If it is the holiday season, McGowan is thrilled. Her room at home was home to a Christmas tree. She and her 11-year-old sister, Grace, spent an hour decorating it last month. “I love the Christmas season,” she says. “I get into it every year. I have always liked getting festive.” Watching a gifted McGowan wield a field hockey stick last fall was a joy for Scouts assistant coach Cat Catanzaro. McGowan’s vision plus McGowan’s skill typically equaled a sturdy, steady effort. “Ginny sees the field better than anyone I’ve coached,” Catanzaro says. “A lot of that, I’m sure, has to do with her soccer background. “Field hockey was fun for her the last two years,” she adds. “There was no pressure on her at all, and she liked the camaraderie our team had.” McGowan certainly stood out in field hockey games. But she blended in at team meals, at team meetings, on team bus rides. “Ginny is just one of the girls,” Catanzaro says. “You’d never know how good of an athlete she is by seeing her interact with her teammates. She’s very humble, very unassuming.” ■




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He’s got the magic touch Shipp, ‘Wizard’ of South Bend, is a finalist for prestigious Hermann Trophy ■ by bill mclean Several days before Christmas, Harrison Shipp opened some of his presents. The former Lake Forest High School soccer wiz would not be home on Dec. 25. A family vacation in Colorado had been planned. The gifts would not fit in a plane’s overhead bin. The gifts had to be unwrapped in Lake Forest. Right then, right there. Shipp (LFHS, ’10) received exactly what he wanted: all kinds of cooking appliances. “Twenty pieces, at least,” the University of Notre Dame senior forward recalls. “I started getting an interest in cooking last summer. I like grilling things. I like making an Italian-inspired chicken dish and putting things — olive oil, onions, garlic — in a skillet. “My mom [Kathleen] is a great cook. I want to get good at cooking.” Unlike soccer. He’s been the equivalent of a master chef at a five-star restaurant in the sport for years. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound Shipp provided a key ingredient — a gorgeous free-kick on Dec. 15 — in Notre Dame’s 2-1 defeat of Maryland in the NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship in Chester, Pa. The ball traveled 25 yards in the 60th minute. It found the head of Irish senior defender Andrew O’Malley, stationed nearly 10 yards from the goal. It wound up beating the Terrapins’ goalkeeper … for the clincher, the difference in the program’s first national championship. Back in Illinois, Lake Forest High School boys soccer coach Rob Parry watched the entire match on ESPNU. “I was riveted,” Parry says. As Shipp prepared to blast the assist heard ’round the college soccer world, Parry got ready for something special to unfold. “I knew exactly where Harry would put the ball,” says Shipp’s prep coach. Shipp, meanwhile, was confident one of his teammates would take care of the finishing duties after his delivery. “We had a similar situation in an [Atlantic Coast Conference] match,” Shipp says. “We used a trick play. We were tempted to use a trick play [in the championship match]; I’m glad we didn’t. “It was a simple ball,” he adds. “Luckily, it worked out

Harrison Shipp (right), seen here during action against Indiana, just completed a magical career at Notre Dame.

photography by notre dame sports information for us.” More than four years ago, in a Class 3A boys soccer sectional, former Lake Forest forward Noah Wagemann (The College of Wooster, ’14) scored off a free kick in a 1-0 defeat of Deerfield. The assist, from close to 25 yards out, came off the foot of … Shipp. But Shipp is more than a set-piece guy. So much more. He paced Notre Dame (17-1-6) in goals (12) and assists (11) in ’13 and is a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy — soccer’s Heisman (to be awarded Jan. 10 in St. Louis). Shipp doesn’t just dribble a soccer ball; he makes it do things that often confound defenders and thrill spectators. “He was our wizard,” says Irish men’s coach Bobby Clark, a native of Scotland who coached New Zealand’s national men’s soccer team. “Harry pulled magic out of a hat when he played soccer. He is a magical player, with terrific soccer skills and a quick, sharp mind.” At first blush, the sight of Shipp abracadabra-ing on a pitch appears ultra glitzy to some. But it should not be interpreted that way, Parry notes.

Shipp, made the team as an outside back. “But not because I didn’t think we had the team to win it. Maybe I felt that way because we all had talked about how we thought we would react if we had won. “I broke down. I cried. People don’t realize how hard we worked, how many hours we spent practicing. Thirty minutes later, it kind of settled in, and we all realized how special the accomplishment was.” Shipp was named a College Cup co-Most Outstanding Player after the NCAA championship. In November he received Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America of the Year honors for Division I men’s soccer. Only six other athletes in Notre Dame history had earned the CoSIDA distinction. Shipp was as bright in the classroom as he was brilliant in soccer togs at ND. A finance major, he needed only seven semesters to graduate. His GPA: a sizzling 3.9. His possible future: fiery. Because he was chosen to compete with the Chicago Fire Development Academy as a senior at LFHS, Shipp is eligible to sign a contract with

“He was our wizard. Harry pulled magic out of a hat when he played soccer. He is a magical player, with terrific soccer skills and a quick, sharp mind.” | Notre Dame Coach Bobby Clark “There’s a purpose behind each move Harry makes,” he says of the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year. “He is not showing off; everything he does has a point. Say he makes a turn, a flashy move. Well, there’s a reason for that. Maybe he did that because it would likely allow a teammate to get open for a pass from Harry. Maybe he did that for another [team-related] reason. “Harry,” Parry adds, “has the best foot skills of any player I’ve coached.” Amid the euphoria after ND’s victory in Pennsylvania, Shipp’s feet stood still at PPL Park. The former Chicago Magic and Chicago Fire Development Academy player had a tough time processing what had just happened. “Right after it was over, I was almost in a state of disbelief,” recalls Shipp, whose brother, ND sophomore Michael

the local MLS professional team before the MLS Draft on Jan 16. “It would be great to play pro soccer for as long as possible, either here or maybe eventually in Europe,” Shipp says. “Who knows? I might pursue coaching after my playing days. I’ve helped out at summer camps [in Lake Forest], and I’ve enjoyed doing that. “And Coach Parry has been awesome to me since I graduated from Lake Forest High School.” A Shipp was the Scouts’ leading scorer in ’09 season. But it wasn’t Harrison Shipp; it was Michael Shipp, then a sophomore. Plenty of the assists came from Michael’s big brother, an attacking midfielder in his prep days. “I enjoyed feeding him the ball,” says the budding cook. ■

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French proving to be a nice fit for Regina Dominican ■ by kevin reiterman Kerry Durham is a good talent evaluator. Thus, when it came to “recruiting” Erin French, the Regina Dominican head basketball coach, who is in her third season at the school, put on the full-court press. “I had been talking to her for two years,” said Durham, who watched with delight as French earned all-tournament honors at the 31st Annual St. Viator Snowflake Tournament on Dec. 28. Getting this senior to finally suit up for the school’s basketball team was a tough sell. Volleyball always has been French’s true passion. “Yeah, Coach was nagging me to come out for basketball,” said French, with a broad smile. “But I was devoted to volleyball, and I wanted to play it in college. So, I felt like I couldn’t split my time.” French, who teamed with New Trier High School stars Taylor Tashima and Haley Fauntleroy and helped the Wildcat Juniors 18 Black squad place 16th at the 2013 AAU Nationals, had a change of heart in early November. Despite having another outstanding season for the Class 3A regional champion Panthers — team MVP and allconference selection — and drawing interest from several colleges, French decided to end her dream of playing volleyball at the next level. “My focus will be on academics,” said French, a National Honor Society member who plans to major in mechanical engineering at a Big Ten school. In the meantime, French, who is as likeable as she is talented, will give basketball her best shot. According to Durham, a former star player at Regina who guided the Panthers to a 22-9 record in 2013 after going 6-21 in 2012, believes that French is a key piece to her team’s early success. She’s a versatile player who runs the court well.

“She’s another athlete for us out there,” said Durham, a former Loyola Academy assistant (5 seasons) who moved on to be the head coach at Resurrection High School in Chicago for nine seasons. “She’s very competitive. She’s strong inside. She gives us an added dimension.” French’s play at the Snowflake didn’t go unnoticed. In claiming all-tourney honors along with teammate Maeve Degnan, she displayed a nice shooting touch and finished the four-game set with a 13.0 scoring average. French had eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in Regina’s 48-36 loss to the host Lions in the championship game on Dec. 28. And French definitely was on her game in the third round of the tourney on Dec. 27, when she tallied a career-high 19 points in a 68-43 win over Northside Prep. “Going into the season, I was a little behind when it came to confidence,” said French. “But my teammates have helped me to build that up. French’s history with Durham actually began several years ago. As a youngster, French attended summer basketball camps at Resurrection. “So we go back a ways,” said Durham. And there’s this. “I played against her mother in high school,” said Durham. Cathy (Byrne) French suited up for St. Scholastic High School, and she was one of the top stars in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) along with Durham. The two all-conference players met in the 1984 GCAC championship game. And how did that go? “Regina won,” said Durham, with a smile. Maeve the Marvelous: Degnan, a junior guard, poured in a school-record 37 points in the Panthers’ 67-46 victory over Fenton in the opening round of the St. Viator Snowflake Tournament on Dec. 23. The old record was 36.


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Regina Dominican’s Erin French, seen here in earlier action against Loyola Academy, turned in a strong effort at the St. Viator Snowflake Tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Maeve Degnan.

photography by joel lerner And the previous record holder? Current head coach Kerry Durham. Degnan finished the four games with 77 points (19.25) and was a no-brainer for all-tourney honors. Notable: Junior Maggie Palmer also turned in a solid tournament for the Panthers (9-6). She tallied 15 points to share team honors with Degnan in the team’s 56-27 victory over Glenbrook North on Dec. 26, She had nine points in the win against Northside Prep, while she finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two assists in the title game against host St. Viator. ■



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For Heather and Steve, the White Mountains offer a fun getaway

One of the things we would do in Boston every summer was go to the mountains. It was a three-and-a-half hour drive. We’d pack a lunch and have a picnic. Then we’d arrive in North Conway to stay at the Red Jacket Mountain View, right by the White Mountains. North Conway has one major street with a 5 and 10 store. You would step back in time. The four of us stayed in one room. There was an outdoor pool and an indoor water park when the weather was bad. We’re a family that likes to be active, and we would hike on one of the trails with the kids. One time it was overcast, and then it was a downpour. We were running down the mountain, Once we saw the car, we started laughing.

“One time it was overcast, and then it was a downpour. We were running down the mountain, Once we saw the car, we started laughing.”

The Chamberlain family of Kenilworth (Andrew, 9, Steve, Heather and Emily, 2) moved to the North Shore from Boston in 2013. Steve works at IDEO, and Heather works at the Gorton Community Center.

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We had a lot of fun with the board games we’d play in the lounge area. They had chess and checkers. No electronics. Cellphone coverage was shoddy, which was fantastic. At night we’d go to Delaneys, That was our favorite place. Burgers and beers in a casual atmosphere. We also would go to Horsefeathers. Once the kids went to bed, Steve and I would take a bottle of wine out on the deck and look at the mountains. Heather and Steve Chamberlain, as told to David Sweet. ■

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