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resident Barack Obama held his election night rally at McCormick Place on Tuesday in Chicago. Due to its close proximity, students like senior Michelle Bolker were able to attend the historic event.
Kevin Hyde Voting for the first time is an experience that will likely stay with the voter forever. The 2012 election marked the first election that some students are eligible to vote, and most 18-year-olds in the school exercised this particular right this past Tuesday. “I’ve waited a while, and now it’s a reality. I remember being younger and wishing I can vote, and now that I have the opportunity to make a difference with my vote, I couldn’t be happier,” senior Christy Morrow said. For senior Michelle Bolker, voting was not only on the top of her priority list, but being able to witness history in the making at President Barack Obama’s election night party was an experience she will never forget.
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Bolker makes her way to her voting precinct for an early morning vote before school starts. She is expecting long lines, but is pleasantly surprised when the wait turns out to be only a few minutes. “I got lucky, I guess. After watching the news, I saw that other people weren’t so fortunate,” Bolker said. She walks quietly up to the ballot box. “With just the touch of a finger, I am making a difference. That’s so crazy, but in the best way possible,” Bolker said. After spending about 10 minutes at her ballot, she ejects her voting card from the ballot box. “Now I’ve just got to go to school and wait and see what happens,” Bolker said.
Bolker sits in her A.P. Government class, listening to similar topics about elections that will be discussed later tonight. The seat behind her is empty. Though senior Bianca Burns usually sits behind the anxious voter, she is exercising her political activity in a different way. Since Burns cannot vote in this election due to age, she is signed up to be an election judge in Wheeling. “It’s going to be a long day, but
from the station towards McCormick Place. “Obama will be there,” the driver said. Bolker informs him of her admission to the event. The driver retorts that he hates Obama, since he is from Kenya and Obama is not a good representative of the nation. Bolker considers this opinion, and then eventually brings up the subject of the electoral college. The driver explains he doesn’t understand why a system like this is in effect, to which Bolker agrees. “It’s so amazing seeing people from different aspects of life coming together for this election. The cab driver, who was from Africa, knew more about American politics than some people I know,” Bolker said.
olker was one of approximately 10,000 attendees of Obama’s election night celebration.
worth it. If I can’t vote, I’m going to do something,” Burns said.
Once school lets out, Bolker makes her way to the train station in order to get downtown for the election night party. Bolker boards the Metra train bound for Ogilvie Transportation Center. She feverishly checks her phone for CNN updates. At this time, New Hampshire is leaning towards Obama, something Bolker had anticipated. “I think this is going to be one of the first real swing states that will help him get into motion. I can see this happening. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I’m feeling pretty good,” Bolker said. As the train begins to encroach upon the city limits, more and more Obama supporters boarded. Excitement quickly transforms from a dull roar to a giddy clamor of political sentiment.
At this point, the train rolls into the station and Bolker quickly runs down to the main concourse, flailing her hand around for a cab’s attention. A cab zooms up and the friendly driver introduces himself, asks where to go, and speeds away
As Bolker makes her way up to McCormick place, she passes through two security checkpoints. Armed guards instruct her to take out everything metal. Bolker walks through one metal detector and makes her way towards the event floor. The stage is in plain view, and the podium is set up for Obama’s speech later that night. “Seeing the podium is giving me chills. I know either way history will be made there tonight,” Bolker said. All around her, news outlets like CNN, Fox, CBS, and NBC scatter themselves across the floor, organizing equipment and taking preliminary shots. Bolker is now constantly checking her phone for election updates. A crowd of supporters make their way over to the big screen hanging from the ceiling. One of the first set of polls is now closed. A piercing uproar fills the crowding convention hall. Initial rendering and projections are beginning to come in. CNN is reporting Obama at three electoral votes, Governor Mitt Romney at 8:00 p.m. CBS confirms this projection. By now, Bolker is getting texts from friends like senior Marianna Bonadonna. “I can’t imagine how it is now. Take pictures! Wish I could be there,” Bonadonna said. t$0/5*/6&%0/1"(&
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urricane Sandy hit the East Coast last week. It took over 100 lives and left many people without homes and resources. Hurricane Sandy smashed through the Eastern seaboard early in the week of Oct. 29, leaving behind flooding, damage, and destruction that is all to reminiscent of apocalyptic movie scenes. The storm originated in the Caribbean Sea and plowed over the various islands of the region, including Cuba and Hispanola, beginning Oct. 24, causing a death toll of at least 69 people in the region. â€œI think its terrible that all those people had to relocate, and the damage from the storm looks horrible,â€? junior Brentyn Leong said. As Sandy made its way towards the east coast of the U.S., major cities in its path had to take major precautionary action to deal with the storm. From Washington D.C. to New York City, transportation systems shut down, stores closed, and the New York Stock Exchange halted trading for Oct. 29 and 30. Once Sandy passed through, the east coast realized the devastating effects of the storm that still havenâ€™t left the region. 6 million people were still without power as of Oct. 31 and the death toll for the U.S. surpassed 50 as of Oct. 31 as well. Social media and news sources played a major role in the coverage and informing of students. Twitter, Facebook, etc. lent a helping hand in creating relief efforts for the storm damages. Even still, flooding and blizzards have complicated rescue and recovery efforts. t.*,&.*--&3
â€œI really canâ€™t believe I am here right now. This is so historic. I will t$0/5*/6&%'30.1"(& remember this for the rest of my life. I was here when Obama was 8:43 p.m. The electoral college count re-elected President. Wow,â€? Bolker is staying close. 123 votes are for said. Bolkerâ€™s phone is now bomObama and 152 are for Romney. barded with text messages from Neither candidate is at the required friends and family, celebrating the 270, -things are getting intense. victory. â€œI can feel it in the air. SomeThe chanting and cheering thing is going to happen. I donâ€™t continues for about 10 minutes. know which way itâ€™s going to go, Happy, old-time music like â€œTwist but someone is going to pull ahead, and Shoutâ€? starts to play. AttendI can feel it. The energy in here is so ees take a liking to this and begin electric, so inspiring,â€? Bolker said. dancing with each other, as well as The six screens flanking the strangers. Tears of joy flood the eyes stage all flash a CNN projection: of voters near the stage. The crowd Obama wins Pennsylvania. is overjoyed and maintains its jubiThe hall is vibrating with exlance for the rest of the night. citement. People are high-fiving CNN posts the â€œWay Obama and hugging, celebrating this imWonâ€? reporting portant state with that the president each other. These received 93 per20 electoral votes cent of the Afpull Obama into rican-American the lead. Attendvote, 71 percent ees scream, â€œThis of the Hispanic is huge!â€? vote, 73 percent S u d d e n l y, of Asians, 55 perthe south side of cent of women, the hall begins and over 60 perchanting somecent of young votthing indeterminable by BolktK&7*/H:%& ers. Also flasher and the rest of enior Michelle Bolker becomes ing on the main the people by the emotional after the announcescreen were polls stage. Soon, the ment of the 44th president win. by CBS and CNN message is clear. asking voters who The entire room they think cares about them more. is chanting, â€œFour more years! Four 85 percent of the vote went to more years!â€? With each word, a fist Obama, with students and attendfrom each person is thrust in the ees clearly supporting that statistic air. â€œI am so proud. This is exhilarating. I can only imagine whatâ€™s with Twitter posts and text mesgoing to happen if he wins,â€? Bolker sages. 11:55 p.m. said. After about an hour and a 10:14 p.m. half of waiting, the crowd is atwitThe crowd is growing more ter as to when Romney will make tense; they know the chance of his concession speech. The main Obama clinching the 270 mark is screens near the stage cut to video within view. CNN is reporting that Obama is at 254, and Romney is at of Romney in Boston, delivering 203. The six screens interrupt the his concession. The crowd is humâ€œRoad to the White Houseâ€? video ble, but wave their flags and cheer and switch to CNN on the right throughout the speech when Romthree screens, and CBS on the left ney makes reference to Obama three. The audio cuts to CBS and winning the presidency. When the crowd goes silent. Oregon goes Romney makes a statement saying to Obama, as does Washington. that Paul Ryan was the best addiAt this time, CBS flashes on the tion to his campaign, the crowd let screens, â€œOBAMA RE-ELECTED out a â€œbooâ€? of disapproval. â€œI feel like Romney conceded PRESIDENTâ€?. gracefully,â€? Bolker said. The speech American flags are waving ends, and the wait begins for the feverishly throughout. â€œObamaâ€? event of the evening: Obamaâ€™s acchants are louder. Bolker has trouceptance speech. ble hearing people around her. 1:06 a.m. Four minutes later, CNN confirms After hours of waiting, the the same projection, Obama will be moment that everyone flocked to re-elected president. At that moMcCormick Place on this cold and ment, Bolker brings her hand to her rainy night begins. The red curtain mouth and tears begin to stream that acts as the backdrop for the down her face as she embraces othstage swiftly pulls apart, revealing ers around her. another section of seated
supporters, dancing and waving American flags. No media sources are being broadcast, but friends at home provide details that arenâ€™t available to those inside the convention center. â€œObamaâ€™s motorcade from the Fairmont Hotel has arrived at McCormick Place. They say that no one on the inside knows yet,â€? Bonadonna said in a text to Bolker. Now Bolker knows and is revealing the information to others around her. The lights dim. The uproar is tremendous, and the applause begins. An announcer discloses the president, and out walks Obama, along with his wife Michelle and his two daughters. As Obama and his family wave to the crowd, another round of â€œfour more yearsâ€? begins. The cheering continues for another few minutes. Obamaâ€™s family leave the stage, and the president takes his position. Instantly, the people in the crowd whip out their cameras, iPhones, iPads, etc. â€œI am so proud to be an American. I voted for that man on the stage,â€? Bolker said. Obama initiates his speech. After each main point, the president is applauded with a booming response. â€œI feel like the room is shaking,â€? Bolker said. The main focus of the speech has to do with moving forward and coming together. Obama tells the story of a middle class father who has had a tough time paying for his daughterâ€™s Leukemia treatments. Obama tells how the government will help these types of people. â€œThatâ€™s who we are. Thatâ€™s the country I am so proud to lead as your president. And tonight, despite all the hardship weâ€™ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, Iâ€™ve never been more hopeful about our future,â€? Obama said. â€œAmerica, I believe we can build on the progress weâ€™ve made and continue to fight for new jobs, and new opportunities, and new security of the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders- the idea that if youâ€™re willing to work hard, it doesnâ€™t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or who you love. It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re black or white, Hispanic or Asian, or young or old, rich or poor, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America.â€? â€œThat speech was so inspiring and so powerful. I am so grateful that I was able to vote and take part in this. Itâ€™s such a privilege. This was my first time voting, and I got to see the president speak on election night,â€? Bolker said.
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Shark attack keeps student on alert A man was attacked by a shark off the coast of one of Cape Cod’s popular beaches, Ballston Beach, on July 31. There had been warnings of shark sightings all day, but that didn’t stop Chris Myers and his son from going out to body surf. On the way back in, Myers felt something bite his leg, and when looking down, saw there was a Great White shark attached to his left leg. Luckily, the shark let go and swam away before it could cause too much damage. “I’m glad that there were no serious injuries,” sophomore Kevin Messer said, “But this doesn’t change how I view swimming in the ocean. I would miss it too much.” Once Myers reached the beach, he was immediately helped by a doctor and nurse that were on the shoreline. The injuries sustained from the attack include severed tendons and puncture wounds from the teeth, leaving Myers in a cast on his left leg and 47 stitches in his right leg. tJACK HARGETT
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In Shea’s final days, she set her ambitions high and had various After a four year long battle activities and interests she wanted with cancer, senior Shea Anderluh to accomplish. From learning Italian to going to Disney died peacefully World, she was still in her sleep on making plans to enjoy July 25. her last few days. She was a “Shea had told member of the us that she wanted to class of 2012, write us [in the famhowever, variily] a letter. She said it ous treatments would take eight days and proceeach. Unfortunately dures inhibited she never got to do her from atthat,” Liz Anderluh tending classes said. this past school “I wish she got to year. use her potential and Friends see where she would and family celbe when she got older. ebrated Shea’s I had always thought life at a wake maybe she wanted to service on July be an animal control 27 where 900 worker. She always to 1,000 indiwatched the show viduals came enior Shea Anderluh lost her ‘Animal Cops’ and she to show their four year battle with cancer. even turned me onto c o n d o l e n c e s Shea’s attitude has served as an that, Liz Anderluh and share their inspiration for many. said. stories, folThe sense of comlowed by a fumunity after Shea’s neral service death proved heartwarming to the the next day at St. James. Friends agree that Shea’s per- Anderluh family. “It was just so nice seeing evsonality deeply impacted their eryone bring candles over that lives. “I have always felt inferior to night. She was somewhat private Shea. Not because she set out to about who she was talking with make people feel that way, she was and how many people were followtruly just the best at everything. ing her, so it was just so nice to see Her beauty, brains, coolness, talent, everyone at the wake and the fuhumor, and kindness, Shea had it neral,” Liz Anderluh said. all and more,” friend and graduate Madeline Weber said. Friends want to remember her for her good traits, not cancer. “When I think of Shea, I don’t think of cancer. It’s not her sickness or her death that impacted me, it’s her as a person. She impacted me in so many ways from sixth grade up until senior year,” best friend and graduate Lauren Kelley said. “She taught me to notice the beautiful things in life: how to bring laughter to any situation, never to judge, and most importantly, she taught me what a friend truly is,” Kelley said. Shea’s neighbors also felt her impact firsthand. “Life is built around memories, and my childhood memories revolve around Shea and her family,” junior Alex Mueller said. “Shea was a uniquely cool girl who would rather read ‘Harry Potter’ in Florida than tan or swim like most girls, and play ‘Call of Duty’ or ‘Assassins Creed’ instead of gossip with friends. What guy doesn’t want to talk with a girl about the newest video game?” Two weeks before Shea’s death, the Anderluh’s added a new member to their family. Per Shea’s request, a new golden retriever puppy, Bailey, made her way into the household. In some ways, the Anderluh’s view Bailey as a constant reminder of Shea. “I’m sad she didn’t get to fully enjoy the puppy, but she’s definitely a reminder of Shea. It’s almost like a newborn in a way. While one loved one has left us, a new one is coming in,” her mother, Liz Anderluh said.
As far as remembrance goes, the Anderluh’s and other loved ones want to stress the good times, and not the times of sickness. “Shea would rather be remembered for the person that she was, not as the poster-child for cancer,” Liz said. One thing was apparent, Shea was a unique and fun-loving girl who impacted all people she came in contact with. “She was authentic, never fake. Confident without being loud. Super smart but never studious. Nerdy, and yet the coolest person you ever met. Awkward, but appealing. Beautiful but not the slightest bit vain. Musically gifted without even trying (or practicing). Athletic and brave, willing to try anything, from basketball and soccer to skiing and snowboarding; and then, when treatment sapped her lung capacity, she gave badminton a try and wound up third in conference freshman year. I treasure those memories,” Liz Anderluh, wrote on her Caring Bridge site.
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Published on Jan 14, 2013