Opinions Facebook statuses cause problems
Wh e n a p plying Opinion for a job, most people write up the best resume, and prepare for an interview. They walk into their interview with their head held high, hoping for the best. Unfortunately, businesses have been checking Facebook to see if their prospective employees haveposted inappropriate pictures online. They’re looking for “great” pictures from the weekend. The idea of living young and hard was on students’ minds this summer. Some students liked taking pictures of each party they went to and posted the “funny” moments they captured on Facebook for the world to see. But students should consider the consequences if someone with authority finds those raunchy pictures. Sure, there’s a private setting
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“Eyes are so red, I think my parents know” “Why would I get a job when I can party instead?” “I’m not going to school. This hangover is terrible.” “Roll it up, take a hit!!” Lauren Kelley
that can be selected, but that setup is still full of weaknesses. Students should not be posting pictures or statuses that are inappropriate online. Sure, pictures from the weekend seem fun, but most adults shouldn’t be seeing how some students “hang out” on weekends. Some things students post on Facebook are unnecessary and immature. People need to realize that
Celebrities distract from world events Ashley Hawkins bigger problems in the world.
It seems we live in a world of ignorance. I’ve come to realize that unless a riot, famine, or natural disaster happens in our country, media coverage on it takes a backseat to celebrity culture or is otherwise nonexistent. Instead, television channels and radio stations choose to discuss the latest plastic surgery Heidi Montag had or gush about Justin Bieber’s latest break up because they know that will engage viewers. Celebrities are humans, just like every single person in this building. They need food, water, and shelter to survive. They work to make a living. They feel emotions, such as love and hate. I don’t understand the need to put them on a pedestal, especially since their lives aren’t much different than ours, and also because there are
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While Justin Bieber is getting a new hair cut, Americans are in Afghanistan fighting a war. While one of the Olsen twins battles an eating disorder, people in third world countries are struggling to find scraps of food. I feel like people don’t have a clue what’s going on in the world, but instead choose to pay attention to anything that will let them feel better for themselves or allow them to escape their own reality for a while. I gazed upon the Yahoo trends periodically throughout the day. Around 2 p.m., some of the top ten searches consisted of ‘Chicago Bears,’ ‘Pippa Middleton,’ and ‘Christina Augilera,’ all of whom had done nothing spectacular at the time the searches took place. Later that night, the searches ranged from ‘Bieber sundae,’ to ‘OutKast,’ to ‘Nicole Kidman.’ The headline of the first article I laid my eyes on read ‘Biggest Skin Mistakes.’ This took place the day after the London riots broke out, but any articles written
August 23, 2011
their friends don’t need to read their every thought. Status updates such as, “Did that really happen?” and the common, “What happened last night?” fill up the Facebook home pages on a Sunday morning. These posts are annoying, pointless, and could get students in trouble. Teens also tend to head on Facebook after a peer’s death. Suddenly, everyone is sharing moments between themselves and the deceased. They’re usually mundane messages like “you were in my lit class, rip buddy.” Those posting these comments want others to know that they knew the student who died and insist on posting. Even if these statuses tell of a touching moment, they have little emotional impact when the post is written in texting shortcuts. Allow the deceased’s real friends and family to grieve. Post thoughtfully or not all.
on the matter was placed at the bottom of the page, buried under less important news. I understand that a lot of extra attention comes with being in pop culture, and sometimes it’s alright to indulge in the latest gossip. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious about how Britney Spears was recovering from her mental breakdown or what Justin Bieber’s new perfume smells like. But I really think we all need to take a step back and realize the lives celebrities live aren’t all that awesome. And while they’re trending on every social media network, there’s an abundance of devastating, important events happening around the world that require our attention. It’s appalling that we choose to read the headlines featuring celebrities being generally mundane while Japan struggles with rebuilding their country and the Horn of Africa is in complete famine.
Take one for the team;
Stick to your schedule, even without friends Melanie Cohodes homework with and the lack of available social Nothing’s more frustrating than a futile situation, and trying to get into friend’s classes is undoubtedly one of those. While the point of going to school is to learn, it’s slightly more tolerable if one has friends in their classes. Having someone that can explain the latest math concept or Spanish verb is invaluable. It isn’t logistically sensible to have students request friends to be in their classes- each schedule is individually tailored to each student, and trying to line them up would be a nightmare. Students just have to hope they’ll share classes with people they already know. If that isn’t the case, then that’s too bad. For those who wind up with friends in only 2 or 3 classes, the impending school year could be a challenge. There’s no one to discuss
interaction will classes will be immeasurably dull. The only thing that can be done is a trip to the guidance counselor to beg for a schedule change. While it might not be feasible to mix and match all classes, there are some courses that are easier to deal with than others. If gym and lunch are next to each other it’s fairly easy to switch them around for the next semester, and avoid the humiliation that comes from having nowhere to sit in the cafeteria. But, as has been insisted since elementary school, not having friends around isn’t an excuse to mope- it’s an opportunity to make new friends. The guidance counselor is a last resort if school is completely unbearable, but generally, soldier on with a smile and a freshly sharpened pencil, and that schedule won’t be as bad as it seems.
August 23, 2011
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Somethin’ to talk about
Green transportation gets in way As part of a right of passage as a teenager, summer should be filled with plenty of ill-planned vehicular cruising, complete with blaring music and driving at speeds that would be deemed unacceptable by neighborhood vigilantes. This summertime activity has been hindered, however, due to the overpowering presence of bikers. It seems as though I cannot drive down the block without encountering a fitness crazed cyclist, outfitted in racing gear and biking sunglasses. Things get a little more agitating when these overly pretentious bikers begin to vere into my lane, just as an oncoming car approaches. My advice to these bikers: either use the sidewalk or pedal at Lance Armstrong speed. After all, my car does weigh more than your bike. Just sayin’ Kevin Hyde
Biking causes student to reminisce The other day, I decided to take my bike out and ride around the neighborhood. To my surprise, was one of the most refreshing experiences that I had this summer. It reminded me of when life was much simpler; when I hadn’t ever experienced stress, when laying out in the grass was more comfortable than laying in my bed, when neighborhood parties were some of the most sought after events of the year, and when “going to the park” didn’t entail illegal substances I remembered all the good times I shared with friends and family. These are the memories that had been shoved to the back of my head, but these are also the memories I never want to lose. Hopefully others can also lure their past out of the depths of their childhood before they are gone forever. Just sayin’ Connor Hargett
‘New’ ID photos leave students self conscious When opening my large white envelope signifying the beginning of the school year, I wasn’t expecting to find anything that would make my day less then jolly. To my surprise, I lifted up a small card and was not greeted with the quality picture I had been expecting, from the impression I was under, students were going to be receiving ID’s with their yearbook pictures displayed as the photo. Instead, I was being stared at by a dark, enlarged and younger photo of myself. Usually I am not overly picky of pictures of myself, especially if it is a meaningless student identification card. However, this was a pathetic excuse for a school ID, the photo doesn’t show what anyone looks like. It’s as if whomever decided to reuse our old ID pictures wanted the returning classes to be deceived as a ugly group of teenager. Just sayin’ Claudia Caplan
Squeeze in summer reading
It’s no secret that students don’t always do the reading they’re supposed to do. Students have a lot on their plate. However, summer is a time for relaxation. We get a three month break from most schoolwork. That being said, there is no reason summer reading shouldn’t be completed. I know it’s a pain. Out of the seven books I’ve read for summer reading during my high school career, there’s only been one I actually enjoyed. I still shudder when I think of “The Odyssey.” If students can’t manage to read one book over the summer, how are they going to fare when they’re expected to work through the summer in the adult work? Just sayin’. Becky Pauwels
Show teachers some love Take a look through the countless Facebook statuses or walk Hersey’s halls. A stream of comments about scheduling can be heard, often said with dismay: “You got Mr. X? That sucks.” “Mrs. Y is your math teacher? Oh boy, have fun!” The reasons for disdain range from “She failed the paper I spent 5 hours working on!” to “He totally has it out for me!” It’s incredibly easy to complain about teachers, but we often talk about them without realizing how hard teachers have it. For starters, they’re glorified babysitters. Their jobs stick them in a room full of kids for seven hours a day, not to mention the countless extra hours of coaching, chaperoning, meetings and grading papers. Those words alone should make other adults exhausted, but combine obligations from family and friends and we can see that teaching is no easy feat. So what do teachers get for all of this hard work? Many times, they get treated disrespectfully. Remember the protests in Wisconsin a few months back? Their teachers were working hard but their governor decided that they didn’t deserve full collective bargaining rights, and he didn’t do this because he’s secretly a Bears fan. The reasoning behind the proposed pension cuts was that teachers didn’t deserve full benefits or bargaining rights because they don’t work during the summer. While it’s comforting that Wisconsinites didn’t vote in politicians who went to summer school (often), the idea that teachers get to kick back and relax when school lets out is at the very least ignorant. Contrast this to South Korea, where teachers are known as “nation builders.” They get extensive support and training from their government and their fellow countrymen. They’re almost respected as much as players in their pro Starcraft 2 league (I really wish I was making that last part up.) But teachers aren’t just important in terms of building countries; their influence on students themselves are tremendous. A good educator can change the way kids think about a subject. If I was asked my opinion of Socratic philosphy as an incoming sophomore, I wouldn’t have any idea what I was being asked. I also wouldn’t have the slightest interest in learning about it. But going to former teacher Mr. Hammerl’s World Lit class every day didn’t just make me aware of the various philosophical schools of thought; I actually wanted to learn more about them. Everyone’s got their own Mr. Hammerl; a teacher who made a class not just bearable but enjoyable. So if you see your favorite teacher this year, make sure to show them some appreciation. They don’t do this for the prestige, they don’t do it for the government funding and they definitely don’t do it for the money. Teachers take these jobs because they care about students and they want to see us excel in school. -Dan Mika -Read More Opinioms Online! Visit www.johnhersey.highschoolmedia.org-
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Look at building year as challenge
It’s not easy to replace Michael Jordan. It’s not easy to replace Michael Jackson. It’s not easy to replace Jay Leno; although Conan tried. As members of the class of 2011 rightfully obtains the throne of ‘seniorship’ this year, they are left with the task of creating their own legacy. There are undoubtedly feelings of incompetence, as last year’s class left behind large shoes to fill; in some cases even clown shoes. To avoid any feelings of ineptitude, or in some cases, egotism, the class of 2011 needs not to fit a mold, yet create an individual aura. The girls soccer team lost a handful of four-year varsity starters, the officially honored best school spirit club in the Chicagoland area lost it’s leader and a few of it’s main officers. The Correspondent lost more than one nationally-recognized journalists. Hersey is going through what many people have referred to as a rebuilding year, in every aspect. From day one seniors will be searching for an identity that will collectively define the entire student body. Whether or not underclassmen will admit it, seniors influence their actions and set the mold for upcoming years. Everyone remembers their freshman year, constantly looking for acceptance of the upperclassmen. This can come in many different fashions; successful athletic teams, academic achievements, personal achievements, and acts of teenage rebellion being a few. The pressure to make a mark on this institution has reached its zenith for this group of students. The pressure comes with an open invitation. An invitation to the motley crew that is Hersey's student body. Anyone can step up and add to the pool of unique identities, even the most uninterested students. is published 11 times a year by the The Correspondent journalism students of John Hersey High School, 1900 East Thomas
Street, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004. Subscription rate is $15 a year. Call for advertising rates. Phone (847) 718-4945. The Correspondent welcomes a free exchange of ideas. Because school officials do not engage in prior review, and the content of The Correspondent is determined by, and reflects only the views of the student staff and not school officials or the school itself, its student editorial board and responsible student staff members assume complete legal and financial liability for the content of the publication. The Correspondent will not publish any material determined by student editors or the student editorial board to be unprotected, that is, material that is libelous, obscene, materially disruptive to the educational process, and unwarranted invasion of privacy, a violation of copyright or a promotion of products or services unlawful (illegal) as to minors as defined by state or federal law. All unsigned editorial area the opinion of The Correspondent staff. Materials in this newspaper are the property of The Correspondent 2009-10. The Correspondent is a member of numerous press associations. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/KRT Campus High School Newspaper Service. Editors-in-Chief
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Somethin’ to talk about So the worlds ending; what’s next?
So everyone’s talking about this 2012 ‘end of the world’ phenomenon lately, and personally I don’t buy it. However, it does make me wonder what I would actually do if the world was going to end in 2012. Would I live for myself, or live for the ones I love? Would I party all the time, or would I become more relaxed? This topic is a total mind play. I think a person’s age is the most important factor in what he would do with the remainder of his life. Adults have been through all the teenage partying years. Many are just partied out, which
leads me to believe that most older people would use the rest of their lives just to relax. However when I ponder what a teenager would do in this situation, my thoughts flow in a completely different direction. Teenagers are too young to be sick of partying; we haven’t experienced enough to be content with living our lives in a mellow manner. We want the experiences of college and beyond. So instead of relaxing in the final years of our lives, most teenagers would to want to experience all the things that they would miss: thus the “party” state of mind. - Brian Eriksson
How ‘SNOOKI’ can improve student lives The Jersey Shore is taking over pop culture. It’s so dominating that every Thursday night many facets of it dominate Twitter’s trending topics. It’s something people either despise or adore. There is seldom in between. Many self-proclaimed “intellectuals” may scoff at the idea of a reality TV show about eight simple minded “guidos” who go out every night, get drunk, get into fights, “creep” on girls, and destroy their bodies by tanning. However, these sorts often neglect the fact that these people have a generally optimistic outlook on life, and we have much to learn from these primitive creatures.
This summer, I have studied the various aspects of life of these eight stars and have compiled what I call, “Some New Optimistic Observations Koncerning Individuals” or, the SNOOKI protocol for short. The SNOOKI protocol is just a simple list of things that the Jersey Shore cast members do that can make all of our lives just a little easier. However, I caution you. Take the Shore members, good habits and scratch the bad. In real life no one looks good with orange skin, and you will be laughed at if you use as much hair gel as Pauly D. Also, I don’t recommend trying to wear any of Snooki or JWOWW’s outfits because you’ll get sent to the dean faster than you can say “situation.” - Emily Behn
Hold onto the past; Embrace the future During the summer I took a somewhat terrifying peek into my future. College is right around the corner, and the college touring process is moving full speed ahead. Tentative steps were made over the summer and I was able to reach inside myself to find a renewed sense of excitement for the years to come after high
school is over. I narrowly avoided being bogged down by the traditional summer laziness-well, for the most part-and instead I took a serious look at how I wanted my life to be in the upcoming years. If you can’t already tell by my serious approach toward the school year-I am a senior. Even typing those words gives me a thrill. It is safe to say senioritis has arrived. - Annie Bruce
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August 25, 2010
Opinions Never too early to start planning for college Just Kevin Hyde
It’s expected of most children from the time they are born to go to high school, get good grades, and things along those lines all in order to get into the most prestigious university possible. Personally, I have been thinking about college in a serious manner since middle school, but with much flack. Oftentimes, my peers and adults would frequently say something along the lines of, “Don’t you think it’s a little early to be thinking about college?” After much consideration, I realized that it is not a bad idea to think about different universities at a young age. Upon entering high school, I had college in the back of my mind. This led me to put my nose to the grindstone, forcing myself to do the best that I could do. After looking around, it was apparent that most students did not feel the same way. If someone got a bad grade on a particular assignment, one might say, “Oh well, I’m only a freshman. I have time to do better.” Let’s put this in retrospect: if a student was to slack off his freshman and/or sophomore years and receive subpar grades with the thought that college was years away, this would mess up his grade point average, which would inhibit having the good grades and test scores
that will get him into the college of his dreams. If you were to have a few colleges in mind of where you would like to attend, you would be able to gage how well you need to perform over the next four years of your high school career. The last thing any student would want is to apply to the top choice school, but not get in due to insufficient grades. In order to curb this scenario, younger students should at least start to dabble in thought of college, and should not be criticized for forward thinking. Peer pressure can be considered one of the biggest reasons for young people’s decision making, so by telling a student that they should not start thinking about their plans for college, a typical member of the youth would take that into consideration, and possibly ruin his chances of achieving of success in his strenuous hunts. On the other hand, if people were to encourage a student, they would be setting him up for possible success, better safe than sorry. Counselors either say that it is acceptable to have a few colleges in mind, but not to base the entire high school career with only one college that a student may or may not get into. It’s better to be open-minded; show interest in schools that are well suited for the area of possible study, rather than going to a school strictly for materialistic reasons such as the partying or the social aspect.
Toilet paper doesn’t grow on trees Nick Diaz
It’s a pretty common thing for the young generation to gain thrills out of creating spectacles of people’s property. I mean what can be more exciting then wrapping a friend or enemy’s tree in toilet paper? Well I can think of a lot of things but it seems most people don’t share my sympathies. In the end, it’s no big deal, but it is a pain. The problem comes along when kids step up the vandalism to another level. Things like egging, forking, and everybody’s favorite, placing tampons or condoms are unforgivable in my opinion. It’s sad that causing damage and problems to others is a way to entertain teens. If you ask me, it’s childish. Honestly, why not go do something productive instead? There is one part about all this sad madness that I enjoy though. That is of course thwarting the attempts of an oncoming raid on a house. I can’t help but to smirk at the thought of leaping out at the assailants with my samurai sword (wooden of course) or spraying ice cold water with my hose, and if I’m feeling really pumped, raining down pellets with my air soft gun. Sometimes I find too much of my time occupied by thinking of
interesting ways to punish these outdoor home wreckers, so thank you for that my destructive foes. I suppose that tee-peeing someone is really nothing to get too worked up over but still, the fact remains that you’re causing problems for others. If it’s all good natured fun then there’s no need for a lawsuit or anything of the sort but there is a very fine line that you can’t cross and hope to get away with, and you never know who you’re messing with. Some people might end up going to greater lengths to serve justice than you’d think. Maybe not a samurai sword to the face but something along those lines, like being forced to clean up your own mess. That’s a drag. If you ask me it’s childish and stupid but I’m not planning on influencing people to change their ways of getting thrills. I just hope someone out there can maybe understand that perhaps causing grief to others and their families isn’t something that should be looked too highly upon. There’s nothing worse than waking up and thinking it’s Christmas in June. Of course, after writing this I’m expecting a whole box of forks on my lawn. Just remember, if you decide to get me, look up in the trees for the guy with the sword.
Twilight Eclipse: summer reading?
I was quite surprised to hear that one of the summer reading books for seniors was “Eclipse.” An odd choice since it’s the third book in a series. I know I already wrote an article on my hate for the Twilight series but this has nothing to do with that. Anyone can agree that screaming, young, teenage girls mostly share the massive hype on the series. Not the most reliable source on good literature. Twilight isn’t exactly a learning experience, more like a crappy soap opera in words. I simply can’t understand the logic in choosing this book, no offence to whoever made the choice. And after watching the movies, there’s not a lot of backing up you can do to the series. Just Sayin’. -Nick Diaz
Facebook pics spoil students It seems as if every time I look at pictures on Facebook, somebody is either smoking, drinking, or there are signs of both. Last year, The Correspondent ran a story on how once something is on the internet, it never goes away. This means future colleges and employers have full access to your drunken Facebook pictures. Laying on a sidewalk with a beer in your hand and a cig. in your mouth doesn’t make you look very good. Some students attempt to cover up any evidence of drinking in pictures by blurring or coloring over any beer cans. Although smarter than just leaving it in the open, a massive pink blob in the middle of a picture still raises a red flag. If you’re going to drink and smoke, don’t be dumb about it. Just Sayin’. -Brian Eriksson
Suck it up for summer reading
Take the word “summer reading.” When we hear “summer,” our minds fill with joy knowing that summer includes three months of freedom. The “reading” part, however, takes that joy and beats it to a pulp. Going to the pool, bonfires, and beaches somehow don’t mix with reading a book. The problem is is that as much as we hate it, summer reading isn’t going to go away. The best thing to deal with it is to just get it out of the way as quick as possible. Sure the material is sort of boring, but if you just get it done at the beginning of the break, you’re going to have the rest of the summer ahead of you. Just Sayin’. -Max Bestvina
tudent What have you done already to prepare for college? ass
FRESHMAN Megan Salt
SOPHOMORE Nicole Borst
JUNIOR Sofi Guerrero
SENIOR Chuck Swanson
“I plan to keep my grades up.”
“I kept my grades up during freshman year.”
“I’ve taken AP classes as well as AP tests.”
“I started looking at schools during my junior year.”