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Connor Carbary ‘14 attempts to fill out a college application online. To read more about the seniors’ struggles with applying to college, see page 3

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Nev Schulman documents online relationThe Equestrian Team jumps for joy as they make it ships in the TV series “Catfish.” into regionals. To read more, see page 15. To read a review, see page 8.

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Chris Popovich ‘14


The Syrian civil war has created headline news for the past couple of years, but the war has dragged on and is getting worse. The United Nations reported over 100,000 lives have been lost, according to Fox. The Syrian war started in March 2011 with small demonstrations and has continued to grow into a nationwide movement. Syria is only one of many Middle Eastern countries that has seen both small and large demonstrations recently. The movements are called the Arab Spring. The goal of these protests in Syria was to demand the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. In March 2011, Assad began using the Syrian army to stop the protests. Months of protesting would occur until civilians started a full rebellion, Fox said. The conflict grew significantly when

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Russia and Iran joined the Syrian army against the rebels. On March 19, 2013, the Syrian government sent chemical missiles into the suburbs of Damascus. This event resulted in mass deaths including several hundred children. Both sides blamed each other for the event. The chemical attacks continued until a deal between Russia and the United States was created on September 14, 2013, regarding eliminating the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. The United Nations will be in charge of making sure all chemical weapons are removed from Syria, but it will take a long time for this to happen, said a CNN report. Syria also signed an international treaty saying it will not use chemical weapons again. The civil war has also created a humanitarian crisis. In September 2013, the United Nations said that there are now over two million refugees in several countries that neighbor Syria including Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and

Iraq. Most of the refugees were forced to flee their homes, leaving everything behind. Also, many of the refugees are children and it will be difficult for them to rebuild their lives after being part of this civil war (many of these kids are now orphans). Like other countries in the Middle East that have experienced war, many of Syria’s national treasures have been damaged or destroyed, according to CNN. With so many ancient artifacts and buildings now ruined, much of the country’s history was destroyed. Many question if the United States should get involved? “No, Syria has many allies on their side,” said Scott Boice, history teacher. After the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq, Americans do not want to endure another conflict. This puts more pressure on President Obama because most Americans feel like the U.S. is the police of the world and they do not want more American lives lost.

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Destitute Syrians who’ve flocked to rebel-held eastern Syria have taken to the oil fields to refine oil into diesel fuel. Many have fled from other parts of Syria, saying they were ordered to leave their homes by the Syrian army.

Senior Kelsey London ’14 said,” I think getting into this conflict is not a good idea.’’ The U.S. is also in debt and another conflict will only add more to the total. According to science teacher Todd Harm, “Nations around the world should be concerned about the use of chemical weapons.” What message is it sending to other countries who want to employ chemical weapons? The United Nations is involved in trying to create a solution, along with Russia and the United States.


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Filling out college applications requires time, effort Photo by Miranda Rysiewicz ‘15

Breanna Previdi ‘14 Business Manager

As senior year approaches and all of the twelfth graders are anticipating graduation day, a long list of preparations for the future slowly creep into each student’s mind. They may not know it, but the school year comes to an end faster than expected and with sporting events, prom, and even graduation, the last thing on a senior’s to-do list is to begin applying to colleges. Seniors constantly comment on how much time and effort is necessary for college applications and the complications they may run into. Picking the “top colleges” to attend and making sure every grade and ACT score is pristine enough can be extremely stressful, depending on the person, on top of current school work and keeping up with grades. Spencer Palm ’14 said, “Yes, applying for colleges can definitely be stressful. Making sure my ACT score and all of my grades were accurate enough to apply is a timely process that may take hours to do. It can also be stressful because I had to make sure all of the information on the application was correct; applying for colleges is not as easy as I thought.” Often students find themselves having trouble with applications for college. In order to achieve a perfect application, students use many resources such as online guides, parents, teachers, or even counselors. Ann Merkel, a counselor, gave many tips and assistance to help the seniors get ready for the process. “We [the counselors] give out a lot of information to the students in order to point them towards resources online. Most students can handle applying for colleges themselves, but if not, us counselors mostly troubleshoot and give them several step-by-step guidelines,” Merkel said. As each year comes and goes, technology grows along with everything else in society. College applications have advanced each enrollment period and are made for a more efficient way to

apply. Many people that applied to college 10-plus years ago did not have the conveniences this generation has for college applications. Several teachers at LCN applied to college in different ways other than online. Chemistry teacher Sara Strozewski explained, “When I applied to college there was no common application; every college had its own app. There also was no online application, which sometimes made it difficult to write out every detail on specific lines. Overall, the information was the same in terms of activities involved in [school]. Also, not every application had essays to write.” Each college asks an enrolling student several questions to maintain a personal background. A college application may take a long time depending on the series of questions given to each person. This particular part of the application is not the only part that takes time and

Connor Carbary ‘14 fills out a common college application online. The common application is used by more than 400 colleges.

effort. Abby LaPorte ’14 described the steps a college application may have. “Each college I have applied to so far contains so many sections. There are sections for personal information, such as birth date and your address, the activities I am involved in and outside of school, and even a section that makes everyone write an essay. College appli-

cations take longer than I expected, just because of the amount of things you fill out,” LaPorte said. The deadlines for college applications are approaching faster than expected. With the amount of work that has to go into each application, and the stress it can bring, the class of 2014 should attempt to start applying to colleges as soon as possible.

Bre’s Blast from the Past: October 9 1916: Babe Ruth, a member of the Boston Red Sox, pitches his team’s way to victory during the longest World Series baseball game (2-1) versus the Brooklyn Robins. (The game lasted for 14 innings.) 1965: Chart Toppers included 1.“Yesterday”- The Beatles 2.“Treat Her Right”- Roy Head 3.“The In Crowd”- Ramsey Lewis 4.“Behind the Tear”- Sonny James 1986: Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” premieres in London, England. 1990: Radio stations around the world honor singer John Lennon by playing “Imagine.” It was the 10-year anniversary of his death by assassination. 1997: The New York Rangers are the first NHL team to open the season with four straight ties.

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Pankow drama group premieres ‘Little Women’ Jacob Stocking ‘15 Reviews Editor


he best stories are the ones that are relevant years after their inception. “Little Women” is one of those stories. “Little Women” is a musical based on the popular Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. The 1868 novel concerns the lives of four sisters as they grow up in post-Civil War America. There have been multiple adaptations of Little Women, including four films and two television series. The musical interpretation of the story began its life as a Broadway show in 2005, according to the show’s website. It has had multiple productions since. This upcoming show is being presented by the Pankow

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Pankow performing arts director Kirk Erickson helps students run their lines for “Little Women.”

Performing Arts program and is being directed by performing arts teacher Kirk Erickson. The lead character of “Little Women” is the tomboyish Jo March, the second oldest of the four sisters. Playing this part is Marisa Nahas ‘16, who is in her second year in the Performing Arts

program. “It’s my first lead role with Mr. Erickson, so I’m very excited,” said Nahas. Nahas is not the only cast member ecstatic about working with Erickson. “‘Funny Money’ (Erickson’s most recent show) was hilarious, and the reason I joined the

program,” said Spencer Palm ‘14, whose first show with the PPA is “Little Women.” Palm will be playing the part of Laurie, a friend of the March sisters. The entire cast is excited to be working with each other, and many of them had read the book when they were younger.

“The cast is very talented and hardworking,” said director Erickson,”and I’m very excited for the show.” Erickson also promises a unique stage setup and a strong emphasis on the actors’ singing abilities. For the past five years, Erickson has been auditioning people for

his Pankow English and acting class. Members of the class have the chance to become a member of Thespian Troupe 7494, giving them the opportunity to show off their skills at the State Thespian Festival, being held December 6 and 7 at Saginaw Valley State University. “Little Women” is of course not the first production from the Performing Arts program. Shows in the past have included musicals such as “13” and “Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” as well as plays such as “The Boys Next Door,” “The Diviners,” and most recently, “Funny Money.” “Little Women” opens on November 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m, at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center. Ticket cost is $5.

1 in 2000: LCN alumnus returns to classroom Hannah Shier ‘14 Opinions Editor

Picture your favorite math teacher being your age as a student. Imagine him sitting next to you in class. That’s right, LCN’s very own Jed Jones, Algebra 1 and 2 teacher, was a student at North just like the rest of us. He sat through the same classes as everyone does, walked down the same halls, and passed the same classrooms every day. At the time, Jones did not know that he wanted to be a teacher. Especially a teacher at the same high school he had graduated from. “I came back to North because it is in a good school district. I also thought I could be a good

role model to students that are going through the same exact things I went through as a student here,” Jones said. Not only does Jones already have numerous responsibilities on his plate as a high school teacher, a full-time dad, and full-time husband, but also he is the junior varsity girls basketball coach and the varsity boys tennis coach. “I love the aspect of student athletes. I love how they process in class, but also how they process on the field and/ or court,” Jones said. Cara Smith ’15, a former player and starter on Jones’ team, said, “He was a great coach! He helped me so much with my basketball skills. He

put in extra time with me after school. He would go above, beyond and out of his way to help me and the other players out which I appreciated.” The 2012-13 season was his first year as head coach of the JV team. He was very successful, and he is looking forward to the upcoming winter season. Another thing to add to his long list of accomplishments: Jones is the new varsity boys tennis coach. “I played on the team in high school. I wanted to coach with my mom since she coached the JV team, and I wanted to relive my dreams,” he said. Jones said he would coach tennis until he gets fired!

Blake Kwiecinski ’16, a player on the tennis team, said, “He’s a really funny guy. He is more like a friend than a coach. He’s connected to his team, and I’m for sure coming back next year and have him be my coach.” Jones is looking forward to seeing his young team improve over the next three to four years and go all the way to state. Overall, Jones is truly one of a kind. He was a student at the same high school where he is now teaching and coaching. He juggles everyday challenges effortlessly. He has done it all. Jones’ future here is bright, and he is looking forward to many phenomenal

school years, as well as basketball and tennis seasons to come.

Math teacher Jed Jones helps a student with his work. Photo by Nick Piwko ‘14

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Marching Crusaders play the field Cordero MacNear ‘14 Entertainment Editor

The school year starts early for student-athletes of the fall season. Football is a highly anticipated sport for the beginning of the year, and part of home football game is the marching band’s performance during half time. There is more to the half time performance of the Marching Crusaders than what fans see on the field; they put in time from in the summer, just like other fall athletes and also compete on weekends throughout the fall. Competitive marching band is when bands perform a show for the purpose of entertainment. They are judged on criteria such as musical-

ity, uniformity, visual impact, artistic interpretation, and difficulty of the music and drill. The music for competitive marching band is usually cryptic, but not similar to orchestral music. The Marching Crusaders have strived tremendously since 2012’s show “It’s About Time.” This year’s theme is “Can you see what I see?” The performance has three short pieces of music named “Darkness,” “ Transformation” and “Light.” The three pieces create a characteristic sound to blindness, dyslexia and synesthesia, which is a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color.

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The Marching Crusaders get into their formations to practice for their upcoming halftime show and weekend competitions.

“Some of our staff and students are dyslexic or synesthetic, so we thought this theme would be fitting,” band director Daniel Griffith said. Michael Emschwiller, band para-pro and Photo by Cordero MacNear ‘14

Crusader Marching band practices on the field. They put in long evening hours.

chamber music director, is synesthetic and enjoys helping the students in marching band to learn the music. “It [synesthesia] allows me to associate colors with chords and music,” Emschwiller said. “I hear colors. I see different colors with different types of chords. I love music, yet it can also be overwhelming.” During the performance, the Marching Crusaders create many figures that are viewable from high in the stands over an approximate seven-minute time frame. In seven minutes, the Marching Crusaders bring on several music hits and features that will leave the audience in awe. “More so than the show, the expectations are higher and the difficulty is higher,” instructor Sean Plourde said. Plourde, along with instructor Scott Rundle and Anthony Flores, collaborated on creating Tendu dancing during the show. The uniforms for this year’s show have been changed to fit the theme and several other features will be added throughout the season.

Only time will tell when after the same goal to everything for the show entertain the commuwill be completed and nity,” Plourde said. “We finalized. have an incredible group Band students are of marchers who come required to attend practogether to make a great tice for three hours on experience.” Monday and Wednesday The show this year is evenings plus a few hours exciting for many, inbefore competitions on cluding former marcher, Saturdays. Marching senior Logan Tanner, band is a who is huge comsomewhat “We have mitment. saddened an incredWhile only about not ible group getting in participating about 12 in this year’s of marchers hours of marching who come practice a show. together to week, proSenior make a great Drum Major fessionals and collegeRyan Adams experience.” level marchalso said that ing bands he is very exmay practice up to 12 cited for this year’s show, hours a day. considering the positivAlthough band memity and the amount of bers learned most of the success that has been music during band camp accomplished so early in in August, marchers are the season. It is incomexpected to learn the rest parable to the past three before it is performed at seasons, he said. a show and have regular “I really think the sectionals, or meetings concept of our music with his or her instruand drill is incredible,” ment group for practice. Griffith said. Plourde explained that Alongside Griffith, the dodging through adverinstructors, band boostsity is key for a marching ers and the Marching band. Crusaders are looking “[It is the…] only activforward to giving Cruity where there are over sader Nation one heck of 100 people who are going a show.

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The good ‘ole shows

Critiquing favorite TV series from childhood

Jacob Stocking ‘15 Reviews Editor

“It taught me the fundamental rules of childhood,” said Robbie Zambelli ‘15. -”Rugrats”

“‘Bob the Builder,’ because I liked to build stuff,” said Logan Palm ‘16.

“The humor was ridiculous and made no sense, but was still hilarious,” said Luke Hayes ‘15. -”Ed, Edd and Eddy”

“‘Johnny Bravo’ was a stud,” said Jack Fletcher ‘15.

“‘Crank Yankers’ was inappropriate for my age, but it was funny,” said Ian Moews ‘15.

“‘The Big Comfy Couch,’ because the dust bunnies talked,” said Katy Nelson ‘14. Illustration from Handout/MCT

“‘Samurai Jack’ was ahead of its time,” said Austin Williams ‘15.

“‘Rocket Power’ was the bee’s knees,” said Justin VanPoppelen ‘15.

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“I wanted to be ‘Lizzie McGuire’,” said Harper Hodgson ‘16.

“‘Scooby Doo’ was the man, even though he was a dog,” said Spencer Palm ‘14.

Is Halloween your style?

High school students figure out whether to dress up for Halloween or not Paige Zaziski ‘14 Photo Editor

Many people think it’s childish to dress up for Halloween, and go trick or treating with friends. But some other people believe that Halloween is the most fun holiday of the year. Who doesn’t love free candy? While some students of LCN keep the Halloween spirit alive, others left it behind in middle school. Tara Koth ’14 said, “I still go trick or treating, I’m not going to turn down free candy!”

Most kids who receive the free candy have to dress up. Otherwise, parents and candy givers will be crabby. “I would dress up as Pooh Bear because I love Pooh Bear,” said Kailee Teed ’14. Teed would get candy from LCN’s painting teacher, Jennifer Duffield, because she dressed up. “I think it’s perfectly fine if you dress up. I went when I was in college. But, if you’re in a hoodie and pants, I’m

going to give you a hard time,” said Duffield. But science teacher Carrie Zaitz believes kids in high school are too old to dress up. “No, it’s silly. I do recommend taking your siblings. But, parties are okay to dress up for,” Zaitz said. Although dressing up for trick or treating may be frowned upon, parties are a different situation. Science teacher Kristen Cote said, “Unless you’re going to a party, it’s ridiculous when you’re

at that age and you’re dressing up.” For the spirited students at LCN, they already have their costumes planned. Tarek Paul ’15 plans on being Batman because he’s pretty fast. The categories of Halloween costumes basically fall into normal, scary, funny, or serious costumes. Connor Carbary ’14 said, “I’m going to be Hannah Montana because she inspires me.” There are also people who plan on being some-

thing scary. “I want to be a skeleton, that way I can scare little kids,” Scott Blanton ’14 said. What will you dress up

as on October 31? Happy Halloween, LCN!

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Can the music you listen to describe your personality? Cordero MacNear ‘14 Entertainment Editor

Music is believed to be part of one’s life; without music, life would be incomplete. Some people feel that listening to a certain genre of music coincides with a person’s personality. Whether writers compose music for fun, for films, or for the world to listen to, it is all interpreted in a different way by many different people. Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” for example, can be recognized as an intimidating theme, and can be heard in various locations, such as on “Judge Judy.” The symphony can also be played in other clips such as those with a historical theme. Although, not everyone listens to Beethoven on a daily basis. So does listening to classical music describe a person’s personality as society might view it? Is a person who listens to classical music intimidat-

ing? “Not at all,” Jacob Minter ‘14 said. “It’s just like me eating cantaloupe. That doesn’t mean I have characteristics of a cantaloupe.” Minter enjoys listening to rap music, and has no interest in classical. “I listen to hip-hop,” Kevin Olszewski ’16 said, “…I don’t really act ‘hip’.” Olszewski would describe himself as a band geek. It is also common for society to place people who listen to a particular genre of music into different cliques. Minter and Olszewski are two completely different people, Minter is not in band and tends to have hip characteristics with hip styles; Olszewski does not dress hip. “People stereotype, like with rock [music], people are viewed as being mean and rap is dirty and has swear words,” Brandon Messina ’17 said. Tyler Latta ’15 enjoys listening to dub-step but

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Genre-to-personalities list Pop- Extroverted, honest, conventional, hard working, high self-esteem. Researchers suggest pop-lovers tend to be less creative and uneasy. Rap- Researchers found no link to rap lovers being aggressive or violent. Usually have high selfesteem and are outgoing. Country- Typically hardworking, conventional and outgoing. Found to be emotionally stable. Rock/Heavy Metal- Found to be gentle. Tend to be creative, often introverted - may suffer from self-esteem issues.

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Christian Jordan ‘14 rocks to his favorite tunes every day. Jordan brings his headphones to school to listen to music when he has downtime.

plays the alto saxophone; and would like to continue playing the alto saxophone throughout college. Latta believes that pop music is very popular and would imagine if everyone listened to pop music, the world would be very party-like and unstable - at least that is the way he views it. Many psychologists believe that not only lis-

tening to certain genres of music, but particular aspects of music, such as the bass line, could surprisingly reveal things about personality. Psychologists say those who tend to listen to classical music usually have a higher IQ. The next time you put a playlist together for yourself, consider how your personality might be reflected in your music.

Mystery spot... Bre Previdi ‘14 Business Manager

How well do you know your school? If you know where this picture was taken, bring your answer to room 213 (Ms. Kozian’s room) by October 16. All correct entries will go into a drawing for a prize. The answer will appear in the November issue. Photo by Bre Previdi ‘14

Indie- Typically introverted, intellectual and creative. Common personality characteristics include passivity, anxiousness, low self-esteem, less hardworking and less gentle. Dance- Usually outgoing and assertive. Classical- Typically more introverted, at ease with themselves and the world around them, creative with good sense of self-esteem. Jazz/Blues/Soul- Tend to be more extroverted with high self-esteem, very creative, intelligent and at ease.conducted by Psychologists Jason Rentfrow and Sam Gosling. Research

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The iPhone home screen with iOS 7 installed. Zach Gregarek ‘14 Reporter

It is pretty safe to say that Apple has dominated the cell phone industry and most likely will continue to do so for many years to come due to its genius product, the iPhone. Apple continues to amaze consumers with new software updates, and the production of new phones every year or two. On September 18, 2013, Apple release yet another update, iOS 7. Some may still wonder what iOS 7 is or what it does but once downloaded, users won’t be

disappointed. Since the first iPhone debuted in 2007, Apple has released a new software update that comes stock on the newest model phone. Updates are usually released in late summer or early fall, which is a few days before the new iPhone is released. This year, Apple has taken the iOS update to a whole new level. “I like it way more than iOS 6. I just like the overall look and feel so much more,” said Sydni Bollitier ’14. Many changes were made with the newest software, from the lock screen to how users

browse the internet, and even as simple as how the apps and icons look. I feel as if Apple is trying to achieve a cartoonish yet futuristic look by the way it looks and how the apps fly in from the sides when unlocked. “My favorite part of the update is Safari. I really like how the tabs took and how you scroll through them vertically. It is just a super sweet looking feature,” Jared Steinacker ‘14 said. By downloading iOS 7 the entire phone gets a makeover; almost every single feature looks different. Turning

the phone off, texting, calling, weather, and the app store, just to name a few, all have a new feel to them! “I am so happy it finally released. I was waiting for weeks. The only bad thing I have experienced was getting it to download. It showed an error message at least five times before it went through, but overall I love it!” said Becca Sikowski ‘14. Some find downloading the new software will crash their phone or make it slow and laggy. I did not experience this. There is a slight chance

of the phone crashing but as long as users have all their music, pictures, and contacts backed up on their computer they have absolutely nothing to worry about. The only reason the iOS update was taking so long to download was because many iPhone owners were trying to download it the second it released. I waited until later that night after everyone had already got it, and downloaded it with ease. Overall, I think it is a fantastic update and well worth the wait; Apple never seems to disap-

point. Everything looks so advanced and is much more detailed than the previous version; it may be a little confusing at first but as long as you take a second to sit down and get to know how to use the new features, you’ll be perfectly fine! I would rate this a update a five out of five due to the new design and all of the new features! “Every time Apple releases a new iOS, the features and things you can do just keep getting better. I can’t even imagine what future iOS’s will be like,” said Zack Kazyak ‘14.

“Catfish” hooks viewers in Dakota Phillips ‘15 News Editor

“Catfish: The TV Show” has become a hit on MTV over the last year. According to MTVPress. com, it was the number one non- sports show and number one, 11 p.m. television show on Monday nights. The idea of being “catfished’ has become a phenomenon across the United States. A “catfish” is someone who hooks people into an online relationship and does not portray who they truly are over the Internet. “Catfish” is hosted by Nev Schulman, who has firsthand experience of being catfished. He was once in a relationship with a woman online, and when he met her in real life, she was com-

pletely different than what she had displayed on the Internet. The meeting of Schulman and his online girlfriend was filmed and made into a documentary that hit theaters in 2010. Since the movie was greatly received by the public, MTV made it into a TV show. The show follows people who have met a love interest online, but have doubts about the truth of their online partner. These people contact Schulman, and his filmmaker buddy, Max Joseph, to help them decipher the authenticity of the person they think they are in love with. Schulman and Joseph help these hopeless romantics meet the people that are such a huge part

of each other’s lives, even though they have never had a conversation face to face. Schulman and Joseph help them find the truth, whether the outcome is good or bad. “Catfish” has become popular over the last year because people enjoy watching the stories of these people trying to take a relationship from the computer to real life, and it is either a hit or a miss. Sometimes, people turn out to be exactly who they say they are on their online profiles and other times they are nowhere near what they put online. The discovery of someone’s online lover is always an overwhelming experience for Schulman, Joseph, and the person trying to find out

the truth about who they have been talking to over the computer. Seeing the struggles that these people go through make you think: what if that were you? What if you were the person that has been talking to someone for years and then end up finding out your entire relationship has been based on lies? It puts into perspective the danger of online predators for viewers at home. Many young people watch the show simply for its entertainment factor, but also they are getting a dose of an online safety lesson. Adults always tell teens to be careful about who they talk to on the Internet. “Catfish” shows the effects of how talking to strangers online can go

to extremes. “Catfish” is an excellent show to educate youths about being cautious of what they display about themselves over the web, and also who they are talking to over the web. One thing that many question about “Catfish” is the authenticity of these stories. Many inquire about the truth behind the stories on “Catfish”, since it is a reality TV show. People have their doubts as to whether certain aspects are added to make the show more entertaining. The show does follow real people with real stories of online love. These people are basically putting their love life on the forefront for the nation to see, so the honesty of the stories that “Catfish”

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follows must be true. Whether it’s a story that ends up like a fairy tale or a story the ends up as a disaster, seeing how easy it is for people to be tricked over the Internet always ends up with an interesting outcome. Watch “Catfish: The TV Show” as Schulman and Joseph make a few love connections and mend their fair share of broken hearts every Monday night on MTV.

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New Coney on the block

Jillian’s Coney Island replaced Coney USA.

How does Jillian’s Coney Island stack up to its contemporaries?

Maegan Donajkowski’14 Coney Island, I ordered Photographer

Many people in the Chesterfield area have known about Coney USA located on Gratiot just south of 23 Mile Road, but not so many people know that it is no longer Coney USA. It has been completely renovated, and I had the great pleasure of dining there. The menu of this restaurant had a plethora of options as well as the typical Coney Island classics such as Coney dogs and cheese fries. The food was absolutely fantastic and fresh. Everything was nice and hot, and I definitely got my money’s worth of food. When I visited Jillian’s

the chicken strips and french fries. Everything was incredibly fresh; I was very impressed with the food. Also, I got a lot of food for the price that I paid. The location of Jillian’s Coney Island is perfect. There is tons of parking available, and it is extremely easy to find. It is located in a plaza, so the parking is not limited at all. The service at Jillian’s Coney Island was phenomenal. Everyone was so friendly, and I never once had to ask for more water or silverware. My waitress frequently checked on my table and never neglected us. She was very quick and efficient, but she did not by

any means rush us. The bus boy was also great. As soon as he noticed that we were finishing our meal, he immediately came over and got rid of the empty dishes. The service people at Jillian’s Coney Island got a pretty hefty tip from me that day. The inside of the restaurant is pretty different from how it looked when it used to be Coney USA, and almost everything in the restaurant is new. The decor is far more appealing than it was before, done in a very modern style. There are flat screen televisions scattered around the restaurant which is very convenient for the customers’ entertainment. There is also more

seating. Overall, the restaurant was very clean. When I looked around, I did not see one single table with the remnants of the previous customers on it. It was easy to tell that the floors were frequently swept and mopped. When I went in the bathroom, everything was fully stocked, and it was very clean and freshsmelling. I was very impressed with Jillian’s Coney Island. The food, the service, the decor, and the cleanliness of the eatery were all impeccable. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to every one, and I will be going back for more of their delicious food and friendly service.

Orange Leaf or Menchie’s for froyo? Adrianna Sputa ‘15

NEED TO KNOW. . . • 4 out of 5 stars • Located on Gratiot just south of 23 Mile Road • Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. • Telephone number: (586) 5985903 • Family-style restaurant • Delivery service available Photo by Maegan Donajkowski ‘14

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Orange you glad you didn’t Leaf to go to Menchies? Frozen Yogurt is no joking matter and to many, it’s one of the best desserts on the planet. The frozen yogurt industry has grown exceptionally over the past year. Menchie’s, located on Van Dyke Road, and Orange Leaf, on 21 and Card Road, have become everyone’s go-to places for frozen yogurt. After school hours are the most chaotic at both places. At both locations, the first thing visible is the frozen yogurt dispensers aligned on the wall. After choosing your desired flavor, you then move along to the toppings bar. There’s everything including cookie dough bites, chocolate chips, and a variety of fruit to cover your delicious frozen yogurt. The wait in line to fill your bowl with the most popular flavor and the most exciting toppings is totally worth every minute. Both Menchie’s and Orange Leaf have more than 50 flavors available in their franchises. Orange Leaf’s flavors are definitely more for someone who is just looking for unusual selections rather than the basic chocolate and vanilla.

 Menchie’s flavors, though, are very different, from French Toast to Grasshopper,even Eggnog. Toppings at Menchie’s are also just as exotic as its flavors, and Orange Leaf’s flavors are, well, kind of typical. There’s vanilla, strawberry, and cheesecake. Although an abundance of flavors and toppings are great, personally my favorite part is the money I save with my Orange Leaf discount card. For every dollar spent, it’s an added point, and for every 10 points, it’s $1 off and if it’s your birthday, $3 off! Both frozen yogurt franchises have the same pricing. They both charge around 50 cents per ounce. Now even if you’re a consistent Orange Leaf visitor, it would not hurt to go to Menchie’s one day for a change of pace or vice versa. Try new flavors! Instead of one topping, go crazy and add two! Your one-of-a-kind spoon is yours to keep if you want, but really who wouldn’t want to keep the spoon? Frozen yogurt is a wonderful snack or dessert. Don’t miss the chance for the froyo experience! You won’t be disappointed. Just go out and enjoy!

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Getting to know the 2013 court Kirstin Jett ‘14

Photos by Nick Piwko ‘14, Kirstin Jett ‘14 & Miranda Rysiewicz ‘15

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Richard Petty “I’ll give everyone who voted for me a solo concert,” Petty said. Petty enjoys spending his days sleeping, eating, and singing. He is on varsity track and hopes to run at either William Penn or Defiance College when he graduates. Shannon Donahue “Be a boss, vote for Frank DeVos,” Donahue said. Donahue is a member of NHS, Key Club, Diversity Club, and the Leadership class. She has a passion for varsity cheer.

Frank DeVos “Join the Swamp,’” DeVos said. He was a starting sophomore for North’s Final Four Team in 2012 and he may be the last remaining player, but neither DeVos nor the entire Crusader fan base will ever forget the Breslin Center experience. DeVos is not only on the varsity basketball and varsity football teams, but also he is a member of Student Council and Link Crew. Kayla Cardeccia “I cannot thank everyone enough for voting for me,” Cardeccia said. She is a varsity soccer player, and a member of both Link Crew and NHS. Christian Jordan “I’m going to win in style and twerk it out,” Jordan said. Jordan enjoys playing basketball and is one of several members of the Varsity Football Team on the court. Alexis Carlson “It’s a surreal feeling because I have watched seniors on court for years and now I am in the same position,” Carlson said. Carlson is Student Council president, editor-in-chief of the newspaper, and co-captain of varsity basketball, as well as a member of NHS, Link Crew, Leadership Council, and the Leadership class.

Brad Taylor “Vote for the kid with the black eye,” Taylor said. Taylor plays varsity soccer and, oddly enough, can move the tendons in his knuckles. Taylor lived in Royal Oak until ninth grade before he joined Crusader Nation. Carsen Janssen “I’m excited to ride in the truck with my escort Brad Taylor; I hope I don’t fall off,” Janssen said. Like her escort, the kid with the black eye, Janssen enjoys playing varsity soccer; she is also the secretary for Student Council’s E-Board and a member of NHS, Link Crew, and the Leadership class.

Spencer Palm “I am shocked and honored to be on court; thanks to everyone who voted for me,” Palm said, “Spencer Palm for king and Hayley Tomich for queen.” He is a member of Student Council, Link Crew, NHS, Drama Club, and choir. He loves being in the Drama Club and the musicals because he can hang out with his friends at the rehearsals. Hayley Tomich “I guess this proves I have a lot more friends than I thought I did,” Tomich said. Tomich is a member of NHS, Link Crew, Make a Difference Club, the Student Advisory Board, Leadership Council, and is a page editor for the newspaper; she also plays varsity soccer.

Sean Koski “It will be a tough game but I’m sure we will come out with the W,” Koski said. Koski said he normally just eats, sleeps, and watches “Sports Center.” Koski plays varsity football, baseball, and basketball. He has high hopes for the game Friday night. Abby LaPorte “My partner is Troy Bolton,” LaPorte said. LaPorte is a member of Link Crew, NHS, Leadership Council, Key Club, and Make a Difference Club; she also plays soccer and volleyball.

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Noah Bultz “Join the Ark and vote for Noah,” Bultz said. Bultz plays varsity football and basketball, and is a member of Link Crew. Amanda Falkenhagen “Join the Ark, vote Noah and Amanda,” Falkenhagen said. She is captain of the Varsity Volleyball Team; Falkenhagen is also a member of NHS, Leadership Council, Link Crew, and the Leadership class. Tyler Sirut “Don’t hate me because I’m royal,” Sirut said. Sirut plays for both the varsity football and varsity basketball teams. Sirut loves shoes and fast cars; he spends his time at home hanging out with his friends. Hailey Wilson “Tyler and I are going to win and be the cutest couple out there,” Wilson said. She runs track and enjoys doing community service, such as volunteering at swim meets and at SACC at Carkenord Elementary.

The homecoming experience Shellie Zamponi ‘15 Focus Editor

The homecoming experience- it’s a little different for everyone. There are the girls who dream of the magical night, the guys who are excited for the football game, and the people who are more into spirit week than those ladies who fight over a handbag on Black Friday. Opinions on homecoming can change from year to year but undoubtedly many people agree that it gets better as one gets older. Spirit Week

The week leading up to homecoming is when the atmosphere starts to buzz. People are discussing their pre- and post-homecoming plans and spirit week weaves liveliness into LCN. When Sarah Youngs, Geometry and ACT Prep teacher, was asked for her favorite part of homecoming, she said, “Spirit week. SPIRIT WEEK!” Parade/Game

The excitement from spirit week accumulates at the end of the week for Friday: the parade and football game. “The parade was really fun because I’m in the

band and I got to meet a lot of people,” Madison Marbach ’16 said. Student Council Representative Lauren Dostert ’14 had a hard time picking her favorite part, “I kind of just like all of it. Going to the parade and setting up for the luncheon”- she explains she sets up the Senior Homecoming Court luncheon for Student Council-“And the game since everyone’s there and having a good time.” Student Council Executive Board Secretary Carson Janssen ’14 had a hard time deciding on a particular thing she liked. She did manage to narrow it down to three things: the game, setting up and planning the dance. For the past few years, the weather at the homecoming game has been brutal. In 2011, blankets were strewn across bleachers as snowflakes fell and the thermometer read: cold. In 2012, rain was constantly dribbling and once again it was COLD! That didn’t leave people without good opinions on the game, though. Allie Felsner ’16 said that her favorite part of

homecoming was the football game, “…because I get to see all of my friends and watch the game.” Marina Strange ’16 agreed. She said, “The game is pretty great. It’s fun going around the game and hanging out.” Varsity football player Tyler Diem ’15 said that, “My favorite part is the football game because I play in it.” Of course more goes on at the game than the obvious football competition. The band plays, the varsity cheerleaders and dancers perform and class float rankings are revealed. Not to mention that homecoming queen is announced, Sydney Zablocki ’15 said that having the queen unveiled is the best part. Algebra 2 and Precalculus teacher Rebecca Ball said her favorite part is, “…the game and then seeing the alumni.” “The game because it as really fun to see our school win last year and the band was cool,” said Artemio Sustaita ’15. He also offered some advice for the dance, “I wish they played more DJ remixes and Hispanic

music. Also, I wish they lowered the prices. Gracias.”

The Dance

The grand finale eventually comes, the homecoming dance! “My favorite part was the first time I went to homecoming and saw all of my friends. I was like ‘Wow, this is homecoming’,” Renee Jaworowski ’16 said. Ella Dziedzic ’14 said that her favorite part is, “…seeing everyone dressed up and in formal wear.” “I like the dressing up

part the most and feeling like a princess. I love getting ready and having my hair and makeup done,” said Allison McGregor ’15. Heather St.Onge ’16 admitted that her favorite part is “…dancing and hanging out with friends…and dressing up. I like dressing up!” Kevin Keller ’15 said, “I like getting to hang out with all of my friends in a different setting besides school. It’s also an excuse to see my boyfriend for the weekend.” DeAsia Nash ’14 said

she liked “all of the people and the good vibes.” Eventually the night is over, the excitement dissipates and life returns to normal. Justin Wojtyniak ’15 said, “I like that everyone comes and is together. It’s a lot different than other schools.” Even though homecoming may only be a week long, it’s one time when everyone is together and is in a good mood. So, with those happy thoughts, go discover your favorite part of homecoming!

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A mass of people dance at Homecoming 2012; the theme was “Haunted Homecoming.”

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Swim team members go above and beyond

Some of the girls on the swim team prepare to dive into the water to begin the race against Anchor Bay. Photo by Miranda Rysiewicz ‘15

Zach Gregarek ‘14 Reporter

Ending the 2012-2013 swim season with a slowly breaking score board was definitely not the way the Girls Swim Team wanted to close the season. Without a score board, how are meets going to be tracked, times recorded, and how are the parents and fans going to know who is winning? They simply won’t. As the girls returned from their summer vacation, they came to the realization that the scoreboard is officially done for. Rather than give up, team members decided to all come together and figure out a way to fix this whole score board mess. “We have a bunch of upcoming fundraisers. All us girls are selling candy bars for $1 and during the entire month of October, if you go to the restaurant Twisted Rooster in Chesterfield on a Monday, 10 percent of your bill will be donated to the swim team,” swim team member Tristan Zabicki ’14 said. The total cost of replacing the broken score board is $65,000, so every penny donated will help! “It is not going to be easy to raise that much money, but if we all fundraise and get our classmates to participate in our fundraisers, we can definitely do

it,” Zabicki said. Despite having the pressure of having to raise the money, the team still continues to work hard and practice every day. When most people think of athletic teams practicing, they automatically think it is only an after school activity. The swim team takes it a step further and holds both morning and afternoon practices to benefit their preparation even more. Practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are held in the pool, while practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays are held in the weight room. Every girl has to go to at least three practices each week. Even if she attends the three morning practices, she has to be at practice every day after school from 2:40 until 5 p.m. Meets are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well. There is no doubt that this is a sport that takes dedication and endurance. “I absolutely loved swim. It was by far one of my favorite parts of high school. You become so close with your teammates because you’re with them so much, it’s almost like you become a little family,” LCN alumni Abby Girard said. “Everyone is also so supportive of each other. It felt great going day-in and day-out, knowing I not only had my family and friends supporting me, but every girl on my team right there

behind me as well.” The girls have originally set some goals for the season such as winning the dual meet and placing in the county meet as well. “Our main goal was to win the dual meet but unfortunately that’s not possible, St. Clair has already got us beat for it,” swim coach Mike Owensby said. Even though there is no chance for the girls to win the dual meet like they had hoped for, they continue to carry on the grueling practices, especially in the morning. Although the girls don’t appreciate or enjoy waking up early every day, they do appreciate the practices when they become better swimmers. “I’d say the morning practices are one of the biggest challenges of being a member of the team. I mean, they start at 5 in the morning,” Owensby said. “They’re definitely not my favorite part of being on the swim team, but I know it benefits me as a swimmer and will pay off in the end,” Zabicki said. The girls still continue to compete. During the first week of October, the team was set to compete in the County meet and still continue to compete in weekly swim meets against other schools. “We really don’t have a particular rival in swim,” Owensby said when asked

if swim team rivalries are anything like LCN’s football rivalries that sometimes can be taken too far. As much as all the girls on the swim team want to win, they try to take a tough loss and learn from it. “The only thing we can really do is look back at what we did wrong or could have done better and try to go out and correct ourselves at the next meet, and of course, push ourselves in practice,” Zabicki said. In some sports, teams will hold extra practices or carry practices on for a few hours longer if they know they have a big game coming up. It isn’t quite the same for swim. “We prepare for every meet the same. There isn’t one team in particular that we think is tougher than another,” said Owensby, when asked if his team does any specific preparations for certain meets. “I personally don’t think the swim team gets enough recognition. They practice just as much as any other varsity team at this school. I know I could never wake up at 5 to go swim every morning. Any LCN student that isn’t busy on a Monday night in October should definitely go to Twisted Rooster to help the swim team and our fellow classmates out,” Becca Sikowski ’14 said.

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Tigers win division, look to go deep in playoffs Detroit Tigers’ Jose Iglesias, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder talked during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins.

Justin Graham ‘14 Reporter

Created in 1894 as part of the Western League, lately the Tigers have been a team to be reckoned with. Last year, the Tigers reached the World Series, only to be swept by the San Francisco Giants. This year is believed to be a different story. With a more productive offense, phenomenal pitching, and an outstanding defense, the Tigers are an outstanding team who seem to be unstoppable to many people. ”I don’t see any other team with this kind of potential. I would be shocked if the Tigers don’t at least reach the World Series.” Keegan Roth ’14 said. The reason the Tigers are 93-66 is because of the players and coaching staff. With Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Jim Leyland, high achievements are destined to happen. Cabrera, Triple Crown winner in the 2012 season, is having another incredible year. Seven homeruns behind league leader Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles first baseman, Cabrera also is leading the league in batting average and slugging percentage and is also tied for runners batted in. Scherzer, the Tigers’ ace pitcher, has an outstanding 19-3 record with one of the lowest earned run averages. Verlander, also a pitcher for the Tigers, is 13-12 this season. Verlander’s stats are still very similar to that of last year, when he was the Tigers’ ace. All of the players on the Tigers influence the team in a positive way. With new talent added to the mix, teams are becoming stronger and stronger. The new shortstop for the Tigers, Jose Iglesias, is a perfect example of this. Ranked twenty-first at his position, and

Cross country runs into success this season Michaelann Brasgalla ‘14 Reporter

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with a .310 batting average, many believe this young man is going to become something great. The Tigers are first in the American League Central Division again. This team is second in runs, first in batting average, second in on-base percentage, and second in slugging percentage, and this is the reason why the Tigers attained first place. With one of the best records in the league, the Tigers are dominating in every aspect of the game. Thanks to the most quality starts pitching and best overall batting average, the Tigers sure look like they have what it takes to win the World Series. “The Tigers are having one of the most incredible seasons I’ve ever seen. They’ve been stellar and I seriously think they’re going to win it all this time,” Erik Loush ’14 said. On the other hand, the Tigers have had some issues with players. With injuries, suspensions, and players hitting cold streaks, it leaves some fans in doubt on what the rest of the season looks like for the Tigers. “Yeah, the Tigers have obviously been playing pretty well, but all teams go through a cold streak. I just think that the Tigers’ cold streak is going to come at the wrong time,” Ian Hickerson ’14 said. Regardless of the outcome of the post season, fans are still proud of how their home team has been doing and are amazed at how well they’ve been playing. “My whole family loves baseball and we’ve always watched the Tigers, and I can’t believe how well they’ve played this year,” said Scottie Falkenhagen ‘15. The rest of the season and post season for the Tigers should be an interesting one, and everybody can’t wait to see it.

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Every day at 2:20 p.m., the bell rings. Staff and students rush to exit the building as quickly as possible, but there is a group of students anticipating this time for a completely different reason: it is time to run. After school, the cross country team meets in Coach Jason Hubbard’s room, 119. During practice, the amount of miles each person runs depends on his or her progress. One group will run seven miles; another group will run six miles, and so on. “I started at less than a mile, but now I run seven miles every day with the exception of long runs and speed workouts,” said Eric Passeno ‘16. The team also does speed work workouts. “Speed workouts consist of 400’s or 800’s, and your goal is to hit the same time over and over again,” said Nicole Werthmann ‘15. The cross country team also competes in races. Each race is a 5K run, which is 3.1 miles. This is not your average lap around the track. The races are run outside where the terrain can be anything from grass to gravel, mud to hills. These races are more than physical, they are mental, too. Each runner has her or her own source of motivation. “Every stride I take, I feel like history is being made,” said Emily Oehmke ‘15. Jacob Schaldenbrand ‘17 runs to be a part of a family and for the experience. “I run to represent North in the meets, and it’s something I can dedicate myself to,” said Schaldenbrand. The cross country runners are more than just a team: they are a family. They have team dinners over each other’s houses, and they go to camp for five

days together. They even incorporate running into team outings, like going to the cider mill to run, then going to get cider and donuts afterwards. Running has become a big part of the team’s lives. There are no days off for the cross country team. For some, cross country takes up a big part of an already busy schedule. Between soccer practices three times a week, soccer games during the week and weekends, cross country meets and practices, stress from taking two AP classes, other homework, and preparing for the ACT, Werthmann has no time to sleep. “It’s a lot, but cross country is worth it,” said Werthmann. Others do not worry about working it into their schedule because running has become so habitual. Cross country is not your average, main-stream sport. Practice is held every day, and they run until their legs feel like they are going to give out. When it comes time for the races, the runners need to be as mentally prepared as they are physically because the course is a test on both physical and mental abilities. Even though they are a team, they are so much more than that; they are a family, too. They spend time together in and out of their running shoes. They all found their love for running in different ways, at different levels. Some of them run cross country to stay in shape; others do it because they fell in love with running from playing a different sport. A few were more advanced than others, but they have all made incredible progress from their starting points. “There is no better feeling than running; I could describe it in so many ways, even give you a science behind it, but it’s something you have to experience for yourself,” said Oehmke.

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Football: New year, new look Nick Piwko ‘14 Photographer

It has been a long six months for the LCN Varsity Football Team. During the summer, other students were at home sleeping during the summer, while the team was up early training to better themselves. Team members know that they need to work harder than other teams to reach their goals.. “Our goals for the season are quite simple: we would like to win all of our first home games, which we accomplished that; next, we need to win the MAC Blue, and then we have to win all of our home games. When we make those goals, we will make the playoff and then hopefully make a run,” Varsity Head Coach Anthony Kiner said. The coaching staff really benefits the team. What makes them so beneficial is that football has been a part of all of their lives for a long time. “Great players make great coaches, so when you have a talented group of running backs like I do, I look like Vince Lombardi,” Assistant Coach Brian Anderson said. “It does look like there is some improvement at the running back position. It’s a talented group so, as far as me, I haven’t gotten in the way so I’ll give myself a lot of credit in that regard, but overall the kids have done really well and they work hard.” All summer long, the team was up before 8 a.m. for practice, and they were ready to go as soon as possible because no one wanted to be late. “If you are late for practice, that means we have to run. No one wanted to be that guy that made everyone run because it wouldn’t be fun for you after

when we strapped up our pads,” said Mason Thomas ‘14. Knowing everyone else was comfy in their beds at home, the guys were there from 8-10 a.m. They worked hard, dripping in sweat, trying to be the best and fight for their positions. Even on the weekends, team members took no days off. The coaches weren’t forcing them to go on Sundays, but they secretly did. “The running backs had a slogan this off season called no days off. Literally, every week when there wasn’t a day when there was a football activity planned, they were at the field doing agility drills or learning new plays. I actually had to convince them that they had to take Sunday off or they are going to wear their bodies down and even then, I’m not sure if they listened,” Coach Anderson said. Before the season starts, most teams make a seven-on-seven team. The seven-on-seven team is every position on the field except the big linemen on both sides of the ball. The team traveled all over including to Toledo, Ohio, and Wayne State University to play in a seven-on-seven tournament. They even hosted some seven-on-seven games “The seven-on-seven games really help me being a quarterback because then I can get a feel for my wide receivers running their routes hard. Plus it gives us more competition instead of going against our own [defensive backs]. so there is always a good look for us and, all in all, it makes us better. We can learn a lot from it because we know what passing routes work,” Sean Koski ‘14 said. Players really stepped up this summer

Photo by Alexis Carlson ‘14

The student section is alive and rowdy at Anchor Bay High School for the football game. The Crusaders blew out the Tars 55-12.

Photo by Miranda Rysiewicz ‘15

The football team takes on cross-town rival Anchor Bay in their fourth game of the season. The game was held on the Tars’ turf.

and it was much-needed, especially because most of the starters last year were seniors and are now off to college. This team’s seniors knew that all the alumni worked extremely hard so they needed to keep the tradition going to make a playoff run. “I would say there is not one specific player I can put down but there are two that really made me proud as a coach, and the first is Alex Bond. He really made strides from what he was last year to what he has become this year. He’s become an extended part of our offense. The second would be Frank DeVos. For a kid who is playing his first year of football, you can’t even tell that he is a first-year football player. I think he has a bright future if he continues working hard,” Assistant Coach Jordan Belfiori said. “The cheerleaders are definitely our biggest fans because they are at every game and they are always cheering no matter what the score is. They also help by getting the student section loud and cheering,” Josh Alanskas ‘14 said. Everyone joins in on the cheers the cheer team is chanting. Everyone shows their school spirit by dressing in black and gold, and packing themselves into the student section of the bleachers. To kick off the season, the Crusaders traveled to Warren Cousino and took a 42-37 victory. Quarterback Koski threw four touchdown passes and ran one in himself. This sent the Crusaders back home with smiling faces, ready to play

their next game. The home opener against Grosse Pointe South was a great game with an exciting finish. The Crusaders knew it would be a tough game and a fight to the finish. Whoever won this game knew they were in position to win the MAC Blue title. With four minutes and 30 seconds left, the Crusaders were down by 10 with their defense out on the field. They knew they needed to make a defensive stand, so they did what they needed to do. Koski got the ball in his hands once again and threw to Connor Carbary ’14 for a touchdown to tighen up the game. Seconds later, Bond recovered the onside kick. The Crusaders knew they needed a touchdown then or Grosse Pointe South would leave with the victory. After a crushing penalty and three seconds left on the clock, Koski stepped up in the pocket and found Trevor Conklin ’15 only a few yards away from the end zone and open. He spun into the end zone for the Crusader victory. The Crusaders hit the road again, this time to face Grosse Pointe North. The Crusaders took a seven-point lead in the first quarter. But Grosse Pointe came right back with another touchdown. The Crusaders trailed the Norsemen throughout and suffered a 33-21 loss, their first of the season. The team still has enough games to redeem themselves after the tough loss against GPN to make a playoff run.

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Horsing around Pop’s Power Play Equestrian team gallops to regional competition for third time

Wings try for 23rd playoff run

Photo by Cara Smith ‘15

The LCN Equestrian Team poses for a picture in front of the Shiawassee County Fair at Regionals. Abigail Donahue ‘15 Feature Editor

In September, Alex Stark ’15 and several students from LCN competed against other schools with the LCN Equestrian Team at Goodells Fairgrounds. Stark saddled up her horse Grace and got ready to go into her hunt seat class. “Hunt seat is a lot of fun. I like how elegant and how fast the horses go,” Stark said. During equestrian team meets, there are several different classes at the show and each person on the team competes in a different class. “I do saddle seat with my horse. I like saddle seat the best because I like how the horse carries itself,” Melanie LeDuc ’14 said. At every meet the equestrian team attends, members collect points from the class they show in, and the top two teams with the most points go to regionals. This season the LCN equestrian team went to regionals. “I’m excited for regionals because it’s going to be a lot of fun being with the team and competing against different horses,” Stark said. Regionals are a big deal for LCN because this is the third year they have made it that far and hope to go even further. “Regionals are held in Shiawassee, and I am very excited because the whole team gets to spend time together and represent LCN in front of schools that aren’t from around here,” LeDuc said.

Equestrian team is very different from most sports. Even though they are a team, their most important team member is their horse. “I show my horses Bree and Bear in speed classes and without them I would not be who I am today,” Ellie Baguzis ’16 said. Horses have been a big part of each team member’s life because each rider and horse has to work together. The equestrian team is very close just like any other team. “My favorite part about equestrian team is just being with all my friends and hanging out as a team,” LeDuc said. The team has made a lot of great memories and hopes to make even more throughout the rest of their season. At past meets the team has worked very hard to get where they are now. “This was my first year on the equestrian team and I am very excited for regionals. I hope the team does even better than they did in their meets and maybe even make it to the next level which is states,” Breana Nead ’15 said. Both coaches and team members feel that they could make it to states which would be the farthest the equestrian team has ever gone if the whole team works hard. “I think the team will do very well. We have been a very strong team all season and we definitely have the potential to make it past regionals. It is going to be hard work but if everyone practices hard, we can do it,” Coach Linda LeDuc said.

Chris Popovich ‘14 Reporter/Columnist

Fans of the Detroit Red Wings have been accustomed to seeing their team in the post-season for 22 years straight. Many changes were made during the off-season which has many asking, ‘’Can they make it 23?” The team lost long-time player Valtteri Filppula to free agency. The second line playmaker spent seven years with the Red Wings and has now signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Filppula scored clutch goals for Detroit. The move left many fans in doubt of Detroit’s second line center position. But Wings General Manager Ken Holland made a nice move of his own, acquiring 30-year old Stephen Weiss from free agency. The gritty center averaged 15 goals a year in Florida. Weiss was dropped from the Florida Panthers due to a contract request they could not meet. Weiss played 12 years for Florida and ended up a leader on the struggling team. In addition to losing Filppula, Detroit lost 27-year old Damien Brunner. The Wings signed Brunner last year and the sniper chipped in 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games. Brunner was not as big a loss as Filppula, but was still a step backwards for the team. Holland would make one of the biggest moves of the summer, acquiring 40-year old Daniel Alfredsson. The Swedish player spent 17 years in Ot-

tawa. Alfredsson scored big goals for the Senators but also added great veteran leadership. He is a special player that should bond very easily with the Swedish players on Detroit. Of course, a team cannot be a playoff team every year without strong goaltending. Jimmy Howard has been the man in net for the past few years and deserves a lot of credit for Detroit’s recent success. During the 2011-2012 season, ’’Howie” earned a spot on the Western Conference All-Star Team. Howard signed a huge six-year $31.8 million dollar contract, said NHL. com. Fans had mixed emotions and thoughts about the signing. Some are happy to see him back, but some think Detroit offered too much. Nonetheless, Detroit has the league’s best goaltending. The players Detroit lost were evenly replaced by the players they acquired. The biggest change will be the team’s move to the Eastern Conference. The Eastern Conference is a physical conference, unlike the fast paced play of the Western Conference. Detroit will benefit from the move because there will be less travel, and the fans will benefit because most games will be in the Eastern Time Zone. Detroit has some hurdles to climb this year but I believe the 22-year playoff streak will continue for the Detroit Red Wings!

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Coverage adds to fans’ disappointment Jessie DiBattista ‘14 Copy Editor

As Miley Cyrus takes the stage, fans await excitedly for their favorite artist to perform. Cyrus’ song comes on, and the whole building starts to sing along; however, reactions change quickly and the faces in the crowd change from excited to confused in a matter of seconds. Cyrus is one among many to start her career on Disney Channel, but as time progressed, Cyrus’ “good girl” image started to fade. Recently, Cyrus’ new single, “We Can’t Stop” shocked the nation as her “more mature” appearance started to shine through. Not long after, Cyrus performed at the VMAs showing off her skinny body and fierce attitude. This has left a terrible influence on teens all over America. Cyrus, however, is not the only one to try to change her image. As celebrities grow older, they feel the need to change their image to a more “mature” attitude. However, examples

including Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and the Kardashians show no maturity what-so-ever. I think Cyrus is one among many to represent a cry for attention. Even though she claims that her music sends a deep message, her appearances are only to show that she has “grown up.” This could affect teens at home because watching their role models act foolishly can ultimately lead them to act foolishly. Personally, I love Miley Cyrus, and her music has catchy beats and fun lyrics, but that doesn’t give her a right to act out in such a nasty way on national televison. Not only Cyrus, but also heartthrob Bieber is yet another example of a celebrity who has broken free from a rather childish image. Bieber’s new album, “Believe,” features artists for a more mature audience in an attempt to show his older side, not to mention Bieber’s other immature outbursts that he has done to attract attention. The Kardashians also

has the media representing them as a mature family when really, they’re the complete opposite. This family has an entertaining TV show; however, the media sets them up to be role models to younger children and mothers. I think that the media should not portray these celebrities as such icons because there is nothing mature or important about them, and in all honesty their outbursts and crazy performances leave many of us confused and wondering ‘why?’ Now I understand that entertainment plays an important role in Hollywood; however, I do not think that the media needs to put celebrities up on a pedestal. Also, the music and film industries are very competitive, and every artist wants to be remembered and get their name out there, but acting in such an obnoxious way on stage does not help them get remembered in a positive way. “Every artist wants to make history,” Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at The Barclay Center in New York, NY, Sunday, August 25, 2013.

said in a MTV interview, “People are over thinking about it.” Even though Cyrus said she wanted to make history I still think that she is ultimately exposing herself so people will know she is not Hannah Montana anymore. I understand that performances like these leave teenagers at home thinking, ‘what will happen next’, but that doesn’t

make any of it acceptable. Lady Gaga is another artist that is known for her outrageous stage performances that created history. With her crazy costumes and insane dances Gaga uses her ‘unusual’ image to let her voice be heard. I respect these artists for trying to get their names out there, although I do not respect the media for

showcasing their “crazy” actions for ratings. Lastly, the media broadcasting these celebrities more and more frequently prevents teenagers and other viewers from focusing on other important issues such as the news, and the worst part of it all is that the media doesn’t even like these celebrities; all they want is kids to watch them to increase ratings, so they can make more money. These celebrities are distractions for teens that are going through high school; It is still entertaining to watch who does what. It is just not right to praise them for their actions or keep talking about their “big move.” As time goes on, former celebrities will fade and new ones will enter the playing field; however, media will never stop praising and loving the new drama that each artist holds in their voice. As Miley Cyrus takes the stage, fans await excitingly to see the stunning history that is about to take place.

MSU - U/M rivalry heats up Jake Carriveau ‘14 Sports Editor

Everyone in Michigan knows that the biggest college football game of the year is taking place November 2, and will be played between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State University Spartans. The fall showdown is one of the most anticipated games of the season for both teams.

The Wolverines won the game last year by a score of 12-10. They pack a huge punch defensively and their offense is capable of scoring on every drive. The Spartans’ defense is very good but their offense is struggling this year. The Wolverines, commonly referred to as ‘big brother,’ have too many offensive weapons and defensive threats to suffer a defeat at the hands of ‘little brother,’

Michigan State. Michigan has had its struggles over the past few seasons but it all seems to be coming together now. Math teacher and Michigan alumna Alyssa Arden said, “U of M is on a comeback. They were having some problems but now it seems like they’re doing everything right.” The Wolverines are, indeed, doing everything right. According to ESPN Recruiting Nation,

Michigan was twelfth overall in the number of incoming freshmen recruited to play football. Among them were 17 four-star prospects. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by Michigan fans that Michigan State’s offense is practically nonexistent this season. “MSU’s offense is just awful. I could do better than that,” Derrick Croce ’14 said. According to ESPN, Michigan State’s offense

has only 102 points, compared to Michigan’s 128. In Michigan State’s week two against University of South Florida State’s defense was responsible for 14 of their points. It is also hasn’t gone unnoticed by Michigan fans that their Wolverines’ defense is playing very well. “Michigan’s defense seems better now than it has the past few seasons. They don’t let up a lot of points and actually seem

like they know what to do,” Jenna Helsing ’15 said. With the defense playing like a Michigan defense should and Michigan State offense playing like a ‘little brother’ would, the ‘big brother’ will once again regain the Paul Bunyan Trophy during the annual competition. The Wolverines will advance the overall record of the series to 69-31-5.

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Homecoming vs. prom Sammi Pleiness ‘14 Cover Editor

Dancing, dates, dresses, OH MY! You’re probably thinking: what is she even talking about? Well, for all of you that don’t already know, our high school has a homecoming dance near the beginning of the year. I have attended every homecoming throughout my years at LCN, and with each dance, my anticipation has grown more and more for one of the very special nights during your senior year… prom! Although

everyone doesn’t get a chance to experience prom before their senior year, I was able to go during my junior year and experience the event first-hand. What comes to mind when you hear the word, ‘homecoming’? I think about driving up into the school with an averagelooking car, dancing in the jam-packed gym, and struggling to find a place to eat that will even take a reservation for 20 or more. Just like prom, students get a chance to show everyone their amazing taste and

good looks. Most of the girls tend to wear short dresses, and the guys usually wear dress pants and a shirt with suspenders. Along with that, most people go to homecoming without a date. It’s not needed and I always have more fun going with just a big group of my friends anyway (see related story on page 18). Lastly, homecoming includes all grades, and there isn’t anything wrong with that, except the fact that it gets too crowded and it is extremely hot in the gym which is not fun.

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LCN alumni strike a pose for the camera on prom day.

With that being said, prom features a totally different environment. A major part of prom is not having the dance at LCN; attendees get a chance to spend a night out at a fancy hall that gets all decorated to go along with the prom theme. Another special thing about prom is that the guys plan these extravagant ways to ask a girl to prom, whether it’s in front of the lunch room or even at a soccer game. It soon becomes a challenge among the guys to see who can outdo one another. The dresses and dress

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shirts from homecoming to prom are completely different; they become more formal. Most of the girls find the biggest, brightest, most poofy dresses they can possibly find and the guys will wear a full tuxedo at prom. You can’t forget the ride to prom. People try to make this night as memorable as it possibly could be, so most of the seniors rent either a limo or an extremely expensive car, such as a Cadillac. Lastly, the only downfall to prom is the amount of money that

a person may spend. Dresses cost more, the ticket is more expensive, and other essentials add up. Based on my experience last year, it is all worth it in the end. There are pros and cons to both events, where homecoming is less expensive and more of a group event and where prom is more expensive, more formal, and is also the last dance the seniors get to share together. Everyone has his/ her own preference about which one is more appealing, but my personal favorite is prom.

Photo by Kelly Irwin ‘14

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Abby LaPorte ‘14 and Kelly Irwin ‘14 take a photo after preparing for homecoming.

Liz Zaccagnini ‘14 and Jess DiBattista ‘14 show off their flirty homecoming dresses.

EDITORIAL United States should not strike in Syria T

he United States has been known for doing what is right in any situation, regardless of the consequences. However, when the question of putting our own country in danger is at stake, maybe doing what’s right isn’t always the answer. The problems currently occurring in Syria have brought a lot of attention to the United States. Syria has been involved an ongoing civil war for a while now, but the moment that chemi-

cal weapons became a problem between the Syrian government and the rebels, President Barrack Obama claimed they “crossed the line.” Now here is the question: does the United States take action and strike against Syria or stay back and watch thousands of people die? The North Star staff thinks that striking in Syria would be a terrible move for us as we stand as a county. Yes, the United States is known for being “a free

country” that stands up against unfair accusations against innocent people, but striking in Syria would be like starting a World War 111 because when the U.S. comes in, multiple other countries will, too. In an article by Harrison Township Republican Candice Miller, she stated, “While we are still the most powerful nation in the world, and particularly in the Middle East, [power] comes at a great cost of American blood and treasure while

not providing a commensurate benefit to our national security.” President Obama is put in an uncomfortable position because Syria has violated an “international norm” by using chemical weapons and the right thing to do would be to step in, but as a nation we should have learned something valuable about the last 12 years when we were involved in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States should protect only the Ameri-

can people, American allies, and American vital national interests. The biggest problem is that party that used the chemical weapons is still a mystery. The United States doesn’t know if it was the Syrian government or its citizens rebelling against them. Why would we take the risk of threatening our military if its not even the government that has been using the weapons? Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to the option

given by Russia to give up chemical weapons but the entire situation as a whole is sketchy. We don’t know who has the chemical weapons, so how do we know for a fact that they will give them up? We also are not in a position to put trust in Russia. How do we know that Russia won’t turn against us and use the chemical weapons? The North Star staff feels that a strike on Syria or involving the U.S. in the situation at all would not be prudent.

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October 9, 2013

Homecoming dates: do you need them?

Hayley Tomich ‘14 Opinions Editor

The word “homecoming” can mean several things. For some, it means the beginning of yet another school year. For others, it means excitement and guaranteed memories. For very few, it means the search for a date to accompany them to the dance. The homecoming dance could arguably be one of the most lookedforward to events of the year. Girls begin to fret over dresses and dates before the school year even starts. I think that stressing about a dress is typical, but stressing

about a date is simply unnecessary. Going to the dance with a date could be fantastic or extremely awkward. Through many years of experience, I have found the latter to be true. I feel that homecoming dates only create confusion and anxiety. First of all, the decision between which group to go to the dance with is a prime example of why homecoming dates bring about stress. Let’s say that you are going to the dance with someone outside of your group of friends. You can

either make your date uncomfortable and go with your friends, or you can feel awkward and ride a bus or limo with your date’s friends. Either way, one half of the duo will have an awful experience. Another reason homecoming dates are not needed is it is often hard to have fun just dancing with one person all night. Part of the fun of the event is dancing and enjoying yourself with all your classmates and friends. Going with a date means you are entitled to stay with them

for the duration of the dance. I have seen that most people stray from their date and end up hurting their date’s feelings. A great alternative to a homecoming date is having someone to match with just for pictures. You can get corsages and boutonnières to look snazzy for pictures, but when the dance comes, you are totally free. Another alternative is matching with a friend of the same gender. This is specifically towards girls, since many boys won’t be getting matching corsag-

es for each other. Either way it makes for a great photo opportunity that you can look back on as you get older. A formal date works well if you are in a relationship. If you are faithfully dating someone, then by all means go to the dance with them! Otherwise, it can be a disaster and will most likely lead to an uncomfortable night. Homecoming is a very exciting and fun time. Don’t be pressured into going with a date when you can still have a fun time without one.

Students gain spirit as they mature Hayley Tomich ‘14 Opinions Editor

As I was standing outside the football stadium, the screams from the crowd were already piercing my ears. As I walked closer to the stands, I could see my fellow seniors standing towards the front of the student section cheering on the team. Standing behind them were mainly juniors and a few sophomores. I couldn’t help but think to myself, “this is what senior year is all about.” With age comes maturity, and some would say more confidence. This has proven to be very true in the halls of L’Anse Creuse High School-North. As students get older, they tend to have more school spirit and participate in more school-oriented activities. Why is that, though? As freshmen walk through the building on their first day, there are so many things running through their minds. The last thing they want to worry about is whether or not they are going to attend a football game or wear black and gold on Friday. So, when the time comes for this crucial decision to be made, they simply take a step back and decide not to participate. Underclassmen do not yet have enough confidence to step out of their

shell and take pride in their school. I personally fell victim to this my freshman year and refrained from showing too much school spirit. One of my goals was to one day participate and be as enthusiastic as the seniors were. Shelby Stanton ‘17 said, “The seniors have much higher school spirit and you can tell they are upperclassmen because they are more excited to participate.” The excitement that the seniors bring to the table enthuses other students and makes them want to have as much excitement. But what is it that makes the seniors have so much school spirit? Many factors play a part in why the seniors have so much pep. Confidence is the number one reason. After surviving three years of high school, seniors finally realize that it is not the end of the world if they get a little too crazy at a high school basketball game. Abby LaPorte ’14 said, “I go to more sporting events now that I am an upperclassman.” Seniors are finally the oldest in the school, and they feel like they have the power to do whatever they want. Another reason could possibly be that most of their friends, who are upperclassmen, are playing on the varsity

teams. Cheering on friends is much more exciting than cheering on someone unfamiliar. Students who want their classmates to win are much more likely to cheer them on. Seniors also want to participate because they are always trying to out-do the class before them. For three years they have sat back and watched other older students run the student section at sporting events and exhibit the most school spirit during spirit week. Anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t want to be better than the people who came before them. This is specifically true with seniors. The class of 2015 is most likely plotting how to show more pride and school spirit than the current seniors as they read this. School spirit has also increased because of instruments that make it easier to cheer on sports teams. A vuvuzela is basically a horn that produces a tone often heard at sporting events. Many students bedazzle their vuvuzela and bring it every sporting event they attend. The use of the cowbell is also very popular in promoting school spirit. The leader of the student section, who is normally a senior, often rings it to pump up the rest of the student section. This enthusiasm for school pride doesn’t end when senior year does. It

carries into college and college sporting events including rivalries. LCN alumnus Jacob Puma said, “I had a lot of school spirit in high school, and so far it’s the same way now at Central Michigan University. I plan to attend a lot of the sporting events and I represent CMU all the time.” School spirit is a great way to get involved and meet plenty of new people. I have witnessed it bring some of the people in my own class together for the first time throughout high school. Supporting a sports team basically brings together people who are cheering for and want the same thing together in a crowded area on the bleachers. So in a nutshell, showing school pride is a chance to meet all sorts of people. Although some students may not show as much school pride as they are capable of, they eventually will. Sporting teams thrive on the enthusiasm of the fans and wouldn’t be as successful without them. Whether it’s having confidence, a vuvuzela, the desire to meet new people, or simply having too much school pride, showing how much you want your school’s athletic teams to win will never go out of style. Illustration from

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Photo by Sammi Pleiness ‘14

Some of the students from the class of 2014 during last year’s homecoming take pictures at Kayla Cardeccia’s house. Photo credit to Miranda Rysiewicz ‘15

Students from the class of 2015 get ready to go to the ‘Haunted Homecoming’. Photo credit to Lauryn Bielawski ‘16

Students from the class of 2016 pose for the camera last fall.

Photo credit to Jake Carriveau ‘14

Sam Mohawk ‘14, Melanie Miscovich ‘14 and Jake Carriveau ‘14 take pictures during sophomore year.

Photo credit to Adrianna Sputa ‘15

Students from the class of 2015 are full of excitement for homecoming.

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