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Camp Cavell: a tradition continues

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Daring campers at Camp Cavell prepare for the polar plunge in Lake Huron. The 40-degree weather was no match for many of the swimmers. To read more about Camp Cavell, see page 2.

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L’Anse Creuse High School - North 23700 21 Mile Road Macomb, MI 48042

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Alcohol impacts everyone in the school including students and staff members. To read more on the dangers of alcohol, see pages 12 and 13.

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Taylor Swift’s new album is the talk of the pop music world. To read a review on “Red,” see page 15.

Volume XXXVIII Issue II Photo by Sieloff

Basketball season is quickly approaching! To read a preview about the upcoming season, see page 18.

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Camp Cavell 2012

Photo by Lindsay MacAulay ‘14


Eighty students embarked on the 2012 trip to Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI. Students came back with a new outlook on life, and many forged new bonds with their classmates.

s the bus winds down the narrow, tree-lined passage, twisting and turning through the woods, the mysterious Camp Cavell comes into sight. The brisk autumn air sends chills through everyone as they breathe in the mist off of Lake Huron. As everyone congregates in the lodge, the anticipation peaks of what is to happen next. LCN’s annual trip to Camp Cavell is a communications camp held on the rocky shores of Lake Huron. On Friday afternoon, November 2, 80 students journeyed to the camp, located in Lexington, MI. Over the course of the weekend, students are split up into small groups of around 10 students. Within the groups, two teacher facilitators lead the students in discussions on the hot topics that students face every day. The students choose what topic they want to discuss, and nothing is off the table. Topics include cliques, family problems, dating, sports, or even drugs and

alcohol. The individual compete against other allow their peers to hold begin to spill out, and groups determine what them, sometimes sidegroups. tears fall from every face they will discuss based ways and upside down One such challenge in the room. Students on what’s on their mind. in the air, as they twisted brought the groups into learn that everyone has “It was a very positive and turned to make it the grand lodge where a story and the lesson of and uplifting experithrough. they faced a giant wall of not judging a book by its ence,” said Spencer Palm cover comes to life. Students are also webbing. The challenge: ’14, a 2011 Camp Cavell given free break time Teacher facilitators can pass through the web to participant. “I made a to embrace their new get to the other side. The either take the role of a lot of new friends and hard part: two students friendships and build on moderator, to keep the learned a lot about mycan’t pass through the existing ones. conversation going, or self and about my peers.” can jump into the consame hole in the web. At one point, a brave Throughout the weekfew take the polar plunge versation and share their Students then had to use end, students release team work, ingenuity, into Lake Huron. As experiences and input as their deepest and darkest well. and some flexibility to lift they strip down to their secrets to their peers to each other through the bathing suits in the frigid In addition to the lift off the weight of their discussions, students varying holes. 40 degree November air problems. In the end, and shiver on the sand, also participate in teamTrust became key as students feel uplifted their friends look on building challenges and some students had to and learn to trust one and shiver for them. another. All at once, the mass “It was definitely a charges towards the positive experience cold water and takes and an eye-opener. I the plunge amongst got a lot out of it and shrieks and screams. it made me realize Throughout the how different people day, everyone comes are but also how they together to play can relate to other volleyball, walk the people,” said Rachel beach, or even pet the Binge ’13. resident alpacas! During the sessions, At night, students the students and fagather in the dining cilitators gather into a hall to play euchre circle in a warm room or just relax in the with plenty of Kleenchairs. Other students ex, hot chocolate, and Photo by Cordero MacNear ‘14 circle around the coffee to share their bonfire and share wild Twenty-three Camp Cavell particants took the polar plunge stories amidst pranks own story. As everyinto Lake Huron to experience a rush. This was one of many one learns to trust and jokes. group experiences at Camp Cavell. each other, stories The entire weekend is

geared toward breaking stereotypes and creating bonds. “It was a great experience… I think Camp Cavell taught me to accept people for who they are because you never really know what is going on in their life,” said Paige Wilson ’13. According to Scott Light, math teacher and Camp Cavell co-sponsor, the students chosen to attend are the leaders of every clique and group in the school. The goal is to bring in a diverse group of students so that they can bring back the lessons they learn to their peers. “Hopefully students come back with better communication and awareness of others,” said Light. As the weekend comes to a close, students embrace their new friendships and spend their final time enjoying the scenic retreat. The bus ride home ends in hugs goodbye and a new outlook on life. In 48 short hours, students gain a new perspective on life.

James Coller ‘13


Additional reporting by Darian Hillaker ‘13

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The famous Big Ben in London, England taken during London’s New Year. The tune was written by an artist from London.

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The North Star Senior section of Crusader Nation cheers during the Homecoming assembly. Often, Crusader pride is evident during that week; however, now LCN has a song all its own to help exhibit school pride.

Photo by Cordero MacNear ‘14

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Dixon commissions song for Crusader Nation Trevor Frye ‘13 Reviews Editor

During the early part of the year, Principal Greg Dixon worked with a recording studio in London, England, to produce a song for LCN. The song is entitled “Crusader Nation.” This song was created to show the school’s sense of pride. The artist who sings the song is Lucus Jones from London. Dixon came across an ad on the internet from The ad said “inexpensive male vocalist will remix any song.”

Dixon took it into his own hands to purchase the rights to the song “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes and to have the artist sing a song about LCN. It was done at the low cost of $250. Dixon, with help from others, wrote the lyrics in order to show pride for LCN. The song describes North as “home,” showing that students all have a commonality and something students can all connect with, he said. The song was remixed over “Seven Nation Army” a very recogniz-

able song. Dixon chose this song because many students know it and are familiar with the distinctive beat, he said. While writing the song, Dixon wanted to make sure he didn’t offend anyone and he wanted to use it to bring the students together. “This is one of the few things that I, as a principal, can do that affects students building-wide. I wanted to establish a connection between the whole student body,” he said. When he was finished with the lyrics, Dixon

sent them to the recording studio in London. The whole process took about a week until the final product was ready. Dixon was surprised with how well it turned out. “I am very happy with the final product. There were some parts where the man’s accent was heard in the song, but it’s very faint so I don’t want him to go through the trouble to fix it,” he said. The song hasn’t been played for the entire student body yet, but some of the students have heard a preview of the song. Chris Nowak

Students enjoy new cell phone freedom Jenna Alred ‘13 Reporter

After the implementation of the new cell phone policy, students walk through the halls with blatant disregard for their surroundings as they text and tweet away. This year phones are allowed in the halls, commons area, and cafeteria. Red, green, and yellow

zones are used to describe where cell phone use is allowed. “I like being able to have my cell phone out while I’m not in class, so I can still talk to my friends without having to walk all the way to wherever they are,” said Morgan Rutz ’13. The new cell phone policy allows students

to use their phones in the hallways, as well as whenever their teachers say the classroom is a “green zone.” “I like it because it gives us a tad more freedom to use the phone for educational purposes while maintaining a blossoming social life,” said Devin LaPorte ’13. Teachers have a differ-

ent perspective on the cell phone policy. Some are a little disappointed by the outcome of the pilot program, like Scott Light, a math teacher. “I don’t feel like it has worked out like we had hoped,” said Light. “Students end up coming later and later to class because they want to stay out in the hallways and


Sung to The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” We’re gonna win it all The Crusader Nation just will not be held back They can try to rip us off Talking trash right behind our backs And I’m talking to myself at night Because I can’t forget Back and forth through my mind Fly’in like a jet And the message coming from my eyes Says this is our home You’re gonna hear about it Everyone of us has a story to tell Everyone knows about it From the first “good morning” to the very last bell

’13 heard it before many other students. “The song is kind of cool because it says Crusader Nation in it. Not many other schools can say they have a song about them that was produced by a recording studio,” said Nowak. The objective of the song is to give students something to connect to each other with and to bring the student body together. Hopefully, many students enjoy the song and embrace it with open arms.

text.” Faculty expected the policy to eliminate texting and cell phone use in class, but it really has had an opposite affect. “I think the more students use their cell phones in class, the less social skills they will have to be able to communicate face to face,” said French teacher Marie Howard. “Texting is so much different than talking in person.”

And if I catch you coming back my way I’m gonna give it to you And that ain’t what you want to hear But that’s what I’ll do And a feeling coming from my bones Says this is your home I’m going to beat the score Leave behind the drama forevermore I’m gonna work this job Make the sweat drip out of every pore And I’m reading, and I’m reading, and I’m reading Till I know it in my core All the answers are gonna flow from me And I will doubt no more And the words coming from my brain tell me this is my home

Howard thinks students should put their phones away during school overall to maintain an actual high school atmosphere. “Overall, it has gone very well,” Associate Principal Kim Rawski said. “Even though I love texting my kids throughout the day, we still want phones to be used for positive things.”

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Dedications honor former principals Commons, gymnasium become a permanent memory of Crusader Nation’s leaders Brittiny Shepherd ‘13 Business Manager


ormer principals Tom Denewith and Dave Jackson have done many great things for LCN. Now LCN is showing its support in return by engraving their remembrance into the school to carry on their legacies forever.   Two years ago, the commons was just a door and now it is a giant space where students can socialize, eat lunch, and relax.    The commons dedication ceremony was held on November 7, 2012, for former principal Tom Denewith, and was named The Denewith Commons.    “Mr. Denewith, whom I had the fortune of working for, was one of the best leaders of leading people that I have been around,” teacher Bob Johnston said. “His care and concern for all

Photo by Brittiny Shepherd ‘13

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The gymnasium was dedicated to former principal Dave Jackson. His love for basketball made this the perfect location to honor him. The dedication will take place on December 15, 2012.

people involved at High School-North was tremendous.”   Dr. Greg Dixon said Denewith was the longest-serving principal here with over 20 years. He was very studentcentered and helped to create the positive atmosphere students enjoy here.    The commons was built for the students, and because Denewith always put students first, naming the commons after him was a great choice.    “It is a great honor for him and one that has been long overdue. He

was an excellent principal and a huge reason why I am working in this district right now. He also always put kids first and his decisions were always based on the kids,” social studies teacher Scott Boice said. Social studies teacher Rebecca Humphrey agreed.    “I love Mr. Denewith, he was a great principal and I owe my job at LCN to him. I was hired while he was principal,” Humphrey said. “Even though most current students do not know Mr. Denewith, they knew Mr. Jack-

son, and Mr. Denewith was like Mr. Jackson. He definitely deserves to have the commons named after him.”   The gym, home to many of Crusader Nation’s triumphant athletes, will be dedicated to former Principal Dave Jackson, and it is now named The Jackson Gymnasium.    “Both of the past principals are excellent choices. Mr. Jackson, because basketball was such a big part of his life, and he was so instrumental in establishing Crusader Nation,” Dixon said.

Principal Greg Dixon reads the plaque dedicated to former principal Tom Denewith. The commons was dedicated in Denewith’s name on November 7, 2012. In addition to the commons dedication, the gymnaPhoto by Kim Kozian sium will be dedicated to former principal Dave Jackson.

  Jackson was an athlete, coach, educator and mentor with 38 years of experience in education.    “They could not have picked a better example as a coach and educator. He was a great role model to many people and it is appropriate naming the gym after him,” Johnston said.    This dedication will affect many students and teachers because they know him. “It was a heartbreaking moment in time when Crusader Nation lost Principal Jackson, last year. Mr. Jackson was one of those guys who cared wholeheartedly

about the whole school not just the school as a whole, but every single person as an individual,” Sam Beccari ‘13 said.   Jackson loved all sports, but considering he was a former basketball coach, it is easy to say that he loved basketball the most.    “I feel that Crusader Nation has showed pride towards the beloved man that is dearly missed not only by staff, but students as well,” Sarunas Cowell ‘13 said.    Beccari agreed.    “Before we lost one of the most important people LCN has ever known, he instilled in everyone how much giving back means,” Beccari said.    The gym will be dedicated at the Dave Jackson Tip-Off Classic on December 15, 2012.    According to Dixon, the two were selected by a committee formed by the Board of Education, as a result of Denewith’s and Jackson’s service to LCN.

Photo by Kim Kozian

Faculty, staff, former friends and family of principal Tom Denewith came out to the dedication ceremony to give their support to the former principal.

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Teachers grow beards for charity Vinnie Scarpaci ‘13 Reporter

As LCN enters the autumn month of November, the leaves have fallen, the temperature is dropping, and homecoming is becoming just a faint memory. But there is something else even more spectacular happening in the school. That something is called No Shave November. This year Link Crew is hosting a charity event to help raise money for the L’Anse Creuse Foundation. The premise is that the staff and students will donate money to the teacher that they want

to see grow a beard this month. Each participant has a beard coach. Each beard grower and coach has a can in their room so that any student or staff member can simply walk in and donate! The amount of money donated, in turn, will determine which participants will continue growing their beards. Every week, Link leaders will count the amount of money in each can; whoever has the least amount will be out of the contest and will have to shave his beard. Each beard grower and beard coach is competing

against others throughout the entire month. The proceeds from the event will go to the L’Anse Creuse Foundation, established to help fund special projects for classes, and students throughout the district. Many beard growers feel Photo by Lonny Beasley ‘13 that with the Jason Hubbard, a science teacher, is amount of pargrowing his beard out for No Shave ticipation the November. Link Crew is organizing

event has brought in, that there will be an immense amount of competition. Some teachers even feel that some students will give participants a run for their money when it comes to the actual beard growing. “I feel that out of everyone participating, Rob Nolan [‘13] could grow a much more powerful beard than mine,” said German teacher and participant, James Ekdahl. Nearly every staff member is participating in the charity event in some way. Ekdahl, Scott Light, Wayne Cook, Jason Hubbard, and even Principal Greg Dixon are willing to

throw away their razors for the month for a good cause. “At this point, growing a beard comes easy for me, and I’ll do anything for charity. This is just a chance for me to show off my beard growing skills and raise money for our school,” said Cook. With most of the staff and students participating, No Shave November is expected to be one of the biggest charitable events the school has ever put on. After November 1, the faces are no longer baby smooth for the month. Anyone is welcome to donate to help their favorite teacher win.

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Nike apparel hits school store Chris Waechter ‘13 Sports Editor

LCN’s school store is dead right now. As one looks around, all they see is a plethora of dated and older LCN hoodies, sweat pants, shorts, t-shirts and more. Now that the cookie sales have moved into the commons versus inside the actual store, few students venture into the store to look at the current apparel. Marketing teacher Joseph Naniewicz is in charge of LCN’s school store and runs it along with the new school store class that was first introduced last year.

“Our store was just moved from the commons to the cafeteria this year and we had to spend some time getting it set up before we focused on our sales,” Naniewicz said. Naniewicz, along with the Marketing Business Operations class, recently ordered the new Nike apparel with LCN colors and logos, according to Naniewicz. “We target-marketed rooms around the school and found that the students would really like the apparel and would purchase it,” Naniewicz said. However, the percentage of high school

students that have a job say “OUR HOUSE” on right now is only at 16 them will be $18,” Napercent, niewicz accordsaid. ing to HowThe ever, the Washstudents ington are the Post. ones that Since are going many to influstuence the dents sales of do not the new have a apparel Photo by Nikki Clausen ‘13 lot of in the New apparel from Nike will be money, end. Most available for purchase from the the sell- Crusader Corner. The Nike brand students ing point is expected to help boost sales. buy is how namemuch brand the new apparel will cost. clothing such as Hollis“The hoodies will be ter, Aeropostal, Aber$45 and the t-shirts that crombie and Fitch and

Nike clothes, according to, so as a result, sales should increase. “I think more students are going to buy it because more people like Nike stuff,” Jason Davis ’13 said. But some students believe that the cost of the new Nike clothes will be too high. “Not a lot of students will buy the new apparel because they will be concerned with the price and not too many people have the money to spend on clothing,” Jacob Northup ’13 said. Regardless of the price and the demand from the students, the purpose of

ordering the new apparel is for the school store students to learn how to manage a business. “The students in business operations/school store class are learning the correct way of running a business,” Naniewicz said. The school store will have the new apparel in late November or sometime December, according to Naniewicz. “We project our sales to be high so it will increase our profits and we’ll be able to purchase newer and better Nike apparel for the school store,” Naniewicz said.

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Mo helps one student at a time Athletic trainer works to return players to the game Jacob Puma ‘13 Online editor

With more than 12 sports on three different levels at LCN, there are bound to be many injuries throughout the course of a school year. Chances are those injured athletes were treated by athletic trainer Maureen Lilla, or as most athletes and coaches refer to her, “Mo.” From football to softball and many more sports, Mo does it all. As a teenager, Lilla was a three-sport athlete: 12 years of gymnastics, seven years of softball and two years of track. As a result, Lilla often found herself injured. It was in high school when Lilla decided she wanted to become an athletic trainer. When she was injured, there was no one there to help her. “I wanted to still be involved in sports and wanted to help athletes out who were injured,” said Lilla. Lilla proceeded to reach her goal as an athletic trainer and graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in sports medicine. In December of 1999 Lilla finished her education, and the following September, she began at LCN. Employed by St. John Hospital, Mo is at LCN for every sporting event and practice. Three mornings of the week during the school year, Lilla is at St. John Hospital for physical therapy. During the summer, she works full time at the hospital treating patients to help them recover from injuries.

Now in her thirteenth year here, Lilla has seen all kinds of injuries to athletes. She treats everything: broken bones, ACL tears, even the smallest cuts on the arm. “My struggle and experience with tearing my ACL was long and hard but Mo made it so much easier for me,” said Ashley Lech ’13. “She was always there for me when I needed someone to talk to and she made my physical therapy fun. She pushed me to try my hardest in order to get better. She is just an overall wonderful woman.” Lech is a varsity softball player who tore her ACL last season. With the help of Lilla, Lech was healthy in no time and back at the softball diamond. Throughout the school year, Lilla sees athletes of all kinds. Some athletes, of course, suffer more injuries than others. Football, hockey and lacrosse produce the most injured athletes while sports like basketball and volleyball have limited numbers of injuries according to Lilla. No matter the sport, she still treats to hundreds of athletes during the course of a school year. For the more seriously injured athletes, she has anywhere from 30 to 40 cases a year. “During practice, Mo would give me exercises to help strengthen my thumb. She really is the best trainer in the world,” said Danny Callahan ‘13. Callahan plays varsity football and suffered a broken thumb during his sophomore year. Like Lech, and many other injured athletes, Lilla was there for him.

Trainer Maureen Lilla monitors as student athletes do stretches.

“I injured my knee during wrestling season,” said Jerry Pionk ’13. “With the help of Mo, I was back wrestling in no time.” A good athletic trainer who knows how to work with every injury may be hard to come by for high schools, but Crusader Nation is fortunate enough to have Maureen Lilla. With having so many sports at LCN, Lilla is always busy with different athletes and teams. “I do not have a favorite sport that I work with. All the players that come to me are great. If I had to pick, football or basketball would be my favorite sport to watch,” she said. Trainer Maureen Lilla wraps a student’s ankle before a game.

Lilla uses one of her exercise tools to stretch out a student.

Lilla works with Victoria Maniaci ‘13 who is recovering from a knee injury. Photos by Jacob Puma ‘13

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Shooting Club starts up at LCN Jessica DiBattista ‘14 Reporter

One hundred shots. As the time races on, 100 disks are thrown at random waiting to be hit by a blast from a shotgun. With hearts racing and hands shaking, trap shooters try to avoid open space. One shotgun. One target. The LCN Trap and Skeet Club, also known as the Shooting Club, enjoys the competition of trap and skeet, a type of shooting involving disks being shot at random from a machine while the

shooters strike the disks down. “Any LCN student can be a part of our group,” Shooting Club sponsor Mark Forbert said. Forbert explained how it came about. “I belong to the Huron Pointe Sportsmen Association. They had a Youth Shotgun league already in place. I had asked my classes if there was anyone who would be interested and got a decent amount of response, so I initiated it with Dr. Dixon, who gave his okay. Since we started in October, a lot of

possible members couldn’t attend because of other commitments, but hope to join us again in the spring. Right now, the Youth League is in hiatus and will reopen in March.” Trap and Skeet Club met once a week on Mondays at Huron Pointe Sportsman Association, located at 35800 28 Mile Road. This association is also open to anyone who enjoys trap and skeet outside of school. “It’s always a rush,” Huron Pointe Shooter Meagan Cykon ’14 said. “You

need to find a target and just shoot!” For any target shooter, finding a place to shoot could be a challenge. “There are a lot of people who like to shoot at targets,” Forbert said. “This gives them that opportunity in a safe and secure environment.” Forbert hopes the club can become competitive in the future. “I grew up in a hunting family so I decided to go to shooting club. It was fun,” Leah Batty ’13 said.

Fall brings fashion trends Jenna Alred ‘13 Reporter

Every season brings with it new trends that most students follow. This fall, some guys are setting a new fashion trend here. They are wearing headbands. “I don’t like my hair in my face, but I want to grow out the flow,” said Kristian Alafriz ‘15. He isn’t the only guy pulling off the headband. But this isn’t the only guy that wears a headband. “I wear a headband because it gives me swag and the ladies like it,” said Alec Duffiney ’13. “Some people think I look weird but whatever.” Confidence also must be worn when attempting to try a new style. Another big trend that pops up a lot is wearing big sweaters or cardigans and leggings. “I love big sweaters and hoops!” Emily Tanzy ’13 said. They are sold in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. Warm, comfortable sweaters aren’t only for girls, though. “I like wearing alligator sweaters and cardigans a lot,” said David Walter ’13. Some students like to dress up and feel good that way, while other students dress down and could care less. Some guys like

to wear a hoodie and shorts. Along with these trends are the those that are most common. “I prefer wearing black leggings and sweatshirts,” Emily Wolschon ’13 said. Many can agree that sweaters and leggings are a comfy and cozy way to stay warm in the cold weather and look cute at the same time. This seems to be the most common style observed in the halls here, besides the classic pair of jeans with a t-shirt.

Brandon Backus ‘13 sports an argyle quarter zip, something lots of guys are wearing lately.

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Nikki Clausen ‘13 shows off her trendy blazer Photos by Mackenzie Garrett ‘13

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Chesterfield, Michigan

Chudzinski comes to America from Germany Maps from

Emily Ronnisch ‘13 Copy Editor

Sophie-Pauline Chudzinski ‘14 has traveled from the middle of Germany to Chesterfield, Michigan, to attend L’Anse Creuse North as an exchange student. “My brother was a foreign exchange student in Seattle, and it seemed like a cool thing to do,” said Chudzinski. Although her parents have been supportive since the start of her journey, she still misses home, the city of Erfurt in the central area of the country. To cope with the separation from the people she loves, she Skypes her friends and family frequently. While Chudzinski has made great friends with her host family, she misses the deep conversations that can only be had with a close, longtime friend. There are two sides to every exchange student experience. The student and the host family are both integral parts of the process. Breanna Previdi ’14 is a member of Chudzinki’s host family. “Once Alina (a German exchange student from last year) was here and I became so close with her, I brought it up to my parents that we should get our own foreign exchange student. My parents were really nervous at first, but it’s better now that she is here,” said Previdi. The benefits to hosting/being an exchange student are plentiful. “You get to learn another language and culture of someone completely opposite of you and your usual daily life. This is a life-changing benefit,” said Previdi. Chudzinski believes that she receives the same benefit as well. Chudzinski claims there are disadvantages to being an exchange student as well. For example, she is required to take her junior year over again once she gets back to Germany. The credits she earns here do not transfer to her home high school. Chudzinski also said that Americans are more conservative than Germans,

“Sleepovers of the opposite sex are normal back home, and the drinking age is 16,” she said. Chudzinski also said that fast food is much more prevalent in America than Germany, and she only eats salad from the LCN cafeteria. While there are disadvantages, Chudzinski would still recommend becoming an exchange student to anyone she meets. Previdi would also recommend becoming a host family for an exchange student. The experience of learning a new culture far outweighs the uncomfortable aspect of living with people that the foreign exchange student/host family is not familiar with. An exchange student is able to gain a deep understanding of another culture that would be otherwise unfamiliar, while the host family gains a lesson in being hospitable and understanding different attitudes and lifestyles.

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Exchange student Sophie Chudzinski ‘14 and host sister Bre Previdi ‘14 are in Journalism class together first hour. They are working on writing a story.



things Chudzinski misses the most:

things Chudzinski likes about the USA:

5. Her parents, brother, grandma and boyfriend

5. Everyone is so friendly

4. The food and eating times for breakfast, lunch and dinner

4. School is not as hard 3. Her host family

3. Her daily routine 2. Her house/room and city

2. Better relationships between teachers and students

1. Her school

1. Team spirit! Photo from Sophie Chudzinski ‘14

Exchange student Sophie Chudzinski ‘14 vacations in Croatia with her step-sister, Valerie, and her mother, Gabi.

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LCN gets Environmental Students enjoy hands-on experience in science class Cordero MacNear ‘14 News Editor


any students at LCN come to a halt when thinking about the Environmental Science class – some don’t even know there is such a class. Currently during fifth hour, science teacher Heather Blanks (formerly Wojciechowski), teaches the only Environmental Science class running during the semester. “Environmental Science is the study of the environment and how we impact it, ways we hurt it, and help it, Go Green Club! would be a good impact,” Blanks said. “The main idea I want students to answer is how they impact it, in both good and bad ways.” “I like how you get to learn about the ecosystems,” Kevin Barranco ’14 said, “and we get to work with cute animals [crickets, crabs, beetles, fish].” The Environmental Science students create their own ecosystems in class, and monitor them over time to record data and develop an understanding of how ecosystems react to certain environments. The students have seen some unfortunate effects in Andre Balser ‘14 and Kayla Willis ‘14 are working on their eco-column. They had a land/terrestrial organism in the top and an aquatic organism in the bottom. For four weeks, students collected data on the organisms, plants and water and finished the project with a report.

some of the ecosystems. “A cricket hopped out of its ecosystem and the class freaked out and so they stepped on it,” said Barranco as he laughed The class discusses a little on the trending topic of climate change, but does not go in-depth on many topics due to the fact that it is only a semester-long class. “I like learning how to protect the environment and learning about global warming,” said Andre Balser ’14. Blanks said students can benefit greatly by taking Environmental Science because many car manufacturers have new regulations that include an environmental point-of-view, such as hybrid cars. “It was a class I thought would be fun. I really like nature, so I wanted to learn about it,” Anazeia Dale ’13 said. “I actually want to own a farm when I’m older.” Environmental Science is very hands-on, according to Blanks. She recommends Environmental Science to students who like to learn that way. Major projects in the class include building an electric car and possible field trips to the river for “real” ecosystem data recording. While continuing to teach Biology and AP Biology, Blanks is new to teaching Environmental Science this year and is very excited about it.

Photo by Cordero MacNear ‘14

Mu Alpha—what? Darian Hillaker ‘13 Feature Editor

Every Tuesday after school a group of students gather in room 208 and offer tutoring from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. for any student struggling in math. These are the members of Mu Alpha Theta Club. Not only do they hold tutoring for students struggling in Geometry and Algebra, but also they host Pi

Members help tutor, plan Pi Week

Week, around March 14 (3.14), which includes a special assembly and the selling of goodies at lunch. The proceeds of Pi Week go towards college scholarships given to M.A.T members, adviser Sarah Youngs said. How does one get involved with Mu Alpha Theta? Youngs said that students who have a 3.0 or above and have taken or are currently enrolled in Pre-Calculus are eligible for admittance into LCN’s club, and into the national M.A.T chapter. Currently, there are 35-40 members. MST at Pankow also hosts an M.A.T.

Club. Most of the club’s meetings are for discussing mathrelated subjects and to work on plans for their muchanticipated Pi Week. Mu Alpha Theta president Trevor Taggart ’13 said, “Mu Alpha Theta is an overall fun group to be in if you have any care for math at all and want to aid those in our school and community who aren’t as fortunate as we in the area of mathematical knowledge.” Other officers include Samantha Beccari ‘13, vicepresident; Nick Brockett ‘13, secretary; Elizabeth Michno ‘13, treasurer; and Meghan Radoicic ‘14, publicity officer. Try your hand at it: solve the following equations. The North Star will hold a drawing for a gift card for those with the correct answers!

Differentiate y = ln(x2 +1) Simplify the expression Drop off answers in room 213!

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Movie-goers enjoy 2D more than 3D experience Anthony Benacquisto ‘13 Reporter

Technology is always advancing and altering, and the way society does things is changing completely. The way movies are created and even the way people are watching television is changing drastically. Soon enough, 3D is going to be the way everyone watches television and it’s increasingly popular in theaters. Box Office Mojo ranks films in several genres. Since 1980, the top grossing films released in 3D include “Avatar,” “The Avengers,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “The Amazing Spiderman,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” An article on about 3D films stated, “The 3D option has been a huge financial boon to the film industry, allowing movie theaters to justify higher ticket prices. In New York, a normal ticket costs $14, while a 3D film costs $18, or 28 percent more. An IMAX 3D screening costs $20, a 43 percent premium. As a result of 3D, films such as ‘The Avengers’ have sped past the records.” At local theaters, it is $2 more to watch a 3D movie. However, many 3D movies only have a few parts that are created in 3D, and viewers may feel that the additional money that they pay for 3D isn’t worth it. Though many movies are released in both 2D and 3D versions, most people still tend to watch 2D. “I like 2D better, because it’s cheaper,” said Steven Bercel-Dicker ’13.

Watching movies and television with glasses gets really aggravating; viewers are always adjusting the glasses especially if they already wear regular glasses. With the current technology, the only way to watch 3D is with special glasses. “I don’t like wearing glasses to a movie theatre, and I think it’s a waste of money,” said Keith Emard ‘13. Wearing those glasses for two-plus hours, and watching the movie in 3D can also give viewers motion sickness. “I like 2D better. 3D is weird at times, and gives me a headache,” said Mike Harris ‘15. 3D still has some developing to do before it becomes more enjoyable to watch. Recently, studios have even re-released movies in a 3D version from the original 2D. Those include “Titanic,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Finding Nemo.” “I like 2D better because I watch it more, but 3D is cool,” said Ronnie Muffitt. Movies in 3D, in fact, can be exceptional but very rarely. It really just depends on the movie and how well the movie was converted to 3D. An expert from the web site feels that 3D film conversions are never perfect. Sometimes, they’re very good and other times they’re downright awful, he said. The next big 3D release, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” perhaps will settle the score once and for all.

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Imagine Dragons Who are they? Jessica DiBattista ‘14 Reporter

In 2008, a new rock band came together in Las Vegas, Nevada. As time went on, this little band has kept a low profile. They were appreciated but not really well-known. However, with their indie rock attitude and after winning numerous “battle of the band” competitions, this little rock band has finally gotten the recognition they deserve. Today, this band is commonly known as Imagine Dragons. Imagine Dragons nabbed their first record deal with Battle Born Studios in 2009. In that time they released two EPs: “Imagine Dragons” and “Hell and Silence.”

This band’s current members include Dan Reynolds, the lead singer, Ben McKee, bassist, Wayne Sermon, guitarist, and Dan Platzman, drummer. “I love the band! I think they have many different styles, much different than a regular everyday rock band,” Elizabeth Zaccagnini ’14 said. The band plays many different styles including alternative rock and indie rock, which has enabled them to win the hearts of fans across the nation. As time progressed, the band has performed for TV shows, award shows, and has been recognized in the top 40 songs on the Billboard charts. Also, their hit single “It’s Time” has been nominated for an MTV Music Video Award for “best rock video.”

Perhaps with the senior class having “It’s Time” from the latest album “Night Visions” as its class song, the band will slowly become recognized within the school. “I am so jealous that the seniors have ‘It’s Time’ as their class song,” said Carson Janssen ’14. “It’s truly great and has a good message.” “Night Visions,” was released in September, scoring hits on the internet and radio in addition to winning the over the hearts of many. Imagine Dragons is on its first world tour in more than 30 different cities to support their most recent album. They visited Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall in September. There could be a lot more in store for Imagine Dragons.

What’s your favorite song right now? Nick Miramonti ‘13 Macklemore - “Gold”

Compiled by Shane Healy ‘13

Karen Hilai ‘14 Kyle Welch ‘13

Lupe Fiasco - “Hurt Me Sad”

Kristin Boyd ‘13

Sleeping with Sirens - “Roger Rabbit”

Richie Brown ‘13 Anthony Vadalabene ‘13 Lil B The Basedgod - “Calliou”

Shelby Romatz ‘14 Goo Goo Dolls - “Iris”

Photos by Shane Healy ‘13

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Alcohol, drugs prevalent at teen parties •

70.8% of students have consumed alcohol at least once. 39.9% of students have used marijuana one or more times in their lives. 21.9% of students have had five or more alcoholic drinks in a row. 5.1% of students have consumed at least one drink of alcohol on school property. 5.9% of students have used marijuana on school property. Of the students who have had alcohol, 40% of them obtained the alcohol from another person. 20.5% of students who have consumed alcohol, drank it before they were 13 years old. 8.1% of students who have used marijuana, have done so before they were 13 years old.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

James Coller ‘13 Editor-in-chief

Walking through his house at two in the morning, John Smith* ’13 could barely walk straight. He tripped and stumbled across the perfectly smooth floor. The room was spinning; he could barely utter a single intelligible word. Smith was perfectly fine with this though; he was having the time of his life. With music booming out of speakers throughout the house, teens laughed and smiled as they downed shots and chugged beer after losing a game of pong. Others sang and danced to their favorite songs. Over the course of the night, Smith’s house would fill with dozens of his friends, and even a few classmates he didn’t know. He would consume more alcohol than he would remember, and his friends would try to get him to smoke a few joints. Smith was 17 and under the influence. Alcohol is illegal to anyone under the age of 21. Drugs such as marijuana remain illegal to most. Yet, students often encounter these at some point in high school. Jocelyn Frasard ’14 has attended parties while in high school where alcohol and drugs such as marijuana were prevalent. Frasard discussed becoming intoxicated with her friends, noting the side effects. “When I drank I felt weird, and everything was slowed down. It’s pretty hard to walk,” said Frasard. Frasard isn’t alone. At Smith’s party, and countless others, dozens of high school students consumed alcohol to have fun with their friends, despite the consequences and laws surrounding it.

“Alcohol isn’t exactly right for high school students,” said Sam Mohawk ’14, “but you hear and see so many kids talking about drinking and parties that it almost feels as if it’s a part of high school.” Underage drinking is nothing new. For as long as there has been alcohol, teens have found ways to sneak and smuggle it into their lives. Countless movies have featured underage drinking, and often spotlight it positively. The 2012 box office hit “Project X” spotlighted the ideal high school fantasy for many students: a wild party full of drugs and alcohol. Since then, teens have been inspired to host an epic party to gain popularity and have fun. “It is illegal, but the couple of times I drank I wasn’t stupid about it,” Frasard said. “You don’t have to worry about anything when you’re having fun at a party.” LCN counselor Ann Merkel believes that almost all students will be exposed to drugs and alcohol before they graduate. Many will claim to have tried it, but Merkel believes that not everyone who claims that they have tried it actually has. Merkel believes that many are simply trying to drown the pain associated with life. “I believe the vast majority of people who use any consciousness-altering substances are trying desperately to douse pain,” said Merkel. “We as a society have gotten better in allowing people their voices and encouraging them to speak out, but we still hold some pretty archaic notions about how to treat each other once that happens.” Merkel also believes that one of the main reasons that teens drink and using drugs is from seeing parents do the same. “Research has shown that kids will tend to do or not do, believe or not

believe as their parents and other role model adults do,” said Merkel. “The more voices ringing out around a kid that drinking or drug use is no big deal, the more they will think that is true.” While Merkel believes the influence comes from the parents, Linda Prvulov, an LCN parent, believes the influence comes from peers. “I think teens drink and do drugs to fit in with their peers and be part of a social group,” said Prvulov. “If their friends don’t drink or do drugs, I guarantee they don’t either.” “I think at this age teenagers want to be rebellious and experiment with new things,” said Jacob Northup ’13. “I wouldn’t consider it a problem. Anywhere you go, you’ll see the same thing. I don’t believe it can be solved; teens are going to be rebellious.” Regardless of the cause, some teens continue to use drugs and alcohol. Some government bodies and student organizations have attempted to tackle the issue, but no significant change can be seen. Teens still party and use illegal substances. “Deal with your stuff, own your stuff, and be true to you no matter what that means. Even if no one else you know owns their stuff,” said Merkel. “In the end no one who does anything but that is ever truly happy anyway, and what’s the point if you aren’t going to be happy? If people really got honest with themselves about the probable consequences of their behavior, their behavior could change. [That is] not as easy until socially we support that kind of honesty, and I don’t think we are there yet.” *John Smith is a pseudonym

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What are the consequences of your actions? Brandon Alafriz ‘13 Sports Editor

It’s a Saturday night and some kid from school is having a party while his parents are out of town for the weekend. After arriving at the house, the music is so loud that it can be heard down the street. A couple minutes after arrival, a knock is heard on the door. Without thinking or looking to see who it is, someone opens the door. As soon as it opens, a pair of police officers makes their way into the house. Despite loud music being played, everyone in the house can still hear the officers calling into their radio for backup cars. The officers instantly cut the music, and order everyone not to move. The only thought going through everyone’s head right now is “Please don’t give me an M.I.P.” Anne Venet, a retired police sergeant for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, recalled her days of being on patrol. “When I got house calls for loud music, it would almost always be for an underage party. Kids would open the doors without thinking and let me and my partner in,” said Venet. An M.I.P. (minor in possession ticket) could be issued for possessing any controlled substance, whether it be drugs or alcohol. Charges could also be brought on if a minor (under 18) is in possession of tobacco, Venet said. “One time, I went to a house and saw a kid with a bottle of alcohol in one hand and a joint in the other. I had no choice but to give him an M.I.P.,” said Venet. Now-a-days, it may be harder for police officers to catch offenders when it comes to drugs. Prescription pills can Photo by James Coller ‘13

be easily hidden and become undetectable when being searched for by law enforcement. “Prescription pills, by far, are the most common drugs abused by teens,” said Police Liaison Vince Pipia. “Kids are going to try things, and hopefully that is all,” Pipia said. While doing drugs, kids tend to lose interest in school and sports and in turn, this affects their abilities as a student or as an athlete. Drugs and alcohol can affect your health tremendously. “While under the influence of drugs, your mind can not function properly, said ex-emergency room nurse Mary Young. “Bodily movements can become delayed and thoughts will not be clear. Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol opens the door for you to become a threat to society.” An M.I.P. can ruin a teenager’s entire future. It can open the door to financial problems and debt. “M.I.P.’s cost a lot of money. It cost me about $550, which included lawyers, screening, and probation fees. Even though it could’ve been worse, it was a lesson learned for the future,” said an LCN senior. Colleges and workplaces also check to see if any of their prospects have gotten M.I.P.’s. “If I had the choice to hire someone who has gotten an M.I.P. versus someone with a clean record, the person with the clean record would have the upper hand,” said business owner John Chirikas. “In the end, an M.I.P. will never be worth it,” said Venet. A person could be denied a job or a chance at college because of the past. There is no way of avoid the consequences of these previous actions. “Be smart and keep your goals in mind,” Venet said. “Just one stupid decision could ruin your entire life.”

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New generation of iPhone debuts Lonny Beasley ‘13 News Editor

One of the most anticipated releases earlier this year, the iPhone 5 has sparked much conversation throughout the world. With record-breaking sales within the first hour of pre-orders, the iPhone 5 is without a doubt one of the world’s most advanced cell phones. It’s a prime example of advancement in new modern technology. According to, the iPhone 5 is currently the lightest and slimmest smart phone released, with unbelievable cellular speeds due to the newly de-

signed A6 processor. The iPhone 5 is simply an excellent phone and is considered to be the best smart phone on the market. Many reporters were not sure if the iPhone 5 sales could top the sales of the iPhone 4, the model which was released two years ago. Apple stated that on the first day of pre-orders, when apple sold out within the first hour, over two million devices were sold. Soon after, people realized how hard it would be to get their hands on the new iPhone. Many iPhone lovers waited as

long as a week in line to get the new Apple product according to CNN’s online site. Lines went on for blocks at many of the larger Apple retail stores. Luckily, I only had to wait nearly eight hours at the local Apple store at Partridge Creek Mall to get my iPhone 5. With such a high demand for the iPhone 5, stores are still selling out of iPhone 5s. As an owner of some of the previous iPhone models, such as the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and now the iPhone 5, I feel the design of the iPhone has continued to evolve over the years. Since the original iPhone, the design has become more modern and compact, the reasoning behind the slim appearance and lightweight feel of the iPhone 5. The new phone also has an incredible battery life compared to its predecessors which also had a solid

The new iPhone 5 comes in white and black. Photo by James Coller ‘13

amount of battery life. When it comes to performance, the iPhone 5 dominates the competition such as the HTC and all Android smart phones. The time it takes to open apps, send messages, listen to voicemails, and more on the iPhone is insanely fast and iPhones don’t freeze and become glitchy over time like the Android competitors. Apple has also implemented 4G LTE, which increases internet connection, speeding up the phone’s internet by a landslide. Without a doubt, the iPhone 5 has beats all other smart phones when it comes to performance. Physical changes to the iPhone consist of a slightly larger screen, a smaller lightning dock/charger, improved speakers, a thin aluminum back, and a higher resolution front camera. Apple also made it more convenient for music listeners by implementing the headphone jack at the bottom of the phone instead of the top, just as it does for the iPod Touch device. Some users were disappointed with the small visual changes from the iPhone 4S to the 5 and expected more changes from the older model. With the stronger back and larger screen, small changes were needed because the 4 and 4S were so successful, they didn’t want to jeopardize the phone with a complete new look. The iPhone 5 rises above all smart phones, with the sleek, thin design and exceeds expectations when it comes to performance. It is simply a handheld computer, a breakthrough in technology. The iPhone 5 deserves an outstanding 5 out 5 stars.

Teen nightclub opens in Clinton Township Brianna Wilson ‘13 Reporter

Usually the club scene is reserved for those 18 and older only, but now, there is a teen club located right in Clinton Township. Club Oxygn is on Groesbeck Highway near 15 Mile Road in the former Chaplin’s Comedy Club. Including age groups between 13 and 17 years old, Club Oxygn has much to offer. It has a DJ, two dance floors, a snack bar stocked with

food and non-alcoholic drinks, laser lights, a diverse crowd, and a stage where they occasionally have live performances, such as Doughboyz Cashout. Everyone will hear music they like at the club. They play basically whatever is currently popular on the radio. People will hear music ranging in style from pop to rap. Some teens in the older age group (16-to 17-yearolds) think that because this club is available to

13-15 year olds, it is just a mediocre place for “little kids” to go dancing, but it isn’t. In my experience, it was actually lively and entertaining. It is refreshing to have a new place to hang out with my friends and not only that but since most high school students aren’t allowed into

real nightclubs, this is a breath of fresh air. The next closest teen nightclub is located in Walled Lake - Club Inferno - which is probably a no-go for most teenagers’ parents. Club Oxygn is about a 10-15 minute drive from this area. Club Oxygn is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays,

and Fridays from 7 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15 at the door, and capacity is 600 people. Students must have school or state I.D. to be admitted. Club Oxygn has 12 security guards on the inside stationed around the club, and three guards on the outside.

There is a dress code, but a very simple one: no baggy clothes, no flip-flops, and dress to impress! If everyone knows how to have fun and they’re not going to be holding up the wall all night, then this place is definitely a must. Your night is what you make of it and it will only be lame if you come with boring people. I give it 3 out of 5 stars!

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The cover of Taylor Swift’s new album “Red”


Photo from album cover

Taylor Swift’s new album is a hit Lizzie Vanlerberghe ‘13 Reporter

When one thinks of Taylor Swift, sparkly dresses, cowboy boots, sappy/romantic love songs, and her adorable country charm come to mind. With her new album, “Red,” all of that has drastically changed.

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Swift adapted a more sophisticated, tailored style and ditched the Southern twang in her music. It’s obvious that she’s grown up a bit since her last album, and her music has too. After a few tracks

leaked on the internet, fans got a taste of the new country/pop/rock sound. At first it was difficult to stomach the change and I didn’t really think I’d give it a chance, but after listening to this album non-stop, I found

sauce was good but quite spicy and some people tend to not enjoy it. The pickles were very tasty, but the sauce wasn’t the best. It was flavorful but I thought it was too spicy. The pickles were delicious and for the low $6 price, I got the right amount of pickles. The next dish I had for lunch was a Roo Burger, a hamburger with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, all on a toasted bun. The burger was warm and with every bite, I could taste the deliciousness. This entrée is served with fries seasoned with sea salt. Both were tasty, and I would recommend the Roo Burger to anyone who enjoys a hamburger cooked to their liking. This burger was around

$8 and satisfied my hunger. For dessert, I ordered a campfire cheese cake, which is a piece of cheesecake with graham crackers on the bottom, hot fudge on the top, and layered with a big melted marshmallow. The cake had a strange, but amazing taste because the hot fudge and marshmallow were warm but the cheesecake part was cold. This dish was excellent and for the price was a good-sized piece. For the cost of $6, this dessert was fantastic. When I first arrived, the hostess greeted me very politely and sent me to my table with no wait. Throughout my time spent at the restaurant, I never once had to call the waitress’s attention

it refreshing that Swift was trying new things and maturing as a musician. I grew to love every second of Swift’s new music. Out of the 16 fresh tracks, there are a few that stayed true to the original Swift image like “Red,” “All Too Well,” and “State of Grace.” These are upbeat songs with that familiar popwith-a-hint-of-country sound that Swift is wellknown for. Other songs, like “Begin Again,” “I Almost Do,” and “Sad Beautiful Tragic,” are the more emotional slow songs with the type of lyrics that are often posted as a Facebook status. Of course it’s not a true Taylor Swift album without a few break-up songs. “We Are Never Ever

Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” are both very different from her old style. “I Knew You Were Trouble” even has a little bit of soft-core dubstep mixed in the chorus, which was definitely unexpected from Swift. Then there are the cutesy love songs, like “Stay Stay Stay” and “Starlight” that remind listeners of their significant other (or wish they had one). Just when it couldn’t get any better, Swift took it a step further and included some collaborations on her new album. “Everything Has Changed” is sung with new British artist Ed Sheeran and “The Last Time” features vocals from Gary Lightbody, also known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for

the alternative rock band Snow Patrol. Although “Red” is a completely different music genre than her last three albums, I have to say that this is Swift’s best work yet. Diehard fans might have trouble adjusting to the change, but this CD will give faithful fans a fresh new sound and attract new listeners. Swift has found a more mature, artistic side of herself and it shows in he music. The special edition version of “Red” comes with three more songs “Come Back…Be Here,” “The Moment I Knew,” and “Girl at Home.” “Red” was definitely worth the money and I’ll be listening to this album for a very long time. FUHVE STAHS.

Twisted Rooster supports Michigan

Jacob Pallach ‘13 Photo Editor

The smell of the restaurant is one of the most important things as one enters. It gives the all-important first impression. The Twisted Rooster, located near Walmart at Gratiot and Hall Road, emitted the delicious smell of barbeque chicken from the outside. The Twisted Rooster is a Michigan-based restaurant that serves many locally made and grown products. This includes anything from Michigan pop to Michigan steak and Michigan beverages. The first dish I had was the whole grain maple mustard fried pickles, an appetizer. The waitress informed me that the

to refill my pop or to order food because she took too long. I realized that she might have only done this because the restaurant wasn’t very busy, but I took the gestures kindly. The service all around at the restaurant was outstanding. The only problem I had while visiting the Twisted Rooster was the temperature in the restaurant. It was cold inside for someone who doesn’t like to wear a coat while eating, but other than that, it was very elegant and the restaurant was clean and peaceful for a low-priced venue. Overall, between the wonderful service and the delicious food, I enjoyed my time at the Twisted Rooster and

would recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive bite to eat. I rate this restaurant 5 out of 5.

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A daily struggle all student-athletes face

Mackenzie Garrett ‘13 Feature Editor

The student section shouts out after the victory on the football field. The quarterback thrusts his fist into the air as he takes in everything around him: the glowing scoreboard reporting his team’s win, his fellow classmates cheering him on, and his teammates celebrating around him. Just as quickly as his smile came, it went away with the realization that he couldn’t go out with his team because he was way too far behind on school work. More and more high school students are becoming overwhelmed with balancing school work and they are finding it hard to manage time. “I get home from school, go to practice, and then I get home and do homework till midnight,” said Brandon Backus ’13. Backus plans on playing lacrosse in college, and he knows that he must have good grades on top of being an athlete to do so. For Backus, who naturally does well in school, finding time for school is not a hard task. On the other hand, there are other

student athletes who struggle with maintaining passing grades. “It’s hard to keep up on my school work when I have practice everyday,” Sam Mohawk ’14, who plays lacrosse year-round, said, “I fall behind because I won’t have time to do my homework.” Mohawk is not the only athlete who feels this way. A lot of students prioritize athletics before their school work. Even if athletes want to play their sport in college and find academics unimportant, they still need to keep up with their school work. “It is the player’s responsibility to keep up their grades,” social studies teacher and coach Mark Forbert said. Forbert thinks that is fair to penalize players who miss games or practices because of school by giving them less playing time. On the other hand, some coaches understand that balancing school with

sports is difficult. “There are no consequences for my players that have to miss practice for [academics],” said Scott Boice, social studies teacher and girls’ varsity soccer coach. Some players are afraid of losing playing time, so they end up not going to study sessions for extra help. Coaches like Boice understand that school comes first. Boice also said that for all high school sports, there are specific requirements that need to be met in order to play. All student athletes must be passing all of their classes. If the athlete has a D, it is mandatory that they attend after school tutoring on Wednesdays until that grade is brought up to at least a C minus. “It is stressful sometimes playing sports all the time and trying to keep up in school,” Marisa Oleksiak ’13 said. From playing multiple sports, such

“I make sure to always set aside time for my homework, even if it means I have to miss a practice.”

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Aldo Giglio ‘13 had a busy soccer season between practice and games. The team went to the playoffs and Giglio had to juggle school work as well.

as basketball and soccer for the high school team and club sports, Oleksiak has a lot on her plate. “I make sure to always set aside time for my homework, even if it means I have to miss a practice.” It’s overwhelming for students to play sports and do well in school. It’s important for these student athletes to have a specific time set aside for school and a specific time set for their sport. “As much as I love my sport, I still find time to keep my grades up for school, because my education is more important,” Oleksiak said. As the quarterback closed his books and got ready for bed, he felt confident and ready to ace his upcoming test that determined if he was eligible to play. He knew since he was smart about managing his time correctly that there should not be a problem with getting his grades up. It may seem like the more fun choice to have gone out with friends, but now he is be able to go out on the field with his team to get another victory, which makes all of his hard work worth it.

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David Bercel-Dicker ‘13 is hard at work in class. His grades are important to him

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Future looks dull for an agreement to end NHL lockout; fans lament lack of hockey NHL Winter Classic at The Big House has also been cancelled, according to ESPN.

Kyle Deriemacker ‘14 Reporter

As September approached, Detroit Red Wings fan Charles Jawor ‘16 geared up for another NHL season across the league, but within weeks of the season opener, team owners and the NHL commissioner were in disagreement with the NHL Players Association about the collective bargaining agreement. Signs of a lockout were looming for players, owners, and, most of all, fans. Commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHLPA continued to argue over a new agreement. NHL players began to look for new leagues in Europe, especially the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), according to ESPN. Many superstars started to sign deals with teams, and the NHL season was in doubt. This is not the first time Bettman and the players have been in disagreement. In fact, the 2004-2005 season was completely locked out due to a dispute over a new deal, according to NHL. com. The NHL cancelled games through the month of November while the two sides still dispute over a new deal. The

The league is losing many fans, but even more fans are just disappointed over the lockout.

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“I am absolutely vexed. Total disappointment in my life,” said Devin LaPorte ‘13. Many people are unsure of why the two sides cannot come to a resolution, and why the two sides continue to argue over small portions of money. “I feel that it’s a joke,” said business teacher Joe Naniewicz. “I can’t feel sorry for millionaires and billionaires. Them arguing over 49, 50, 51 percent. I can’t feel sorry for that. If they remain on strike, they’ll lose fans.” The most recent offer that was brought forward was an even 50/50 split of the total revenue, but the NHLPA turned it down, according to the NHL. The lockout will continue as long as the two sides keep disagreeing. Even if the lockout ends, many teams will be without some of their star players. The Red Wings would be without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg because the two have signed contracts with teams from other leagues, according to There is a slim chance to seeing an end to the 2012 NHL lockout.

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Detroit’s Little Caesars Hockey Club is practicing at the empty Joe Louis Arena during the 2012-2013 NHL lockout.

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he saying has always been, “defense wins championships.” Does that mean it’s the players who won, or the coaches? Players are the ones scoring the points for the team or stopping the opponent, while the coaches are on the sidelines calling out the plays. Who actually wins the games for the team? It may never be determined who is responsible for a win, but in my opinion, the players are the ones who should get the credit. A player can’t be coached on his or her effort, or their willingness to put in the extra time to become a better athlete. They can, however, be taught the proper way to execute the sport. As a player, it is my job to take what the coach taught me and perform in the game. A coach can only do so much to affect the outcome of a game. A coach, on the other hand, plays a large role in the team’s success. The coach is responsible for scheduling practice and creating team plays. When

the game is on the line in the final few minutes, a coach should have the answer to pull out a win. I asked a LCN football coach who he felt should get the credit after a victory. He responded by saying “Although a coach does a lot of scouting and planning for an upcoming game, the players are the ones on the field doing the work.” Like myself, he felt the players deserve the credit. Looking at different levels of sports, the role of a coach changes. In high school, players still depend on a coach to help them throughout the course of a season. In college, teams may have the best athletes from around the country. These athletes still have a coach there to guide them in the right direction. The professional leagues are different than both high school and college. Professional athletes have a lot of knowledge about the sport, and so do their coaches.

Take NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, for example; he knows almost everything there is to know about football. During the game, Manning is always focused on making the right throws and getting the football to his receivers. A coach cannot teach a quarterback how to time a throw; they can only teach where to throw it. Of course, Manning had to learn from a coach when he was younger, but the time and effort Manning put in outside of practice is what got him to where he is today. Here, athletes depend on their coaches to teach them the proper way to win a game, but it will always be up to the player to give it the effort needed to make the season a success. In the end, coaches and players both play a huge role in the outcome of a game. Because the players are the ones scoring the points, I believe they have the edge over a coach to get the credit after a win.

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LCN Varsity Basketball

Hoops teams try to trump record seasons Alexis Carlson ‘14 Opinions Editor

Go big or go home was the motto that both the LCN girls’ and boys’ basketball teams went by during last year’s season. It shined a bright light on the basketball program for years to come. After such great success of both teams last year, how will this year go? Will pressure from the school, fans, and opponents take a toll or will they battle it out to the end?   For both varsity teams, the beginning of the 2011-12 season went as any season would: practice, practice, practice. With the right amount of effort and dedication, they had the potential to make it as far as they did right from the very start. Both teams were on the road to success, and nothing was going to stop them.      The Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team finished the season with a 14-9 record, and for the first time in school history, won the league and district championship titles.    “The girls worked and fought as hard as they could last year, and accomplished very much. Practices and games were never easy, but the

Photo by Coller ‘13

Tyler Conklin ‘13 dunks over one of Saginaw High School’s players during the state semi-finals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.

girls pushed through it and really came together as a team,” Girls’ Varsity Coach Bob Johnston said.   The Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team finished the season with a 22-5 record, the MAC Red championship title, the district championship title, the regional

Photo by James Coller ‘13

Marisa Oleksiak ‘13 darts past a L’Anse Creuse defender during the Coaches vs. Cancer game.

championship title, and made it all the way to the MHSAA final four where they played at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.   “From the start, the boys knew we had the potential to be really good, but we never would have gotten that far if they hadn’t worked so hard all season. The boys were committed to themselves and the team; they wanted the win more than anything,” Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Jay Seletsky said.    As the 2012-13 season quickly approaches, many try to predict the outcome of the season; however, team members already have a pretty clear mindset on where they plan on taking the season. Marisa Oleksiak ’13, captain of the Varsity

Girls’ Basketball Team, said, “I see us going far this year and doing really well. Although we lost a lot of our scoring percentage when the seniors graduated last year, we’ve gotten stronger in other aspects of the game, and that’s what will carry us through.” Tyler Conklin ’13, captain of the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team, said, “As long as we can keep our heads straight and don’t get too ahead of ourselves, I think we’ll do just as good as and even better than we did last year. I plan on playing at that state championship game alongside my team.”   Much is to be expected of the boys’ team this winter. A majority of the 2012 starting line-up was juniors; the high number

of returners could bring more pressure.   “Having so many juniors returning to the team as seniors this year isn’t so much a pressure cooker, but more of a great opportunity for us as a team. We can use the skill and dedication to put us back on top again this year,” said Seletsky.    With high expectations comes a need for support. Neither team can do nearly as well as they did last year without the support of their fans and the student section.    Ashley Lech ’13 (leader of the student section) said, “The team needs us at every game this year; they can’t do it without us! I better see everyone there so we can have the biggest student section and cheer them on to victory.”    “Do it for DJ!” was a cheer heard at every game after LCN’s former principal Dave Jackson passed away last February. His passing not only brought the school together, but the team as well. It pushed the boys to do the best that they could do, because it made the game about more than just a drive for success, but an effort to remember the man who

reached out to so many.   In remembrance and celebration of the life of Jackson, LCN will be hosting the “Dave Jackson Tip-Off Classic” on December 15. This will be a day-long activity featuring all of the schools where Mr. Jackson touched the hearts of students, including LCHS, Richmond, and Cardinal Mooney. All proceeds will be donated to the Dave Jackson Memorial Fund which will then award one student at each of the four participating high schools a $1,000 Character Scholarship.    “We decided to do the Dave Jackson Tip-Off Classic this year because we know how Mr. Jackson impacted the lives of so many and we strive to push people to follow in his footsteps. The Dave Jackson Memorial Fund allows us to reward those who learned from the examples he set years ago,” Seletsky said. Basketball meant a lot to Jackson, and he would have wanted to see everyone come out and support both the boys’ and girls’ teams as they go for another victorious season.   

Photo by James Coller ‘13

The Crusaders painfully watch the scoreboard as time runs out in their loss in the state semi-finals.

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Travel vs. high school sports

Each offers advantages for student athletes Photo by Marcie Deriemacker

Photo by Shelly Ianitelli

Kyle Deriemacker ‘14 Reporter

Junior Sam Mohawk, a lacrosse player for LCN, also plays for a travel team during fall and summer months. He finds advantages to both teams, but travel is the one he prefers more. From coaching to competitiveness, travel is all around better, and the facts show why. Popular travel leagues include: hockey, baseball, softball, lacrosse and more, but high school offers more sports for athletes to participate in. One of the big advantages that high school sports do offer is the chance to play a sport with and in front of friends, versus travel where not nearly as many people come to watch. Football is a sport that shows that big advantage because, according to many faculty members, football here is the most attended sport so far this year. Whereas in travel sports, not many people attend due to the distance

Sam Mohawk ‘14 plays lacrosse on a travel team, and the varsity team here.

it takes to get to a game, according to Devin LaPorte ’13, a travel lacrosse player for GP Select. High school sports have some advantages, but travel sports have many more. One advantage is, depending on the sport, the opportunity to be scouted is greater in travel sports compared to high school sports, according to college lacrosse coach Ken Brubaker. Travel athletes go to many more tournaments than high school players, and scouts

often attend tournaments for travel sports because they believe the best of athletes play on travel sports teams, according to Brubaker. “There are more opportunities in travel to go farther,” said Tyler Creagh ’14, a travel hockey player for the Troy Sting. In travel sports, teams have the opportunity to travel to big tournaments around the world, whereas high school does not offer that type of opportunity.

The opportunity offers more scouts to see players at a higher level, according to Brubaker. One big disadvantage of travel sports compared to high school sports in the cost. Travel sports costs a lot more money than high school sports, but travel sports play more games in a season than high school sports, according to Mohawk, a travel lacrosse player for GP Select. In addition, many athletes believe the coaching is stronger in travel sports. “Travel is better because there are more colleges looking at you, and the coaching is better,” said Danny Orr ’14, a travel lacrosse player for GP Select. All of the advantages and disadvantages of high school and travel sports depend on the specific sport, but many more people believe travel sports are better and that they have bigger advantages. Athletes must at one point play on a high school and travel team to truly know which one is better.

Crusader Nation’s varsity sports finish strong Varsity Football • Broke 19-game losing streak • Went undefeated at home • Beat Romeo in round one of the playoffs Varsity Girl’s Golf • Kaylee McPharlin ‘13 was named the MVP of the MAC Blue • McPharlin received All County Honorable Mention honors Varsity Men’s Tennis • Defeated LCHS for the City Championship • Won gold in men’s doubles • 13-3 overall record Varsity Volleyball • Division co-champions for the first time in 30 years • 9-1 overall Graphic by James Coller ‘13

Varsity Girls’ Swim and Dive • Team finished third in Macomb County • Kristina Zarate ‘15 and Taylor Zablocki ‘13 qualified for states

Varsity Cross Country • David Walter ‘13 and Trevor Creagh ‘13 were All-County • They competed at the regional finals • Creagh advanced to states

Varsity Men’s Soccer • Defeated LCHS for the Friendship Cup • MAC White Champions • MHSAA Division Champions

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Stressful situations slam high school students LCN students load up with academics, work, family, and relationships Kaylee McPharlin ‘13 Opinions Editor


here’s homework in every class with two extra projects due. The end of the marking period is coming soon and your grades aren’t looking so hot. In the midst of academic troubles, your parents are fighting, friends are mad, and your boyfriend or girlfriend is ignoring you.  Stress is very real, and very hard to deal with. There are so many issues that can stress teenagers out. These include academics, friends, boyfriends or girlfriends, not getting enough sleep, or family problems. Sometimes it’s one of these at a time. Sometimes it’s all of these at once. And in the midst of all of these different things going on, it’s necessary to find a way to handle it.   Along with the good comes the bad. This also applies with trying to find ways to relieve stress. According to the Help Guide website, the top five most destructive ways to relieve stress are consuming too much caffeine, smoking, drinking, compulsive spending (this may not apply to us broke teenagers), and emotional eating.   Emma Liegghio ’13 introduced me to

Brianna Chandler ‘14 is very stressed out with all of her academic work to do. Besides the academic load, teen stress can also be attributed to lack of sleep, family problems, and relationship troubles. Photo by James Coller ‘13

a whole different idea of destructively relieving stress.  “Basically what I do is I think about everything I have to do, then just ignore it and take a nap. Then when I wake up four hours later, I just get anxious and cry about everything I have to do,” Liegghio said.   We’ve all been guilty of procrastination. Procrastinating to the point of

anxiety attacks is not healthy. Being surrounded by lazy teenagers does not mean you have to be one. In contrast to the ways to destructively handle stress, there are at least four times as many ways to handle stress in a healthy manner. Settle down with a good book for an hour. Not a reader? Make a hot cup of tea. Disgusted by tea? Hang out with your best friend for

a while. Not available? Exercise. Exercising is my most preferred way of relieving stress. During basketball season, I can be completely stressed out before practice, but after running and getting my blood moving, I’m more prepared to take on my challenges. If you’re not an athlete, take a walk or jog on the treadmill. Sweating it out not only gives you a healthy mind, but a healthy body. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise helps a person’s mental health by producing endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Just get up and do something active. What’s there to lose? It’s a win-win situation. Nick Crosson ’14 agreed that exercise helps get rid of stress. “Working out by myself really helps me relieve stress,” he said. Try some different healthy stress-relievers out. There are so many different opportunities out there to help clear your mind. It may be trial and error for a while, but once you find something that works for you, it’ll be your go-to problem-solver. Balance is a key part in being successful throughout life.

What is a student’s biggest source of stress?

Work: 12% Romantic Relationships: 6%

Academics: 57%






Not getting enough sleep: 12% Textbook photo by James Coller ‘13 Other photos by 200 students were polled.

Family/Friends: 13%

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EDITORIAL If a minor is caught in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she can be arrested and charged. These are misdemeanor offenses, according to the Michigan Penal Code, and a misdemeanor offense can carry through a student’s future. At this age, many students will come across alcohol and or drugs. Whether they use them or not is often a tough decision; however, it

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shouldn’t be. Substances like these have a permanent impact on the body, the mind, and sometimes, the future. The statistics are horrifying to officials who have been trying to curb underage drinking for decades. According to a 2011 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39 percent of high school teens had consumed alcohol in the 30 days prior to the survey. In addition, 79 percent of

Drinking, drugs always find a way in to high school parties; are the risks and aftermath worth it?

high school seniors had consumed alcohol at some point in their lives, and almost 50 percent had used marijuana. Since we started elementary school, we have always been taught to “just say no.” Many know it isn’t that easy, though. At a party where alcohol or drugs are offered, it’s not always easy to say no. You look around, and all of your friends are drinking or hitting up. As a teen, you want to conform to those around

you, but that would require you to accept what you have been told to reject. Think about this next time you are presented with alcohol or drugs. According to the CDC, youth who drink alcohol or use drugs are more likely to have brain development problems, be sexually assaulted, have school, legal, or social problems, and have an increased chance of death while in high school.

Is it worth it? Is the one night of falling over, puking, and spending a couple hours of your paycheck worth the risk? Is it worth the hangover the next day? Is it worth the chance of being arrested, the possibility of being assaulted, or simply the risk of making a regrettable decision? The next time you are invited to a party, first ask if there will be alcohol or drugs. Odds are, whoever is hosting it knows if they are going

to have a party full of illicit substances. If you know going in, you can prepare yourself for what you will do. Next, don’t be afraid to say no. You don’t have to conform to those around you. Many will respect you for saying no. You may even encourage some to make the same decision and save someone’s life. Don’t become another negative statistic. Be the 20 percent who leave high school sober.

Continued absence of winter formal causes discussion among student body Kristen Alberti ‘13 Cover Editor

Imagine walking into a room where paper snowflakes are hung from the ceiling and fake snow is scattered across the floor. Baby blue lights illuminate the large gymnasium as students from all grades fill the room in their bedazzled dresses and spiffy suits. Music blares and students begin to bust moves on the dance floor: the winter formal has begun.

Since Homecoming is usually a good time for all students, a winter formal is always brought up around this time of year. Students continue to ask why the school stopped having Snowcoming dances a few years ago. Personally, I don’t see the need for a winter formal when seniors have Prom to look forward to in May. Aside from being able to get dressed up and have fun with friends, I have many concerns about having

a second dance during the year. I feel that the dance will be unattended, expensive, and a waste of time. Many events have been held by StuCo to try to get the student body together to have a good time. Some of these events have included NorthFest and Glowcoming which have been held during the winter for the past few years. According to Student Council advisors, the attendance was very low for both of

the events, so this year they are not being held. I think many students would rather stay at home with their friends than go an informal event with them. In fact, another dance scheduled during second semester was cancelled, too, due to low ticket sales. Although our school has a good amount of money, I don’t think we have enough to be spending it on another dance when we can use it

for more useful things to help the school become a better place as a whole. Along with the low attendance and the expenses, I think Snowcoming would be a waste of time for everyone. Parents and teachers would have to take a night out of their weekend to chaperone, students would spend a whole day to prepare, and StuCo staff would have to use up a whole morning decorating the gym when they could be home sleeping.

Although I do love the enthusiasm students have about having a second dance, I really believe putting a dance together is not worth anyone’s time. Instead of feeling down about not having a Snowcoming this year, I think students should do fun winter activities with their friends! I think that everyone should count on their friends to make memories, not the events they may attend together.

Dear Editor... readers write in

I have no specific article to write about, just the paper as a whole. It was very well put together and almost all of the articles were interesting to read. I’m just curious how interesting the paper will be when the school doesn’t have a lot going on. Also, I think there should be more issues. Papers more often would let the kids know what’s going on sooner. Maybe there could be a comics section; you could talk to art teachers about having a page dedicated to their kids’ comics or their art. There could have also been something on the new principal, to get to know him, his hobbies, and background; kids might have found that interesting. Also, maybe a story that somebody writes and there is a chapter per newspaper or a poetry and short story section that students submit to. This would be something to give the student body a chance to be involved in the newspaper if they can’t have the opportunity to be in the class. I hope anything I said sparks an idea or helps with current articles.

I find The North Star to be an interesting paper to read. I find a lot of the stories to be true. One of my favorite stories this issue [October 2012] was the story about the new lockers because it shows how few students (15% percent) like the new lockers and how most students (85 percent) hate the new lockers. I find The North Star to be an interesting paper to read because it gives our opinions as students to the readers and that can lead to cooperation between students and administrators for future projects. - Steven Fontana ‘16

- Nick Brockett ‘13

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Keith Corsi, supervisory aide

Principal Greg Dixon

Meghan Opheim ‘14

Bryan Wilson ‘13

LaRaymond Sandling ‘16

Fall because of the color of Winter because of wresthe leaves and the elegance tling. of the air.

What is your favorite season and why?

I like the fall because of the change in colors.

Summer because it’s hot.

Winter because there are more holidays that involve being with my family.

What celebrity would you date and why?

All of today’s celebrities are too young for me.

Sophia Vergara because she’s hot.

Matthew Gray Grubler because his jaw bones are absolutely to die for!

What do you do for Thanksgiving?

We go to the parade in Detroit and then have family over for dinner.

Eat turkey, watch football, eat turkey.

My family and I eat togeth- Most of my family comes Eat with my family. er, watch football and eat. over and we have a normal family dinner.

Who is your favorite band?

Dave Matthews.

Kiss and Journey.

Rascal Flatts.

Simple Plan.

Definitely One Direction.

If you were invisible for one day, what would you do?

Follow you around as you ask people what they really think of me.

I would go around and haunt people, put my finger in their ears and poke them.

I’d sneak into the F.B.I. headquarters.

I would follow a famous person around on a busy day and see what they do.

Go around pantsing people.

Demi Lovato because she has gone through stuff I have, and she’s gorgeous.

Shakira because of the way she dances.

Photos by Brittiny Shepherd ‘13 and Alexis Carlson ‘14

Compiled by Brittiny Shepherd ‘13

Keep it classy, student section

Just Saying... Lizzie Vanlerberghe ‘13


he tension clung to the brisk fall air the night of the rivalry football game at L’Anse Creuse High School. As cheerleaders, we are encouraged to keep a smile on our faces and to be civil towards our opposing fans, no matter what (even if they’re screaming at us to ‘go home’). We have to represent the school in a positive way, but the fan section was doing the complete opposite. I understand why, though. The whole week had led up to this. Both schools had spent the last week playing little ‘pranks’ on each other and it ended with blue spray paint on LCN property. There were plans of retaliation from the North kids, but faculty encouraged our students to ‘keep it classy’. Students were still bitter about it, but agreed. It was all in good fun at the beginning, but some people get

carried away and ruin it for everyone else. I believe it was the third quarter in the game when the LC cheerleaders came to our side of the field to do a friendly competition. Nothing meanspirited, it was only to get the fans riled up and to show off a little bit. The minute the LCN fan section saw the blue and white clad cheerleaders approaching, there was a unanimous uproar. Yelling, screaming, and shouting erupted from the stands. It is a well-known cheer law that cheerleaders don’t let anything affect them. From bad weather to name calling, we have to put up with it. They were all smiles, even when the popular word ‘ratchet’ was chanted. I felt bad that they had to deal with it, but we went through the same thing when we paid a visit to their side so I thought it

was only fair. Things got out of hand quickly when someone from the LCN crowd threw garbage directly at a cheerleader’s head. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but imagine being an innocent teenage girl on a varsity team and forced to stand in front of a hostile crowd of people. It’s one thing to show pride for your school, but it’s a whole other issue when you’re trashing another. It makes us look trashy and unsophisticated. The next time you find yourself chanting ‘Do it for DJ’ in the crowd, remember that it doesn’t just apply to athletic events. Mr. Jackson wouldn’t want Crusader Nation putting other people down and humiliating them just because of some stupid rivalry.

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Girls deserve fans, too Kaylee McPharlin ‘13 Opinions Editor

Touchdown! Red wings score! Tigers win ALCS championship! The type of sport is not the only difference with these phrases. The hype centered on football, hockey, and baseball is nothing compared to the hype about women’s sports. When’s the last time someone cared about the women’s softball championship, or the women’s world cup, or the women’s cheerleading championship? Softball and cheerleading both take crazy athleticism to compete, and both are generally played by women. Collegiate cheerleading on TV doesn’t even get enough viewers to be on a semi-major network. According to the CBS website, the 2013 Collegiate Cheerleading/Dance Nationals will be shown on CBS Sports Network. Have you ever heard of CBS Sports Network? I didn’t think so. While on October 21, according to the Boston Herald, 40 percent of households in the United States were watching a NFL football game, which are showed on well-known networks like ESPN, CBS, and ABC. If women’s sports games or championships were shown on larger networks, it would help give female athletes the recognition they deserve. Softball players, cheerleaders, dancers, any sport that mainly women compete in, require the same amount of training and commitment as football, baseball, and hockey do, and they’re entertaining. This doesn’t happen only on collegiate or professional levels, either. For example, compare the crowds of a Varsity Girls’ Basketball game to a Varsity

Varsity Girls’ Basketball team members practice for their upcoming season, hoping to see the student section full.

Boys’ Basketball game. The boys’ crowd is full of students, people truly interested in the game, and cheering. The girls’ crowd…well, let’s just say a student section full of cheering doesn’t compare to the obligatory family section full of parents where you could probably hear a pin drop. Amanda Falkenhagen ‘14, a varsity volleyball player, also thinks that the girls’ crowd does not compare to the boys’. “Our crowds for volleyball are nowhere near the amount of people for football or boys’ basketball games,” she said. “There are at least three times more people, and we were even our MAC division champs!” What also appalls me is that sports that are offered to men and women are all played by generally the same rules, with the same competition level. Also, for some sports, like hockey and football, professional women’s leagues don’t even exist. If there were a goal

to work up to for sports like hockey or football, more girls would play. But since there’s no professional level, it would be a waste of time and energy to pursue those kinds of sports. Jessica Frank ’13, who used to play travel women’s hockey, agreed. “I think more girls would play hockey if it were offered at the school or university that they were going to. No schools offer it because there is no higher league. If there was, more girls would pursue their career,” she said. What happened to gender equality? The nineteenth amendment shouldn’t be the stopping point for fighting for women’s rights. Competition equality for both genders is important, too. Female athletes work hard, and it shouldn’t go unrecognized. Men’s sports are not any better than women’s. The competition is the same. Don’t just support the young men of Crusader Nation; we ladies need support, too.

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The Crusader Girls’ Golf Team members improved their scores.

The Crusader Cross Country Team pushed their bodies to the limit this season and posted numerous personal best race times.

The Varsity Boys’ Soccer Team took their season well into the playoffs.

The Junior Varsity Football Team ran the ball all over the field to get the W.

Photo by Sieloff Studio

Photo by Sieloff Studio

Photo by James Coller ‘13

Photo by Sieloff Studio

The Varsity Football Team made school history as they went undefeated at home and advanced to the second round of playoffs!

Photo by James Coller ‘13

The Varsity Volleyball Team performed extremely well, finishing as the division co-champions. Photo by Sieloff Studio

Freshmen Volleyball learned the game fundamentals this year.

The Men’s Varsity Tennis Team had a group of key players in their season.

JV Soccer battled hard against foes on the field. Photo by Sieloff Studio

Photo by Sieloff Studio

Photo by Sieloff Studio

The Junior Varsity Volleyball Team was defined by great teamwork.

Photo by Sieloff Studio

The Girls’ Swim and Dive Team took to the water and had to battle for their third place finish in Macomb County!

Photo by Sieloff Studio

The Freshman Football Team started their high school careers off strong with a foundation to continue the new crusade. Photo by Sieloff Studio

Men’s JV Tennis served losses to opponents on the court. Photo by Sieloff Studio

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