Cathedral High School—Indianapolis, Indiana—March 22, 2018—Volume 97, Issue 7
A true melting pot Irish by school Russian by birth American by culture Senior David Bishop probably sees the world differently than you. He’ll take that perspective to Indiana University in the fall.
Speech and debate team to compete in Nationals this June In the past few months, students may have noticed participants of the Speech and Debate team talking to lockers in preparation for their speeches. The “Wall Talkers”, located in the Theology hallway, would practice their “worse round” talking to the green, decorated lockers as Mrs. Jeanne Malone, Head Coach of Speech and Debate team, explained. “In the past weekend, the Speech team placed fourth in the state, and the Debate team competed in their State tournament back in early February,” Malone said. She said, “Cathedral also took it’s largest team ever to the finals. 31 students out of 40 got out of the Sectional on Feb. 24 and we won overall in that Sectional.” Nine students were also event champions out of fourteen possible categories. Malone also explained the process of the State tournament which was held on Mar. 10 at Carmel High School. She said everybody is guaranteed three rounds in the preliminaries, then everyone who qualifies for the finals competes in those. “Then we have the competing field. After that it goes quarters, semis, and finals. We went from 31 qualifiers in the prelims to eighteen in quarters to seven in the
semis to three in the finals.” The three finalists were in two events, with one single and a duo team.
High level competition
The students who will be competing in Nationals in June are Senior Ben Wilson and Junior Alex Koers, who both qualified in Congressional Debate, Junior Laura Shultz, her second time qualifying for Nationals in Original Oratory, and Sophomore Nick Grill competing in International Extemporaneous. “We are still waiting to hear back for All-District team, and we have nominated three and are hopeful that we will get one or two more kids in Nationals doing World School Debate,” Malone said. “What’s really cool about the Nationals is it is the oldest, largest academic event in the world.” Sophomore Katie Darragh is no stranger to the pressures of the State competition. This is her second year on the team as she also competed in Speech freshman year. “I didn’t find it intimidating being a freshman on a team of mostly upperclassmen. Our Speech and Debate team was actually one of the reasons I came to Cathedral. I’ve always been interested in it, so it was an easy decision for me to join last year,” Darragh said. She explained that she competes in the events Original Per-
formance and Program Oral Interpretation. “In O.P. I get to write a script and perform it. It’s my favorite because writing and acting have always been a passion of mine. P.O.I. is similar but instead of writing a script myself, I take published works of authors and weave them into a story under one theme. My theme this year was bridging cultural and racial gaps. Both are really fun.” Senior Ben Wilson started Speech and Debate team when he was a junior. “I am in Congressional Debate, where we debate on mock pieces of legislation that we get, and Discussion, where we discuss various topics in a Socratic matter.” He said that Speech and Debate is a fun experience that polishes speaking abilities, but also prepares students for future endeavors such as job interviews.
Malone said that Speech and Debate is a very “spirited group” with the feeling of a team being a central theme to the group. If any students have questions about the Speech and Debate team, Malone is on campus from three to five in the new designated Speech room, located in 4238 in Kelly Hall. As the back of the Speech and Debate shirts say, Malone reminds everyone to “Speak Up, Speak Out, Go Irish Speech and Debate.”
“What’s really cool about the Nationals is it is the oldest, largest academic event in the world.”
Head Coach Mrs. Jeanne Malone
Love the sport: Senior Maeve Koscielski looks to the upcoming tennis season and her future at the University of Notre Dame BY ERIN O’NEILL For senior Maeve Koscielski, tennis is a family affair. She and her two sisters have become standouts in Cathedral tennis, and dominated the sport in their years on the hill. The trio of sisters led the squad to a team State title in the 2016 season. Koscielski explained that being on a team and competing with her sisters has brought them together in a unique way. She said, “Playing with my sisters was a lot of fun and really memorable. We are all so close because of tennis and we loved practicing and winning State together.” Varsity girl’s tennis Head Coach and history teacher Mr. Mark Noe described how the sisters add a unique element to the team. He said, “They add an essence of you ask them to do something and they always do it. They’re easy to manage, they’re self motivated, and they don’t have to be told ten times what to do, so it’s nice to have that work ethic. That’s a rare thing. They know what it takes to have success and it really shows with the other girls.” Koscielski said that she considers the highlight of her tennis career so far to be “my sophomore year, winning individual State and team State with my sisters.”
Koscielski expressed excitement for her final season of high school tennis. She said, “I’m really excited to play for Cathedral again. I feel like we have a really good chance to win State this year.” Noe, who will be entering his 17th year as head coach this spring, described Koscielski’s success is because of “her willingness to not give up when things aren’t going her way and her foresight to see that it takes time to get really good.” Noe described that the team’s achievements in recent years are largely due to Koscielski’s presence on the team. He said, “In Maeve’s last three years we’ve (in the State tournament) gotten in the top three every year, and that’s an attribute to her.”
Senior Maeve Koscielski returns the ball in a match. Koscielski said that she has always wanted to keep playing in college and she will be continuing her tennis career next year at the University of Notre Dame. She said, “I’m looking forward to not just playing for myself, but for a whole team as well. I’m excited to meet new people and play for great coaches.” Photo submitted
Noe also explained how Koscielski has improved over her high school career. He said, “She’s learned how to control herself and her emotions during tough times, during time when she’s down or up, she’s kept her emotions in check. Obviously though with the four years that she’s played she’s gotten a lot match-tougher, which means that you get used to scenarios and don’t freak out when something happens. She’s able to expect more and able to get over it.” Koscielski added, “I’m hoping to become a better teammate and leader.”
Make it to State
Koscielski and Noe also share a common goal for the season: making it to the State tournament. Noe said, “The goal obviously as a team is to get back to where we were last year, and that is back to the State finals again. I️ know (Koscielski’s) goals for herself and the team, she’s showing leadership, I️ know she wants to improve her game weekly and get better as the season progresses, and if we can do that then we can really do some damage.“ Koscielski added, “I’m looking forward to
BY MADI TRAN This Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Welch Activity Center, juniors will receive a certificate to commemorate their acceptance into the National Honor Society and seniors who have been in NHS and who have fulfilled their community service requirements will be given their senior cords. National Honor Society recognizes students for their success throughout their high school career. “National Honor Society is a national organization that recognizes high school students for demonstrated scholarship, service, leadership and character,” Mrs. Lisa Ford, who serves as the NHS faculty co-moderator, along with Mr. Joshua Payne-Elliott, said.
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BY ANNIKA GARWOOD
NHS induction on Sunday
hanging out with my teammates and hopefully winning state with them.” Koscielski’s positive mindset also adds to the team’s dynamic. Noe said, “She’s got a never give up attitude. She’s one hundred percent mental as far as keeping it together and stuff like that. She will listen to advice, she’s a good listener and she’s a very good role model with her work ethic at practice.” Koscielski has committed to play for The University of Notre Dame. She said, “I’ve always wanted to play in college and I have always enjoyed competing. I wanted to play for a school where I could also get a good education.” Koscielski is optimistic about this change in scenery for her for her first college season. She said, “I’m looking forward to not just playing for myself, but for a whole team as well. I’m excited to meet new people and play for great coaches.” Noe added, “Notre Dame is lucky to get her as a player and as a student. She will make an instant impact there as soon as she walks in. She’ll be a major asset there once she gets going.”
In order to be accepted, students must meet multiple requirements. “The first criteria is currently you have to have an cumulative 3.6 GPA at the end of five semesters, so that’s the middle of your junior year. Then you have to be current with your Cathedral service, so you must have demonstrated service. You also have to have some sort of demonstrated leadership. That does not mean that you have had to have been a class officer, but you have to be a leader in some sense. You can’t have any serious disciplinary issues,” Ford said. In addition to first meeting these qualifications, students will still have to fulfill certain requirements to stay in National Honor Society. As co-moderator Ford serves multiple responsibilities. Ford said, “Herr Payne and I are co-moderators and it is our job to notify kids that they are academically eligible because that’s the first step. We organize the application and selection process. Once kids are in, we oversee their service and make sure they’re maintaining their good grades. We organize the tutoring program and that’s our main function, but we also organize any other service that they might be doing, whether its tour guiding at open house or working at ShamrAuction.” Once a student qualifies and applies for National Honor Society, his application is looked over rigorously.
Looking at applicants
Ford said, “The first step is (that) Herr Payne and I get all these applications in and look over them to see if they’re complete. We look to see if all the components are there. We make sure that the applicant has followed directions. It’s very important to us that an organization that is dedicated to scholarship, service, leadership and character sees that you followed directions. We get input from the entire faculty. They are sent a list of all applicants and they vote either strongly recommend, recommend with reservation or I don’t recommend.” If a student is not endorsed, a faculty member must explain his reasoning. “If a teacher doesn’t recommended we ask them to explain why they’re not recommending. It isn’t possible for a teacher to just say no I don’t recommend that kid. They have to explain why or we don’t even pay attention to that recommendation. We also want people to explain why they are recommending them, but we don’t insist on that,” Ford said. If an applicant has problems within his application he is put under review. “If there are issues, we have a faculty committee that reviews the issues. If a kid comes back and he has 12 detentions on his discipline record, the committee is going to talk about that and ask why do we have these detentions,” Ford said. Junior Isabelle Kwon was accepted into National Honor Society and believes it will assist her in her high school career. “I’m happy to be in it because it shows colleges that I have leadership skills,” Kwon said.
If you go What: National Honor Society induction ceremony When: 5 p.m. Sunday Where: Welch Activity Center
“National Honor Society is a national organization that recognizes high school students for demonstrated scholarship, service, leadership and character.”
National Honor Society co-moderator and math teacher Mrs. Lisa Ford
March 22, 2018
Spring break starts April 6 and concludes with the return to school on April 16.
Forum calls attention to issues that affect all women, offers place to share ideas by Sara Kress
Timeline of Women’s Rights Movement 1848 The Seneca Falls Convention is the first women’s rights convention.
Black ribbons emblazoned the lapels of students and teachers earlier this month. A symbol of support, a symbol of solidarity, a symbol of strength, these ribbons called attention to International Women’s Day on March 8. The idea behind this representation was born from a new club, Women’s Forum. English teacher and club moderator Mrs. Sue Welch said that the purpose of Women’s Forum is to share viewpoints with others. She said, “I would say that (Women’s Forum) is just a place to feel commonality with other women. It is absolutely not political or an anti-anything group; it is a safe space to consider ideas that might affect all women.”
1963 Congress passes the Equal Pay Act.
1972 Title IX is passed to prevent education discrimination.
Instead of one president, three students lead the club: junior Anna Pohl and sophomores Kennedy Maye and Carolina Rios. Welch said, “Women’s Forum started from three different trajectories. Three students who really didn’t know each other approached me three different times over the course of the first semester wanting to begin a club that was not only for women, but about women.” Because each girl came to Welch individually, some reshaping of ideas was necessary. “All three of us had three different ideas and concepts of what we should do,” Maye said. Maye’s original vision for Women’s Forum stemmed from another club with which she is involved. Maye said, “I’m a part of the Black Student Union, and I wanted to take some of those ideas and apply the quality and diversity into women.” Rios also had a solid idea for what she desired the club to look like. “I just kind of wanted a space where we would be able to be critical thinkers, where no one would be judging anybody and no one would be punished if they expressed their opinion, just a comfortable space for girls to talk about their own issues. Boys are completely welcome, but I feel like sometimes we will want to have talks that are just girls,” she said. However, both Maye and Rios said that combining the three original ideas was an easy task due to their enthusiasm. “All three of us get along so well,” Maye said. “All of our meetings have been so productive, and I feel like there’s not enough time for everything that we want to fulfill just because we’re so excited about everything that we want to do.” As evidence to their compatibility, Rios
Sophomore Kennedy Maye addresses Women’s Forum during a meeting on March 6. Photo by Sara Kress
said that she agreed with Maye. “We got a lot done in a short period of time. And the three of us are always talking about ideas for the meetings,” Rios said.
Importance of voicing opinions
Ultimately, Women’s Forum is just that, an open forum for students to voice their opinions about issues revolving around gender. Welch said, “I think in large groups – whether that is a school building, or a state, or a country – it is hard to feel significant amid the many voices that ring loudly and clearly and this is just yet another space for people to feel comfortable to be and to speak.” Maye said, “I think that people feel judged if they don’t have a place to talk. If you’re just talking to your friends and if everyone has different opinions and you’re the only one that has that opinion, you feel ganged up on or you feel that it’s not a place where you can be yourself, so that’s why I think it’s important for a lot of people that come and voice their opinions. If you hold back your opinion, you never know if someone could agree with you.” Rios said, “I think it’s important to come together with people that think alike. Cathedral is such a diverse environment in general; there’s just so many different ideals.” Rios is a transfer student who moved to Indianapolis from Brazil. She said that part of the reason she wanted to create a place for people to speak freely was due to her ex-
periences as a new student. She said, “Personally, when I first got here, Cathedral felt like I couldn’t express my own opinion and my views because I didn’t know how people would react. And I feel like because of that fear of the reaction, (Women’s Forum) is a good space because it’s obviously not going to be reaction-free, but it’s going to be a judgement-free space.”
Welch’s goal for Women’s Forum is simple: “To be seen and to be heard.” Maye said, “I think that one of my goals is to build our club. Not only building the people that come, but the activities that we do. I know we have thoughts about bringing in a speaker or doing more hands-on activities. I think that’s important because the girls and guys that have come here have loved it and I want to build their self-esteem so that when they go off to college or they’re not at Cathedral, they have that power and know that they can speak up.” Similarly, Rios said her goal was to help students become more prepared for a more intense academic atmosphere. She said, “I just think that we’re all going out to college soon, and so much happens at college relating to women. And a lot of the time women don’t even have a voice in college, so I feel like it is really important to be conscious about what’s going on in the world and to understand each
Source: National Women’s History Project
1920 The Nineteenth Amendment is passed. 1968 A protest against the Miss America Pageant sparks the modern feminist movement. 2017 Inaugural Women’s March occurs across the nation.
other’s struggles and not dismiss them just because you’re not a woman or you might be a person of color. So I just feel like more than seeing something happen at Cathedral, I hope that people’s inner self will be able to change for the better so that they won’t judge people as much and also support women’s rights.” The club meets in Room 2304, Mrs. Welch’s classroom, during flex every Day 7. Rios said, “Our idea of a routine meeting would be that we would watch a video or read a text and then have a discussion about it.” The girls intend to bring in a speaker to talk about issues that affect women. They plan to work on projects around the school to raise awareness for gender equality. Their celebration of International Women’s Day was one such project. Thus far the club’s discussions have focused primarily on body image and women in the workforce, but the conversation has ranged everywhere from makeup to sexual abuse. Welch said, “So far, we’ve talked about some of the issues, and sometimes the joys, of womanhood, and we’re plotting activities and events that are meaningful to the group.” Welch urges people to attend Women’s Forum. “There is room for everyone,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what gender a person is, or what age a person is, or if they’ve been to the first meetings. I think that all voices are welcome as long as they are respectful and sympathetic listeners.”
Spring break through the years: Teachers share personal high school experiences English teacher Mrs. Melinda Bundy
Economics teacher mr. lance rhodes
anatomy teacher mrs. susan mills
physics teacher mr. adam hibshman
1. What was spring break like when you were in high school? “Honestly, I don’t remember getting a spring break in high school, and if we did get a spring break I never went anywhere. I don’t remember spring break being a thing until I went to college. My senior year my roommates and I went to Fort Lauderdale.” 2. What years were you in high school or college? “I was in high school from 1965 to 1968. My senior year of college would have been 1972.” 3. How would you compare spring break back then to now at Cathedral? “Even though Fort Lauderdale was a big deal, it wasn’t overwhelmed with people. There were people but it wasn’t anything like it is nowadays. At Cathedral it is almost a thing; it feels like that everyone goes somewhere.” 4. What advice do you have for students going on spring break? “I believe this the whole time I have been at Cathedral. I do not think seniors in high school should be allowed to go anywhere without adult supervision, just for their own safety. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with whether they misbehave, but I think many times they are thrown into situations that they are not equipped to handle. When they are down there, especially in Cancún, I think our kids are so innocent that they wouldn’t think that they have to watch their drink if they leave it in a table and, alcoholic or not, trust that someone wouldn’t slip anything into it. If a college guy flirts with a girl, she’s used to a Cathedral boy saying ‘OK whatever,’ but a college guy might say ‘what do you mean no?’ and then what is she going to do ya know. It is very scary, so that’s why my kids never went on spring break without adults.”
1. What was spring break like when you were in high school? “Kids didn’t go to any specific location. That was a big thing in the ’50s with the “Beach Blanket Bingo” movies, people went to Fort Lauderdale, that was the place, but by the mid ’60s that idea of going on spring break, going somewhere, was a no go. So really most people didn’t go anywhere, or if they did, they went on a short vacation with their parents. I couldn’t have gone on spring break because I played baseball. I was a spring sport athlete so I did not have time. Spring break was not a big thing in the ’60s.” 2. What years were you in high school? “Spring break would have been spring of 1966 or 1967. What might seem different to you folks is that it was not a big deal; people did not go on spring break.” 3. How would you compare spring break back then to now at Cathedral? “Everybody seems to go now and the places are a little more exotic than what it used to be like. (When I was in high school) everybody always went to a Florida type of place. Then in the ’80s when I was teaching here, there were some places in Texas that popped up. But now it’s always some place in the Caribbean or south of the United States border, like Mexico or the Dominican Republic.” 4. Did you go on any spring break trips in college? “I took trips, but it was not as big or as organized as college spring break is now also. Although (when I was in college) that was about the time when spring break began to come back as a thing to do or when we found destinations. I kind of feel cheated in my upbringing because I didn’t get to live a debauched lifestyle like you guys do.”
1. What was spring break like when you were in high school? “I never went on a spring break until I got out of college because I was always playing a sport, and they wouldn’t let us leave. So I didn’t go on a spring break until I was 22 years old, but the point is this: I sacrificed that for my sport, and I would do it again. (Whether it was) basketball, volleyball, softball, back in the day they would not let you miss, and in college, of course, they won’t let you miss. (In high school), we played basketball over spring break, we had a tournament, and look, I’m still alive; it didn’t kill me. But, I do remember kids coming back from spring break all tan, and I was never tan. I was always pretty jealous of all the tanned people.” 2. What years were you in high school? “Back in my day, people still went to Florida. They still did the same thing. St. Petersburg was the big thing back in the day, late 70s, early 80s, but of course I never got to go. I graduated in 1981. St. Pete’s was the place to go.” 3. How would you compare spring break back then to now at Cathedral? “Almost everybody goes on spring break. Like back then, I would say half of the people went to Florida. Now it’s almost like 90 percent it seems like. People who play sports get to go now. Back in the day, if you played a sport you didn’t get to go; we practiced (during spring break). As far as I know baseball here at Cathedral is the only one that won’t let them go. Everybody else gets to go. It’s easier to go now than it was when I was in school.” 4. What advice do you have for students going on spring break? “My advice for students going on spring break is to be safe and be smart.”
1. What was spring break like when you were in high school? “I played baseball in high school, so I didn’t have the option to go on spring break ever. (However), living in Northern Indiana, it usually snowed, so our baseball games always got cancelled. Out of the population of students I went to school with, most people didn’t go anywhere on spring break of what I can remember. Before high school, I always went to visit my grandparents in Florida with my family. I think simple stuff like that most people would do, but people didn’t go on crazy vacations to Hawaii or anything. I don’t think that was because of the time though, people just didn’t have a lot of money.” 2. Did you go on spring break in college? “(I was in high school from) 2006 to 2010. In college, I had spring break three out of the four years. The first year, I went to Florida. The second year I went to visit my grandparents in Florida with one of my friends, and they took care of us for a week. My grandma made lasagna and we went to the beach. My senior year I was actually in Australia during my spring break. So when I was in Australia I got to travel for two weeks between terms doing student teaching, so I guess you could call that kind of spring break.” 3. How would you compare spring break back then to now at Cathedral? “Now, people go on a lot more exciting trips than I did in high school, for whatever reason. I know it is a bigger deal here than when I was in high school. As a teacher, it’s been my chance over the last two years to teach myself particle physics (over spring break), so I can teach it to my IB kids. (Spring break) is always a nice break from the routine, but (for me) it has never been anything crazy interesting.”
March 22, 2018
The Easter vigil on March 31 provides the converts with their first experience of Catholicism.
“God gave us that great gift (that) we can choose. I think that’s what I would say to people talk to people who know about their faith.”
French teacher Mr. Gary Spurgin
As Easter vigil approaches and Church welcomes new members, teacher reflects on his experience on converting to Catholicism BY MARY STEMPKY As Lent winds down, students and staff anticipate the chance to resume whatever they gave up. The time for reflection comes to a close and a time of celebration begins. The end of Lent also means the completion of time of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Someone who fully comprehends what these individuals are experiencing is French teacher Mr. Gary Spurgin. According to Spurgin, he first discovered an interest in Catholicism through teaching. He said that beginning a career at a Catholic high school allowed him to get to know students and other teachers who were Catholic and attend Mass. “(I) started finding out that I had more in common with the Catholic Church,” Spurgin said. This new perspective led him to RCIA.
Learning about the Church
Those, like Spurgin, who are interested in RCIA may have doubts before beginning the conversion process. For these potential converts, there are sessions available for them ask questions about the Church before they officially begin RCIA. According to theology teacher Mrs. Sara Koehler, before RCIA begins there are inquiry classes that take place. She said the these classes are optional and can be attended at one’s leisure. “(A person) can go to ask question (that they) may have wanted to know about (the Church),” Koehler said. Theology teacher Mrs. Cece Kasberg ’83, said this time begins a period of asking questions during which a person becomes interested on the Church. “The whole purpose (of this stage) is to get some basis of the Catholic Church,” she said. After this experience, a person may then decide to make the commitment to RCIA, including at which parish they will participate in RCIA.
Spurgin took part in RCIA at St. Monica and Koehler served as his sponsor. He said that the classes taught the foundations of the Catholic Church and each week a different topic was covered. “I can remember talking about Mary and why Mary is so important to the Catholic Church,” Spurgin said. Some may have misconceptions about the Church that they can address during these classes. Kasberg said that sometimes there are misinterpretations regarding the faith. She said, for example, that some people believe that Catholics treat Mary as God, but this is not true. “Catholics do pray to Mary, but (they) pray for Mary’s intercession. (Catholics) want her help,” Kasberg said. This misconception is one with which Spurgin struggled. According to Spurgin he said that growing up Methodist he under-
stood that Mary was the Mother of God but was not put on a pedestal. He noted, though, that Methodists see statues of her in their church. “You have that motherly image of who she is and why she is important,” Spurgin said. Another part of the Catholic church that challenged Spurgin involved the crucifix. Spurgin said that in the Methodist Church you would see a cross to which the crucifix would be compared. He said that he had heard a preacher compare a cross to a crucifix and say that there is a cross because Christ had risen from the dead. However, Spurgin nows see it in a different way. “For me the crucifix is a reminder that Christ suffered. He endured pain, and for (whom) did he do that? He did that for us,” Spurgin said.
Importance of the Easter vigil
The learning that occurs during the monthslong RCIA process leads up to the Easter vigil. It is at this point that individuals make their final decision about becoming Catholic. According to Kasberg, during the Easter vigil, which takes place the night before Easter Sunday, those who have gone through RCIA can choose to join the church and officially become Catholic. “(At the Easter vigil) you actually receive the sacraments of initiation,” she said. For Spurgin, the Easter vigil is a happy occasion. “You have people who want to (join the church). They have decided to continue their faith journey,” Spurgin said.
Learning after RCIA
But even after the Easter vigil there is still more learning. Koehler said that after Easter the new members go through a process called mystagogy. “(Mystagogy) is a further, deeper look into various things about the Church,” Koehler said. Kasberg said mystagogy lasts a different length of time. “On a limited sense, (mystagogy) starts when (a person) enters into the Church on Easter vigil (until) Pentecost,” Kasberg said. Though the process of RCIA is about learning, one may wonder why it is necessary. According to Koehler, though the learning process is important, she said that she believes the community aspect of the classes provides an important part of the experience. She said that she loves how RCIA has group meetings. “I think if you just learn the details, and you’re not comfortable with the people, you’re not going to stay,” Koehler said. Kasberg focuses more on the learning experience. She said that she believes one would want to go through RCIA to make sure they agree with Church doctrine. She said that the Church requires it and as a way to make an individual sure that he understands what he is undertaking. “When
French teacher Mr. Gary Spurgin provides instruction during his E period French II class. Spurgin shared his story about his personal faith journey as he experienced RCIA and convert to Catholicism. Photo by Mary Stempky
(Catholics) say the creed at Mass, that’s really a nice (representation) of all our beliefs so through (the) eight-or-10-month process of RCIA, that is what you’re going through,” Kasberg said.
Some Catholics may wonder how to approach someone who is considering entering the Church. Spurgin and Kasberg offered advice. Kasberg said in a phone interview that if a student shows interest she would suggest he go see his theology teacher. But if it were an adult, she would invite them to Mass and introduce them to the priest. “I would try to get them in touch with the right person,” Kasberg said. As Catholics share their stories, potential converts may express interest. However, they may have reservations as well. Spurgin shared insight about how a potential convert may explore Catholicism. Spurgin said that he believes Catholics should communicate what their faith journey has been. “Share what it has done for you to be Catholic,” Spurgin said. Spurgin said he believes those who have an interest in joining the Church should speak to those who live out their Catholic faith. He said people should ask Catholics why their faith is important to them and what a specific religious symbol might mean. He said he believes that it is important to be open, even if a person’s journey of searching does not lead that individual to join the Church. Spurgin said, “God gave us that great gift (that) we can choose. I think that’s what I would say to people talk to people who know about their faith.”
Theology teacher extends her faith well beyond her classroom, campus BY ANNIKA GARWOOD For the first time at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, Confirmation classes have been offered since September and will continue through April until a group of about 15 boys, all of whom are teenagers, become confirmed in the Catholic Church. And a Cathedral theology teacher has a direct role in the process and their faith. Ms. Katie Klee said she never imagined a few years ago that she and Danny, her brother, would be teaching there when they began volunteering at the facility. “We were part of former Indianapolis Archbishop (Joseph William) Tobin’s prison ministry task force of about 20 people who met monthly for about year to discuss what the Archdiocese could do for or offer all people in our area affected by crime,” Klee said.
Invitation to teach
She said that through invitation, she started attending the Bible study offered to the boys at the prison. Mr. Ron Greulich, a member of the task force, invited her every Wednesday evening. Over this past summer, Mr. Mark Braun, a volunteer at the correctional facility, told the Klees that around 20 boys from that same Bible class were interested in becoming Catholic. (Since the class has started a few of the boys have been released from the facility which is why there are now about 15). “For the first time ever at that facility, Mark got approval to offer a Confirmation class so
Theology teacher Ms. Katie Klee supervises students during Period E resource. Photo by Susannah Buhner
these boys could become fully initiated into the Catholic Church, and he asked us if we would consider teaching it,” she said, and added that she instructed the class every third Wednesday of the month since September.
Organization of class
To start each instructional session, Klee said she and her brother and all the boys recite a decade of the rosary. “They are extremely reverent and prayerful during this,” the theology teacher said. Then, the group of boys do a get-to-know-you activity where they share some personal likes, dislikes, favorites or memories. Klee said that the class then reviews what
they learned last session, reads Scripture surrounding Confirmation in the Book of Acts and then draws or writes reflections about what they have learned. She said the boys are really truthful and do not “hide themselves from each other, (or) worry about impressing anyone.” Klee said her class members speak from the heart and hold a deep desire to know God. Then, the Wednesday session ends in prayer, which is led by the boys. Klee said the closing moves her to tears because it’s such a powerful moment hearing them talk to God. The boys in the facility do not go on a retreat but do have adult mentors who meet with them one on one or in a group setting. “The prison does offer a Kairos retreat throughout the year, but it is not a requirement for their Confirmation,” Klee said.
Confirmation will take place at the prison at a date to be determined. Klee said that it is unlikely that Archbishop Charles Thompson will be able to confirm them. Fr. Sean Pogue, who celebrates Mass with them regularly, will most likely be the priest to confirm the Church’s new members. Klee said that each session with the boys is so moving and provides proof that God loves, forgives and guides anyone asking for His help. She said she is impacted by the vulnerability of the boys’ words and cherishes the Wednesday nights she spends with them to grow stronger in their faith.
“They are extremely reverent and prayerful during (the Rosary).”
Theology teacher Ms. Katie Klee
All-school Stations of the Cross offered BY EMMA KRESS In a school that prides itself on traditions, yet another tradition is about to be part of the school’s culture. During Holy Week, the Stations of the Cross will be offered. For the first time, there will be an allschool Stations of the Cross on Wednesday. Director of Campus Ministry Mrs. Charlene Witka said, “The Stations of the Cross is a journey through the passion of our Lord, all the way from when the high priests were asking if (the Jews) wanted this man to go free, to the crucifixion, and all the way to the tomb. The Stations of the Cross depict the story of the passion.” Instead of the living stations of the cross that many schools opt for, a priest, Fr. Jim Farrell will lead the school in the Stations of the Cross. Witka said, “I’m very, very excited. Fr. Farrell is a wonderful storyteller and I think he will keep the students interested.” Witka said she hopes that students will grow closer to Jesus through the Stations of the Cross. She said, “During the season of Lent is where we reflect on the passion, crucifixion and resurrection. Hopefully, it will help them (students) get into the mindset of Holy Week.” Witka said that her inspiration to have the Stations of the Cross came from the lack of a school-wide Holy Week celebration. “This is the first time that we’re doing it. We normally don’t have anything during Holy Week because we encourage the students to go to their church and participate in their services. Fr. Farrell does the Stations of the Cross at his church. It’s an audience participation type thing. (Chief officer for student activities) Dr. (Tom) Greer and I talked and we decided that we needed to do something during Holy Week. I heard that Fr. Jim does the Stations of the Cross and I asked him if he would come and do it for us,” Witka said. The Stations of the Cross will take place during flex Wednesday. Witka said, “Some schools act out the Stations of the Cross and they usually do it on Good Friday. But since we don’t have school on Good Friday, we’re going to do it on Wednesday.” Witka said that although this is the first time for a school-based Stations of the Cross, she hopes it is not the last. She said, “I’m hoping that the students are open to this and that this is something that we can repeat and build on in the future.”
Q&A with Fr. Jim Farrell Fr. Jim Farrell participated in a Q & A. Fr. Jim grew up in Indianapolis, and he graduated from the Latin School of Indianapolis and St. Meinreid College Seminary. He went on to study in Rome and was ordained by Pope Paul VI and began work at St. Pius X Parish. He also went on to work at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House. How would you describe the Stations for someone who has never participated in them? “The Stations are a meditation on fourteen different moments on Jesus’ way to his death on Calvary. It begins with his being condemned to die by Pilate and ends with his being laid in the tomb after he was crucified.” What should Cathedral students expect during the Stations? “They should expect to enter into a mental journey where they will witness in their mind Jesus’ walk to Calvary and his death on the Cross.” Do you put a personal spin or perspective on the Stations, and if so, what? “No, I try to capture the experience as it might have been for Jesus and any onlookers. I don’t think I spin anything in a particular direction.” Have you done the Stations at a school before, and if so, where and when? “ I have done them in my parish but not in a school setting before.” What is the significance of doing the Stations during Lent? “The significance is to take time to consider what it was like for Jesus . It is an opportunity for prayer – to talk with Jesus about his suffering and death. This is something Jesus does for us out of love. Can we engage his experience for the time of the prayer and let it speak to us. It may move our hearts and cause us to embrace a change of heart.”
Hear This: Former students and current teachers offer their insight into the world of Greek life.
March 22, 2018
In six months, seniors must decide whether to rush by sydney hutchinson For many seniors, the college hunt is well underway or perhaps even has ended, as those acceptance notifications roll in. For half of the Senior Class, another decision now comes into play—whether to rush a social fraternity. This decision has perhaps become more challenging as colleges suspend fraternities due to unacceptable behavior. For example, on Feb. 8 the Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter at Indiana University was shut down. Fraternities at Ball State recently restricted parties and other social activities.
But English teacher Mr. Bobby Allen ‘99 said he would recommend fraternities. Allen said, “College experience would not have been the same without being in a fraternity.” Socially, he said joining a fraternity opened up an extremely wide and diverse set of opportunities. He said he never had an issue finding people who shared the same interests as he did. “Some of my best friends today are from my fraternity, and I talk to them on a frequent basis,” Allen said. As far as a college freshman’s anxiety about rush, Allen said, “Rush was a bit overwhelming with all the different fraternities looking to fill their classes. But once you find the right fit, it is all worth it in the end.”
The Tau connection
Assistant football coach and English teacher Mr. Nick Lyons ‘04 agrees with Allen about the benefits of joining a social fraternity. He also said there was nothing negative about his experience at Wabash. “Being an active brother in the Tau chapter of Beta Theta Pi was a
Nathan Gray ‘16 attends the 2017 Beta Theta Pi General Convention in Salt Lake City. Delta Chi is one of over 70 fraternity and sorority organizations at Indiana University. Photos submitted
terrific experience from beginning to end. Every single one of my 26 pledge brothers attended my wedding,” Lyons said, who noted that he even found rush to be exciting. “The pledgeship period was the best time I never want to have again,” he said. Nathan Gray ‘16 has found his home in the Tau chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wabash University. Gray also serves as the student body vice president. Like all pledges who plan on joining a fraternity, he experienced rush, which is a different process on many campuses—a small liberal arts college such as Wabash is not the same as a large public university like IU—and has even been the reason the some of the Greek activities have been suspended or restricted. But Gray had nothing negative to say at all about rush. “You spend most of rush talking to different members of the house, and as I spoke to brother after brother, I was left with an impression of an incredibly driven, welcoming and well-driven house,” Gray said.
Decision to rush
Before he joined the fraternity chapter that he said he loves, Gray said he actually had little interest in living in a fraternity. He mentioned that are a couple of things to consider when picking out and joining a fraternity. “I chose Beta because of the quality of the men that I met,” Gray said.
However, Gray noted the importance of effective communication when choosing the winner of his fraternity selection process. He also said that three Cathedral graduates were in his house: Connor Rice ‘13, Connor Lenahan ‘13 and Jimmy Seuss ‘13, his peer mentor from his freshman year.
More than partying
“One of the most important factors in my decision was that (the members of) Beta continued to contact me to see if I had any questions or wanted to (talk) about my concerns I had before making my decision,” Gray said. The qualities of the fraternity are also important to consider, Gray said, “Rather than being united by one shared interest, major or sport, the brothers of Beta were, and are, united by a sense of ambition and brotherhood.” Many former brothers mention that while finding people with the same interests is important, diversity is also as integral and appreciated. Gray said, “Even (though) I visited Wabash with little interest in going Greek, after experiencing Greek life on Wabash’s campus, and the atmosphere of Beta, more specifically, I knew there was a home for me in that system. Beta has provided me brothers, mentors and role models, and I am still exceedingly grateful for my decision to join this fraternity.”
Film teacher discusses cultural representation of fraternities
by sydney hutchinson With many movies being produced about fraternities in the past decade, a big question emerges. How accurate is Hollywood portraying Greek life? English and film studies teacher Mr. Matt Panzer, attended Notre Dame University and never had the opportunity to participate in fraternities, because there are none there. “All I know of fraternities is really what I have heard or seen in film,” said Panzer. Panzer said the first exposure people within his age range had to fraternities was the film “Animal House,” released in 1978. “Animal House follows two different fraternities, one of which is very snooty, obnoxious, punitive in a way, and (with a) couple scenes of corporal punishment. They are the bad one (in the film). On the extreme opposite end you have got the Delta house which is alcohol, foolishness, no redemptive qualities, madness, insanity and really some questionable moral behavior,” Panzer said. He said this is supposed to play as
Senior and dual citizen David Bishop gives insight to America-Russia relations By Tommy Callaghan
Indiana University freshman Dane Yeoman ‘17 said he was sure that when he arrived on the Bloomington campus he would not rush. “I avoid (fraternity members) out of fear and confusion,” Yeoman said. Even before he arrived in B-town, he said he was aware of the image of at least some Greek houses. “I knew about the reputation some of the guys here have made and about some of the stuff that goes on in frats. I knew I wanted nothing to do with them before stepping foot on campus. Rush seemed super extra and unnecessary,” Yeoman said.
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the comedy section of the film, and so the audience does not experience the true nature of a fraternity. “It seems when they are portrayed in films they are always portrayed for laughs. Which I am sure is a disservice to the fraternities because I am sure they provide some kind of community service purpose, and bringing people together,” Panzer said. “Old School,” released in 2003, is a film about a group of students that start a fraternity. “Part of the gag (of this film) is that they will not do anything for the university, and they just fill out paperwork well, and they get their charter. It is an administration joke. They exist in a loophole in the legal system, which plays as funny,” Panzer said. In all of the films about fraternities, they always go back to behavior that is getting existing fraternities in real communities in trouble. The problematic actions in these films end up idolized by students, causing the reputation of fraternities to become tarnished. One of the more recent films released in 2014 exhibits extreme hy-
perbole when it comes to fraternities. “Neighbors is with Zac Efron, the boy who is very attractive. (In this film) there is also a lot of drinking and partying and driving the neighbors crazy. I do not think Hollywood does any service to fraternities by portraying them as these vapid institutes with questionable behavior and breaking the law for underaged people.” As far as selecting whether or not to join a fraternity, Panzer stressed the importance of talking to family about the decision. “I would think, I would hope, teenagers, when they are applying to colleges and all of that, they talk to their parents or their aunts, or uncles. I know that was an important part of my own family and my wife’s family. My mother-in-law was a Theta and her daughter was a Theta. The whole idea of legacy and tradition is taught by parents. “I think within what you learn from your parents, there is also that kernel of doubt, or for some, that kernel of hope, that fraternities are that wild, crazy, partying, people-in-trees-falling-down (experience),” Panzer said.
In the movie “Miracle,” which tells the story of the United States hockey team upsetting what at the time would have been the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics, a scene showcases many Americans’ hatred of Russia at the time. Herb Brooks, the team’s coach who is portrayed by Kurt Russell, tells his wife that of the thousands of telegrams the team has received, one from a little old lady had a simple message: “Beat those Commie bastards.” Move forward another few decades, and the Russians meddling in the 2016 elections fills up Twitter feeds and provides the bulk of coverage in the media.
Yet American/Russian dual citizen senior David Bishop sees Russia differently than most Americans. Bishop is known for having an immense vocabulary, possessing a quick-witted humor and, of course, for being Russian. Even though some Americans may not love Russia, David has never experienced any opposition. Though there may be teasing, “I have never felt any actual racial bias or bullying,” he said. Bishop often goes back and forth with junior Tim de Boer, who is from Germany, as they good-naturedly pick on each other. Bishop was born in Russia, but because of his father’s military status, qualifies as an American born abroad. This status is on his birth certificate permanently and was approved by the Russian and American consuls back in 2000. So, David grew up as and is currently a dual citizen with Russia. Though it can be complicated. The United States does not recognize citizenship with Russia, which means that while he is on American soil, David is exclusively an American. Russia has the same policy. Russia only recognizes Bishop’s Russian citizenship, so he is a Russian living in America. Interestingly, this status does not infringe upon voting rights so Bishop is able to vote in both American and Russian elections. Within the past 18 years, Bishop has visited his country of birth a handful of times, the most recent being in the summer of 2016. Overall, he spent two full summers and a large portion of a winter in Russia. Part of Bishop’s interaction with Russian culture includes his fluency in the language. To Americans, Russian is considered extremely challenging to learn and is ranked in the fourth category out of five by the foreign Service Institute in difficulty. Bishop appreciates being
able to speak a language that very few people know. However, he never considered his experiences with learning Russian to be hard. He said, “I never really had to learn Russian because it was spoken in my family; I never needed to study it. “There was a time when, between learning English grammar at school and speaking Russian at home, my Russian wasn’t good; however, I just needed to brush up on it over time and now I have no problems.” Bishop still speaks Russian at home on a daily basis. He also enjoys his culture because of its history. “Russian history is very long and rich, so that has always been something I’ve been fascinated with.” Bishop intends on attending Indiana University Bloomington next fall to study international affairs and hopes to one day work for the State Department. Though international politics have always been interesting to him, his dual citizenship has influenced his interest in the world outside of just the United States. He is also extremely knowledgeable in history, both American and of other countries.
“The fact that I have grown up with a slightly more international perspective probably gave me an interest early on, but I have enjoyed learning about the world for as long as I can remember though,” Bishop said. This international perspective has also influenced Bishop’s daily life. Though he lives with his parents and siblings as most Americans do, most Russians have three-generation homes, consequently causing most Russians to be raised by their grandparents as their parents work. Bishop’s political views have also been formed by the fact that he sees issues in a perspective not solely based on American mindset. He said, “I can compare ‘this is what the Russians do’ and ‘this is what the Americans do,’ and that has influenced me to view things in a broader sense.” A recent scandal in the Olympics gave an example of Bishop’s interest in politics and his larger perspective. When the Olympic committee decided to allow individual Russian athletes to compete, but not the country of Russia, Bishop felt this was unfair. Though he agreed that athletes guilty of doping should be excluded, “to say ‘you can’t carry the Russian flag’ or to abolish the Russian national anthem — I believe that was unjust.” Though he does claim a favorite, Bishop is proud of both countries and thankful for his dual-citizenship.
Seniors Nicholas Widel and David Bishop study German together during flex in the library. Photo by Sarah Pope
Graphic by Jenna Williams
Hear This: The next two weeks only have four days because we have Good Friday and Easter Monday off.
March 22, 2018
“Spring Break Playlist” • “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott • “I’m Good” by The Mowgli’s • “Seven” by Rainbow Kitten Surprise • “Say Something” by Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton • “Glorious” by Macklemore, Skylar Grey • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver • “Finesse” by Bruno Mars, Cardi B • “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell • “Unforgettable” by Thomas Rhett • “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz Twitter Poll Forty-eight respondents voted in a Twitter poll whether they are going somewhere for spring break or are staying home. Going somewhere
March 2018 Sunday
22 Nick Gregor
23 Jacob Lo
29 Nicole DeLise
30 James Franklin 31
Emily Lansing Megam Moriarty
25 Jackson Burlison 26 Brent Gleason 27Ashley Lay Jimmy Grund Halle McHugh Anya Neumeister Thomas Wood Caroline Ward
28 Joe Watson
Meg Walker Collin Monesmith
24 Trey Gentile
My’Jah Mintze Madelyn Christman Elle Kaiser Gabriel Tice Morgan Vukovits
April 2018 Sunday
8 Cami Cerefin
Abe Wojtalik Izaak Gates Yessy Acevedo Emma Allen
9 Emma Johnson
Miranda McKamey Charlie Ramey
Tompkins-Barnes Emily Sorg
Miller 10 Myra 11 Ben Vorisek Maddie Moores Jaeden Osmun Stuart Gomez Rylan Harvey Hannah Miller Giorgia Pasquinelli
Matt Bigelow Claire Koscielski Lisa Fallouh
13 Lilli Moffatt
20 Sofia Alatorre
21 Josh Gantz
17 Alex Keilman
18 Walter Brown 19 Evan Cox
Claire Fenwick Madeleine Fenwick
23 Alex Ye
Regan Poole Hannah Lilly John Petruzzi
Jasmin Cheairs Alexander Yovanovich Rachel Leighton Jack Emkow Andrew George Jack Larch
Maimuna Jalloh Kaleb Wasmuth
15 Hannah Speckman16 Kristen Day Michael Walker
Rose Meyer Mary Kate Temple Blake Steimel Jair Zenil Tory Basile Esmy Plata-Rosales
Kelsey Carnes Nate Carpenter Ziggy Gilbert Connor Helmen Jenna Helmen Lauren Helmen Kate Moore
Alice Brennan Saviona Williams Hans Klemm
7 Daniel Jamell
Lukasz Walendzak Roman Purcell Zack Gregor
Kerrington Bigsbee Isabelle Kwon Shiloh Means Lauryn Woods
Josh Hoeft Natalie Worrell Michael Carnes
Spring Break Destinations Freshman Ellie Sagebiel
Freshman Declan Marbaugh
Sophomore Samantha Bagwell
Sophomore Nick Hruskoci
“I am going to California for spring break. I am looking forward to the warmer weather.”
“I am going to Siesta Key with my friends. I am looking forward to parties on the beach.”
“For spring break I am going to Siesta Key, and I am looking forward to hanging with friends.”
“I am going on the mission trip. I’m excited to spend time with my friends while helping others.”
Junior Taylar Minnis
Junior Andrew Darling
Senior Megan Evanseck
Senior Andrew Umana
“I am going to Disney World in Orlando, Florida for spring break. I am going with my family. I am looking forward to the heat.”
“For spring break I am going to New York. I am looking forward to going there because I have never been there before.”
“I am going to Hammock Beach, Florida. I am most looking forward to the warm weather and taking a break from school and spending time with my friends and family.”
“For spring break I am going to Clearwater Beach, Florida with a bunch of my friends. I am most looking forward to the warm weather.”
Across 1. Author of The Divine Comedy 2. “_____ a Boy”; 2002 film starring Hugh Grant 3. Frankencense, gold and ______; gifts from the Magi to Jesus 4. Post Script, for short 5. Letters that mark the end of a boxing match 6. To talk back in a sarcastic manner
The answers for the crossword will be posted on the Megaphone website a day after the paper is released. Visit irishmegaphone. com to find the key to the puzzle. 1
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Down 1. Slightly wet 2. A deep chasm 3. Either, or/ neither, _____ 4. The Ottoman ______ 5. Aristotle’s rhetorical appeal to credibility
CLUB AND EVENTS CALENDAR
ComedySportz Match Date: Tonight Time: 7 p.m. Location: Carmel High School
Women’s Forum Meeting Date: Every Day 7 Location: Room 2304 Time: Flex
Math League Date: Tuesday Time: 7:15 a.m. Location: Cafeteria/ math hallway
Battle of the Books Date: April 5 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Media Center/ Auditorim
Last Chinese Club Meeting Date: April 4 Time: 9:50 to 10:30 a.m. Location: Room 3302
Embrace Club Date: April 18 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: Gym
Carpe Diem Club Date: Every Day 2 Location: Room 2304 Time: Flex
Writing Center Date: Every Flex period except Day 3 Location: Loretto
“Spring Break” Only 15 more days until spring break Whether you are staying home, hitting the beach or going to a lake Time off from school and fun times are guaranteed Just let the waves roll and the sun lead No worries or stress spring break is perfect for relaxation and nothing less Hang out with friends and go out for the night Be joyful and be bright Lay out and get a tan Go with the flow you don’t need a plan Enjoy spring break and when we get back prom is a week after that Poem submitted
Things to do in Indy if you stay home for spring break • Go to Hoosier Heights for some fun, strength-building rock climbing. • Visit the Indianapolis Zoo. • Stay inside for the day and marathon your favorite TV show or movies. • Go shopping for the day. Get a head start on your summer wardrobe. • Hit up your favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. • Spend the day hiking or running at Eagle Creek. • Take your sibling to Dave & Busters for some entertaining gaming. • Visit Newfields (commonly known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art). • Go put-putting with some friends one night at Pirates Cove in Keystone.
March 22, 2018
The baseball team will play at Noblesville on Monday at 6 p.m.
Spring Sports Previews Men’s Track
Varsity Head Coach Mr. John O’Hara ’02 (third season as head coach) is joined by assistant coaches Mr. Jim Nohl ’78, Mr. Brian Gross, Mr. Joe Sander and Mr. Dennis Thomas. Highlights from the 2017 season include All-Catholic champion, City champion, freshman City champion, second at Sectional and fifth at Regional. The 2017 State Finals featured two current students returning this spring. Junior Cole Hocker placed fourth in the 1,600. Junior James Wayne was a part of the 4 x 400-meter squad claiming 17th place. Hocker broke the 1600-meter record with a time of 4:13.58. “2018 will be built off of the success of the 2017 season. We arguably had our best overall team last season. We have many holes to fill from graduated seniors, but with a team of over 80 athletes, we can be very competitive again. I am excited to see what our team can do collectively this season,” O’Hara said. Sophomore Nick Hruskoci and junior Ryan Pehlman join Hocker and senior Morris Kimble as key returners to the distance squad. Senior Kyle Nickolson returns as well.
The women’s track and field team has hit the ground running. The squad, led by coach Mr. Mark Doctor, searches to improve its successes this season. Doctor has three years under his belt from assistant coaching to go along with nine more as varsity head coach. Mr. Brian Gross, Miss Stephanie Israel ’12, Mr. Joe Sander, Mr. Curtis Steeger, Mr. Dennis Thomas and Miss Rachel Weeber join Doctor as assistants. The Irish return as City runner-up and All-Catholic runner-up, along with a 4 x 800-meter relay that qualified for the State championships and narrowly missed the school record. Seniors Sofia Alatorre and Erin Arney are back for the distance event. “This year we have a good mix of experienced, returning athletes and very talented newcomers. Our biggest challenge will be the lack of numbers in some events. We are looking at being stronger in the sprints and hurdles than we have been at any time in recent memory. Our distance runners, who have traditionally been one of the greatest strengths of the team, look to continue that tradition this year,” Doctor said.
Varsity Head Coach Mr. Ed Freije comes back for his second season as accompanied by assistant coaches Mr. Austin Green, Mr. Will Hunker, Mr. Brad Pearson, Mr. Jeremy Sinsabaugh and Mr. Keith Yost. Amidst the perfect 29-0 season, highlights of 2017 included a City championship, a Sectional championship, a Regional championship, a Semistate championship and a State championship. Last season’s State roster featured six key student-athletes who return this spring in hopes to defend their championship. The key returning players include seniors Collin Greene, catcher; Seth Link, outfield; Mack Murphy, outfield; Jared Poland, shortstop/ pitcher; Evan Uhland, outfield; and junior Peyton Schofield, pitcher/ first base. Three seniors have committed to playing in college: Poland, Louisville; Alex Scherer, John A. Logan College; and Uhland, DePauw. “I think that we will have another good year. I believe we will have the hitting to get us far later in the season but for right now we just have to keep working hard and hopefully it will pay off like last year,” Uhland said.
Varsity Head Coach Mr. Tony Matthews returns for his seventh season, accompanied by Mrs. Linda Bamrick and Ms. Dee Dee Galligher. The Irish softball team has unfinished business. After a City runner-up finish to Scecina and a 6-5 loss to Lawrence North in the first round of the Sectional, there is a sour taste left in the team’s mouth. Much is left to prove with a star-power squad returning. Senior Brittany Ford, junior Lily Jennings and sophomores Annika Garwood and Grace Lorsung were named to the All-City team. Along with the All-City members, senior Jordan Lyman comes back to her spot at second base and sophomore Mia Dittoe remains in center field. Dittoe has received interest from major Division I schools such as Boston College, Duke and Northwestern. Ford and Lorsung are both committed to Big Ten schools: Indiana and Illinois, respectively. “A big part of the offseason has focused on developing trust, leadership and improved communication in building team chemistry. The coaching staff is very impressed with leadership displayed by our seniors,” Bamrick said.
The Koscielski sisters are back and ready to lead the charge. Senior Maeve and junior Claire are dominant starters returning with five varsity seasons combined. Sophomore Meg Coleman comes back to the varsity roster after playing as a freshman. Seniors KK Combs and Rachel Long also return with varsity experience. Head Coach Mr. Mark Noe, an experienced mentor with multiple State championships, is eager to lead such a talented squad. The team went 19-2 last year, winning Sectional, Regional and Semistate titles and falling to eventual State champion Carmel in the State semifinals, which were played at North Central. Combs and Maeve are captains for the 2018 year. Maeve committed to Notre Dame this last year, signing with the Irish for the collegiate level. “We are looking to have a successful season and improving throughout our dual matches. Success will be defined as working on consistency and on improving our games and working on areas which need attention. Match play toughness will play a huge role as we progress throughout the season,” said Noe.
Men’s Lacrosse Varsity Head Coach Mr. Andy Gruber enters his 17th season as leader of the men’s lacrosse program. Gruber is aided by assistant coaches Mr. Ryan Haas, Mr. Sam Hill, Mr. Kyle Mates ‘05 and Mr. Pete Snyder. The Irish boasted a program-high 21 wins last spring, with just four losses. The team repeated as State champions, winning its third in five seasons. The Irish have bested Carmel the past two years in the final game of the season. The Irish entered the schedule preseason ranked Number 3 in the Midwest by Inside Lacrosse / US Lacrosse. Key returning players include senior Kevin Kolb and junior Richie Krowlewski at the midfield. Seniors Brock Snyder and Max Wirth have been stalwarts in the defense the past two seasons. The Irish have added and cultivated young talent amid rebuilding after a heavy senior departure from the previous season. Krowlewski, Snyder and Wirth have been named captains. Gruber said, “The lacrosse team is young and inexperienced but incredibly talented. Anchored by strong goalie play, the team will have time to learn and grow. Playing one of the hardest schedules in the Midwest will be difficult, but the expectation for a strong season remains,” he said. The group opened with an impressive 10-8 win over Kiski (Pennsylvania) Prep. Junior Tanner Dunwoody led all goal scorers with four, joined by a hat trick from Kolb. Sophomore Matt Dennen added two goals, one being the go-ahead. Following a loss to Culver Military Academy’s prep team, the squad heads to Cincinnati to face rival Archbishop Moeller on Friday. The next day, the Irish take on Louisville Xavier.
Ms. Mary Ann White heads into her first season as varsity head coach. However, the program is not completely new. She said, “This is my first year as the head coach but I have been on the coaching staff the last two years, one as junior varsity blue coach and one as a varsity assistant.” Mr. Howard Fogel is on staff as a varsity assistant and Mr. Dan Fischer is the goalie coach. The team went 17-1 last season, recapturing the title. The Irish have won the past two out of three in the state. “The lacrosse team won the State championship last season in a close game vs. Culver. The team was led by a talented Senior Class and consisted of many returning varsity underclassmen,” White said. Senior Kate Burnside, a Colorado commit, leads the team at the midfield position. Burnside finds herself all over the field. Opposing defenses can only hope to contain her during her fourth campaign. Seniors Emily Howard and Meredith Kutan anchor the defense. Senior Megan Mattei holds down the offensive attack while junior Abbey Vastag comes back to her spot in the cage as goalie. Burnside, Howard and Mattei are using their leadership abilities as captains for the season. “This year’s team is made up of a solid group of seniors and returning varsity players who are talented leaders and hard workers. There are some strong newcomers who are putting in work and learning to work with the returning players. The team will face several top teams from surrounding states in order to challenge themselves and prepare for the State tournament,” White said.
Varsity Head Coach Ms. Rhonda Low returns for her 24th season as head coach. After the team finished third in the State last season, Low is fired up for the new season and what it has to bring. “ I am very excited to see what this season turns into, especially after the team upset a talented Roncalli team 3-0, a team that was favored to win State this year from the beginning of the season,” Low said. After the loss of a handful of starting seniors last season, Low is still optimistic with what this year holds. With key returning players in seniors Caleb Short, Ryan Kelly, CJ Voigt and Nicholas Toby, Low said, “I think it will be a good season for these returning seniors due to a strong set of juniors and sophomores that the team has this year.” Low also elaborated on the importance of the returning seniors in their respected positions. “Caleb has been a force from the outside, especially with Ryan being a great setter for us so far this season. CJ has been performing very well for us in past seasons and has done the same so far,” Low said. Toby, at the libero position, stood out among key players she mentioned. Low said, “Toby has taken over the position greatly. Especially after we lost a great libero last season, he has stepped up and really been great for us so far this season.” Low and the Irish plan on making a State run this season with the help of the returning seniors backed by talented juniors and sophomores. The team plans to continue its championship year with a match at Bishop Chatard that will take place on Tuesday at a time that is to be determined.
The golf clubs are back and in better shape than ever. Mr. Patrick Fagan returns for his sixth season as varsity head coach of the men’s team. Fagan is supported by Mr. Mike Miller and Mr. Rick Shadiow, legends hailing from the math department. The Irish have much success from last season to build upward. The team was crowned City champions and Sectional Champions. With a second place finish in the Regional and a fourteenth place in the State tournament, this is a group of experienced athletes returning for more. Led by senior Austin Vukovits, who has signed to play at the next level with Mississippi State, there are six other key returners who shared in last year’s winnings. Senior Danny Paris, a DePauw commit, along with senior Chris Murphy, look to lead the charge from the front as seasoned veterans. Juniors Jimmy Grund and Luke Mattingly look to improve their individual game, coupled with sophomores David Cooke and Braden Estes. Paris and Vukovits were named captains for the season. Fagan has an optimistic outlook for this season given the past success. “We finished 14th in the State tournament last year and we have everyone back. We would like to build off of last season’s success and try to greatly improve our finishing position in the State,” Fagan said. Team depth is proving to be a vital part of this year’s run. “We have 10 to 11 players that will figure in our varsity lineup this year and it will be very competitive to see who the five players are that will be playing once the Sectional round begins,” Fagan said.
What’s harder than winning a State championship? Defending it. By Chandler Watson
All for State
After senior Evan Uhland hit an extra-inning home run that secured a perfect 29-0 season for varsity Head Coach Mr. Ed Freije and the baseball team last season, the squad now looks to repeat last season’s outcome. With a large amount of seniors returning from last year, the team feels as if it has a shot at repeating a State title heading into this year’s spring. Senior shortstop Jared Poland said, “I think we have a really good chance of going back to back due to our strong Senior Class. We have some juniors who will also contribute to make us better. Chances should be high that we play at Victory Field in June.”
New home with new ambition
With the finishing touches that had been put in the newly acquired facility, Poland said, “The addition of Brunette Park has been great because we have never had a nice field. Every baseball player knows our past two fields were worse than subpar. With this new field, we will be able to practice longer, because of lights, and more often even when we don’t have a practice scheduled because we have an actual home field.” The newly added park should give the team some familiarity to play at this upcoming spring than in past years, Poland said, “This year we will be able to host home games and practice on our actual field.” The team will practice and play its home games there for the length of the season.
Keeping the objectives he had set for them in September, Freije said, “Our goals year in and year out are the same, to win a State championship. That’s been the tradition and goal of our program for a long time. Our guys are committed and have been working throughout the offseason and we’re working to put together the pieces and get a routine going.” Since the implication of these goals at the beginning of the offseason and the recent finishing of the fields at Brunette Park, Freije said, “We are excited to have a place to go to day in and day out and have two fields available. We’ve been practicing there the last couple of days and it’s nice to have a big facility and be outdoors. And it helps to have the convenience to split on to two fields.” The new facilities at Brunette Park look to give the team an edge over the competition it did not have last year. Freije said, “It will be helpful to have a home field and fans up in our bleachers, something that we didn’t really have last year.” Although he thinks that one of the biggest struggles for the team will be transitioning from its offseason workouts to getting on the field, he said, “The more we can get onto the fields at this point will help this transition into a practice atmosphere.” All of the components of a well rounded team heavy in returning seniors, goals that the team has been chasing since the beginning of the offseason and the finishing of the fields at Brunette Park look to aid the Irish in putting up another banner in the Welch Activity Center.
Senior Mack Murphy throws a ball in from the outfield during the State championship game last year. Photo by Sam Mackell ‘17
“Brunette Park will aid in our chances of winning State again.”
Senior Jared Poland
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March 22, 2018
When the big dogs weren’t so big: March Madness underdog classics 2018 NCAA Tournament notable upsets — so far UMBC becomes first 16 seed in NCAA history to defeat a 1 seed 11 seed Loyola Chicago advances to Sweet 16 with wins over Miami and Tennessee (Go Sr. Jean!) 7 seed Nevada erases a 22-point deficit to get past 2 seed Cincinnati
BY MAX WIRTH As every spring season rolls around, a bright orange basketball rolls right along side it. March Madness brings a tantalizing excitement to all corners of the country: powerhouse programs showcase their excellence in pursuit of the NCAA National Championship. Hallowed tales of Christian Laettner and Coach K’s Blue Devils riddle the Final Four, coupled with Coach John Calipari’s Massachusetts Minutemen (Final Four appearance vacated due to NCAA infractions), Memphis Tigers (Final Four appearances vacated also due to NCAA infractions) and oneand-done Kentucky Wildcats. The Fab Five of Michigan made back-to-back trips to the title game with a boisterous group of young guns. The best of Indiana’s basketball dynasty comes from their illustrious tournament success, with five national championship banners handing from the rafters of Assembly Hall -- might this be the year a banner finally is displayed in Mackey Arena? What do all these historic, glorified teams have in common? They were supposed to be there. Flip the script. Think of the rest of the tournament field. Not all teams are Top 25 ranked, not even close. Not all of the squads that make the big dance are filled to the brim with future-NBA superstars. These are the Cinderella stories, the stories from every decade that the college basketball fanatic can never forget. The NCAA tournament is transformed into a platform for mid-major programs to shine and move past their underdog positions. Mr. Ryan Davis ‘06 can recall a very bright team from not too long ago. They hail from Fort Myers, Florida: renamed
Dunk City after their tournament success. After a win in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles were ready to take flight. “Florida Gulf Coast was one of my favorites in recent history. I fell in love with the high flying, laid back, Sunshine State aura of the team. They were throwing alley oops every other possession. They beat Georgetown, a two seed, in the first round.” The Eagles blew up lots of brackets when they advanced to the second round and defeated San Diego State 81-71, moving onto the Sweet 16. Davis also recalls a famous upset win. “Houston was called Phi Slamma Jamma. This team had two future Hall of Famers, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. NC State, led by Jim Valvano, won on a last second dunk. Valvano had the ultimate mentality, never giving up,” he said. Senior Jack Robinson, collegiate basketball expert and analytic fanatic, remembers a no-name school sprouting up out of nowhere. “My favorite underdog in the history of March Madness is the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams from 2011. I remember cheering them on in grade school and seeing them upset team after team,” he said. The Rams competed in the inaugural “First Four” play-in game. “They knocked off a very strong Kansas team in the Elite 8 to immortalize their history run which coined the phrase, ‘First Four to Final Four’,” he said. The Rams upset a slew of heavyweight basketball schools with history: Southern California, Georgetown, Purdue and Kansas. In the Final Four, VCU ran into Butler. Two Number-1 seeds remain in this year’s tournament, but Virginia and Xavier are out.
Mr. Ryan Davis ‘06
Senior Jack Robinson
Triathletes push themselves to the limit, say tough training is worth it BY CHANDLER WATSON
ferent than your standard triathlon, because all of the competitors start together and are able to get as close to each other on the bike as needed. The courses are set up in loops, so the officials can watch for penalties, which makes the races more complex. “Draft legal triathlon requires more technical skills than a normal sprint triathlon. It is critical to be good at all three components. All of the large races I compete in, I had to qualify for. Competing and training for triathlons is never boring because of the complexity and different technical requirement,” he said.
Many student athletes dedicate themselves to one sport, possibly two, and train during their off season. But this training regimen doesn’t work for triathletes. Besides performing three different athletic disciplines in one competition, but they also train extensively throughout the entire season until they find a triathlon to participate in. Sophomore Gillian Cridge said that she trains twice every day. “My training is more intensity-based than volume(-based) due to the distances I race. However, all of my workouts are over an hour. I swim four to five times a week and bike and run every other day. I usually do not have time to train more than two times a day because of school,” said Cridge. On average, she swims 750 meters, bikes 20 kilometers and runs five kilometers in her triathlons.
Seniors Regan Poole, Lauren Burgett, Joe Bem ’17, sophomore Gillian Cridge, and Evie Peterson ’17 pose after their competition in Alabama. Cridge said, “My training is more intensity-based than volume(-based) due to the distances I race. However, all of my workouts are over an hour. I swim four to five times a week and bike and run every other day. I usually do not have time to train more than two times a day because of school.” Competitions happen all over the country, with some happening internationally. Cridge will compete in Canada and Brazil. Photos submitted
Seniors Lauren Burgett, Adam Jasiak and Regan Poole are among other athletes who compete in triathlons with the school’s team. Jasiak also described his training as difficult. Due to the fact that until last week Jasiak was still in competition as a member of the men’s swimming team, he said he has to find time to train for the other aspects of the triathlon. The triathlon process for most of the athletes is long and tedious. Jasiak said, “The triathlon took me about an hour and a half to complete and is very exhausting, especially going from 40 degrees (in the water) to 90 degrees’ it just made it harder to do everything.” Burgett said, “The process can be tiring at times, especially mid-season. However, the
constant (variation in training makes the) long monotonous aspects of long distance racing (easier) for me. Being surrounded with great teammates during practice and races makes (the) struggles of training worth it.” The triathletes have many competitions around the country in states such as Florida,
Alabama and Virginia as well as their home state. Cridge will compete out of the country this summer in Canada, Brazil and possibly Ecuador. Cridge said, “I have been competing in triathlons since I was 9 years old. I started draft legal triathlon, the style I now compete in, when I was 13. Draft legal triathlon is dif-
The athletes all agreed that competing in a triathlon is a unique experience. Burgett said, “For me, racing always shifts from the rush of adrenaline from a mass swim start to a grind when there are only a few people around on the run.” As many physical activities as these athletes do, triathlons also have benefits that come along with the lengthy training process and the tough competition. From triathlons Cridge says that the race gives her different kinds of strength. She said, “Of course I have to be strong physically, but it has made me mentally stronger. I am able to push myself farther and harder. I also find myself happier after triathlons and hard workouts because I am awake and doing what I love to do. I have also learned to listen to my body more and know when I need to rest or change something in my training.” The High School National Triathlon Championships will be held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. While triathlons seem to be an individual sport, the National competition allows triathlons to become a sport that teams can participate in together.
Senior is more than ready to hit the links in Starkville, Mississippi BY JACOB BALL Raise your cowbells, Bulldog fans, Mississippi State is getting a competitor. Irish men’s golf stand out, Austin Vukovits, recently reviewed his journey throughout his high school career. Firmly positioning himself as a future star, Vukovits exploded onto the big stage as a freshman phenom, leading the team to a near state bid, finishing only two shots away from the State tournament. “Freshman year, our team was one of the best in the state,” Vukovits said. “We just underperformed and it cost us a shot at the State title, which was a disappointment.” Despite this underwhelming finish, Vukovits personally gained national attention, attracting schools of collegiate golf royalty. One of these schools was Vanderbilt, who currently ranks as the fourth best team in the country.
“A lot of kids make life Vukovits tees off during a match last season. Cathedran file photo
changing decisions, like committing, way too early. In golf, it’s common for golfers to commit to schools freshman or even 8th grade years,” he said. Vukovits, however, wanted to ensure his decision was the right decision, and chose to prolong his college choice. After a less than stellar sophomore campaign, he saw his recruitment stock fall, but he refused to let this deter him. The next season the Irish golf team surged to a state tournament bid, and an eventual finish at 13th, with Vukovits personally finishing seventh. This surge of leadership and success pushed his recruitment upwards, leaving him faced with a daunting decision between three schools: IU, Purdue, and Mississippi State. Ultimately, the promise of blue skies and Bermuda grass became the true appeal. “For me, it was important to go to a school somewhere in the south so I could golf year round,” he said, “and a lot of the northern Big 10 schools like Purdue have really nice indoor facilities but it’s never the same as being able to play outside year round.”
However, now that his college decision is made, Vukovits is focusing his attention on leading his team back to the State tournament. After a 13th place finish in the State tournament last year, the Irish men’s golf is poised for an even deeper run, the only team who earned a State tournament bid returning all five guys from last season’s State roster. “We’ve got to go out and win it,” Vukovits said.
Looking ahead with laser focus
Further contributing to Vukovits’ appeal was the enthusiastic and charismatic new head coach, Mr. Dusty Smith. Vukovits will get the opportunity to play under a coach who is adamant and excited for this recruiting class, seeing as this will be the first group of commits that Coach Smith has roped into Starkville, Mississippi. “Austin is a high character young man. When you are building something special, you want those type of people in your program,” Smith said in an email conversation. “The thing I love most about Austin is he is a fierce competitor in everything he does. He has the desire to win and will not stop until he achieves his goals.” Smith knows that Vukovits’ game will transition well to the college landscape.
Vukovits signs with Mississippi State, a member of the Southeastern Conference. Photo submitted
A story about Women’s Forum appears on Page 4.
March 22, 2018
STAFF EDITORIAL: OUR OPINION Why feminism matters in today’s society A popular joke begins by asking how you know a woman is about to say something intelligent. The punch line? She says, “A man once told me.” This is why we need feminism. The Women’s Forum, a club aimed at empowering females and providing a safe environment for discussion, was formed during the second semester. After the club’s third meeting, its members organized a day-long celebration on March 8, International Women’s Day. The activities featured a photo booth in the cafeteria and black ribbons for students and faculty to wear in visible support of the various feminist movements. But the Women’s Forum does more than take pictures of students holding empowering quotes. Each meeting focuses on a different topic, from body image to women in the workforce. Typically videos are shown to begin the discussion, but from there the participants control the conversation, adding their input without guided questions or hand raising. Of all important aspects of the club, the ability to control the course of the
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dialogue is the most important for young women. From birth, females are told what to do, how to act and when to speak. In fact, research has found that female students raise their hands and participate in class significantly less than their male peers. A study published in the Los Angeles Times suggests this is because by age 6 young girls have been conditioned to believe they are less intelligent or more likely to be incorrect about a topic than young boys. Even if it is subliminal, society sends messages to females of every age in every field about their inferiority. Thus,
women feel they must retreat to the background. The Women’s Forum returns female voices to the forefront. It provides an environment in which their opinions will not be countered but instead valued. This is not to suggest that women do not try to speak out in public. However, one study published in Time found that men often dominated 75 percent of workplace discussions. Another study, published on Advisory Board, found that in a three minute conversation men interrupted women an average of 2.1 times, men interrupted other men an average of 1.8 times and
FACEOFF: HIS OPINION Chandler Watson Due to recent events like the shooting at a Las Vegas outdoor concert and a Florida high school, the talk of gun control has increased. The conversation of gun control isn’t one to be taken lightly, simply because there are anywhere from 270 to 310 million firearms within the United States at any given moment, according to pewresearch.org. This actually is an alarming percentage given that in 2016, according to the United States Census Bureau, there were 323 million people living in the United States. Then, as of 2013, there were over 75,000 injuries due to firearms and around 33,000 deaths due to a firearm related injury, according to BBC.com. And despite all of these red flags being thrown up concerning either gun control or gun violence, I am still against further gun control in the United States. Now there is the route of it violating a Constitutional right, the second amendment for those who don’t know. In the amendment it clearly states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” In fact, to infringe means to act so as to limit or undermine something, meaning it is utterly unconstitutional to limit the means of obtaining a firearm within the United States. However I will not go that route for I believe it has been beaten to death and no further progress will be made in that aspect of the argument. So instead I would like to bring to light a different reasoning behind why these horrible mass murders have been occurring at an increasing rate in a relatively recent amount of years; the numbers have increased from eight deaths due to a mass shooting in 1982 to 63 deaths due to mass shootings in 2016, which can be seen on a chart on time.com. Mind that, the United States federal government also implemented the federal assault weapons ban in 1994. Co-editors in chief: Catherine Jasper Jenna Williams Photo editor: Mary Stempky News editor: Tommy Callaghan Feature editor: Catherine Jasper
FACEOFF: HER OPINION Sydney Hutchinson
I argue that the causation of the increasing deaths due to the increasing amounts of mass shooting within the United States borders is due to a mental health issue. One thing that can affect someone’s mental health is, in fact, bullying. According to ED.gov, there is an estimated 55.9 million high school students currently in the United States. And of those 55.9 million, 33 percent have admitted to being bullied, according to nveee.org. This means that 18.5 million students have come forward saying they have been bullied. Some may question how bullying has an effect on mental health. According to bullyingstatistics.org, people who have been bullied are anywhere from two to nine times more likely to act upon suicidal thoughts than those who haven’t been bullied. A graph on afsp.org shows that since 2000, the suicide rate for those between the age of 15 and 24 has increased from 10 to 13.4. This data, sadly, shows a large increase in those acting upon the suicidal thoughts that have entered their mind due to some form of mental illness. Alright, great statistic right? How does that even affect those getting shot in their schools or going to a concert? How does that affect the people who all they did wrong that day was walk out their door? The bullying and mental illness aspect affects those people because 75 percent of those who have been the partaker in a mass shooting have also admitted to being severely bullied, shown on nobullying.com. Therefore, I believe that the problems of this nation and violent firearms crimes concerning mass shootings is not a fault of there being a lack of strict gun laws, but that those who do decide to hurt innocent people in the worst case are those who suffer from a mental illness. This country does not offer sufficient mental health care and recognition. In order to truly end the cycle of gun violence, we need to attack the problem at the source and destigmatize mental illness. And that is the problem that people need to be working on to fix.
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women interrupted men an average of once. Clearly, women need a setting in which they can fully express their ideas. By not identifying a rigid structure for the debates, the club, which meets every Day 7, gives female students a control they often do not have in other situations. This is the ultimate crux of feminism: control. Control over their actions. Control over their outfits. Control over their bodies. Control over their careers. Control over their conversations. This is why the Women’s Forum is essential to fostering an equitable future for males and females. Conversing with other young women who understand rather than judge and listen rather than interrupt instills a sense of confidence. Male students can also learn from participating in the club simply by listening. The Women’s Forum is creating a generation which will answer the question “how do you know a woman is about to say something intelligent?” with “when she opens her mouth and speaks.”
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Today, gun laws are a monstrous controversy. This is because, according to ProCon. org, the United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people, which amounts to roughly 270 million guns. This is the highest total, and per capita number, in the world. Now, before I continue, trust me, I am very well aware of our Second Amendment rights. However, the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, when, according to The Washington Post, the “typical Revolutionary-era muskets and flintlock pistols” had a one-round magazine capacity. This means it could fire three rounds per minute, respectively. Compare that weapon to today’s AR-15, which has a magazine capacity of 30 rounds, and can fire 45 rounds per minute. I think this is an extremely noticeable difference. We also need to realize that rights granted to us by the Bill of Rights are not unlimited. Chief Justice John Marshall articulated that the “Constitution, intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs,” meaning that the Second Amendment is to be interpreted in today’s time. Today we have a plethora of technology unforeseen by our founders. Do I hate guns? No, not at all. But should I be able to take a casual stroll through Walmart and buy a gun? No. This is why I think we need stricter gun laws to prevent the wrong people from getting them. More gun control laws would reduce gun deaths. From 1999 to 2013 there were 464,033 gun deaths in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive and ProCon.org. According to a Lancet study, federal universal background checks could reduce gun deaths by a projected 56.9 percent and background checks for ammo could reduce deaths by a projected 80.7 percent. This, to me, seems 100 percent worth it. President: Mr. Rob Bridges
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Another major aspect to consider is that guns are rarely used in self-defense. From 2007-2011, of 29.6 million violent crimes, less than 1 percent of victims protected themselves with a firearm. Countries with stricter gun laws tend to have lower gun violence. Japan, for example, has the lowest gun violence rate in the world at one in 10 million, according to The Atlantic. Under Japan’s firearm and sword law, the only guns that can legally be owned are shotguns, air guns, guns with either research or industrial purposes and competition guns. To further ensure no violence can easily come from guns in Japan, the person requesting them “must obtain formal instruction and pass a battery of written, mental and drug tests and a rigorous background check. Furthermore, owners must inform the authorities of how the weapon and ammunition is stored and provide the firearm for annual inspection,” according to The Atlantic. This is just one example of one country trying to keep their citizens alive; perhaps America should start taking notes. The majority of adults, including gun owners, support common sense gun control. This includes, but is not limited to, background checks, bans on assault weapons and bans on high-capacity magazines. A Quinnipiac poll conducted last month, showed that 97 percent of American voters and 97 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. Don Macalady, a avid member of Hunters against Gun Violence, stated in ProCon.org, "As a hunter and someone who has owned guns since I was a young boy, I believe that common sense gun legislation makes us all safer. Background checks prevent criminals and other dangerous people from getting guns." Enacting mandatory safety procedures would also reduce the growing number of accidental gun deaths. Gun laws are not here to rob us of rights or freedom; they are here to ensure safety for our citizens, including everyone on this campus every day.
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