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November 18, 2011 Maine East High School Park Ridge, Illinois @mehspioneer

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Is Maine East “ready” for R-Code? By Yogi Patel From songs playing on the PA system during passing period, a new set of lockers put out in front of the cafeteria, and a poster of students and staff saying “Hello” around the school, it has certainly been hard to not recognize the RCode “We wanted Maine East to adopt the PBIS philosophy,” said assistant principal Mr. DiLegge. “We coined the term R-Code to personalize it to our building.” Some of the programs the have come out of the R-Code include the Demon-dollar and booster-bucks, iPod shuffle raffles, and popcorn Fridays. The point is, to give stu-

dents and staff the incentive to be “Ready, Respectful, and Responsible”, the three R’s of the R-Code. And Maine East is not alone. Several schools in Chicagoland have adopted different variations of the PBIS philosophy. Elk Grove and Addison Trail high schools both use the PBIS program. Many other schools also use the “Courtesy Counts” program. One of the main things that the R-code was targeted is hallway etiquette. “We got feedback last year and something that came up was hallway behavior,” said Mr. DiLegge, “Everyone shares a hallway and the point of this program is how you want things to be at Maine East.”

Earlier this year, there was a special 25-minute homeroom session dedicated to the R-Code and hallway behavior was discussed. Students watched a student-created film and talked about what they would like to change about the behavior in the hallways. This was the first of four quarterly homerooms that will happen throughout the year for the R-Code. Many students and faculty members were surprised to hear that we would be taking time out of the school day to discuss R-Code related things. “We can become more skillful about how we bring this information to the students and faculty,” said school principal Dr. Pressler.

“But this is our first time out, and we all need to recognize that the intent is good and that we are working on improving how we deliver information.” Senior Jowita Szczypka believes that the R-Code does more damage than good. In her opinion students “are being ‘babied’ into receiving something for being good” and is “hurting the students more than helping them”. Many students share the same beliefs as Jowita. They believe that the R-Code is something that is illogical at the high-school level. Although this may be true, statistics from the Great Demon See R-CODE Page 12

Junior Lyceum Proposal Night By Jasmina Basic

The school year began early this year for Juniors in Maine East’s Lyceum program, who have been working since early August on a service learning project for which they planned ways to aid organizations dedicated to issues present in our own community. Groups chose such topics as adopting a forest preserve location, working to end shark finning, helping the hungry and homeless, providing assistance to those with AIDS, and organizing an event for the Special Olympics to be held in our school. The Convenient Solution, Let’s Start Anu (animals and you), Enduring Embers, Ready for Red, and Five Rings, all names for the Junior Lyceum project groups, all became dedicated to their causes as the school year progressed, but everything culminated on November 8th for the 8th annual Junior Lyceum Proposal Night when only two of the groups would be chosen to implement their ideas. Multimedia presentations were given to intimidating panel, com2 | THE PIONEER | November 2011

prised of the superintendent, the vice principal, principal, and Lyceum students and parents. Junior Lyceum students scored each others’ presentations, and the votes from the judging panel carried twice the weight. After 2 hours, the presentations were finished and the students could only wait until Mrs. Tyler, the head of the Lyceum program, tallied the votes. Every group was proud of what they had accomplished, and they knew that no matter what they outcome was, they would work together with the winning groups wholeheartedly, as they were all working to help improve conditions in the community. On Thursday morning before school, Mrs. Tyler informed the students that Ready for Red and Enduring Embers had been chosen. While some groups were sad to see an end to their journey, they are now working with other groups to accomplish their aims, and everyone is looking forward to getting involved, all the while appreciative of the opportunities they have been given through Lyceum. Students are not only growing personally, but growing closer as a group as

well. Bridget Murphy says about the process: “It has taught us how to work with each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We really bonded as a group.” In addition to gaining experience from their work, the students are learning valuable skills for the future. Junaid Ahmed, a member of one of the winning groups, Ready for Red, said that “Lyceum gave me the opportunity to go out there and cooperate with any non-profit organization. That’s really important to me, that I can go out and give back to the community any way I can. I'm really happy that Lyceum gave

me that opportunity. I had a chance to learn to communicate, lead, and work as never before, and it’s definitely something that I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my career.” The work they are doing is not only limited to those in Lyceum, though. The rest of the school is encouraged to get involved as well, and posters for events and fundraising will undoubtedly be plaguing the hallways soon. Charity begins at the local level, and the Lyceum is only the spark hoping to create a lasting influence within our community.

Members from the Enduring Embers group.


Something new at Humanities Festival By Ryann Lynn Every November, the Illinois Humanities Council organizes the Chicago Humanities Festival. Each year a new theme is chosen and a series of lectures, concerts, and films are presented. This year’s theme was “tech-knowledge”, a fusion of art and science. When I hear of the Humanities Festival from now on I will think back to November 9, 2011. It started when Mr. Lundberg came into my English class and asked if anyone wanted to go on an after school field trip. I did not quite understand what it was about or why we were going, but I knew that I liked field trips! It turns out we had tickets to see a dress rehearsal for one of the main events of the festival this year. Set at the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Matter Of Origins was a performance from Liz Lerman’s Dance

Exchange that mixed the art of the human body with the physics of our world. Needless to say, it was unlike anything I had ever seen, and at the beginning I was still slightly confused. Over the course of an hour, I watched with an open mind. The dancing combined with the music, readings from scientists, lights and projections created a powerful contemplation of the origins of our universe that strangely started to make sense. Several large concepts were touched upon such as dark matter and the nature of measurement. Possibly the strongest emotional element for most audience members was the segment about time. The Dance Exchange is a multigenerational dance company whose youngest performer is 25 and the eldest is 75. When resembling time, the older male and female dancers

SkillsUSA students attend Fall Conference The Maine East chapter of Skills USA took 15 members to the Regional Fall Conference in Bolingbrook, Illinois of November 4th and 5th. Two of the members, Paulina Nowak and Jowita Szczypka, serve as State officers for the organization. They ran a workshop on Community Service for over

200 members. Their workshop was voted the best of the four workshops offered at the Conference. Members also competed in 12 different events earning several awards. The Fall Conference was a great preview of what’s to come at the State Contests in the Spring.

shared the stage while words about the body’s decay projected behind them. I am used to seeing young people dance so this was new; it was beautiful though, fluid with a sense of love and wisdom behind every inch of movement. I was sold after the performance but it was not over yet. After the show, everyone moved to the tea party on the second floor where we would take part in group discussions about what we saw. We stood against the walls until the dancers introduced the art and technology experts at each table as well as the scientist that helped with the project. I tried to find a table with three seats next to each other but failure forced me to sit in between two experts, which was only slightly intimidating. My table decided we would introduce ourselves while the person to our left poured our tea. Everybody was very nice and

the conversation began to pick up. It felt like an Alice in Wonderland experience except the lady with the red and black hat next to me acted more like the White Queen than the Red Queen and there was less frustrated confusion about what we were doing. It was interesting and relaxed. Every single person listened and what was shared was appreciated, all together making the performance more interesting, more relatable and understandable. Sometimes it’s important to remember that weird is another word for unfamiliar. However, something that is weird might ultimately be enjoyable, I know the Festival was, and it still continues. If you want to see any of the festival’s events, or just want to experience something new, you should consider going.

Celebrating Eid the time of giving By Fatima Patel It’s that time of year again, the season of giving and sacrifice. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and December on it’s way, people are celebrating, donating and sacrificing their time to help others. In fact, sacrifice is the reason Muslims just recently celebrated Eid-ul-Adha (Eid of the Goat). According to the Qran, the origins of the holiday started with a dream Ibrahim (Abraham) had. In the dream, Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Isma’il (Ishmael). Ibrahim obeyed and told his son. Isma’il obeyed to please his father. When Ibrahim went to slay Isma’il, the knife wouldn’t cut his neck. At this point, Allah said that Ibrahim had fulfilled his vision and it was merely a trial to test Ibrahim’s

faithfulness. Afterwards, Allah put a goat in the place of Isma’il and the goat was slain.Today, Muslims all around the world celebrate Abraham’s faithfulness and sacrifice by slaying goats and distributing the meat among the poor. People of all beliefs give much to the needy during this season. Recently, Maine East’s sophomore class held a coat drive. The school library, is participating as well. During the holiday season, you can donate a can of nonperishable food to the library, exempting you from overdue fines. Outside of school, many give change to people on the street and there are soup kitchens everywhere, helping to feed the hungry. During the time of giving, people help out the poor in many ways and there’s no reason for it except the goodness in their heart. November 2011 | THE PIONEER | 3


TECH UPDATE By Kevin Gau

Jawaharlal Nehru once said “The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.” Meaning trying new resources and activities is better than not trying at all. As technology grows everyday, so do the new and improved ideas that make the world an even better place. This month we will talk about cloud computing and how this involves you. First of all, what is “Cloud Computing”? Why should you care? In simple terms cloud computing is basically work done on the computer through the Internet, allowing you to access data, files, etc. from anywhere, like your iphone or smart phone, another computer, or any other technology devices that allow you internet access. The idea of cloud computer actually started before many of us were born. The idea mainly came from John McCarthy, a computer scientist in 1961 who recently passed away on October 24, 2011. Then five years later from a book called The Challenge of the Computer Utility by Douglas F. Parkhill who was a Canadian technologist and is best known for blue printing this new idea. Originally the idea did not involve the word “cloud.” That was added in 1997 by Ramnath Chellappa, a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. That same year Steve Jobs also predicted a new innovation for Apple, Inc: the iCloud which made it’s first debut last June. Over the years cloud computing has grown with some tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft creating their own clouds. The importance has increased for many companies, government facilities, schools, and as well as the general public to keep in touch with work. At Maine East we also have a cloud through our Google Applications or Apps. for short. Google Docs, for example is a cloud that gives students and staff at least 1024 MB or 1 GB of storage space. We would not be able to do word processing, powerpoint, or excel spreadsheets from school and home without this innovative creation. Take advantage of these resources for another hidden reason - collaboration. You as a user are able to share with many other users. You can view, edit, and chat with your collaborators to make a simple doc an impressive doc.

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FIGHTERS FOR EQUALITY OR A NUISANCE? By Syed Matin Ever since the first Occupy Wall Street Protests started in New York, similar protests have sprouted up in other financial hubs internationally. The protesters claim that they are protesting “corporate greed” and claim they are the “99 percent.” These protesters have gained a lot of support from middle class people but have also been the target of criticism from many. Protests like these have taken place ever since the financial

meltdown in 2008, but previous protests have not expanded to the level that the Occupy Wall Street Protests have expanded to. It is still very unclear what the protesters demand, but so far what can be deciphered from all the chants and interviews of protesters is that these people want the rich to be taxed more. Many of them desire a Robin Hood-like concept of spreading the wealth by taking it from the wealthy and giving it to the poor. Most of us in the middle class have come to know and sometimes support protests such

as these which advocate an equal financial burden for everyone, but it is at this crucial time, with these protests taking place around the world, that one should also look at protests such as these from a different lens. The reason that many cities employ at least a basic level of police force at protests such as these is that despite how uniform they may seem from the outside, most protests have a lot of chaos within. Different people protest for different goals and are willing to go to different means to achieve

those goals. Protests as large as the one taking place in New York take only one thrown rock to turn into a riot. The New York Police Department has been very vigilant about protesters damaging public property, but that does not mean that these protesters have not damaged private property. Some protesters have vandalized private and public property and in Oakland California they have gone as far as to shut down shipping ports causing several violent clashes with riot police.

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Clockwise from top-right: A protester at Occupy demonstration in Spain; Police control protesting crowd at Occupy London; Chicagoans march the streets at Occupy Chicago; People camp out at Occupy Oakland. November 2011 | THE PIONEER | 5


World News

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After months of fighting, Libyan revolutionaries have deposed the notorious Muammar Al-Gaddafi. Gaddafi was killed on the 20th of October in his Hometown of Sirte, where he was finally captured by the rebels after an intense battle. As Gaddafi realized the battle was lost, he and his convoy proceeded to leave the town. On their way were met by predator drones belonging to the American led coalition. The cars in Gaddafi’s convoy were destroyed by the air to surface missile fired by the drone. Gaddafi and a few of his body guards managed to escape and attempted to hide themselves in a sewage tunnel a few hundred meters from the site of the burning convoy. Gaddafi and his few surviving body guards were later found by the rebels. Gaddafi died shortly after. This is where stories conflict. The National Transitional Council (The rebel controlled ruling government of Libya) claimed that Gaddafi bled to death after being struck by a bullet in the crossfire of the convoy incident. Others contend that Gaddafi was either beaten or shot to death by the rebels. They use several pictures and videos

now circulating on the internet of Gaddafi’s last moments as evidence. They claim that Gaddafi was in a conscious state immediately after his capture from the sewage tunnel; therefore, Gaddafi was executed by the rebels. Whatever the cause, the fact of the matter is that Gaddafi is dead and no longer has control of Libya, something he lost months ago at the beginning of the revolution. The rebels are now going into the Southern cities of Libya to wipe out any remaining Gaddafi strongholds. The future of Libya is uncertain. Given the condition of interna-

IRAN Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu warned earlier this week that military action by Israel to counter Iran’s nuclear aspirations has become more and more likely as Iran advanced in its quest to build a nuclear weapon. The possibility that Iran’s nuclear program will build nuclear weapons has not only alarmed Israel, but several other countries in the region such as the 6 | THE PIONEER | November 2011

United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Iran has responded by assuring that its nuclear program is only for “peaceful purposes” and that any military action against Iran by Israel will be met with reciprocal military action not only on Israel, but also on the US. Any military conflict between Iran and Israel is sure to envelop additional Middle Eastern countries, making the conflict even more volatile.

tional terrorism today, one can only hope that Libya does not become an Afghanistan as it was in the 1990’s when the Taliban government harbored terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda. An interesting point to note is that just days before Gaddafi was killed, American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, arrived in Sirte and at a press conference with the National Transitional Council was quoted saying “Gaddafi must be killed.” Now of course, Gadhafi was a ruthless ruler, but the act of Hillary Clinton going over to

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned on Saturday ending his 17 year political career. Berlusconi resigned just hours after the Italian parliament passed a series of economic reforms to prevent Italy from becoming the latest casualty in

Sirte and proclaiming that “Gaddafi must be killed” and Gaddafi actually being killed a few days later seems to some to implicate the United States in an act of state sponsored assassination. Hillary Clinton is secretary of state and therefore represents the U.S. and since the U.S was part of the NATO effort to oust Gaddafi from power, the U.S. sponsored the rebels. The death of Gaddafi raises the question of how far the United States is willing to go to protect “human rights” and be the beacon of “freedom”.

the Eurozone crisis. Berlusconi’s government barely survived the budget vote in parliament by a very narrow margin. Signs of Berlusconi’s demise were seen in a series of mounting personal scandals and the downgrading of Italy’s credit rating by Standard and Poor’s.


Straight from the console – V-Show 2011 By Fatima Rogaria The V-Show made the first weekend of November very special for Maine East. The hardwork of the crew and performers made for a top-notch show. From early morning practices to late night show rehearsals, the V-Show cast and crew pulled through together and tied up a show that was definitely one to remember. The emcees this year, Ryann Lynn, Edrienne Yap, Noella Trovela, Ray Roman, and Dipesh Mehta, were all outstanding. The V-Show performances included The V-Show Pit, Demon Squad, “Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Couples”, Orchesis, Band, Demon Strings, and many more. Singers included Mynor Luken, Nicole Patterson, Natasha Laws, Marianna Veneri, Nick Levy, John Hidalgo, and many more. The show’s cast and crew were proud of each others’ dedication and focus.

“We had some pretty rough patches in the beginning,” said Hallie On Chong, a Junior Couples dance member. “But at the end it all fell into place. Performing during the show gives you a huge rush, and when you’re done with your performance you just want to go back out there and do it again!” “It was awesome because it's fun to see what it really feels like to perform in front of an audience,” said Usamae Villarino, who performed with The Potatoes. The show was a great success, as the reviews from many people have been the same. “It was really awesome,” said Clemence Mitchell, a new student at Maine East. “It was great to see my friends on stage!” It is awesome to know how much talent Maine East has. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity; maybe you can even be on stage next year!

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Tap or Bottled? Chem 2 students promote use of tap water By Aneta Karkut Did you know 1/3 of bottled water is plain old tap water? This means you’re paying over $2 for something that costs less than 11 cents per gallon! Not only do you hurt your wallet, you are harming the environment too! The oil used to produce the plastic bottles could be used to fuel cars,not to mention we would be saving our natural resources. Chances are you probably don't recycle so all those bottles end up in landfills. But there are smart solutions! You can start by purchasing a reusable bottle and fill it up. Yes it takes more work, but you need to realize that everyone of us is responsible for our environment. Would you rather spend $8 on a reusable bottle you can use forever? OR $14 per week on plastic bottles? Hey, the choice is up to you. Chem 2 students in Ms. Etzwiler’s class have been learning

about water and have been challenged with the “Water Project,” which was a project trying to inform the Maine East community of the effects of bottled water. Students learned about tap water and bottled water and were shocked to find out that 1/3 of bottled water comes straight from the tap and companies charge consumers a ridiculous amount of money for something that is practically free. They use seducing mountain spring images and tell consumers that tap is unhealthy in order to further persuade people to buy their products. Ms. Etzwiler challenged her kids to go out and gather information from the public on how they felt about bottled versus tap via a survey which all her classes designed. From there, she also had her students design posters, display cases, and videos and had them posted around school so that they could start informing the public on bottled water negative effects.

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A display created by Chem 2 students promoting the use of tap water instead of bottled water. Did you know the amount of oil to create the plastic used to make the bottle in one week could fuel over a million cars? We are wasting our valuable resources! So how can we fight these companies from taking what is free from us? We can start buy purchasing a reusable bottle (there are even Maine East ones sold in the bookstore) and investing in a water filter at home to help purify

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the tap. By these simple gestures we are helping save our planet, something each of us is responsible for. Tap costs less than 11 cents per GALLON and you spend over $2 for a BOTTLE. You wouldn’t spend $10, 000 on a sandwich, so why do you insist on over paying 2,000 times more than you should on your water?

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The Pioneer Staff November 2011

EDITOR IN CHIEF Yogi Patel EDITORS Aneta Karkut Ryann Lynn REPORTERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Jasmina Basic Kevin Gau Syed Matin Fatima Patel Fatima Rogaria

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SPORTS Runner helps fallen opponent at IHSA Regional X.C. Meet Saul Lopez, a runner of the boys' cross country team, stopped in the middle of a race to help a runner from another team. About 2 1/4 miles into the race Aron Sebat of Niles North –who has a severe allergy –went down. He was lying on the ground helpless. Saul, who was about 40 places behind Aron, saw him on the

ground and stopped to help. Saul, who is an asthmatic, was having trouble breathing himself. He couldn't scream for help but picked Sebat up and ran with Sebat in his arms to get him help. In doing this, Saul couldn't finish the race. “If you had the chance to help someone, wouldn't you?” asks Saul. “Seeing him laying in the mud and

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Mr. DiLegge. Students were also concerned about how they were being treated based on their age. Dean Ms. Taylor recognized this as an issue. “What we can work on is maybe changing how different grades receive the information,” Ms. Taylor said, “Seniors should be treated differently than freshmen. And we are work on changing that and many other things for the future.”

Derby, an initiative that rolled out second semester of last year promoting getting to class on time and not being tardy, showed that a higher percentage of students were on time to class during second semester of last year than for the past several years. “We used the Demon Derby as a small sampling of R-Code,” said

leaving him there would have been horrible. I know how it feels to be helpless in the middle of a race.” The IHSA is still determining how to officially recognize Lopez for his honorable and courageous behavior in the heat of competitive battle. For now, we can all just congratulate Saul and hope that his actions inspire others.

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SCANDAL UNFOLDS AT PENN STATE By Ryann Lynn On January 1, 1983 Joe Paterno won his first national title leading Penn State to a Sugar Bowl victory with defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky by his side. Little did Paterno know, that numerous victories and 18 years later he would be in the middle of a sex scandal that focused on his right hand man. After a very successful career as head coach at Penn State, Paterno was ready to retire but plans changed on November 5, 2011 when Sandusky was arrested on 40 criminal counts. Bit by bit the stories of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged child abuse started to leak. Sandusky founded the Second Mile, a charitable organization designed to help kids in the State College, Pennsylvania region. 12 | THE PIONEER | November 2011

The first allegation of misconduct dates back to 1998, when Sandusky admitted to a mother and the university police that it was wrong to shower with an 11 year-old boy. It was not until 2002 however, that Paterno became more involved. According to the state grand jury report, Jerry Sandusky was seen sodomizing a 10 year-old in the locker room. This was Paterno’s first chance to tell the police; instead, he just told his boss and that cycle continued all the way up to the school’s president, Graham Spanier. Making sure he kept the school’s image in mind, Spanier decided to keep this report under wraps. While this may break moral code, not reporting child abuse is completely legal in many states. So was Joe Paterno protecting himself, his buddy and his school’s image or was he simply too scared to tell?

Regardless of how the issue may have been handled if it were reported immediately, the time has passed. On November 9, the Board of Trustees voted to oust Paterno and Graham Spanier. Angry riots of “JoePa” Fans broke out. Some students are happy, some think the

ruling it unfair. Meanwhile, interim coach Tom Bradley is attempting to keep the team on track. Though they lost their game to Nebraska recently, Bradley is hopeful that it is the beginning to a much needed “healing process.”

Penn State studetns riot in University Park after Board of Trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno.


The Pioneer November 2011