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LFA’s rolls out the new iPad program

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Author Kevin Brockmeier visiting soon

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Fall play announced: Crimes of the Heart

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LFA’s secret places revealed

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Soccer stars Chavez and Bennett verbally committed to universities

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The Orange introduces Letters to Leo

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Head of School Symposium to study Religious Pluralism By Zunaira Arshad and Carina Baker Staff Writers The Head of School Symposium is a chance for the entire LFA community to closely examine one topic through discussions, readings, movies, etc. over an entire school year. In the past the symposium has looked at topics like the environment and the Indian subcontinent. This year the symposium will examine the topic of Religious Pluralism. “Religious Pluralism is an active commitment to learn about other people’s beliefs and perspectives,” stated Ms. Katie Schlosser, chairwoman of the Symposium. Schlosser recently introduced this idea to LFA students during an All School Meeting. Dr. John Strudwick, who sponsors the annual topic examination as Head of School, stressed that Religious Pluralism was different from religious tolerance. “It’s a higher level of thinking than purely diversity or tolerance… If you’re being truly pluralistic, you’re looking at things without hierarchy,” explained Strudwick, who wishes that, as with all the other Head of School Symposiums, the LFA community will come together and learn more about a singular topic. According to Schlosser, Religious Pluralism differs from tolerance because there’s an educational component.

Photo by Carina Baker

LFA students take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Baha’i Temple.

“It’s not about being religious; it’s about recognizing that religion is one of the major forces that affects human behavior,” she said. “The aim is sort of twofold: educate the community about different faith traditions, but also to provide a space where people can ask questions and be in dialogue with each other but also with religious leaders and people who are experts in this area.”

Schlosser noted that it is important to understand that atheists and agnostics can be religious pluralists; it’s not about being religious, but rather about inquiry. With her previous education on religion, Schlosser was an ideal candidate for chair. “I studied theology at Notre Continued on page 3

New dorm Ferry Hall scheduled to be completed by early 2012 By Bailey Ayers Photo Editor



As the first signs of Winter are approaching, so is the anticipation for LFA’s new girls dorm, Ferry Hall. The dorm is expected to open in early January of 2012. Rainy weather had caused some delays, but the time lost has all been made up, according to school officials. The bricks for the building have started, and the roof is already visible, and administrators expect to move students in early in second semester. “All girls who wish to apply will be able to submit an application for the 36 spots in the new dorm,” said Dean of Residential Life Mr Jon Freeman.

The selection of girls will be based upon seniority and years in the dorm, but every grade will be represented. The dorm will not strictly be an upperclassman dorm. Four faculty members and their families will accompany the girls: the Vaughn, Dryfoos, Mayikana, and Freeman families will all move into the attached apartments. While there are many positives about the dorm, Field Hall will still have a couple advantages. “Ferry Hall will be centrally airconditioned, so unlike Field, the girls will not be able to control the room temperature of their rooms,” explained Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Andy Kerr. The girls moving into Ferry Hall have to deal with the stress of moving into a new

dorm halfway through the year. According to Kerr, the dorm will be set up so there are four wings. Each wing will include four doubles and one single and a bathroom, with three showers. There will be three main common rooms: one on the main floor, one overlooking the main floor, and one in the tower over the entrance. There will be two small study rooms and a kitchen. The rooms will be the same size as those in Atlass, but will be wider with less depth. The furniture will also be the same as Atlass; nothing will be built in. The hallways, common rooms, and bathrooms will all be at the rear of the building, so that all of the rooms overlook the Field Hockey Field.




SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

World News Roundup Assembled by Mary Kate Hayes and Ariana Bhatia Editors-in-Chief

Obama attempts to revitalize economy with new stimulus package Information from The New York Times Continuing economic instability has forced President Obama to push yet another stimulus plan to revitalize the economy. Focusing on jobs, his new bill would consist of a $447 billion package of government spending and tax cuts. Obama has called on congress to act quickly to avoid yet another economic downturn and gradually lessen the unemployment rate (which has hovered around approximately 9%). The core of the bill, the American Jobs Act, focuses on payroll tax cuts, tax holidays for employing those who were previously unemployed, and channeling government spending into infrastructure improvements.

The Greek Dilemma Information from The Wall Street Journal In the wake of a growing deficit, Greece finds itself unable to service its debt without aid from the European Union and the government is faced with tough choices. Investors demand high interest rates for the risk of lending; however, Greece cannot afford such high rates and is faced with potential default. Many nations agree that Greece must attempt new austerity measures, such as fewer employment benefits and a higher retirement age, in order to increase the productivity of the nation as well as satisfy the aid conditions of lenders. However, striving for austerity has caused their economy to dip into deeper recession as government spending is cut. For this reason, the Greek government is being forced to look to more drastic measures such as rescinding employment and selling state owned enterprises.

Iran confiscates six documentaries Information from CNN News Despite the International Campaign for Human Rights, Iran has confiscated six documentary films and put the filmmakers in prison. The campaign encourages the termination of the “ongoing intimidation and arrest of filmmakers and journalists.” A spokesman of the group said President Ahmadinejad’s actions “have no tolerance for independent filmmakers and journalists.” The detainment of the documentaries may affect Ahmadinejad’s pan to speak in New York.

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad giving orders.

Artist’s rendition of the improved classroom design. Photo courtesy of Steelcase, Inc.

New space-efficient classroom to improve student learning By Matt Stevens Managing Editor You may have noticed that some of the classroom furniture at LFA has been getting a face lift. Most visibly, black swivel chairs and special new tables are now sitting in Corbin 215 and are scattered throughout the hallways. This change is just the beginning of an experiment that may end up fundamentally changing the classroom spaces at LFA. The school is starting to run into space limitations and is looking for ways to better utilize the space available and keep rooms from feeling cramped as class sizes grow. The school is working a company called Steelcase, Inc. to address this issue. Steelcase is an office furniture company

According to Schwartz, LFA is looking at a range of solutions, ranging from common sense changes to a broad re-imagination of the traditional role of a classroom. One of the simple changes is removing the teacher’s desk. “Having a teacher’s desk in front is taking about a quarter of the classroom up because from that line to the board is basically unusable space,” said Schwartz. Removing the teacher’s desk both frees up space and diminishes the role of the teacher as a lecturer on a podium, ideally encouraging dialogue. Other simple changes like having swivel chairs will hopefully let teacher-student interactions be more free and personal by allowing teachers to unglue themselves from the front of the room and walk among the

that focuses on creating specialized workspaces for companies and schools. They perform research on their own, as well as in tandem with institutions like Stanford and the University of Michigan to develop innovative products with measurable improvements in learning and classroom interaction. A panel of trustees and teachers, along with Academic Dean Phil Schwartz, visited Steelcase in Flint, Michigan to get ideas on how to improve classroom design at LFA. Of course, there are many ways to improve student learning, but classroom design is currently one of the many that the school is looking into. “If you have a good teacher who cares about you and the subject, and you’re taught in an old shack, you’re still going to learn,” said Schwartz, “but we want to pro-

students while still being seen. Likewise, adding whiteboard space will hopefully encourage collaboration without taxing the school’s budget. The school will also be getting a shipment of “node chairs” soon. The idea is simple: put wheels on desks so that the room can be reconfigured on-the-fly into whatever configuration the teacher likes. In trials at other schools, students were almost unanimous that the chairs were more comfortable and improved the overall classroom experience. It is yet to be seen whether or not the reaction is the same at LFA. Schwartz said the administration will look for feedback once these changes have had time to set in, and if the response is positive, LFA could end up looking quite different as these changes are

vide other opportunities that you wouldn’t normally have for teachers to communicate with students.” Educational research is conclusive that students learn better if teachers can combine collaborative group work, discussion, and traditional lecture style teaching. The challenge in laying out a classroom is working within the physical limitations of the room to create a space that can transition seamlessly between teaching styles.

spread throughout the school. The school may even start looking into ideas that are currently only on the horizon, like projector systems that can display images from anyone in the room on any of multiple screens, as well as take pictures of notes written on whiteboards that are automatically emailed to the entire class. But for now, swivel chairs and whiteboards will do just fine.



SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Library circulation adds digital option this fall By Hunter Johnstone News Editor As classrooms, textbooks, and assignments have become increasingly digital with the introduction of the one-to-one iPad program, the LFA library appears to be the next step in improving the Apple tablet’s integration and compatibility here at school. A proposed digital circulation system aims to do just that by making a wide selection of library titles available to students directly through their iPads. According to Grier Carson, the director of Library and Information Services, the system is planned to begin within the next eight weeks and the digital book collection is initially intended to serve as a supplement to the current physical one. The library digital circulation program is being administered through a service called Overdrive that requires students to create and log in to accounts to link to the LFA library’s digital collection. Once linked, students can check out available e-books for free and download them into an included e-book reader. Carson explained that the service will also be compatible with iBooks, and he hopes to make the system compatible with the Kindle e-book reader as well. Only one person can download a particular e-book at a given time due to licensing agreements that come with the service, and books that are checked out digitally will be automatically removed from the reader’s iPad once the check-out period has expired. The exact length of this period is not yet decided, however Carson assures that “it will be reasonable.” Because audio and video files can also be checked out through the service, the digital library may be expanded to include these file types as well. When asked if his goal was to make an entirely digital library at LFA, Carson replied that although that is his long term hope, but the transition from a well-established physical system to a digital one is difficult and takes time. However, he considers the digital circulation problem a “conscious step” towards a book-less system. “I hope that it finds people trying out more materials than they would now,” added Carson. “I think everybody has something about books that they like, even if they aren’t avid readers. I hope that bringing part of the library to the iPad results in people saying ‘I’ll just try that, read the first chapter and see what I think, so I’ll check it out quickly on my iPad and I’m done with it’. This off the cuff exploration of the catalog is very difficult to do physically and very easy to do digitally, and that’s one of the main reasons that we need to have this.”

Award-winning author Kevin Brockmeier to visit LFA this October


Campus News

In this space, The Specator provides further details on several major upcoming events at Lake Forest Academy. (Assembled by Ariana Bhatia and Hunter Johnstone)

By Bailey Ayers Photo Editor

October 12

Awarding winning author Kevin Brockmeier will visit LFA on Thursday, October 7. He has published three fantasy novels, two children’s novels, and two collections of short stories. His short stories have also been printed in numerous publications. He most recently published “The Illumination” in Spring 2011. Brockmeier has won three O. Henry Prizes the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, and the Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award among many others. Brockmeier’s visit will include an evening reading of his award-winning work in Cressey, and he is expected to visit several classes for writing seminars the next day. Students will have an opportunity to purchase his books, provided by Lake Forest Book Store, and have them autographed at the event. Some of the English 9 teachers will incorporate Brockmeier’s short stories into their classes in anticipation of his visit. The AP Literature class will read Brockmeier’s The Truth About Celia, which is a linked collection of stories. His visit is highly anticipated by

No classes take place on October 12, and each grade partakes in different activities. Seniors take the day to focus on their college applications, juniors and sophomores take the PSAT standardized test, and freshmen take a field trip provided by the Freshman Foundation in the Arts program.

College App/PSAT/FFA Trip

Courtesy of Kevin Brockmeier Author Kevin Brockmeier will be visiting LFA and reading his works.

English Department Chair, Mr. Freeman. He describes Brockmeier’s style as “magical realism,” which refers to supernatural events that take place in an otherwise normal world, but for whatever reason, the supernatural events don’t arouse terror or alarm in anybody. His works often feature what look like completely normal everyday lives except for one very unusual wrinkle. For example, the wrinkle in his new book, The Illumination, represents how one day everyone’s pain becomes visible light that everyone can see. Besides this one exception, the world described is parallel to our own. Freeman says that he loves Brockmeier’s work because “that one flaw changes everything in some ways, but it actually changes relatively little.”

Head of School Symposium features religious pluralism (continued from page 1) ...Dame,” she said, explaining how her Master’s degree involved religion. Schlosser spent much of her summer preparing for the symposium, choosing events and securing speakers. The main speaker this year will be Paul Heck, a professor of theology at Georgetown University. “He wrote a book on religious pluralism; it was published last year,” stated Schlosser. “It’s called Common Ground: Christianity, Islam, and Religious Pluralism. He’s focusing on the American or contemporary issue of the perceived serious conflict between Islam and Christianity, and he’s pointing out that it’s really a cultural and political conflict, and not a religious one. He’s coming November 1415.” Student involvement in the symposium included presentations from LFA students who took part in last summer’s Global Youth Leadership Institute conference on religious pluralism. According to Schlosser the students who went on that trip had an incredibly positive experience. Three of the students were able to share their thoughts with the LFA community.

“We’re having a panel of religious leaders come to speak about their faith in relation to other faith, and having a question and answer for students. We’re still working out the date, because it’s hard to get a priest, a rabbi, and an imam in the same place at the same time,” said Schlosser. She is also planning on starting student meditation sessions, times set aside to listen to different faculty and students share a significant life event. “It’s not directly religious, but we think it’s something that fits with the theme. We also think that this is a tradition that could be continued,” Schlosser noted. Trips to various different religious houses of worship have been organized, starting with a trip to one of the only seven Ba’hai temples in the world, located in Wilmette. Another event connected with the symposium involves an artist who specializes in Islamic geometric tiling who will be visiting this spring as part of an effort to showcase how religions are expressed in different disciplines.

October 13

Fall Play For the fall play, LFA is putting on a producion of Crimes of the Heart, a Pulitzer Prize winning dramatic-comedy. The play is written by Beth Henley and will be directed by theater instructor Mark Dryfoos. The cast is comprised of six students selected by Dryfoos as “strong actors.”

October 14-16

Parent’s Weekend

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Campbell Mrs. Maggie Tennyson gives parents mini classes during Parent’s Weekend.

Parents are invited to take a tour of their child’s school day during this weekend. This day includes going to shortend classes with their teachers and experiencing the classroom life at LFA. Parents are informed of the class syllabus and workload.

October 16

Harvest Run

Photo courtesy of Facebook Runners compete in last year’s Harvest Run.

The annual Harvest Run to raise money for Harvesting Hope will allow participants to run either a 5K or 10K this year. The run is currently planned to be held on the school’s cross country course.



SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

LFA’s iPad Program: First Impressions One month in, teachers and students are realizing the iPad’s role at LFA By Ariana Bhatia Editor-in-Chief With the start of the new LFA school year came a new way of learning: the iPad. LFA’s one-to-one iPad program has introduced an educational platform that is available in only a few high schools around the country. While the intention was never to entirely replace the laptop computer, according to administrators the goal of the program was to enhance the learning experience at LFA.

Percentages based on the first 100 student responses taken from a randomized poll regarding the new LFA iPad program

“Programmatically, I think it differentiates LFA from other institutions. They [new students] recognize that we value the use of technology,” said Academic Dean, Mr. Phil Schwartz. “There are many schools that have done laptops...with the evolution of the applications, the touch screen, and the interface we felt this would give our students a leg-up on competition.” The final decision to adopt the program did not come without hours of research and preparation. Starting approximately five years ago, LFA explored the idea of a one-to-one computer program; however, after the success of the tablet computers given to the faculty, incorporating a tablet form of learning appeared to be the more beneficial option. The various apps that can be installed, along with the sturdiness of the device, were key factors in the decision making process said Schwartz. Each iPad is on a two-year lease and the deal with Apple gives LFA less than zero financing. In addition to reviewing the facts and figures, a group of teachers were selected to give the iPad a test run in the final months of the previous school year. “My opinion has changed a lot actually,” commented history instructor Mrs. Suzie Vaughn . “I was one of the test faculty for the iPad last year and I really worried about having everyone have iPads this fall. I thought it was too soon...but I think the faculty are doing a really good job...the faculty are really embracing it and learning quickly. I’m glad that we started it this year.”

certainty when everybody is still getting used to it,” said Fine and Performing Arts instructor, Mr. Adam Schlipmann. “Personally, I really like the iPad program. I haven’t taken my computer to school once yet and it is such a lighter load. I like the fact that our school is a step ahead and looking to the future of education,” said junior Katie Reid-Anderson.



“We’ll know that it’s successful when we have teachers using it seamlessly in their classroom,” said Schwartz.

“My regular US class used iMovie to create colonial commercials using the iPad,” reported Vaughn. “One thing I have used it for is when I know I have a lesson coming up and there is a document that I might get to in class but I’m just not positive that I will, I dump it in the S-drive...I haven’t wasted 200 sheets of paper from photocopying. I’ve been using it for the ease of students being able to access and upload documents.”

Although LFA is only a few months into the program, a random survey by The Spectator staff seems to indicate that the overall opinion of iPads at LFA has been positive.

“I think the iPad program has been a great asset in the classroom. I find my teachers have made things more accessible and in return, I have become more efficient,” agreed School President, Casey Coulter.

The function of the iPad varies from classroom to classroom. Some disciplines have more apparent uses for this technology than others. In an English setting, for example, not only do students read novels and annotate, but they also type papers and send them directly to a teacher through their iPads. In other subjects, such as Fine Arts and History, teachers at LFA are finding creative and new ways to make the iPad a learning aid.

“I think it has exceeded people’s expectations. I think a lot people are still maybe unsure of how the iPad program will manifest itself but I think that’s ok. I think one of the things about any new technology is that there’s a period of un-

According to Schwartz, the iPads, while still in the process of becoming fully integrated into LFA life, will be better assessed over a longer period of usage. Whether or not they are successful is a question that cannot be answered at the

“In music theory, I give quizzes and notes on the iPad,” said Schlipmann. “In orchestra all the students are required to do an iPad creative project for me each semester. Using recording and audio software they have to compose a musical

“To have it be successful I think it would just mean that a majority of the faculty is using it in a meaningful way in the classroom, that the students are growing because of it, that we’re furthering their education in some way, and that we’re teaching them to use technology responsibly,” Vaughn concluded.


Features Freshmen Vs. Freshmen


By Erica Lewis and Ariana Bhatia Staff Writers

In response to the opening of the school year, we thought it would be interesting to compare the experiences of the incoming freshman class to LFA vs. the newly graduated LFA class of 2011 entering college. All the photos used on this page were taken either from facebook or LFA files with student permission. The people interviewed gave the following responses...

Romaer Chopra

What were you most excited about going into the year? “I’m most excited about the general experience of LFA and attending high school here. Meeting new people, new classes, sports etc. all make this transition a very exciting time.” -Romaer Chopra

“I was most looking forward to living in Washington, D.C. and being in such an exciting and alive place with so many other young people. I also love the Georgetown area.” -Natasha Patel

“I was most excited about meeting new kids and focusing on academics.”-Ryan Clamage

“I’m most excited about meeting a bunch of new friends, not having a cold winter, and getting to focus on my major.”-Catalina Todd

Natasha Patel

How did you prepare and how are you dealing with the adjustment to the new setting?

Nathan Johnson

“It’s honestly not that difficult, other than the schedule. I think I was well prepared after middle school.” -Nathan Johnson “I feel like I naturally fit in to the community and I knew how to manage my time once I met my teachers and after a week of seeing what my schedule was like” -Katie Kim

Katie Kim

Catalina Todd

“My advice to everyone in college is to look at it like a business day, tell yourself that from 9-3 you are either in class or in the library working (of course taking some time for breaks/food)” -Eric Clamage “I’m making sure I study and do all my homework on time. I’m also making sure I step out of my comfort zone and not being afraid to meet new people.” -Thomas Byrne

Eric Clamage

What was your biggest fear or greatest challenge? “Well, I’m really nervous about falling behind in my classes.” -Hope Challenger

“My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t enjoy my classes. I tried to pick courses which I’m interested in.” -Emily Kulas

“My biggest fear was getting lost around the LFA campus. That was quickly solved after the first few days as one gets know where everything is after a show time.” -Romaer Chopra

“The biggest challenge compared to freshman year and high school in general is that every grade counts. As a college student you only have a few tests and papers to prove to the teacher that you understand the material. This is compared to LFA, where every week there is a quiz and a lot of little assignments to make up for a bad grade.” -Eric Clamage

Ryan Clamage

Thomas Byrne

What has been your most memorable experience thus far?

Hope Challenger

“I would say the most embarrassing moment would be going to the wrong class on the first day of classes” -Katie Kim

“Well since I’m in DC, everyone kept telling me to try running on the National Mall. So when we got here, I was in a cab with my parents and they said,

“The most intimidating experience has been my classes. High school academics are definitely a step up from eighth grade.” -Allison Hechtman

‘Look there’s the National Mall,’ while we were crossing a bridge, so I thought the bridge was the National Mall. So I went for a run across the bridge and I told everyone I ran across the National Mall and they said wasn’t it amazing and so cool, and I was like ‘yeah I guess...’ I figured they thought it was cool because we were running over water on a bridge, but I later figured out that I went the complete opposite direction of the National Mall. Now I totally get where it is and I also have invested in a map” -Lucy Emery

“My most embarrassing situation was not being able to open my locker for a while during the first few weeks of school.” -Romaer Chopra

Allison Hechtman

Emily Kulas

Lucy Emery



SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

What if alien robots left

Chicago “transformed”?

The Spectator was wondering what the hypothetical results of a Decepticon attack on Chicago would be.

By Sarah Clark Features Editor This summer, when the Autobots and Decepticons brought their battle just south of Lake Forest Academy and into the city of Chicago in the film Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, audiences were left to ponder an interesting question: what would the damage to Chicago have been if that battle actually happened? In order to answer this question, The Spectator has investigated the hypothetical damage of a robot attack on our neighbor city.

Based on the estimates of Appraisal Research Counselors and the Chicago Tribune of the cost of damage seen explicitly in the film, the arrival of Transformers in Chicago would have cost more than $7.9 billion. This far exceeds $3 billion, the closest guess by an LFA student for this story. The estimate of $7.9 billion itself is likely too low as it doesn’t include cost of the retail stores, public structures, roads, or bridges torn apart in the film or guess at the cost of hypothetical destruction not shown by the film. The damage

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totaled in this estimate did however include the Decepticon-induced demolition of many of the city’s most expensive and recognizable buildings, including Trump Tower, the Tribune Tower, and the Wrigley building. Needless to say, if the scenario of Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon did play out in Chicago, the city would have been in deep trouble. The real effects of the filming of Transformers 3 were far less damaging. The film crews lingered in Chicago for the majority of July and August according to

ABC 7 News and occasionally closed high traffic streets such as Michigan Avenue, Wacker Drive, and State Street. The city has also been the filming site for other popular action films, such as the 2008 hit The Dark Knight, and this year it played host to the film crews of the upcoming movie Superman: Man of Steel from September 7th through the 17th, according to Fox Chicago News. Between all of these films, Chicago has been taking quite a bit of CGI damage in theaters. Thank goodness it was not real!

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LFA students add jobs to their busy schedules LFA students pack their schedules with homework, sports, appointments, and barely leave any free time for relaxing. Still, some have taken up jobs for a variety of reasons: extra money, learning new skills, and helping others. Seniors Sarah Clark, Max Thauer, and Andrea Shen shared their views on balancing jobs with LFA life in recent discussions with The Spectator staff.

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Max Thauer, Senior

Where did you work? This past summer, I worked in Chicago for a company called Flow Trading. What they do is they have algorithms on computers in a data center, just a server fund basically, and what the algorithms do is they run programs that trade commodities, like corn and soybeans and all that stuff. What was your job? I acted as their IT manager and assistant, so I got to do computer work and stuff. How long did you work there? I worked a total of six weeks this summer. I also worked there last summer. How long were your shifts? I would wake up at 6 a.m., in the downtown office by 7:45. I would make more money if I stayed there longer so I would try to leave around 5 or 6. Do you work during the school year? I do not for Flow Trading during the year, only for myself. I run my own business where I help people with computer problems freelance. Do you feel like you could fit the workload with school? No, not a chance. It’s kind of like one of those real jobs, a standard 9-to- 5 job.

Photo by Mary Kate Hayes

Max Thauer and friend Brendan Baldwin work to solve a technical problem.

Sarah Clark, Senior Where do you work? Mundelein Dairy Queen What’s your job? I serve ice cream. How long are your shifts? During the summer, I work four or five days a week. During the school year, for the first couple of weeks, I was working two weekend shifts and one weekday shift. But, then it got too much with all my schoolwork so I started working just one weekend shift. Do you work during the school year? The Dairy Queen closes in mid-October. I will start working again early March. So in between then I get a little break because I am already doing sports and of course school. What are the benefits of your job? I get paid. And I get to eat ice cream. Would you recommend for other people to have a job? I think it’s good to have a job to learn how to work, manage your time, save your money. But I think in high school, over the summer is when you should have a job. During the school year, it’s not really a priority.

Photo by Andrea Shen The scoop on Sarah Clark.

Andrea Shen, Senior Where do you work? Hollister in Vernon Hills Mall How long have you worked there? Since mid-July of this past summer. How long are your shifts? Usually a shift is four hours. If I get called in on a weekday, because I have homework and sports (I play volleyball), I’ll go in for 2 or 3 hours. Do you work during the school year? I have been, I’ve been working Friday nights and during Saturday, different times on Saturday. Sometimes during the week, I’ll be called in to work a couple of hours. Do you find it hard to balance the job with school and other activities? The main factor is time management. That’s why I chose to mostly work on Friday nights and Saturday so I have time to do my homework. During the weekdays, that’s when I get most of my work done. Do you advise other kids to work? I don’t think it’s a good idea to start midyear. By then you kind of have a time schedule and it’s hard to juggle everything. If you do go with a job, I would just work once a week or on the weekends. I think the best time to work is over the summer because even though I had a lot of activities, when I was here, I worked 3 or 4 times a week. What are the benefits of your job? I can spend money. I got these cute new pair of shoes for school—they’re in dress code and everything. Mostly I am just saving up. I guess going into the job experience it’s really nice because I’m working in retail and I love having that personal interaction with customers. Working is such a great experience because you are mostly with people at LFA all day everyday and it’s nice to work with people around the area but not necessarily from Lake Forest. You also see a lot of people you know. I think working in retail really helps you with public speaking and interpersonal skills like talking to people. You feel accomplished when you help a customer.

Photo by Sarah Clark Andrea Shen poses outside Hollister Co. in Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.




SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Secret places a


The Pagoda Door

he door in the pagoda, at the bottom of the LFA Formal Gardens, has been a mystery to students for years. Is it a tunnel from the basement of Reid Hall? Is it a secret room filled with Armour family artifacts? The Spectator staff began to wonder about this place and other unusual places around campus. Sadly, our investigations did not uncover a super-villain’s secret lair; the stories behind these places turned out to be a little more mundane. “Storage,” revealed Mr. Andy Kerr, chief financial officer, talking about the door in the pagoda. “We store chairs that are used for the outdoor weddings

and other purposes.” The room, however, looks unlike any other room on campus, storage or otherwise. It’s big, with concrete walls and high ceilings, and thick square pillars. Stalactites six or seven inches long hang in meandering lines across the ceiling, and stalagmites, flat and round, grow up from the floor in a corner. There’s graffiti, too. Most of it is names of past students, or class years stretching back to 1958. Seventies band names are spray-painted in a corner near a “Miss Elizabeth Sandelin”. Bright red arrows point to a hole in the wall. The hole is a few feet off the ground, square, and less

than a yard wide. It leads to a small chamber, only about a foot deep, underneath the steps down to the fountain. “There is a belief that there was, or is, a tunnel between Reid Hall basement and the pagoda. If there’s anything, there are conduits for electric cables, but there are no tunnels,” Kerr said, who also stated that the building’s original function is unknown. “What was stored there originally? Bodies, all sorts of materials for witchcraft- I don’t know,” he joked before speculating that if there was once a dock there, it might once have functioned as a boathouse.

The The door under the pagoda.

Photo by Sarah Clark

Chairs, graffiti, and a hole in the wall.

Photo by Carina Baker

Reid Basement

Several of the silver pieces kept in the Armour Drawers of type for the printing press.


here is more beneath the marble floors of Reid than most students realize. “There are lots of nooks and crannies in the basement of Reid Hall,” said Kerr. The basement is much dimmer than the hall above it, and lies behind a locked gate. The ceiling is low in some places, and strewn with wires and pipes. Old furniture lurks in corners; everything from an armoire to a

Photo by Carina Baker

The old printing press in Reid Basement.

chess table to a printing press. “We used to print The Spectator in house,” said Kerr. “In fact, we used to print all the stuff for the school, all the letters and menus, any formal sort of printing; it was all done on a now-antique printing press in the basement.” The trays and trays of tiny lead letters in a nearby desk would have been

Photo by Sarah Clark

arranged in frames to form words, sentences, and paragraphs. Then the rows of letters are inked, and paper is pressed into it. “We don’t know the exact age, but it’s got to be between 60 and 100 years old. We’re actually looking to try to find it a good home, because we don’t use an old printing press anymore, but we’d hate to throw it away,” Kerr finished.


large, black door in the hallway fr Reid to Hutch reads “Diebold Safe Co pany” in big letters. Unlike most of the s left by the Armour family, their safe is still u today. “The safe is still used for the orig purpose. The safe is where we have all of good silver for the school. Candlesticks, silv ware, trays, plates- all the things that are use some of the fancy dinners. That’s all still sto



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nknown to many students, documentation of the entire history of Lake Forest Academy is stored in the attic of Reid Hall in a place known as the archives. The attic can be found on top of a steep staircase in upper Reid Hall, however access is usually limited to faculty only. According to LFA’s Archivist, Mrs. Rita MacAyeal, the primary function of the archives is to document the school’s history by saving materials that are, “unique and historically significant.” These materials include documents that are central to the school’s history. One such piece is the handwritten letter from Reverend Ferry himself donating money to Lake Forest University (now known as Lake Forest College) to create the ladies’ seminary Ferry Hall, which was founded in 1869. Other archival materials pertain more to student life, including photographs, yearbooks, newspapers, and even student made scrapbooks, some with duplicates scanned and saved in digital form. “It really helps you to see what life was like for students in these different time periods,” said MacAyeal. “I have digital pictures of just about every activity you can think of, from just about every era.” The archives are kept in two rooms, separate from the mass of old event decorations and school storage that dominate the attic. The histori-

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cal documents in these rooms are housed in cabinets originally used as wardrobes by the Armour family and stored in acidfree boxes to prevent corrosion and other harmful effects from exposure to the environment. The archives serve as a tool for preserving LFA’s collective history.

The Stairs

Photo by Sarah Clark

in the safe,” revealed Kerr. Inside, the shelves are lined with green felt and covered in silver place settings and other elegant dining paraphernalia. The space is the size of a walk-in closet, and there are more carts of silverware pushed inside. “That [the safe] is the only thing that is absolutely still used for the same thing as it was used for 100 years ago,” said Kerr.


View from the top of the secret stairway.

he hallway leading left at the top of the marble staircase terminates in a set of doors and a stairway down. Blocked by a wooden gate, the entire staircase is constructed out of dark wood, with dark paneled walls similar to Senior Square. It’s fitting,

Photo by Carina Baker

since the bottom of the stairway is a door leading out into the Square. The staircase is behind the perpetually locked door directly to the right of the doorway to the historical, marblewalled room leading towards Reid Hall. Page by Sarah Clark, Matt Stevens, and Carina Baker


Opinion & Editorial


SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Opinion: Senior supports Head of School

Sympossium for 2011-2012 By Anastasia Perry A&E Editor

for religious freedom, is not a for-

lace or celebrating Christmas. In

gotten topic, it remains a modern

France, religion is a very personal

topic. I was shocked to hear that

topic, not often talked about out

Religion does not play a

in 1936 Turkey passed a declara-

in the open, though it is a huge

big role in my life personally, but I

tion that let the government con-

part of someone. Saudi Arabia, an

hear about religion every day. It is

fiscate Christian, Jewish and oth-

Islamic theocratic monarchy, is a

in my history class, a theme in the

er religious minority’s properties.

country where religious freedom

novels that I read, in the French

Only this September was a decree

is virtually nonexistent. Apostasy,

culture in my French class, and

issued that would let minorities

conversion of Muslims to another

when people miss school due to

take back their confiscated prop-

religion, carries a death penalty

religious holidays. Therefore, I

erties! Even though in the USA

which the government of Saudi

believe that this year’s School

we have freedom of religion,

Arabia allows.

Symposium, Religious Pluralism,

other countries are just starting to

is a great, modern topic. I have

accept this.

ally take advantage of this year’s

my beliefs and I personally do

We need to be not only

School Symposium, since reli-

not feel afraid or judged when I

open to other religions but have,

gion is constantly in our lives.

express them but it doesn’t occur

as Ms. Kathleen Schlosser states,

Schlosser has really tried to in-

to me that this is not always the

“an active commitment to learn

tegrate the symposium into our


I hope that LFA can re-

about people’s beliefs and per-

lives by applying some curricular

A good friend of mine

spectives.” Do we not give reli-

changes in the history classes, art

gets stopped each time he flies

gion enough credit or importance

classes and choir songs. She has

because he is Muslim.... It shocks

in our lives? It is a characteristic

also arranged van runs to differ-

me how so many people connect

of every single person, whether

ent places of worship and added

terrorism with religion. I never

they believe in a higher power

some movies involving religious

imagined that this actually hap-

or not. Can we respect it without

pluralism into the film series. I

pens every day. Religion, though

ignoring it? Sometimes having a

believe that this year, we will gain

we see old churches, read about

Catholic friend is more than him

a lot out of the Head of School

the Crusades and study rebellions

or her wearing a cross on her neck-


Catchy Cartoons

Photos courtesy of Tribune Media Services

Photo by Jane Xu

Senior Anastasia Perry favors the subject of this years Head of School Sympossium, which she writes about here.

This year The Spectator will print opinionated cartoons from around the nation.


Opinion & Editorial

Opinion: Even Trapper Keepers were a distraction in their day... By: Grier Carson Director of Library and Information Services Third grade was painful for me. Before that, I was generally liked by my peers and did well in class. The start of 3rd grade, however, saw the introduction of a new technology - an academic tool designed to help us manage assignments and schedules while facilitating individual expression through amateur graffiti tagging. It was called the Trapper-Keeper (I'll spare you the nostalgia - just google it), and it drew a line in the sand so thick between those who had one and those who hadn't that, by the following Spring, the latter were often collectively referred to by my classmates as "they". Needless to say, I was a reluctant member of "they" and eventually found it impossible to complete my homework or

even prepare for a test without the aid of this tri-fold colossus. And so, after sustaining my repeated threats to run away, my parents enthusiastically purchased a TK for my induction into proper society. By then, of course, the tool had become such a distraction (think portable fortress for Transformers doubling as poorly-designed Frisbee) that some teachers banned them from class, chief amongst their complaints being the capacity for the device to hide handwritten notes (not the good kind). I remember one student even had a system for the circulation of notes and used her TK as a sort of queue manager - very impressive. By 5th grade, however, the device was so universally embraced at the school that many teachers stopped just short of requiring it, citing its inherent ability to teach organizational skills while helping students focus on specific assign-

ments as a preferable alternative to the loosely crammed papers and projects frequently regurgitated by the average 5th grader's backpack. My dad summed it up by saying: "Well, you'll be managing your life with a briefcase and Rolodex soon enough (again, please google), so it's best for you to learn how to use these things now." Distractions are nothing new to the classroom – be they TrapperKeepers or iPads -- and have far more to do with the ways in which we engage ourselves in the academic experience than with our occasional inability to rise above the novelties of an attractive interface. LFA has provided generations of students with a unique educational experience, the focus always being to prepare them for the world ahead - and iPads have changed in that regard. What we've lost is the line in the sand.

Inquiring Photographer:

For the Inquiring Photographer this month, the Spectator was wondering how the LFA community was responding to the Head of School Symposium on Religious Pluralism. The students asked gave the following responses...

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Editors-in-Chief News Editor Managing Editor Feature Editors Sports Editor Arts & Entertainment Editors Op-Ed Editors Entropica Editors Photo Editors Falculty Adviser

Andrea Shen Mary Kate Hayes Ariana Bhatia Hunter Johnstone Matt Stevens Sarah Clark Carina Baker Grace Coburn Mimi Moses Anastasia Perry Erica Lewis Zunaira Arshad Phil Pray Leo Rudberg Jane Xu Bailey Ayers William Murphy

PUBLICATION The spectator is published eight times per year by the students of Lake Forest Academy and is a forum for studen expression. THe views and reporting herein are the sole product of The Spectator’s student reporters and in no way reflect the official views of Lake Forest Academy faculty, staff, administration or Board of Trustees.

EDITORIALS Opinions of the staff are presented in the form of unsigned editorals. Personal views are bylined or presented as formal dissents.

SUBMISSIONS The Spectator welcomes submissions from the community. If you would like to write an article, please see Mr. Murphy (please note: if space is limited, priority goes to journalism students). We also welcome short stories and poetry for our “Featured Writers” column, and we are always interested in publishing student artwork and photographs. Please send all submissions to Mr. Murphy via e-mail at, or hand them to him directly.

“Personally I don’t think it’s relatable to our daily lives and we should focus more on something we can have a direct influence on.” -Ally Dunne

“I am very excited about the HOS symposium, I think it’s a topic that should be addressed in every community and will spur a lot of discussion between students and faculty alike.” -Will Stolarski

“It’s really broad so I feel like they can take it in a multitude of directions; it would be really good for everyone to be educated on everyone else’s religion.” -Casey Coulter


The Spectator welcomes responses to its articles in the form of Letters to the Editors in addition to letters on subjects of the author’s choosing. Please e-mail Letters to the Editors to Mr. Murphy at


Phioto Courtesy of Alexandra Campbell

The LFA Spectator has been awarded several very prestigious journalism awards in recent years. 2008 The American Scholastic Press Association... 1st Place 2008 The Kempler Moraine Press Association... 1st Place 2009 The American Scholastic Press Association... 1st Place 2009 The Kemper Moraine Press Association... 1st Place 2010 The American Scholastic Press Association... 1st Place

QUOTE OF THE MONTH “I think it’s a good topic because we get to learn about the world’s religious backgrounds. Since I’m a freshman I don’t really know about my other classmates’ backgrounds yet.” -Ellie Snyder

“I think it’s really interesting and allows the students to get a different look at other cultures.” -Nadeem Bandealy

“I think the HOS symposium is going to be very confrontational because of the diversity of religions at LFA.” -Ross Burke Compiled by Erica Lewis

“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short term weapon.” -Tom Stoppard


Arts and Entertainment

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

New Arts Department Chair plans for the future By Andrea Shen Editor-in-Chief You would never guess that Lake Forest Academy’s new Department of Fine and Performing Arts Chair, Monica Palmer, was once a devout basketball player. She first discovered her passion for theater when she tried out for the fall play her senior year in high school and landed the lead role. After completing her undergraduate education at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she was accepted into Columbia University’s exclusive theater program, where she received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and took “master classes with Broadway powerhouses and directors.” While in school, Palmer actively participated in theater productions both on and off campus, as well as independent films and Summer Stock Theater. For her graduate thesis, she spent a summer touring Europe with her graduating class of 16 students, performing The Caucasian Chalk Circle in Berlin, Paris, and Italy. “It was a great opportunity to go to another part of the world and do what you love

“All The Places (in Chicago) You’ll Go” is a monthly list of great places for LFA students to visit when they go down to the city. Each month there will be reviews for places in Chicago to go for food, events and activities.

to do and meet other actors who live in those same areas,” said Palmer. In recent years, Palmer has worked on the soap operas Guiding Light and As the World Turns, and was casted as an extra in The Hurricane, with Denzel Washington. The Waukegan native finally returns to Chicago after spending the majority of her teaching career on the East coast. Palmer may be making an adjustment to life here at LFA, but she’s had boarding life experience as an advisor and dorm parent at her previous school, the all-girls Madeira School, in McLean, Virginia. At LFA, not only is she part of the Multicultural Committee and the Academic Council, she also teaches speech, musical theater, and Freshman Foundation in the Arts. “The faculty go above and beyond here. Their commitment to make sure you guys are first and foremost is really commendable. Having really enthusiastic students who love to play their instruments, who love to draw and paint, and who love to act and perform and sing are really wonderful testaments to the strengths of the

fine arts program,” said Palmer. In her first weeks at LFA, Palmer has already been implementing new changes to the fine arts curriculum, including utilizing the iPad in both the speech and FFA classes, as well as inter-departmental projects. For the musical theater class, she plans to take trips to go watch local productions throughout the semester. “We’re scheduling to go see real musicals, which will be open to the whole school, as part of class. We recently had a run for Sweeney Todd,” said senior Morgan Jones, a student in the musical theater class. As for the future of the fine arts program, Palmer hopes to add a comprehensive dance program as a PE that will meet five days a week, where students will learn various genres of dance, including hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. The program would offer both advanced and novice classes and would further utilize the new dance studio. Palmer envisions an art program accessible to everyone, whether they are a seasoned performer or have never taken a theater class. For those interested in pursuing theater in college,

Ann Sather's Southport Café 3416 N. Southport, Chicago 5207 N. Clark St., Chicago Mon. - Fri: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. - Sun: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a cute Swedish cafe/restaurant chain. It has about 4 locations around Chicago. Known for its amazing cinnamon rolls, Ann Sather's is the best place to go for brunch and then shopping in the small shops along the street. The menu's choices include eggs Benedict, pesto eggs, Swedish waffles and other breakfast foods. Everything is around $10 per plate.

Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Monica Palmer

New Arts Deparmant Chair, Mrs. Monica Palmer plans to add an intensive dance program.

professionally, or just as a hobby, Palmer recommends watching movies, reading plays, and attending theatrical performances. “I definitely encourage everyone, especially shy people, to get involved because it breaks a

shell, which is truly amazing. This business is all about persistence. And if you can be persistent and disciplined, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

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It's a modern Latin restaurant during the week and most nights they have Latin dancing. The service is warm and friendly in addition to amazing food with tons of exotic and different choices. Appetizers range from $4-$7 and meals from $18 to $25. Though they have a limited selection of entrees, they have a menu full of flavorful appetizers. I will personally recommend their steak nacho’s…you won’t be able to get enough of them.

If you have a sweet-tooth, visit this great fudge and ice-cream shop that opened up last year in the middle of Old Town. It is little yellow building squeezed in between the boutiques. As you walk in, you'll see a counter of freshly made fudge from coconut to Mackinac Island Fudge, it is the best in Chicago. The second level has a huge selection of ice cream (any flavor can be made into a milkshake!) with tons of sweets that you can mix in ranging between $6 to $10. Also, they make their own waffles cones there in the store.

Enter this 1950's diner and you'll be surrounded by great burgers, a lively atmosphere and....a whirlwind of mocking insults from the waiters. Don't be afraid to snap back at them or even get into a full blown argument! Your meal will never be dull at Ed Debevic's and don't forget to try one of their awesome milkshakes. Everything is around $10 and they have good portions.

By Anastasia Perry A&E Editor

All the places (in Chicago) you’ll go

Photo Courtsy of Robert D. Hughes


Arts and Entertainment


Choir enrollment shockingly drops

By Mimi Moses A&E Editor

It has been an unusual start for the LFA choir this year. There are exactly 20 students in choir: 10 boys and 10 girls. This is a problem. Choir Director Tim Plambeck explained that it is not the ratio of boys to girls that is the problem (it has been in the past); it is the number of students in the choir. For many years, choir has been blessed with large numbers of students, but this is the smallest group they have had in recent memory. “It is surprising, but there are reasons for it [kids not taking choir]. It has been a perfect storm of conflicts this year,” stated Plambeck. According to Plambeck, it seems to be a two-part dilemma. Part of it has to do with the period choir is scheduled for the LFA class cycle. There are onesection classes scheduled, such as French 3 Advanced and Latin 1, that tend to be at the same time as the choir class; therefore students

that take the one-section class don’t have the choice of taking choir. They have also run into parallel scheduling with the Music Theory class, so a lot of Arts Concentration students cannot take choir as well. “Although the choir and I would prefer more kids in the class, we are making this a positive thing. So, we have been working on more note reading, more individual things and using the iPad,” explained Plambeck. Hopefully it is only a temporary phase, but Plambeck goes on to explain that when it is a smaller group he feels as though the students are more nervous to sing out. Since LFA is a college preparatory school we are an AP driven environment and students start to think less and less of the arts such as choir. People forget that the arts can help you stand out in applications and also help one’s GPA. The choir and Mr. Plambeck are staying positive though and encourage anyone to join choir in the future.

The choir practicing in a smaller enviorment with a smaller group.

Photo by Bailey Ayers

Fall play 2011will be Crimes of the Heart By Mimi Moses A&E Editor

Devan Rottman, Hannah Olinger and Jessica Gunderson practicing their sister-act.

Photo by Bailey Ayers

The Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, has been chosen to be this year’s Fall play. Auditions have been held, roles have been assigned, and theater instructor Mark Dryfoos will direct the play written by Beth Henley. Crimes of the Heart follows the story of the McGrath sisters, Lenny, Meg and Babe. They come from a fractured family with a father who deserted them and a mother who commits suicide early on. The play centers on Lenny, the eldest sister, who has just turned thirty and has no one home to celebrate her birthday with her. Meg is a struggling actress and singer, and Babe has been accused of shooting her husband. Although the sisters are extremely lost in life, the three sisters find that through reconnecting with each other, they can surmount problems. Dryfoos is very excited about this opportunity for his small selected cast; a cast of only

six students. Jess Gunderson and Hannah Olinger and Devan Rottman play the McGrath sisters. Casey Coulter, Caroline Hale and Sean Cleavey will play other starring characters in the show. Dryfoos chose to do a smaller play to lessen the overlap of rehearsals with the students’ athletic commitments. “I knew I had a certain group of strong actors,” said Dryfoos, “and having a small cast I knew they could rehearse intensely. This is the shortest time period we have ever worked on a show. We only have five weeks until performance so I really needed a small group of dedicated actors.” Crimes of the Heart is a dramatic-comedy. Dryfoos hopes for the audience to see the humor in the drama. The whole play takes place in the kitchen, so there are many moments of chatter, banter, and slapstick comedy. The play is a real character piece. Dryfoos suggested anyone who likes to laugh, and likes drama with a good plot, should come out and see the show, October 13th and 14th.




SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Improvement to fitness program:

Allen becomes new strength and training coach By Phil Pray Entropica Editor

The 2011-2012 school year in-

Allen. “That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to accept this job.” His new colleague, Carl Sanky, will also be advising students when using the Fit-

ness Center. “The amount of experience and enthusiasm that he brings to the position allows even the elite athletes to achieve their personal

troduced with many changes to the Lake Forest Academy community. One of the most visible was the change in coaching

best,” said Allen. “His personal experience in fitness really allows him to give direction to students who have the will to better themselves.”

personnel in the Crown Fitness Center. The LFA Athletic Director, Mr. Kevin Versen, replaced the outside strength and training coaches from the previous year with Associate Dean of Admission, Mr. Melvin Allen, along with the newly welcomed Mr. Carl Sanky. Versen looked upon Allen on as the best choice for the training position because of his impressive past athletic experience. Allen still holds the title of youngest head coach in the NAIA college athletics, and he has held several athletic staff positions at well-known universities, such as the University of Iowa. According to Versen, Allen’s enthusiasm and knowledge of LFA will help him in running the school’s fitness programs.

“When student athletes are working hard towards their goals, to get that edge and that confidence, I enjoy maximizing their potential by giving them advice,” said

Photo by Jane Xu Allen (left) is excited and ready to take on the role of one of the strength and training coach.

LFA alumnus earns Duke basketball scholarship after two seasons of hard work By Erica Lewis Op-Ed Editor Many of Caxys remember watching Duke defeat Butler in the exciting championship game of the 2010 NCAA March Madness Tournament; we remember seeing the Blue Devils’ faces as they each took turns cutting down the net and holding the championship trophy. For all viewers, this was just an exciting game to watch on T.V.; but for LFA fans it was especially exciting, as one LFA alum from the class of 2009 had an unbelievable end to his sophomore season at Duke. After graduating from LFA as a four-year varsity player, Todd Zafirovski walked onto the Duke basketball team as a freshman in 2009. After winning the 2010 NCAA tournament it is hard to imagine how things could get much better for Zafirovski- and yet they have. On Tuesday, August 9th Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced in a press conference that Zafirovski would be receiving an athletic scholarship. “It was a big thing for our team yesterday,” said the coach. “We have 12 scholarship players and we awarded our

13th scholarship yesterday to Todd Zafirovski, who’s been with the team as a walk-on and over the years, we’ve done that whether it be with Jordan Davis, J.D. Simpson, you know, guys like that who have earned it.” Although Zafirovski is “very proud” of receiving an athletic scholarship, he is committed to staying focused for the remainder of his time on the team. “My goal is still to come to practice everyday and compete and not only make myself better but the people around me.” Zafirovski has a lot of challenges facing him as he looks forward to the coming season. Not only do the Blue Devils participate in two very exciting and competitive events- the ACC and the NCAA tournaments- but they travel as a team to Hawaii over Thanksgiving for a competition as well. Aside from his exhilarating schedule, Zafirovski is most excited about is helping Coach K, who is currently at 900 wins, chase and hopefully defeat, Bobby Knight’s 902 national win record. Photo courtesy of Duke Basketball Todd Zafirovski (right) is excited to take on the new challenge that this season will bring.




LFA adds two more to the list of collegiate athletes: Soccer stars verbally commit to universities By Grace Coburn Sports Editor LFA has produced many collegiate athletes who have gone on to play at prestigious places like Duke, Yale, Rice, Northwestern, and other high-ranking schools. Recently two more LFA students committed to play at the collegiate level, both in soccer. Senior Manny Chavez has verbally committed to play at University of IllinoisChicago, and junior Louis Bennett has verbally committed to Marquette University. Chavez, who has been playing soccer since he was five, is now playing for the club team Academy, which is the highest level for youth soccer, had a few other schools in mind besides UIC. “I was looking at Michigan, Northwestern, UC Irvine and Bradley,” said Chavez. “It was a long process but it was exciting to know that a college actually wanted me to play for them.” In the end, Chavez knew that the clear choice was UIC. “ I chose UIC because the soccer and academic programs are good and I fit in perfect. Another big part of my decision was because it’s close to home and I want my parents to see me play at a high level,” said Chavez. In terms of his future, Chavez has high hopes. “I can see myself playing soccer until I

Photo by Jane Xu

physically can’t,” said Chavez, “Of course my dream is to play in a professional league. Hopefully my dream will come true.” Bennett, who committed to Marquette University as a junior, is confident in his decision. He has played soccer for only two years, and he is already ranked in the top 40 in the country for the recruitment class of 2013. He is currently playing for the Chicago Fire youth team. He made all conference first team at his previous school, and was on the Olympic Development Program’s (ODP) regional team. “I really like the soccer program there,” said Bennett. “It’s definitely the right fit for me because there is so much of a community around soccer. I love the Marquette campus. It’s right in downtown Milwaukee. Close enough to home but far when I want it to be.” Junior year being the most stressful year of high school, Bennett wanted to make it as easy as possible. “I want this year to be as stress-free as possible,” said Bennett. “The decision just came at the right time.” Being in Conference USA, Bennett will play schools such as University of Memphis, University of Louisville, DePaul University, University of Cincinnati, and many others.

Bennett and Chavez are ready to take their skills to the next level.

NBA Lockout: What will LFA students watch this winter? By Grace Coburn Sports Editor All NBA fans may need to find a new way to spend their cold winter months if the agreement isn’t reached soon to end the NBA lockout and get the 2011-2012 season back on track. Among whose fans will be many of LFA’s basketball players, coaches, and students. The NBA operates under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This agreement outlines what percent of all NBA income the players receive. In the expired agreement, players received 57% of all income, however, in these difficult economic times, when attendance is low and merchandise sales are down, owners cannot afford to continue to pay the players that much. During this period of time, teams will not negotiate, players will not receive their salaries, players cannot sign or trade player contracts, players will not be able to use team facilities for any purpose; and teams will not conduct or facilitate any summer camps, practices, workouts, exhibitions, coaching sessions, or team meetings. Chicago, the home of 2011 MVP, Derrick

Rose, is hoping that the lockout will end soon so that they won’t be deprived of a hopefully winning season. Many in the LFA community are dedicated basketball fans and are going to miss the NBA if not resolved soon. Senior basketball starter Charles Harris is hoping that the lock out will end soon. “I’ll miss the NBA mostly because of the

amount of talent that teams like the Heat, Thunder, Celtics and the Lakers. The NBA is the only professional basketball league with that level of talent playing against each other,” said Harris. Luckily for the NBA players, they aren’t just sitting around waiting for the lockout to end. Many are looking to play overseas in the meantime. According to factsande-

Photo courtesy of NBA players and fans hope that the lockout will end soon so that they’ll be able to support their team., there are more basketball fans in China then there are people in the United States. Junior starter on LFA’s girl’s basketball team, Lauren Clamage, believes that it’s smart for the players to go overseas. “It’s going to pressure the people in charge of the lockout to come to a conclusion, but it’s going to take away the basketball news, people wont hear as much about it when it’s overseas,” said Clamage. If the lockout does continue, many in the LFA community have decided that they will simply watch the NCAA instead. Mr. Melvin Allen believes that college sports are more about the game and never the money. “I’m really a big fan of colleges sports over pros, they have to play hard every game, there are always people waiting to take your position,” said Allen. Many in the LFA community believe that the lockout will end soon and will not go as long as the NFL lockout did. Everyone in Chicago is hoping and looking forward to another successful season.

The Letters to Leo: an advice column Dear Leo, I am a freshmen and while I’m having fun at school, I’m having trouble walking through Senior Square without feeling intimidated. Do you have any advice on how to become friends with the seniors? Outta my way freshman! Oh sorry, that’s a reflex. Well, making friends with someone who is three to four years older than you are can seem like a daunting task. We all know that while all non-freshmen are human, the newbies all evolved from some type of bumbling rodent a few million years ago. However, this seemingly crossspecies social interaction isn’t that hard if you follow this advice. 1) First impressions are everything. As you walk into senior square, make sure you are properly in dress code. Feel free to point out anyone who breeches the dress code. This sense of strong community will impress your soon-to-be friends. 2) Introduce yourself. A recent study showed that upperclassmen will forget an underclassmen’s name 90% percent of the time. Try wearing a name tag! In addition, you might want to bring a resume of your life along with you. This will provide an entertaining way for you to “break the ice.” This brings me to number three. 3) Discuss hobbies and interests. Bring up your favorite things, such as Pokemon, coin and/or stamp collecting, and doing homework. Discussion is encouraged at LFA. Argument is extremely encouraged. While this may seem counter-intuitive, it will surely make your new friend remember you. If he or she

is a Cubs fan, you are a die-hard White Sox fan. His or her favorite movie was your “worst movie of the year.” This will surely lead to a fun, friendly conversation. 4) It is important that you complain about any problems at LFA. We want our school to be perfect, especially for you! Even if the most minor detail is not to your standards, we upperclassmen at LFA are professionally trained to fix it. 5) After this exchange, you are now best friends. Be sure to call out to that upperclassman when he or she walks by, especially when he or she is around his or her friends because then you will get even more people to know you! Also, feel free to call your new friend at any time. I hope this has helped. This is a proven technique that gets results. I’m glad I could help with your problem. The subject discussed in this


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article is entirely fictional and is meant for entertainment purposes. Created by Leo Rudberg.

Why “The Orange”?? By Leo Rudberg and Phil Pray Entropica Editors We decided that Entropica, what we think is the best part of the paper, needed to be revitalized. By adding new articles and adjusting the layout, we hope to make our page extremely fresh and fun, reflecting the name change. We based many of our choices on the famous satirical publication, The Onion. We paired this

with our school’s colors: black and orange. After searching for a black fruit and getting into a lawsuit with BlackBerry phones, we then looked for orange fruits. We later found out that carrots were not a fruit, thus we had to settle with oranges. We hope you enjoy the new changes being made to the page and we look forward to making “The Orange” your new favorite page in the newspaper!

Caxy Smash Matched

For our first Caxy Match of the year, we smashed Leo Rudberg and Phil Pray, the two Entropica Editors. This resulted in a handome hybrid that resembles Hyde from “That 70’s Show.” Photos courtesy of LFA 2011-12 Facebook, MorphThing, and IMDB.

Caxy Cartoon: Dress Code

By Jane Xu

September Spectator 2011  

This LFA's student newspaper.

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