Prep Volume 76, Issue 12
“If nothing else, value the truth”
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Students surveyed about academic honesty BY Adam Thorp CORE STAFF
Jr. Bills advance to semifinals in thrilling 47-46 triumph over DeSmet
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SLUH group attends Ignatian Teach-In at Georgetown
BY Kieran REPORTER
ver the weekend, 12 students and two teachers flew to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In, a gathering of Jesuit college and high school students who focus on social justice issues and lobby their congressional representatives. The event was hosted by
St. Louis University High School | Friday, November 18, 2011
WE DID IT!
Highlight of weekend is lobbying Missouri politicians
the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) and was held at the campus of Georgetown University. The teach-in had over 1,100 attendees from Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. It began Saturday afternoon and continued through Sunday evening, with a rigorous schedule of keynote speakers, prayers, independent and classlike sessions called breakouts, and finished with a Mass. The keynote speakers included Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., the Provincial of the East continued on page 4
ave you been honest filling out this survey?” That simple question ended a survey given during English classes last Thursday. On its own, it was meant to ensure the accuracy of the survey’s results. But in a broader sense, the entire survey tried to answer the question of how honest students have been, not just on the survey, but in their entire academic career. A mix between multiple choice, yes-no and short answer questions, the survey was designed to gauge the frequency of cheating and student attitudes towards academic integrity. Students took the test throughout the day in 215c or in M204.
The path to this survey began at the end of last year, when Principal John Moran and other members of the administrative team planned for the coming year. “At the end of last year, one of the things as a team we talked about was wanting to be more proactive in regards to cheating and plagiarism. The sense was we keep finding ourselves in a situation where, unfortunately, teachers are catching students at issues of cheating and plagiarism as opposed to being more proactive and trying to address the issues before they happen,” said Moran. For Moran, the survey is primarily meant to answer one question about SLUH’s cheating policies. “We have rules about cheat-
ing and plagiarism on our books right now so we’re not talking about something that’s completely broken. It’s not lawlessness. The question is ‘are we effective enough?’” said Moran. The school followed up through the National Association of Independent Schools, a private school association of which SLUH is a member. NAIS directed them towards the Center for Academic Integrity operating out of Clemson University. According to its website, the Center is a “forum to identify, affirm, and promote the values of academic integrity among students, faculty, teachers, and administrators.” The survey itself was put together by Dr. Donald McCabe, a continued on page 4
The Odd Couple debuts this weekend
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Communication, heroin are topics of first ACSA meeting BY Matt Cooley EDITOR IN CHIEF
he Advisory Committee for Student Affairs (ASCA) held its first meeting Monday night and discussed social networking, heroin, and teacher-student communication. The committee, which is composed of students, teachers, and parents, meets three times per year to discuss various issues pertaining to student life at St. Louis U. High to advise Assistant Principal for Student Life Brock Kesterson. Social networking The committee began by discussing social networking, a topic which has been covered in previous ACSA meetings. “Some things just need to come up again and again,” said
Kesterson. “Just because social networking came up (at an ACSA meeting) last year doesn’t mean it’s not an issue this year.” According to Kesterson, one new development in social networking this year at SLUH has been students’ increasing use of Twitter. “(Twitter is) more on my radar this year than it ever has been before,” said Kesterson. The rise of Twitter at SLUH, suggested senior Jimmy Griffard, could be related to SLUH’s allowing students to carry cell phones during the school day, a new policy this year. “I think (since) a lot more people have smartphones, they can just update their Twitter a lot more readily than they can their Facebook,” said Griffard. “The continued on page 5
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From left: senior Ben Hilker, sophomore Sam Krausz, and seniors Danny Mehan and Nick Sykora in The Odd Couple. BY Jack STAFF
ritten by Neil Simon, The Odd Couple is one of the most famous American comedies. In addition to being a play, it was spun off into both a movie and a TV series. This weekend, the Dauphin Players will perform this iconic play under the direction of Fine Arts teacher Paul Pagano. The play is about a divorced sportswriter, Oscar Madison (senior Christian Probst) and his soon-to-be divorced friend, Felix Ungar (senior Jordan Bollwerk). Even though the characters are friends, they are polar opposites,
as Oscar is a carefree slob while Felix is tidy and neurotic. The play is set in Oscar’s apartment, and the story begins when Oscar takes in Felix as his roommate after Felix’s wife throws him out. The plot centers on the comedic events that occur when Oscar’s and Felix’s opposite personalities clash, according to Pagano. “A lot of the comedy and the thrill line of the play comes from how do these two opposing forces deal with one another,” said Pagano. In the play, both Probst and Bollwerk have to play characters
Ehlman named B Baseball coach Armed with a passion for baseball matched only by his passion for teaching, Nick Ehlman will coach B Baseball. Page 11 Schuler part of the 99 percent Dan Schuler took part in the Occupy St. Louis march Thursday, marching with 500 to 1,000 other protestors. Page 12
“Easy Ed”: Dad, Deacon, Hall of Famer Nate Heagney explores the life of “Easy Ed” Macauley, perhaps the most decorated SLUH athlete of all time. Page 9 Before Backer Memorial Jack Godar explores the early history of SLUH, from 1818 to 1924. Page 8
who are nothing like them at all. Pagano said that he has enjoyed watching Probst and Bollwerk change their posture and actions to fit the characters they are playing. “This project has been interesting for them,” Pagano said, “They’re playing the physical types of exact opposites.” Both Probst and Bollwerk say that they have enjoyed playing characters who are nothing like them, and that while challenging, it is a more satisfying experience than playing a character similar to them. continued on page 12
Underclassman Sports Updates The future of SLUH sports looks bright, based on the performance of their underclassman teams. Pages 10-11 Mass Changes An assembly was held this week explaining changes to the upcoming Catholic Mass text. Page 2
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Changes in Mass spur AP assembly Going Greek in St. Louis BY John Webb CORE STAFF
hange is coming. On Nov. 27, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will change the words of some of the responses during Mass. The entire student body went to a presentation on the changes during Activity Period in the chapel over a period of two days this week. According to theology teacher Brian Gilmore, who gave the presentation, the goal was not to have students memorize certain passages, but rather to explain why the change was taking place, with the hope that students would go over the specific changes in their theology classes. “For these changes to pay off in any sort of community, people need to know a little bit about what they’re doing and why,” said Gilmore. The presentation included a visual of students practicing some of the changes to the Mass, a brief history of Mass, and a slideshow on what students bring to the Mass. Gilmore asked students to raise their hands if they could recite a Hail Mary and an Our Father from memory even though neither of those prayers will be affected by the changes. When Gilmore asked for students to raise their hands if they could re-
cite the Nicene Creed from memory, only a few people raised their hands. “When it’s a whole group of people at Mass, it’s something that rolls off the tongue,” said Gilmore when asked why no one volunteered to say the Nicene Creed. “As a group we help each other say things.” Most students thought that while the presentation was valuable, Activity Period wasn’t the time for the presentation. “I think everyone already knew what was going on,” said junior Mickey Mandle. “Most students already talked about it in their theology classes.” “It would have been a good use of time if we would have talked about the changes, but we only talked about why we should go to Mass,” said sophomore Chris Graman. The old translation of the missal was based on dynamic equivalence, in which the text is translated with equivalent thoughts and can be more loosely translated. The new translation is based on formal equivalence, which is a more literal translation. The decision by the Vatican to side with formal equivalence was in part based on the fact that other languages base their translation on the English missal. While English-speaking countries have
Brown scores tickets again to Speaker Series BY Sam Fentress REPORTER
tudents from social studies teacher Bill Brown’s AP American Politics class are once again getting a great deal on ticket prices for Maryville University’s Speaker Series: free. As he did last year, Brown received tickets to the Series, compliments of Maryville. Brown’s students are enthusiastic about the program, and several students have attended both speakers’ presentations so far. “It gave me a perspective that I normally wouldn’t be able to have,” said senior Luke Reichold, who attended the most recent lecture, given by education reformer Michelle Rhee. “It’s pretty cool. I think I’m going to start going to the rest of (the speakers),” said Reichold. The Speaker Series is “a series of seven different lectures, on seven evenings, at Powell Hall from October through May,” according to the Series’ website. “The problem with the Speaker Series is that it’s pretty expensive, and you have to buy (tickets) for the whole series,” said Brown, who is a regular subscriber himself and regularly attends the events. Last year, though, Brown managed to get free tickets to the Series for his students for the first time. “What I like about it is that it brings in a variety of viewpoints,” said Brown, who was glad to be able to offer the tickets to his students again this year. Brown received the tickets after initially asking for a student price from his contact at Maryville, Erin Verry, which then turned into a deal which involved free tickets. Brown is very appreciative of Ver-
ry, and she is glad to help. “The hero here is Mr. Brown,” said Verry in an e-mail. “It was his idea, he made the contact, he continues to call before every lecture, he stands in the lobby and makes sure each of you gets tickets.” This year, however, there may be some ticket competition with SLUH. “What happened was, my students evidently put out the word that they got to go last year, and I guess some other schools in the St. Louis area have found out that they can call and ask for extra tickets,” said Brown, who was pleased that his idea had become popular but also hopeful that he would still get enough tickets for his own students. “Since Maryville is not involved with ticket sales, I wouldn’t know about whether other schools have purchased tickets,” said Verry. “There is only one other school that consistently works with us, and they come to our on-campus presentations, usually three of the seven lecturers.” So far, though, getting tickets hasn’t been a problem. Brown and his class received tickets to both of the Series’ lecturers so far. The class received 24 tickets to Joseph Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, and also several tickets to Michelle Rhee, an education reformer who caused controversy within the Washington D.C. School system. The next event, a speaker duo consisting of married couple Valerie Plame Wilson and Ambassador Joe Wilson, will take place Nov. 29. The couple will discuss their roles in the CIA and the controversy concerning the Bush administration’s involvement in Iraq.
many Latin scholars, other countries, primarily in Africa, have few Latin scholars, so they translate from the English missal. “If the English is already one step removed, you can see how it would get further and further away,” said Gilmore. Father Carl Heumann S.J. thinks that while the new translation has a more formal tone, it also has a more poetic feel to it. For instance, in the priest’s Eucharistic prayer, the previous translation read “from East to West a perfect offering can be made to the glory of your name.” The new translation will read “from the rising of the sun to its setting, a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name.” “I think the prayers are in general more poetic and might give a more mysterious sense of being in the presence of God,” said Heumann. And while some the changes are being welcomed, Heumann believes that some changes would have been better left untouched. Heumann cited an example in the Nicene Creed that previously read “one in being with the Father” and will now read “consubstantial with the Father.” While the meaning was left untouched, the clunky language remains. Theology teacher Deacon continued on page 12
BY Will Smith REPORTER
n a recent field trip led by Greek teacher Mary Lee McConaghy and history teacher Tim O’Neil, students in the Modern European History and Greek classes explored Greek culture right here in St. Louis. “I started doing this trip with Latin students in the 1980s because I feel it is important for students to see how the classics have influenced not only our language but our architecture, art, culture, and our government,” said McConaghy. The students first visited the corner of Kingshighway and Washington Avenues where the First Church of Christ, the Tuscan Temple, St. John’s Methodist Church and the former Temple Israel are located. According to McConaghy, this area (which she calls “temple corner”) shows the influence of classical Greek architecture on buildings in St. Louis. “In the early 1900s this country went through a revival of building and the style of architecture chosen was the classical style. These four buildings are wonderful examples of classical Greek architecture,” she said. At St. Louis University, the students heard presentations in the Pius XII Library’s Manuscript
Room and the Rare Books Room. The Manuscript Room houses the Vatican Film Library, which contains more than 40,000 documents from the Middle Ages, including many illuminated manuscripts, according to O’Neil. “Many of the texts were written in Latin and Greek, so the guys got a chance to see these documents,” said O’Neil. The presentation also explained how illuminated manuscripts, which are texts with pictures, were made. In the Rare Books Room, the students saw a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, as well as early maps used by explorers in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, according to O’Neil. After driving around looking at other examples of classical architecture, the students ended up at the Olympia Kebob House on McCausland, where they sampled flaming cheese and other authentic Greek dishes. “The students were very adventuresome in what they ordered,” said McConaghy. “That stuff was on fire!” said senior Sam Bufe. O’Neil explained that the Modern European History class participates in the field trip because the cultural origins of modern Europe are in ancient Greek and Rome. McConaghy’s Greek class is open to seniors.
Quiz bowl team flexes its brain, 5-0 BY Thomas STAFF
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oping to place in Districts and State, a feat they have not achieved in recent years, the St. Louis U. High Quiz Bowl team has started the season with a perfect 5-0 record in league play, where they expect another championship in December. They defeated both of Cor Jesu's teams on Nov 3 and DuBourg on Oct. 27 with comfortable victories each match. Out of a possible 900 points, the team triumphed with 100-point or more victories in each match. The Saint Louis U. High Quiz Bowl team has competed well in recent years by winning or taking second in the league championship each year. One of the keys to the team's success this year will be junior Kieran Connolly, whose strong suits are in social studies and literature. “He knows a lot of stuff,” said Corley. Complementing Connolly in math and science are juniors Dominic LaMantia and Matthew Rechtein as well as seniors Luke Reichold and Matthew Sainz. The absence of graduated seniors David Boll and Logan Hayward from last year's team leaves a bit of a hole, but according to Corley, they are still a solid team. The JV team has a 3-1 record and failed to place in a tournament at Oakville on Saturday, Oct. 29, but with the help of sophomore standout Adam Thorp, captured a victory at the Ladue tournament Saturday, Nov. 5. They also defeated two of Nerinx’s teams and Cor Jesu. Sophomore Robert Hayes has been a key to the JV team’s
In JV scholar bowl, sophomores Robert Hayes and Adam Thorp and freshman Conor Brinkman square off against DuBourg.
success. The team suffered its only loss to DuBourg when they had only three players in sophomores Michael Sit, Noah Weber, and freshman Conner Brinkman facing off against a full team of four DuBourg players. “I think we are a stronger team than we were the first time we faced them,” said Weber. Varsity and JV both played at SLUH last night. Varsity defeated both of Nerinx’s teams in consecutive matches with 230-point and 310-point advantages. JV went
into their match against DuBourg with a little anxiety but pulled out a decisive win. The team has practiced by reviewing previous match questions, lists of queens, or great novels, but according to coach Frank Corley, they do not study as much as most schools. “These guys are smart and they’re getting a good education. A lot of what they get, they just get on pure talent,” said Corley. Varsity and JV have their next match at Lutheran South on Dec. 1.
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One magical season: let’s get swept up in football excitement BY Jack Witthaus ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
ootball is now king at St. Louis U. High. Fittingly, the student section showed up in droves last Friday night and gushed with affection by flooding the field in their white cotton “Beat DeSmet” jerseys. Fans and players hugged, cried, laughed, and smacked each other on the back under the glow of the improbable 47-46 win. Yes, some female fans even kissed the players. Waves of emotion rocked through every fan that night. Call
us giddy, sure. Call us little kids on Christmas morning, okay. But it’s the first time any student can remember SLUH football reaching a semifinal game. Really, it’s the first time that I’ve seen our student body truly excited about SLUH football. On Monday, the CBC vs. SLUH game chatter buzzed through the hallways. Everybody and their brother had a prediction about this week’s game outcome. Some told tales of meeting CBC quarterback Dalton Demos. Others argued which SLUH player was the best, like 10-year-olds
with a fresh pack of Topps baseball cards. The question this week wasn’t, “Are you going to the game Friday?” but rather “Do you want to tailgate before the game?” What really surprised me was that some of my classmates, who detest football like it’s the plague, joined in the football conversation. Yes, it was a bit awkward for them at first to get used to the football lingo, but they got the hang of it. I guess even they have been swept up in the excitement surrounding tonight’s game. This week truly was exciting.
And, as a senior, I realized that moments where SLUH is totally dedicated to a sports team for a week don’t happen very often. For a few days everyone— from the casual student sports fan to the American Dream, Dick Wehner—bubbled with school spirit. If football was king, then we were the princes feasting on the banquet. And why shouldn’t we be excited? Tonight’s matchup is one for the ages. The old CBC Cadets—the city slickers turned pampered county kids—square off against our beloved Jr. Bills.
No doubt, this game will be one of the toughest of the season—no walk through Forest Park, if you will. But our boys are ready for the challenge. With the spirit of the entire student body and a packed house, the game will certainly live up to the hype it’s created this week. So, show up to tonight’s game. Be loud and proud. This is the time to show your school spirit. Don’t hold back. And, in the spirit of “Broadway Joe” Namath, I firmly guarantee SLUH will beat CBC. cartoon | Tom Fields
Letter to the Editors
Shake the thunder from the sky tonight To the editors: In four years one can obtain an undergraduate degree, train for the next Olympic Games, complete a full term as president of the United States, or watch every episode of As The World Turns. But for four long years, instead of participating in the above stated activities, 20-plus seniors trained vigorously every fall season to be the best football players they can be. Their training has paid off, and as many readers know, our Jr. Billiken football team has made it farther than they have in over a decade. Tonight, at 7 p.m., these warriors will take a stand in their home field, facing one of the toughest opponents in the Saint Louis area. The men under the blue and white have gone through their training, and are prepared to the best of their ability, but often times games can come down to the most miniscule of acts. They will be tired, worn out, and in pain giving all they have on the field, trying to gain access to the dome for our school. We, as the student body, cannot let them struggle alone. We
must rise, come together as one unit, and prevail. It is our duty as students at SLUH to come together and continue battling in this rivalry between two of the oldest schools in the west of the Mississippi. To the senior class: look how far we’ve come. This is our final year at the U. High, a memorable one to say the least. We are, in fact, the oldest students in the school, and are, in theory, the wisest. This is the time to use our knowledge to raise the level of spirit to new heights. This is our time to lead. When it’s third down and 1, and our defense is tired, they will look up to our student section. They need us screaming at the top of our lungs. They need us jumping up and down, praying that they “block that kick.” It’s our time to show St. Louis how passionate we are about our school. All the underclassmen: remember these days. It is not an overstatement to say that this is the best football season I’ve seen in my entire life. These boys are animals on the field. Marvel at our offense as they stutter step past the opposition, receive passes unheard of for high school ath-
letes, and kick 40-plus yard field goals. Unleash your inner girly scream as our defense comes up big on the third down. This is not your ordinary high school football team. If you are not already squirming in your chair, this is the time to do just that. Today I want to hear the buzz from you guys about the game. I want to hear kids pumping each other up. You represent the masses at SLUH, so we need your volume. As I stand on the track, repeating a cheer, I want your goal to be to knock me backwards. I want our voices to be heard in deep west county, the home of the cul-de-sac. I want our voices to stretch to the deep valleys of Chesterfield. We as a combined unit should shake down the thunder from the sky. Boys, this is one of the biggest nights of our lives. This is our year, our field, our time. On behalf of blue crew, I am asking your help. I am requesting every single individual voice in the crowd. If you are planning on saying the cheers, get out of the stands, simply saying them does not help anyone. I need you to scream the cheers, believe in the cheers, and
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pray the cheers. If there is a single person in our crew who can talk the next morning, we did not do our job. Through our voices we not only represent our school, but the voices of students long since graduated from our home. We are all Jr. Bills, young and old, and when we show up at 7 p.m. tonight, we show the world what a Jr. Billiken is all about. We go craCREDITS
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James Griffard STUCO Vice President
“PLACE I’D LIKE TO OCCUPY”
editor in chief Matt “Thanksgiving Dinner Table” Cooley news editor Joe “Lone Elk Park” Klein editor Nate “Vanderbilt” Heagney assistant sports editor Jack “Museum of Transportation” Witthaus core staff Ryan “The Twilight Premiere” Dowd Nathan “Mr. Brown’s Classroom” Rubbelke John “UNIQLO” Webb Adam “Wall Street” Thorp staff Mitch “Black Friday Sales” Mackowiak Jack “Air Force One” Godar Thomas “Dreams” Riganti Stephen “Monsanto” Lumetta
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zy every defending third down. We cry when we score. This tradition of spirit will never graduate. We dedicate every single thing we do tonight to God’s greater glory. In the words of Archie Eversole and Bubba Spa, “we ready.” Let’s get it.
reporters James “The Head of Joey Ferber”
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SLUH group attends Ignatian Teach-In in Washington, D.C.
(continued from page 1) African Province, pacifist and former Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy, and a number of other speakers. “We had more of an international focus. There were speakers who talked about Congo and Africa in general,” said English teacher David Callon. One speaker who made a big impression on the students was Jim Keady, who has been campaigning against the Nike company’s persistent use of sweatshops since the late 1990s, and who had given a talk to the SLUH student body in 2003. There were two periods for breakout sessions, which had over a dozen topics that the attendees could choose from, with subjects such as the working poor, U.S. foreign policy in Africa, and the fair trade movement. Numerous people mentioned the Mass that closed Sunday’s activities as one of their favorite parts of the weekend. “I really enjoyed the Mass. I loved the energy, the great music, the participation, and the homily,” said theology teacher Rob Garavaglia, who also attended the Teach-In. Sophomore Gabe Miller, who went on last year’s Teach-In, said, “Compared to last year, the seating was on the floor, which gave more of a communal feel. It was very high-energy.” This year, SLUH students also participated in Advocacy Day, in which students met with staffers from the office of a rep-
photo | courtesy of Dr. David Callon
SLUH’s Teach-In delegation poses in front of the U.S. Capitol building.
resentative or senator from their state and lobbied them about a particular issue. Last year, when the travel arrangements were for the students to travel in vans, they had not been able to attend Advocacy Day. “We couldn’t afford to miss Tuesday as well (last year),” said Callon. “But lobbying made all the difference. I didn’t realize how much we missed out on last year, and I wouldn’t recommend missing out on it for anyone.” SLUH’s group lobbied for the DREAM Act, a bill that would
provide citizenship to college graduates whose parents brought them illegally to the United States. Congress had voted on the bill last December; it passed in the House of Representatives, but failed in the Senate, with just 55 of the 60 votes needed. It has not yet been brought up again, but the students lobbied anyway, with the hope that their representatives would support it if it came up. For their Advocacy Day training, students listened to speakers who laid out the core benefits and
arguments for the bill, and heard from a young woman who would benefit from the DREAM Act. Students attended training sessions on how to lobby and then divided up speaking parts for their meetings. SLUH students met with staffers at the homes of Rep. Russ Carnahan, Sen. Roy Blunt, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, all from Missouri. Carnahan had voted for the DREAM Act in the House, while Blunt voted against it in the Senate. McCaskill ultimately supported the bill after originally intend-
ing to vote against it. Callon, who organized the meeting with Blunt’s staffers, said he was surprised by how simple and open the whole process was. “I looked at Blunt’s website, I called the number, the staff put me through to the scheduler, and they asked me a few questions on our issue, we agreed on a time, and that was it, ” said Callon. For each meeting, the group sat down in the congressperson’s office, presented their case to the staffer, listened to the response, and asked questions. “The meetings were a lot less formal than I expected, and I was surprised how candid the staffers were with their own views … two of them talked about how D.C. doesn’t work, and how basically nothing will get done until after the election,” said Garavaglia. Generally, the students were very enthusiastic about the day. “I learned a lot about the DREAM Act, and what we can do for future bills … (and) about how lobbying works,” said sophomore Gabe Miller. Callon spoke of the importance of the lobbying experience. “For many of the students, (Advocacy Day) will be one of the single greatest days of education they will ever experience in their lives,” said Callon. “To walk into the office of one of the world’s most influential people in the nerve center of the developed world and present their case calmly and professionally—they will remember, and it will change them somehow.”
Students surveyed about academic honesty (continued from page 1) Rutgers professor who founded the Center for Academic Integrity. The survey was an adoption of a survey dating to the 1960s that looked at academic integrity at the college level. “I’ve found that those questions (on the survey) generally are reasonable. It’s pretty comprehensive in terms of covering plagiarism, test cheating, quiz cheating, etc.” said McCabe. “The idea was to capture the major ways in which students might deviate from accepted norms and then to see how that was changing over time.” McCabe will combine SLUH’s data with the data he collects from other schools to try to grasp a broader perspective. “The data that I collect at (SLUH) will be buried with the data I collect at all the other schools. The only way it will be identified is as a Catholic school in the Midwest. I try to put together some national statistics to talk about what’s happening in a national way and look at changes over time,” said McCabe. Similar surveys have been sent out to about 50 high schools. SLUH made some modifications to the survey, including inserting a plagiarism definition taken out of SLUH’s handbook. The survey, and the school’s more general look into issues of cheating at school, is headed by a special team of English teacher Terry Quinn, librarian Courtney Schraut and social studies teacher
Bob O’Connell. The survey is only the beginning of the school’s efforts to look into cheating. “The Instructional Council will consider the data, and we will form a focus group that can include faculty, students, perhaps even parents that will look at what is going on at the school, what our current policies and practices are, what the policies and practices are at other schools like ours and schools different than us, and think about the best kind of policies for us to have” said Quinn. “We're really following a year-long course of study prescribed by the Center for Academic Integrity,” said Moran. “The survey is part of the work we are doing. We will also look outside the school, which is where the Center for Academic Integrity is also a good resource. They have a library of different codes—honor codes, honor systems—that we can look at and compare ours to theirs. Over the next couple of months the Instructional Council will take all of that information in and study it.” This program of study comes with a lofty goal. “The ultimate goal is that no student ever makes a decision to take someone else’s work. That may sound ridiculously idealistic, but that’s our ultimate goal,” said Moran. According to McCabe, who conducted similar surveys at the high school level for about ten years, it is important to look at the
results in a measured way, particularly in regard to the accuracy of answers. “It’s a definite issue. In the case of SLUH, I’ve got over a thousand surveys completed, and a good number of students will be honest. The question—and you question whether they’re being honest on the question—the question at the very end of the survey where we ask the students if they answered honestly, only one or two percent say that they haven’t typically. I have taken a look at that data and it’s the same at SLUH as it is everywhere else,” said McCabe. One way for SLUH to ensure accurate analysis of the survey would be to compare it to other schools, according to McCabe. “I’m not claiming reliability for my survey at all. You are asking students to be honest about their dishonesty. You can’t really trust it. I think relative comparisons between schools are much more meaningful (because) you assume that in general students will treat the survey the same way regardless of what school they’re at. I might give you a nickel—but I wouldn’t give you a dollar—for any of my absolute numbers. The relative numbers are where I think the value of the survey is,” said McCabe. The only part of the survey so far returned to the school are the long-form answer segments, which McCabe considers one of the more valuable parts of the survey because it can be more
specific. “I usually find those comments more constructive than the data because they get more into what is going on locally at the school,” said McCabe. “Generally, if there is an issue with the school it will pop up, or if there are negative attitudes about cheating, or if students feel the school is too competitive, things like that will pop up.” In keeping with the idea that individual student reactions will better characterize the situation at the school, McCabe encourages openess about the results “What I suggest the school do, regardless of what the data says, is to discuss it with the students present at the school to get a better idea of what is going on,” said McCabe. “My information will give lots of indications of where there might be issues, but I'm of the view that the best way to find out is to ask the students because they’re the ones that
know what's going on. I would take my data, highlight three, four, five, half a dozen at most, key findings and put them on a piece of paper or a chart and show them to students and say let’s talk about them.” The idea of a conversation among the student body also appealed to Quinn. “I think that this is a good conversation for the whole school to have from time to time. The changes in technology recently have certainly changed the way that students work,” said Quinn. “That presents all sorts of wonderful academic opportunities for students—and also complicates the realm of academic integrity. It’s something we as faculty need to be talking about, it’s something parents need to be aware of, and it’s something we need to be talking to students about so that we can create an environment that's fair for everybody.”
The Prep News conducted its own survey on cheating at SLUH in 2010. This article, by Mike Lumetta and Conor Gearin, discusses the result. The survey reported that 76% of students had cheated. An online version of the issue in which it was printed is available at sluh.org/prepnews/pdfs/74/vol74-20.pdf. The article is headlined “PN survey: 76% of those surveyed have cheated” and is located on the front page.
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Schuler marches with Occupy St. Louis movement BY Brian REPORTER
long with fellow Catholic workers of the Kabat House, a Catholic worker house, math teacher Dan Schuler has been working with the international occupy movement, which has been gaining traction in St. Louis as protesters of “the 99%,” as many call themselves, representing the 99% that they claim is becoming more and more economically separated from the 1% of the population that holds much of the nation’s wealth. Schuler heard about the Occupy movement through his friends at the Kabat House, who also convinced him to become a part of Occupy St. Louis. “There are a number of people in the (Catholic Worker) community that are very involved in social justice,” said Schuler. “Some do it all day, every day, and I thought this might be a good opportunity to contribute.” In the past month or so, Schuler has tried to stay active with Occupy St. Louis. A few weeks ago, he attended a smallscale Occupy march, and just this
past week visited the encampment that Occupy participants had set up in city parks to protest eviction from public land. Schuler said that he left before any of the arrests were made, but a few other Catholic Workers, including Schuler’s wife, Sarah, watched as police arrested a number of campers. “One goal of the Occupy movement is to let everyone have a voice,” said Schuler. “I’ve been trying to stay involved in any of their movements.” Yesterday, Schuler joined other protesters as Occupy St. Louis’s marched through downtown. Starting at Kiener Plaza, Schuler marched along with what he called a “fun, passionate” group. The march made its way toward Martin Luther King Bridge, where, according to Schuler, about “10 to 30 arrests were made.” Schuler returned to St. Louis U. High as the group headed to the Old Courthouse. “It was a really fun atmosphere. It was really positive,” said Schuler. “It was neat to have a meaningful presence and voice.”
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The SLUH Mothers’ Club will host SLUHtique from 12-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Danis Field House. Admission is free. Over 60 vendors will be in attendance. You can shop for home accessories, trendsetting jewelry and fashions, stationery, cosmetics, SLUH logo items, and much more. All proceeds support Mothers’ Club activities which benefits SLUH students, faculty and staff, and the students of Loyola Academy. Pre-ordered box lunches from Russo’s are available for $12 each. Please make the check payable to SLUH Mothers’ Club and send the check to Ann Erlinger, 812 Innisfree Drive, Saint Charles, MO, 63301 by Nov. 21.
Communication, drugs are topics of first ACSA meeting (continued from page 1) Twitter layout is kind of easier to look at on a smartphone.” Perhaps as one consequence of its presence on students’ mobile devices, students characterized Twitter postings as random thoughts generated on a whim. “I think people don’t really think about what they tweet as much as what they put on Facebook,” said junior Sam Bahlinger. However, students had conflicting opinions on whether bullying was more of a problem on Facebook or Twitter. Sophomore Alex Ferarra said that Twitter, which has fewer privacy controls, allowed bullying to spread widely and publicly. Senior Will Meehan, however, said that Facebook allowed more bullying in the form of back-and-forth arguments, while strings of conversation are hard to follow on Twitter. Kesterson mentioned that he often gets reports, sometimes anonymous, from outsiders about SLUH students’ postings on social networks. Sophomore Thomas Riganti asked what consequences existed for these postings. Kesterson said that while having public negative consequences for these issues could be beneficial, the privacy of disciplinary matters and the ability
to tailor consequences to specific students could be difficult to preserve with a “police blog.” A couple of parents were supportive of the idea, however: one noted that the college where she works publishes quarterly disciplinary summaries. Heroin After 30 minutes of discussion on social networking, Kesterson brought up the topic of heroin. Heroin is a highly addictive narcotic that has made local headlines recently because of a spike in heroin-related deaths. The drug has become cheaper, more pure, and available, and has lost some of its negative stigma, and now heroin users have been found at some other area high schools. St. Louis-area police departments have begun conducting a public service announcement campaign with the slogan “not even once”—intended to warn people of the dangers of even experimenting with the drug—and holding meetings at area high schools. Neither Kesterson nor any other person at the meeting said that that heroin had any presence at SLUH. However, the committee discussed ways SLUH could proac-
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tively stay away from the problem. “While I’ve been reading about and hearing about the issue of heroin in the St. Louis community, I will honestly say that I haven’t dealt with anything in my job, or even heard of any hearsay, with regard to heroin here. But that doesn’t mean it’s something we shouldn’t talk about.” Every student that spoke said that they had never encountered heroin in a social situation, even when they socialized with students from some of the schools where heroin use had been reported. However, economics teacher Lauren Dickens cautioned against thinking SLUH needed to do nothing. “I think that something like this doesn’t need to be saturated in an area to be a problem,” said Dickens. “My guess is that at parties and stuff, some of you have been exposed to people who have been using heroin or things like heroin and you don’t know it. Maybe it’s not as public—I’m no expert here—but maybe going to a party and having a beer or smoking pot or something like that is a little bit more group-oriented than heroin.” The discussion soon turned to how SLUH could best communicate the issue to students. Mediums ranging from all-school assemblies to email announcements were proposed. The committee debated whether messages which emphasized the dangers of drugs—such as the “not even once” public service announcements—or messages more focused on empathy—such as those from recovered addicts—would be more effective. Teacher-student email Kesterson then turned the discussion to teacher-student communication. The committee primarily discussed the use of
Zimbra email. Chemistry teacher Kathy Chott said that she had asked that the issue be put on the agenda. As the moderator of NHS, Chott sends email announcements to about 165 members whom she doesn’t see in person. Although she said she tries diligently to get students’ attention, she has trouble getting students to respond. “As a faculty member, I get really frustrated because I send out multiple reminders, and the emails are ignored,” said Chott. Several people noted that over SLUH’s various methods of communication, not all messages are relevant. Cathy Pitlyk, mother of freshman Eric Pitlyk, noted that her son’s Zimbra inbox was full of irrelevant information. “When I opened up that account, I couldn’t believe how many emails were in there,” said Pitlyk. “But not all of them really applied to him—there were things just for the senior class. I wonder how he can find what he needs.” Announcements are ignored in other mediums as well. Sophomore Thomas Riganti noted that both teachers and students tend to talk during PA announcements, making it difficult for students to hear information they need. Some committee members mentioned that expectations for how often students should check their email are very unclear. Sophomore Adam Cooley confused several faculty members by asking whether, as some of his classmates had said, students were not expected to be responsible for checking emails sent after 3 p.m. Theology teacher Diego Navarro also noted a disconnect between teachers and students’ expectations about the timeliness of replies. “There’s a disparity where (some students) don’t check their email until Sunday night at 9 p.m.,
but when they send a teacher an email the student expects it to be answered in the next 15 or 20 minutes,” said Navarro. Several adults noted that email is necessary in colleges and professional workplaces, and teaching students to use email effectively was important. Dickens said she has used class time to show students how to set up and use their email accounts, giving them fewer excuses for missing messages. She also said that the issue of email etiquette should be addressed. Parent Cathy McCollom said that students should be held accountable for not checking email. Honor council At the end of the meeting, Kesterson announced that he and Assistant Principal for Mission Jim Linhares were exploring the creation of an honor council to address both issues of academic integrity and general student discipline. Kesterson said he hopes that students will take the lead and would like to assemble a group to brainstorm how the group could work. Only a few minutes remained for discussion about the council. The students who spoke mentioned that they were familiar with honor codes in place at colleges. In particular, the issue of allowing students to take tests without a proctor was brought up— senior Chris Lynas noted that Fr. Paul Sheridan, SJ, had actually practiced this policy at SLUH during his time here. After an hour and a half of discussion, the meeting ended at 7:30 p.m. Several agenda items, including student leadership, pornography, and inappropriate language and respect, are likely topics for the committee’s next meeting on Jan. 23.
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photo | Ben Banet
points, four field goals, one heck of a game BY Ryan Dowd CORE STAFF
our years ago, senior Daniel Tlapek had a choice: football or soccer. Tlapek could have excelled at either, but eventually strapped on his shoulder pads and trotted out to Compton Drew, egg-like helmet in hand, with the likes of Trevor McDonagh, Stefan Sansone, Paul Simon, Mitch Klug, and Jamil Irvin-Mohammad. Who knew that this one choice would reverberate through the St. Louis night like a David Freese walk-off on none other than 11/11/11? Four minutes to go, SLUH 44, DeSmet 40. SLUH had DeSmet on the ropes. DeSmet had driven nearly effortlessly through the SLUH defense for much of the second half. They had scored on four consecutive offensive possessions. But on first down, as the Spartans charged into the red zone, senior devensive end Jamil Irvin-Muhammad chased down the junior Spartan quarterback Connor Harrison for a 15-yard loss.
But two plays later, on third and 25, Harrison lofted the ball high to running back KeVonn Mabon on a post for a 28-yard touchdown. With DeSmet’s star Durron Neal demanding so much attention on the outside, the 6’2 Mabon was left open in the heart of the SLUH defense. Once again, the Jr. Bill offense took the field late against DeSmet, chasing the lead. Senior quarterback Trevor McDonagh and his boys trotted onto the field with 3:30 left in the game. The Jr. Bills marched the ball to midfield without much resistance. With the clock ticking down though, the Jr. Bills faced a critical third and 5. McDonagh took the snap and surveyed the field. “It was a go route to Raymond Wingo, and Durron Neal was double covering him so the whole right side of the field was wide open,” said McDonagh. McDonagh scampered to the right and rumbled for 20 more yards. Even though he was ruled out around the thirty, he continued to run and trucked two DeSmet Spartans at the 20-yard line.
After three consecutive runs, the Jr. Bills put the game on the right foot of Tlapek, who had just made three kicks of over 40 yards that night. Head coach Gary Kornfeld said, “Right before that on third down, as it looked like we weren’t going to get the first down, I turned to Danny. I wanted to run the 25 second clock down and take a timeout with one second to go, and I was fearful of freezing him. So I asked Danny, ‘Danny I’d like to run this clock down and take a timeout. Are you okay with that?’ He looked at me and shrugs, ‘I don’t care.’” “I tried to make my mind as clear as I could. The only image going through my mind as I walked out to the center of the field was the ball going through the uprights,” said Tlapek. With a minute left, Tlapek readied himself at the 37-yard line, looked at holder Paul Simon, who looked at snapper Sam Knesel. Knesel fired a dart to Simon, who propped the ball against the turf. “I just closed my eyes and
kicked it,” said Tlapek. Countless Saturdays spent flipping giant tires with strongman Mafuli paid off as the ball sailed yards over yellow crossbar. While the SLUH fans, who apparently got pep rally speaker Matt Sinclair’s hint and showed up in force, went ballistic, some had a notion that the kick might have come a minute too early, as No. 5 on the Spartan side, Neal, prowled the sideline. Neal never got his chance for glory though. The Spartans had to revert to their more traditional offense, after churning touchdown after touchdown in the second half in their Wildcat formation (or, as one fan pointed out, their phalanx formation, because they are Spartans). With only one timeout, DeSmet just couldn’t risk letting so much time elapse if Neal was tackled. So they threw the ball, and threw it right to senior safety Stefan Sansone. The Jr. Bills had beaten DeSmet, twice. Surprisingly, the extra point game proved to be the difference. The Spartans missed their first PAT, and chased that point for the
rest of the game. Over their seven touchdowns, the Spartans made two of four PAT’s and one of three two-point conversions. The Jr. Bills had no trouble stopping Neal after he scored, they just couldn’t stop him beforehand. Football, as some profess, is the ultimate team game. And the better team that Friday night did in fact win. The Jr. Bills, a team, faced a player, Durron Neal, and it points towards the greatness of that player that the Spartans almost came out victorious. Neal, playing receiver, running back, and quarterback, accumulated 357 total yards and six touchdowns last Friday night. He ran 11 times for 247 yards, a 22.5 yards per carry average, and four touchdowns. He threw one pass for a 62-yard touchdown, and caught one ball for a 48-yard touchdown. So out of 13 touches the entire game, Neal scored six touchdowns. If Neal got his paws on the ball, there was a 46 percent chance that he was going to score. Sansone, buddies with Neal off the gridiron, said, “It was fun. continued on next page
Swimmers finish sixth of 61 at state championship meet Barry takes first in diving; school record set in 200 freestyle relay
BY David REPORTER
he St. Louis U. High swim team traveled once again to the St. Peters Rec Plex last Saturday to compete in the State Championship meet where they finished in sixth place out of 61 teams, and third among teams in St. Louis. Senior captain Michael Barry finished first in diving, an incredible 49 points ahead of the second place diver, and the 200-yard freestyle relay—consisting of senior Pieter Derdeyn, senior Sam Erlinger, junior Christopher Favier, and senior Amir Paschal—set a school record and won State with a 1:27:29 swim. Barry performed 11 high difficulty dives (5 more than a standard dual meet) and executed them beautifully. His scores were so good that “by the last three rounds, it was clear he was going to win,” said head coach Rachel Graczak. Barry finished with a to-
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tal of 407.5 points. In individual events, Derdeyn (seventh, 21.67), Paschal (12th, 22.15), and Erlinger (13th, 22.19) swam in the 50 free, and placed seventh in the 100 fly with a time of 53.19. In the 200 relay, SLUH’s relay team came in first place handily. As Graczak recounted, “Pieter attacked the water, Sam increased the lead, Chris held on, and Amir really brought it home.” Although the relay was seeded sixth, the excellent swims brought home the victory. “It was truly a deserved honor, because we swam well all season. We knew going into the meet that we would do well,” said Graczak. “Everybody performed great, and I couldn’t be happier.” Video of the 200 relay can be viewed online: sluh.org/prepnews/swim200
(From left to right) Seniors Sam Erlinger, Amir Paschal, Pieter Derdeyn , and junior Chris Favier pose after winning the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:27:29. The time set a school record.
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He’s clearly an amazing football player. It was difficult to stop him, but we got the job done and the victory.” Throughout his career, Neal has been compared to former Kirkwood dynamo, Missouri standout, and current Philedelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin. Maclin’s Kirkwood team actually played the Kornfeld-led Jr. Bills twice and ousted them from Districts in 2006. “Going back and looking at where Jeremy Maclin was and where Durron’s at, we felt Durron was probably ahead of where Jeremy Maclin was,” Kornfeld said. “He’s a special athlete that, given that he keeps his head on straight and does the right things, you’ll be seeing him on Sundays.” The SLUH trio of McDonagh, Sansone, and senior Cameron Stubbs collectively countered the explosive Neal. McDonagh went 30 for 45 for 396 yards and four touchdowns. Sansone caught 13 balls, tying his own record, for 276 yards, breaking Stubb’s record, and four touchdowns. Stubbs had
13 catches himself for 157 yards. He also threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Sansone on a double pass in the fourth quarter. The bubble screen, where in this case the slot receiver breaks laterally towards the sideline to receive a pass from McDonagh as the outside receivers attempt to block the opposing devensive backs, was again a critical part of the offense. Sansone said, “It’s been so effective lately, because we as receivers have started to block a lot harder. Now, defenses can’t expect the deep pass every time we throw, because the bubble is so deadly.” Tonight SLUH hosts the No. 1 ranked Cadets of CBC (12-0). It’s the 86th meeting between the long-time rivals and former neighbors, and the first ever meeting between the two in the playoffs. SLUH last played in a semifinal game on Nov. 20, 1999, a 19-14 loss to Mehlville. The unofficial SLUH football chaplin, Michael “Marco” Marchlewski, S.J., said, “There
was no other rivalry when I was a high school boy from ’50 to ’54 up until 13 years later when they opened DeSmet and even then I don’t think SLUH High has ever looked at DeSmet other than a big-brother, little-brother contest.” Kornfeld said, “This is as good a CBC club as I’ve seen in my 33years here.” This CBC team really has no apparent weaknesses. A brutal offensive line. A seemingly illegal array of playmakers across the board, and a senior signal caller who puts it all together. Dalton Demos, the only metro quarterback really to challenge McDonagh as the best in the area, has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 13 picks. He also has the mobility to avoid the rush, as he burned the Jr. Bills several times outside the pocket in their last meeting. Demos said, “I’m looking for a whole different SLUH team, and I expect the best out of them, and they should expect the best out of us.” In that last meeting the Ca-
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dets defeated SLUH 34-7. Both teams have evolved since. Kornfeld said, “We played CBC in week four. We’ve gotten a lot better. We’ve grown leaps and bounds since week four.” “We have to control (SLUH’s) athletes. I know Trevor’s a great passer, and Mitch and Stefan are great receivers, and I know TK’s a very good runner too. So we just have to control your athletes on defense and then take care of our business on offense,” said Demos. McDonagh said, “We need to do a better job of protecting the ball. The three turnovers last time we played them killed us. If we get the run game going then passes will start to open up more.” CBC averages 43 points a game and only allows 12. Fr. Marco though, emphasized the visceral quality of the game. Marco said, “You throw out the stat books once these two teams play. There’s this internal thing, this visceral thing, that just trumps all the stats on paper.”
As Coach Herb Brooks would say, “Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here tonight boys. That’s what you earned here tonight. One game. If we played ’em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game, not tonight.”
SLUH vs CBC by the numbers
34,000 people—largest attendance at a CBC vs SLUH game (1967) 4,000 people—expected attendance tonight 3,124 yards—Trevor McDonagh passing yardage (No. 1 in area) 2,338 yards—Dalton Demos passing yardage (No. 7 in area) 600—rally towels ordered 450—“Take it to the Dome!” T-shirts ordered 86th meeting between the 2 teams Oct. 21, 2005—last time SLUH beat CBC, 26-7
When wins didn’t materialize, season ended in disappointment BY James REPORTER
n May this year, the New York Daily News published their list of the top 25 sports films of all time. As if it couldn’t be guessed, none of the movies in the top 10 are about teams that lose in the end, the teams that barely didn’t qualify for the playoffs or the scrappy American boxer that was murdered by the oversized Russian. If there are movies about disappointing seasons or teams that lose every close game, they certainly aren’t popular or highly acclaimed. Everybody loves winning; everyone wants to win, and everyone else wants to watch them win on Netfilx. That was how SLUH’s soccer season was supposed to be. This year’s Jr. Bills looked poised for a great season, even better than last year’s. After eight long years since SLUH’s last state soccer championship, 2011 looked like it could be a glorious year for the SLUH soccer program. The players were excited; they knew it was their
year. The coaches were excited for another shot at State, and the fans were excited since the team was ranked ninth in the country in the preseason. “We thought with all the seniors coming back and all the experience we had that we’d have quite the season, with a chance to win a state championship,” said Coach Charlie Martel of the team’s high hopes. The season didn’t go at all as planned, and the Jr. Bills finished 15-11-1, poor by SLUH’s standards. When the defense was good, nobody could score. When the offense scored goals, the defense and goaltending were lackluster. It didn’t take long for the season to lose its magical feel. After three easy wins against mediocre competition, SLUH lost to DeSmet in their first real test and didn’t look good in the process. After a 0-0 draw against Vianney, even a 3-1 win over CBC didn’t make the CBC tournament feel like a success. Martel was still positive,
though. “It wasn’t a disaster. DeSmet is a really great team, and we played good against Vianney, who turned out to be really good also.” The CYC tournament provided much of the same, as SLUH started the tournament with two easy wins. However, they lost to Oakville in the quarterfinals, 2-0. They played well enough to win, controlling most of the game, but a loss is a loss. “We screwed up twice in the first half, and then we couldn’t bounce back,” said senior captain Joe Jedlicka. In the Gateway Classic, SLUH dominated tough competition in each of their three games, but only came away with one win. One of their losses was in penalty kicks against a top ten team in the nation, Cherry Creek. They dominated the game and were winning until the last second of regulation time when they gave up a bad goal. “After that we hit a bottom and never really got back,” said junior Tony Bright.
The Jr. Bills clearly knew how to play good soccer, but it seemed like they didn’t know how to win games. If there’s a certain attribute that quantifies how good someone is at winning, this is what the Jr. Bills lacked. SLUH was beating most of the weaker teams that they should beat, but they were struggling to beat tough teams, even when they dominated the flow of the game. Jedlicka felt the team lacked chemistry on the field. “We just weren’t playing together, we were a bunch of individuals.” After losing a thriller to Rockhurst in Kansas City, SLUH returned and began to focus on MCC play. Some of the early season excitement returned, and it seemed like people were counting down the days until SLUH would turn everything around and start dominating teams like they were supposed to. Since their losses were all close, there was still a lot of hope. “We were very close to being a really good team,” Martel con-
tinued to stress throughout the end of the season. In their first MCC game, in front of a large crowd at Vianney, SLUH laid an egg and lost 2-0 to the Golden Griffins. The Jr. Bills went on to lose the remainder of their MCC games, including a beat-down they took from DeSmet the next week. Martel was surprised by how poorly SLUH played. “We were lethargic, and DeSmet took it to us. … After that game it seemed like a constant uphill battle for the guys to stay confident and focused.” “Demoralizing. You could tell the team’s morale was at an all time low,” said senior supporter Reid Cavallini said about the DeSmet loss. During this rocky season, SLUH picked up 14 wins, mostly against poor competition, and they looked like a wild card team in the state playoffs. The Jr. Bills never did have a turnaround, and they were eliminated in the District finals by Chaminade 3-2. continued on page 12
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Before the Backer: the beginning days of St. Louis U. High BY Jack STAFF
verything is shaped by its beginning. Over the course of 106 years, St. Louis University High School and St. Louis University evolved from being one combined institution to two institutions simply affiliated with each other, and finally, into two independent schools that have resided in the city of St. Louis for 193 years. To completely understand how St. Louis U. High and St. Louis U. came to be what they are now, one needs to know the early history of these two schools, particularly the time period from 1818 to 1924, before the two schools became independent of each other. St. Louis Academy was founded in 1818 by Bishop Louis DuBourg, months after DuBourg came to St. Louis to run the diocese of Louisana and the Floridas free from the pressure of a popular New Orleans priest, Fray Antonio, who held the sway of the Catholic community in New Orleans. According to Capture the Dream, a book by William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., where the information for this feature comes from, at the time of St. Louis Academy’s founding, St. Louis was very small for a city, extending only three streets from the river. St. Louis Academy was not a Jesuit school, and it would not become one until 1828, ten years after its founding. DuBourg placed Fr. Francois Niel, the first priest ordained in St. Louis, in charge of the school, and staffed it with three other priests. Classes began on Nov. 16, 1818, in the house of a Mrs. Alvarez, which was located on Market Street between Second and Third streets and across from the first cathedral in St. Louis, which no longer stands. (The Old Cathedral was not built until 1834). Tuition was twelve dollars a quarter, and books and other supplies were not included in the cost. Under Niel, St. Louis Acade-
my grew rapidly, outgrowing both its location and name. In 1820, St. Louis Academy became St. Louis College and moved from Mrs. Alvarez’s house into a two-story building in essentially the same location as the Alvarez house. Even though the school was now a college, the name St. Louis Academy remained to refer to the high school portion within St. Louis College. According to Dr. Robert Bannister, consultant to the president and expert on St. Louis history, in addition to being a name for a school, the word “academy” specifically meant a high school or college institution, and also distinguished it from the college for older students. By 1821, there were 65 students enrolled at the school, which continued to flourish. In 1823, St. Louis College added two teachers well-known in the St. Louis area, Francois De Maillet and Elihu Shepard. Because of the reputations of De Maillet and Shepard, enrollment began to rise rapidly. In addition to the flourishing of St. Louis College, 1823 was also the year that the Jesuits, led by Charles Van Quickenborne, S.J. came to Missouri to start St. Regis Indian School and St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant. Almost immediately after the Jesuits arrived, DuBourg and Joseph Rosati, who would become the first bishop of St. Louis in 1827, began discussing the possibility of having the Jesuits run St. Louis College. Although the Jesuits initially refused, DuBourg and Rosati continued negotiations with the them throughout the decade. “The Bishop wanted to keep his priests from dealing with (the school),” Bannister said. In 1824, Niel made an agreement with the City of St. Louis to pay the tuition of boys who could not afford the cost. This agreement made St. Louis College the first college west of the Mississippi to receive tax support from a city, in addition to starting a long tradition of financial aid for both photo | courtesy of Robert Bannister
1818 Building: The circled building is the original location of the school, then known as St. Louis Academy. They stayed in the location for two years before moving into a new building nearby. The large building to the right of it is the first cathedral of St. Louis, which preceded the Old Cathedral. photo | courtesy of Robert Bannister
1820 Building: This building was the second location for the school, which was now known as St. Louis College. The building was used from 1820 to 1828, the last year it was run by the diocese of St. Louis.
SLU and SLUH. 1824 was the last successful year for St. Louis College before the Jesuits took over. Niel stepped down as headmaster and went back to his native France to raise funds for the college. In 1825, Edmund Saulnier took over as superintendent, and things began to take a turn for the worse. The first hit came in September 1825, when the city of St. Louis revoked its subsidy for the school due to the city’s economic struggles, effectively ending the first form of financial aid for the school. Shepard and De Maillet also left in 1825, which led to the classics department of the college being suspended. Shepard started his own school in 1826, and many students left St. Louis College to enroll there. By 1827, St. Louis College only had 12 students and one teacher. While St. Louis College was running on fumes, the possibility of St. Louis College becoming a Jesuit institution was becoming more of a reality. The Indian School was not as successful as the Jesuits had hoped, and the noviates at the seminary had all become priests, giving Van Quickenborne enough teachers to run St. Louis College. Van Quickenborne agreed to take over St. Louis College in 1828, ten years after the founding of St. Louis Academy, and quickly acquired a new building for the school on Ninth and Washington. Though the Jesuits agreed to take over the school before the 1828-1829 school year, the building was not ready for the school year. While the building was being prepared for St. Louis College, the Jesuits taught students at their seminary in Florissant. St. Louis College’s first year as a Jesuit college began on Nov. 2, 1829. When classes started, there were 30 day students and ten boarders. There were two different types of courses: the English course, which dealt with subjects such as writing, history and basic mathematics, and the Classical course, which taught courses such as Latin, Greek, and metaphysics. The Jesuits also instituted stricter rules, expelling students caught in taverns, and outlawing wrestling, playing cards, and carrying “sharp instruments” according to Dream by the River. The Jesuits also invited St. Louisans to a demonstration of the students talent in singing, acting, and speaking, which was very popular with the public. In 1831, Peter Verhaegen, S.J., became the first president of St. Louis College, and under Verhaegen, St. Louis College took a turn for the better. In 1832, only a year after Verhaegen’s appointment, St. Louis College became St. Louis University. This made St. Louis University the first university west of the Mississippi. Even as SLU became a university, it still kept the St. Louis Academy for high school aged students After becoming a university, clubs began to pop up in the school. In 1832, St. Louis University started a speech club, and in 1834, the Sodality of Our Lady was formed. One hundred seventy-seven years later, a Sodality and a
photo | courtesty Robert Bannister
This building was the home of St. Louis University from 1829, the first year it was run by the Jesuits, until 1887, when SLU moved to its current campus in Midtown. photo | courtesy Robert Bannister
This is DuBourg Hall, which currently houses the St. Louis University adminstrative offices. From 1888 to 1924, when St. Louis U. High and Loyola Hall were merged into SLUH’s current location at 4970 Oakland, St. Louis U. High was located here.
Speech team still exist at St. Louis U. High. Though the Sodality and Speech Club are not direct ancestors of the current clubs, SLUH’s tradition in those extracurriculars is older than all the Catholic high schools in St. Louis. In 1834, SLU awarded its first bachelor’s degrees and also its first master’s degree, which were the first bachelor’s and master’s degrees west of the Mississippi. In 1838, St. Louis U. hired its first music professor, William Robyn. Under Robyn, St. Louis U. started its first school band, the St. Louis University Philharmonic Society, and also started a choir. Four years later, in 1842, SLU started a medical school, which was not only the first medical school west of the Mississippi, but also the first Catholic medical school in America. While St. Louis U. was growing and flourishing from its campus on Ninth and Washington, anti-Catholic tension was starting to grow in America. The tension resulted in an anti-Irish riot in 1852, and a worse riot in 1854 after an Irishman stabbed a boy. Then the mob turned to arson. The mob eventually reached the St. Louis U., burning a few restaurants along the way. Though nothing was damaged, the riot unnerved the medical school enough that they ended their affiliation with St. Louis U. Athletics for St. Louis U. were practically non-existent until the formation of a baseball team, the St. Louis University Pickwicks, in 1867. The Pickwicks first major victory was against their crosstown rivals at Washington University, the Olympics. The Pickwicks also achieved success in 1869, winning a baseball tournament in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The first football game in the history of St. Louis U. was actually the first game for SLUH. Ten students from St. Louis Academy, coached by a college sophomore against students from the Washington U. prep school, faced off
in 1889. Neither side completely knew the rules of the game, and the sophomore who coached the St. Louis Academy team was the only one with a grasp of the rules, so it is fair to assume that St. Louis Academy was the victors. In 1888, St. Louis University, and St. Louis Academy as well, moved westward from their downtown location to the Midtown campus where St. Louis University is still located today. The campus was blessed on July 31, 1888, the feast of St. Ignatius, and classes began on Sept. 3 of that year. In addition to the new building, St. Louis U. also brought in a bumper crop of new students, over 200 of them. The new students made up almost half of the 435 students that year, a new high at the time. In their new location, student life at SLU was lively. SLU started a football team, which would be very successful, with the first forward pass in the history of football in 1906. The baseball and track teams were very successful during this time period as well. The turn of the century also marked the evolution of St. Louis Academy from a European “sixth form” school into an Americanstyle high school, St. Louis University High School. A sixth form school is a twoyear school for high school senior and junior level students that is a seamless part of a six-year university. In addition to the lower two years being turned into a fouryear high school separate from the university, the upper four years became known as freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior, as opposed to the European designations—humanities, poetry, rhetoric, and philosophy—that had been used prior to the Americanization. Universities like these are still around today in Europe, and also in some places that were formerly British colonies, according to Theology teacher Ralph continued on page 11
November 18, 2011
Prep News Volume 76, Issue 12
Ed Macauley, 1928-2011: Legend in more ways than one BY Nate EDITOR
f you ever get the chance to see a Boston Celtics home game, your eyes will inevitably pass over the banner holding the numbers of the legends who have donned Celtic green. Bird, Russell, Cousy—men immortalized in the sport of basketball. All have numbers there, and perhaps as your eye scans over Russell’s number, you will see the 22 buried just below it. And you just might think about Ed Macauley, the Hall of Famer who wore the double twos way back when. You might not think much of it, preferring to linger over the numbers of some of the more acclaimed players, and in the end, that's probably how Easy Ed would have wanted it. But number or not, Macauley's impact can't be confined to a jersey number. Ed Macauley died on Nov. 8. 2011, the end of an 83-year life marked by a beautiful contrast of humility and enthusiasm. Many will remember Macauley for his distinguished professional basketball career, others for his dedication to the Catholic church, and still a few more for his service as a father of seven children. Truth be told, you can’t tell one part of Easy Ed’s story without also considering the others, and it’s certainly a story that needs to be shared.
Edward “Mac” Macauley It’s funny to think that, in our world of athletic scandals and sports adoration, a Hall of Fame career could be delayed by a typewriting class, but that’s precisely what happened to Macauley his freshman year at St. Louis U. High. Macauley was born on March 22, 1928 in St. Louis and by the time he was ready to go to high school, he stood a towering 6’6”. According to a New York Times story, Macauley actually skipped the third grade in hopes that he could be with children closer to his height. Upon entering SLUH, Ed enrolled in the standard courses, including a typewriting class required for all freshmen. As legend goes, Ed was confronted one day in the hallway by a Jesuit priest, who asked the lanky freshman why he was not practicing with the basketball team. Macauley responded, “They won’t let me,” since his class met the same time that the team practiced. So Mac’s, as he was called back then, career was postponed until his sophomore campaign. But as it turns out, it was well worth the wait. Macauley had a so-so sophomore campaign before breaking out the next year. Now 6’8” and towering over his opponents, Mac was the SLUH Dauphins’ leading scorer, with just over 11 points per game in an era when teams scored far fewer points than they do today. Macauley was popular amongst his classmates as well, serving on Student Council. His photo graced issues of the 1944 Prep News under emphatic headlines such as “Macauley leads Normandy Invasion.” As a tall, thin, All-State performer, Macauley garnered widespread interest from colleges across the country, including the
likes of Kentucky and Boston College. However, his son Mike, ‘78, tells the story of how Macauley eventually made his college decision. “He went to his mother, my grandmother, and he said, ‘Mom, a lot of people want me to come to their school and play basketball for them.’ And she said, ‘Eddy’— that’s what she used to call him— ’you can go wherever you want as long as the school is Catholic and in St. Louis. And there was only one Catholic school in St. Louis, so that’s how he ended up at St. Louis University.’” Macauley’s distinguished SLUH career was memorialized in 2009 at the opening of the new Danis Fieldhouse, where a large banner picturing Macauley is displayed. Macauley’s number four jersey is also the only basketball jersey number in SLUH history to be retired. A ceremony honoring Macauley was held two years ago, and Macauley and his family were present at the game. In fact, Macauley was present at the closing of the Backer Memorial Gym and the opening of the Danis Fieldhouse. He could often be found watching Jr. Billiken games when his grandson Kevin played for SLUH and at SLUH soccer games to support his other grandson, Pat. When Macauley’s number was retired, Macauley donated his letter jacket to the school, and accompanied it with a letter describing how much SLUH meant to him. Mike Macauley said that his father did not hide his love for his alma mater. “He loved the U. High and would talk about it often,” said Mike. Given Macauley’s life experience and athletic prowess, those testaments to SLUH say a lot and speak to the incredible mark Macauley left on the school. “He’s probably the one of most recognizable athletes to go to this school,” said Athletic Director Dick Wehner.
A New Nickname is Born Frank Cusamano has seen his fair share of St. Louis athletics. The sportscaster for KSDK grew up in the town, played basketball at the University of MissouriSt. Louis and now covers a wide range of sports for the local NBC station. Cusamano also got to know Macauley through the overnight basketball camp Ed sponsored after his playing days, and their friendship grew as Frank became an adult to the point where Cusamano said the eulogy at Macauley’s funeral. It is with that great context that Cusamano can make the following statement about Macauley as an athlete. “He is the the Stan Musial of basketball, or maybe you could phrase it the other way around. Everybody talks about Brad Beal or Steve Stipanovich or some of these great high school players, but there’s only one guy from our town who won a national championship in college, who won an NBA world championship, who’s in the Hall of Fame, who scored 11,000 points, who was the MVP of the first NBA All Star game,”
said Cusamano. “He’s like the Secretariat at the Belmont. That’s how good Macauley was.” That incredible career began just a few miles northeast of where Macauley played his high school ball, at St. Louis University. Among his many accomplishments at SLU, Macauley led the team to an NIT Championship, which at the time was the biggest tournament in the nation. Wehner tells the story of the SLU team returning from its national championship winning game in New York to a crowd of 15,000 adoring supporters at Union Station, many cheering on Macauley, who that year was deemed Associated Press National Player of the Year. While in college, Macauley earned a nickname along with his many other accolades. He would often tell the story of when, in his first year as a captain, he led the team out onto the court and took off towards one basket to start the team’s customary layup line. It was only after someone yelled, “Take it easy, Ed,” that Macauley realized the National Anthem was playing. From that day on, Ed was usually accompanied by the prefix Easy, and the nickname “Easy Ed” took hold for the rest of his life. After college, Macauley was selected as the first pick of the ABA draft by the St. Louis Bombers. His rights were traded from there to the Celtics, where he became the highest-paid player in the NBA and the MVP of the first NBA all-star game. In the second half of his career, Macauley and his wife Jacqueline gave birth to a son, Patrick. Patrick was diagnosed with spinal meningitis, a life-threatening disease very hard to treat at the time. After that diagnosis, Macauley approached the Celtics and asked for a trade to his hometown St. Louis in order to be closer to his family. The Celtics obliged, trading Macauley and one other player for Bill Russell, one of the greatest players of all time. At the time, the Celtics owner said it “was the hardest trade (he’d) ever made.” Thirteen years later, Patrick Macauley died of his illness. But he did so with his father having been at his side, as Ed had been for Patrick’s entire life. In St. Louis, Macauley brought the Hawks their first championship in 1958 over his former team. In 1960, Macauley called it quits after serving as player-coach for the last two years. That same year, he was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame. Macauley had become St. Louis’ favorite son, the hometown hero who brought the team’s basketball franchise its first championship. Easy Ed was respected and even revered throughout the St. Louis area. Wehner even went as far as to say that “Ed Macauley in the 1950s and early 1960s was like the Albert Pujols of this town.” However, while Macauley’s playing career stopped in 1960, many would contend that his greatness extended far beyond then.
Macauley in the December 20, 1944 issue of the University Prep News.
Hero in more ways than one Growing up, Mike Macauley said he and his many siblings had little sense of their father’s athletic prowess. “I never had that sense as a kid. I just knew him as Dad. And people around him thought of him as a normal guy. And I think that’s a testament to his attitude towards the people around him. We were all just like, ‘yeah he played basketball,’ but it wasn’t until we were older that we began to appreciate how special he was as an athlete and that made you realize even more how special he was as a person.” While those around Macauley were certainly aware of Easy Ed’s greatness on the court, they were also equally in awe of his personality off the court, especially his sense of humor. “His personality of just giving me a hard time and me enjoying it as much as he enjoyed dishing it out,” recalls Cusamano when asked about his most vivid memories of Macauley. “He’d see me and say, ‘you know, I saw you play the other night against Saint Louis University and you know I taught you how to shoot the ball and I’ve got to say, I’m not real proud about that.’” “He was a humble man and a quiet man from the standpoint that he was never boastful. But he was a very engaging and humorous man in that he loved life. Being around my dad, he was always joking, he was always kidding people. He never, ever made people feel like they were in the presence of a star. He made them feeling like they were with a loving, friendly man,” said Mike Macauley. However, as often as Macauley could be found making a joke, he might even be more frequently be found at a local Catholic Church, where he would often deliver sermons. In Macauley’s later years, he was ordained as a deacon in the Church. “I got to know Mr. Macauley not as Mr. Macauley, the basketball star, but as Mr. Macauley, member of the Catholic Church.
He was a tremendous advocate of the unborn, he would go around from parish to parish and give talks on the right to life, and that’s where I got a tremendous amount of respect for him,” said Wehner. “Probably my respect for him as a Catholic and as a Deacon outdistanced my respect for him as a basketball player.” Mike Macauley said that faith was always an important part of his family life, but that it was more of an understated emphasis. “My dad was a quiet man regarding his faith. He actually used his faith more in an outward fashion by teaching people about the importance of being thankful. Through stories of Patrick and through stories of being thankful.” In fact, Mike said that the death of Macauley’s son Patrick spurred some of Ed’s theological development. “I would say his faith developed. After my brother Patrick passed away in 1968, I think that was a real catalyst for my father’s faith.It really gelled in his mind the idea that life is very precious, that life can be snatched away from anyone at any time without any advance notice. And that means that we should really appreciate the gifts we are given and that we should really appreciate life spiritually.” Overall, Macauley drew tremendous praise for his life after basketball. His geniality and humility were second to none, and he accompanied that with a thirst for life and a love of others. Macauley served as the director of KSDK sports after his playing days and would often take on unique human interest stories, giving his viewers a glimpse into his curiosity and enthusiasm for the world around him. Mike Macauley said that Ed would often take one of his seven children to the filming of those stories. While Macauley was a busy man, Mike said that he always made an effort to spend as much time as possible with his children, especially during the time he was at home, during and after dinner until he went in to do continued on page 10
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Volume 76, Issue 12
November 18, 2011 photo | Patrick Conrey
Single loss matches last year’s achievement BY Stephen STAFF
s freshmen on the C soccer team last year, the class of 2014 lost just once. As sophomores on the B team this year, the team matched that feat, having just wrapped up a 17-1 season with a 4-1 victory over Vianney earlier this month. Their only bump in the road was a 2-1 loss to Chaminade, whom they had easily beaten in their first game of the season 4-0. “(This is) a great group of guys, a group that had a lot of success. I told them from the beginning, ‘Winning isn’t a primary concern,’” said coach Bob O’Connell, who emphasized that improvement was the team’s focus this year. “We did have a loss, but everyone worked well together and it was a lot of fun. And Mr. O'Connell was a good coach,” said forward Ed Howe. “No regrets. I try to get a lot of the guys into a lot of the games.
I think we trained hard. The goal was never to be undefeated, said O’Connell. The team went 6-0 in tournament play and 9-1 versus MCC teams. The team also had 11 shutouts, and their biggest win was a 10-0 shutout against Francis Howell North. “We won both our tournaments, so we’re happy with the way we played,” said goalkeeper Ben Tarter, who added that the defense was very strong thanks to experience. “I was really proud of how they ended the year. They had three good games against three tough teams; they played well. I think what’s special for them is that they had so much success for two years, and hopefully that success will continue at the varsity level,” said O’Connell. He added, “They’ve won a lot of games together. It was a neat group.” photo | Kyle Vogt
Future looks bright, as the C team continues to fight for St. Louis soccer supremacy.
Strong defense leads team to 16-1 finish BY Stephen STAFF
he C soccer team’s defense was one of the best in the area this season, as the team didn’t allow a single goal during regulation in any of its 17 games. However, the team’s record was 16-1—the only loss came in the semifinals of the CBC Tournament against Vianney, when they ended up losing in penalty kicks. The team played consistently well throughout the season and functioned well together as a team. “I remembered our first practice—we were really sloppy with the ball and weren’t able to pass the ball the right way, but in just a week, we fixed most of that,” said
freshman goalkeeper Greg Niven. Many players agreed that the unity of the team was crucial to their success and added that coach Tom Zinselmeyer’s commitment was what helped them to be so successful. “The dedication of Mr. Zinselmeyer and the team helped propel us to fulfill our potential,” said freshman forward John Ratermann. The team had big wins against all of the MCC schools, including a 2-0 win against Vianney eight days after their loss to them. The team also got big wins against non-conference teams such as St. Dominic. “I think they’ve done a great job of taking what the program has tried to instruct in terms of
how to play strategically,” said Zinselmeyer. Zinselmeyer said that, despite the loss to Vianney, he didn’t have any regrets about the season. Most of the C soccer players said they had no regrets about that one minor loss in a season of high points. “Our team had a very strong and productive season. It would have been nice to be undefeated, but we played excellent as a team and that’s what matters, said freshman goalkeeper Albert Reinwart. Zinselmeyer is looking forward to next year and said that the team should “maintain and try to build upon its defensive abilities.”
XC continued traditions, has bright future BY Greg Fister STAFF ARTIST
D Sophomore Louis Goedeker splits two defenders en route to the goal.
“Easy Ed” Macauley, 1928-2011 (continued from page 9) the 10 o’clock news. “He always made that time with us at dinner and after dinner very important and very special to us. We never felt like we were being shortchanged for time. Now I will say also that my mom was really a hero in that because she was taking care of the kids for the better part of the day and then in the evening.” Cusamano noted that Macauley’s loving personality was especially incredible given Macauley’s star status as an athlete. “Almost every case of sports legend, if you dig real deep you will find some skeletons in the closet, whether it’s alcohol, drugs, women, or just not leading an exemplary lifestyle. Ed Macauley talked the talk and he walked the walk.” This past Tuesday was Macauley’s funeral, celebrated by SLUH’s priest Ralph Houlihan, S.J. Mike said that the family did its best to pay homage to Macauley’s Irish roots, and “Danny Boy”
was the recessional song at the well-attended service. The support of Macauley by those in the community stayed strong through his last days, especially after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2008. Mike mentioned that at the funeral, many people came up to the family to give their last regards to Ed. “They all just talked about what a great guy he was, his humility, his dedication to his family his love of life and passing it on to those around him,” said Macauley. It is those very characteristics that came to define Macauley, long after his playing days. And while that green and white number 22 will always hang, representing the outstanding career Macauley had, his mark will be more widely left on the hearts of those he loved and the lives he touched of those around him.
espite the palpable air of disappointment at the State meet last week, the Saint Louis U. High cross country team’s 2011 season is still very impressive on paper and on the course. After getting to race among the topranked teams in the nation last Saturday at the Nike Cross National Meet in Terre Haute Indiana, SLUH cross country officially wrapped up its 2011 season on a bittersweet but resolutely hopeful note. SLUH placed fifth in the State meet two weeks ago and therefore did not get a trophy to accompany those from the last six years. The team raced well and many runners shone, but the other Missouri teams just raced a little better on that particular day. Many felt as though SLUH could have raced better, or that this season ended on a disappointing note, but head coach Joe Porter said differently. “Looking at trophies misrepresents our season,” he said. “If you look at our group, I think we’ve accomplished our goal, which is to develop young athletes.” He mentioned the quote on the back of the team shirt from John Wooden, which says that you can only be better than yourself, a guiding principle for the team’s attitude this year. Porter highlighted the significance of SLUH being Conference champs this year, which required
the team to conquer and dismiss the strong rivalries and traditions of competition among St. Louis’ biggest Catholic boys’ schools. “Our conference is historically good at cross country, and to win the championship so easily shows how great our program is,” said Porter. Aside from being the best team in Saint Louis at the State meet, SLUH also got a taste of national competition by racing in the Nike Cross National Midwestern meet in Indiana on Saturday. “The regional meet is the eventual aim of our program. It’s a good way to see where the bar is set,” said Porter. The Midwest region that SLUH raced in includes Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. SLUH finished 17th among all the states’ teams, and third from Missouri in the meet. It is worth noting that the 11th to 17th place finishing teams all finished within a few points of each other, so SLUH was close to placing much higher. The weather in Terre Haute the day of the race was very windy, and as a result most of the finishing times were up to 50 seconds slower. MSSHAA rules do not allow SLUH to send a team to this particular race, so the runners from the U. High ran under the pseudonym “The Saint Louis Cross Cluntry Club,” led by their temporary coach Rich Esswein,
Track and Field pole vault coach and SLUH parent. The NXN race was indeed the last race for the seniors who took part, and looking back, their last season has been one of growth but also disappointment. “It was definitely a tougher year,” said senior Joe Esswein. “Missouri has been a lot more competitive this season, and it didn’t quite turn out how we wanted it to. But we did have a lot of fun and kept our traditions strong, such as picking the Cutest Freshman, and we introduced the now-popular Song of the Week. I think we guided the freshmen well and ushered them into SLUH cross country.” “The team this season had a lot of personality and it was a lot of fun, but also a little disappointing, and sometimes we wish it had turned out better,” said senior and All-State finisher Michael McLaughlin. “This was an important year for the program,” continued Esswein. “We showed the younger runners how they can be the best runner they could be. With six freshmen earning varsity letters and a sophomore running at State (Tom Rubio), we built a good foundation of runners for the future.” Porter mentioned junior Matt Nicholson as a standout runner of the year. “(Nicholson) is somewhat continued on page 12
November 18, 2011
Prep News Volume 76, Issue 12
Ehlman chosen to coach B Baseball Raquetball faces CBC in Top Seed Tourney BY Jack Witthaus ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
n 1995, campus ministry director Nick Ehlman got cut from the St. Louis U. High freshman baseball program. Now, 16 years later, Ehlman is back on the SLUH baseball scene, this time as a coach. This week, Ehlman was handed the Bbaseball team reins. Ehlman replaces medical director Scott Gilbert, who was chosen to Ehlman take over golf coach position which opened after the death of spanish teacher Greg Bantle last July. Ehlman coached freshman baseball for one year at Francis Howell North in 2006 under the tutelage of varsity coach Bob Do-
nahue, who won his 400th game in April of 2011. “He had coached (White Sox pitcher Mark) Buehrle, and they had a ton of experience out there. … I learned a lot from them—a lot of drills, just anything,” Ehlman said on coaching with Donahue. “He knew I didn’t have the experience, so he definitely helped me with how to run practices, how to make cuts, how to write rosters.” For two years, Ehlman also acted as a coach and a liason for the SLUH lacrosse program, where he gained more experience coaching. Since coming to SLUH, Ehlman and athletic director Dick Wehner have always kept the communication lines open about possibly becoming a baseball coach if a position ever opened. Ehlman’s childhood background in baseball has revolved around a passion for the game. Ehlman grew up rooting for the
Cardinals, collecting baseball cards, and playing pick-up games of Indian Ball in his neighborhood. After getting cut from the SLUH freshman baseball team, Ehlman played in the Ballwin Athletic Association high school baseball league, and umpired at Ballwin in high school as well. Ehlman has remained a baseball fan since his youth. “Equal to my passion for the game is (my) passion for working with high school students. … I think that’s going to be the coolest part (of coaching) is to be working with students outside the class in something that we are both really passionate about ... and to see them grow and develop. Obviously that will come with a lot of practice and repetition. But the games will be fun and practices will be fun.”
Fritz Simmon REPORTER
oday after school, the Jr. Bills not only take on CBC in what has the making to be one of the greatest football games in school history, but they also face them in racquetball. Though the football Cadets are undefeated, their racquetball team has yet to win a match. This match will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Missouri Athletic Club in West County. Head coach Joe Koestner said, “With two games against CBC on Friday, the racquetball squad will work to secure their half.” This match will be followed by the annual Top Seed and Doubles Tournament on Saturday. The Top Seed tournament consists of the top three seeds from every
varsity team playing against each other in a bracket format. Representing SLUH will be seniors Jack Mohrmann (filling in for injured Joe Koch) at the No. 1 seed, Rob Laurentius at the No. 2 seed, and Fritz Simmon at the No. 3 seed. Koestner said, "The Top Seed Tournament is always fun because it gives a preview of the State tournament. Everybody gets to play all the other top seeds and get a handle on what it will be like in State." In the afternoon, the double tournament takes over. This is open for all players. There are divisions for Advanced, Varsity, and Intermediate players. Twenty members of the racquetball team will be playing for SLUH.
Conversation of the week
Jr. Bills smack Westminster, now 2-1 Raquetball player Joe Koch BY Nathan CORE STAFF
asketball is a game of runs. Football is a game of strength. Baseball is a game of match-ups. And hockey, it’s a game all about execution. The St. Louis U. High hockey team learned that this past week in both their 4-3 win over Westminster Monday night and in their 3-2 defeat last Friday against Vianney. The Jr. Bills came out Monday night ready to redeem themselves from Friday’s defeat. From the moment the puck dropped, they were firing on all cylinders. Sophomore forward Liam FitzGerald knocked in the first goal less than three minutes into the first period on an assist from junior forward Cole Tarlas. In the opening period, the Jr. Bills matched up against last year’s Mid States leading scorer, Tate Matheny, extremely well. The defense kept Matheny from creating many scoring chances, despite his speed, as the SLUH’s defense forced many Westminster turnovers down low. The Jr. Bills continue to execute on offense as senior forward Dan Warnecke found the net on an assist from fellow senior Trent Lulow with five minutes remaining the first period to give the Jr. Bills a 2-0 lead. SLUH extended their lead in the second period with two goals, each which followed the trend of the evening: execution. SLUH scored five minutes into the period on a beautiful hockey play. Short-handed, the senior defensemen found Lulow with an outlet pass. Lulow pro-
pelled forward with the puck, then found Warnecke on the left crease, who wristed in the puck for his second goal of the evening. The fourth goal came from senior forward Jack Fogarty, who scored on a rebound just outside of the crease. But SLUH couldn’t keep Matheny locked up all evening. Matheny scored twice within 12 seconds in the final minute of the period. “We had a let up,” said head coach Charlie Busenhart. “When we got ahead, it was like all of sudden … boom-boom … and the coaches made a mistake. We put out a wrong player against their veteran line. As a result, they got two very bang-bang goals.” Matheny added one more goal in the third period, tightening it to a one-goal game. But the Jr. Bills regrouped, and got their execution back to close out the 4-3 victory. “The thing that was really good though was in the last two minutes when we put out the first line and told them ‘play keep away’ down low just like we do in practice,” said Busenhart. “Those guys just cycled, and cycled, and cycled, and (Westminster) couldn’t pull their goalie.” Busenhart was very proud of how his team played. “We outplayed them,” said Busenhart. “We had the puck in their zone almost all evening.” The Jr. Bills outshot Westminster 37-16, and Busenhart was happy about how his team handled the very dangerous Matheny. “We matched up our people against Matheny every time he was out there. (He) got frustrat-
ed and then he tried to do this dipsey-doodle stuff I don’t know how many times on goalie Thomas (Place).” Busenhart said. “We came out to play,” said Lulow. “After Vianney, we knew we couldn’t lose again.” The Jr. Bills were handed their first loss of the season last Friday against Metro Catholic Confrence (MCC) foe Vianney. The Jr. Bills trailed 2-1 after two periods, and Vianney scored late in the third period to take a two goal lead with under three minutes to play. Warnecke added a goal in the final minute but it wasn’t enough. The Jr. Bills struggled to find the same execution they brought out Monday and couldn’t match Vianney‘s intensity, despite outshooting them 41-27. “They outhustled us to the puck,” explained Busenhart. “We made some changes to Monday’s lineup to alleviate a couple problems that we had, where people were playing as individuals, not as a line.” “It was an even game, and it shouldn’t have been,” explained Lulow, saying SLUH was the better team. The team was missing Luongo against Vianney, which created a defensive struggle. “(Luongo) is the big guy on defense, and we need him every game,” said Warnecke. Added Busenhart, “It is not that the other guys are bad, but Luongo is a leveling force.” The Jr. Bills will be in action tonight against Chaminade. Game time is 9:45 at Affton.
BY Fritz Simmon REPORTER
I sat down with senior racquetball player Joe Koch, the number one player for SLUH and the favorite to win State. FS: So Joe, what are your predictions for the team this year? JK: I think we have a very good shot at wining State. Nationals is a maybe. It all depends on Jack Sellman bringing his Agame. FS: Many people say that racquetball is not a real sport. How do you respond to these nay-sayers? JK: I usually say, “Play me in a game to 50. I’ll spot you 49 points. If I lose I’ll admit that racquetball is more of a hobby. If I win, I’ll be less than humble in victory.” FS: Do you plan on playing in, or even attending college? JK: I have always found that extra effort and attempting to meet challenging goals are the enemy of success on the court. I play to win. I try not to think about the future. It really pays off. FS: Do you have a favorite pre-game meal or ritual?
JK: Two Crunchwrap Supremes and a Nachos BellGrande from Taco Bell. It really pays off. FS: Have you noticed the “USwag” phenomena carrying over to the racquetball team? JK: Two words: Dan Jost. FS: Speaking of macho men, can you attest to any of the rumors of Jack Mohrmann becoming a professional weight-lifter one day? JK: I’m scared of Jack. Well, more scared for him. FS: Do you think that with you out with a twisted ankle and Mohrmann filling in for you, the team will be able to regain the Top Seed Tournament title this weekend? JK: It’s looking pretty bleak. I believe Fritz and Rob should have no trouble moving through their 2 and 3 seed brackets. Jack underestimates the top seed. FS: Any last words? JK: Yeah. If anyone knows the whereabouts of my ‘95 Ford Ranger or has any leads on who put a bear trap in my backyard, let me know ASAP.
St. Louis Academy history (continued from page 8) Houlihan, SJ. “You still see (sixth form schools) in places like Belize,” said Houlihan, “It’s the British model.” After St. Louis U. High became a full high school, it became so successful that three other Jesuit high schools had to be opened in the St. Louis area. Gonzaga and Loyola Hall were located in St. Louis and both opened in 1908. Two years later, the Jesuits opened a school in East St. Louis, Regis College. However, the new high schools were not very successful and two were closed very quickly. Regis closed in 1913, only three years after it was opened, and Gonzaga Hall closed four
years later, in 1917. The two remaining high schools, Loyola Hall and St. Louis U. High, were combined in 1924 when Anna Backer donated the money to build a new school in honor of her husband, George Backer. “Mrs. Backer was just enamored with these young men,” said Bannister, ““She thought the young guys needed to be separated from the old guys.” When SLUH moved into the Backer Memorial, it ended its affiliation with St. Louis University, closing this chapter in its history, elements of which persist to this day at St. Louis U. High.
Volume 76, Issue 12
Friday, November 18 AP 7pm 9:45pm Lunch
LEGENDS NEVER DIE
Prep News Schedule R
Sophomore Class Mass Snack—Pepperoni Boscos V Football vs. CBC V Hockey vs. Chaminade @ Affton Ice Rink Special—Chicken Nuggets Healthy—Grilled Chicken Dippers
Saturday, November 19 7:30pm Dauphin Players Production
Sunday, November 20
Senior Kairos Retreat Thanksgiving Baskets 1:30pm Dauphin Players Production 7:45pm JV Hockey vs. Lafayette @ Affton Ice Rink
Monday, November 21 Senior Kairos Retreat Junior White House Retreat AP Freshman Class Mass Snack—Biscuits and Gravy Lunch Special—Lil Charlie’s Pizza Healthy—Slow Roasted Turkey
Tuesday, November 22
Schedule R Senior Kairos Retreat Junior White House Retreat Picture Retake Day AP Freshman Tutorial Sustainability Committee Meeting United States Military Academy—M115 Snack—Waffle Fries 6pm C/JV/V Wrestling @ Hazelwood West 9pm V Hockey vs. DeSmet @ Queeny Rec Plex Lunch Special—Toasted Ravioli Healthy—Baked Mostaciolli
Wednesday, November 23
Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving No Classes
Friday, November 25
No Classes Classes of ‘96, ‘01, and ‘06 Reunions No Classes 7:30 Show-Me-Bowl @ Edward Jones Dome
Saturday, November 26
Classes of ‘96, ‘01, and ‘06 Reunions 9:30pm V Hockey vs. Lindbergh @ Affton Ice Rink
Sunday, November 27 6:30pm JV Hockey vs. Ft. Zumwalt West @ St. Peters Rec Plex
Monday, November 28
Schedule R Southside Classic (through December 2nd) AP Advent Prayer Service Snack—Mini Cinnis 5:45pm C Basketball (White) vs. Pacific @ St. Mary’s Tournament 9:05pm V Hockey vs. CBC @ Affton Ice Rink Lunch Regular—Chicken Wraps Healthy—Lemon Pepper Chicken
Tuesday, November 29
Wednesday, November 30 AP 5:45pm Lunch
Schedule R Freshman Tutorial Snack—Apple Strudel Sticks C Basketball (White) vs. Bishop DuBourg @ St. Mary’s Tournament Regular—Meatball Sandwiches Healthy—Tempura Chicken Nuggets
Thursday, December 1 Mix-It-Up Lunch 8:15am Advent Adoration AP Snack—Bosco Sticks 4:30pm C Basketball (White) @ St. Mary’s @ St. Mary’s Tournament 6pm C Baskketball (Blue) vs. TBA @ Webster Tournament C/JV/V Wrestling vs. Windsor Lunch Regular—Papa John’s Pizza Healthy—Chicken Parmesan
Friday, December 2 8:15am AP 4pm 7pm Lunch
Senior Nathan Rubbelke has seen a lot as a four-year runner for SLUH XC. He was a varsity runner for most of those, and a captain this year. “It felt pretty awesome to be a senior and captain this year, it was a good way to top it all off,” said Rubbelke. “I know it was not the year I wanted personally, but I’m not letting that take away from how special the season was.” Rubbelke said of the team as a whole that they competed quite well. “I know we didn’t get the trophy, which was our goal, but it’s not about that,” said Rubbelke. “Our team has a lot of potential. Varsity really went after it this year, and I think the younger runners saw (our effort), they know it, and I believe they can win a trophy next year.
Mass changes spur assembly (continued from page 2) Allen Boedeker is impressed with the new missal’s greater attention to drawing the language from the scripture. “I think one thing that will be helpful is that we’re getting back to more scripture-based prayers in the Mass,” said Boedeker. “There’s always been a criticism of Catholics that we don’t know our scripture as well as our Protestant brothers and sisters. I think getting back to the closer translations from the scriptures will be a good thing for us, just for no other reason than we’ll have that greater reliance on the scriptures.” Freshmen and sophomores went to the presentation on Monday and juniors and seniors went on Thursday. A small change Gilmore added to the junior and senior presentation was the addition of student testimonies on
exact opposite.” “It’s easier to play someone similar to you, but it’s a lot more fun to play someone different from you,” said Bollwerk. In addition to the two main characters, there are six other members of the cast: seniors Dan-
Soccer wraps up season (continued from page 7) SLUH finally scored plenty of goals to win, but they uncharacteristically collapsed on defense. “We got the lead on Chaminade twice, and I was really excited about that, but we lost the lead twice, which was very disappointing, especially with our veteran backfield,” said Martel. “I think it was a talented and hardworking team that simply didn’t get the breaks necessary to go far in the postseason,” said psychology teacher Tom Kickham. Throughout the season, SLUH did catch many tough
breaks, and lost many close games that could’ve changed the course of the season had they gone differently. “I enjoyed coming to practice everyday and playing with a good group of guys,” senior Dan Gorla said about the season. “I was proud to be a part of the team, I just wished we could’ve won more of those close games,” said senior Joey Ferber. “I’ll remember the guys, especially the seniors, and Joe Jed’s house, and all the off-the-field chemistry we had,” junior Tony Bright said to sum up his year.
ny Meehan (Speed), Ben Hilker (Roy), Nick Sykora (Vinny) and sophomore Sam Krausz (Murray) and two students from Nerinx Hall, Jenna Burgess and Maggie Hogan, who play the Pigeon sisters, Gwen and Cicely. For Sykora and Meehan, this is their first experience on stage at SLUH. Sykora, who said that the play is his first time on stage since a school play in fifth grade, said that he has really enjoyed being in the Odd Couple. “It’s been awesome; I’m really glad I did it,” Sykora said. “I just wish I had done it before so I could have done more (plays) throughout my time at SLUH.” In terms of the actual play, the cast has enjoyed the comedy of the play. Probst said that while rehearsing, it was initially hard for him to say his lines because the content of the play is so hilarious. Bollwerk also said that he enjoys the humor in the play. “The sheer comedy of the
why they thought Mass was valuable. Boedeker and Heumann both believe that the new changes to the creeds and the Gloria will be the hardest to get used to because of the frequency of when both are used. “Most of the changes are going to be repeated so often that you’ll remember it quickly,” said Heumann. “Anytime I say, ‘The Lord be with you,’ the answer is going to be, ‘And with your spirit.’ That one they’ll quickly get. But the Gloria we only say on Sundays. It’s not something you’re going to hear all of the time.” The more complex changes to the Mass will actually take place to the priest’s prayers. In addition to the rearranging of words, completely new passages will be added during some saint’s feast days. To prepare for the changes
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Heumann has practiced reading the text beforehand, but expects it will be a few years before he can say the Mass without looking down at the Missal book too much. “I’m sure it will take people a while to get used to,” said Heumann. “It will take priests a while to get used to. The Second Edition of the Roman Missal, the missal currently in use, came out in 1975. The effects of that transition may be a good way to predict the reaction to the new changes. “It wasn’t that big of a deal,” said Boedeker of the 1975 change. “People thought it was going to be, but after a few months they got used to it. Now, people don’t even remember that those changes came about.”
The Odd Couple on display this weekend, under Pagano’s direction
(continued from page 1) “I thought (the casting) was a mistake at first, but then I thought that it would be a cool acting challenge, trying to find the slob in me,” Probst said. “It’s been a really amazing and really fulfilling acting experience having to play my
Advent Adoration Senior Class Mass Snack—Mozz Sticks JV/V Wrestling @ Parkway South Tournament C Basketball (Blue) @ CBC Circus Club Performance Regular—Chicken Rings Healthy—Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla
Football Banquet (Tentative) AP Sustainability Committee Meeting Snack—Chili Cheese Nachos 7:30pm C Basketball (Blue) @ Webster Groves @ Webster Tournament Lunch Regular—Redi Ribs Healthy—Bacon Wrapped Filet of Pork
XC continued traditions (continued from page 10) unheralded, but he had an outstanding season,” said Porter, praising his dedication. Nicholson ran varsity nearly all year, and was SLUH’s top runner at Districts this year, and the team’s second finisher at State. (Nicholson) had a great track season and ran a lot of miles this summer. He lived what we tell our runners: the more you run, the better runner you become,” said Porter. SLUH cross country loses, with another year, a core group of senior runners who guide younger runners and provide role models for the next generation. “The seniors this year were great leaders. They made sure all the runners were a part of the team and a part of the process,” said Porter.
Senior Kairos Retreat Junior White House Retreat Thanksgiving Break
November 18, 2011
show is just great,” Bollwerk said. “It’s really a feel-good show.” According to Pagano, there’s also a message to the comedy. “The main message of the play is that while we may think we have it figured out, there’s always room for change or improvement,” Pagano said. Even though The Odd Couple is a comedy, there was some drama involved with the scheduling, courtesy of the success of the football team. Originally, there was going to be a showing of the play tonight at 7:30 p.m. However, the showing was moved to last night at the same time (because of the semifinal football game tonight). The primary concerns, according to Principal John Moran, were the noise and the crowds, because attendance projections for the football game range from four to five thousand people. “Because of the location of the theater and the football field, and the timing being the same,
you can wind up with some pretty loud cheers inappropriately timed for the play,” Moran said. Moran also said that the decision to move it either to Thursday night or Saturday afternoon was left to Pagano. Pagano, with the help of Tim Moore, the technical director, decided to move the performance up to Thursday, which would have been the dress rehearsal, because he felt that the cast and crew would be ready on Thursday. “Kids that are in the show can go enjoy the football game, have a good time, and then are able to rest on Saturday and be rejuvenated on Saturday night,” Pagano said. There are two more performances for The Odd Couple, this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and this Sunday at 1:30 p.m.