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Friday, February 14, 2014

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Lighting up a debate tive FDA approval of e-cigarettes cause concern for teachers and administrators alike. According to health teacher Aaron Marnstein, the idea that e-cigarettes arBy Nabi Dressler and Andi Hayes en’t as harmful as the classic cigarettes Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor-in-Chief is incorrect because both are unsafe in different ways: regular cigarettes *Name changed for confidentiality Senior Keith Murphy* began smok- contain carcinogens, and the adverse ing regular cigarettes at age 16 by health effects of nicotine still remain in “bumming” them off his friends. After e-cigarettes. “[Smoking e-cigarettes] is looked six months, however, he decided to quit at as a safe alternative, but no matter smoking. To aid in quitting, he found what type of drug you take, whether e-cigarettes with nicotine in them, allowing him to gradually intake less and it’s aspirin, ibuprofen, prescription less of the drug. He purchased his at medications, nicotine, alcohol [or] illea local vapor shop because prior to Il- gal drugs, any time you put a substance linois’ recent law, passed Aug. 15, 2013, into your body that’s a drug, there can and in effect throughout 2014, stating be negative health effects,” Marnstein said. individuals must be 18 to purMarnstein also said nicochase e-cigarettes, “anyone tine is a stimulant that can To find out the could just go in there, into a have addictive properties. Prospector staff vape store, and buy one.” opinion regarding Nicotine decreases blood Murphy has been smoking e-cigarettes, see circulation, increases heart e-cigarettes for the past year the Staff Editorial rate and, when mixed with and a half and has made even on page 11. other drugs, can cause danmore progress in quitting To find out gerous reactions. Women on smoking; he currently only about the new the birth control pill have a smokes e-cigarettes with veglaws regarding much higher chance of getetable glycerine, an organic tobacco use, see ting blood clots if they incompound made from vege“New state laws take nicotine. table oil with no nicotine or bring tough love According to Tedalother harmful ingredients. He for teens,” News, di-Monti, this is the first is undecided as to whether he page 3. year she has seen e-cigawill stop smoking these e-cigarettes at Prospect. Only five rettes, too, but probably won’t. or six students have been caught with “[With vegetable glycerine e-cigathem on campus. For now, the adminrettes], I feel like now that there’s no nicotine in it, it’s just more of a physi- istration takes away any e-cigarettes cal enjoyment, just the action,” Murphy found and gives them back to the owners at the end of the day, along with a said. E-cigarettes in general have recent- verbal warning and a parent phone call, ly risen in popularity nationwide, and, regardless of the student’s age. Murphy isn’t one of the students according to Dean of Students Dr. Pat Tedaldi-Monti, Prospect has seen the who has gotten caught. He has never surge more than any other school in spoken to a dean about his e-cigarettes, though he smokes them on his way to District 214. school. He never smokes in the building While e-cigarettes’ perceived lack of health risks may appeal to a young au- itself but has seen kids who have. While only a handful of students dience, the lack of research and definihave been caught with them, accord-

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Graphic by Rich Futo ing to Tedaldi-Monti, teachers still feel alarmed when they see students carrying e-cigarettes. Because of the multitude of brands, their designs vary and can look similar to illegal drug paraphernalia like marijuana pipes. All e-cigarettes have a vaporization chamber, cartridge and lithium battery to keep it operational (see “How e-cigarettes work,” page 2). Some e-cigarettes are disposable and therefore only last users a week or two, depending on how often they use it, while other e-cigarettes have rechargeable batteries that require charging every other day. However, e-cigarettes vary greatly in price. According to Murphy, basic

e-cigarettes cost $30 while higher-quality ones cost up to $300, which is why he feels they shouldn’t be confiscated. Tedaldi-Monti has also seen that students don’t want to give up their e-cigarettes due to the high price point. In most cases, parents were already aware of their children’s e-cigarette, as their son/daughter was using it to quit smoking tobacco. Murphy doesn’t understand why these students should be punished by getting their e-cigarettes taken away for the day because they can be legally purchased at age 18.

See E-CIGARETTES, page 2

New state laws bring tough love for teens By Erin McGovern

Associate Editor-in-Chief Recently, a series of new laws affecting both adults and teenagers alike have been passed.

Hands on the wheel As of Jan. 1, all drivers are now no longer allowed to use their cell phone while driving. Previously, only texting while driving had been illegal, but Illinois has now made the step to coincide with Chicago laws and force drivers to go completely hands-free while in a car. If drivers are caught talking on their phones with the device up to their ears, they will be pulled over and given a traffic citation. To compensate for the cell phone ban these new regulations seem to bring, Illinois does allow drivers to use a bluetooth or other hands-free device. Using speaker phone is acceptable as long as the phone is not in the driver’s hand. Since putting the phone on speaker does require picking up the

phone while inside the vehicle, Illinois has made it acceptable to initiate a call while waiting at a red light as long as the car is in park or neutral. Drivers beware — officers have made it clear they will not allow any grace period in which they offer any kind of lenience. It’s a tough $75 for the first offense and $25 more for every following infraction.

Tanning: access denied After much debate, governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Jan. 1 prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed. This new legislation targets younger women, especially high school girls, who solicit tanning salons either on a regular basis or for events like prom and Homecoming dances. Many doctors believe most teenage girls who tan do not consult their parents before making the decision. Junior Mary Torossian used to go tanning every week before this new law began barring her from the

tanning bed. “I don’t think it’s fair that they passed this because even though I understand the health concerns,” Torossian said. “I still have parent consent to tan, and I’ve spent so much time doing something that now they just took away.” The reasoning behind the bill comes from the increased health concern of melanoma that begins to develop anywhere from one’s early twenties and later due to excessive tanning bed use or increased exposure to the sun without proper sunscreen application. Health teacher Michele Burnett agrees with the reasons behind the new legislation and in the way they will impact teens. “It will help people stay away from something that increases the chance of skin cancer,” Burnett said. “If students want their skin to look darker, there are many self tanners and spray tans that could be used that are safe.”

See NEW LAWS, page 3



February 14, 2014

E-CIGARETTES: Administration adjusts procedures CONTINUED from front page “I also feel like [the administration] shouldn’t confiscate [e-cigarettes] if you have one and you’re underage, [because] there’s zero nicotine in it,” Murphy said. “But, I mean, if you’re smoking in school, then they still shouldn’t confiscate it, but you should definitely get in trouble for that. It would make sense.” However, TedaldiMonti said only one of the five or six students caught with an e-cigarette was 18, and students caught are generally compliant. The cartridges, which hold the nicotine, vary from e-cigarette to e-cigarette. Some are flavored, sporting tastes such as Mountain Dew, but Tedaldi-Monti has noticed that grape is the most popular flavor among the students she has caught, noting that one she left out leaked a grape-scented mess all over her desk. Murphy’s favorite flavor is strawberry, and Marnstein sees the flavors as an appeal to a young market. “I would rather have something in my body

Anatomy of an electronic cigarette

LIGHT UP: The various pieces of an electronic cigarette are shown in the diagram above. As teens at PHS increase their consumption of e-cigarettes, administrators evaluate rules surrounding the devices. (Graphic courtesy of Winston Salem Journal/MCT) that tasted good like cherries or apples as opposed to something that tasted as bad as burning tobacco, so it makes it more appealing to younger kids,” Marnstein said. Since the popularity of the e-cigarettes has grown only during this school year, TedaldiMonti and the rest of the administration haven’t had the opportunity to create an exact policy regarding their usage, as policy changes are made during the summer. Regardless, TedaldiMonti echoes Murphy’s

sentiment that students should be reprimanded if they smoke e-cigarettes inside school. “If a student had an e-cigarette and was using it in school, that would be silly,” Tedaldi-Monti said. “There’s no smoking [in school], whether it’s smoking a cigar [or smoking an e-cigarette]. There’s no open flames in a public high school in the state of Illinois; there’s no burning of flammable materials,” Tedaldi-Monti said. “Sometimes people think the administration is being too strict, but

Administration clarifies teacher resignation According to a letter sent to Orchestra parents, instructor Patrick O’Connor has officially resigned as of Jan. 9. According to Principle Michelle Dowling, “[O’Connor] indicated he will be moving out of state to continue his education and be closer to [his] family.” In O’Connor’s absence, substitute Gary Parker will be leading Orchestra classes. The administration has also confirmed they have begun an, “immediate, comprehensive, nationwide search for O’Connor’s permanent replacement.”

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this is a school,” TedaldiMonti said. “It’s not a drop-in center or the mall; people come in here and expect to have a certain level of safety and privacy and protection.” One significant reason why people dismiss e-cigarettes as less harmful than regular cigarettes is that e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco. Murphy, too, views e-cigarettes as less harmful because of their lack of dangerous chemicals and tar found in regular cigarettes. According to TedaldiMonti, there has been

a clear decrease in the popularity of regular cigarettes as compared to years and, more drastically, decades ago, when there was a designated smoking area outside for students to get their fix. Murphy acknowledges the huge spike in popularity but believes regular cigarettes are still prevalent among students. “There’s definitely still kids out there that are just like, ‘[E-cigarettes are] stupid,’ or something like that, and just keep smoking cigarettes,” Murphy said. Marnstein said the health teachers are researching e-cigarettes as much as they can to catch up and incorporate them into the smoking unit. He stresses that even if one doesn’t get cancer from nicotine e-cigarettes, one can still have the addiction to the drug and will have to purchase nicotine products to avoid withdrawal symptoms. “[Cigarette companies are] looking for a market to make up for the loss of [‘regular’] smoking, and this just might be it,” Marnstein said.

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February 14, 2014 News

Students to debate in Boston


Club Updates:

By Shreya Thakkar News Editor

Every year, 20-26 juniors and seniors travel to Boston, Mass., as a part of Harvard Model Congress (HMC) to debate current issues against students from across the country. Each student plays the role of a specific congressman or woman, and they debate issues while reflecting the opinions of their assigned official. Social science teachers Erik Hodges and Tim Beishir, the HMC sponsors, received student congressional assignments on Jan. 6. Students then started to prepare their speeches for the conference, which takes place from Feb. 19-23. Only juniors and seniors are eligible to participate in the club. Since the trip involves traveling with only two supervisors, HMC can’t accept more than 26 students; applicants to the club must be interested in politics and preferably enrolled in AP social science courses. This year, only 24 students were interested, so all are able to attend. Since the school doesn’t fund the trip, each student attending has to pay $800. Senior and returning member Danny Dolan decided to participate last year because he enjoys politics and government. “Government and politics come easy to me, and I understand them better than most other things,” Dolan said. Because he enjoyed it last year, he decided to do it again this year. “I just wanted to go back,” Dolan said. “Boston is one of my favorite cities that I’ve ever been to.” First-year member senior Rachel Henk, who decided to join because of her interest in politics and recommendations from prior participants, is looking forward to leaving for Boston. “I’m really excited [to go] because I’ve never been to Boston, and I heard it’s a really cool city,” Henk said. Hodges, Beishir and the participants will travel to Boston the night of Wednesday, Feb. 19, and return on the night of Sunday, Feb. 23 (see “Time in Boston”). At the conference, students stay at the four-star Boston Sheraton Hotel and attend sessions there during which they draft legislation and discuss, amend and vote on bills after formal debate. During the five HMC meetings held before the conference, students received more information about

Science Olympiad: How often they meet:

Every Thursday

What they do: Members prepare for different events, such as Forensics or Entomology, which are designed to incorporate some aspect of science. They are split into partners, and each pair works on a specific event. It’s mostly independent preparation. Unique fact: At competitions, members are usually on their own, and it is their responsibility to show up to their assigned events while teachers proctor events.

MOTION TO SPEAK: Senior Rachel Henk practices her speech at a Harvard Model Congress (HMC) meeting to receive feedback in order to improve her speech. HMC leaves for Boston on Feb. 19. (Photo by Shreya Thakkar) procedures during the conference in order to learn how to give speeches and behave in a formal congressional setting. At sessions, professional work clothes are required, and when a bill is debated, students have an opportunity to give a speech under a minute and thiry seconds arguing for or against the bill. In order to prepare, students practiced giving 30- to 45-second speeches and worked on strengthening their argument during club meetings. According to Dolan, these meetings are invaluable. “They give you more of an edge compared to just going in and having no idea what you’re doing,” Dolan said. “They can be really beneficial.” The first meeting of the year is an informational meeting in December during which students decide if they want to commit to going to the conference, and Hodges and Beishir submit the students’ names to the organizers of the conference, students at Harvard. Shortly after, students receive information assigned by Harvard students about which congressman or woman they will be portraying and which committees, groups that investigate a certain issue, they will be a part of. The committees can be involved in the House of Representatives, the Senate or special committees, and they debate topics like homeland security, education and the workforce or foreign affairs. Henk was assigned to congressman Ted Cruz and the Senate Appropriations committee, which determines how the government spends its money. She wrote her speeches on reforming

Medicare and the national relief program, FEMA, through the perspective and opinions of Cruz, who is from Texas. “It’s really interesting to take on the role of the congressman we’re assigned to and learn about them,” Henk said. “I’ve never heard of anything else like this.” Additionally, the top three speakers in each of the 37 total committees win awards at the end of the conference. Last year, ‘13 graduate Jack Tobin won an award in his committee. According to Hodges, at least one to two students have won awards almost every year, and he hopes to keep that tradition alive. Although there is some individual work to be put in by students, Hodges believes it’s worth it. “I love it. I love everything about this trip,” Hodges said. “I personally really like politics a lot, and I think it’s a really great opportunity for kids to have. I would’ve loved this experience when I was in high school — you’re able to go and interact with people from all over the nation.” For Hodges, running the club for the past three years has been a delightful experience, and he has high expectations for coming years. “I like to see the kids get involved and have passion about the political process and see them know that it’s not perfect, but if we work together through these things, we do accomplish our goals,” Hodges said. “I always like to see us get recognition for the work that the kids do. Prospect has a good name when we go there, so I think that says a lot about the kids that go.”

Speech: How often they meet:

Every Monday and Friday

Recent achievements: Regional competition champions on Feb. 8; all members will advance to sectionals, which is a first in Prospect Speech history.

DECA: What they do: During competitions, students are given a business problem and have 10 minutes to come up with a solution. They then try to sell their idea to the judges.

Lost in Boston Friday: tour Harvard University and shop for souvenirs

Thursday: sightseeing

Wednesday night, Feb. 19: arrive in Boston

Thursday afternoon: sessions

Upcoming competitions:

Saturday: attending sessions

Friday afternoon: sessions

Sunday: awards ceremony

Saturday: Congressional Ball

State competition March 6-8 in Decatur, Ill.; 25 of 56 members qualified.

Sunday, Feb. 23: fly home

NEW LAWS: sex education and marijuana law changes CONTINUED from front page

Intensifying “the talk”:

Currently, almost all high schools in Illinois teach a sex education class to their students at some point during their four years of high school. Before Jan. 1, the basis of the sex ed curriculum had emphasized abstinence as the main point of the class, but now schools are asked to take a different approach. All high schools with a sex ed program must teach a section on birth control and contraceptives as well as the possible types of sexually transmitted dis-

eases that exist. Health teacher Michele Burnett doesn’t foresee any major changes to the current Prospect sex ed curriculum because they already address all the newly required topics. Of course, abstinence is still the main emphasis of the class, as it is the only 100 percent effective method of preventing teen pregnancy, but lawmakers now believe these new topics are necessary to ensure students have enough information on the topic to be safe.

Medical Marijuana Legalized:

After long debates on both a local

and national level, Illinois has decided to hop on the bandwagon and legalize medical marijuana. While many citizens have campaigned for this legislation, Illinois congressmen have made it clear that its distribution will be methodically scrutinized. Burnett does not believe this new law will impact their drug unit at all, as the only difference in the lesson will be teaching medical marijuana as legal now instead of illegal. However, while it does not affect Prospect’s health class, Burnett worries people will abuse the new law in order to obtain the substance for illegitimate reasons. “My biggest fear is that people will

begin obtaining prescriptions illegally just to smoke it when there are other people who actually have the medical conditions the medical marijuana is prescribed for,” Burnett said. In order to receive a prescription for medical marijuana, or cannabis, a person must be diagnosed with one of 33 determined diseases by a medical professional. The diseases on this list are ones that have been tested recently by researchers and determined to be susceptible to the effects of cannabis. While this provides new methods for medicine in Illinois, it won’t be distributed anytime soon. Authorized farmers won’t be cultivating the plant until sometime this May.



February 14, 2014

Relationship round-up




Brad & Kendal Rathe

When history teacher Brad Rathe was a sophomore at Lake Forest University, his basketball teammates introduced him to a girl named Kendal, who was a freshman. Kendal played tennis at Lake Forest and lived in the dorms near Rathe’s teammates, so they started to hang out and get to know each other more. Kendal and Rathe started dating in November 2003 and got married Aug. 4, 2012. They went to the London Olympics for their honeymoon. Rathe believes communication and a sense of humor are some of the keys to a successful relationship.

Ali Ward & Alex Goneh

Two years ago, sitting tables away from each other in Photography 1, seniors Alex Goneh and Ali Ward met for the first time. Ward had just moved from Belvidere, Ill., to Mount Prospect and felt very new to life at Prospect. As soon as Goneh saw this new student, he liked her right away. After a month of school, he asked Ward out, but she said no because she still felt too new to the school and didn’t know him that well. However, after they got to know each other more, Goneh asked her out again, and this time Ward said yes, which was just the start of their two-and-a-half-year relationship. Ward believes that taking your time is a key factor in a successful relationship. “You have to be yourself and can’t rush into things because it takes time to do things people want to do right away.”

Katie Olson & Griffin Sordo

How I met my significant other By Abby Sunu

In-Depth Editor

Cambria & Matt Myers English teacher Cambria Myers met her husband, Matt, at the University of Illinois in 2001. Starting freshman year, they had classes together, but she didn’t know him personally. It wasn’t until the spring of 2005 of senior year that Cambria and Matt both started student teaching in District 214. Cambria taught at Rolling Meadows High School for English/Fine Arts Division Head Adam Levinson while Matt taught at Prospect for history teachers Frank Mirandola and Craig Bianchi. That spring, the basketball team went to the NCAA championship, so a group of their friends all watched the game together, allowing them to get to know each other better. When they first started hanging out, Cambria and Matt went to Prospect’s musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” together. Cambria didn’t consider it a date, even though it felt like one. They have been around Prospect since the beginning of their relationship as they started dating in April 2005 and have been married for four and a half years now.

Senior Griffin Sordo became friends with ‘13 graduate Colin Olson through football during Sordo’s sophomore year. Sordo would hang out at Olson’s house, which lead him to meeting Colin’s sister, Katie. However, little did he know they would eventually end up dating. Sordo did not have feelings, for Katie, now a junior, right away because he actually liked her best friend first. Katie and Sordo then started to get to know each other more because they both hung out with their mutual friend, senior Carly Thompson. They have been together for four months and believe communication and trust make for a successful relationship.

February 14, 2014 In-Depth

Datenight decisions made easy


So your crush just asked you out on a date, and of course, the first idea everyone goes to is a movie night. If you’re stuck in panic mode because you’re the one who has to pick the movie, don’t fear, the Prospector is here! Take this quiz to figure out if you should pick a subtle or serious movie to take your relationship to the next level. By Aungelina Dahm

Executive In-Depth Editor

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Pride and Prejudice

For everyone out there looking to start a relationship while keeping it classy, this movie is for you. It’s the perfect combo of romance and a thought-provoking plot that will keep the conversation light and fun.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

This movie is perfect for you two if you’re just looking to keep it sweet and simple. It’s cute, funny and light-hearted while making sure you’re sending the right love signals to keep it interesting.


Of course this movie is for the severe love birds. If the two of you already know your feelings for each other, and you’re looking to start something real, “The Notebook” is the movie to watch to secure a relationship with your serious crush.

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If you’re not that serious with the person but desperately wish you were, watch this movie while secretly shooting them some lovable looks. That way you’re guaranteed to get your feelings across even if you’re not the go-getter type.

From 'check yes or no' to Tiffany & Co. In middle school, after outgrowing the cute and cheesy store-bought cards, giving tokens that were a little more personal but not too serious, like a homemade card, was a perfect touch. All you needed was some red construction paper, markers, scissors, glue and some creativity to make one of these thoughtful cards.

Valentine’s Day in elementary school consisted of chocolates, candies and cards with themes ranging from princesses to sports. Passing these goodies out in every classroom and looking forward to getting the best candy were the highlights of the classroom parties.

By Abby Sunu

In-Depth Editor

The classic gift of flowers and chocolate is always the mature and goto gift. For a more serious relationship, items like jewelry or cologne make for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. These gifts may be expensive, but are meaningful to your boyfriend, girlfriend,or spouse.

Instead of making homemade cards, some high schoolers choose to get unique gifts. High school carnations are a sweet and special gift to fit your best friend, crush or significant other. Blue: best friend White: (; Pink: be mine


Entertainment February 14, 2014

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Set around the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation in the ‘70s, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) work together as con artists to use the help of agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) to entangle politicians into scandal. Rosenfeld soon finds himself intertwined with angry mobsters and betrayals that change his initial perspectives. -Kelly Schoessling, Managing Editor

By Kelly Schoessling Managing Editor

For the price of $38.3 million dollars, a high school student could pay future college loans, buy a brand new car — or 10 — or even produce the largest award ceremony in cinema history. This annual event has become known as the Academy Awards, or the Oscars. Although the Academy Awards have become a symbol of pop culture, cinema and fashion, the ceremony did not start its history as the lavish event 40.3 million viewers watch today. In fact, the history surrounding the Academy Awards was quite minimal. When the Oscars were first brought into fruition in 1929, the ceremony wasn’t exactly considered exclusive. According to the Academy Awards’ official website, the only material needed to view the live ceremony in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was $5. A total of 270 audience members witnessed the first Academy Awards; however, the evening wasn’t exactly suspenseful, considering the recipients of the awards had been announced months in advance. In order to give the ceremony more purpose, the Academy proceeded the following years by holding the names of

A cargo ship sailing pirate-infested waters faces its worst nightmare when four armed Somali thieves violently board the vessel and threaten the lives of every crew member on board. Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) acts as the lead negotiator between the Somali and crew as he faces life-or-death decisions. However, when circumstances twist Phillips’ role as a leader rapidly, he finds himself in more danger than he intended. -K.S.

“Dallas Buyers Club” tells the true story of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), who is given 30 days to live after his diagnosis in 1985. After discovering FDA-unapproved drugs that improve his symptoms, Woodroof smuggles them in from Mexico to combat his AIDS, pairing up with transvestite Rayon (Jared Leto) to sell the drugs to other AIDS patients. -Andi Hayes. Associate Editor-in-Chief

recipients until 11 p.m. on Oscar night for media publications to release. However, when the Los Angeles Times broke the secretive information before the ceremony in 1939, the academy elected to uphold the “sealed envelope” policy to maintain secrecy until the actual calling of the winners. The timing of the release of recipients wasn’t the only thing to change throughout the Oscars’ history. In 2009, it was announced for the first time that the Best Picture category would now allow up to 10 films to be nominated for the award as opposed to the previous template of five films in order to allow a wider array of films to be recognized. The venue choice of the Academy Awards was also an ever-changing factor in the ceremony’s traditions. Although the first Oscars were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, expanding media coverage surrounding the ceremony caused the Academy to create a precedent of holding the Oscars at differing theaters for larger seating. Though when viewers tune in March 2, they may feel bombarded with elegant decorations and expensive entertainment, the Academy Awards themselves started off as nothing more than the humble concept of celebration.

Who do you think should win the Oscar for Best Picture?

“I say 12 Years a Slave because, typically, historical movies do very well at the Oscars.” -Sophomore Nina Gary

“I’m going to go with American Hustle because 12 Years a Slave was just a bunch of close-ups.” -Sophomore Kit Fitzgerald

“Captain Phillips because it’s a true story, it’s realistic and intense, and it holds people’s attention really well.” -Junior Mari Conrad

“There is no front runner. 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle have the best ensembles, but Gravity is a beautiful film.”

“Her was the only one that changed boundaries and wasn’t just a good version of something that already exists.”

-Senior Josh Arshonsky

-Social studies teacher Jon Kaminsky

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Febrary 14, 2014 Entertainment

engineer Ryan Stone llock) and astronaut lski (George Clooe the only surviving f a brutal accident e station that sends adrift into space. d oxygen and gas in jets, the two scramand locate a safe eninto the earth’s sursurviving the harsh pace. -K.S.

Joaquin Phoenix plays lonely Theodore Twombly, whose job is to write love letters in the future, where every person has an operating system to guide them through their days. However, a new operating system software is released that connects much more personally to its users and Theodore finds himself becoming more and more attached to his “OS” Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. -A.H.

Recently unemployed jourWoody Grant (Bruce Dern), a nalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve fan of alcohol and whose memo- Coogan) is deciding what to do ry is progressively deteriorating, with his life when the daughter believes he’s won $1 million and of 70-year-old Philomena Lee embarks on a trip with his son, (Judi Dench) asks Martin to David (Will Forte), to Lincoln, investigate the son Philomena Neb. for the prize. They end up in gave up when she was just 18 Grant’s hometown, where they’ll years old. Philomena and Marhave run-ins with family. There’s tin learn about each other as nothing like a dysfunctional fam- they travel to America to uncovily movie to watch with your own er the truth Philomena has hidflawed relatives. -N.D. den for so long. -A.H.

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Associate Editor-in-Chief 1. Which movie won the award for Best Motion Picture in 2012? a. Django Unchained b. Silver Linings Playbook c. Zero Dark Thirty d. Argo

3. Who has hosted the Oscars the most amount of times? a. Billy Crystal b. Johnny Carson c. Bob Hope d. Fred Astaire

5. Which director has won the most amount of Oscars for his directing? a. Billy Wilder b. Steven Spielberg c. William Wyler d. John Ford

2. Which movie has the most Oscar nominations ever? a. Forrest Gump b. Titanic c. Chicago d. Gone with the Wind

4. How much does the Oscar award weigh? a. 8.5 pounds b. 11.7 pounds c. 10.9 pounds d. 9.6 pounds

6. Which of the following actors has won the most amount of Oscars for his acting? a. Robert DeNiro b. Jack Nicholson c. Tom Hanks d. Dustin Hoffman

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The biggest award ceremony debuts once a year to showcase the best films of the previous year. Beginning in 1929, this event has brought us the best of cinema, sealed envelopes and classical music to cut off the occasional superfluous acceptance speech. Test your knowledge to see how well you know the Oscars!

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Uh oh. While you may have seen many movies throughout your lifetime, you still aren’t exactly knowledgeable about the Oscars. You’re just like Mia Farrow, who, despite being one of the best actresses of her time and appearing in movies like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Manhattan,” never received an Oscar nomination. Keep your eyes and ears open and maybe next year you’ll snag a nom.

You know a good amount when it comes to the Academy Awards. However, you still have a little ways to go. You’re just like Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been nominated five times for an Oscar but still has yet to receive one. Who knows, maybe this is your year to get that Oscar. You’ll have to wait for March to find out.

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February 14, 2014

Stoltz, Crest winning combination

to perfect their spreads in time. Another challenge was getting to know the students better. According to Yearbook adviser Nicole Stoltz had Zach, only five people remained once a surprise waiting for her staff during she became adviser. At first, none of fifth period as they walked in Jan. 22. them liked her because they missed She announced she had created a new her predecessor, English teacher Lori Amedeo; when it came time for Twitter account for that year the summer yearbook camp, and encouraged all to follow it. they expected an uncomfortUpon looking it up, students able experience. were excited to find news of “We had to eat with her, their success at the 2013 Illi[and] we had to meet with her nois Journalism Education all hours of the day,” Zach said. Association (IJEA) Yearbook “It was just so awkward. At the Competition, placing second end of the camp, we realized overall and finishing high in eight other categories. Nicole Stoltz that we really do like her.” The biggest challenge of all This was a far cry from previous years, in which the Crest totaled for her was simply the vast learning one third-place award. The newfound process involved; she had to learn how success can be greatly attributed to the to operate Josten’s, the program used to dedication and hard work of Stoltz as make the pages, how to take solid pictheir adviser as well as the staff mem- tures and even how to use the camera. Her savior came in their Josten’s bers themselves. According to senior Matt Zach, everything has been a group Yearbook representative, Regina Murray, who helped Stoltz almost every effort, with Stoltz at the helm. Yearbook has been a part of Stoltz’s step of the way. She stopped by often life for many years now; she was on St. in class, sometimes as much as two or Viator’s yearbook staff during her own three times a week; she would even call high school years. However, this experi- Stoltz to check on her stress levels. Murence was very different than yearbook ray also helped train new students to at Prospect. According to Stoltz, Via- use the Josten’s website and answered tor’s yearbook was “more like scrap- plenty of questions about little details. Going into the second year, Stoltz booking than yearbook.” She was given the opportunity to re- had a new vision and new goals. After turn to yearbook three years ago when a hectic first year, she began to focus former English Department Head Erin on building the program, inspired by Deluga offered her the position. Be- schools like Glenbrook South, which cause she enjoyed it at St. Viator, she de- has around 80 students on its staff. She cided to accept the offer and give it a try. knew the best way to accomplish this However, the job very quickly proved was to produce a better yearbook and to be an overwhelming experience for give students more opportunities at her. One aspect Stoltz was not expecting competitions to earn recognition. In order to do this, she started putwas deadlines for pages, which could become very stressful as everyone rushed ting more ownership back into the

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students’ hands. During her first year, she would often go back into completed pages and work on them herself, either through double-checking all spellings or trying to fiddle with the layout itself. Now, she wanted the students to make the pages their own. According to Stoltz, knowing them better and figuring out how to balance their strengths and weaknesses helped tremendously. “It became a class I actually taught, as opposed to me learning everything with them,” Stoltz said. Zach notes that while she still does plenty of editing, checking spellings and working with students to fix spreads, she mainly oversees everything and delegates tasks as needed. As a result, the biggest change she’s seen is that students enjoy the class more and strive for further success. Zach agrees with Stoltz and adds that she focuses on getting the work done early and emphasizes that there’s always something to do. Murray, too, vouches for the change in the commitment of the students. “They’re hard-core yearbookers,” Murray said. “They know how to work hard and still have fun.” Despite the frustrations of earlier years, Stoltz will continue to help her staff to become the best editors they can be and will be there for them every step of the way. “Ultimately, it’s their book,” Stoltz said. “I just want them to have the best opportunities possible, and I hope to be able to provide that for them.” Murray and Zach can see this, too, and attest to Stoltz’s determination and and her strength as an adviser. “Stoltz is... phenomenal,” Zach said. “She just goes above and beyond, and I’m so happy that she’s our adviser.”


With a smaller staff, the yearbook before Stoltz became the adviser often included fewer photos and interviews in their pages, leaning towards more basic layouts and quotes.


Three years later, with Stoltz, a larger, more dedicated staff and a better work ethic, the students have been able to include more photos of their peers and have developed their interviewing skills. The Crest has transformed into a publication recognized at various competitions. (Photos by Rich Futo)

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Past Record: Uhlaender has won the women’s Skeleton World Cup title two times and earned four medals at the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) World Championships. Why watch? Although Uhlaender competed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as a skeleton racer, it was not her best competition. Her father, Major League Baseball outfielder Ted Uhlaender, had had a heart attack and died during the games. In the four years later since her tragic loss, Katie has had many obstacles: a shattered left knee (twice), a blown-out right knee, hip damage and a concussion. Score Breakdown: Athletes race down an icy track while lying on a small metal sled... face first. Their speed can reach 80 mph, making it a very dangerous sport. The scoring method is simple: whoever gets down the track fastest wins.

Athlete Katie Uhlaender

Sophomore Ava Mack has been ice skating for seven years. What started as a hobby with her childhood friend turned into a teenage passion. Starting to compete this year added a new level to the sport. For ice skating, a private coach is necessary to be entered into any competitions. Mack’s coach, Therese, helped her create a minuteand-a-half program for Mack’s first competition Feb. 2. “It’s fun; I was really nervous at first, but I got past it,” Mack said. “When I’m on the ice, I [feel] comfortable.” Along with the joy of competing, Mack uses skating as a stress relief from her day-to-day life. “[On the ice], nothing matters except skating,” Mack said.

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February 14, 2014

Stories by Khrystyna Halatyma and Shannon Smith

Sophomore Michelle Haaning started skiing at 4 years old. Her family loved to ski, so it was natural to follow in their footsteps. Skiing is a way that Haaning and her family bond with each other. Haaning’s cousins own a house in Deer Valley, Utah, that she and her family visit every spring break. Although Haaning isn’t a competitive skier, she and her cousins have skied a race course in Utah Valley for fun where they got either bronze, silver or gold pins depending on their times. Haaning has a few bronze and silver pins. “My favorite part is when we’re in Utah, and you see all the mountains,” Haaning said. “It’s really pretty, and you can just fly down [the mountain].” Along with going to Utah every year, Haaning and her Athlete family try to go skiing as much Jason Brown as they can in Illinois. Past Record: Highland Park resident Jason Brown started figure skating at 3 years old. This will be Brown’s first Olympic competition, but already at the age of 19, he has a decorated past: a silver medal in the US Championships, a silver and bronze in the World Junior Championships and a gold medal in the Junior Grand Prix Final. Why watch? Unlike other professional athletes, he remained in school and recently graduated from Highland Park High School. Assistant to the principal of Highland Park High School Julie Ann Carroll says the entire school is very excited. “It’s not just the high school, but the entire community has gone ‘Jason Brown’ crazy,” Carroll said. Score Breakdown: Points for figure skating are awarded by nine judges based on two elements: the composition of the skating program and its execution. The highest and lowest scores are not used, and the remaining seven are averaged for the final score.

Junior Joey Dellanina started playing roller hockey with his friends seven years ago and soon transitioned into playing ice hockey. He now plays for a high school club team, PREP, which includes students from Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove and Prospect. Dellanina has been a part of PREP since freshman year. He plays right wing for varsity. “[My favorite parts are] the team chemistry, being around my friends on the team, travelling and having a good time,” Dellanina said. Dellanina is considering playing hockey in college. He is looking at St. Norbert and other schools in the Wisconsin and Illinois area.

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February 14, 2014

Growing up on Camelot Lake her whole life, swimming came naturally to sophomore Betsy Rozow. She and her family would spend all summer in the water swimming and boating. The small town of Syracuse, Ind., was her home. Last year, Rozow’s parents sat her and her four brothers and sisters down to inform them that they would be moving to Mount Prospect. Although this did not affect her two oldest siblings because they were in college, for her and her older sister, Rachel, it seemed as if their worlds were ending. She felt lost her first semester at Prospect. It was much different than Wawasee High School, with three times the amount of students, making Prospect a dramatic change. It wasn’t so easy making friends either. “Right before I left, I pushed everyone away because I thought it would be easier to leave,” Rozow said. When Rozow and her sister

joined swimming, that’s when things started looking up. “A lot more people started to figure out I was here,” Rozow said. Rozow developed relationships with fellow swimmers on the team from constantly being at practice with them and also being involved in the Arlington Alligators club team. Rozow has been swimming ever since she could remember; on her high school team she ended up doing well, winning event after event. But before she knew it, she was transferred to Prospect. When she joined the swim team, her practices were much different. There were more girls and a much smaller pool. Practices are easier here than at her old school, although meets were a breeze in Indiana. This summer, Rozow plans on going back to Indiana to do summer swim. “When it comes to actually preparing for my future, I think this school is much better,” Rozow said.

While her friends are soaking up the sun on Oak Street Beach or hanging out at Frontier Days, senior Thetis Jokela is in Japan visiting her family. Every summer since she was little, she, her mom and her brother take a 12hour flight to Kariya, Japan. Although Jokela feels upset about missing out on the typical summer activities, she is always excited to see her grandparents and friends. Jokela spends a lot of her time in Japan shopping. According to Jokela, the shopping in Japan is better than in the United States. The Japanese stores are comparable to Forever 21. Jokela also enjoys visiting the tourist attractions in the big cities. Her favorite city is Tokyo because the buildings are historical and have cool architecture. When Jokela was young, it wasn’t all a vacation, though. She used to attend elementary school and middle school in Japan throughout the summer to keep up with her studies and

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Betsy backstrokes through change Sophomore Betsy Rozow has won numerous metals and ribbons for swimming. Rozow is part of Mike Aldworth’s Third period Spanish 2 class.

By Mary Kate Moloney features editor

Sam the tennis star Senior Sam Tambeaux has played on varisty tennis for four years, and has played since he was eight years old. Tambeaux sits front and center in Mike Aldworth’s sixth period AP Spanish class.

As a freshman, senior Sam Tambeaux went out for tennis and was placed on varsity, which is rare in high school sports. During his sophomore year, Tambeaux earned the number-one doubles spot on the team. This season will be Tambeaux’s fourth year on varsity. With a new coach, Tom Kujawa, he is confident going into the season. Although retired science teacher Rick Huffman coached for the past three years, Tambeaux is familiar with Kujawa because he was the assistant coach last year. “My freshman year, I was really nervous because there were so many seniors but during my sophomore year, there was a lot more pressure, considering I was one of the better ones as a sophomore,” Tambeaux said. He believes the team has become stronger over the years and should be especially successful this year.

Prospect High School has over 2,000 students, each defined by the sports and activities they are involved in. While the person you see in the hallway may appear to be a stranger, he/she might have more in common with you than you think...

Tambeaux has been practicing once or twice a week with senior Ralph Tenuta in order to prepare for the season starting in March. Tenuta and Tambeaux have been doubles partners since sophomore year but have played tennis together since elementary school. Tambeaux grew up watching his father and older sister play and decided to try tennis when he was 9 and has loved it ever since. In elementary school, he and Tenuta would play with their friend and teammate, senior Carson Burke. “[Tennis] is an individual sport but also a team sport because you are playing your own match, but in the end, one match can make the difference of the team winning,” Tambeaux said. Although Tambeaux had the time to play varsity tennis at Prospect, he does not have plans to play on a college team, but hopes to be a part of intramural tennis.

learn about the Japanese culture. While Jokela does not go to school in Japan anymore, her younger brother still attends middle school there during their visit. The schools in Japan are much stricter than Prospect, and all students are required to wear uniforms. The courses in Japan are similar to courses Jokela takes at Prospect, except everyone is in the same level class, without honors or Advanced Placement classes. Jokela is bilingual, so communicating at school in Japan is no problem for her. She grew up with her mother speaking Japanese to her, and she attended bilingu al preschool for children who speak both Japanese and English. Due to his job, Jokela’s father can not visit Japan over the summer with her family. This is hard for Jokela because she and her father are very close, so they keep in touch by email and calling each other every day.

Thetis the overseas student

Senior Thetis Jokela has two passports because she travels from the United States to Japan every summer. Jokela attends Mike Alworth’s fourth period AP Spanish class.

Senior Brenna Milligan’s schedule is jam-packed with extracurricular activities, honors classes and her job at the Mariano’s bakery. When Milligan turned 16, she applied for a job there and was hired right away. At the bakery, she works three times a week after school from 9-11 p.m. making cannolis and cupcakes and occasionally decorating cakes. Milligan enjoys working there because she loves to bake and dreams of opening up her own bakery one day. Working at Mariano’s gives her the opportunity to see how a bakery works and what goes into running one. Milligan has loved to bake since she was young. “I have a really big sweet tooth, so I figured I would just make desserts for myself,” Milligan said.

Brenna the baker extraordinaire Senior Brenna Milligan enjoys to bake and try new recipes from her favorite cook book, “Sweet Home.” Milligan is in Mike Aldworth’s seventh period AP Spanish class.

At Our Lady of the Wayside, she used to bake cakes, decorate them with fondant frosting and then sell them. Although she no longer has time to do so, these cakes were some of her favorite baked goods, besides rosemary pine nut cookies. Now, she enjoys baking for her friends and family. Connor, her older brother and ‘12 graduate, used to eat all of her creations until he went off to college in the fall. This year, Brenna decided since her brother was gone, she would bring her treats to school. She often brings goodies for her AP Physics class. “I like to give [baked goods] to other people, especially when I bring it as a surprise, and they’re just happy about it,” Brenna said.

February 14, 2014

Staff Editorial



E-cig regulations to protect minors Congress passed the Family Smoking Preven- which work by using a mechanism that heats liqtion and Tobacco Control Act, or the Tobacco Con- uid nicotine or another substance into vapor introl Act (TCA), in June 2009, attempting to regulate haled and exhaled by the smokers (see “Anatomy of an electronic cigarette,” page 2). Although the the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of tobacco. According to, the law “recognizes FDA has questioned their safety, it has taken no dethat virtually all new users of tobacfinitive action. co products are under 18 — the minWe, the Prospector, believe that imum legal age to purchase these e-cigarettes and other forms of “vaproducts.” por pens” should be included under Among other measures, the law the TCA’s regulations until further research is conducted on their full included requiring proof of age to Against effects. Therefore, those under 18 purchase tobacco products. This For was a major step in curbing the Voting results of the Prospector staff in should not have any legal access to trend of nicotine and tobacco addicthem. regards to this editorial. tion amongst adolescents. Manufacturers argue that e-cigaNow, teenagers seem to have rettes are a safe way to smoke withfound a new source of their smoking fix — e-cig- out the harmful side effects of tobacco. The reality arettes, a new phenomenon that is presented as is that while users may not have to worry about the a “safe” alternative to smoking, without tobacco, risks of tobacco, they are still inhaling nicotine, and, in some cases, nicotine. which can feed into addiction. Because they do not contain tobacco, e-cigaFurthermore, although e-cigarettes may be conrettes are not subjected to the TCA, allowing virtu- sidered a healthy way to treat nicotine addiction, ally anyone to purchase them. little concrete evidence exists to support this theHowever, as a new addition into the world of ory, according to Even without nicsmoking, little is known about these products, otine, users are still experiencing the feeling of



smoking, which could lead to later usage of real cigarettes, rendering e-cigarettes useless. In addition, according to, an FDA study analyzing two popular brands found traces of nine different harmful chemicals and carcinogens. Although this number is much lower than the almost 11,000 found in traditional cigarettes, they are harmful nonetheless. What is truly alarming is that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found nearly 1.8 million young people had tried e-cigarettes, and the number of middle and high school e-smokers doubled between 2011 and 2012. This means that more and more teenagers are embracing e-smoking without full knowledge of its effects. Regulating e-cigarettes would keep them out of the hands of adolescents. Teenagers may act impulsively or mimic the actions of their peers, encouraging dangerous behaviors. Other smoking laws prevent minors from legally getting their hands on tobacco products. Isn’t it time to extend that measure to include all smoking products, in order to, as the FDA says, “prevent a new generation of young users not old enough to understand the consequences of their choices?”

Style not determined by outside opinions I’ll admit that my fashion the popular choice (not that choices haven’t always been popular is always bad), and stellar. As a kid, I actively I won’t step down if popular avoided wearing colors that choice votes against what made sense together, and as I I’m wearing, either. Despite got older, I jumped from one style to magazines’ mantras of “Wear the next without this, not that” and mastering any of them. the circulation of articles about From girly to fashion trends goth to tomboy, men hate, namI’ve been through ing everything every phase possible. If you can from jeans to red lipstick, it’s imthink of it, chancportant to rememes are that I’ve Caroline Binley ber that the only been there and Opinion Editor people we need to done that. dress for are ourMy fashion sense eventually mellowed selves, and that whatever we wear (with the exception of out, but my sense of self didn’t. I still won’t wear Crocs) is good enough. If you read enough about something just because it’s

these trends men “hate” (since almost every article I found was written by a woman, I’m not sure how founded the claims are to begin with) and take it upon yourself to care, you’re going to reach the conclusion that there are no safe fashion choices. If you care too much about what others think, you’re going to end up without any options. If I took the advice of every fashion article I’ve read, I’d have to stop wearing jeans, shorts and skirts. My only option would be underwear, and my closet would be just as sad and useless as a certain set of articles. If you want to please everyone with every one of your outfits, you might as

My closet vs. the Internet Just for the fun of it, I put my wardrobe to the test. Scan the QR code to see what parts of my closet would be left standing and which wouldn’t make it past the rules imposed by articles on trends men hate (I’ll give you a hint: not much).

The Staff EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Nabi Dressler MANAGING EDITOR Kelly Schoessling


IN-DEPTH EDITORS Aungelina Dahm Abby Sunu

NEWS EDITORS Eva Schacht Shreya Thakkar

SPORTS EDITORS Peter Fusilero Molly Mueller Devin Prasad

COPY EDITOR Ellen Siefke

OPINION EDITORS Chris Kivlahan Caroline Binley


FEATURES EDITORS Khrystyna Halatyma Mary Kate Moloney Shannon Smith


well grab a baseball bat, hide under your bed and wait for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. After that, people will probably start appreciating the fact that you’re wearing clothes (and, you know, breathing) a whole lot more. The worst part of the lists might be their bans on bright lipstick, and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m obsessed. The authors have justified the claim by saying that guys don’t want to get it on their faces when they kiss us, which is understandable until you think about the message it implies, that our fashion choices are only acceptable if they make life easier for men. I’ll admit that there are a lot of tasteless trends, but my tasteless might be another person’s perfect, and it’s not my job to decide which is which on their behalf. There’s only one good reason to dress up, and that is to make yourself happy. When done for that purpose, picking the right outfit can be a lot of fun, and wearing it can be a huge confidence booster. But if dressing up isn’t your thing, it’s fine. You don’t need to be fashion-obsessed (and since you’re saving yourself time every morning, I’m a bit jealous). Whether you adjust your closet for every new trend, can’t be bothered to wear anything besides yoga pants or have a completely different sense of style, there’s only one piece of fashion advice you need to remember: please leave your UGGs at home.

YOU DO YOU: From top to bottom, junior Jessica Zaytcheva, sophomore Adelle Gutzmer and sophomore Natalie Carioti show off their unique styles.

ADVISER Jason Block Mission Statement The primary purpose of the Prospect High School Prospector is to report news as well as explain its meaning and significance to our readers and the community. We, the Prospector, hope to inform, entertain and provide a school forum for the unrestricted exchange of ideas and opinions. The Prospector is published by students in Journalistic Writing courses. Some material is courtesy of MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service.

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February 14, 2014

Braving the age of digital romance

Meeting people through mutual friends has gone to a whole new level. Liking and messaging people on Tinder has no doubt contributed to modern teens’ lack of social skills.


As if taking selfies on Snapchat isn’t enough, the last thing our generation needs is Hot or Not, an app to post your selfie and have random people rate your attractiveness.

To eradicate the PDA in the hallways of PHS, the #selfiecouples game was started on twitter . While most couples featured in these tweets are good sports about having their picture taken, this new trend is a refreshing change from the traditional couple-shots appearing on newsfeeds.


To hear more about the history of #selfiecouplegame, check out the video of its progression on! I’ll be the first to admit that the majority of my Saturday nights are spent either working or sitting on the couch by myself, social media-stalking my European friends who are nearing hour six of their weekly night club experience. Exciting, I know. But, quite frankly, after my weekly ritual of minimal sleep and excessive coffee, keeping my eyes open and resisting the urge to change into sweatpants is a considerable accomplishment Erin McGovern for a Saturday Associate Edinight. tor-in-Chief So if you think the commercialized, hormonal insecurity fest that is Valentine’s Day makes me feel bad about my social life, you’re wrong. My reasoning for cringing away from the stifling sappiness is perfectly valid. It’s not that I hate the idea of the holiday; actually, I find the idea of taking a day to value the concept of a relationship instead of the... benefits of one is actually kind of sweet. My problem with the Valentine’s Day of the 21st century, though, is that it has been unceremoniously dragged through the mud by the charisma-killer that is social media. In our age, Valentine’s Day means finally following your crush on Twitter after it took months of agonizing over that little blue bird icon that immediately gives you a glimpse into their most insignificant thoughts. It’s posting a throwback Instagram pic of you and that one guy from when you were little, taking special care to pick the perfect cutesy filter. And, most painfully, it is the 10 minutes it takes you to put your hair in just the right spot and pose with the notorious duckface that — let’s face it — looks horrendous on every-

one. (And if you’re that one annoyIf a vindictive ex-girlfriend isn’t ing kid who is reading this and still enough to scare you into participatthinking that you work the duckface, ing in the day, think about this: 14 it probably looks the most horren- percent of the same group of women dous on you.) stress over the day so much that they So why all the hate for social me- would send themselves flowers to dia? Because it deserves to be criti- avoid being the one girl that doesn’t cized in the name of romance. get any. If I’m going to spend at least half That’s a pitiable amount of an hour getting ready for a date, I do self-confidence to possess over a day not want to be summoned from my that has become centered around house by a text saying “here.” (Al- Snapchatting your date or scrolling though if you capitalized the H and through pictures of other couples’ put a period after the e, I commend “romantic” dinners. you — you care more than 99.7 perBeing “alone” on the 14th should cent of the population.) not be something you stress over. Come on guys, show some guts For the girls out there, if “what’s and chivalry and go to the door to let up” is the extent of your text converher know you’re there. If you want to sations with him, or he needs every see her, plan something real instead Friday off to lock himself in the of wasting two hours Snapchatting basement with soda and COD, please each other. have a little self-respect and move on. As great as Snapchat is, my SpanAnd for the guys, if your Snapchat ish-speaking Siri has more person- history consists of a duckface snap ality than the snaps we get of your every moment of the day, her face is burritos — that’s six seconds of my probably going to get stuck like that, life I’ll never get back. and you’re too good to wait around While I’m sure this all sounds like for whatever kind of personality-rea bunch of whintrieval surgery ing, I doubt I’m the happens next. only girl who finds As part of beWant more Valentine’s Day? it unfair that we ing 21st century Head to to are still expected to teens, we have get an inside look at what it’s look just as good in turned our need like to work in a flower shop public and on the for posting every during their most important Internet while the minute of our standard for guys lives into a maday of the year. has been slipping. chine that feeds I know the on our insecurithought of Valenties. tine’s Day makes most guys tremble We have created expectations with heart-shaped chocolate-y dread, for ourselves and our love interests but for just 24 hours, escape the less- that will never come to fruition — than-140-character zone and realize life doesn’t always turn out like the that most girls take this holiday very movies, and being *gasp* single for seriously. one Valentine’s Day in high school is In a study conducted by statistic- nothing to feel bad about., 53 percent of women said So whatever your plans are for they would end their relationship if Valentine’s Day, put the phone down they didn’t get something on Valen- and get a glimpse of the real romantine’s Day. tic world, whether it be out on a date As shallow as that sounds, trust or in front of the TV watching Kathme — ticking off a woman is not erine Heigl model her 27 dresses. worth the 15 extra minutes it would Whatever your ideal Valentine’s Day have taken to stop and grab some looks like, make it happen and don’t chocolate and flowers. let anyone judge you for it.

Fake charity, real problems Online activism does more harm than good There are plenty of terms for the kind of man who is willing to post something like “1 million likes and my wife will let me sleep in the house tonight” on Facebook, but not many of them are appropriate to be printed in a school newspaper. Though these statuses are sad, they are far from the most dangerous like-whoring posts. Facebook activism, posts and statuses that identify or promise aid to the needy in exchange for “Likes” or “Shares,” are by and large disgusting. Hardly a day goes by that one doesn’t see something similar to, “For every like, [company] will doChris Kivlahan nate [amount or service] Executive Opinion to [cause],” or, “100,000 Editor likes and doctors will give a child an organ” clogging up their news feed. Disregarding the impossibility of companies trading “Likes” for money and doctors conjuring organs and cures out of thin air solely because of Internet approval, a huge number of people spread these posts with little or no idea that they’re not accomplishing anything. Sure, this Facebook activism may seem harmless, but it can cause significant damage. When people volunteer, donate to charity or do something generally civil, they feel a natural sense of satisfaction. However, when we focus on the self-congratulating rewards we give ourselves instead of the good deeds we’re doing, we end up recklessly pursuing that feeling like the filthy, toothless junkies we are. That’s where Facebook activism comes in. By giving us the feeling we crave with the ease of clicking a button, these “1 million Likes” posts can distract from opportunities for real charity. It’s not like actual help is that hard to give. Though a bit tougher than clicking on a status, it’s never been made easier to assist your fellow man. Without even leaving the couch, you can strut on over to, a website where users answer quiz questions, and for every question answered correctly, rice is donated to those in poverty. This isn’t even considering the breadth of charitable organizations available, each with their own causes and areas of assistance. The Internet allows you not only to donate online but also to research the merits of a particular charity or find an organization that offers exactly what you’re looking for, all without getting out of bed or putting on your pants. If your idea of giving back actually involves the application of pants, and you’re looking for a way to help out locally, Service Club provides opportunities almost every day of the week to help out the community (and pad the ol’ college applications). If helping Mother Earth is more of your style, Environmental Club frequently participates in park cleanups and other nature things. The point is there are so many ways to give aid to your community, the Earth and those in need that wasting your time scrolling through a Facebook feed or “not knowing” how to help out is just not an excuse not to give back. Plus, you’ll find that actually helping others gives you a rush that no Flappy Bird high score ever could. The fact that charity is, at its heart, motivated by self-interest does not by any means cheapen the act itself. It’s only natural for us to seek a feeling of having done something kind for another person or cause. Motivating oneself for good works is both healthy and provides a good reason to continue helping out. The only caveat is that we need to make sure it’s more about the charity than the reward. Simply put, when it comes to charity, the ends justify the means and self-congratulation alone does nothing to decrease the “goodness” of having help. It’s only when this feeling comes not from actual assistance but from helping a hypothetical man name his child after one of the Power Rangers that the act of charity is defeated.

February 14, 2014



Sticking the competition Despite losing Gianna Scala, team still has successful season By Peter Fusilero

Executive Sports Editor It was the final girls’ gymnastics practice before the first meet of the season, and it was almost time to go home. Senior Gianna Scala wanted to go into the meet feeling comfortable and confident about her tumbling, so she went through the routine just one more time. Scala attempted a double full but over-twisted and landed funny. She felt something pop. Paramedics took her to the hospital. A few days later, the result was a torn ACL. It was news that left her and the rest of the gymnastics program desolated. “It was so tough. It was so devastating,” head coach Randy Smith said. “[Gianna] helped change the face of the program, and she set the bar on a new level. She helped put Prospect gymnastics on the map. Her name is all over the records in the field house. She left her legacy.” Despite the absence of “the old Sca-

la,” the team now had a “new Scala”: Scala “the coach.” She has still been able to contribute to the consistent success of the team by changing her role. They were able to capture the MSL East championship Jan. 22 for the twelfth consecutive time. “I’ve mostly been motivating the girls at the meets,” Scala said. “Before each event, I try to give them a little pep talk. Overall, the goals of the team never change. I’m just trying to contribute as much as I can.” According to Smith, Scala has gained a whole new perspective as a coach. For the last week of the freshman season, she mentored them all on her own. “She’s getting a little bit of the behind the scenes of what it takes to be a coach,” Smith said. “She’s here everyday and never has a negative attitude about her injury. She is always willing to lend a hand. I think the girls see that, and they want to win for Gianna.” Scala’s teammate, junior Maddie Larock, who took first place in the allaround event at regionals, believes the

team has had to step up to fill the missing points Scala used to carry for the team. “The underclassmen have really handled the pressure well,” Larock said. “Everyone has kind of filled in the blanks. Everyone has done what they needed to do.” Smith agrees the younger girls, specifically two freshman, Olivia Gonzalez and Megan Schmit, have definitely contributed. Jackie Difonzo, the lone senior, has also been a huge factor this season. During regionals, Gonzalez took first on floor (9.45), Schmit second on bars (9.25) and Difonzo third in allaround (37.875). According to Larock, the team is happy with their MSL East title, but it has now become an expectation. Moving forward, the team has set goals for sectionals and state. They were able to win the regional championship at home Feb 4. “We want to be confident on beam. We want to be tight on sticks and look completely polished,” Larock said. According to Smith, he already has an idea ready for sectionals. “Our plan always going into sectionals is just to score our season high, our school high and then last the week so we can go [into state] at large,” Smith said.

HELPING HAND: Senior Gianna Scala guides senior Jackie Difonzo on the balance beam. The team has shown resiliance and prosperity despite Scala’s torn ACL. (Photo by Rich Futo)

Basketball focuses on roots, carries on winning tradition By Devin Prasad Sports Editor

Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, once said, “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” This year, the boys’ basketball team was determined to grow a “tree” to start off with the roots and build a strong base, to nourish the tree through practice and to make sure the tree bends in the storm and adapts to the game of basketball. Before the season even began — a season that would eventually see the team win their sixth MSL East title in the last seven years — the Knights worked on developing firm roots and establishing their foundation. “We need all of us,” junior forward Kyle Formanski said. “Regardless of if you are a starter or the last player on the bench, everyone needs to be on the same page and have the same goals.” To get on the same track and work together, the team participated in summer camps at Michigan State University and the University of Illinois. Unlike many other programs, Prospect got experience playing against teams from other

BASELINE DRIVE: Senior Bobby Frasco dribbles past Hersey defender, Campbell White. This season the team focused on their roots and carried on past success. (Photo by Rich Futo) town and states whom they wouldn’t normally play, but, more importantly, they also learned how to play together and function as a team. Their intense conditioning that took place before the season also contributed to bringing this team closer together. The team trained hard the two weeks before the season and took part in social science teacher Frank Mirandola’s “Mirsanity.” This involved a week of tough workouts to get

the players in shape just in time for the season. “Mirsanity” included eight stations such as mountain climbers, burpees, ladders and knee touches. Each station lasted for 40 seconds and was followed by 20 seconds of rest. During the rest, head coach John Camardella played a track of inspirational quotes to help them stay focused. Each player went through the stations four times to simulate an entire 32-minute game.

The hard work put in before the season has shown results. “We’ve been way more conditioned than other teams, and that’s really helped us out along the way,” Formanski said. The team has seen the work they put in translate to success on the court. The team is currently 13-8 overall, and they sit atop the division standings with a record of 7-1 in the MSL East. According to senior guard Danny Thomas, the Knights have gotten some big wins this season, including their first game against St. Viator, currently ranked fourth in the area, according to dailyherald. com. After the victory, Prospect went on to win Viator’s tournament, which coach John Camardella feels shows what the team has really accomplished. In addition, he believes the team’s character has been a huge factor in winning games. According to Camardella, the team has won five games decided by one possession, which truly shows their ability to battle back. The team is confident that later in the season, they will be able to win more important close games. “We always know we’ll come back because we’re so competitive, and we don’t like losing,” senior guard Bobby Frasco

said. “Whenever there’s a close game, we know we’re going to win.” The team has been able to experience the program Camardella started come together. Jeff Heiden, an assistant coach for this year’s team, was the starting point guard on Camardella’s first team as head coach in 2008. In his senior year, Heiden set the school record for most three-pointers (84) in one season. That team also won the first MSL East title in seven years. According to Camardella, Heiden has been a main offensive coach this season and has shown how far this program has come in the seven years Camardella has been head coach. “Talk about something coming full circle,” Camardella said. “A guy who was part of establishing the culture here now is able to continue it as a coach. It’s really special.” After winning the East, the team is looking forward to squaring off against either Fremd or Conant in the MSL championship game Feb. 26. “I’ve grown up in Prospect basketball [with] dreams of winning an MSL title,” Thomas said, “and we expect to do that again by finishing the year strong.”

Friday, February 14, 2014


On The boys’ basketball team clinches the MSL East on February 7 to improve their overall record to 12-8. To read about this game as well as others go to ProspectorNow.

CONQUERING THE EAST This winter season, Prospect had four teams win the MSL East. For some teams, it was carrying on the tradition from years past, and for others, it was starting a whole new legacy. “[I am] very proud of the the student athletes, the coaches, who work so hard and put in the time, and I’m very happy for the community.”


- Boys’ Athletic Director Tom Martindale on the MSL East wins


1 CHAMPIONS: 1. Senior Gianna Scala helps her fellow teammates improve their form in practice. Full story on pg. 13. 2. Sophomore Zach Klopack pins his opponent during the Hersey meet. To read about the team’s regional title, go to 3. Senior Kyle Beyak drives to the basket against Hersey. To learn more about the team’s journey this season, turn to pg. 13. (Photos by Rich Futo)


Drive and depth lead to first title in 11 years By Molly Mueller Sports Editor Three points. A seemingly small difference that can make or break an outcome. Last year, Prospect boys’ swim and dive team lost by three points to Buffalo Grove and narrowly lost the Mid-Suburban League East championship. This year, however, the Knights used that bitter loss to drive the team. “Three points is two swims, two spots,” head coach Alfonso Lopez said. “You flip a fourth- and a fifth[place finish] or a fifth- and a sixth-[place finish], and there’s your meet. There’s a couple of kids that really took that to heart, and they didn’t want to repeat what happened. They didn’t want to bring it down to the wire where we would be down to the last three points. They wanted that title. It’s tough to lose it like that, and instead of just walking away and accepting it, they used it as a driving factor.”

And that drive led to the first boys’ swim and dive MSL East championship since the ‘02-’03 season. “It’s crazy,” senior Nathanael Ginnodo said. “We really wanted to win, and it has been a goal ever since I’ve been on the team. We missed out on a couple opportunities, but this year we cashed in the check.” According to Lopez, the Knights were successful this year because of the depth the team has. The “B” and “C” relays, along with the second and third swimmers, are a lot faster than they have been in the past. This year’s “B” 400-yard freestyle relay is 25 seconds faster than its ‘10 counterpart, and the “C” 400-yard freestyle relay is 26 seconds faster than the ‘10 “C” relay. Using the top times of the ‘09-’10 team and the ‘13-’14 team, if they swam a dual meet against each other, the score would be 116-70 in favor of the current team. Lopez realized this season that more and more kids

were hitting faster times and just swimming at an overall faster pace. “We always try to win dual meets; we want to beat our opponents,” Lopez said. “We want to try to qualify kids for state. I think that’s the kind of change — that there is this expectation of speed, not just in the top end, but across the entire team.” Junior Sam Gabriel believes another reason Prospect was able to win the MSL East was because the team took the offseason seriously. Gabriel even left his local park district team to join Palatine Park District in order to step up the intensity of his workouts. He was affected by the loss last season and didn’t want that to happen again. “You’re so close that every time you’re swimming and you’re getting tired, you just got to go that much harder if you want to win,” Gabriel said. “You don’t want to lose again that close when you are that close to winning.” With the team coming

into the first day of practice already in shape, Lopez had an opportunity to start practices with faster times than usual. “They noticed [the increase] day one,” Lopez said. “They were already complaining about how fast their intervals were, but they were able to pick it up and keep it at that rate. I [kind of] pushed them from day one. You’re in shape; we’re going to get going, [and] we’re going to move.” The beginning of the season is in the past as the MSL conference meet is Feb. 14 and 15 at Barrington High School. According to Ginnodo, the MSL East championship will help the team mentally going into conference. “I think it is definitely in the background of our minds,” Ginnodo said. “We know that we are really good, but we also know that there are a lot of good swimmers out there. I think it will definitely motivate us to do better, to bring our A game to the big stage.”

DIVE IN: 4. Senior Jake Holycross (bottom left) finshes his leg of the 400 freestyle relay as senior Carter Mau dives in. The Knights won their first MSL East title in 11 years against rival Hersey. Check out the full story below. (Photos by Molly Mueller)

Alfonso Lopez is a ‘99 Prospect graduate who was a varsity swimmer all four years. He was part of the two records set in the 200 yard medley relay and the 200 yard freestyle during the ‘98 season. Lopez started as the head coach for both the girls’ and the boys’ team in Alfonso Lopez ‘09. This year, Lopez was able to coach both the girls’ and the boys’ team to an MSL East championship. “It’s kind of crazy,” Lopez said. “We just kind of steamrolled. Everything kept rolling. The girls’ team started out unbelievable and they just kept it going. They just had a great record and a great season. Then the boys just kind of picked up where the girls left off and it just kept going. It’s fun to see. It’s fun to see everybody gain confidence and understand that there are good swimming programs here at Prospect. We can toe to toe with some of the bigger schools. It’s been a ton of fun and I just like to see everybody enjoying the team and enjoying success.”

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