“Free of Bull, Full of Bulldogs”
Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 2010•Volume 79, Issue 4
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New principal selected
Quote of the issue “Each time we shop at the supermarket or dine at a restaurant, we cast a vote with our money. We can choose to support the cruel and destructive practices inherent in modern animal agriculture or instead we can choose compassionate, plant-based alternatives.”
Danielle Sanchez Staff Reporter
aving gone for months into the school year with an interim principal, RB’s school board came to make a decision as to who is to fill the position. A board meeting took place on Tuesday, February 2nd, in which the final choice was reached. In the end, three finalists received consideration from the board. Troy Gobble, the current interim assistant principal for instruction at RB; Pamela Bylsma, assistant principal for operations at Hinsdale Central High School; and David Travis, assistant principal for instruction at Elk Grove High School, were the finalists. Gobble was a physics teacher at RB and also became the science department chair. Last June, he was made assistant principal for instruction. Bylsma’s teaching background has been focused on student services and she was a teacher for both English and Art. Travis served in the U.S. Air Force. After his experiences serving his country, he applied to Elmhurst College
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NewsBLURBS Matchmaker Surveys Matchmaker surveys were distributed during all lunches on February 11th and 12th Cheerleading For the first time ever the RB cheerleading squad has placed 2nd overall in state Snowball Fundraiser This week Snowball had their annual candy gram sale to raise funds for the club. Students enthusiastically participated in the fund raiser.
Photo by: Ethan Gallegos
Newly elected principal Pamela Bylsma and Interim Superintendent Dr. David Bonnette.
and went on to become a teacher. He has a background in curriculum and instruction. The board meeting that occurred on Tuesday, February 2 decided who was to be the new principal of RB. The final decision was Pamela Bylsma. With a very warm and inviting personality, she answered a few questions. When asked how she felt about her newly acquired job opportunity at RB, Bylsma’s excitement was hard to contain.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the building getting to know students. This is a wonderful community and RB is special and unique,” said Bylsma “The students talk about how their teachers are there to help them. There are also a lot of classes that students are able to take.” Bylsma must now make the transition from being the assistant to being in the big chair. When questioned
about her goals for the remaining school year, Bylsma expressed her desires to bring a collection of ideas and student voices together. To move forward with these ideas and allow the student opinion to be heard is one of her ultimate goals as principal. “The student voice is huge to me,” remarked Bylsma, “I want to hear the students’ opinions and for them to be heard.”
Speech team takes 4th place at tournament
FAFSA Completion Workshop A workshop was held on February 10th in order to help students fill out the FAFSA forms
Bradley Wilson Media manager
n Saturday, February 6th 2010, members of the RBHS speech team attended their regional tournament at Hinsdale Central High School in hopes of continuing on in their season, with ultimate hopes of having a strong showing at the statewide level. As a team, the students took fourth place out of eleven teams. In addition to the team showing as a whole, RB had students as tournament champions in three individual events, as well as two third place finishes, and three fourth place finishes. The team had students competing in eleven of the fourteen speech categories. Senior member Ariana Barreto, who competes in the events Poetry and Prose Reading, stated, “Regionals as a whole went really well. I was excited because I am a senior and it was my last regional event. It was awesome to see everyone competing and being successful. I felt I could have done a little better in my prose reading, but I put a ton of effort into my poetry event and it showed.”
ComingUP •February 19Non attendance day •February 16-18Turn-a-bout Spirit week. Tuesday- wild west day Wednesday- twin day Thursday•February 18Choir Winter Concert 7:00 p.m.-9:00p.m. •February 20 SA turn-a-bout dance. 7:00 p.m.-10:00p.m. •February 20Varsity boys swimminh IHSA sectionals (away) time -TBA •February -19 Turn-a-bout dancer set up main gym, SA 3:1511:30 pm
Junior and first year Speech Team member Taylor Dalton said, “Regionals went really well in the sense that I made it to Sectionals, however it showed me the competition I am up against, and how I need to work harder to make my speech even better. I know I can do better, and would like to be able to make it and hopefully place at state.” Dalton, who competes in the event Oratorical Declamation, an event in which you perform another person’s speech, has one of the more serious speeches this year. The Speech Dalton has performed this year was originally an essay written by Susan Klebold, a mother of one of the Columbine Shooters. Speech Team coach and English teacher Kathleen Harsy was happy with the team’s performance, stating, “This is the most successful showing we’ve had at a Regional Tournament to date. We advanced students in eight categories this year as opposed to last year’s six. This is my fifth year coaching and I’ve really seen the progression of the speech team to where it is today. We have big goals for the students, and hope it will be a
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successful year.” Senior Barreto, Senior Zeyne Guzeldereli, Junior Dalton, Sophomores Kevin Smaller and Sara Nie, and Freshman Stephanie Wolff, all scored high enough to move on to Sectionals, the next level of competition. These six students will in total complete in eight events at the Sectional level. The Sectional tournament will be held on Saturday, February 13th, at Downers Grove South High School. Concerning her hopes about Sectionals, Barreto said, “I have high hopes for Sectionals and I would like to advance to state like I did last year. I will be practicing hard this whole week and it would be really nice to see all of my hard work pay off.” The speech team had a new addition to their team this year, in the form of a coach. History teacher Mark Gouwens joined Harsy and fellow English teacher Tom Fuller in coaching the students. Both students and coaches are thrilled to have Gouwens on board, as Gouwens himself was a state champion in Original Comedy. Harsy added, “Mr. Gouwens has been a huge ad-
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dition and help to the team this year.” Being a part of the speech team is not a light commitment. The students and their coaches put in many hours of preparation, and work very hard to perfect whatever speeches are being preformed. Some of the speech categories such as Original Comedy and Original Oratory, performed this year by Smaller and Wolff, even require the students to write their own speeches, and then work on the performance aspect of them. Barreto commented, “Speech team is a huge commitment and a lot of work. Practices are before school and after school and we are rehearsing all of the time. On Saturdays we leave usually around five in the morning and are gone for twelve hours. Hours like those are rough in high heels.” “In Speech, you really get what you put into it. If you work hard at your events, it pays off,” concluded Barreto. Dalton concurred with Barreto, adding, “Although speech is a lot of work, it is very rewarding and a lot of fun!”
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Riverside Brookfield High School
Feb. 16, 2010•Issue 4
New hope for Haiti Joe Sauer Opinion Manager
eaths, destruction, and now hope. Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti this is what has been going on. The death toll in PortAu-Prince alone has reached 150,000 people. Hundreds of thousands are homeless. There is a glimmer of hope for Haiti though; organizations all around the globe are providing relief efforts for the people and families of Haiti. The United States government alone has raised about $100 million dollars and 10,000 troops to send to Haiti. The American Red Cross has sent an additional $147 million in an effort to relieve Haiti. The Partners in Health have raised about $25 million
and the U.S. fund for UNICEF has raised about $22.5 million. Celebrities have even tried to help. On January 22, in a telethon called “Hope for Haiti,” over one hundred actors, musicians and celebrities were there to answer phones and perform. George Clooney hosted the event with musical highlights like JayZ, Rihanna, Bono, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban. “Hope For Haiti raised a total of $61 million from this telethon. It’s not only large organizations that are donating to help Haiti though. Local groups, churches, and schools are trying to help out as well. S.E. Gross middle school is having fundraisers like the “Hats For Haiti” fundraiser, and a “Share
Your Souls” shoe drive. Central School is working with New Hope Mission International to provide funds for Haiti. Brookfield United Methodist Church is collecting monetary donations and other supplies to send to Haiti. Riverside Brookfield is also working to help out Haiti. Throughout the week of January 25th to January 29th, Student Association and National Honor Society have been collecting monetary donations to provide for the people of Haiti. Although Haiti was hit hard by the earthquake, the efforts to help provide relief have been constant. As long as people continue trying to help this critical situation there is still hope for Haiti.
on to showcase some of the pieces that will be performed at the orchesis show on April 30th. Senior dancers proposed their choreography to Dance Director Mindy Haines who then picked four to be performed. Senior RDE member Melissa Pruitt choreographed the dance “Numb” which was one of the nine pieces in the January 25th show. For Pruitt, inspiration for the dance came from a song she fell in love with. “My friend showed me the song “Sleepy Head” by Passion Pit,” said Pruitt, “It’s one a lot of people haven’t heard
of and it’s got a really different sound.” Pruitt’s motivation for the dance was to demonstrate how the leaders of the world will outshine the people who are oblivious to what’s going on. “My favorite part of the dance is the main chorus,” said Pruitt, “It really pulls together with everyone in the dance.”’ Pruitt has been dancing for sixteen years and enjoyed being able to showcase her piece in Revolution. “It’s the best choreography I’ve come up with,” she said.
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Dance dance “Revolution” Winter Art show the results are in Kate Abbatacola Content-Editor
B’s Repertory Dance Ensemble showed their stuff on January 15th when they put on “Revolution”, their first show of the year. Two performances took place at 4pm and 7pm and were held in the little theatre. The show consisted of nine pieces, each choreographed by senior dancers and two pieces done by guest choreographers Donnette Cannonie and Jon Lehrer. RDE is a new company at RB that includes 16 dancers. The company meets every day during fourth hour and after school on Wednesdays. “Revolution” was put
n Thursday January 7, RB held its annual winter art show. This show featured art pieces from photo classes, ceramics, drawing, and painting. More than 150 people attended the event to see the work of RB artists.
Zoe Steinberg, 1st place Digital Imaging Q: What inspired you to make this piece? A: It was part of a series. The theme was teenage vices. That particular one is binge drinking, and her friends are holding her hair up. It’s sad. I also like flowers. Q: Any advice to students who want to be a good artist? A: Practice. A lot. That’s about it. There’s not much to drawing other than that. And don’t give up.
Amber Powers, 1st place Photography (Novice) Q: What inspired you to take this photo? A: What inspired me for the piece was just the beauty of it. I shot the picture at Starved Rock for this big outing and that place is so special to me so I find I love taking pictures there. When I shot this, I was just thinking about how beautiful it was, and that was all the inspired me: the beauty. Q: What advice would you give to students to be a good photographer? Members of the repretory dance company hitting some artistic poses. -Photo created by Bradley Wilson
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A: My advice to students who want to be a good photographer is to strongly consider a photo elective to really bring out your creative side, but more importantly just to take pictures all the time; at any opportunity you have just take a picture and look for the beauty in everything, even the simple things.
Emily Hejna, 1st place Mixed Media Q: What was your inspiration for this piece? A: Well I used a photo of an old art piece I did last year. It’s a drawing of my own eye and it has the lyrics to one of my favorite songs on it.
Q: What advice do you have for students wanting to be a good artist?
A: I guess just keep a good sketch book, so you can write down all of -compiled by Sanchez your ideas.
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Riverside Brookfield High School
Feb. 16, 2010•Issue 4
Administration cracks down on bullying Brian Wilson Layout-Manager
ost schools in the country have reports of bullying each year, and unfortunately RB is no exception. 15% of kids report being bullied “frequently” across the country annually. Bullying is believed to be responsible for fueling a number of school shootings and violence in schools generally. Gender also appears to play a role; boys are twice as likely to experience harassment by other students as girls. One of the largest roadblocks in preventing bullying is the fact that it is widely unreported. It’s estimated that as much as 60% of instances of bullying go unreported. Assistant Principal John Passarella said, “Bullying at RB echoes national trends. It just doesn’t always get reported. If one student is being bullied, it is a significant problem.” When asked about what classifies as bullying, Passarella said, “Anything that makes a student feel intimidated or uncom-
fortable [is bullying].” Passarella added that “students have a right to come to school and feel safe.” An anonymous sophomore student spoke to Clarion about being bullied. “I’ve had to deal with being called “fag” “homo” “freak” … and other terrible names,” he said, “People have thrown their lunches at me.” The sophomore also mentioned that it wasn’t just at school that these wrongs occurred; the harassment happened on Halloween, and even over a weekend while the victim was hanging out with friends. When asked how bullying feels, the victim replied, “Sometimes I just want to scream back at them and throw things back at them, but I know it won’t solve anything. I feel tension everywhere.” Although the victim reported the harassment that happened throughout grade school, it was never resolved. “I dealt with it for four years until
one day it went too far. I felt like I snapped and broke down crying in my classroom and ran out. That was the day I reported it, and things started to get resolved,” the victim said. “It is never going to be fully resolved. People are just insensitive to me.” It has been found that bullying has veered away from its former stereotype of haggling people for lunch money, and has adapted to new forms like cyber bullying (internet bullying). Within recent weeks, RBHS students have been suspended for cyber-bullying, mostly involving the use of Facebook. Sponsor of AST (Association for Student Tolerance) John Beasley said, “This is the sort of thing that is more frequent between younger girls and boys labeling each other or calling each other names.” AST held a meeting this year where the subject of bullying was discussed. Beasley said AST “talks about issues when they percolate. AST’s big focus
Keeping up with technology Madison Powers Staff-reporter
B has been trying to keep up with technology to the best of its ability. The newest introduction is in the math classes. For about a year now, the math teachers have been experimenting with a new kind of board. PowerPoint presentations are becoming a thing of the past. Some teachers are able to use these new boards to teach their class. The teacher will write down the problem and it will project onto the screen as it is being written. The teacher can then help the students by going through each problem step by step. The teaching style has changed because it really speeds everything up. A teacher doesn’t waste time going back and erasing
When kids ask questions, the teacher no longer has to go through the hassle of lifting the screen up and down so they can write on the dry erase board. They can now just put everything together efficiently . This saves a lot of time in class because now there wont’ be a lot of pauses in between questions and learning the new material. When asked about how the tablets compare to PowerPoint, Melissa Gordon (math teacher) said, “I can’t imagine going back to just using PowerPoint. I still use PowerPoint. Only now I can easily write on the slides and customize my teaching for each class. It also allows me to save all files as pdf files. This makes my presentations available to
every student. Before when they were just power point presentations not all students could view my presentations on their home computers.” Kids have agreed that the boards are better because when they are sick, they no longer have to scramble to try and learn the new lessons. These new math boards are able to save data. The teacher simply presses a button and the work they have done that day is saved. The teacher can then upload it to skyward. It helps everyone. Now kids wont’ be falling behind and teachers won’t be loosing class time to try and catch kids up. It really has been a huge help in improving the
is community service, we haven’t discussed bullying much because there hasn’t been a groundswell of interest.” Beasley did add that “though bullying is not the main focus of AST, they still promote peer tolerance, as I believe every organization in the school does”. “If a problem starts at school, and continues outside of school, the school has a legal right to punish the bullying student,” said Passarella. Consequences differ for bullying based on the level of severity. “Worst case scenario, students can be arrested, suspended, or removed from a setting. Other consequences may also have effect. In the one case I dealt with, it was effective,” said Passarella. Beasley believes it’s “incumbent on all schools to protect all students, and make them feel safe to express divergent viewpoints.” Passarella stated the school “takes bullying seriously.” This year, several bullying cases have gained attention at RB. Administration began
posting fliers around the building asking students to report acts of bullying more frequently. A female student was suspended from RB for creating a Facebook page which demeaned a fellow student. Over 100 other RB students became followers of the page. The creator of the page was suspended once it was discovered. “The students responsible for the [cyber] bullying were disciplined and the family of the victim was happy with the consequences that took place,” said Passarella, “It is not a game to us. The discipline for bullies is stern and appropriate.” Victims of bullying are encouraged to contact Passarella, Dean David Sibley or any teacher at the school for help. Identities are promised to be kept anonymous, and the RB community is doing everything in its power to put a stop to the problem /and or limit it. Passarella stated “the last thing I want is for a student to feel desperate.”
Also avliable at
rbclarion.org -Video coverage of speech tournament - Photo opinion about bullying at RB -Video of new math boards at work
Model U.N. attends Chicago Conference Rigo Reyes Design Editor
n February 4th, students in RB’s Model United Nations club attended the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago conference (MUNUC) at the Palmer House Hilton at downtown Chicago. This year marked the 22nd year of the conference and RB participants had been eagerly anticipating the conference. MUNUC is one of the most prestigious Model U.N. conferences and it attracts students from all over the U.S as well as some students from other parts of the world. MUNUC brings to life the problems that face the real world and allows participants to represent their assigned country’s position and work towards resolving issues of
global importance. Nineteen students from RB attended the conference and the countries that they represented were Guinea-Bissau and the Bahamas. The conference was four days long and each participant acted as a delegate for a nation and represented that nation in one of 24 different committees. Each nation was represented by two students who were from the same school. Each committee worked at solving certain issues that were germane to two different topics that each delegate had to research prior to the start of the conference. Delegates heatedly debated for hours about what the proper solution to the problems were. Once the majority of the nations in a committee agreed on the solution to the problem at
hand, they passed a resolution. During their time at the conference, students gained a greater sense of politics, diplomacy, and foreign affairs and socialized with participants from other schools. Although the conference was full of long days and restless nights, participants had the opportunity to mix play with work. Participants were given the opportunity to explore Chicago during breaks. On the last night of the conference participants attended the delegate dance and had the opportunity to dance with other delegates, and meet new people who had not been in their committee. Students enjoyed t the experience and were left wanting more after it ended. Students from RB will also be attending the Model
At the University of Chicago conference, RB Model U.N. members participate in the heated debate. United Nations conference at the University of Illinois in April. Of the nineteen students who attended the conference, only
five were not seniors. Because of this, the club is looking for underclassmen to replace the seniors next year.
Riverside Brookfield High School
Feb. 16, 2009•Issue 4
Student initiates Haiti relief effort Kate Abbatacola Content-Editor
fter catastrophe struck Haiti, many organizations sprang into action to provide relief for the people affected by the hurricane. One RB senior decided to join in on the cause, proving that one person really can make a difference. “When I heard what happened, I was inspired to help,” said senior Brianna Dudek, “I went to SA to get help in starting a fundraiser.” Dudek went to a morning meeting held by SA and proposed her idea to collect money that would go to UNICEF, an organization that is committed to helping and protecting children, specifically of developing countries.
Dudek worked with Student Association (SA), NHS, and other volunteers to collect money during all three lunchperiods for an entire week. Students were able to sign up to either sit at a table during lunch or walk around with the collection jars. “SA is always a good way to get things heard,” said SA President Kelly Sherman, “We have a lot experience with raising money for good causes.” Dudek’s inspiration to help Haiti allowed RB to collect over $700 for the cause. “It was great to have the school come together to help out people who are less fortunate,” said Dudek.
Dudek (left) busy collecting funds to aid in the Haiti relief effort.
Beating the winter chill Alex Krug Public Relations Manager
Keep Warm- Bundle up with all your thermal gear (hat, gloves, scarf, etc.). Stay Busy- Continue to stay involved with extra curricular activities. It’s a great way to keep your mind off the dismal weather.
CONTENT EDITOR Kate Abbatacola DESIGN EDITOR Rigo Reyes
English teacher Kathleen Harsy bundles up to brave the winter chill.
Improve Your Diet- Comfort food isn’t the answer. Stay Home (if you’re sick)- Take the necessary time off to feel better if you’re ill. Don’t worry- Summer is right around the corner…kind of.
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Exercise- Breaking a sweat releases endorphins which will make you happier the natural way. Get Outdoors- Take advantage of the snow (build a snowman, go ice skating, etc.).
Staying green through the cold a recurring column on environmental awareness Megan Welch Features manager
s we are well aware by now, winter is upon us. Unfortunately, we have reached the point when the holiday fun has faded away and we’re still stuck in the cold. This winter, why not become environmentally conscious? I know it’s not as easy to picture the effects your actions have when everything is covered in snow, but come spring, you’ll feel great that you took some steps in your life to keep our planet healthy. Even though you’re feeling cold, try to avoid cranking up the heat. Instead, grab a blanket and a hot drink and bundle up. At night, wear tons of blankets and you’ll feel totally fine. That one degree of heat, say between 70 and 71 degrees, really does make a difference in being green. Parents love it when their heating bills aren’t that expensive, and
Clarion Staff EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jette Pleasant
t’s bitter, bleak, and brutal outside…it must be winter in Chicago. If you’re not suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder), you’ve got swine flu, and if you don’t have swine flu, then you have that perpetual runny nose coupled with a killer cough. It’s a vicious cycle! Here are a few things that you can do to keep Ol’ Man Winter at bay.
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you’ll be saving energy in the process. Try to walk to school occasionally. Set a goal for one day a week. Watch the weather and choose the day that promises to be the least cold. Or, try carpooling. You can definitely save gas and money while being green at the same time. If you carry a hot drink to school in the morning, consider bringing it in a reusable mug or thermos. Not only will
you look studious and stylish, but you will be saving the paper and plastic used to make disposable cups. All in all, winter drags on far longer than it really should. We need to protect our environment for the spring and summer to come. Follow these tips and not only will you be happy when spring rolls around, but you’ll feel great right now that you’re helping our planet stay green.
WEB EDITOR David Maslowski PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER Alexandria Krug SPORTS MANAGER Eddie Morrissey OPINION MANAGERS Jason Flam, Joe Sauer MEDIA MANAGER Bradley Wilson LAYOUT MANAGER Brian Wilson NEWS MANAGER Charlie Morrissey FEATURES MANAGER Megan Welch ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER Anthony Scianna STAFF REPORTERS Vince Arvis Mike Hansa Mark McDonagh Ethan Gallegos Ian Pruett-Jones Ryan Chodora Ted Radek Madison Powers Nick Kirkines David Skowronski George Suchy Danielle Sanchez Jessica Williams Rachel Sammons SPONSOR Daniel Mancoff Cherise Lopez Clarion publishes hard copy papers once a month and updates stories constantly online at www.rbclarion.org. The opinions expressed in editorials are those of the individual writers, and do not express those of the Clarion staff or District 208 Administration. Signed letters to the editor are encouraged, but the Clarion reserves the right to edit for content or length.
Riverside Brookfield High School
Feb. 16, 2010•Issue 4
Guilty until proven innocent Brian Wilson Layout-Manager
here’s a fine line between what is legal and what is right and, all too often, that line is blurry. Chicagoland’s very own Chicago Tribune exercises this right regularly with its feature, “Mugs in the News”. “Mugs in the News” is a photo gallery of anyone and everyone arrested in the Chicagoland area. When someone is arrested in Chicago or any of its suburbs, the person’s mug shot is uploaded to the Tribune’s website, along with a list of what the person was charged with, the time and location of arrest, the person’s name, and a full story on the arrest that took place featuring statements from the alleged criminals themselves. A message is displayed at the top of the page, reading: “These arrest and booking photos are provided by law enforcement officials. Arrest does not imply guilt, and criminal charges are merely accusations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.” However, the damage done by simply being on the web site can prove to be problematic for innocent people. Although many Americans may not be aware that the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” actually doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution, presumption of innocence in the court of law is generally inferred
through the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments. Most democratic governments specifically cite the phrase; this is the case in France, Canada, Brazil, and many other countries. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union includes the presumption of innocence for all countries included in the union. The United States government, however, does not specifically imply the presumption of innocence; this is because such a statement would interfere with procedures such as pre-employment drug testing, which is seen as implied guilt on the person being tested. What the Tribune and the police departments are doing is slandering the public. Granted, the information is public information, however the way it is displayed on the feature immediately makes the people look guilty of a crime, which in many cases is not true. There are numerous cases each year of people simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time and getting arrested. The feature does include the police departments of the RB school district, so anyone reading this could be the next face of “Mugs in the News”. When someone is found not guilty of a crime, the person’s worries should be over, but this is no longer true in America. Simply being arrested can prevent one from being hired or getting accepted to a school, which can ruin careers and permanently
damage a person’s image. A question found on most, if not every job application, reads, “Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?” Even when not convicted, being arrested could mean a dramatic impact on one’s life. “Mugs in the News” displays faces on a photo gallery and basically shouts: these people are criminals; everyone point and laugh! Also, when these people are being arrested and are trying to explain their situation, I highly doubt that they are aware that their statements will be on the Tribune’s website with a big picture of them next to it. Similar features are appearing on news websites across the world. In Orlando, a newspaper titled JAIL was released, which features nothing but mug shots, page after page. Apparently there is a fascination with mug shots in America, as the papers sell out each week. MSNBC quoted a woman saying “You need to know who your neighbors are. Somebody might be living next to you and they may be a killer or a child predator.” I think this is a pretty ridiculous justification for reading the paper, because once again, it implies guilt on someone who very well could be innocent. So what if I saw my neighbor in “Mug in the News”? Unless they have been convicted of anything, I wouldn’t assume they did anything wrong.
Faux mugshot of layout-manager Brian Wilson. Of course there are a few exceptions. If someone skips bail, then it’s probable that they are guilty, and their mug shot should be posted to help find the person. I am not even totally opposed to having mug shots of people arrested in a news story about a particular crime. If the story is about the crime and they are the alleged perpetrators, then it is acceptable, because it is relevant to the story. The people reading have a choice to believe whether the people in the picture are or are not guilty. I am opposed to having a database type feature that people can use to simply browse through mug
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shots, and say, “Oh look at this child molester and this murderer over here”, as an entertainment purpose. In short, the information is public, and so can legally be used in the Tribune’s feature “Mugs in the news”. While it may be legal, the question that begs to be asked is: is this practice ethical? I would not think so. As this type of practice becomes more common in the journalistic world, we must ask ourselves; are we comfortable with this? Is this really something we want to become a norm, or do we choose to look down on this sort of thing? I agree with the latter.
Factory farming Why is there a Valentine’s Day? -the raw reality Nick Kirkines Staff-Reporter
apid industrialization, which has occurred in the past 50 to 60 years, has caused most Americans to become completely unaware of the major changes in agricultural practices. A new type of farming, known as “factory farming” or “agribusiness,” has developed as a way of mass-producing packages of meat, milk and eggs. Common conceptions of the word “farm” are that of great expanses of green pasture blanketed by soft blue skies. Yet most animals raised on factory farms are confined in cramped, unhealthy indoor warehouses and denied room enough to stand up or even stretch their limbs out comfortably. The reason behind these appalling conditions is simple: the more animals that can be crammed into a single space, the more animals there are to slaughter for food. Each year, over 10 billion farm animals are raised and killed on U.S. factory farms. Hope Bohanec, the Grassroots Field Manager for In Defense of Animals, claims that it is “really hard to imagine a more horrible existence” than that o f the typical farm factory animal. “They are subject to painful procedures without anesthesia,” said Bohanec. “Babies are taken away from mothers. The stench of ammonia from the concentrated urine is so overwhelming, workers go in with masks on, but the animals are forced to live in it.” Sick or dying animals are often neglected, denied veterinary
care and thrown into the garbage where they are left to die from suffocation. There are currently no federal laws in existence to protect farm animals from these and other forms of abuse. Longtime animal advocate and Farm Sanctuary Employee Matthew Rice believes that the simplest and most effective way in which animal cruelty can be prevented or decreased is through the adoption of a vegetarian or vegan diet. “Each time we shop at the supermarket or dine at a restaurant, we cast a vote with our money,” said Rice. “We can choose to support the cruel and destructive practices inherent in modern animal agriculture or instead we can choose compassionate, plantbased alternatives.” Paul McCartney once said: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian,” and certainly, the biggest problem currently facing animals is that the majority of the public remains unaware of the conditions and abuse which animals are ritually subjected to, and the cruelty inherent in modern animal agriculture, a fact which industries rely on to continue practices which would commonly be considered unethical. If we are to truly prevent this kind of abuse, we must stop thinking of animals as unfeeling commodities. We must learn that while, in contemporary America, millions of products are marketed for the sole purpose of making a profit, life should never be among them. -Pleasant
alentines Day is a day celebrated throughout America as a day for couples to express feelings of affection for each other through the traditional “valentine” love notes, flowers, and of course, the never-failing chocolate hearts. Valentines Day has meant a lot to those lucky enough to find their soul mate, but the history behind Valentines Day has a not-soromantic start. Saint Valentine is a particular character. Throughout history several different theories have risen as to exactly who this real life cupid was. One theory is that Saint Valentine was a priest during the age of the Roman Empire, while another claims he was a bishop in Interamna, all the while, a third theory claims him to be a martyr in Africa. However the only true theory supported by any proof is the first one. During the reign of Claudius II, Saint Valentine married Christian couples trying to evade Claudius’ persecution.
Once caught by the tyrannical leader he was imprisoned for a time—until he tried converting the Emperor to Christianity which resulted in Saint Valentine’s execution. However even this theory can be questioned. It is widely believed that Valentines Day was created just so the
Catholic Church could surpass the Pagan Holiday of Lupercalia So the next time you lean in for that Valentines Day kiss remember that someone at some point in time made sacrifices for you to express your feelings.
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Riverside Brookfield High School
Feb. 16, 2010•Issue 4
Darksiders - a nostalgic tribute
Case file: Sherlock Holmes the movie
Ian Pruett-Jones Staff-reporter
Charlie Morrissey News Manager
ideo games are like movies in that they adhere strongly to the age old saying “If it aint’ broke, don’t fix it.” When someone comes along and brings something new to the table, it will inevitably have cheap imitations cashing in on someone else’s creativity. Skeptical reviewers have called Darksiders: Path of war, one such imitation. I disagree with that statement; it’s less a cheap knock-off as it is a loving homage to some of the classics through the history of gaming. Darksiders takes all the great aspects of best games and combines them into a fun and enjoyable game that should be given a try by anyone who appreciates a good adventure game. In Darksiders, you play as war, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse who is unfairly accused of bringing about Armageddon prematurely. As such war is sentenced to death by a higher entity than that of heaven and hell, the charred council. War pleads innocent and demands to be sent back to earth to uncover the truth behind what happened and subsequently get revenge, nothing new here. The main focus of Darksiders is that Vigil Games, the creators, combined many styles of games and brought them all together pretty well. Darksiders borrows most heavily from the “Legend of Zelda” series. Some examples of the similarities are that each boss is located in a dungeon, the only way to get through
the dungeon and ultimately beat the boss is to use the gadget you receive while in the dungeon, and lastly, after defeating the boss, you get a “life container” of sorts that gives you an extra bar of health. Sound familiar yet? Darksiders also borrows from other gaming giants such as God of war, and even portal. While some might get turned off by such blatant use of other companies ideas, most people will just appreciate that here is a good game with almost all of the things you love about the games it gets its inspiration from, and it takes out some of the aspects you don’t like. The story is nothing special and only really picks up towards the end, but you do end up wanting to find out exactly what caused the earth’s current predicament. None of the characters are really vibrant, but Mark Hamill does deliver a nice performance in the form of the watcher, the shifty entity that travels with war on his journey per command of the council. He offers snide comments at some parts and insightful advice at others. While Darksiders does nothing to reinvent the genre, it certainly doesn’t drag it down. I would at least recommend a rental of this game, if for nothing other than the feeling of nostalgia it brings when playing moments that were clearly inspired by other games. Rating: 7 stars out of 10
RB students’ Call of Duty
t was only a matter of time before the crime solving duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson came to the big screen. The tandem was previously featured in a TV series in the 1980’s after being a hit book series, but since then they have not had much exposure. Robert Downey Jr. plays Sherlock Holmes, and his version of the character is more hardhitting than Holmes as he is portrayed in the TV series or books. Holmes frequently gets in boxing matches and, like the books, is always falling into trouble. Downey is good at portraying the rough and tumble side of Holmes and is surprisingly good at showing his crime solving side. Dr. Watson (Jude Law) is the faithful side-kick like always. He continually follows Holmes to help him solve cases, even risking his relationship with his future wife to get Holmes out of trouble. In this movie, the gang is after Lord Blackwood who performs weird human sacrifice rituals. Watson and Holmes save the day and Blackwood is executed- or so they believe. Watson declares him dead, but soon rumors swirl around that Blackwood is back from the dead. Holmes and Watson need to find Blackwood and stop the string of murders that Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) and his gang are carrying out. Sherlock Holmes is long (more than two hours), but is
worth it for the most part. The movie drags on a little bit during the middle, but is highly entertaining as a whole. Both Holmes and Watson are well played, especially Watson, who is very faithful, but at the same time skeptical about Holmes latest little schemes. I give Sherlock Holmes 3 stars out of 4. The action and acting are both great, but in order to receive four stars the entire movie has to be thrilling. The movie was not great throughout, but overall I really liked it. The
plot with Lord Blackwood was very interesting and the twists with Holmes boxing were also very fun and original. The film is rated PG-13, but I think it is good for the entire family to see because there is just some violence and action. The public’s response to this movie was great: it has grossed 300 million dollars as of January 14. All this means is that Sherlock Holmes is back and as good as ever. Rating: 8 stars out of 10
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David Maslowski Web Editor
ideo games at the start of the century were a relatively new media. Even today, video games are still in their infancy. Just ten years profits for videogames world wide reach somewhere in the $18 billion range. As of January 2010, a single game has reached what was once an impossible dream for any developer, which is over one billion dollars in sales for a single game. That game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, was made by developer Infinity Ward and was published by Activision. The game has become a sensation by taking over lives, and has taken almost the entire gamer population by storm. But what about Call of Duty makes it so appealing? In almost all aspects, Call of Duty is just a normal video game. So what makes this one stand out so much more than others like it? I decided to ask
around the school and find out what about Call of Duty makes it so appealing, and to obtain a little insight on what people find to do in the game. What I gathered from my interviews is that Modern Warfare 2 is a shooting game that is just plain addicting. It’s biggest pull factor is it’s upgrade system. The system always keeps a carrot hanging in front of the player and as a result gives an incentive to keep playing. Modern Warfare also allows players to connect with their friends from across the world. It turns what was once a solitary act into something that can now be done with friends. Modern Warfare 2 is such a big hit because it is not just a game but an activity. Friends are now able to brag, and show off to each other in a new way, all the while being connected from the comfort of their own homes.
-Video: RB students’ Call of Duty Web-editor, David Maslowski, takes an inside look at the not-so-secret videogame addiction
Riverside Brookfield High School
Feb. 16, 2010•Issue 4
Cheerleaders fight on to victory Alex Krug Publc Relations Manager
he weekend of February 5th, the RBHS Varsity girls Cheerleading Squad received second place in the Medium Squad division. The IHSA State Competition was held in Bloomington. The team received an overall score of 89.08, with Lemont H.S. receiving first place with a score of 90.56. “I am so very proud of these athletes”, said varsity cheerleading coach Chris Borzym, “It is a feeling of complete euphoria and pride.” This is the first girls’ state trophy in the history of the school. The team placed
first at the Sandberg H.S. Invite, the Grayslake H.S. Invite, and the Rolling Meadows H.S. Tournament. The girls’ also placed first in the Metro Suburban Conference, and third at sectionals. Captains this year were seniors Becca O’Neil, Tori Zeman, Nicole Rocconi, and Sabrina Schuppe. “Since freshman year we have wanted to get a top three state trophy, and then for us to take second is amazing,” said captain Schuppe, “We worked really hard this year, and showed that to the judges.”
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The girls cheerleading squad poses with their latest trophy.
New Orleans Saints win superbowl XLIV Jason Flam Opinion manager
10 Stupid questions with varsity swimmer Jerry Brown 1.) What do you like about wearing a Speedo? It’s a way of expressing my true feelings. 2.) How long does it take you to shave your body for swim meets?
An average person takes about 1 hour but a person like Billy Fuener takes 4.
3.) Do you eat more food than Michael Phelps?
Yes, but let’s keep that on the DL.
4.) If your parents were fish, what kind of fish would they be?
Definitely a Pineapple Fish and a Lionfish.
5.) In what ways does swimming give you super powers? I have mastered the art of breathing under water. 6.) Pizza or Hot Dogs?
7.) What was it like being raised by dolphins? It was rough and I didn’t have many friends. 8.) What helps you swim faster: your gills, or your webbed feet? Neither, my shark-like body. 9.) Is it true that you live in an aquarium?
Yes, but only on Tuesdays.
10.) Finding Nemo or Free Willy? Nemo.
Now that Super Bowl XLIV is over and done with, we can move on, right? Well then you better not take a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras next week because you may get lost not in a flood due to inclement weather, but more likely due to the great flooding of drunken fans still left celebrating after a monumental victory for the Saints and the City of New Orleans. To some of us it may seem a bit ridiculous, but I guess you can understand why the festivities haven’t stopped since 8:45 p.m. CST last Sunday. Drew Brees has been forever immortalized in the eyes of the Saints faithful with such bad puns as “Our savior ‘Breesus’”, and the proposal to change the city’s name to “Drew Orleans”. That fan base deserves a guy like Drew Brees, and they certainly deserve to feel a little bit of excitement of hope. But let’s not get carried away
here. The city isn’t going to automatically rebuild itself overnight now just because the team we used to deem the “Aint’s” finally won a championship. While it is a great thing for the entire community, it won’t bring tourism through the roof or magically create more money for the relief effort of place ravaged by Hurricane Katrina just five years ago. But it is a great story and one that most of America came to embrace because we love heartwarming tales and we love the underdog. It was almost too good to be true. But it is, so we have to stop thinking that this was just a dream, and let the surrealism run its course. The passing orchestrated by Saints’ Coach Sean Payton and Brees was beautiful. Payton also took a page out of RB Coach Otto Zeman’s playbook when he decided to open the second half with an onside kick that caught the costar of the E! show Kendra, Hank Baskett, off guard and allowed the Saints to strike first out of the locker room and never stop piling it on. Not to mention that Saints’ kicker Garrett Hartley booted the
ball as well as anyone else before him to give his team some much need field goals before halftime to keep the Saints relevant. It just seemed like the Saints wanted it more than the Colts. Brees played out of his mind on Sunday, and was simply better than his counterpart Peyton Manning. Brees ended up completing 32 passes, a Super Bowl record, while Manning committed a costly turnover late in the game to all but end any hopes of an Indy comeback drive. This is why I am going to go ahead and call myself out for proclaiming Manning as the “end-all be-all” of quarterbacks. Don’t get me wrong, he is still one of the greatest of all time despite the fact that he faltered down the stretch against the Saints, but he still played pretty well. I would still put him in that category of top three quarterbacks of all time, and maybe one day when it’s all said and done he will atop the ranks alone. But for right now Brees is the man, and he should seize the moment and go show “Drew Orleans” how to celebrate Mardi Gras.
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Riverside Brookfield High School
Feb. 16, 2010•Issue 4
RB love child Valentine’s day may be over, but love child has arrived!
Bryan Smaller is the love child of Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg
Mark Benya is the love child of Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day off and Pee Wee Herman.
Kate Abbatacola is the love child of Emma Roberts and Amanda Peet.
Mr. Miller is the love child of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sam the Eagle.
Mark Swift is the love child of John C. Reilly and Corey from boy meets world.
Jamien Griggs is the love child of Forest Whitaker and band camp kid from American Pie.
Tim Hannigan is the love child of Sheen from Jimmy Neutron and Wolverine.
Larry Buckley is the love child of Jack Black and Colton Arnold.
Mr. Friedrych is the love child of Stephen Colbert and Randy Orton.
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