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The RJ Voice The Student Voice of Regis Jesuit High school

Volume i issue ii, winter 2012


THE student voice of REGis jesuit STAFF

The RJ Voice is a designated limited-forum* for student expression. The publications are for the students, by the students. RJ Voice news magazine, RJ Live, and the RJ Voice online are serve as mediums for student opinions and ideas.

EDITORS -IN- CHIEF

The content of the publications reflects only the views of the student staff and not school officials.

Allie Petko ‘13 & Ben Mohler ‘14

MANAGING EDITORS RJ Voice News Magazine: Matt Mauser ‘14, Quincy Gholston ‘13 & Delaney Lanker ‘13 RJ Voice Website: Liam McAleavey& Emmy Earsom ‘13

The student editors will have final say in the content of the publications.

RJ Live Broadcast: Tommy Reins ‘13 & Stephen Snyder ‘13

Associate Editors Community: Emma Bohn ‘13 & Jose Chalit ‘13, Photography: Emma Bridgewater ‘14 & Jackson Burkholder ‘14 Advertising: Frank Morton ‘13 & Tanya Glick‘13 Social Media: Jose Chalit ‘13, Sean Whitley ‘ 13, Emma Bohn ‘13, Alex Nemechek ‘14 & Ramya Depa‘13

Missy Franklin ‘13; Tanya Glick ‘13 Cristian Adams ‘14; Anthony Fante ‘13; Eric Gardiner ‘14; Chambers Giblin ‘14; Brad Hektor ‘13; Chris Moreno ‘14; ; Taylor Nichols ‘13; Kahle Collins ‘13; Imani Lindberg ‘16; Katelyn Schiessler ‘16; Kate Weis ‘16; Kira Zigan ‘16

REPORTERS Jorge Palacios Jr.; Kennedy Krause; Grace Shipp; Sarah Delmonte; Nicole Berstrom; Alexa Hamilton; Matt Shanahann; Joe Quigley; Jake Lennert; Charlie Smith; Alex Arora; Alex Vasquez; Simon Barshay; Angel Bolivar; Sean Brennan; Colin Byrne; Connor Cauley; William Clawson; Jack Diaz Doherty; Brian Engh; Sammy Fox ; Carlos Gomez; Jesse Kozler; Jack O’Hollearn; Jack Puhr; Quinn Ritzdorf; Squid Schmitz; Nathan Shutts; Nicholas Stofa; Nick Arrigo; Zach Bodeau; Zander Boissé; Ryan Brown; Alec Burran; Brian Cromie; Evan Bolling; Austin Fillipi; Ethan FitzRandolph; Sam Gartner; Luis Hernandez; Jimmy Hickok; Connor Janson; Chris Kedzior; Walker Lands; Ricky Le; Tito Limas-Dominguez; Spencer Lindaman ; Patrick Mahoney; David Morroni; Matthew Sinkiewicz; Ben Steyaert; Anthony Vargas; David Voell; Dana Mackin; Jaylem Allen-Durousseau LEAD DEsigner: Allie Petko ‘13

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School officials, administration or faculty and staff, likewise, shall not have prior review or decision-making influence or capabilities when it comes to the content of the publication with the exception of the following cases. *The publication is an open forum except when limited by the following three cases. In the following cases, prior review and prior restraint may be acceptable only by the school president and the divisional principals. The student editors will work closely with the divisional principals and the school president to make content decisions in these cases: 1) Obituaries; 2) Crimes and situations that are currently in the court of law ; 3) Termination of employees The following content is not authorized in any student publication in any way, shape, or form:

Editors

Adam Dawkins ‘98 & Jason Ell ‘04

The staff strives to produce objective, well-balanced and accurate reporting and content that features a range of students, their interests, and their viewpoints. The staff is dedicated to being fair, accurate, truthful, and responsible. The staff will seek the truth and report it, minimize harm, and act independently. We promise to be transparent, accountable, and open. The staff will produce content with the Jesuit secondary education mission in mind.

LEAD photographers: Jackson Burkholder ‘14 & Emma Bridgewater ‘14

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Lead Play by Play: Stephen Snyder ‘13, Justin Brasel ‘14, Tommy Reins ‘13 Color: Joe Quigley ‘14, Jake Lennert ‘13 & Michael Bell ‘13, Joey Bonnel ‘15 Lead Producer: Tommy Reins ‘13 Producers: Dugan Tighe ‘13, Charlie Smith ‘16 Camera: Jorge Palacios ‘14, Tom Beasley ‘13,Joey Bonnel, Skyler Morris ‘13, Dean Hampers ‘16, Trevor Buckman ‘16, Squid Schmitz ‘16 Sideline Reporter: Charlie Smith ‘16

Corrections from RJ Voice Fall Issue

Page 34: Where Does the Money Go? Tuition goes up $850 a year, not $85. Page 40: Field Hockey’s #1; crabs have ten legs.

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THE RJ VOICE WHAT’S INSIDE FEATURES

06 24 Holiday Traditions 25 Winter Holidays 26 Made in China 32 The Price of Freedom 34 Home For The Holidays 38 Skiing vs. Snowboarding Music Then to Now

BY J. CHALIT ‘13 & E. BRIDGEWATER ‘14 BY E. BOHN ‘13 & B. MOHLER ‘14 BY KATE WEIS ‘16

BY EMMY EARSOM ‘13

BY M. MAUSER ‘14 & S. WHITLEY ‘13 BY KATE WEIS ‘16

BY T. NICHOLS ‘13, S. WOOD ‘13 & K. ZIGAN ‘16

Issues

47 Obama

BY HERBERTO LIMAS ‘14

10 Signing Day College Football 15 STUDENT LIFE 21 Regis Jesuit Rowers Greek Life 13 The Newest Nugget 29 17 Snap Chat 20 Language in America entertainment Little Shop of Horrors Rules of Feminism 31 29 Taylor Swift RED 40 The Wolfpack 37 RCLC Girl Language Decoded 42 45 Teach-In What Swift Song Are You? 37 Father-Daughter Gala Good vs. Evil

BY JAYLEM ALLEN-DUROUSSEAU

BY JACKSON BURKHOLDER ‘14

BY Q. GHOLSTON ‘13 & R. DEPA ‘13

BY D. LANKER ‘13 & K.C. DANNER ‘13

BY DUGAN TIGHE ‘13

BY MISSY FRANKLIN ‘13

BY ALLIE PETKO ‘13

BY CHRIS MORENO ‘14

BY ALLIE PETKO ‘13

BY QUINCY GHOLSTON ‘13 BY KIRA ZIGAN ‘16

BY SHELBY KSIAZEK ‘13

BY SHELBY KSIAZEK ‘13 BY EMMA BOHN ‘13

BY SEAN WOOD ‘13

BY A. PETKO ‘13 & A. PERCHIAZZI ‘13

BY EMMY EARSOM ‘13

BY KATELYN SCHIESSLER ‘16

04 09 Contraception Controversy Social Media 14 pROFILES Sleep Deprived? 18 Laura Gabrielson Public vs. Private School 08 22 Claire Campbell 12 41 Hackers 18 Marco Capraro Chrissy Clark OPINION Toys: What Happened?! 30 28 McKensi Austin 41 Service: For God & Country Freshmen Profiles 35 43 You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Teachers 46 End of the World?

SPORTS

BY KAHLE C. DANNER

BY IMANI LINDBERG ‘16 BY DANA MACKIN ‘14

BY ANN PERCHIAZZI ‘13

BY IMANI LINDBERG ‘16

BY DELANEY LANKER ‘13

BY CRISTIAN ADAMS ‘15

BY BEN MOHLER ‘14

BY KAHLE C. DANNER ‘13

BY TANYA GLICK ‘13

BY KATE WEIS ‘16

BY FRANK MORTON ‘13

BY A. PETKO ‘13 & A. PERCHIAZZI ‘13

BYCRISTIAN ADAMS ‘15

BY QUINCY GHOLSTON ‘13

COLUMNS

05 Liam’s Game Corner Club Corner: Anglophile 08 14 Top Tweets 23 Everybody Has a Story BY LIAM McALEAVEY ‘13 BY TOMMY REINS ‘13

BY KELLEN FOSTER ‘13 BY SEAN WHITLEY ‘13

Club Corner: Robotics BY CHAMBERS GIBLIN ‘14

44 Music Buzz 45 Dr. Big Love BY JOSE CHALIT ‘13 BY DR. BIG LOVE


Features

Is this the end of the world? A look at the Mayan 2012 end date BY JACKSON BURKHOLDER @Jupitorphoto | 2014

12-21-12. Most know the date as the day that the Mayans predicted the world to end. Not only is it the Winter Solstice, but it’s also the end of thirteen Baktuns, the largest increment in the Mayan Long Count Calendar (See inset). The Long Count calendar was used to record the length of king’s reigns and other long term events like galactic alignments.

a section of the Milky Way that is absent of stars. The Maya believed that it was the road to the underworld. The Mayans thought of the Galactic Center as the

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By comparing close celestial objects which move with precession (like the Sun) with those that remain fixed (like the Milky Way), the Mayans were able to discover how the tilt of the Earth’s axis changes. Because knowledge like this was recorded and passed down over generations, the Mayans were able to track the Precession of the Equinoxes over many, many years; they knew where the sun would be located on the 21st. Will the world really end though? “The Mayans had some great insight into things. Obviously, I’m hopeful that the world won’t end or that there won’t be anything turbulent, but I think maybe we are at a point in society where we really are kind of coming to where we have to look at things, like we’re doing with climate change,” Kintgen said. Depending on how you look at the inscriptions, the date may not refer to an apocalypse so much as it refers to a cultural change and brings on a new era of the human race. It might even refer to the current technological revolution.

Although Long Count dates found in some inscriptions date past the year 2012, according to some scholars, 13 Baktuns signifies the end of the fifth and final world age, or stage of creation. But what is the significance of it falling on the 21st of this month? The 21st is the day that the winter solstice sun lines up with the spot where the ecliptic intersects the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius. The location where the ecliptic, the path of the sun and other planets pass the Earth, crosses the Milky Way was sacred to the Mayans and is known as the Crossroads. Also near the Crossroads is the Galactic Center and the “Dark Rift”,

Equinoxes is where the Earth’s rotational axis slowly turns, with one of the signs being that the location of the equinox sun progresses west compared other farther off objects (hence the name).

So far, most of the students and faculty at Regis Jesuit are not worried. “I do not believe that the Mayans did predict the end of the world. Their views have been largely distorted by sensationalism,” said history teacher Mr. Bill Kehrman. place where all of creation originated, partly because of its womb-like shape. Mr. Mike Kintgen has been studying Mayan Culture since he was in college. “It is interesting that down here on planet Earth way back when, they were able, through tracking movements of stars and planets, to figure out that the center of our galaxy is where it is, and that they have this belief that the origin of life comes from very near the actual center of our galaxy,” Kintgen said.

Senior David Varley has a similar view. “I personally believe that the end date of 12/21/12 is a complete hoax. If anything, more people will get hurt in fear of something happening, that from something actually happening,” Varley said. “No, [I don’t think the world is going to end] but I say we throw an end of the world party!” junior Madisyn Yaron said. “I’d tell people to enjoy their time up until 12-21-12. Check some things off your list, be kind to people, but don’t buy too much into it,” Kintgen said.

The Mayan Long Count Calender Kin = 1 Day

“The Mayans knew a little about how the Earth wobbles a bit on its axis.” Kintgen said.

Uinal = 20 Days

This is an essential piece to the alignment, called Precession of the Equinoxes. Precession of the

Katun = 7, 200 Days

Tun = 360 Days

Baktun = 144,000 Days WINTER 2012


ENTERTAINMENT

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Connor tears it up in the iconic Assassin’s Creed III BY LIAM MCALEAVEY

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Above: Connor, who’s original name is Ratonhnhaké:ton, looks rather menacing as the newest member of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. Below: Connor in a battle, looking awesome.

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ssassin’s Creed loves to set itself apart from other games in the Action/Adventure genre. Sure, the first game may have been a little repetitive at times, but as each new Assassin’s Creed game has been released, controls have been tweaked, animations have become clearer and more realistic, and, most of all, sudden plot twists have left players reeling, and buzzing with anticipation for the next installment. Now, the fifth game in the series, Assassins Creed III is the biggest and best yet. If you’ve ever wondered what living history looks like, look no further. Contrary to popular belief, all the details that have ever been put into an Assassin’s Creed game are completely historically accurate. It’s highly unlikely that a secret group of assassins has been fighting the Knight’s Templars for a thousand years, but besides that, everything else is fact. Connor fights in Lexington and Concord, meets George Washington, witnesses the Boston Massacre, and much more. It’s actually a wonderful tool for anyone studying American history, as it makes the history of the Revolution come to life in a way that no other medium can accomplish. So what about gameplay? Well, it’s the biggest step up that Assassin’s Creed has ever taken. Even players who have played the last four titles in the series will be amazed by the amount that the series has grown in just a single game. “The game flows so much better now,” said Sophomore Cristian Adams. “There’s parts that are a lot harder, but they added so much more. When you’re out in the world sometimes, you’d rather just experience it than play the story.” And with such a beautiful world of pre-war America, why wouldn’t you want to explore? And the new mechanics of being able to scale trees, hunt animals, and

Connor meets the great General George Washington.

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generally tame the wilds, make running around as an assassin better than ever. And let’s not forget about the story, either. Running around aimlessly can be fun, but not with a mission to save the world resting on your shoulders. This may be the fifth game in the series, but the plot is just as spicy and fresh as it has been in the past. Assassin’s Creed III doesn’t miss a beat while skipping ahead another three and a half centuries, and this new ancestor of Desmond Miles is just as intriguing as Altair and Ezio were. “The plot is so intricate, it beckons to you,” said Senior Elliott Rarden. “It pretty much forces you to play on without actually physically making you do it. It’s incredible.” Connor certainly doesn’t disappoint. In fact, let’s take an in depth look at the new hero. The Man: Connor Kenway comes from a complicated heritige of British and American Indian descent. He has family ties on both sides of the Revolutionary war, but favors neither side, as his code calls him to kill Templars, regardless of affiliation. The only thing he believes in is freedom, and revenge for his mother, who was killed by a Templar. He will stop for no one. Not only that, but Connor’s Skill as a hunter of animals makes him an ideal hunter of people, swinging from trees and dropping down for a perfect surprise attack. The Machines: Connor comes into the game with many new toys that haven’t been seen in previous Assassin’s Creed games. The hidden blade makes a comeback for this installment, but it’s far different from previous incarnations. Where Altair and Ezio standard ones, Connor’s comes out of its holder to become a standard dagger, making it much more versitile in combat while still being able to hide on his wrist. His dual pistols are a slight downgrade from the hidden pistol that Ezio held, but they’re quite powerful, and useful nonetheless. He carries a bow and arrow, with which he is extremely accurate and lethal at long range. Lastly, Connor’s most well known new weapon is his tomahawk, and he is a brutal fighter. His use of combinations with the tomahawk and hidden blade make him easily the most deadly hand to hand combatant in the history of the Assassin’s Creed series.

The Game as a Whole: Assassin’s Creed III is by far the best game the series has put out to date. Not only that, but the added details in graphic design, the free running system, Connor’s weapons, and other small elements really make the game stand out from not only previous titles in the series, but also from any other game released so far in the holiday season. Assassin’s Creed III is well on its way to the list of greatest games of 2012. Looking Forward: What’s Next on the List? Picking a game for the next issue was extremely difficult, as there were just so many to choose from. Skyrim’s new DLC: Dragonborn, Dishonored, Black Ops II, Halo 4, and BioShock Infinite just to name a few. But eventually, it came down to the game Medal of Honor: Warfighter. This game is the sequel to the 2010 re-boot of the Medal of Honor series by EA, DICE, and Danger Close. The first game was good, if a little flawed, but this sequel promises great things, and it seems that everything that could have been improved, has been. So next, we travel to Afghanistan to experience a true modern warfare. Read all about it after Christmas!

The Medal of Honor: Warfighter logo.

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FEATURES BY JOSE CHALIT and EMMA BRIDGEWATER @jemiliochalit I 2013 and @EmmaBridgeH2O I 2014

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lose your eyes. Imagine that the beat of your heart is now the bass in a song, throbbing and pulsing, replacing the blood in your body with the notes of music. Now imagine the twang of an electric guitar lighting up the dark of your closed eyes. Each beat of the drum is a little pulsing light, getting brighter as each note is renewed. And then the magic happens. You add it all together. The flashes of light from each twang of the guitar, the pulsing lights from the drums, the the steady thump of the bass in your body. And then the singing starts. Each word is a different color, illuminating the black behind your eyelids, transforming into an amazing collaboration of senses. And it’s called music. All across the world, in every culture and throughout every genre, music means something. It’s a means of communication, an expression of feeling and a universal language among all. As communication rapidly advances around us, music steadily makes its own transitions to unite an ever changing world.

From the primitive, yet rhythmically hypnotizing prehistoric drums, to the elaborate symphonies of Beethoven and Bach, music has constantly changed, shifted, and transformed into the music we recognize today. With every passing second, the world around us is changing. Technology is evolving. These changes are the force behind the ever-changing world of music. From drums, to violins, to pianos, to guitars, to a computer, technological advances continue to push music and the artists to something completely new and previously unknown. “Most of today’s music can come out of an everyday laptop.” Mr. Bernie Sauer, Vocal and Instrumental teacher in the Girls Division, said. “Believe it or not, but the counterpoint created by Bach is used in MGMT’s ‘Kids. MGMT is a psychedelic group who infuses elements from past artists to make something new and modern. From tribal drums to the laptops of popular artists today, progression in technology means not only a change in genre, but also a change in the way music is shared. Music holds a different message and a different meaning for each person who listens to it. It had been said that music is a universal language. “The accessibility of music has expanded from the record player and radio to the internet and iPods. Therefore, we have the privilege of being exposed to several 06 // THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

Top artists through the decades: 2000’s 1.Eminem 2.Usher 3.Nelly 4.Beyonce 5.Alicia Keys List by: www.billboard.com

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90’s 1.Nirvana 2.Pearl Jam 3.Radiohead 4.Oasis 5.Tori Amos List by: www.listal.com 80’s 1.Micheal Jackson 2.Prince 3.Madonna 4.U2 5.Bruce Springsteen List by: www.rateyourmusic.com 70’s 1.Eagles 2.Elton John 3.Lynyrd Skynyrd 4.The Rolling Stones 5.Aerosmih List by: www.rateyourmusic.com 60’s 1.The Beatles 2.The Rolling Stones 3.Creedence Clearwater Revival 4.Elvis Presley 5.Jimi Hendrix List by: www.rateyourmusic.com

genres at once.” Sauer said. The emotion and the meaning are different to each listener, but the beat and the sounds are the same, uniting us all in some way. You’re back. The last note in the song rings in your ears. The lights fade and the sounds finally die away. Open your eyes. That’s music.

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Then to now

Musical Q&A

Q & A Bios: Mrs. Jane Whitley

Music Q & A with Mrs. Oliver, Mrs. Whitley, and Grace Marriott ‘13 “My Sharona” by The Knack (1979) Mrs. Oliver: My Sharona always drove me crazy. It wasn’t one of my favorite songs. It was just too frenetic for me. Mrs. Whitley: This guy I hung out with, Tom, it was his favorite song, and so he played it all the time. Grace Marriott: It makes me think of my parents because that’s the type of music they listen to. It’s not bad. “Call Me” by Blondie (1980)

Librarian- GD Graduation year: 1979 Favorite song: Depends on mood. In high school/college it was the Doors, especially Road House Blues. Now, Kenny Chesney, specifically Boys of Fall Mrs. Christine Oliver

Mrs. Oliver: I loved Blondie and so did my Freshman year college roommate. This song will always remind me of my first year at DU and my roommate. Mrs. Whitley: I didn’t really like it then. It was played all the time, so I didn’t really like it. I was more into alternative rock. Grace: Not my type of music. It’s not bad; I’d listen to it but I’m not into ‘rock & roll’ type music. It reminds me of a movie. One more Night by Maroon 5 (2012) Mrs. Oliver: I like Maroon 5. They’re one of my favorite current bands.

Special Needs Coordinator: GD Graduation year: 1980 Favorite song: Let it Be by John Lennon.

Mrs. Whitley: I don’t know that song as well as I know the other two. I’ve heard it, but I’m more into country music at the moment, so I don’t really listen to it. But I like Adam Levine on The Voice.

Grace Marriott

Grace: I like it because I like Adam Levine, but I don’t know, I don’t like it at the same time because it’s so modern. I don’t know. That’s not my type of music, my favorite song right now is Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran.

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Student Life

LAURA: EN POINTE

Sophomore Laura Gabrielson and the life of a dancer BY ANN PERCHIAZZI @ann_perchiazzi l 2013 Seniors Kendall Higgins and Jesse Weed sport the flag Photo by: Tommy Reins | 2013

ANGLOPHILE

CLUB Anglophile (noun) - a person who greatly admires or favors England and things that are English BY TOMMY REINS @tommyreins | 2013

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racticing accents, drinking tea, following the royal wedding, having scones and eating ‘fish and chips’ all make the Anglophile Club truly unique to the Girls Division. The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month and can attract crowds 40 strong. “It starts with us heating water,” senior Kendall Higgins said. Tea is always served at the start of meetings followed by a British movie, craft making, or even a British speaker. Senior Jesse Weed and Kendall Higgins founded the club two years ago and continue to attract new members. Ms. Trollinger, the club’s moderator, has been instrumental in rallying the club members to bigger and better things. Trollinger is looking to get club meetings catered with fish and chips. The club was so popular at club fair this year that there still is a waiting list for prospective members. “It’s fun to know that so many people had an interest in the club,” senior Jesse Weed said. Their popularity is matched only by their spirit. Ms. Jen Gray, who teaches British Literature in the Boys Division said, “They had an incredible showing at the Homecoming parade.” What exactly gets the girls excited about England? “The Olympics in London, Kate and William and One Direction are all forms of British influence,” Higgins said. “I’m hoping that some of the underclassmen will step up to the plate and put some effort in it to make it better,” Weed said. With the current rate of expansion, don’t assume the Anglophile Club to be a temporarily trendy organization. It will surely outlive its senior leaders.

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“It is simply just my passion”, sophomore Laura Gabrielson said. “This is the best way I can express myself.” Gabrielson has been dancing since she was three. “It is as natural as walking, to me,” she said. Gabrielson spends sixteen hours a week working on technique, maximizing flexibility and building strength and control. She trains by dancing for not one but two companies: Metropolitan Academy of Dance and Aurora Ballet Company.

“I love the thrill of preforming,” Gabrielson said. She competes in about six competitions a year and preforms in two recitals. Her most important show is during the Christmas season, as a dancer in the Nutcracker. This is a major accomplishment for a dancer. Gabrielson also keeps busy by performing in Swan Lake and Cinderella. Gabrielson’s dance experience is enhanced by her fellow dancers and teachers. They have provided her with a family at the studio. “I don’t have any huge plans for the future, but I will dance until I stop loving it.” WINTER 2012


ISSUES

CONTROVERSY OVER CONTRACEPTION Should doctors inform teens about contraception methods? BY RAMYA DEPA and QUINCY GHOLSTON @RamyaDepa | 2013 @quincy gholston | 2013

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hen a teen walks into their pediatrician’s office for their yearly check-up, they usually aren’t considering the uncomfortable discussion regarding contraception that might follow.

As the nation’s politics become more polarized, particularly in light of The Department of Health and Human Services Contraception mandate which is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) people debate over the matter of whether doctors should seek to inform teens about contraceptive services. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly termed “Obamacare”, aims to decrease the number of uninsured Americans, reduce the overall cost of healthcare for individuals, cease refusal to individuals with pre-existing medical issues, and require companies to cover an array of services. As part of the act the Department of Health and Human Services Contraception mandate forces religious institutions, or employers with moral objections, to cover contraceptive services and products under the health plan. The main area of concern is to address the question of what a doctor’s responsibility is. Should doctors inform teens about contraception? Should they provide sexual education along with the information about contraceptives? Would education on the matter help, or harm? Should informing about contraception involve parent consent? Should doctors be allowed, required, or banned to inform about, and perform said services?

to more kids having sex because they are just telling you about it. “ Mr. Powell, Boys Division science teacher, agrees. “Though I am opposed [to sexual activity], kids should be informed about what’s out there so they can make an informed decision,” he said. “There is no harm in knowing about contraceptives, but they are responsible for not acting.” Another controversy is doctor- patient confidentiality. Doctors are not required to inform parents about their child’s sexual activity. Girls Division math teacher Mrs. Weideman doesn’t necessarilily agree with this. “When there is discussion about contraception, parents should be there because they are legally and morally responsible for their child,” Weideman said. “Doctors should inform about contraceptives, and it is ok to dismiss parents because teens are more likely to open up and correctly be informed by their doctor on their individual needs if they are sexually active” Regis Jesuit paremt Mrs. Mala Saraogi said. One thing is for sure, the nature of teen physicals is changing. Does education on contraceptives encourage sexual activity? Should parents be present for doctors to be able to talk to teens about contraceptives? Or, are education and social awareness important enough priorities for doctors to discuss with teenage patients alone during their physicals?

“Education is important,” Ms. Landry, Girls Division Biology teacher, said. “Doctors are responsible for telling teens about contraceptives, but they are also responsible for telling them about sexual education to direct their decisions.” “I am not encouraging sex, but teenagers need to know about contraceptives, they shouldn’t have to use them, but if one is still going to have sex, they need to know about contraceptives,” Girls Division senior Srida Saraogi said. Some don’t think it is the doctor’s responsibility to inform teens about methods of contraception because it may seem as though sexual activity is encouraged. But senior Michael Chen doesn’t feel this way. “Yes, I think that doctors should inform teens about contraception,” he said. “I don’t think that it will lead WINTER 2012

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SPORTS SPECIAL (Left to right) Back Row: Courtney Gielow, Missy Franklin, Kathryn Blumhardt, Erin Schumoller, Rory graham. Front Row: Erin Sungelo, Delaney Lanker, Maddy Krause | Ben Mohler ‘14

Signing Day

Eight senior girls sign to play in college

BY DELANEY LANKER and KAHLE C. DANNER @delaneylanker and @kahlecollins | 2013

Yale. University of Oregon. Tulsa. Northeastern. Cal Berkeley. CU Boulder. From California to Connecticut, Regis Jesuit High School Girls Division students sign their lives away. Regis Jesuit GD has a very talented group of eight athletes that signed and committed to college on November 14th including our very first rower, the “Fab Five,” and an Olympic gold medalist. The “Fab Five”, consisting of Erin Schilmoeller, Courtney Gielow, Kathryn Blumhardt, Maddy Krause and Erin Sungelo, are lacrosse players that have all been on Varsity since freshman year. Rory Graham is Regis Jesuit’s very first rower to ever sign with a college. Two swimmers signed this fall as well, Delaney Lanker and Missy Franklin (who just happens to be a three-time Olympic gold medalist). College is a stressful, nerve-wracking, and exciting process for any senior, but the eight recently signed student-athletes see the light at the end of the tunnel. “I am really excited to get to know new people and go to football games, but I’m really excited about the la-

Rory Graham

University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma Rowing (2 years) Golden Hurricanes Quote: “I picked Tulsa because I got the best feeling when I visited there. When I first drove on campus, the coach told me, ‘Welcome home’”. Intended Major: Communications

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crosse team; they have such a sisterhood and are really like a family away from home,” Schilmoeller said. “The Cal team is already my family and I can’t wait to learn as much as I can from all the swimmers and coaches at Berkeley!” Franklin said. For most of the athletes, getting involved with their specific sport was an accident, “I hated lacrosse but Courtney [Gielow] made me play; I just wanted to play volleyball,” Sungelo said. “I’ve always been little; everyone says I should have been a gymnast rather than a swimmer but honestly aren’t swim suits and leotards the same thing anyways?” Lanker said. “I decided to start rowing because I quit volleyball and I needed a sport and there was a sign up in the hallway and it was something I’d never done before,” Graham said. Whether it was an accident or not, over the years many mistakes, friends, and embarrassing moments have shaped the experiences of these athletes.

Delaney Lanker

Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts Swimming (10 years) Huskies Quote: “I cannot wait to be a Boston girl. NU’s swim team just felt like family and I’m excited to continue to rep the red and black Intended Major: Journalism

“There are so many stories and we have had so many memories,” Sungelo said, “Like one time for a scavenger hunt I dressed up like a unicorn and carried a fish around.” Regis Jesuit has never signed five lacrosse players all at once and they are sure to leave a mark on the RJ team. “This group of talented young women have played together at Regis [Jesuit] for four years and have become the nucleus of the team. They are all role models on and off the field and their work ethic is outstanding,” Regis Jesuit lacrosse coach Billy Corbett said. “It’s our ‘fab five’ because when they came in as freshman everyone said, ‘this a great club group of girls that have all played together and they are going to be really good for us and they have been’. And now that they are seniors and they are all signing I am hoping that the pressure of the college side of things goes away and now they can really focus and have a really good high school year,” Girls Division Athletic Director John Koslosky said. These five lacrosse players are sure to help create an

Missy Franklin Missy Franklin: University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California Swimming (13 years) Golden Bears Quote: ““It is such an honor and dream come true to call myself a CAL Golden Bear!” Intended Major: Undecided

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(left to right) Missy Franklin, Delaney Lanker, Rory Graham, Courtney Gielow, Erin Sungelo, Erin Schumoller, Kathryn Blumhardt, Maddy Krause | Ben Mohler ‘14

exciting future for the RJ lacrosse team, “They would like to leave a legacy as not only having been great lacrosse players, but as pioneers for future Regis [Jesuit] lacrosse stars,” Corbett said. This love and dedication has landed the girls a spot on a college athletic team, but this literally took blood, sweat, tears, and chipped teeth of course, “I chipped my tooth at my first ever lacrosse game,” Gielow said.

son we were playing in this league game and I took out my mouth guard and bit down and my teeth fell out again,” Blumhardt said. The celebration on November 14th was more than just celebrating college. It was celebrating the years of dedication, hours upon hours of training, and the thousands of memories made all because of the love of a sport.

Chipped teeth seem to be a theme in the lacrosse scene. “Last year at lacrosse I was taking my gloves off and both of my front teeth fell out. And then after the sea-

Courtney Gielow University of California, Berkeley Berkley, California Lacrosse (9 years) Golden Bears Quote: “I love lacrosse because it pushes you not only physically but mentally too. You can’t just step out on the field and expect results if you haven’t played in a month.” Intended Major: Immunology, Bio Medical Engineering, or Public Health

Kathryn Blumhardt

Erin Sungelo Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Lacrosse (9 years) Bulldogs Quote: “I chose Yale because I always wanted to go to Hogwarts. It’s like when you fall in love with a boy; you just know.” Intended Major: Pre Med

Kathryn Blumhardt and Erin Schumoller’s cake| Ben Mohler ‘14

University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon Lacrosse (10 years) Ducks Quote: “I am excited for the challenges to come and I’m ready to take lacrosse to the next level!” Intended Major: Human Physiology

Missy Franklin and Courtney Gielow’s Cal Berkeley cake| Ben Mohler ‘14

Maddy Krause Colorado University at Bolder Bolder, Colorado Lacrosse (8 years) Buffaloes Quote: “I absolutely love the game.” Intended Major: Education/ Join the Peace Corps

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Erin Schilmoeller University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon Lacrosse (9 years) Ducks Quote: “Ever since I was little I told my parents that one of my dreams was to play a sport in college and so they helped me to pursue and reach that dream.” Intended Major: Human Physiology

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The Future Taylor Swift? Senior Claire Campbell: An aspiring country music star

BY DELANEY LANKER @delaneylanker | 2013

Senior Claire Campbell plays the Taylor Swift song, “Picture to Burn”| Allie Petko ‘13

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s Regis Jesuit High School home to the future Taylor Swift?

Girls Division senior Claire Campbell has been singing, songwriting, and playing guitar for seven years. “The first time I heard Reba McEntire and country music on the radio, I was just like, ‘I need to do that’ and my dad told me that they play guitar, and I was like, ‘I need a guitar then...I need to do it,” Campbell said. Campbell is a self-taught musician, “I don’t have the patience for lessons, and I don’t like getting told what to do,” she said.

“I think she is amazing because she writes her own songs and they are all original and they are all from her heart. And her voice doesn’t sound like any other artist; it’s unique and her own,” Beasley said.

Claire’s Favorite Songs

“Claire’s playing and singing is where her soul and spirit are. When she sings and plays, the music coming out of her is her feelings and her passion. She has felt loss, pain, and happiness in her life, and all have been expressed in her songs,” Gleyzer said.

“That’s Why I Pray” by Big and Rich

With this heart and determination, it seems nothing will be able to stop Campbell from accomplishing her dreams.

“Claire is an amazing singer and guitar player, and it is amazing to see a person play so well with no lessons. Even though she can’t read notes, she plays and sings better and harder than most people,” senior and stringed instrument player herself, Shirley Gleyzer said.

“I hope to pursue it, get signed in Nashville, and some day I hope to play on the Grand Ole Opry stage,” Campbell said.

Campbell’s natural ability has fostered a passion for music that she exercises as often as she can. Campbell plays, song writes and sings, and more often than not, she is quite frequently begged to play in many of her classes at school.

“My biggest show was selling out the Hard Rock Café in Phoenix, Arizona, with my old country band, Sunday Grace,” Campbell said. Campbell’s unique voice and skilled guitar playing creates the ultimate recipe for success.

“Songs are my personal stories and playing is a personal outlet. I’ve written hundreds of songs; they may not all be completely finished but whenever I have a melody in my head, I write it down,” Campbell said. “It’s definitely a way for her to express herself. And it’s something that makes her happy and her way to get away from everything,” Campbell’s boyfriend, senior Tom Beasley said. Everyone that’s heard Campbell perform is left awestruck. Campbell magically touches her audience with her singing and songwriting. 12// THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

“I’m a Survivor” by Reba McEntire “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift

Campbell’s Taylor | Allie Petko ‘13

Campbell is making her way to fame in country music with multiple live performances under her belt.

“I do truly believe that she has a future in this career because of her talent and her passion and how determined she is,” Gleyzer said. Without a single lesson, Campbell has overcome the odds and is a great musician. While most people only dream about stardom, Campbell is actually out there making it happen. So, maybe one day it won’t be Taylor Swift or Kenny Chesney that we listen to on the radio, but the voice and musical talent of Regis Jesuit’s own, Claire Campbell.

Senior Claire Campbell plays her Taylor| Allie Petko ‘13

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Caterina Derr ‘13 shows off her Greek genes, looking all pretty for the camera | Emma Bridgewater ‘14

greek life Two seniors get in touch with Greek heritage through dancing, and give insight on what it’s like to be Greek BY ALLIE PETKO @lilpetko | 2013

“There are two kinds of people - Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.” It’s the infamous quote from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but it couldn’t be any truer.

rap song, but truly dancing - Greek dancing. With their deep Greek roots, Derr and Kyriazi dive deeper into their heritage through Greek dancing. Both began at about five years old, and haven’t stopped since.

Walking down the hall, their striking good looks and dark brown locks of wavy hair are enough to turn heads. It’s like slow motion when they walk by; their olive skin and god and goddess like aura puts passers-by in a trance—well, not really, but still, seniors Caterina Derr and George Kyriazi are different – in a good way.

“My family is really big on our Greek heritage, and Greek dancing is an important part. Also, it’s a lot of fun; usually fast paced, and it’s a thing that brings all of us Greeks together to have a good time,” Kyriazi said.

They’re Greek. And everyone around them just wishes they could be Greek, too. As rumor has it, this is partly due to the fact that Kyriazi only dates Greeks – although, that has not been confirmed from the source himself. But that’s beside the point. “It’s so much fun being Greek. My family is super close, and that includes my extended family. The Greek community does a lot together. Everyone is very welcoming, and people who have seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding can see that we love to celebrate things and have big gatherings,” Kyriazi said. Some call it a privilege, others a blessing. Either way, being Greek has its perks. “I love everything about being Greek. The language, the culture, the rich history, and how everyone is just a big, fat, Greek family. We’re all in each others business, and obnoxious; we get into petty fights, but we love each other like nothing else,” Derr said. “My favorite part of being Greek would have to be either the gatherings or the food. Greek parties are a ton of fun; there’s a bunch of food, hanging out, dancing, and it just brings everyone close together,” Kyriazi said. In today’s society, it’s no secret that people can get too absorbed in becoming someone they are not just to fit in. It’s refreshing to find teens that are proud of where they come from and who they are. Derr and Kyriazi immerse themselves in the Greek culture, and are certainly not afraid to stand out. Dancing. No, not the typical grinding to some hardcore WINTER 2012

While involved in both the Cretan group and the Fotia group, Kyriazi practices a combined three times per week. “The Cretan group does dances strictly from Crete, which tend to be more fast-paced and involve a lot of solos and tricks. The Fotia group does dances from all over Greece, excluding Crete. All of the dances differ from where they are from. Island dances tend to be danced more on the toes and are heartier. The mainland dances tend to be slower and more flat-footed,” he said. Derr currently dances in one group, which focuses on dances solely from the island of Crete. During the season, Derr’s group may practice from one to five or six hours. Greek dancing is a major time commitment for Derr as she helps choreograph, get the information out, and teach two younger groups. The main dances for the Cretan group include: Syrtos (Dance of Life), Pentozalis (Dance of War), Sousta (Dance of Love), and Malevizioti, which is the group’s most fast-paced dance. “Before our performance, we’ll meet by the stage and do a little cheer as a group, then we’ll usually do Sousta onto the stage. During day shows we’ll just go through Syrto and Malevizioti. During night shows, however, we’ll have Sousta, Syrto, Malevizioti, Pentozali, and a maybe another dance or two as a treat to the crowd,” Derr said. Kyriazi further elaborates. “Usually two of the dances are done as a group, then one is all male and the last is all female. All involve a lot of tricks and solos, so that everyone can ‘show off’

what they can do,” he said. The Fotia group usually performs four dances as well. “[The performance] always includes Kalamatiano, which is the national dance of Greece, and Tsamiko. Tsamiko is an all boys dance that is a ‘warrior dance’ that celebrates the Greeks being freed from the slavery of Turkey. It involves a lot of tricks by the leader. The other two dances depend on the year,” Kyriazi said. Whether it’s dancing or eating or gathering or just being with family, the Greeks sure do know how to have a good time. Through the craziness, Derr and Kyriazi are happy to be in the middle of it all. “Being Greek is really fast paced. It gets kind of tiring to be completely honest, but I can’t imagine being anything other than Greek. I love it,” Kyriazi said.

How to be more GREEK... (According to Cat and George) Eat more food than you can fit on your plate.

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Friend or Foe? BY IMANI LINDBERG @dreaminbig2016| 2016

According to the Pew internet and American Life Project in 2011 about 51% of teens had active Facebook accounts. Amy Lenderink has four social media accounts:Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and a Twitter. She uses them every time she uses her cellphone, but when asked how these accounts affected how often and thoroughly her homework was completed, she had this to say. “I often find myself checking my facebook or posting a picture to instagram rather than finishing that crucial essay or homework assignment,” Lenderink said. Her favorite social media account is Instagram, “I love seeing funny, inspirational and beautiful pictures of my friends and I.” The main accounts she uses are Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Almost every high school student has at least one social media account or But social media accounts are not only accessed by young adults in 2009 47% of adults admitted to having some sort of social media account and the percentage has increased in the past three years. We all know that weird feeling when someone we do not know follows you on Twitter or attempts to friend you on Facebook, “I know most of my Facebook friends mostly through school and sports... however I do not know all my Instagram and Twitter followers” Lenderink said. So you tell me is your social media a friend or foe?

The History Facebook was launched in February of 2004 it was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow roommates at Harvard University. Twitter was created in March of 2006 and founded by Jack Dorsey. Since its activation it has become one of the top ten most visited sites. Instagram is a relatively new social media site launched in October of 2010 and was founded by Kevin Systrom and Kevin Krieger. The website was originally only for Iphones, Ipads and Ipad touches. In 2011 they added android camera phones to the deal. 14 // THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND HEISMAN WATCH 2012 BY DUGAN TIGHE and TAYLOR NICHOLS

Past Winners

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Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame

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Tackles 101 TOT, 46 SOLO, 2 SACK

Rushing 1191 YDS, 19 TD’s, YPC 6.4

Interceptions 7 INT’s, 35 YDS, 0 TD

2009-Mark Ingram-Alabama-RB 2008-Sam Bradford-Oklahoma-QB 2007-Tim Tebow-Florida-QB 2006-Troy Smith-Ohio State-QB 2005-Reggie Bush-USC-RB 2004-Matt Leinart-USC-QB 2003-Jason White-Oklahoma-QB

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Receiving 112 REC, 1680 YDS, 15 YPC, 14 TD’s

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“It has been one crazy season,” senior Blake Knoblach said. “I really didn’t see the season playing out this way.” The 2012 college football season has been chaotic to say the least, and was full of surprises. One of the biggest surprises of the year was Notre Dame, who surprised everyone by finishing the regular season undefeated. “They have to be one of my favorite teams to watch this season; their win over USC was very impressive,” senior Brian Wegner said. USC, on the other hand, was a disappointment. The Trojans were powered by a juggernaut offense led by All-American quarterback Matt Barkley, and his top tier receivers, Marquis Lee and Robert Woods. The Trojans were predicted to win the Pac-12 but due to injuries, an underwhelming defense, and shaky play-calling, the Trojans finished with a disappointing record of 7 – 5. Many blame the defense of USC for the losses but most college football experts agree that the sanctions placed on USC in 2010 had a dramatic effect on the Trojans. “They didn’t look like they had depth on their team. All the players looked tired, but they wouldn’t go out,” Wegner said. “It was weird.” USC was given a penalty of scholarship reductions for two years, along with a two-year bowl ban because of rule breaking last year. But USC wasn’t the only team serving a bowl ban. A team plagued by controversy and disappointment has now shocked their conference, the league, and the nation. Led by Urban Meyer and quarterback Braxton Miller, the Ohio State Buckeyes finished their perfect season with a win against their bitter rival, Michigan. Unfortunately, Ohio State is serving a bowl ban so they cannot play a bowl game. Ohio State was caught ignoring a report that players were recieving improper benefits in exchange for equipment. Ohio State would WINTER 2012

have been playing for the national title if not for this ban. Many have recently questioned the quality of the Big 10 and say that the Buckeyes 12-0 season was a fluke due to lack of competition. Stephen Snyder, Regis Jesuit senior and Big 10 fan, disagrees. “The Big 10 is not a lower level of play, it’s a different style of play. It’s hard nose, run the football, crash, bump, slam, physical football. That’s why America loves football, the physical aspect. The Big 10 encompasses that, they are not weaker, they are simply a different style of play,” Snyder said. Two consecutive perfect seasons is no easy task, but with quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde returning, Ohio State will surely be a, if not the, team to beat in 2013.

The BCS But the main story of the college football world is the Bowl Championship Series or the (BCS). Every year there is controversy surrounding the BCS and how it selects the championship game. The BCS uses computer formulas based on polls, wins, and strength of schedule to decide its rankings. The top two teams in the rankings at the end of the season usually move onto the championship game.

the championship based on bias. “Stanford and Oklahoma State had just of a right to play in that game too,” Snyder said. The current situation this year involves only one certain team in the championship: Notre Dame, who once again finished the season number one in the polls. With wins over Michigan, Oklahoma, Stanford and USC, the Fighting Irish certainly look impressive. Notre Dame will face off against Alabama. The Crimson Tide appears impressive on paper. Led by junior quarterback AJ McCarron, the Tide have a powerful offense. Alabama has what may be considered to be one of the best offensive lines ever formed. Led by three time All-American Barret Jones, Alabama can run the ball against any team. Alabama also has two fantastic runningbacks in Eddie Lacy and true freshman TJ Yeldon, both of whom have picked up the tradition of terrific Alabama runningbacks. The Notre Dame-Alabama matchup looks lopsided at first, but they match up a lot better than most people think. Notre Dame’s weakness the entire season has been the pass, while the strength of the defense has been stopping the run. Led by Manti Teo, the Notre Dame defense has a favorable matchup against the Alabama offense, who likes to run the ball.

College football elites and experts have criticized this system. Even students at Regis Jesuit believe that the system is broken.

The Irish are led by freshman quarterback Everett Golson, and are improving every week. It will be interesting to see how the Irish will match up against the speed and the power of an elite SEC defense.

“It doesn’t determine who the best team in the nation is, it just leaves us with questions,” Knobloch said.

“The Irish have no shot really,” senior Robert Orban said.

The controversy this year surrounds the South Eastern Conference (SEC) again. Last year, two teams had their second meeting at the BCS championship game. Many critics claimed that this made the regular season useless. It was also brought up that The SEC only got into

“It will be a blowout really, the Irish have no shot against Alabama,” senior Garrison Quinn said. We’ll find out January 7th. VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM // THE RJ VOICE // 16


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Pretending like she’s digging for a pencil, Sanko stealthily checks her phone in her pencil bag. One snap notification. The second she opens it, her first thought is, “Oh. My. God.”

Within the time limit, the receiver has the ability to screenshot the snap. If the snap is screenshotted, the sender is notified. When the time runs out, the photo disappears forever.

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After sitting down with a few seniors to get their opinion on SnapChat, their reviews were no surprise. Everyone loves it.

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interviews Brien Caseria (BC), Halee Sanko (HS), and Geordie Bain (GB)

How often do you use SnapChat? BC: I use snap chat a fair amount. However, I’m not one to go crazy with something like this. HS: This is sad to say, but I use SnapChat everyday. GB: All day everyday. No stopping ‘cause I am a champion.

Why do you use snapchat? BC: You can send embarrassing pictures without them being able to keep it or share it with others. HS: I use it for fun and it’s a different way than texting. GB: I use SnapChat for the same reason anybody uses SnapChat...Because I like chatting with snaps.

Why do you like SnapChat? HS: I like SnapChat because my friends make me laugh, it’s a fun way of communicating, and the fact that if you send an embarrassing photo they can’t see it again after the timer is gone. GB: Let me answer your question with a question, why don’t I like SnapChat? WINTER 2012

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fter only a few short hours of sleep and no time for a Starbucks run before school, senior Halee Sanko focuses on one thing: trying to look like she’s focused. The monotonous sound of the teacher’s voice is almost enough to put her to sleep.

SnapChat. It’s the latest and greatest social media site that allows one to take a picture of him or herself and send it to a friend. Once the “snap” is opened, the photo appears on the receiver’s screen for as many as ten seconds.

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SnapChat craze takes over Regis Jesuit

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Do you have a ‘go to’ snapchat face? BC: I think my go to face would be a “smirkish-smile”. It’s tough to explain... But, I see big smiles to big frowns and everything in between. I also get those confused looks because they forget what the “conversation” is about. HS: I can’t say that I have a ‘go to’ SnapChat face, you have to keep it interesting and funny! I have a variety of faces I make. Some that I have done include cross-eyed, puffy cheeks, the eighth grade duck face with peace sign, smiling, my dog or cat, pointing at someone or something... GB: It’s all about the fish face thumb up combo. Anything else is just for amatures.... There is no other face to send. However, I will occasionally send a snap of my massive biceps, depends on the day.

Do you care about sending embarassing pictures? BC: I can send embarrassing pictures because I’m comfortable with myself. I dont care if someone screenshots it either. It’s not something I’m too concerned with. HS: No, I do not care about sending embarrassing ones because that’s me and I don’t care what people think about me. GB: I don’t take embarrassing pictures. All my pictures are amazing.

Do you think it’s cute, funny or weird when someone of the opposite sex snaps you an embarrassing picture? BC: I personally think it’s cute because it shows their true personality, rather than the polished ones we all tend to put on at school or other social events. HS: I think it’s cute and funny when a boy snaps me an embarrassing photo because they are being themselves and generally they make me smile. GB: It’s weird. Come on ladies, SnapChat is a serious thing. VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM // THE RJ VOICE // 17


ARE YOU SLEEP DEPRIVED? Sleep deprivation sweeps the halls of Regis Jesuit BY DANA MACKIN @_Dana_Mack | 2014

“The hallmark of Jesuit education is cura personalis, the care and concern for the individual. This educational community provides a student-centered environment in which each individual can develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.” - RJHS Website “The Graduate at Graduation”

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he average Regis Jesuit student would read this section of our Mission Statement and nod their heads. Regis Jesuit High School is filled with a wide range of challenging and interesting classes, more than sixty clubs, and extracurricular activities spanning from Model UN to Field Hockey. We attend mass together, serve together, attend reconciliation, and hug each other a lot. The line in Starbucks every day at 3:00 PM is proof enough that we aren’t missing out on socializing with one another. So does the average student take care of themselves intellectually? Check! Socially? Yep. Emotionally? Absolutely. Spiritually? No doubt. Yet, with the dedication and desire to “achieve excellence” in so many aspects of the individual, we tend to neglect one of it’s crucial facets. There just isn’t enough time to for what is essential for our physical well-being: Sleep.

“If I don’t get enough sleep one night, it doesn’t make a big difference,” junior Sydney Fangman said, “but after multiple nights in a row I start to feel sick.” This “sick” feeling isn’t just Fangman’s imagination. Sleep deprivation can decrease our body’s ability to convert glucose into energy, which is what makes us feel sluggish and often hungry after an all-nighter writing a paper or Facebook stalking a particularly attractive peer. A lack of sleep can cause acne, a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, not to mention aggressive behavior and a grumpy attitude. Have you ever experienced driving down the road, and simply not remembering the last three stop lights? The truth is, driving while sleep-deprived makes you as debilitated as a driver who has a .08% blood alcohol content. That’s enough to get charged with a DUI. Martin agrees with experts who say that sleep directly affects your ability to remember information and pay attention which can negatively affect your schoolwork. “I think I have to compromise, study hard but not to the point of incoherence” Martin said. So how can RJ students get more sleep? Senior Collin Jostes suggested that Regis Jesuit would be giving its students a healthy favor by bringing back Office hours.

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MARCO Bike Racer CAPRARO Senior Marco Capraro and his passion for road biking BY BEN MOHLER

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hile most other students are in the weightroom or the gym practicing for their sport, state champion cyclist, senior Marco Carpraro is biking 40-70 miles.

“Can someone please add an extra hour to the day? #NeedSleep #NeedToDoSchool #NeedtohaveALife #PickTwo” junior Reilly Hilbert said in one of her tweets.

“It was forty minutes during the day to do homework so we wouldn’t have to do it that night” he said. “I don’t sleep well already, and with theater rehearsals going late, it becomes really hard to maintain my health.”

In order to achieve excellence in swimming, school, choir, and have any time to herself, she has to compromise sleep.

Another good trick is allotting yourself some time to take a twenty-minute “power nap”, which can help you focus and re-energize. Just make sure you’re not taking them in school.

Capraro has been riding since the summer after his 8th grade year.

“I remember one specific girl who fell asleep in my class every single day” Girls Divsion science teacher Ms. Landry said. “I always wake girls up. I say ‘Honey, wake up...” and then pull their hair” she said.

“I can describe biking in three words,” Capraro said. “The thrill, the danger, and the spandex. I like how you can travel the world while getting a work out and doing the thing you love. It’s just an amazing sport.”

“I end up getting about five, maybe six hours of sleep a night. I have to make the sacrifice for my schoolwork” senior Molly Martin said. She’s not alone. Some RJ students divulged they get as little as four hours of sleep per night, and only one stated that she got nine hours of sleep on a regular basis. “We’re expected to do x amount of school or work, and y amount of exercise, and eating, and brushing your teeth, and recreational time, and socializing.It’s just too much to get my 8-9 hours of sleep every night” senior Jose Chalit said. The National Sleep Foundation’s website states that “teens need about 9 ¼ hours of sleep each night to function best” but that “only 15% [of teens] reported sleeping 8 ½ hours on school nights.” That means that seventy five percent of us are not getting the amount of sleep we need, which can lead to some pretty serious consequences. 18 // THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

Ms. Landry also stressed the importance of turning off electronics with screens an hour before you go to bed. “Screens like televisions or cell-phones produce blue wavelengths of light which actually reduce the amount of melatonin your body naturally secretes - a chemical which helps you fall asleep quicker and easier.” By incorporating these suggestions into our daily lives,in addition to better planning and avoiding procrastination, we can do ourselves and those around us a courtesy. Regis Jesuit students can truly live out Cura Personalis by taking care of themselves physically and making those 9 hours of sleep a top priority, that way we can have the energy and motivation to exceed expectations “intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.”

Cycling is Capraro’s passion. “In the summer I like to bike 6 days a weeks. In the winter I try to bike 3-5 days a week,” Capraro said.

“I really wasn’t good when I started,” Capraro said. “I kept up with it and became a lot better.”

“I really like biking because it’s something that anyone can do and it stays with you for the rest of your life,” Capraro said. Capraro has won a state title and many other competitive awards. He hopes to continue to competitivly race and to race in college. The state champion is based off of a points system. You are awarded points for wins at races throughout the season, and at the end of the season the racer with the most points is state champion. Capraro won second place last year, and won the state championship this year. “It’s a really fun sport, but don’t be too hard on yourself at the start, stick with it,” Capraro said. WINTER 2012


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student life

Lingua ’MERICA? RJ students and teachers discuss attitudes regarding foregin language @ RJ and in America

BY QUINCY GHOLSTON

@quincy gholston | 2013

French student Ryan Martin

Spanish student Noah Utesch

Languages. Each one is unique, each expresses its native culture differently. But the view of second languages in this country has declined.

Q: Why did you take Spanish? A: “It seemed logical. I took Spanish in middle school. “ Senior Noah Utesch said.

Even at RJ, students can be regularly heard expressing their disdain for foregin languages, citing their habitation in a place called “’Merica” as their reason for not needing it.

Q: Why did you stick with it? A: “My aunt is fluent. I know people who speak it. It was also pretty much required. That’s how I was influenced to take it. Utesch said.

Senior French Student Ryan Martin Q: Why did you take French? A: “I actually initially chose Spanish, but seeing as they were full, I was moved to French. It was a good thing for several reasons. One, some of my relatives speak French. Also, I find it very interesting.” Senior Ryan Martin said.

Q: Do you think it’s useful? A: Useful? It could be useful, but where I am now I don’t think I could really use it now. “ Utesch said. “The importance of a second language is straightforward, being able to communicate with people from different countries, gaining a better understanding of your lang as well as theirs.

Q: Why did you stick with it? A: “I continued to take it because of the material gains from it, you know French is an international language, because it increases my intelligence, and I derive enjoyment from it. Also, the bare minimum just wouldn’t cut it, it wouldn’t help me to just take two years.” Martin said. Q: Do we disregard other languages A: “Yes. We look at a second language in the wrong way as a burden, as ‘I have to learn this?”We don’t understand the usefulness.” Martin said. 20 // THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

Q:Do we take other languages seriouly? A: People don’t really take it seriously, which I don’t think is necessarily a good thing. ““Many RJ kids don’t take a second language seriously. I don’t think that that’s good, but I think that you need a passion for languages to do well in it.” Utesch said. Mr. Lechuga came forward with his unique perspective: he teaches and speaks Latin and Spanish.

Latin/Spanish teacher Mr. Lechuga (Enjoying a turkey leg.) Q: What language did you take? A: “My mom was a Spanish major in college, so I was groomed to take Spanish when I went to Regis. Freshman Registration Night, Mr. Broderick King, a friend of my dad’s, convinced me that I didn’t want to take Spanish, that I wanted to take Latin instead. It worked.” Mr. Lechuga, Boys Dvivision Latin and Spanish teacher said. Q: Why did you stick with it? A: “I continued with it through college because it opened a whole world. It was also a great help in learning Spanish, because there are so many Latin and English cognates in it. I used Spanish a ton while travelling.” Mr. Lechuga said. Q: What is the importance? A: “Having a second language gives insight into another culture, way of life, undertanding of a worldview, both in Latin and Spanish, but there is more dialogue, more give and take in Spanish, because it is still widely spoken.” Lechuga said. Q: Do we care enough? A: “I had a German friend in college who knew other languages so well he dreamed and wrote poetry in them. No, We are too accustomed to everyone speaking our language, there is not enough dedication to it.”Lechuga said. WINTER 2012


sports

ROWING AT REGIS JESUIT Current Regis students take a local Rowing Team to new heights.

BY MISSY FRANKLIN @FranklinMissy| 2013

It’s a sport team that Regis Jesuit doesn’t have, but that definitely doesn’t mean we aren’t dominating in it. Regis Jesuit has three senior girls and five boys competing in the sport of rowing for the Mile High Rowing Club. Rory Graham, Lauren Inson, Juhye Jung, Keenan Carpenter, TJ Durnford, Robert Long, Brendan Inson, and Erik Fox are all apart of the Mile High Rowing Club with kids from over 26 different high schools in the Denver area that compete in and out of state for rowing competitions. “Rowing has taught me that I am a very strong person. It has taught me the importance of teamwork and that it is very difficult to do things all by yourself. I really love the team. We are all there for each other in and out of rowing,” said senior Lauren Inson. Inson has been rowing for about one and a half years, since her junior year at Regis. She has known fellow teammates Rory and Juhye since freshman year but says their friendships have only become stronger. “My team is my family,” senior Rory Graham said I spend most of my time with them. To have Lauren and

Local Rowing Team that includes students, Rory Graham ‘13, Lauren Inson ‘13, Juhye Jung ‘13, Keenan Carpenter ‘13, TJ Durnford ‘13, Robert Long ‘13, Brendan Inson ‘13, and Erik Fox ‘13. Picture taken by Mr. Long. race, which is probably where this amazing sense of Juhye a part of that family and be my Regis sisters is team comes from. one of the biggest gifts!” Juhye Jung is the team’s coxswain and started rowing her sophomore year of high school. As coxswain, it is Juhye’s job to relate to her rowers through cheers and encouragements. Juhye said that rowing is all about trusting your team because rowing is all about teamwork. Not only does rowing give you an amazing sense of team, it also comes with the joys and adrenaline of competition. Graham described the thrill of racing as “an addiction” and senior TJ Durnford says, “My favorite part is racing. The boys varsity four this year is really incredible, we fly. I think we have a good shot at making nationals.”

All sharing a love for racing and the sport, and appreciating the power and importance of team, these Regis Jesuit rowers have a very bright future and no limits to what they can accomplish.

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Durnford is stroke seat, meaning he sets the pace and leads the boat. Robert Long is also in the boat with Durnford, both on port side. Keenan Carpenter is usually 5 seat which is starboard and Brendan Inson is usually bow seat in novice boats. Bow seat is also starboard and is the furthest back. People in the bow control the balance of the boat. Every seat in the boat is crucial to the outcome of the The first NCAA signing date just rolled around on November 14th and Rory Graham, one part of this Regis Jesuit dominated Mile High Rowing club team, was Regis Jesuit’s first ever rower to sign to a college. After looking at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Duke Univesity, Marist College, Gonzaga University, and KU, Graham signed to the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. “I went on an official visit to Tulsa, and as the coach drove me on campus he said “Welcome Home”. That stuck in my mind and for the rest of the trip it began to truly feel more and more like my home,” said Graham.

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STUDENT LIFE

How Different Are We Really? Public and private schools compared BY IMANI LINDBERG @dreaminbig2016 | 2016

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arielle Renehan and Harmony Maradiaga came to Regis expecting a great Catholic education, little did they know they were walking into much more than that.

Marielle Renehan‘13 (right) transfered from Rock Canyon a year and a half ago. Harmony Maradiaga’16 (left) is a freshmen from Campus Middle School | Katelyn Schiessler‘16

“You have a deeper connection with your teachers and peers,” Maradiaga stated. Both of them were welcomed to RJ with open arms and welcomed into a strongly developed sisterhood. Livan Samudio a student at Overland high school described his school atmosphere as very social and loud. Sounds like RJ right? Maradiaga admits that if she had attended a public school for high school that she would have slacked off and struggled to focus in her classes. “At Regis the girls pay attention so much, at my old school they talked so much and now they’re silent. A lot of them are trying to pay attention and that has really helped me,” Maradiaga said. The one thing Harmony misses most about public school is the leniency of the teachers’ and having more projects rather than actual homework. “I have thought about going to a private school in the past because of the great academic opportunities and other great activities” Samudio said. Samudio said that though some of the people who attend OHS may be the reason why OHS has a bad reputation there is a bunch of people in the shadows who are never really recognized for their talents or good grades. The application process to attend RJ involved interviews, essays, multiple tests and tons of studying. Each student has to go through these rigorous tests in order to gain access to many private schools. Any person that has ever completed high school knows the

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long, stressful, treacherous journey and all the amount of work it takes to successfully complete high school. Renehan, Maradiaga and Samudio all agree that high school academics are hard no matter what type of school you attend. Whether you are an AP student or just in average classes you will most likely struggle no matter what school you attend but, having a good relationship with your teachers’ and peers allow you to have other sources and a wide range of people to get help from. The one thing Renehan misses about a public school is when she has those long nights filled with homework assignment after homework assign and she remembers how she did not have as much homework at her old school.

and make it 100% stress free,” Renehan stated. She does not regret her decision of going to a public school before attending RJ because she feels like she appreciates everything RJ has to offer a lot more than she would have if she went to a private school right away. “I know a lot of people at RJ sometimes wish they went to a public school because they have never experienced what they are like but since I have I really do appreciate everything little aspect RJ has to offer.”

“I always miss being able to wear sweat pants sometimes miss seeing boys...sometimes,” Renehan said. Renehan and her parents decided to transfer her to RJ because she had been in a public school her whole life and thought a good Catholic education would be really beneficial to her. “In a public school they never really helped you decide what colleges you may like to attend, but at RJ your counselors guide you throughout the entire process

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Principals- Alan Carrunthers (boys) and Gretchen Kessler (girls)

Principal- Andy Abner

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EVERYBODY HAS A STORY

ANTHONY GERKEN

BY SEAN WHITLEY

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any have heard the name “Gerken” at Regis Jesuit.

“I have a big reputation to live up to. All of my uncles and brothers went here and were very good students and I wish to be the same,” sophmore Anthony Gerken said. The Gerken family has been proud members of Regis Jesuit for quite some time. Anthony has had 2 brothers, 6 uncles, and his dad graduate from here. With having a big reputation to live up to he has to stay involved with things to not fall behind. “Right now I’m in the Harry Potter Club along with badminton club,” Gerken said. “Now that football is over I will have more free time to get involved with other things.” Since basketball season is just around the corner, Gerken is getting his cheering chords all warmed up so he can be an active member of the student section. With sports being an active part of his career here at Regis Jesuit, he has two players that he feels are complete studs. “I look up to Michael Vick. After coming off such a bad reputation and serving his time, he came back and has worked really hard to be where he is at,” Gerken said. “Also Von Miller, he is such a good player and always has a fun dance after a big sack.” He contributes his activeness and aggressiveness on the football field due to the fact that his favorite animal is the polar bear. “I have always like the polar bear, because whenever I went to the zoo they were the only active animal, either fighting each other or running around,” Gerken said.

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Robotics Club

A group of diverse students at Regis Jesuit High School that work together to produce a fully functioning, purposed robot for competition every year. BY CHAMBERS GIBLIN @chambersgiblin | 2014

six weeks we have our final robot.”

obotics club team 3729 is an active group of 30 students with many different interests working together towards one goal. Together they have become one of the most decorated clubs at our school today, winning competitions and earning awards, yet not many people know about this dedicated group of people.

And after those 6 weeks it has to be locked away and cannot be touched until the actual competition day. Only then can they make final adjustments and prepare for the event.

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They are the Robotics Club at Regis Jesuit High School. In the six weeks before a competition, they build a fully functional, purposed robot from scratch. The process from “off season” to the competitions is built to teach the students about science, mathematics, teamwork, and so much more. “The club brings Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to life,” says Mark Mahoney one of the club’s parent leaders, “It helps the students understand why they are learning what they are learning in their classes, and then it goes beyond. It shows that STEM is as much about creativity, passion and a willingness to work hard to make the ideas you dream up in your head come to life. In short it brings science to life.” The club participates in a regional competition put on by FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.If they perform well, they can qualify to participate in the World Competition which the club has done in the past. The actual process of building the robot is a part of a 6 week period. All participants in the competition find out what they will be purposing a robot for at the same time in the Kick Off. Students from around the world virtually gather together and at the same moment, world-wide, in order to hear about the challenge (i.e. what is this year’s game, what are all of these teams going to strive to achieve). “ Afterward, the creativity starts.” says Mr. Mahoney, “We develop a strategy, design our robot, build prototypes of the robotic arm and its drive-system, and finally build our final competition robot. After a crazy

“The events change every year,” says senior team capitain Tommy Reins, “Last year the robots played basketball; this year who knows. That’s part of the fun, being surprised and having to figure out how we are going to make our robot do these different tasks.” After the competitions are done, the robot becomes a testiment to the clubs’ hard work. Watching it drive around and complete tasks, not only at events but around school, is shocking to some students. “How a group of kids can make something as complex and functional as those robots is crazy to me and seeing it do its thing around club fairs and school activities just shows how good that club is at constructing and designing them,” says junior Owen Brown. If you are interested, the robotics team is looking for more members. Mr. Mahoney says, “For a team that focused on just one outcome; our robot, we are dependent on lots of different people and their skills or the skills they want to develop. Do you know about or want to learn about working with tools, using Computer Aided Design (CAD), programing machinery, managing a team, writing about our effort, video production, graphic design or a dozen other specialties, then robotics is for you. Students should want to learn; they should want to work with their hand and with the other students. Most importantly, students should be interested in having fun.” Club meetings are scheduled for Mondays at lunch, Tuesdays after school, and Sundays as well. “The commitment is a lot like a Varsity sport.” says Tommy Reins. And to be as good as these individuals are, well, it’s worth the time. WINTER 2012


HOLIDAY feature

Holiday

Traditions

BY EMMA BOHN and BEN MOHLER

@thebohnfire | 2013 and @bemohler | 2014

It’s that time of year again, families set up their christmas trees around the warmth and glow of the orange crackling fires as the snow falls softly on the ground. Students anxiously prepare for final exams as they know once school gets out early Thursday afternoon, they will have two weeks to relax and enjoy time with their friends and family.

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mas Trees, big Christmas feasts, presents on Christmas morning, and snowmen out front. However, what makes christmas time special is the traditions and experiences that are unique to each individual family.

Students at Regis Jesuit have a ton of different family traditions ranging from small things like a certain meal every Christmas morning, to big things like taking a family trip to the mountains and chopping down a Christmas Tree every year, (Where tree chopping is allowed of course).

Almost every family does most of it the same; Christ-

Senior Anna Fitch My family is very close and we have odd traditions. One is we all eat one whole radish plain. They burn as you eat them and we all love to laugh as we watch each other attempt to eat the radish. Another tradition we have is we have a talent show every Christmas. We can do any thing we want such as singing, dancing, reading a poem, ect. We have gotten everything from the 12 days of Christmas to the fork in the garbage disposal dance. ”

Junior Joe Elio My family and I always go to breakfast every Christmas morning. However, it seems to be a curse of ours to get food poisoning. ‘Tis the season!

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Senior Mary Holmes Every Christmas and Thanksgiving, my cousins and I have really intense nerf gun wars. We split into teams and turn all the lights out. Nothing says happy holidays like shooting my cousins with nerf guns!

Sophomore Drew Quirk A little family tradition we have in our humble abode is that every christmas eve, each individual has the privilege to open up a Christmas gift of their picking. it lightens the tension and ultimately gets you more excited to see what gifts are awaiting you in the morning.

Junior Katherine Kelso We all go up to the mountians to our little cabin and on christmas eve sit by the tree and open one gift, then we hang our stocking, go to bed. and wake up open our presents, go to church and have dinner with family

Junior Connor McNamara We go and we chop down a tree up in the mountains its pretty fun! Its really satisfying to look at it all year year and be like, “yeah, I cut that down!”

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HOLIDAY FEATURE

religious Holidays O BY KATE WEIS

@kate_jayhawk | 2016

ne thing great about Holidays is that they’re celebrated all over the world. It’s a time when people come together with family and friends to eat great food, have a little fun, and most importantly celebrating what they believe. It’s a time where people are proud of their culture and proud of what they stand for. Here in the United States, Americans are lucky enough to have a wide arrangement of cultures. Each culture brings its own twist to the overall culture of America - this includes holidays. Three students here at Regis Jesuit celebrate different holidays from many different religions. Some of the traditions are very different from those of Christmas, but some are very similar.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that Jews celebrate for eight days and nights. It celebrates the miracle of the special oil (only enough for one day’s worth) that was used to purify the Jewish temple from the foreign gods.

The oil miraculously lasted for eight days. During Hanukkah Jewish people light special candles on the menorah, they light one on the first day, two on the second day, and so on for eight days.

“All the special prayers that my family says during Hanukkah are really cool,” says freshmen Caleb Green. “My family also gets one present each day for the eight days of Hanukkah, which is also pretty cool,” he says, “We also eat things like lamb, motza balls, and motza bread.” These traditions are common among many Jewish-Americans who celebrate Hanukkah.

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HOLIDAY FEATURE

Made in China

The hard-hitting facts behind the world’s fastest growing economy and America’s “holiday” hand in getting it there BY EMMY EARSOM @elearsom | 2013

As the holiday season approaches, talk of new iPads, Forever 21 gift cards, and various new and improved game systems, floods the halls of Regis Jesuit High School. “I guess I want a new laptop charger for my Mac and maybe a new phone?” says senior Alexa Steckelberg. Alexa is not alone in her hopes for the latest and greatest technology waiting for her on Christmas morning. From super-thin MacBook Airs and iPhone 5s to new Kindle HDs and Dr. Dre headphones, one can easily deduce that the 2012 holiday season will be remembered as the year of touch screens and megapixels. “It’s a Family Affair” But besides their common denominator of remaining high in demand and holding worldwide popularity, what do these electronic devices all have in common? They’re all siblings in one big, happy family. The “Made in China” family, that is. Recent statistics show that China holds the number one, worldwide economic-influence spot just behind the U.S. and is the keynote player in the world of international trading and exports. But despite these powerful figures, Americans just seems to go nuts over these Chinese-made products. But at what cost? This past September, the FDA received numerous complaints that a certain brand of chicken, rawhide jerky treats were causing dogs (at least 1,000) to become ill and ultimately killed at least 360 canines throughout the country. The dog treats were made and manufactured in China. As part of their response to the crisis, FDA officials demanded the Chinese manufacturers to allow for toxicology and other microbiological tests on their contaminated product at once. The manufacturers declined this proposal. In this case, actions most definitely spoke louder than words. | Katelyn Schiessler ‘1 6

So what are these factories hiding? “Basically this demonstrates how Chinese producers are trying not to work under the same standards that

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How will the “Made in China” Mayhem affect your holiday shopping?

“For me, it’s really about understanding the environmental impact of my purchase and the conditions under which it was made, whether it be from China or anywhere else.” -Mrs. Donahue the United States ‘claims’ to have. These manufacturing companies (and not just those in China) are overlooking ethical and health standards, all with the purpose of finding cheaper products, “ says Mr. Jim Broderick-King, dual-division Latin teacher and faculty moderator of the Girls Division Justice League. But, peering over the other side of the sharp, picketed (possibly Chinese-made) fence, one may argue that Chinese-made products are opportune alternatives to pricy, locally made goods. Chinese products are cheap and efficient, easily obtainable and conveniently replaceable. Sleek. Modern. What’s not to like? A Form of “New Nationalism” Still, many Americans feel confident in their counterarguments, proudly stating that they oppose products made in China simply because anything created outside of the U.S. and imported into the country is “down-right un-American.” Just this past summer, a controversy arose over the U.S. Olympic Team’s Chinese-made team uniforms for the 2012 games. Should the U.S. have dressed in traditional American-made garb (ultimately saving $1 billion in export expenses and creating a countless number of jobs for the unemployed)? Regardless, the United States Olympic Committee made an official statement in July declaring that the U.S. Olympic Team’s uniforms will be made and manufactured (by Ralph Lauren, once again) in the United States beginning with the 2014 winter games. “The reactions of Americans [concerning the Olympic uniforms] are not really that surprising because it’s pretty astounding that we had U.S. athletes wearing U.S. brand clothing that was manufactured outside of the country. It really demonstrates the reality that we live in a global economy,” says Broderick-King. “Sweatshops Again?!” Others add that Chinese factories fail to treat their workers justly, what with paying their employees subpar wages and taking comfort in the fact that these predominantly lower-class citizens won’t unionize or slander against their parent corporations. But this WINTER 2012

“Buying things from China is kind of unavoidable. I don’ t know if I can not do it.” -Alexa Steckelberg ‘13

“I always try to buy locally-made products but the reality is, I have two daughters so I kind of have to swallow hard when it comes to holiday shopping.” -Mr. Broderick-King

deems to be true for large manufacturing corporations all over the world. American business big-wigs like Phil Knight of Nike and Michael T. Duke of Wal-Mart utilize sweatshops and deny their employees basic worker’s rights as well.

“This doesn’t really surprise me,” Broderick-King said. “The only thing that I am surprised about it is that the statistic isn’t higher. I mean, just think about how many more of these aren’t publicized or acted upon.”

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But whatever the case, Americans can all rest easy this holiday season knowing that “prehistoric fossils” and designer purses (all for the low, low cost of $19.99) are just a boat ride away.

But Chinese-import statistics aren’t as shocking as one might initially think. In 2010, only 35.6% of what American consumers purchased were made in China. But of this 35.6%, about 4 in every 10 items imported from China were recalled due to safety and overall quality issues.

A “Byte” out of the Apple Flip over any Apple product and a “Designed by Apple in California; assembled in China,” label will reflect off the shiny surface of your “trendy” electronic device. During a World Technology Leaders Summit dinner party at the White House in February of 2011, President Barack Obama asked the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, if it was time to “bring the company back home” and start producing Apple products in the U.S. instead of exporting their designs to China. Mr. Jobs replied that he and his company had made the executive decision to have Apple products assembled overseas simply because the manufacturing engineers in China have received the proper specialized training to efficiently produce the electronics in such a way as to keep up with the high demand of Apple products. But adversaries of Apple’s import/export method of manufacturing agrue that as an American company, Apple has the responsibility to “patronize” the U.S. and return back to the states, ultimately creating a large number of jobs for American citizens.

DID YOU KNOW? -The U.S. rate of industrial manufacturing growth is 0.5% ; China’s is 13.4%.

-More than 85% of all Christmas lights bought by U.S. citizens are made in China.

-The average Chinese factory worker makes an hourly wage of $0.81.

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Editorial

Toys: what the heck

Kassie ‘13 (right) and Allie ‘13 (left) Petko put on a show with their imaginary microphones.

happened?!

Are modern toys contributing to a loss of imagination? BY TANYA GLICK @tan_glick | 2013

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hen I was little I went down the stairs in a laundry basket, hit the wall and broke my nose. I would ride my wagon down the biggest hills I could find.

ous tattoos including a “tramp stamp” of Ken’s name. Don’t believe me? Google it. Some Barbies even have built in TVs on their backs.

I dressed me and my little brother up in old halloween costumes and clothes my mom no longer wanted, and made the poor kid sit there with my dolls and pretend enjoy the fake meal I prepared him.

Little boys now have no need to make the “VROOM VROOM” noise for their toy trucks as they climb an ant hill, the truck now makes the noise itself. Making the noises is the best part! It’s your imagination at work with the bangs and crashes and vrooming.

I would use cotton balls and Kleenex as pillows and blankets for my Barbies. A giant empty box would keep me and my brother entertained for hours, making its way from a spaceship to a car, or a house to a top secret fort that you had to know the password to get in. It was our imaginations that kept us entertained.

Today’s baby dolls actually eat, talk, go to the bathroom, cry and sleep. When I was little I had to make the crying noises myself and when you laid the doll down her eyes would close and sometimes when you put her upright again, an eye got stuck closed, so you would have to shake it until the eye popped back up. Trucks and trains can drive themselves now, when before the kid was in charge of where it went.

As we are now in the Christmas season, toy commercials take the place of the election’s political ads. It provides flashbacks of “Mom! I want that!” or “Oh mom! Look at that! I don’t have that!” for every doll or truck that appeared on the screen. But now toys are a bit more advanced and complicated than they were when I were little.

Imagination is deteriorating. After at most an hour, kids now get bored with their toys and instead of finding something else to do, like maybe playing outside, they whine about how they are so bored and have nothing to do as they are surrounded by many forgotten attempts of entertainment and plop themselves in front of the TV or computer.

Barbie is a bit of a rebel now with “Totally Tattoos Barbie”. This barbie not only has pink hair, but vari-

They don’t know how to use their imaginations because everything else has taken the place of it.

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Sorry to gamers, but video games are a main reason for social awkwardness. All real human interaction is lost. Instead of riding your bike to the neighbor kid’s house to see if he wants to play basketball, you log on to Xbox live and kill zombies with some kid in Mexico or China who doesn’t even speak your language, and the only name you know for them is their gamertag. Now I’m not saying don’t play video games, go for it, but don’t make it the only thing you do and have it cause you to be socially awkward. I know a lot of kids who play COD and what not and are still normal, functioning people, but I also know people that are the exact opposite. What happened? Now a box is just a package and kids don’t want a fort unless it’s purchased at a store and pre-made. Things use to be simple when you didn’t need any new toys in order to play, just what you already had lying around the house and your imagination. I’m only a senior in high school and there’s still a difference in how things have changed. So if you get the chance to show a little kid how to make a blanket or snow fort or teach them how to turn a box into a castle, take it.

Arlee ‘13 (right) and Lauren ’15 (left) Lerew build the ultimate snow fort. WINTER 2012


Sports Special

THE COLUMN NAME Andre Igoudala acctepting player of the game award during a Team USA exhibition game. Accepting awad from Air Force Major. Photo From Wikimedia Commons

The Newest Nugget BY CHRIS MORENO @morenochris18| 2014

Andre Iguodala Born: January 28, 1984 (Age 28) Height: 6 ft 6 in School: University of Arizona Years Pro: 2004-present During the offseason, the Denver Nuggets traded Aaron Afflalo and Al Harrington to Philadelphia 76’ers and acquired Small Forward, Andre Iguodala. This season he is averaging 15.3 points, 3.5 assissts, and 6.1 rebounds a game. He has performed to his potential and the trade worked out well for the nuggets. “I think the most important thing Andre has done for the team is that he really has improved the Nuggets’ defense and teamwork this year,” Junior Josh Murdy said. “He’s a really good shooter but I think he needs to work on being the leader of the Nuggets and help them get a better record.” Andre Iguodala has done really well so far this season and it was a smart decision made by the Nuggets. The city of Denver will hopefully be pleased with his performance for the next few years. Denver Nuggets Upcoming Schedule Dec. 14 vs. Memphis Grizzlies Dec. 16 @ Sacramento Kings Dec. 20 @ Portland Trailblazers Dec. 22 vs. Charolette bobcats Dec. 25 @ LA Clippers Dec. 26 vs. LA Lakers Dec. 28 @ Dallas Maverics Dec. 29 @ Memphis Grizzlies

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Rules of “Feminism” The unspoken guidelines to transition from the “Animal World” to surviving the interworkings of “Girl World” inspired by Hollywood’s “Mean Girls” BY SHELBY KSIAZEK @ShelbyShaz| 2013

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o! “That’s Regina’s ex-boyfriend! Ex-boyfriends are off limits to friends! That’s just like the rules of Feminism!” expressed Gretchen Weiners, one of the three “Plastics.” An alltime classic chick-flick that Regis Jesuit girls quote on a daily basis along with, “On Wednesdays we wear pink!” There’s certainly an underlying sense of girl code going on. Defined by UrbanDictionary.com, girl code is the “Code of guidelines that girls follow to not get kicked out of the community”. By community, they are referring to their interwoven friend group that would ostracize a girl if she doesn’t adhere to the social norms that are expected from her. Instances at North Shore High School where girl code is broken include, but are not be limited to; not wearing pink on Wednesdays, saying something at a school you don’t even go to, not getting in the car when friends go shopping, wearing army pants and flip-flops, wearing sweatpants on monday, disgusting sporting vests, liking hoop earrings and last but certainly not least, pushing people in front of moving buses. Total social faux pas in the girl world or at least the Hollywood version of high school.

“On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink!” -Karen Smith, a former Plastic

not so secret that every girl knows to respect. We’re all girls here and if we didn’t know what it was if you go and date someone that someone already dated then that’s not cool. That’s like the number one rule of girl code. No guy is worth losing their friendship over. Don’t date your friends’ exes!” senior Meghan MacDonald said. ”Girl code. You have to follow it because there’s a lot of drama. You never date your best friend’s ex. That is number one in girl code. That girl is going to be mad at you and anyone she tells is going to be mad at you so everybody is going to be mad at you and a boy is not worth that,” senior Rory Graham said. “Oh and if they’re having a clothing malfunction, you have to tell them. They can’t walk around like that all day.”

Claire Strohm ‘14 and Alex Montoya ‘13 do what girls do best which is share news, gossip and secrets

Thank goodness Colorado is as far away as can be from Hollywood. The rules of “feminism” at Regis Jesuit tell a much different story than those at North Shore High School. How does girl code apply to the Regis Jesuit Girls Division?

“Your girlfriend should definitely have an opinion on your boyfriend. Hear her out because she cares about that and you might not be able to see that because you’re so wrapped up in this boy. I know girls who have broken girl code and haven’t been friends for years. Mean Girl girl code isn’t normal girl code. It’s not that intense. No one’s going to push you in front of a bus”.

“At the Girls Division, most people have a good idea of said ‘girl code’. It involves respecting each others choices of who we date and associate ourselves with. The

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REGIS JESUIT’S NEXT TOP MODEL Chrissy Clark takes her modeling career to the next level BY KAHLE C. DANNER @kahlecollins| 2013

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hrissy Clark thought that her volleyball game was a typical game, but she didn’t know that on day her life would take a complete turn.

“After my game, a scout came up to me and asked me if I had ever thought about modeling and she gave me her card”, sophomore Chrissy Clark said. Shocked, both Chrissy and her mother took it into consideration and they decided to go to a conference the company was holding. “We went just for fun, not really thinking much of it”, Clark said. From there, they signed Chrissy with an agency called Elite, in New York. Becoming a model may have not been difficult for Clark but the life of a model is more difficult that one may think. “I would say being a model makes me different. It gives me a different outlook on things because there are always things that I have to worry about that other teenage girls don’t”, Clark said.

Brooklyn, New York. Professional photographer, Alex Covo.

Though her lifestyle is very different than most other teenage girls, Clark enjoys being unique. “It makes me, well, me”, she said. Chrissy has never had a problem with the different life she has lived than most of her friends. So what’s it like to be a model? What is a typical day? Chrissy’s typical day when she works is getting up at about eight in the morning and going to her agency to get her schedule for the day. “My schedule can vary from going to meet clients, to photo shoots, to staying at the agency and learning how to walk in my high heels”, Clark said. Clark’s schedule is always busy. There is always tons of running around. But that doesn’t bother her. According to Clark, “It’s fun! I like the chaos of it”. Manhattan, New York. Professional photographer, Jonathan Beck.

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Preparation for Success Preparing for the big night -Little Shop of Horrors

BY KIRA ZIGAN @kaye0126| 2016

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ractice makes perfect for the stuents who were in Little Shop of Horrors. For senior Emily Laff, who played Audrey, most of her life for the four months before the play revolved around homework and practicing.

“It pretty much occupied a lot of my life. Aside from of school work, pretty much most of my time went into theater,” said Laff. That much practice leaves little time for much else. Practice for Little Shop of Horrors began at 4pm and ended at 9pm each night.

“IT’S WORTH IT BECAUSE I LOVE IT.” “We practiced four days a week up until the last week before the play. Then it was five days a week,” said Laff.

Memorizing lines is difficult enough, but adding dance moves, song lyrics, and stage directions adds even more pressure. “It was important to me so it was worth it but you have to be dedicated and passionate,” said Laff. “We met one Sunday before the performances to learn how to get eaten by the plant,” said Laff. The few weeks before the show required even more dedication. “We started dress rehearsals a couple weeks before the show started. We were there from after school till seven or eight. The week leading up to the show we were at Colorado Heights every night. We ran the show once every night, then on that Friday we didn’t go to school and we ran the show twice.” Almost everything ran smoothly thanks to the hard work of Ms Boyle, the theater director, th e cast members, crew, pit, and orchestra.

Andrew Adams ‘13 played the voice of the plant in Little Shop of Horrors. Emily Laff ‘13 played the lead role of Audrey

“We were prepared. The plant broke once but we got it fixed. That was the only panicky moment that everyone had. Ms Boyle is always really prepared; she knows how to put a show together and how to handle little hiccups. We didn’t have any major problems.,” she said. Getting closer to the play, they had to start paying attention to some of the smaller details. “[For the costumes] she told us what she wanted but we went out and got our costumes and had them approved and she [Ms Boyle] gave us some stuff from the prop closet.” Senior Andrews Adams played the voice of the plant. “All of the roles had their challenging parts. Seymour had some pretty hard parts because a lot of the songs he had to sing were it high octaves. Audrey had some really difficult songs. She was on almost the entire play. The plant was hard because it had a lot of screaming involved and sound effects. I actually lost my voice by the end of the third show,” said Adams. There was pressure for Andrew when it came to learning his lines at the last minute. “You feel bad if you don’t learn the lines perfectly and you know that everyone else’s lines are depending on you, getting your lines right.”

Livan Samudio‘13 (right) and Collin Jostes‘13 (left) getting ready to perform | Jose Chalit‘13

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THE PRICE OF FREEDOM An in depth-look at the commitment soldiers make in order to defend the United States BY MATT MAUSER and SEAN WHIITLEY @mauser14 | 2014 @swhitley95 | 2013 Photo by Kelly McMahan

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onor. Courage. Bravery. These are all traits that U.S. troops have. From the first day they enlist, to the end of their services, our U.S. Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, all risk their lives for the great country of the United States. But what makes them want to? “I wanted to go to a military school, because I wanted to serve my country and give back something in return for all the things that it gives to me.” Regis Jesuit alum Kevin McMahan said, “I have a personal responsibility to protect the things that I value the most.” Kevin McMahan, part of the class of 2012, now attends the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. The Merchant Marine Academy, also known as USMMA or Kings Point, is one of the five U.S Service Academies along with the U.S Naval Academy, U.S Coast Guard Academy, U.S Air Force Academy, and the U.S Military Academy. Kevin’s father, Mark McMahan, attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Kevin wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and attended a military academy as well.

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ly sucks.” He said, “I wouldn’t stay if I didn’t want it, seriously who would?” Kevin explained how the academy is a lot like Regis. When you are a senior, you have a lot more privileges than the previous three years. However, at the academies these privileges can be taken away through bad behavior. Privileges can also be given through good behavior. Not only are the academies tough physically and academically, they are also extremely difficult to get into. The academies require students with outstanding test scores and GPA, many extracurricular activities, and good character and morals. Not only that, but you must be nominated by one of your state’s congressmen, senators, etc. But the biggest challenge isn’t physical activities or the academics. It is the isolation from family and friends. During the first couple weeks at the academy, Kevin could only receive letters, and got only one five minute phone call at the end of each week. However, as the year progressed he was able to Skype his friends and family, and could connect with them through social networking.

“The Academy definitely helped him to become a very successful person, and I think this is what I saw in him that I wanted for myself,” Kevin said.

“Isolation from family is very tough, I miss them so much.” Kevin said, “Dealing with it is relatively easy though, as I am doing things constantly, almost 24/7.”

Military academies aren’t like typical colleges. There are no parties, minimum cell phone use, and very rarely are students allowed to leave campus. It’s not your average college experience.

“You can put up with a lot more, and you are thankful for every blessing that you have.” He said, “It will humble you, as any academy will, but it is all in an effort to build you up into something far stronger than you were when you came in.”

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REGIS FACULTY AND STAFF WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY Regis Jesuit Security Guard, Mr. Emerson, is a veteran from the Vietnam War. Mr. Emerson was going to attend Western State College, but felt he was called to do something else. After his 18th birthday he went to the Marine recruiter and enlisted. He went on to serve for 2 years in Vietnam. “The commitment is longer than two years now,” Mr. Emerson said, “But during Vietnam you could enlist for two years.” Mr. Emerson also came from a military family. His father was a 30 year Marine Veteran. During that time he fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. This encouraged him to enlist. Boys Division science teacher, Mr. Chris Cook, also joined the U.S military. Mr. Cook was in the Navy. He was drafted into the army, but before he could report to the place of recruitment he went and joined the Navy. Mr. Cook talked about boot camp in Chicago. “It was pretty easy because I had a wart on my finger I didn’t have to do kitchen duty or run all over the place.” Mr. Cook said. But the worst is yet to come for him. Mr. Cook then had to report to Saint Angelo in Texas to learn his job as a Chinese radio interpreter. From there WINTER 2012


Kevin McMahan (bottom left) , and other students, pose for a picture at a Mets game. Joanne McMahan

he went to Washington D.C. at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for a year. “After that, I was stationed in on Okinawa Island where I, ‘spied’, on the Chinese. Then I was in South Vietnam for 6 months and didn’t see any action.”

Joining the militarty is a huge commitment. It’s tough physically and mentally. When you enlist you sign your life away to the United States. It humbles you; makes you count every blessing you have. From the first day to the last day, you risk your life for the country you cherish.

Mr. Sean O’Dea, who teaches Social Studies in the Girls Division, also joined the Navy. He was in the Army for one year before transferred over to the Navy, serving from 1998-2004, helping with Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004 due to budget cuts, he and 12 other officers were let go.

But most of all, it builds you up to something far stronger than you were when you came in as Kevin said.

“I wanted to be in the military since I was a little kid. I was in for 5 years and it changed my life. After one year I knew I wouldn’t be the same. When I got rifted I didn’t know what to do. This was my life and it sucks not having the military,” Mr. O’Dea said.

KEVIN’S DAILY SCHEDULE

After he got back home he joined the police department where he graduated number one in his class. The Military made him excel in everything he did. “Because of the Navy I was able to be number one in everything I put my mind to, like going into the Police Academy,” said Mr. O’Dea. Leaving the military is always the hardest, finding a job, dealing with emotions, and trying to get back into civilian life. “When everyone comes back they are all scarred in some way, either through PTSD, battle wounds, or trying to deal with being a civilian. When I got back it was like I was an island, I had no idea what to do with myself and how to get back to regular life. At some points it is still a struggle, but I have still kept in contact with some of the guys,” Mr. O’Dea said. WINTER 2012

And that is the price of freedom.

0600 – Morning Muster (everyone gets in formation and accountability is taken) 0600-0640 – Breakfast 0640-7000 – Cleaning Stations (Plebes clean the floors, bathrooms, showers, etc.) 0720 – Morning Colors (the Flag is raised, the entire regiment salutes) 0800 – Classes Start (4 periods) 1200-1300 – Lunch 1300 – Classes Resume 1600 – Classes End 1600-2000 (Free time to do homework, eat dinner, sports, etc.) 2000 – Tattoo (Evening Muster) 2030 – Tattoo Ends 2200 – Doors can be shut and you can go to bed 2200-0600 – Sleepy Time VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM // THE RJ VOICE // 33


Mr. Caldwell’s F-16 fighter jet in Iraq. Photo courtesy of Caldwell Family

“You get a rush of happiness when they come home,” Byrne added with a smile. According to the Huffington Post, as of July 2011 there were at least 1,560 military deaths in the Afghanistan war. Thousands of soldiers never make it home to see their families.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

BY KATE WEIS

@kate_jayhawk| 2016

As the Caldwells sat down for Christmas dinner in 2009, there was an empty space at the head of the table. It was a space that couldn’t be filled by anyone but one very important person, their father. But instead of Mr. Caldwell being home for the holidays, he is serving our country in Baghdad, Iraq in the active duty Air Force first flight command. “It’s difficult without having a dad home,” junior Lauren Caldwell said. Mr. Caldwell has been deployed for four Christmases and three birthdays, nine times in total. Freshman Colin Byrne’s father was also in the

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military for twenty years. Mr. Byrne was deployed to Iraq when Colin was only three years old. “It was really hard and sad when he was gone,” Byrne said.“But we wrote letters and connected through Skype to keep in touch.” But even with modern technology and mail there is no way to fill in that gap that a father being away creates. But Lauren and Colin were lucky their dad came home, “Sometimes he seems like a different person when he comes back,” Caldwell said, “but it’s so nice to have a coach back in my life.”

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Why do adults think we’re so crazy? BY CRISTIAN ADAMS

@CristianAdams2 | 2015

“BOOM, HEADSHOT!!!!” This is one of the many quotes you will hear in the average first person shooter video game. This is also a sound many experts cringe at due to their extensive research. Acording to a recent Gallup poll, 64% of American Teens age 13-17 have a TV in their bedroom. Teens have more access to violent media then ever before. Are we wasting our time comparing what children do today compared to 50 years ago? Times have changed, why don’t people understand that? The argument could be made for their generation as well:The age of hippies and Bob Marley. After listening to some of my father’s music I was convinced he was a stoner. To him it was just music. When the older generation listen to our music, it’s generally about sex with a huge bass drop. To us it’s just music. The same argument can be made for violence in video games and movies affecting our generations social skills. Children seeing these things are going to absorb them, and it may change their way of thinking, but not enough to turn them into psycho serial killers over night. I across the street to speak with my neighbor, Mr. Tim Beumont about this issue. “When I was a kid, I didn’t have TV or video games to keep me occupied, my mother sent me outside and told me not to come back until the street lights came back on. Now in this generation, my son would rather play Mario on the Wii then go practice hockey This is a massive and strange change.” Sports and gaming are a huge part of our community here at RJ. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide

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Service: For God and Country BY FRANK MORTON @frank_morton | 2013

I hear a lot of buzzwords at Regis Jesuit High School. Service, community and finding God in all things are a few of the more popular ones. There’s one word that never seems to come up though: Patriotism. Regis Jesuit derives so much of its identity from the emphasis the school places on service to the impoverished community and love for all of the poor and marginalized within that community. However, we ignore, I believe unintentionally, the importance of service to our nation. With students enlisting in the military or going to an armed forces academy every year that I have been here at Regis Jesuit, it’s high time that we acknowledge and encourage their contributions to our community just as much as we do for people going on service trips or joining the priesthood. Last year alone, six graduates planned on attending a academy or enlisting. It’s not that easy though. As current senior Anders Greibel points out, “There are more issues that arise when talking about the military with some people than if you just talk about the poor.” Normally, I would agree that the sensitivity of an opinion is an acceptable reason to not discuss something at school. Regis Jesuit is different though. Not only do we accept differences in opinion, we seek them out. There is no better example than earlier this semester when the school extended controversial fair-labor activist Jim Keady an invitation to speak at the school. We proved to ourselves that our school is capable of having a heated but civilized dialogue on tough issues. There’s no reason the same can’t apply to the promotion of and respectful dialogue on patriotism here. Mrs. Marsha Caldwell, Counseling Department chairwoman in the Boys Division, cites a lack of respect for the students as one of the possible reasons recruiters aren’t allowed on campus: “I have had some fairly negative experiences with recruiters being very pushy, aggressive in public school, and students have come to me after they have visited with them and wished they had never talked with them.”

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While the decision to not allow recruiters on campus may be a well thought out one, neglecting to mention the opportunity of enlistment is still a missed opportunity for the school to help its students find their vocations. Our security specialist, Mr. Steve Emerson, made the decision to enlist because he felt like it filled a hole in his life that college couldn’t. “I was supposed to start college down at Western State in Grand Junction and it just didn’t feel like it was right. It felt like there was something else I should be doing.” On his 18th birthday, Mr. Emerson enlisted in the United State Marine Corps. Not everyone is meant for the military, but those who make the decision to serve our nation deserve our respect just as much as those who go on to work for non-profits or become a Jesuit. While their contributions aren’t seen every day, they give back just as much to our community and nation as any other profession out there.

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entertainment

Which Taylor Swift song are You? BY KATELYN SCHIESSLER @Momo66539 | 2016

Now, Taylor is back with a brand new sound on her album Red.

BY EMMA BOHN @thebohnfire | 2013

Taylor Swift’s fourth CD Red debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with firstweek sales of 1.21 million copies. This marked the highest opening sales record in a decade and made Taylor Swift the first female to have two million-selling albums. In this 16-track set that has the singer continuing to step away from her country roots to take on a more rock and pop sound. She reaches touching musical heights on “I Almost Do” and the album’s duets. English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran – and Swift’s falsetto – shine on “Everything Has Changed.” However on “The Last Time,” Swift takes a backseat to Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody, whose deep vocals ride beautifully over the haunting beat. Luckily, she’s recruited the world’s greatest boy-shaming pop team — Max Martin, the Swede behind Kelly Clarkson’s ‘’Since U Been Gone’’ and Pink’s ‘’So What,’’ and his partner Shellback — to produce three of her best tell-offs yet. “22”, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” It’s Swift herself, though, who leads the charge on diversions into sonic experimentation that wouldn’t fare as well on the radio, and they feel even more exciting. “State of Grace,” with its layers of reverb and galloping backbeat, evokes Coldplay and U2. Sophomore Nina Kelley said, “I love her because I can relate to her and her songs are really fun to sing along to!” Teen girls have been on the Taylor Swift craze since her first album came out in 2006. However even boys have caught the T-Swift fever from her new album Red, “Her lyrics speak to my soul. She gets me. You know? She knows where it hurts and how to make it better,” seniors Colin Jostes and Marco Capraro said. Senior Kyle Weatherbie said, “Her voice is like an overpowering, enticing trance that lures us in with majestic beauty. It radiates in a passionate glow that is more intense than the light of a double rainbow. And she is beautiful!” Lets face it, we all want to “dress up like hipsters, and make fun of our ex’s” like Taylor does in “22”. We all have that one person we want to call up and tell them “We are never ever ever ever getting back together.” And don’t lie, we know you have belted out “R-E-E-E-E-R-E-E-E-E-E-D.” WINTER 2012

1) What’s your relationship status? A) Single B) It’s Complicated C) In Love D) Just Broke Up 2) (For Singles) Do you have a crush? Yes No 3) What is your crush, boyfriend, or ex like? A) Understanding B) Still Complicated C) The Sweetest Guy Ever!!!! D) I Totally Hate Him 4) Who did you dance with at Homecoming? A) Your Friends B) Some Random Group C) Your Boyfriend D) You Didn’t Go 5) What do you like to do? A) Think about your crush B) Drive C) Dance D) Think about “The Good Times” (Warning!!!: Youe may not get the song that you love. Sorry!!!)

Answers: Mostly A’s: “I Almost Do” Mostly B’s: “Red” Mostly C’s: “Starlight” Mostly D’s: “All Too Well”

She stole our hearts with Fearless and we fell in love with Speak

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features

Skiing Vs Snowboarding Skiing or Snowborading, which is better?

Snowboard |Katelyn Schiessler ‘16

BY TAYLOR NICHOLS, SEAN WOOD and KIRA ZIGAN @tnichols | 2013 @Sean__Wood | 2013 @kaye0126| 2016

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liding on top of fresh powder on an early winter morning is something only two kinds of people daydream about during the week days of ski season.

Skiers and Snowboarders around the world share the same chilly playground. They use the same terrain parks, the same lifts and go to the same lodges to get a nice warm cup of coffee.

“It’s whatever floats your boat. There are a lot of snobby snowboarders and a lot of nice skiers and vice versa,” says Mihalco. Owen Brown is a junior at Regis and has been skiing his whole life. “It just gives me a rush, i don’t know what else to say. Its just a cool rush.” Owen Said.

Although they are similar in some ways, they are very different in others, which leads to the inevitable rivalry. But which is better? Do people take the rivalry too seriously? Does it exist anymore?

Info on Burton Snowboards |Katelyn Schiessler ‘16

Freshman Stephanie Llorente has been skiing since she was just two years old. She started participating in freestyle competitions when she was seven. “My parents have been skiing their whole life. It was just the thing to do, put me on skis,” Stephanie said. Junior Liam McHugh originally skied, then switched to snowboarding, but now is back to skiing. “Skiing is easier to grasp the concept of but is much harder to master, snowboarding is a harder concept, but is much easier to master once you get it., McHugh says. Stephanie Llorente and Miss Mihalco, boarders and moderators of the Girl’s Division ski club, say take your pick. 38 // THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

Ms Mihalco |Katelyn Schiessler ‘16‘

Stephanie Llorente |Kattlyn Schiessler ‘16

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Liam McHugh ‘14 | Sean Wood ‘13

Nichols familly ski trip |Taylor Nichols ‘13

“It just gives me a rush, I don’t know what else to say. Its just a cool rush.”

So the feeling is mutual, skiers are just as good as snowboarders and snowboarders are just as good as skiers but what do the numbers say? The record for fastest skier is held by Italian skier Simone Origon at 156.2 mph. Australian snowboarder Darren Powell holds the record for fastest speed on a board at 125 mph, 30.2 mph slower then the fastest skiier.

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Fast Facts

The top rated ski according to freeskier. com is the Blizzard Bonafide. Retail: $700. The best boots? According to powdermag.com its Alien 1.0 made by Scarpa. Reatil: $1,800.The best snowboard according to snowboardermag.com is the Burton Nug, retail cost $420. Snowboardingmag.com says the best boots for snowboarding are the Nike Vapens. Retail: $200.

SNOWBOARDING Fast Facts

RECORD SPEED:156.2 mph

RECORD SPEED: 125 mph

JUMP LENGTH: 809 feet

JUMP LENGTH: 187 feet

TOTAL COST: $2140

TOTAL COST: $1530

Skiies ready to shread |Katelyn Schiessler ‘16

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Student life

THE WOLFPACK RJ brotherhood defined by friendship, service and “men with and for others” BY SHELBY KSIAZEK @shelbyshaz | 2013

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ou guys might not know this but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack grew by one. So there were two in the wolf-pack. I was alone first in the pack and then Doug joined in later. And 6 months ago when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, ‘Wait a second, could it be?’ And now I know for sure I just added two more guys to my wolfpack. Four of us wolves running around the desert together in Las Vegas. So tonight I make a toast. Blood brothers!” -Alan from the movie The Hangover. Brotherhood at Regis Jesuit Boys Division isn’t something that just happened one day. It was something that grew and formed over a span of 125 years, starting at the College of Sacred Heart in Las Vegas, New Mexico. In 1989, the first cornerstone was laid on the Aurora campus. They then moved their new facility across the green to accommodate for the growing brotherhood. So what’s appealing about Regis to incoming freshmen?

Nick Girvasini ‘15 and John O’Hagan ‘15 getting crafty at lunch in the Ceramics room| Shelby Ksiazek ‘13

Freshmen Christopher Lin said that he came to Regis Jesuit High School for different reasons. The first being his friends had older brothers that attended. “They really got me involved in the community. In seventh grade, I didn’t miss one football game. Once I heard about the brotherhood and how Regis 40// THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

Rowdies George Kyriazi ‘13 and Geordie Bain ‘13 exemplifying the manly stance. | Shelby Ksiazek ‘13

was all about it, I was just perfect for me.” So what about the football games was alluring? “The energy and how everybody was like a family. Its just one big group where people help each other out.” Freshman Daniel Naes is coming from a completely different background. “I had quite a lot of people come through Regis. My dad went through Regis through the “Pink Palace” (the old HS building on the Regis University campus). I wanted to come here because of my legacy. I heard so much about it. I’ve been to so many football games and hungout here so much.”

was like the last person in there alone with Grant Neal. His arms are this big. I was afraid if I said something wrong, he’d like crush my skull with his pinkies. But he didn’t. He just talked to me and was cool,” Chris Alan concluded. How has George Kyriazi and Geordie Bain’s perspective changed over their four years at Regis Jesuit High School Boys Division? “When I was a Freshman I thought being a Man With and For Others was just doing service and stuff but now I realized it’s for everybody not just people you’re serving.”

“Here, it’s just a bunch of kids that are friends with everybody else and like each other.”-Christopher Lin ‘16 Freshman Javan Lanier shadowed other schools but didn’t see the same atmosphere.“I felt like in other schools not everybody was friends with everybody. Like the football teams were jerks to everybody else. Here it’s just a bunch of kids that are friends with everybody else and like each other.” Who embodies the motto of “Men with and for others”? Christopher Lin was the first to answer. “George Kyriazi is a huge one at that. A big thing is because he’s a rowdy and you can just see the passion he has. He’s the Greek guy. Everytime in the cookie line, I stand in front of him, he just waits patiently. Geordie Bain because he’s a nice guy that really cares about other people. You can tell it by the way he acts. “

Sebastian Harris ‘13 and Antonio Broadus ‘13 just being bros after a hard workout | Shelby Ksiazek ‘13

Javan Lanier added, “Grant Neal. I didn’t really know anyone. He just came up to me and was like, ‘Hi what’s your name? What sports do you play? Football? oh me too! what position?’.”

“The important thing about being a man with and for others as an upperclassmen is you need to set an example for the freshmen and sophomores who are young feeble minds who are just haven’t comprehended what it means to be apart of the brotherhood yet. And we need to show them that the brotherhood is a wonderful thing full of love and compassion. I guess what I do is try to be kind and loving to everybody. I try to be a good friend, meet new people, help freshmen get situated to Regis better and really help them live a good life,” Geordie Bain added.

“I was in the locker room after weight-lifting and I

That’s brotherhood. No blood required. WINTER 2012


determined to dive Know Your Hackers BY CRISTIAN ADAMS @CristianAdams2 | 2015

Be warned; technology is a weapon that only some know how to use to its full potential. Hacking groups are examples of this danger. The three most common hackers are the white, black, and grey hat hackers. White hat hackers are curious fellows (literally they are just curious fellows). They hack just to see how a computers security system works. Black Hat hackers tend to be pretty dangerous. They break into security systems to gain access to credit card information or vandalize websites amoung other disruptive behaviors. Grey Hats are very selfish. They hack for one reason: self amusement. They ignore any and all laws and continue on their online rampage. The next comptutor wiz is called the Hacktivist. A rather interesting group, they use their talents to further specific political or soicial propropaganda. Another is the Script Kiddie. Who function as poser hackers who use pre-packeged programs to get past Internet security systems. These people are looked down upon in the hacking community. Lastly, the most dangerous of all the hackers, the Cyberterrorist. As the name suggests they use their knowledge to perform acts of terrorism, such as crash goverment websites. Take care computor activists of Regis Jesuit; it’s a jungle out there. WINTER 2012

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@ Kate_jayhawk | 2016

Freshman McKenzie Austin climbs up to the diving board, adjust the board to fit her dive, steps back, takes a deep breath, and does her thing; she dives. She floats magnificently in the air and graciously lands in the water without making too big of a splash. “It’s really cool to watch her dive, it’s pretty amazing what she can do,” said freshman, Spencer Tabber. Before McKenzie was a diver she was a gymnast, but as she switched gyms a friend told her to try diving. She fell in love with the sport at just nineyears-old. “Diving makes me feel excited and happy. It can be pretty scary sometimes, but I love it,” she said. But when people see McKenzie dive they only see the graceful routines; they don’t see all the hard work behind it. “I wake up, go to school, then I go to the Regis practices till four-thirty or five. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday I go to the Air Force Academy with the Mile High Dive Club, after Regis’ [Jesuit] practice till eight-thirty. On all the other days I go to my gym to dive till eight thirty. When I come home I do homework; bedtime really varies but can go pretty late,” she said with a laugh, “But grades are always most important and my friends and social life are too, so I try to keep time for everything. It definitely keeps me busy though.”

Photo courtesy of Mr. Austin

Canada to Texas to compete. “My favorite part of diving is definitely the experiences. I love traveling and meeting new people because of it,” McKenzie said. “Getting the opportunity to watch Kensi compete against the best divers in the Nation has been fun and exciting,” said McKenzie’s father, John Austin. McKenzie is very lucky to have such big supporters of her. “My family and friends are amazing. You guys are all super understanding and supportive about my diving and busy schedule. My parents are so supportive on all the choices I make about my future in this sport. I couldn’t do it without any of you.” McKenzie’s dreams in diving are big. “I want to dive in college and hopefully make it to the Olympic trials.” With her support team, her talent, and most importantly her dreams, Regis Jesuit should put all their faith in to her, because she is definitely capable.

All this hard work has paid off immensely for McKenzie. She won Nationals three years ago. This year she won Regionals and placed 5th in Nationals. McKenzie has traveled everywhere from VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM // THE RJ VOICE // 41


RCLC FOOD DRIVE Sean Wood

@Sean__Wood | 2013

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hristmas day has arrived in metro Denver and there are the pressures of society to buy the newest, biggest, most expensive gifts. However this is not the Christmas many of us picture. Many families in the area struggle with the current high un-employment rates. Many simply ignore these families and in turn ignore the spirit of giving that season has traditionally come with the holiday season.

However, there are many who recognize the families’ needs and respond, including a few RJ men and women who try to make this season a little easier for these people. On December 16th, students will go to St. Joseph Catholic Church to help separate donated food so that some families in the surrounding area will be able to have a nice Christmas dinner. Senior Charlie Marks is one such man , “We give everyone one ham and some other tasty food. If we have extra then we try to give two hams.” Marks said. Trey Ahern commented on the amount of food they had last year saying “We filled about 200-300 boxes with a ham and 6 cans of food.” The Jesuit doctrine of “Being men and women with, and for others” leads our school in our efforts for serving the community, evidenced by our efforts in the food drive. “It’s an amazing experience; you really feel like you are going to make a difference for someone’s Christmas.” Marks said. When talking about the genuine worth of their endeavors, and the impact of their actions, Ahern said, “Knowing that what you are doing is going to make this Christmas a little easier for a family, really puts you in the mood of the holidays, you really begin to understand the real meaning of Christmas.” So this Christmastide, give, serve, and love.

WINTER 2012

Students rally for immigration reform outside the Capitol building at the Ignatian Family Teach-In | Emmy Earsom ‘13

MY EXPERIENCE:

Dancing with the Stars

The Ignatian

family Teach-in

RJ seniors learn to “Re-define Margins” at the Jesuit conference

An inside look on the father daughter gala BY KAHLE C. DANNER

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BY EMMY EARSOM @elearsom | 2013

very year Regis puts on an amazing Father Daughter Gala. I am a senior this year and I must say, this year was by far the best one yet. I always look forward to the Father Daughter dance because my dad, Bill always makes me feel special. Throughout high school, my dad has been the best date I’ve had, hands down.

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This year, the father daughter dance had a great theme, Dancing with the Stars. The theme definitely matched the dancing shown on the floor Sunday evening of December 2nd. Every year, there is a dance contest and I have been determined to go far in it. There was tough competition this year, including senior Emma Bohn and her dad, Kurt, and senior Maddie Schmitz and her dad, Jeff.

Dee-licious.

After receiving the lucky “yellow card” number seven, my dad and I were clear. We made it in. We stepped off the dance floor, saving our good moves for the contest. The contest was heated. Several couples were having fun and dancing well but as my dad and I made it to the final five, it became serious. After some tough dancing, my dad and I earned fourth place. We were ecstatic. Senior Maddie Schmitz and her dad, Jeff took home the crowns. Saving their best move for last, the most original “booty pop”, the crowd went wild. It was obvious, they were the winners. This year’s father daughter dance has been a memory I will never forget, thanks dad!

he fifteenth annual Ignatian Family-Teach In. 23 Jesuit high schools, 22 Jesuit universities, 58 social justice workshops, four keynote speakers (including special guest Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, the tough-as-nails mastermind behind the progressive “Nuns on the Bus” movement), two networking sessions, and one magnificent Capital City, where, as senior Ashlan Runyan put it, “The air smells like diplomacy and bipartisan government.” During the weekend of November 16-18, 2012, eight Girls Division seniors (myself included) and two faculty advisors took Washington, D.C. by storm as we attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In, an annual social justice seminar in which Jesuit scholars teach, learn, pray, and bond over their common Jesuit roots and share big ideas as to how to make our world a more peaceful, fair, and sustainable place. From Gabriel Bo Deng’s, “The Lost Boy of Sudan,” lecture about crossing the Nile River (and miles and miles of desert to a refugee camp in Ethiopia) to Brophy College Prep’s presentation on how, for one weekend, their campus became a haven for undocumented students applying for recognition under President Obama’s “Dream Act,” I left the conference feeling incredibly culturally educated and enthused, ready to utilize the resources and connections I had made in 72 hours to make change here at home at RJHS. (Fun fact: Regis Jesuit Girls Division is the only all-female, Jesuit secondary school in North America. Girl power.) The various workshops, sightseeing tours, and prayerful reflections all allowed for me to recognize just how lucky I am to live where I live. To go to school at Regis Jesuit. To have a warm house and even warmer food. To be able to encouraged to express my opinions and rewarded for thinking outside of the box. I’m pretty sure that recognizining this is what the Ignatian Family Teach-In is really all about. VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM // THE RJ VOICE // 42


Profiles

Freshmen Join the Family BY EMMA BRIDGEWATER

Sun sets over the Girls Division. |Katelyn Schiessler ‘16

@EmmaBridgeH2O| 2014

TaeKenya Cleveland Liberty Middle School Plays Basketball Loves camping and traveling

Alyssa Adamson Justina Tran

Morey Middle School Plays Soccer Next Mia Hamm?

Littleton Academy Plays Tennis Goes to France every two years

Gabby Barbier

Rose Botaish St. Vincent de Paul Horseback Rides Likes to draw

Daniela Correa

St. Thomas Moore Speech and Debate club Will be an aunt in December

Brook McIntyre Aspen Academy Plays Field Hockey Rock Climbs and Kayaks

Sagewood Middle School Runs Cross Country and Track Speaks Spanish and English

Mathison Davis St. Vincent de Paul Plays Lacrosse and Field Hockey Has a house in Carbondale

Scan the QR code to see profiles of Boys Division 9th graders By Jackson Burkholder on the RJ Voice. WINTER 2012

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MUSIC BUZZ: Shoegaze: Music of the 90’s

Photo By: Jose Chalit | 2013

BY JOSE CHALIT

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@jemiliochalit| 2013

an, did you hear that sick drop?” “Bro, listen to this verse, it’s ill.” “Oh my gosh, T-swizzle is my girl.”

All common phrases uttered by the students of Regis Jesuit, these are also the phrases that are taking over our generation’s musical tongue. The ‘filthy’ bass of hip-hop songs, the hilarity of this year’s techno anthem, or the catchy tunes of Swift’s new love songs are all things that signify 2012’s musical feats. There is further depth to be found in music in today’s world, however, whether it be found in the instrumentals, the melodies, the lyrics, or a concoction of many other elements. In analyzing the diversity of all genres, artists, songs, and albums, a greater appreciation for music can be achieved and it is for this that these reviews exist. Today, this review exists to unearth the deeper themes contained within shoegaze.

deeply concentrated in their work, losing all sense of reality except for the one existing in the sound they were creating. If you’re looking for a wall of sound to completely drown yourself in its drone and fuzz induced tones, look no further. shoegaze is a genre that can be as calming as it is hectic. Soft, reverbed vocals mesh so beautifully with loud, distorted guitar melodies in this genre.

“What sets shoegaze apart to me is also what I love most about it. It just evokes this certain atmosphere.” Ashlan Runyan ‘13 “Like when you’re driving home and it’s really late. You’re with your friends but you aren’t talking, and all the buildings and lights flash past you. Your eyes are tired but you feel really awake, like this jittery calm; that’s what shoegaze feels like, and I love that,” Ashlan said.

My Bloody Valentine, considered by some the ones who created shoegaze, is a band that Album: ‘Loveless’ does precisely that. Emerging in A genre focusing more on soft, Release Date: 1991 the late 1980’s, their most popuyet powerful melodies, shoegaze Artist: My Bloody Valentine album, ‘Loveless’, released in is a genre that first arose in the Most popular Song: Only Shallow lar 1991, brought them fame during late 1980’s and was most promi- Genre - Shoegaze zenith of shoegaze. This alnent in the early 1990’s. The term Recommended dosage: Listen the features some of shoegaze’s Shoegaze appeared first in the to album in its entirety at least bum two times a week, listening to most notable features, mixing New Musical Express, a music pub- two singles once a day. Do not drone-y, fuzzy tones of power lication in the United Kingdom, exceed ∞. chords with soothing, whispered which noted shoegaze bands’ use vocals and is really the epitome of foot pedals and special effects. Shoegaze became a of what shoegaze means. genre more widely known amongst its native readers in the U.K. and didn’t become popular in the U.S. until So if you feel daring andScan for YouTube video of ‘Only Shallow’ after its peak, 1990-1991. feel like you’d want to on a musical jourUsing sound effects like reverb, fuzz, flanger, and even embark ney to a unknown ‘Wah’ foot pedals, a lot of shoegaze artists spent most by many, realm in the of their time concentrating heavily on their pedal translucentindulge sounds of My work. These artists’ style on stage consisted mainly of Bloody Valentine and the staring (gazing) at the floor (where shoes usually go), shoegaze genre. 44 // THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

Finals Helpful study tips for semester finals from fellow teachers and students BY MISSY FRANKLIN @FranklinMissy | 2013

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hristmas lights have been strung, we hear “Deck the Halls” in every store we go shopping in, and the last minute search for presents and holiday gifts has begun. It’s the holiday season, but in many Regis Jesuit students’ minds, the holidays are the last things they are thinking about. Why? Winter finals. While our parents are stressing about putting up final decorations and making delicious meals, we are worried about whether or not we are going to fail our math final. Winter finals mark the end of first semester and the halfway point of our 2012-2013 school year. With all the distractions of the holidays and the temptations to do anything but schoolwork, how can you stay focused and motivated to study for your semester final exams? Senior Jackson Fox shares his study tips for winter finals. “What helps me most when studying for final exams is taking it piece by piece. Prioritize what you need to do most first, and focus on that. Don’t try to study too many things at once. You will get a lot more out of covering a few things in detail than trying to cram everything in to short amount of time,” Fox said. “Also, AVOID FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. It is so easy to get sucked up in it and loose track of time. I do it all the time. If you are going to take a break, take a break. Don’t try to study and go on social
media sites at once.” Probably the most common advice we hear is stay off Facebook and Twitter. That social media is only a distraction keeping us from our studying. But how many of us will actually say that we will avoid social media while studying, and then follow through with it? Instead of completely swearing off social media, try giving yourself social media breaks in between studying. Senior Mollie Coyle talks about breaks and social media. “Take breaks. I’ll study for an hour, and then let myself spend 10 or 15 minutes on Facebook or Tumblr or whatever you like. It keeps you from going crazy.” Another helpful study tip from Mollie is, “Study with friends. Talking about the subject out loud helps you remember it.” So studying doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself in a dark room for two days and never come out. Unless that works for you, of course. Finding new ways to study, whether that is with friends or taking breaks to watch a television show or logging onto Facebook after a couple hours of studying, can make studying easier and more effective. Girls Division English teacher Mr. Davenport tells his students, “Relax, you guys freak out, just relax. Stress does not help you study. Have some perspective, relaxing doesn’t mean not doing anything, it means allowing yourself space to do some work.” Take deep breaths, find fun ways to study that work for you, take breaks, and we might actually get through this. Although studying is tedious, and is not exactly at the top of everyone’s most fun things to do list, it is always worth it feeling great about your finals and enjoying the holidays with family and friends. WINTER 2012


relationships

what she

Dr. Big Love& Dr. Little Love really means

How do I get a girl to notice me? – Alex Nemechek Well Alex Nemechek, just keep doing your thing. Sooner or later she will talk to you. Especially if you do something stupid and funny, like if you are in a group of people and walking on the sidewalk run out in the middle of traffic I try to dodge it. She will definitely want to talk to you when you are in the hospital. Or you can try the old trip over your other foot trick and fall down a hill, you probably might have a broken arm or something but it’ll be worth it! Trust me I know from experiene. A less painful and all round better way to get her attention is by doing kind things like telling her she looks nice and getting to know her friends! If you do this she will feel comfortable around you and will enjoy being with you! fall down to get her attention it will most likely be out of pity we are going for true love here not pity!

What would be a great gift for my lady? – Anonymous Dude simple, make it special so she will never break up with you.. A flannel, they will always be warm and when they wear it they will think of your strong arms and how they are safe with you. Also they are very affordable and can be found at almost any store. But if you want a little more expensive get her 2 flannels. DON’T LET DR. BIG LOVE TALK YOU INTO BUYING FLANNELS! Instead of buying her a unisex piece of clothing give her something that is from the heart, get her something that you know she will use/ wear. Make it personal. Girls love handmade gifts... and things that are shiny! What are some fun holiday date ideas? – AnonyWell you got the ice skating idea, but to me that’s just too cold. But then you can always have more fun outside with snowball fights and everything. On the inside though you can just watch some movies with the fireplace on and a cup of hot coco and play some board games. That one works well my friend. There is a formula for holiday dates: Cocoa + Christmas Lights + Snow =The Perfect Winter Date! if you have one or all of these you will have a successful date. Some activities that include these are ice skating, snowball fights, looking at Christmas Lights, or even Zoolights. But be sure you both dress warm, cold hands and toes can sure ruin a night! How do I get a girl to ask me to Snoball? - Ben Mohler Well it’s simple talk to her and be yourself, girls are more prone to make sure they have a date for Snoball than guys do for Homecoming. So pretty much if you look good one day you got it down to an art. So I think you are covered. You have to be talking to the girl to even have a chance at being asked. you also need to prove to her that you can look good in a suit and if you can dance! This means when you hang out sometime casually show up in a tux. Everytime you hear music bust out your best dance moves! This will get you a date for sure! How can I learn poetry in less than an hour to sweep this girl off of her feet? -Evan Batten ‘12 (Asked from Twitter @DrBigLittleLove) Dr. Suess. I have looked to him for many things. He has such wisdom to use from his poems. As he would say, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” If you do a short haiku that you can write on your hand so she won’t see it she will be super impressed! Try and avoid poems on war... It’s not as romantic as guys think. How do I tell a girl I like her with a witty pick-up line? - George Bain II This takes some steps: step 1) fall down 2) Act like your hurt 3) She will ask if you are ok 4) you then say there are 2 laws that never fail, law of gravity and law of attraction. Hi I’m (fill in your name). Pick up lines aren’t as great as guys think. If us girls hear “How much does a polar bear weigh?” or get asked if it hurt when we fell from heaven one more time it will not be pretty. Just go up to her and introduce yourself! Don’t hide behind a cheesy pick up line!

TWEET US HERE! @DrBigLittleLove

Girl language decoded. You’re welcome.

BY ALLIE PETKO and ANN PERCHIAZZI @lilpetko and @ann_perchiazzi | 2013

fine

She is not fine. You need to figure it out. Ask her what’s really wrong. This also goes for when she says, “I’m okay”.

“Nothing” means “something”. Again, ask her what’s really bothering her.

nothing

alright

a) It’s your turn to put some effort in to keep the conversation going. b) She is not happy with you.

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whatever

This is the lady-like way of calling a boy a bunch of choice words without him knowing it.

She is happy and in a good mood. Sometimes it means that she is interested, but understand that girls use smiley faces with everyone. A smiley face does not mean she likes you.

:)

THE USE OF

“.”

She is expecting you to understand what she is saying. Or, she doesn’t know what else to say.

Danger zone. She’s really mad at you. If she uses periods, it’s probably time to apologize for whatever you did to upset her.

THE USE OF

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SOME TIPS:

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Us girls don’t even know what we mean when we say this, but when we do say this, it’s not good. Keep in mind that “alrighty” means something totally different.

When she doesn’t text you, she is waiting for you to text her. When she’s quiet, ask her what’s wrong. When she ignores you, she wants your attention. VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM // THE RJ VOICE // 45


Profiles BY QUINCY GHOLSTON @quincy gholston | 2013

Behind the Badge: RJ Faculty and staff tell their stories Sweet hat top right

Dr. Herman Meet resident Lax Coach/Wrestling Coach/Mad Scientist, Doctor Jake Herman. “I was working at the University of Colorado Health and Science Center. I was a genetic engineer, and I worked in mass spectrometry.” “I was trying to solve protein structures to inhibit their functions, in order to create high level drugs. I was designing them to be aimed at aidng people with Cystic Fibrosis.” “I always wanted to be a teacher, I was just a scientist first. I was originally hired as a Lax/Wrestling coach. Later on they needed a science teacher and looked at my P.H.D and had me teach science.” “I am able to pull a lot of my experience directly intothe classroom. We use a lot of the stuff I used in my previous life as a scientist.” There you have it. Scientist, coach, and teacher, Dr. Herman has done a lot of fascinating things in his life, far too brief for summary. Stop by in rooms 163 or 161 and see him in action.

Mr. Carroll His name may not be ‘Indie’, but he has both a sweet hat and an interesting career in archaeology. “I was studying at UMass in 2003 and one of my professors, Dr. Tony Tuck, invited me to join him on an expedition to an Italian dig site. That’s how it started.” “I was getting my masters degree at CU Boulder and I joined a summer archaeology group that goes to Italy and works on various dig sites. I have been working on two different sites for a few years.” “For six years, I have been going to Italy every summer and have been working on a site near Siena called ‘Poggio Civitate’. We have been digging up an abandoned town that shows evidence of burning down.” “I have also been working for two years digging up the Villa of Maxentius. It lies just outside of Rome on the Via Appia. “ Archaeologist extroardinaire, Mr. Carroll brings a great energy known only to those few brave adventurers. Consequentially, he has great stories for his Latin classes. See for yourself in room 182.

Mrs. Wagman Mrs. Wagman, Assistant Librarian, was once a very different kind of assisstant. “I did many things before coming to Regis, But the thing I did for the longest was this. I was an Executive Assisstant to the 15th Congressional District of Ohio. It was when the Republicans took both the house and senate for the 1st time in 30 years.” “In that position I was the author of adoption legislature. I ran an office in D.C. for Congresswoman Deborah Pryce. I handled all financial affairs, constituent affairs, etc.” “I also ran a subcommittee in Columbus Ohio on urban developement. I worked with Congressman Chalmers Wylie. I did many things, including keeping his shedule, his passport, visa, other work. “ “I got to meet the living First Ladies at the botannical gardens. I got to meet celebrities and Olympic athletes, such as Peekaboo Street; it was very nice.” Wagman said. From Capitol Hill, to our very own Stephan A. Finn Library, Mrs. Wagman has led a life of intrigue and import. Say hello next time you’re getting something printed.

Behind the Badge: The people who work here everday have cool resumes. In the next issue of the voice meet Mr. earl Bastian, Mrs. sydney Timme, and Mr. craig Rogers 46 // THE RJ VOICE // VOICE.REGISJESUIT.COM

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OP-ED BY HEBERTO LIMAS @TitoLimasDominguez | 2014

OBAMA’S PRIORITIES BEFORE INAGURATION

For these past few weeks, many are wondering how this same administration will be better than the last. The political situation has not changed with Republicans controlling the House and the Democrats controlling the Senate with Obama still living in the White House. Some comments I have heard more than a few times while walking the hallways are how nothing will change and that our economic situation will become worse. I disagree. However, Obama has a lot of work to do right now in order to instill confidence in the people and to help the Democrat party. In fact, Obama has some key issues that he needs to address before his inauguration on January 21st, in order to begin his second term with a good start. 1. Deficit: The fiscal cliff, according to the Economist and the New York Times will increase taxes while decreasing spending which could total $600 billion dollars to decrease the budget deficit (In other words, Austerity). The problem is that it will drive the economy to another recession because of the tax hikes on individuals and families meaning less consumption. John Boehner and Barack Obama will come back to the bargaining table and must start bi-partisan talk which must lead to compromise and lessen the magnitude of the spending cuts and the tax hikes. 2. Foreign Affairs: The People’s Republic of China has a new leader who will take power in March named Xi Jinping. China and the United States have a problem when it comes to trade since China has been stealing patented products from American corporations and selling them cheap without compensation which undercuts American company profits, which in effect, causes executives to dismiss workers. What Obama must do is to go to China, talk with Xi Jinping and reinforce America’s position. But to establish America’s position, China will have to understand that America will not let them get away with this. 3. Healthcare: The Affordable Care Act helps people to receive healthcare despite previous conditions and will allow us to be on our parents’ healthcare plan until we are 26. There is one problem that will be a pain to other families: insurance rates. Rates will go up dramatically in order to satisfy their shareholders. What the Republicans and the Democrats should do is to amend the bill to let the insurance rates increase but only by a certain percent in order to prevent massive rates for basic coverage. (This is part of what Romney introduced in Massachusetts to prevent high insurance rates.) These are just the issues that need attention right now before January 21st or America will be put in a bad situation. But why would Congressmen compromise now when they didn’t in 2010? Their very jobs depend on compromising for the extreme factions that supported them in 2011 forced them not to compromise. Now these factions are gone which allows the Senators to compromise in order to have popularity with their respected parties. Barack Obama has now no excuses to fail or to drag his feet. He must deal with this now or he will fail before his inauguration. The clock is ticking Mr. President. Get to work.

IS MAN INHERENTLY GOOD OR EVIL? BY JAYLEM ALLEN-DUROUSSEAU | 2016 Is human nature one of good or one of evil? A highly debated question, that if you were to search it on Google it will have arguments from bloggers to university professors. Just ask anybody and they’re bound to have an opinion. It has been researched in many forms one of the most famous happening in the year 1971. Stanford University psychology professors Phillip Zimbardo came up with an idea up with an idea. He picked twenty-four males out of seventy-five who seemed the most mentally stable to act as prison guards and prisoners in a 2 week study. The prisoners were arrested by Palo Alto authorities and taken to the mock prison. After thirty-six hours one prisoner broke down form the mental abuse and had to be escorted out. The guards began a sadistic form of psychological tormenting. After 6 days the study had to be terminated. Many throughout the ages have criticized human nature. English philosopher Hobbes said human nature is “tainted.” Jeremiah 17:9 from the Bible says,” the heart is decieited above all things and desperately wicked…” Events such as Hiroshima also show the destruction humans are capable of. Is that really human instinct? Is it one that corrupts power and values destruction? Adolf Hitler killed millions of Jews and Josef Stalin killed much more of his own people. Yet there is good in the world. Martin Luther King JR. was just a preacher from Alabama, but he changed our country forever. Even facing adversity he stood up for what he thought was morally right. He got all his inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi who led peaceful protests in India to get freedom from the British Empire. The book The Devil’s Arithmetic it shows a different side of human nature that comprises of compassion. Based in the holocaust a young Jewish girl sacrifices her life so another girl can live. Many others have shown both sides of human nature. All the hate, greed, corruption is countered by an equal amount of love, compassion, and kindness. Every body has their opinions, but I personally believe that human nature is both one of evil and one of good.

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