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Learn about the life of senior Drew Daniels, top wrestler, and his journey champion.

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constant. Something that doesn’t change. Something that’s always there. Something that adds stability. The word is perfectly descriptive of Mr. Tom Norman. Over the last 31 years, Mr. Norman and his long beard have been a constant for the Rockhurst community. “I’ve always thought since I was here as a student until now that if there was one person at Rockhurst I would have a hard time wrapping my mind around not being here, it’s [Mr. Norman],” Mr. Chris Elmore, class of 1989 and history teacher, said.

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Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 11, the Justice League hosted the annual Fair Trade Fair during activity period in the Barry Commons. This is the seventh year that the event has been held, drawing multiple vendors, most notably 10,000 Villages and John Mitchell Global Souls. Junior Will Ben Sims flips out his wallet to purchase an item at the fair. The funds collected, combined with the money raised from man dignity. Oftentimes, disadvantaged craftsmen do Tate Owens’ pottery class, will go to Catho- not have access to world markets and can lic Foundation for Children and Aging, CFCA. only sell their product to one faction. With Through CFCA, the Justice League sponsors the principle of Fair Trade, the worker can sell two disadvantaged children, Peter from Afri- to a larger market, which results in more honca and Oliver from Nicaragua, helping to pro- est prices and higher income for the seller. vide for their education, food and clothing. “[Fair Trade], while not a perfect system, Although the event positively impacts the is more positive because it’s a recognition vendors, its main goal is to raise awareness. said. “In free trade you let markets decide, of conscientious buying is one that we should and I think ‘market’, at times, is a code word learn to think about the people behind what we buy,” Mr. Marvin Grilliot, director of Igna- most power. Markets are stacked against tian service programs, said. the poor. That’s the reality.” The understanding of the consumers’ purSimilar to Fair Trade acting as a beacon of chasing power is a key aspect of Fair Trade, economic justice, it also works to promote intertwined with the driving force behind the environmental sustainability and responsibilfair: Catholic Social Teaching. ity. In turn, the vast majority of the products According to a recent report by the U.S. are made from recycled materials and honest Catholic Bishops, work is more than just a environmental practices. way of making a living; it is the way in which the worker continues active participation in rectly and is an important element of what God’s creation. we learn in social justice, protecting one’s As opposed to free trade, social justice human dignity and preserving the Earth,” teaches that Fair Trade is the recognition that senior Max Maiale, Justice League member, the person making the product deserves hu- said.

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“The dean position creates an environment that is productive and allows the other teachers, coaches and moderators to do their jobs,” Mr. Darby said. “It is a matter of creating a positive culture in the school that allows for everyone else to do their job.” According to Mr. Greg Harkness, principal, the school is at an exciting time. With the introduction of iPads in 2014, schedule changes, and cafeteria changes, the dean will be in charge of making these transitions as smooth as possible. “He will certainly have to manage all those [upcoming changes] as the dean of students. However those changes were already in the works [before the position change],” Mr. Harkness said. Mr. Darby will also be shadowing Mr. Alvey as much as possible until the end of the school year and will even be able to take over as full dean on some days when

Mr. Alvey has scheduled absences. “The school is in such a good spot [right now]... that it’s such a great thing to be taking over a position that is already excelling and being done very well by Mr. Alvey,” Mr. Darby said. “[Mr. Alvey] will be a huge reAnd as for replacing the all-powerful, instudents, Mr. Harkness believes Mr. Darby Mr. Darby. to make the position his own. I think Mr. Darby will be Mr. Darby [in the new position],” Mr. Harkness said. “It will only be a short period of time before most of the school will only know Mr. Darby as the dean.” While Mr. Hagedorn is proud of Mr. Darby’s quick ascent into important leadership roles within the school, he now has to look for a new English teacher as the department chair. “He’s a very strong teacher, and anytime you lose a strong teacher it is hard to replace,” Mr. Hagedorn said.


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Hurricane Sandy Superstorm Sandy is responsible for displacing more than 80 students of Xavier High School in New York City, New York. Of those 80, 45 students and their families lost all possessions, not just their homes. The Rockhurst student body has made families by donating funds raised through school events like a ping-pong tournament and a dress down day. Also, the Chris Cakes breakfast, held on Dec. 5, raised additional money for the SGAsponsored relief fund. In total, Rockhurst High School raised approximately $4,540 for by Superstorm Sandy. Sam Clifton


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Board members shadow students Peter Daly

Nine board of trustees shadowed students on Dec. 12. Mr. Gerry Brenneman, Ms. Julie Connor, Mr. Jon Haden, Judge Lisa Hardwick, Mr. Tom McGee, Fr. Bill Oulvey, SJ, Mr. Al Roberson, Mr. Mark Teahan, and Mr. Paul Thompson. Below are a few Q&A responses from them. What did you expect going into the day? Brenneman: I didn’t really have any expectations except to understand a day in the life of a student and get back. I was here 35 years ago, and I tried to get grounded again. [We are going to] take that experience back [to the board] and talk about things more. Thompson: I was the class of 1980... but it was cool being in the classroom actually seeing the technology in the classroom is and how much better learning goes on today because of tech[from when I was in school]. Did you both enjoy being back in school? Thompson: I enjoyed [it]... in fact, I thought to myself if there was a way to get back... It’s a great time in your life as a high school student, and I think [about] what a great opportunity that the current students have. The resources at your dis-

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Shadowing junior Matthew Brocato, Mr. Gerry Brenneman ‘78, observes Mr. Rick Staihr’s honors Spanish 3 class.

posal here are incredible and you shouldn’t lose the opportunity to use them. The other thing I noticed [is] the curriculum is so much broader than when I was here. I went to a choir class [today] and we didn’t have that at all... Now the guys are very enthusiastically involved, and they sounded great. I really enjoyed it. Brenneman: I did. It beats work. I really did enjoy it. It was good to get back. What was your favorite part? Brenneman: Probably just

meeting [junior] Matt Brocato. He seems like a great kid. Just talking to some of the teachers and students. The human interaction was my favorite part of the day. Thompson: Anthony Anello enjoyed the choir. I mean, I love the technology but they even use technology in the choir. It was amazing how Mr. Sam Anderson was able to hear a particular note from one person [in a room with 30 guys].

The annual Regis Club toy drive started this week and ends next Wednesday, Dec. 19. During the toy drive, students are encouraged to bring in unwrapped, new toys and place them under the Christmas tree in the Barry Commons. The gifts should be targeted towards boys and girls between the ages of six to twelve. The Regis Club is looking to improve from last year’s total of 80 toys. Additionally, the club is trying to publicize the drive more through Twitter, Facebook, and the Gmail accounts. After the drive ends next Wednesday, the club will take the donated toys to Toys for Tots. Jack Hilliard

Did you have a least favorite part of the day? Thompson: Yes, my least favorite part was making a left turn Line. That was like playing Frogger and seeing if you were going to get hit. Brenneman: Not really, I was asked me if I was related to my sister and brother so they knew them more than me. No real least favorite part though, everything was great.

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Rockhurst will also be sending four students to the Jewish Vocation Center, a program that shelters refugees that come to Kansas City from all over the world. They provide job edu-

When the seniors head out for their service projects after Christmas Break, many of them will be working at Operation Breakthrough. Located on Troost Ave., Operation Breakthrough provides a safe environment for underprivileged kids in the Kansas City area to eat, learn and have fun. The seniors will spend the majority of their time teaching and playing with the kids. “I’m really looking forward to having more responsibility with the kids ... I think it is important for us to provide them strong role models and really make an

Two seniors, Giamo JacksonCarter and Cameron Winston, will be giving their time to Blue Valley Southwest’s special education program for their senior service projects. “Rockhurst can’t support a special education program of its own, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with special needs students as a learning experience for me and the

tance, food and shelter to those “I’m going to be working with some of the refugee children. I can’t wait because when I imagine what those kids went through in their country and then having to move to a strange city in a strange country, I really want to help them in any way I The seniors will be performduring their time with the JVC from assisting in counseling the refugees, organizing the supply warehouse, and working at the supplies shop, referred to as the “All the refugees are in need of some assistance and I think it is important that we help every-

lin Amick, a previous volunteer at Operation Breakthrough who will be going there for senior service, said. The seniors assigned to Operation Breakthrough will have two weeks to spend with the children involved in the program, in which time they will look to leave their mark on the children and the program as a whole.

Carter and Winston will be there to assist students with a wide range of disabilities. They will be focusing on reading, tutoring and physical education during their time with the students. “This is going to be a really hands-on project. I’m really excited about being able to work personally with the kids every According to both Carter and Winston, their goal at Blue Valley Southwest is not just to be workers. Rather, they hope to learn just as much from the students as the students will learn from them.

Rockhurst is recovering from scares that occurredNov. 17 and Nov. 26 in the Loyola Center. wrestling room and were contained, but the smoke and soot spread virtually everywhere throughout the Loyola Center. “The clean-up process involves vacuuming and wiping clean every surface in the entire Loyola complex, a massive efsaid As debris dripped onto the wrestling mats, they smoldered, sending smoke and soot into the gym and weight room below.

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The end is coming... or is it? commentary by Curran Steck

7 Days. 168 hours. 10,080 minutes. 604,800 seconds. 12/21/2012 is coming. Not to mention the barrage of unnecessary media posts reminding people about it, as if people need any reminder. It’s on everyone’s minds, whether they’re believers or not. So let’s start with the age-old prediction. As has been told for many years, the end of the Mayan calendar is set for December 21, 2012. The Mayans predicted that at this time, the planet Earth will fall into alignment with the sun, just as the sun falls into alignment with the center of the universe. Scientists have said that if this were to happen, it could cause a complete reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles, causing the entire crust of the earth to completely shift positions, creating inescapable earthquakes and tidal waves worldwide. Now let’s discuss the prediction made by John Jenkins, author of Mayan catastrophe books, in which he has claimed that around December 21, the Earth’s orbit will be in place to move through the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a stagnant patch of space in which billions of asteroids that when Earth makes its orbit

asteroids will collide into Earth, creating the largest meteor shower ever seen on earth, destroying any living creature on the planet. This would be even worse than the single asteroid But here’s the creepiest part: there are people today, even scientists, who claim there will be some potentially dangerous activity on Earth around the Mayan’s doomsday report, we need to prepare for a “once-in-a-lifetime super solar storm event” that will occur “sometime” around December 2012. The prediction states that the ever recorded. This has made some possibly be large enough to knock out the entire electronics grid on Earth for months on end. Imagine the world without electricity. No cell phones, TVs, cars, medical devices. No banking system. No food refrigeration. It would be complete chaos. Scary, right? I mean, who wouldn’t be scared to death at the thought of returning to 18th-century America? But do you honestly believe this nonsense? I mean come on...Solar the sun to Earth? Do you know how far that is? It’s 92,955,807 miles. I highly doubt there is any way a solar

As for John Jenkins, look up what other scientists have said about that theory. Mostly what they have said is that the guy is a lunatic, that there is no way of predicting that the earth is in orbit with the Milky Way. Even if it were there is no plausible way to predict the location of the asteroids and whether even one, if any, were to hit Earth’s surface. As for the Mayan prediction? How on Earth would you expect someone from 1,500 years ago when there was no modern technology to be able to predict the lining up of the Earth, sun, and the galactic center of the universe? I don’t know what to tell you if you’re crazy enough to believe that. He was just a guy who was too lazy to create the next cycle of the calendar. But seriously, who can blame the guy? I wouldn’t want to make a calendar for people I’d never get to meet either. In fact, I can’t believe he decided to make it go as far as 2012! But let’s think about it. The world some problems lately with global these theories actually seem like there is a reasonable chance of them occurring? Didn’t think so. In the end, it is up to you, though. Are you gonna believe all the hype enough... but I have a feeling it’s me.


Remembrance for young athlete worthy of praise

this tragedy are undoubtedly still felt by Rathbun’s closest

Kei Kamara, SKC @keikamara My prayers goes out to the faily of #TylerRathbun of #ShawneeMissionEast. May Tyler’s soul rest in Perfect Peace. 2 all teamates be strong

in memory and celebration of Rathbun’s life. Almost all of these posts and pictures were followed by #RIPTR, which became the symbol of support for the East community and Tyler’s numerous friends and family. #RIPTR can be found all over the city, painted on car windows, and on t-shirts. However, the appearance of #RIPTR and support for Rathbun extends far beyond the Kansas

Josh Freeman, NFL quarterback, @JF5x @arathbun11 Bun, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are w/ you and your family. #ripTR

them in this time of need. Following the lead of Shawnee Mission East students who posed for a picture with a large poster signed with condolences and memories from students, St. Teresa’s Academy, Notre Dame de Sion High School, and Rockhurst, among other schools, posed for pictures with their own banners in Tyler’s

@JayBilas, ESPN analyst RIP Tyler Rathbun, the 17-year old soccer star, lost too soon in a tragic accident. Condolences to his family and friends. #RIPTR

On Nov. 24 a tragic and unexpected ATV accident took the life of Shawnee Mission East senior and soccer standout Tyler Rathbun. An overwhelming amount of support for the Shawnee Mission East community poured in from across the Kansas City area, and from across the nation.

memory. These images, along with videos of Tyler, and shared personal memories and stories,


friends, family and the Shawnee Mission East community, the consolation that has been extended towards them in Rathbun’s memory has done an extraordinary job of supporting

City area. Shawnee Mission East alumni wore their Lancer blue at universities, including Kansas, Missouri, Texas Christian, Stanford and Yale, and posed together with #RIPTR signs and

Sports Illustrated, @SInow Today we had pleasure of meeting SM East HS students. We were saddened to learn the passing of classmate/ soccer player Tyler Rathbun. #RIPTR

other condolences. Rathbun’s death also caught national attention from sports media like Sports Illustrated and ESPN commentator Jay Bilas, who voiced their sadness for the loss of a tremendous athlete. The University of MissouriKansas City hosted a Tyler Rathbun Memorial Soccer Game on Dec. 8 that was attended by students and adults from across the Metro. The proceeds went to the Rathbun Memorial Fund, which gives money in Rathbun’s memory to soccer players who

The sheer quantity of responses and condolences is impressive in and of itself, but what is truly commendable is the way with which the Rockhurst community, the Kansas City community, and the nation reacted to the tragedy. Shawnee Mission East is easily our most hated rival, but immediately all of those petty differences went out the window. Our school and schools across

Seth Sinovic, SKC @ssinovic #RIPTR Tyler Rathbun, 17-year old SME soccer star lost in a tragic accident. Condolences to his family, teammates, & friends. RIP

with nothing but compassion and heartfelt sympathy for Shawnee Mission East. But while we mourn together now, it would only be right if come Jan. 25, our rivalry were just as heated as ever.

Classic brand faces financial woes, loss saddening to popular culture


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As the “end of the world” nears, it appears things have taken a turn for the worse in the snack food industry. Hostess, the formerly KC-headquartered company that makes delicious, nuclear-proof treats such as Twinkies, Ho-Hos, and Ding November. Hostess has struggled with bankruptcy in the past decade, changing ownership market and increasing demands from unionized workers. Hostess was unable to sell products at a high enough price to generate revenue and be competitive

dilemma for the management. Workers went on strike because of their dissatisfaction with pension money. The strike the shutdown. Much corruption comes into play in the death of Hostess. The company had been slowly approaching its downfall for several years and the management was well aware. As bankruptcy crept closer in 2012, Brad Driscoll, company CEO, received a pay increase of 300 percent. Although he can give himself a raise, any executive with his or her business’s best interests in mind should be focused more on salvaging the company rather than lining one’s own

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parents dish up signature recipes

Third Place Beef Ravioli

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Meat Filling-1 can spi nach 2 eggs 1/2 cup bread crumb s 1 onion 1 clove garlic

3 eggs 2 tbsp oil 4 tbsp water 1/2 tsp salt Sauce- 1 stick lightly salted butter 1 large chopped onion 3 cloves garlic 6 15oz cants of Hunts Tomato Paste 6oz of Mauls BBQ sau ce 1/2 tsp salt/pepper

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The Prep News dish, prepared by the most experienced parent chefs. We had multiple submissions and decided to showcase our top three choices. The judging team consisted of Mr. Greg Harkness, principal, Mr. Daniel Hrdlicka, Newspaper I teacher, junior Joey Caruso and senior John Avery. Having paleach plate based upon taste, texture and overall appeal.

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Sunday Dinner Beef Submitted by Mrs. K


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to put in a total of 5 tbsp of water. It should be moist but not so moist it sticks to your hands. Sauce: Put the butter and chopped onions in the crock pot on high and sauteé the onions until clear, then turn down to low setting, add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 12 hours. The butter will cook to the top, mix it back in. To prepare- Heat large kettle of water to a rapid boil add salt and tablesppon of olive oil. Add ravioli slowly to allow the water to remain at a slow to medium boil. Boil about 10 minutes, drain water.


The ravioli was a very high-quality Italian dish. the onion, garlic and spinach mixture complemented the roast perfectly.

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b Schloegel 3 chopped green prep pers 8-10 cups chick en stock 4 chopped yellow onion s 1 pound andouille sausage 1 bunch celery, choppe d 1 pound chicken breast Seasoning Mix cooked and cubed 3 bay leaves 2 pounds med shrimp 3 tsp salt 2 cans crabmeat 1 tsp white pepper 1 bag frozen okra tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp oregano tsp black pepper 1 cup veg. oil


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In a large, deep pot, heat olhot oil until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer browned meat to a bowl. In same pot, add onion and brown for 3-5 minutes. Deglaze the pot with wine. Add meat back to the pot. Cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Add broth, potatoes, carrots and celery. Cover again and gently simmer until meat is very tender, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add more broth if neccessary. When meat is cooked, stir in herbs, salt and paper. Add fresh parsley before serving.

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Meat Filling: Cook and cool roast. Squeeze excess liquid from the spinach. Grind roast, onion, garlic, spinach, bread crumbs. Beat eggs and add to mixture; mix well. Dough: Put all the above ingredients in the food processor until dough is thoroughly mixed. Adjust by adding more tablespoons of water until you get reach desired consistency. Depending

Second Place


The Sunday dinner stew was the best dish we tested. The delicious roast coupled with the Sunday afternoon.


Combine peppers, onions, celery and set aside in bowl, then combine seasoning mix and set aside. Heat oil in large skillet -preferably cast iron- until smokes. Gradumake a roux that is dark reddish brown, about 2-4 minutes. Be careful not to splash. Add 1/2 of the vegetables and cook one minute, and then add remaining vegtables and stir 2 minutes. Stir in seasoning mix and cook 2 minutes more, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. In a large-dutch oven, add stock and bring to boil. Add roux mixture by spoonfuls to stock. Add chicken and andouille and continue to boil for 15 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over rice and enjoy.


The judging team was especially impressed by the vast array of fresh ingredients in the gumbo. vor of the okra, everything was on-point.

Juggling and improv show proves successful, entertaining Event provides interactive Friday night experience Peter Daly

The juggling and improv clubs teamed up to perform their annual Christmas show on Friday, December 7 in the Rose Theatre. Alternating between improv acts and juggling acts, the two clubs demonstrated various games and skills with a Christmas theme. performance of the year for the juggling club. The club used new acts during the show including an act with the co-presidents, Charlie Gotschall and Tim Ripper, talking about how they get ready for the holidays. The juggling incorporated more dialogue than they had done previ-

ously and had a successful show even without the presence of their club moderator, Mr. Owsley, at the event. “We practiced pretty much everyday after school,” junior Charlie Gotschall, juggling club co-president, said. “We needed to practice a lot...I thought the show was really successful even with Mr. Owsley gone.” For the past couple of weeks the improv club has been preparing for the show. They practiced during activity periods and periodically in rehearsals after school. They focused on the games they would perform during the show like Home Shopping and Pocket Lines. “It may seem like improv should just be ‘go out and perform, but there’s so much to it. You have to know the unspoken rules, how to build a scene, build relationships, and build a plot. It’s actually surprisingly hard. We

all have our strengths and weaknesses,” junior Zach Nickerson, improv club member, said. Based on the reactions of the audience, the show was a success. “I thought the show was hilarious. I’m really impressed with how quickly they can come up nior Julian Torres said. The audience was very involved in the show. They gave the actors suggestions of what to act out in certain games. Audience members were even brought on stage to perform with the jugglers and actors in certain acts. The audience reaction to the show suggested that it was very successful. Top Left: Performing a unique juggling act, freshman Vincent Bockwinkel entertains. Top Right: senior Josh Smith and junior Tyus Hafiz demonstrate their juggling prowess. Bottom: junior Joseph Knopke and senior Sage Mason perform a skit.

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Concerts provide Christmas melodies Matthew Watz

the Rose Theatre with Christmas spirit as students showcased a the choir concert on Thursday, Dec. 6, and the band concert on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Featuring many festive songs such as “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the choir concert consisted of performances by the chamber choir and the concert choir. According to Mr. Samuel Anderson, choir teacher, this year’s concert choir is one of the best in Rockhurst history. The choir is led by the seniors, who focus on setting a good example for the younger choir students and encouraging them to perform their best every concert. Top: Members of the “This year’s choir concert was band please the crowd the best yet,” Mr. Anderson said. with smooth melodies. “For as long as I have been here, Left: Dressing very dapthe concerts have gotten better per, Mr. Samuel Anderand better each year.” son directs the choir. Middle Right: Choir Mr. Anderson, along with the members sing Christmas students, focused on improving hymns. Bottom Right: their music selection. senior Drew Jurden pre“The choir classes worked pares for the next song. on the fundamentals of singing each day and sight reading music,” Mr. Anderson said. “This al-

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lowed us to sing more advanced music for the concerts.” To end the concert, all 210 members of the choir classes joined together in the singing of “Hope for Resolution”. “[Hope for Resolution] was one of the best we have ever sung,” junior Thomas Martin, member of choir, said. “It really brought the concert together.” Along with the success of the choir concert, the band concert, featuring the orchestra and the senior jazz band, performed as well, playing many Christmas favorites such as, “Feliz Navidad,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “White Christmas.” “This year’s concert turned out very well,” Mr. Michael Kern, band teacher, said. “We spent a lot of time in practice. The senior jazz band played extremely well, along with the jazz lab and orchestral.” For the band students, this concert was a mark of their improvement since the beginning of the school year. “It was really exciting to see how much we have improved,” junior Connor Lewer said. “We had been working really hard on blending our sounds in practice,

Debate continues tradition Lawlor delivers as piano accompanist Team builds on success but looks to future Andrew Dakan

Even though individual results have been good thus far, the debate team has not been as successful as they would like to be. According to Mr. Don Ramsey, head debate coach, inconsistent participation and over-complication of their topics may be hindering the team the most. “If [one] can’t explain why of living for United States citizens and would have a negative impact on the economy in pretty plain terms, the argument doesn’t have much weight with most citizens,” Mr. Ramsey said. In the public forum event, the team of senior Adam Spangler and sophomore Zach Klamann debated the topic of whether,

101 teams at the Truman High School Tournament. Juniors placed 12th. Evan Schleicher both made the super session of the student congress event, with StubbleWith his rendition of Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” senior Frank Evans earned of the Truman tournament and “Arsenic and Old Lace” is a dark comedy in which two elderly women go on a misguided killing spree and their nephew’s reaction to discovering such a brutal crime by his adoptive parents. In the Raytown tournament this past weekend, Schleicher team of Schleicher and Stubblerum debate. After the winter break, the team will have two months of invitationals before districts start

the United States should prioritize tax increases over spending

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Juniors Jeff Krudys and Charlie Burgess work towards achieving their goals in the world of Public Forum debate.

Teacher helps students realize musical potential Nick Privitera

The click of shoes echoes around the silent choir room as Mr. Joshua Lawlor steps inside at 7:30 a.m. Slowly, students trickle into the classroom as the clock draws closer to 8. Each young man greets Mr. Lawlor with a warm smile or kind “hello.” After the bell rings and announcements are over, Mr. Lawlor takes his seat at the piano, and a calm excitement comes over the choir. As he pushes down the keys, a choir of young men sing for a man whom they respect. Mr. Lawlor began working at Rockhurst in the fall of 2010. He is the piano accompanist for Lawlor assists Mr. Sam Anderson, choir director, in teaching students how to sing and gives private lessons to students. He is also a world -class opera singer. Mr. Lawlor uses his many musical talents to make the choir reach its full potential. Mr. Lawlor began his musical career playing the piano, but during his junior year of high school discovered a passion for singing. “I joined choir on a whim into that group and I made it into the group of the top fourteen people. Everyone already in the choir was like, ‘Who’s this guy?’” Mr. Lawlor said. He expanded his musical career at William Jewell College where he received a degree in

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Mr. Joshua Lawlor smiles after another successful number on the piano.

Music Performance, and he also earned a Master’s degree in Music in Voice Performance from the University of Kansas. Performing in operas has been a large portion of Mr. Lawlor’s career. He has been in several famous performances throughout his career such L’Ormindo and Pagliacci. Mr. Lawlor has also displayed his baritone voice at countless choir and ensemble performances in a variety of venues across the country. Mr. Lawlor began his journey with Rockhurst in the summer of 2010. He met Mr. Anderson at a musical performance and after some conversation learned about a position as piano accompanist. Mr. Lawlor began playing for the choir in the fall and has been an important part of the program ever since. “The choir would not be the same without [Mr. Lawlor]. He makes everyone feel comfortable when they sing and helps Mr. Anderson teach us important things about singing,” junior choir singer Pete Williams said. Mr. Lawlor thinks that his experience at such a high level is

part of the reason why he is such a valuable asset to the Rockhurst choral program. But he has also had experience instructing singers at a higher level as an adjunct professor at Avila University. One of the things Mr. Lawlor enjoys most about Rockhurst is helping students realize their full potential. He has private singing voices of the choir students. “I really like working with the students who think that they can’t sing at all and three months later are like oh wait, I can sing,” Mr. Lawlor said. Students have a great amount of respect for Mr. Lawlor. His musical knowledge and kind demeanor make him amiable to the students. “ I feel like he’s improving the tone and blend of the choir as a whole... Not only is he a gifted mentor, but he is a very patient and genuinely kind person. He knows exactly how to help a student realize his own potential and develop vocal skills,” junior choir singer, Thomas Martin said.

of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scru- tinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a mis- sionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.The planet Mars, I scarcely need remind the reader, re- volves about the sun at a mean distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received by this world. It must be, if the nebular hypothesis has any truth, older than our world; and long before this earth ceased to be molten, life upon its surface must have begun its course. The fact that it is scarcely one seventh of the volume of the earth must have accelerated its cooling to the temperature at which life could begin. It has air and water and all that is necessary for the support of animated existence.Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century, ex- pressed any idea that intelligent life might have developed there far, or indeed at all, beyond its earthly level. Nor was it generally understood that since Mars is older than our earth, with scarcely a quarter of the superficial area and remoter from the sun, it necessarily follows that it is not only more distant from time’s beginning but nearer its end.The secular cooling that must someday overtake our planet has already gone far indeed with our neighbour. Its physical condition is still largely a mystery, but we know now that even in its equatorial region the midday temperature barely approaches that of our coldest winter. Its air is much more attenuated than ours, its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones. That last stage of exhaustion, which to us is still incredibly remote, has become a present- day problem for the inhabitants of Mars. The immediate pressure of necessity has brightened their intellects, enlarged their powers, and hardened their hearts. And looking across space with instruments, and intelligences such as we have scarcely dreamed of, they see, at its nearest distance only 35,000,000 of miles sunward of them, a morning star of hope, our own warmer planet, green with vegetation and grey with water, with a cloudy atmosphere eloquent of fertility, with glimpses through its drifting cloud wisps of broad stretches of populous country and narrow, navy-crowded seas.d we men, the creatures who inhabit this earth, must be to them at least as alien and lowly as are the monkeys and lemurs to us. The intellectual side of man already admits that life is an incessant struggle for existence, and it would seem that this too is the belief of the minds upon Mars. Their world is far gone in its cooling and this world is still crowded with life, but crowded only with what they regard as inferior animals. To carry warfare sunward is, indeed, their only escape from the destruction that, generation after gener- ation, creeps upon them.And before we judge of them too harshly we must remem- ber what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immi- grants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?he Martians seem to have calculated their descent with amazing subtlety--their mathematical learning is evidently far in excess of ours--and to have carried out their prepara- tions with a well-nigh perfect unanimity. Had our instru- ments permitted it, we might have seen the gathering trouble far back in the nineteenth century. Men like Schiaparelli watched the red planet--it is odd, by-the-bye, that for count- less centuries Mars has been the star of war--but failed to interpret the fluctuating appearances of the markings they mapped so well. All that time the Martians must have been getting ready.uring the opposition of 1894 a great light was seen on the illuminated part of the disk, first at the Lick Observatory, then by Perrotin of Nice, and then by other observers. English readers heard of it first in the issue of NATURE dated August 2. I am inclined to think that this blaze may have been the casting of the huge gun, in the vast pit sunk into their planet, from which their shots were fired at us. Peculiar markings, as yet unexplained, wereMichael Reardon (mfreardon@amdg.rockhursths,edu) seen near the site of that outbreak during the next two oppositions.he storm burst upon us six years ago now. As Mars approached opposition, Lavelle of Java set the wires of the astronomical exchange palpitating with the amazing intelli- gence of a huge outbreak of incandescent gas upon the planet. It had occurred towards midnight of the twelfth; and the spectroscope, to which he had at once resorted, indicated a mass of flaming gas, chiefly hydrogen, moving with an enormous veConnor Prochnow ( locity towards this earth. This jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve. He compared it to a colossal puff of flame suddenly and violently squirted out of the planet, “as flaming gases rushed out of a gun.”A singularly appropriate phrase it proved. Yet the next day there was nothing of this in the papers except a little note in the DAILY TELEGRAPH, and the world went in ignoIt’s late at night. Rubbing his eyes, a junior focuses his attention back to his assignment. Reading “The Scarlet Letter,” he rance of one of the gravest dangers that ever threatened the human race. I might not have heard of the eruption at all had I not met Ogilvy, the well-known astronomer, at Ottershaw. He was immensely excited at the news, and in the excess of his feel- ings invited me up to take a turn with him that night in a scrutiny of the red planet.In spite of all that has hapshifts his thoughts from the task at hand to what he’ll have to do after. ¶I’m getting through it. I have so much left. How am member that vigil very distinctly: the black and silent observatory, the shadowed lantern throwing a feeble glow upon the floor in the corner, the steady ticking of the pened since, I still reI going to get this done in time? I’ve already done so much. I don’t want to do this. How will it even help me? He is almost scope, the little slit in the roof--an oblong profundity with the stardust streaked across it. Ogilvy moved about, invisible but audible. Looking through the telescope, one clockwork of the telesaw a circle of deep blue and the little round planet swimming in the field. It seemed such a little thing, so bright and small and still, faintly marked with transverse stripes, and slightly flattened from the perfect round. But so little it was, so silvery warm--a pin’s-head of light! It was as if it quivered, but really this was the telescope vibrating with the activity of the clockwork that chemistry problems, but four out of the seven subjects he has homework in have yet to be crossed out in his planner. ¶And he kept the planet in view.As I watched, the planet seemed to grow larger and smaller and to advance and recede, but that was simply that my eye was tired. Forty millions of miles it was from us--more than forty isn’t the only one grinding through multiple hours of homework each night. Throughout Rockhurst and the U.S., many students millions of miles of void. Few people realise the im- mensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims.Near it in the field, I remember, were three faint points of light, three are being overworked with what most researchers consider a full-time profession: homework. ¶It is no secret that education telescopic stars infinitely remote, and all around it was the unfathomable darkness of empty space. You know how that blackness looks on a frosty starlight night. In a tele- scope it seems far profounder. And invisible to me because it was so remote and small, flying swiftly and steadily towards me across that incredible distance, drawing nearer every min- ute in the United States has been highly scrutinized in recent years. Many researchers have begun to examine the U.S. education of miles, came the Thing they were sending us, the Thing that was to bring so much struggle and calamity and death to the earth. I never dreamed of it then as I watched; by so many thousands no one on earth dreamed of that unerring missile.That night, too, there was another jetting out of gas from the distant planet. I saw it. A reddish flash at the edge, the slightest projection of the outline just as the chronometer struck midnight; and at that I told Ogilvy and he took my place. The night was warm and I was thirsty, and I went stretching my legs clumsily and feeling many other factors, is the amount of homework assigned to students. ¶The National Education Association (NEA) recommends that my way in the darkness, to the little table where the siphon stood, while Ogilvy exclaimed at the streamer of gas that came out towards us.That night another invisible missile started on its high school students be assigned no more than two hours of homework per night, basing their recommendation on studies that Mars, just a second or so under twenty-four hours after the first one. I remember how I sat on the table there in the blackness, with patches of green and crimson swimming way to the earth from before my eyes. I wished I had a light to smoke by, little suspecting the meaning of the minute gleam I had seen and all that it would presently bring me. Ogilvy watched till one, and then gave it up; and we lit the lantern and walked over to his house. Down below in the darkness were Ottershaw and Chertsey and all their hundreds of people, sleeping in peace.He was full of Duke University study composed of 15 years of research noticed a threshold of academic achievement when high schoolers were speculation that night about the condition of Mars, and scoffed at the vulgar idea of its having in- habitants who were signalling us. His idea was that meteorites might be falling in a heavy shower upon the planet, or that a huge volcanic explosion was in progress. He pointed out to me how unlikely it was that organic evolution had taken the same direction in the two adjacent planets.“The chances against anything manlike on Mars are a million to one,” he said.Hundreds of observers saw the flame that night and the night after about midnight, and again the night after; and so for ten nights, a flame each night. Why the shots ceased after the tenth no one on earth has attempted to explain. It may be the gases of the firing caused the Martians in- conveAccording to the survey, over 50 percent of students are assigned two hours or more of homework per night, a clear discrepancy nience. Dense clouds of smoke or dust, visible through a powerful telescope on earth as little grey, fluctuating patches, spread through the clearness of the planet’s atmos- phere and obscured its more familiar features.Even the daily papers woke up to the disturbances at last, and popular notes appeared here, there, and everywhere concerning the volcanoes upon Mars. The seriocomic periodical 61 percent of students believed they do not have an excessive amount of homework. ¶There are only so many hours in a given PUNCH, I remember, made a happy use of it in the political cartoon. And, all unsuspected, those missiles the Martians had fired at us drew earthward, rushing now at a pace of many miles a second through the empty gulf of space, hour by hour and day by day, nearer and nearer. It seems to me now almost incredibly wonderful that, with that swift fate hanging over us, men could go about their petty concerns as they did. I remember how jubilant Markham was at securing a new photograph of the planet for the illustrated paper he edited in those days. People in these latter are consumed with homework and their teenage identity becomes masked by their assignments and tasks. ¶As students, education times scarcely realise the abundance and enterprise of our nineteenth-century papers. For my own part, I was much occupied in learning to ride the bicycle, and busy upon a series of papers discussing the probable developments of moral ideas as civilisation progressed.One night (the first missile then could scarcely have been 10,000,000 miles away) I went for a walk with my wife. It was starlight and I explained the Signs of the Zodiac to her, and pointed out Mars, a bright dot of light creeping zenithward, towards which so many telescopes were their lives? Should it be the sole endeavor in the teenage experience? pointed. It was a warm night. Coming home, a party of excursionists from Chertsey or Isleworth passed us singing and playing music. There were lights in the upper windows of the houses as the people went to bed. From the railway station in the distance came the sound of shunting trains, ringing and rumbling, softened almost into melody by the distance. My wife pointed out to Intellectual Value me the brightness of the red, green, and yellow signal lights hanging in a framework against the sky. It seemed so safe and tranquil.Then came the night of the first falling star. It was seen early in the morning, rushing over Winchester eastward, a line of flame high in the atmosphere. Hundreds must have seen it, and taken it for an ordinary falling star. Albin de- scribed it as leaving a told him to prepare. As he goes over the concepts, he anticipates tomorrow’s test over the material. ¶I have to know this. It’s it that glowed for some seconds. Denning, our greatest authority on meteor- ites, stated that the height of its first appearance was about ninety or one hundred miles. It greenish streak behind seemed to him that it going to be on the test. If I don’t know this I might fail. I have to know this. I need a good grade in this class. How am I fell to earth about one hundred miles east of him.I was at home at that hour and writing in my study; and although my French windows face towards Ottershaw and the blind was up (for I loved in those days to look up at the night sky), I saw nothing of it. Yet this strangest of all things that ever came to earth from outer space must have fallen while I was sitting there, visible to me had I only looked up as it passed. Some of those who saw its flight say it travelled with a hissing sound. I myself heard nothing of that. Many people in Berkshire, Surrey, and Middlesex must have seen the fall of it, and, at most, have thought that another meteorite had descended. No one seems to have troubled to look for the fallen mass that night.But very early in the mornsubjects that provide them with a fundamental understanding of the world around them. ¶According to Mr. Scott Duschen, as- ing poor Ogilvy, who had seen the shooting star and who was persuaded that a meteorite lay somewhere on the common between Horsell, Ottershaw, and Woking, rose early with the idea of finding it. Find it he did, soon after dawn, and not far from the sand pits. An enormous hole had been made by the impact of the projectile, and the sand and gravel had been flung violently in every direction over the heath, forming heaps visible a mile and a half away. The heather was on fire eastward, and a thin blue smoke rose against the dawn.The Thing can master the material,” Mr. Duschen said. “It’s an application of skills and knowledge so students can more fully under- tirely buried in sand, amidst the scattered splinters of a fir tree it had shivered to frag- ments in its descent. The uncovered part had the appearance of a huge cylinder, itself lay almost encaked over and its outstand concepts.” ¶The Prep News survey showed 89 percent of students believed homework had an overall positive impact on their line softened by a thick scaly dun-coloured incrustation. It had a diameter of about thirty yards. He approached the mass, surprised at the size and more so at the shape, since most meteorites are rounded more or less completely. It was, however, still so hot from its flight through the air as to forbid his near approach. A stirring noise within its cylinder he asgrade. The positive impact emerged from what a majority of students believed to be the purpose of homework. Fifty-four percent cooling of its surface; for at that time it had not occurred to him that it might be hollow.He remained standing at the edge of the pit that the Thing had made for itself, cribed to the unequal staring at its strange appearance, astonished chiefly at its unusual shape and colour, and dimly perceiving even then some evidence of design in its arrival. The early morning was wonderfully still, and the sun, just homework varies from class to class, I think the general purpose is to augment what we do during the day,” sophomore Jackson clearing the pine trees towards Weybridge, was already warm. He did not remember hearing any birds that morning, there was certainly no breeze stirring, and the only sounds were the faint movements from within the cindery cylinder. He was all alone on the common.Then suddenly he noticed with a start that some of the grey clinker, the ashy incrustation that covered the meteorite, was falling off the circular edge of the end. It was dropping off in flakes and raining down upon the sand. A large piece suddenly came off and fell with a sharp noise that brought his heart a positive intellectual tool that improves their academic ability. ¶However, as the culture of school becomes more focused into his mouth.For a minute he scarcely realised what this meant, and, although the heat was excessive, he clambered down into the pit close to the bulk to see the Thing more clearly. He faneven then that the cooling of the body might account for this, but what disturbed that idea was the fact that the ash was falling only from the end of the cylinder.And on statistical achievement instead of the overall educational experience, homework can produce a student who is consumed by cied then he perceived that, very slowly, the circular top of the cylinder was rotating on its body. It was such a gradual movement that he discovered it only through noticing that a black mark that his grade. ¶The academic culture of school places emphasis on earning high marks rather than enhancing a student’s knowledge, minutes ago was now at the other side of the circumference. Even then he scarcely understood what this indicated, until he heard a muffled grating sound and saw the had been near him five black mark jerk forcausing homework to be viewed as a determinant of grades and grades to be viewed as a determinant of education. Homework is ward an inch or so. Then the thing came upon him in a flash. The cylinder was artificial--hollow--with an end that screwed out! Something within the cylinder was unscrewing the top!“Good heavens!” said Ogilvy. “There’s a man in it--men in it! Half roasted to death! Trying to escape!”At once, with a quick mental leap, he linked the Thing with the flash upon Mars.The thought of the confined creature was so dreadful to him that he forgot the heat and went forward to the cylinder to help turn. But luckily the dull radiation arrested him how he develops as a person of knowledge but by how he develops as a person on a report card. before he could burn his hands on the still-glowing metal. At that he stood irresolute for a moment, then turned, scrambled out of the pit, and set off running wildly into Woking. The time then must have been somewhere about six o’clock. He met a waggoner and tried to make him understand, but the tale he told and his appearance were so wild--his hat had fallen off in the pit--that College-Prep Philosophy the man simply drove on. He was equally unsuccessful with the potman who was just unlocking the doors of the public-house by Horsell Bridge. The fellow thought he was a lunatic at large and Pulling at his hair, a senior attempts the physics problem one more time. As he tries to remember the formula, the impact his attempt to shut him into the taproom. That sobered him a little; and when he saw Henderson, the London journalist, in his garden, he called over the palings and made made an unsuccessful work might have crosses his mind. ¶I need a good grade in this class to get into a good college. I need to do this work. If understood.“Henderson,” he called, “you saw that shooting star last night?”“Well?” said Henderson.“It’s out on Horsell Common now.”“Good Lord!” said Henderson. “Fallh i m s e l f en meteorite! That’s I don’t, I might get rejected. I can’t get rejected. I need to go to a good college. ¶As a Jesuit institution, a fundamental good.”“But it’s something more than a meteorite. It’s a cylinder --an artificial cylinder, man! And there’s something inside.”enderson stood up with his spade in his hand.“What’s that?” he said. He was deaf in one ear.Ogilvy told him all that he had seen. Henderson was a minute or so taking it in. Then he dropped his spade, snatched up his jacket, and came goal of Rockhurst is college preparation. The Ignatian education should provide students with a foundation of skills that will two men hurried back at once to the common, and found the cylinder still lying in the same position. But now the sounds inside had ceased, and a thin circle of bright out into the road. The metal showed between allow them to succeed in a college setting. ¶According to Mr. Duschen, in order to achieve the goal of providing a dynamic the top and the body of the cylinder. Air was either entering or escaping at the rim with a thin, sizzling sound.They listened, rapped on the scaly burnt metal with a stick, and, meeting with no response, they both concluded the man or men inside must be insensible or dead.Of course the two were quite unable to do anything. They shouted consolation and promises, and went off back to the town again to get help. One can imagine them, covered with sand, excited and disordered, running up the little street in the bright sunlight just as the shop folks behavioral skills that help students thrive in certain college experiences. ¶For most students, college is an independent were taking down their shutters and people were opening their bedroom windows. Henderson went into the railway station at once, in order to telegraph the news to London. The newspaper articles had preendeavor. Most will branch out from typical family ties and become individual learners. ¶Since homework is typically an inde- pared men’s minds for the re- ception of the idea.By eight o’clock a number of boys and unemployed men had already started for the common to see the “dead men from Mars.” That was the the story took. I heard of it first from my newspape boy about a quarter to nine when I went out to get my DAILY CHRONICLE. I was naturally startled, and lost no pendent practice, consistent use will help develop qualities such as discipline and time management so students can succeed form time in going out and across the Ottershaw bridge to the sand pits.I found a little crowd of perhaps twenty pople sur- rounding the huge hole in which the cylinder lay. I have already described the appearance of that colossal bulk, em- bedded in the ground. The turf and gravel about it seemed charred as if by a sudden explosion. No doubt its impact had caused a flash of fire. Henderson and Ogilvy were not college, and homework is one of the best ways to promote the qualities needed to succeed,” Mr. Eric Berg, counselor, said. there. I think they perceived that nothing was to be done for the present, and had gone away to breakfast at Henderson’s house.There were four or five boys sitting on the edge of the Pit, with feet dangling, and amusing themselves--until I stopped them--by throwing stones at the giant mass. After I had spoken to them about it, they began playing at “touch” Indeed, the survey showed 58 percent of students believed a large quantity of homework would help prepare them for college. their in and out of the group of bystanders.Among these were a couple of cyclists, a jobbing gardener I employed sometimes, a girl carrying a baby, Gregg the butcher and his little boy, and two or three “[Homework] helps strengthen my knowledge of material, but it’s also helped me be more responsible,” senior Michael Clauss loafers and golf caddies who were accustomed to hang about the railway station. There was very little talking. Few of the common people in England had anything but the vaguest astronomical ideas in those days. said. ¶However, with the competitive nature of the college admissions process, homework can skew from its original intention. Most of them were staring quietly at the big tablelike end of the cylinder, which was still as Ogilvy and Henderson had left it. I fancy the popular ex- pectation of a heap of charred corpses was disappointed at this inanimate bulk. Some went away while I was there, and other people came. I clambered into the pit and fancied I heard a faint movement under my The high credentials needed to be accepted into selective universities puts a strain on students to bury themselves with work tainly ceased to rotate.It was only when I got thus close to it that the strangeness of this object was at all evident to me. At the first glance it was really no more exciting feet. The top had certhan an overturned carriage or a tree blown across the road. Not so much so, indeed. It looked like a rusty gas float. It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the grey scale of the Thing students to give themselves more and more work, not to develop study skills but to create a resume. The person becomes de- was no common oxide, that the yellowish-white metal that gleamed in the crack between the lid and the cylinder had an unfamiliar hue. “Extra-terrestrial” had no meaning for most of the onlookers.At that time it was quite clear in my own mind that the Thing had come from the planet Mars, but I judged it improbable that it contained any living creature. I thought the unscrewing might be automatic. In spite of Ogilvy, I still believed that there were men in Mars. My mind ran fancifully on the possibilities of its containing manuscript, on the difficulties in translation that might arise, whether we should find coins and models in it, and so forth. Yet it was a little too large for assurance on this idea. I felt an impatience to see it opened. traits he might have developed. About eleven, as nothing seemed happening, I walked back, full of such thought, to my home in Maybury. But I found it difficult to get to work upon my abstract investigations.In the afternoon the appearance of the common had altered very much. The early editions of the evening papers had startled London with enormous headlines:“A MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM As he glances over his Facebook page, a freshman aimlessly clicks on picture after of picture of his friends at the concert. MARS.”“REMARKABLE STORY FROM WOKING,”and so forth. In addition, Ogilvy’s wire to the Astronomical Exchange had roused every observatory in the three kingdoms.There were half Man, that looks like fun. I wish I could’ve gone. It looks like they played a great show. ¶Closing the window, he returns his a dozen flies or more from the Woking station standing in the road by the sand pits, a basket- chaise from Chobham, and a rather lordly carriage. Besides that, there was quite a heap of bicyIn addition, a large number of people must have walked, in spite of the heat of the day, from Woking and Chertsey, so that there was altogether quite a considerable attention to the reason he couldn’t attend the event: his research paper. ¶School isn’t solely an academic endeavor. It is cles. crowd--one or two gaily dressed ladies among the others. It was glaringly hot, not a cloud in the sky nor a breath of wind, and the only shadow was that of the few scattered pine trees. The burning heather had been extinguished, but the level ground towards Ottershaw was blackened as far as one could see, and still giving off vertical streamers of smoke. An enterprising sweetstuff dealer in the Chobham Road had sent up his son with a barrow-load of green apples and ginger beer.Going to the edge of the pit, I found it occupied by a group of about half a dozen men--Henderson, Ogilvy, and a tall, fair-haired man that I afterwards learned was Stent, the Astronomer Royal, with several workmen wielding spades and pickaxes. Stent was giving directions in a clear, high- pitched voice. He was standing on the cylinder, which was now evidently much cooler; his face was crimson and stream- ing with perspiration, and something seemed to have irritated him.A large portion of the cylinder had been uncovered, though its lower end was still embedded. As soon as Ogilvy saw me among the staring crowd on the edge of the pit he called to me to come down, Rockhurst students require a balance in areas of education. Modern studies on teenage health argue that all teens should be and asked me if I would mind going over to see Lord Hilton, the lord of the manor.The growing crowd, he said, was becoming a serious impediment to their excavations, especially the boys. They wanted a light railing put up, and help to keep the people back. He told me that a faint stirring was occasionally still audible within the case, but that the workmen comfortable with participating in a wide range of co-curricular activities such as athletics, theatrical productions or pas- the top, as it afforded no grip to them. The case appeared to be enormously thick, and it was possible that the faint sounds we heard represented a noisy tumult in the had failed to unscrew toral activities, without being stressed by homework or other academic necessities. ¶Indeed, according to Mr. Duschen and Mr. glad to do as he asked, and so become one of the privileged spectators within the contemplated enclosure. I failed to find Lord Hilton at his house, but I was told he was exinterior.I was very pected from London by the six o’clock train from Waterloo; and as it was then about a quarter past five, I went home, had some tea, and walked up to the station to waylay him.When I returned to the common the sun was setting. Scattered groups were hurrying from the direction of Woking, and one or two persons were returning. The crowd about the pit had increased, and stood out black against the lemon yellow of the sky--a couple of hundred people, perhaps. There were raised voices, and some sort of struggle appeared to be going on about the pit. Strange imaginings passed through my mind. As I drew nearer I heard Stent’s voice:“Keep back! Keep back!”A boy came running towards me.“It’s a-movin’,” he said to me as he passed; “a-screwin’ and a-screwin’ out. I don’t like it. I’m a-goin’ ’ome, I am.”I went on to the crowd. There were really, I should think, two or three hundred people elbowing and jostling one an- other, the one or two ladies there being by no means the least active.“He’s fallen in the pit!” cried some one.“Keep back!” said several.The crowd swayed a little, and I elbowed my way through. Every one seemed greatly excited. I heard a peculiar humming sound from the pit.“I say!” said Ogilvy; “help keep these idiots back. We don’t know what’s in the confounded thing, you know!”I saw a young man, a shop assistant in Woking I believe he was, standing on the cylinder and trying to scramble out of the hole again. The crowd had pushed him in.The end of the cylinder was being screwed out from within. Nearly two feet of shining screw projected. Somebody blun- dered against me, and I narrowly missed bein pitched onto the top of the screw. I turned, and as I did so the screw must have a world outside the doors of 9301 State Line Road. Their thoughts are consumed by their academic work, rendering them unable come out, for the lid of the cylinder fell upon the gravel with a ringing concussion. I stuck my elbow into the person behind me, and turned my head towards the Thing again. For a moment that to let their minds wander and ponder other ideas. They are lost in a circle of homework that controls every aspect of their perfectly black. I had the sunset in my eyes.I think everyone expected to see a man emerge--possibly something a little unlike us terrestrial men, but in all essen- tials a circular cavity seemed man. I know I did. But, looking, I presently saw some- thing stirring within the shadow: greyish billowy movements, one above another, and then two luminous disks--like eyes. Then something lives. resembling a little grey snake, about the thickness of a walking stick, coiled up out of the writhing middle, and wriggled in the air towards me--and then another.A sudden chill came over Their homework is their identity. me. There was a loud shriek from a woman behind. I half turned, keeping my eyes fixed upon the cylinder still, from which other tentacles were now projecting, and began pushing my way back from the edge of the pit. I saw astonishment giving place to horror on the faces of the people about me. I heard inarticulate exclama- tions on all sides. There was a general movement backwards. I saw the shopman struggling still on the edge of the pit. I found myself alone, and saw the people on the other side of the pit running off, Stent among them. I looked again at the cylinder, and ungovernable terror gripped me. I stood petri- fied and staring.A big greyish rounded bulk, the size, perhaps, of a bear, was rising slowly and painfully out of the cylinder. As it bulged up and caught the light, it glistened like wet leather.Two large dark-coloured eyes were regarding me stead- fastly. The mass that framed them, the head of the thing, was rounded, and had, one might say, a face. There was a mouth under the eyes, the lipless brim of which quivered and panted, and dropped saliva. The whole creature heaved and pulsated convulsively. A lank tentacular appendage gripped the edge of the cylinder, another swayed in the air.Those who have never seen a living Martian can scarcely imagine the strange horror of its appearance. The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the wedgelike lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere, the evident heaviness and painfulness of movement due to the greater gravitational energy of the earth--above all, the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous. There was something fungoid in the oily brown skin, something in the clumsy deliberation of the tedi- ous movements unspeakably nasty. Even at this first en- counter, this first glimpse, I was overcome with disgust and dread.Suddenly the monster vanished. It had toppled over the brim of the cylinder and fallen into the pit, with a thud like the fall of a great mass of leather. I heard it give a peculiar thick cry, and forthwith another of these creatures appeared darkly in the deep shadow of the aperture.I turned and, running madly, made for the first group of trees, perhaps a hundred yards away; but I ran slantingly and stumbling, for I could not avert my face from these things.There, among some young pine trees and furze bushes, I stopped, panting, and waited further developments. The common round the sand pits was dotted with people, stand- ing like myself in a half-fascinated terror, staring at these creatures, or rather at the heaped gravel at the edge of the pit in which they lay. And then, with a renewed horror, I saw a round, black object bobbing up and down on the edge of the pit. It was the head of the shopman who had fallen in, but showing as a little black object against the hot western sun. Now he got his shoulder and knee up, and again he seemed to slip back until only his head was visible. Suddenly he van- ished, and I could have fancied a faint shriek had reached me. I had a momentary impulse to go back and help him that my fears overruled.Everything was then quite invisible, hidden by the deep pit and the heap of sand that the fall of the cylinder had made. Anyone coming along the road from Chobham or Wo- king would have been amazed at the sight--a dwindling mul- titude of perhaps a hundred people or more standing in a great irregular circle, in ditches, behind bushes, behind gates


Drowning in homework


December 14, 2012


Community grows in heart of building Commons represents ‘The Rock’ Alex Stubbendieck

Walking into school at about 7:45 in the morning, large number of classmates loitering around in the Barry Commons, chatting with one homework or an upcoming on attending. With about 1,100 stuthrough it on their way to homeroom each morning, the Barry Commons is the heart of the Rockhurst campus, bringing students together. Howarea that is so important to the culture of the school was nonexistent. In a $15 million building renarea was constructed along

with a new chapel and a handful of classrooms in the summer before the 1998 school year. The second phase of the Millenium Master Plan, which updated and Greenlease campus. The new Barry Commons, that had been made, enhanced at Rockhurst. “The idea behind the comthe pastoral department, counernment, as well as prowith a good place to hang out,” Mr. Dadean of students, said. the eling


possible without the many generous donations from members of the Rockhurst community, including a considerable gift from alumnus Dr. William B. Barry, MD, and his wife Dr. Louise M. Barry, PhD. Because of their generous donation, the commons were

named after the Barry family. A member of the graduating class of 1927, Dr. Barry applied what he had been taught at Rockbe a man for others by endowing a large amount of his own money to remodel the Rockhurst campus. According to Mr. Laurence Freeman,

Photo Courtsey of 1998 Quarry

B arry

one of the largest single donations in school history. On Oct. 11, 1998, the Rockhurst community, led by former Bishop Raymond J. Boland, celrededicated the newly updated Greenlease campus. “Seize this opportunity, there is only a tiny percentage of young men in this world who education,” Bishop Boland said at the dedication ceremony. tence, the Barry Commons has formation of Jesuit-educated


Photo Courtsey of 1965 Prep News

young men. Regularly displayschool, the commons is used as the grounds for fundraisers, college fairs and class competitions, students to interact socially.

that you are not able to see in the classroom,” freshman Nick Nachbor said. an area to take a break from classes, the commons has become an image of the Rockhurst community.

Junior helps uncle campaign for Senate Matthew Watz

Inside the large Marriott room in Henrico County, Va., junior Curtis Kaine stood with many members of his family, all dressed in suits. The tension was high as they awaited the results of the Virginia state senator election. As the results came in, a sense of excitement and sheer joy struck the room. The 17-month road for the election cle, Senator Tim Kaine, won the election for Virginia state senator. For many students, particicross their mind, but for Kaine, it has always interested him. On paigning for Sen. Kaine and President Barack Obama. campaign anyway I could,” Kaine said. “I was curious on how campaigns work... I learned campaigns take a lot of time and manpower to operate. ”

hundreds of homes and encourKaine and President Obama. On eas for those who needed it. “Our goal was to energize the tor Kaine] and Obama, so they would take time out of their day Ste-

Photo Courtsey of Curtis Kaine

was campaigning with him, said. Kaine says he will always remember this campaigning experience. “Seeing my uncle win was pretty cool,” Kaine said. “We had worked really hard, and it ways look back on the great exlearned.”

C ampaign

Right: junior Curtis Kaine poses with Mr. Tim Kaine, senator from Virginia and a member of the class of 1976.



December 14, 2012

ACT III: Maintenance Department


“Behind the Scenes”

Cleaning the cafeteria, Mr. Randy Guerin finishes the last few tasks of the lunch clean up.

Hank Elbert

just occurred. The drive to Rockhurst is slow, the walk through the parking lot cold. However, the sidewalk was shoveled and salted, making for an easier walk to the door. of warmth; the school’s heating system is up and running. Up the lockers are free of markings or blemishes. The whole hallway is well-lit, illuminating students getting ready for the day. class, into a room with clean consistent lighting. The day begins, and a student is ready to succeed, free of any distractions that might arise due to inadequate facilities or run-down classrooms. He owes it all to the rarely seen people who keep up the quality of these background details. The Rockhurst maintenance

ple dedicated to the upkeep of the Rockhurst building. Their work ensures that students and faculty can study and work in as in the classroom, out in the halls,

there. On all school Mass days, nearly the full maintenance two hours prepping the gym so that the students might have a nice place to worship and re-

the success of activities at Rockhurst owes much to the mainte-

weekend events that need setting up are handled by maintenance members as well. sure the many activities around “They all go out of the way the school can be carried out to help out. They really are awefree of the inefsome,” Mrs. -Mr. Greg Harkness Renee Smith, principal about by facility physical faciliissues. ties assistant, We are only as “We are only good as our facility, said. as good as our and I think that our is broken into facility, and I think that our having such a nice two separate having such a crews, a night facility and [main- crew and a day nice facility and tenance members] crew. Typically, [maintenance members] so so knowledgeable the day begins knowledgeable with the arrival about its upkeep about its upkeep of Mr. Rudy Roare what keeps are what keeps the driguez, mainthe school so school so nice. nice,” Mr. Greg member, who Harkness, princiarrives around 6 pal, said. a.m. and unlocks the doors. The department members More members of the day are responsible for a wide range crew arrive around 7 a.m. to of duties. Electricity and light- work with students on work ing, heating and cooling, most grant. The rest of the day crew

School kept beautiful by devoted, strong staff

Surveying the hallways, Mr. José Latin Sr. and Mr. Night time staff member Ceasar Argueta washes José Latin, close up the school. the stairs.

Mrs. Smith. Rockhurst’s many work grant students interact dimembers each day. “We really enjoy working with the kids; we give them a hard time, or talk about sports and When the work grant stu-

handle these various responsibilities well. that they can maintain the same nice facilities even if something Conrad, director of physical facilities, said. In the end, all that the main-

the night crew comes in. They spend the evenings cleaning

making the best learning environment possible for the young men of Rockhurst.

day. This crew generally departs around midnight.

lit-classroom lends itself to a better learning environment for the students,” Mr. Conrad said. Department members work with pride every day. These workers, whom the principal calls the “unsung heroes” of the building, will always be there, working behind the scenes to ensure the success and comfort of students.

cle starts again. However, things do not always go as bers are generally given work orders, they may often be pulled treme cases, they may have to shift their whole day, such as in

a.m. They stay until between groundskeeping are all responsibilities that rest on the shoulders of the department. The list does not stop

Hank Elbert

second round of work grant concludes. The work grant program, a major undertaking of the department, is coordinated

Maintenance Staff

Ceasar Argueta, Delbert Conrad, Randy Guerin, Mary Hartsock Ron Huska, Ricky Juarez, José Latin, José Latin Sr. Dexter McDonald Sr., Rudy Rodriguez, Ben Sabido Angel Sandoval, Renée Smith, Langley Thatsanithone Artie Vielhauer, Peter Vielhauer, Scott York

Dennis takes on responsibilty through position Junior re-elected to local 4-H leadership council Whit Collins

Each year, hundreds of Kansans gather at the annual 4-H Youth Leadership Council. At the council, the participants discuss farming and livestock and elect new representatives. for the northeast region of Kansas, junior Spencer Dennis was re-elected for his second term. “Our main job is to plan the three main events for the year and help with many more regional events,” Dennis said. The election process begins with a screening of the candidates’ applications, which

program is run to the delegation on their involvement in 4-H and their hopes for the future of the organizations. The delegates then vote to choose “It’s a tough process and there were a enough to be re-elected,” Dennis said. gained from his last term was key to his reelection. taught me about leadership through action and communication, which is especially hard considering we have to have open lines of communication across the state,” Dennis said. According to the 4-H website, it is the largest youth development program in America, with more than 6 million participants in urban neighborhoods, suburban communities and rural areas spanning the entire nation. The

grant universities and the CooperaSystem, which, in most states,

Northwest Representatives

Northeast Representatives

Michaela Long Marta Payne Justin Turner

Spencer Dennis Katie Connor Matthew Kelso

Southwest Representatives

Southeast Representatives

Katie Bailey in the areas of agriculture and Jacqueline Clawson food, home and MaKala Orler family, the environment, community economic development and youth development. to the council, he has also gained important “The [4-H Leadership] Council has made it being that I speak at almost every class Mass we have at Rockhurst,” Dennis said.

Haley Bauer Anna Setter Ben Yarnell

4 - H’s


December 14, 2012


Mr. Norman: ‘Setting the Rock on Fire’

Photos courtesy of The Quarry. Quotes courtesy of Mr. Laurence Freeman. Compiled by Connor Prochnow

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Spiritual model retires after 31 years of service But everything must come to an end. And after this year, Rockhurst will be missing a constant it has had since the fall of 1981. Mr. Norman has decided to retire for the purpose of spending more time with his wife. But that is not to say that his presence will no longer be felt. Mr. Norman has the special ability only a select few possess to make a strong impact on almost anyone with whom he has a relationship. “Mr. Norman is someone who legitimately wanted to help me,” Mr. Phil Frerker, class of 1989 and student that started the Amnesty International Club, which is the equivalent of today’s Justice League, with Mr. Norman. “He was one of those guys who really cares dence and lets you know that he really does believe in you.” Mr. Norman graduated from Rockhurst in 1959. After experiencing four years of being taught by Jesuits, he decided he would like to be a part of them. So he went to St. Louis University to study and become a Jesuit. After graduating from SLU in 1962, he continued the Jesuit training by teaching at Kapaun High School, a Jesuit school in Wichita, Kan., and at DeSmet High School in St. Louis. But after twelve years, it wasn’t what Mr. Norman had expected. “I found that wasn’t what God wanted me to do,” Mr. Norman said. “Plus, I think part of it is I wasn’t as happy as I

hoped I would be.” But Mr. Norman likes to think God has a plan for everything, and the next part of his plan was in Phoenix, Ariz. There, Mr. Norman worked for his father selling real estate, teaching real estate education and selling church directories. For Mr. Norman, it may not have been the most exciting job, but it was there where he met his wife, Mrs. Robin Norman. After spending more time in Phoewould like to start teaching at his alma mater, so the couple moved back to the Kansas City, Mo. area. He came expecting to teach English, which is what he taught previously. However, the school assigned him to nior scripture. “I feel like Mr. Norman was the only true ‘Bible teacher’ I ever had,” Mr. Joseph Barloon, class of 1985, said. “I will from time-to-time hear a phrase or sentence from a particular reading at Mass and immediately recall Mr. Norman’s voice and the look in his eye as he unpacked for his students all the elements of the scriptural text.” But Mr. Norman will not only be remembered for teaching classes. He won’t only be remembered for putting together Masses. Among other things, Mr. Norman will be remembered for the impact he had on Rockhurst and the impact he had on his students. “Working here means that you are able to be a part of someone’s life,” Mr. Norman said. “God is working through this faculty to help form these kids, and it’s real.” This impact is evident in a former student and friend, Mr. Tim Marchese,

class of 1984. In Mr. Norman’s earlier years of teaching, he was approached by Mr. Marchese to start the Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) club. Mr. Marchese had Mr. Norman in class and knew there was something special about him, so he decided to ask him to moderate the club. “He loved engaging students in dialogue and not just giving lectures. He wanted to give people the chance to give their point of view,” Mr. Marchese said. So the two worked together and started the club, which is still present today. However, the relationship was more than that. To this day, Mr. Marchese cites Mr. Norman as a key reason for why he is the man that he is now. “He told us, when faced with a hard decision, try to decide which of the choices scare you the most, and then instead of taking the easy way out, do the thing that scares you,” Mr. Marchese said. “I thought that was great advice, and I’ve tried to use that throughout my life.” Mr. Norman’s impact has also extended to a schoolwide program that soon became a national trend. Ever since 1993, Mr. Norman has handled the program that deals with Ignatian formation of the faculty. The program, called Ignatian Evenings, was originally started by Fr. Vern Heinsz, SJ, in 1990. Three years later, Mr. Norman took over and has been in charge ever since. Because the program was something completely original and new to Jesuit education in its early years, when the trend began to gain steam, Mr. Norman was called upon to speak at national conventions about the program.

But Mr. Norman’s impact is not by any means limited to Rockhurst or the Jesuit community. “If you want an example of a ‘man for others’, look to [Mr.] Norman. If you want to know how to ‘set the world on Ruby, former Rockhurst principal and friend of Mr. Norman for 31 years, said. His life has been about others. He teaches others, he mentors others, he helps others. For sixteen years, he even took care of others at his home, welcoming in foster children. “I was the one that was teaching all the theology, and [Mrs. Norman] is the one saying we need to bring all these children into our home,” Mr. Norman said. So they did, and they took in about 30 children. Mr. Norman attributes the high number to his wife’s inability to say no to the social workers. The children are people who, according to the state of Kansas, could not continue to be under the care of their parents due to abuse, neglect or other reasons. Mr. Norman’s presence the last 31 years will forever be remembered both in the Rockhurst community and out. the best it can be and to improve everyone’s lives is something that will surely be missed. “As I look back, I am very grateful for the time that I have spent here and to be able to be a part of something quite special,” Mr. Norman said. “You don’t make lots of money, but it’s quite special.” Starting next year, Rockhurst will be missing a constant. But all that Mr. Norman has done will remain, so maybe not every constant has to come to an end.



December 14, 2012


Seniors lead charge to success 1

Bradley Wilkins


season as the starting point guard, especially until senior Connor Kuhlmann returns from his hand injury. After a junior season in he can improve, but that the game is not just about stats. “My role on the team, currently, is to be the point guard and, when the time presents itself, to take open shots from my position,” Wilkins said.


Cartier Dean


Although sophomore Cartier Dean is the lone non-senior starter, he doesn’t have to look too far if he wants some advice from a veteran. “As a sophomore, I feel like I have more of a role to play rather than be the star,” Dean said. “At times I feel as if I just need to follow the ten seniors and their experience.” 7.3 points and 3.7 assists per game.


Mike Jones

Talented group starting strong


After getting a taste of varsity as a sophomore, senior Michael Jones was once again derailed by injury last season, missing the entire year contribute in a variety of ways, which is a role he willingly takes. “I think I can do whatever Coach asks me to do on the court…” Jones said. “I can shoot the ball, drive to the goal and pass, so whatever the defense gives me, I feel like I will be able to exploit that.”


“’32-’87-’89” This is the basketball team’s motto three years the basketball team has won the state championship. Their

Tom Keller


The team has begun the season well, winning against Liberty North

Tom Keller looks to improve on his junior season where he averaged 2.6 points and 2 rebounds per game. At 6’2”, look for him to take advantage of his size, speed and quickness to play in all areas of the court. My shot has really improved, and I’m going to have a more aggressive outlook this year,” Keller said.


Brendan McCann

Kyle Wolf


Springs 77-63. Their only loss so far was against Blue Springs South last Senior Kyle Wolf, varsity team capble-double against Liberty North with ferson City game, senior Mike Jones

scorers in the Blue Springs game were Wolf who scored 22 points followed by Jones and senior Tom Keller, both

Perhaps the most recognizable varsity player at 6’6” and close to 200 pounds, senior Kyle Wolf will look to build and pulled down 9 rebounds. “I feel like I gained a lot of experience last year playing with guys like [Matt] Lampo and Chris [Bohanon],” Wolf said. “I spent this last summer working on my game, and I feel like I’m even more prepared for the year ahead.”

Also, the team is expecting senior Bradley Wilkins, returning starter at point guard, to make major contribubackcourt. Mr. Mark Nusbaum, head coach, is

group of ten seniors. “I like this group of kids. They work awfully hard, they seem to feed other company. I think that is going to be the fun part,” Coach Nusbaum said. According to Coach Nusbaum, the team will be focusing heavily on their defense because of the lack of big men. “We’re not very big... it’s not like we are going to be intimidating to people,” Coach Nusbaum said. “What we have to do is use our speed and quickness to stop people from A major concern of Coach Nusbaum is that all the players remain healthy. Many of the players have had major injuries in the past, and some are just now recovering. Returning from injured knees, Jones is playing in his second varsity seson. Joseph Gibson is healing from football and basketball injuries. Connor Kuhlmann has a broken thumb. J.P. Decker and Ben Johnson both injured their ACLs recently, making their futures questionable. The team will be competing this Saturday against Blue Valley North at the Hy-Vee shootout at Avila at 9 p.m.

Wrestling squad hopes for strong second half

The wrestling team this year has one goal: to put a banner on the wall, a milestone that the team has never achieved. They plan to do this by reaching their peak as a team, conditioning and technique-wise, in time for the state tournament. “It’s just a matter of outworking the competition and peaking at the right time,” Mr. Steve Lueck, head coach, said. They plan to do this by attaining elite conditioning through-

out the season. As their stamina son. Juniors Hayden Hoebing, increases, the team will try to Charlie and Michael Lipford, outlast their opponents until the and Ryan Loiacono were all the third period. The same approach number one wrestlers in their reis taken for the spective weight Mr. Steve Lueck season. As their classes last year. Head Coach endurance inJuniors Jake CusIt’s just a mat- sen and Thomas creases, they hope to peak at also ter of outworking Peterson the end of the spent time at the season, which the competition varsity level as will allow them sophomores last to compete for a and peaking at season. banner. The team has the right time. Although the two returning team has fewer seniors compared to past seasons, the ju- Drew Daniels, who took second niors have stepped up this sea- at state, and Charlie.

Robbie Healy

The Hawklets have had three duals this year, matching up against Shawnee Mission North, Staley and Kearney. They defeatnationally ranked Kearney and

team was missing several top wrestlers due to injury during these duals. starters out, but we’re not going to make excuses. We didn’t wrestle well,” Coach Lueck said. North tournament, with Peter-

and second, respectively. On Wednesday the team dualed Blue Springs South and Raymore-Peculiar High Schools, losing 37-28 to Blue Springs South a rough start, they believe their season long approach will allow them to compete for a coveted banner. uary 8, against Rock Bridge and “We all want to see a ton of students in the stands when we wrestle,” Cussen said.



December 14, 2012


Wrestling his way to state Senior looks to redeem state loss from last year Ben Burch

“State champion.” It’s a phrase that can be seen hanging from banners in the gym and engraved on plaques throughout Rockhurst. From football, to soccer, to golf, it seems there are few sports at Rockhurst banner. As for wrestling, the ing for a state championship, either as a team or individually. And after a second place inmeet, senior Drew Daniels is trying to end this search by becom-

sure [to win state]... It’s my last year, and I just feel like I have a good shot that I don’t want to waste,” Daniels said. These expectations have only elevated a problem which Daniels has been facing his whole wrestling career: the mental aspect. “So much of what I do wrong is mental... I get nervous, I freeze up... and for some reason, every time, right before I wrestle, I think I’m going to lose,” Daniels said. But what Daniels lacks in his mental game, he makes up for in his experience and physical ability. “[Daniels] is stronger and quicker for his weight class than anyone I have ever coached,” Coach Lueck said. At the age of 10, Daniels began wrestling for various club teams throughout the Kansas City area, including Rockhurst’s youth team. As a freshman, with years of experience already un-

der his belt, he made the junior varsity team. A year later, as a sophomore on varsity, Daniels often had to practice against former Rockhurst wrestler Mr. Chandler Smith, who currently wrestles for Army. Because Mr. Smith was a senior and one of the best wrestlers in the state at the time, these practices helped Daniels learn how to face tough competition. “I was a little bigger and stronger than Drew when we used to wrestle, [and] I would frequently take advan-

Rockhurst wrestling history. “Drew is the highest returning placer in Rockhurst history... [so] his goal and my goal are the

tage of this,” Mr. Smith said. “However, I think this helped Drew... learn to wrestle hard at all times... [and] helped further develop his already excellent dedication.” As Daniels entered his junior season, this development showed in a breakout season which came down state championship for the 160 lb. weight class. Unfortunately, Daniels could not secure Rockhurst state championship. “I just didn’t wrestle well,” Daniels said. Motivated by his tough loss in last son training over this past summer, wrestling

for two club teams and doweek. son training that Daniels had tured bursa sac in his knee. Although Daniels still feels some pain from this injury in matches, he insists it will not be something that will restrict him the whole season. “It bothers me a little bit right now, but it’s not debilitating,” Daniels said. Despite all of the drama he has already encountered this season with the injury and the expectations, Daniels hopes to stay focused on the task at hand. “I’m really trying to stop thinking about how it’s my last year and my last shot [at a state title],” Daniels said. “I’m just going to try to wrestle my best, and hopefully good things will follow.”

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champion in Rockhurst history,” Mr. Steve Lueck, head wrestling coach, said. Daniels knows he’s one of the favorites to win the state title for his weight class. But with all of these expectations comes a lot of pressure. Hayden Hoebing

Wrestling at the state meet, senior Drew Daniels (right) ties up for a match.

Hayden Hoebing

Drew Daniels (right) and coach Steve Lueck talk after a match.


December 14, 2012


The puck stops here Junior goalie anchors back end of team John Berrigan

Gretzky, hockey legend. It is junior William Dufresne’s job to always know where the puck is going to be. As the varsity goalie, Dufresne knows that one or two mistakes could easily cost his team a game, but he loves the pressure. “I love knowing that I have such an important job out there. It makes it fun, and I love it,” Dufresne said. Dufresne has grown up in a Canadian hockey family and has played hockey his whole life. His father played junior hockey in Canada, and father played for the Montreal

erywhere he went, Dufresne found a hockey team he could play on. When he arrived in Kansas City, he found Rockhurst’s team, and despite being enrolled at Blue Valley West High School, he was able, with the help of the Rockhurst coaches and players, to lobby the league into letting him have a spot with the Rockhurst squad. quainted with the team, the idea of him transferring to Rockhurst was tossed around by him and his new friends, and transfer to Rockhurst his junior year. “It’s a lot more fun to be able to play for something, to play for the school and to play with people you go to school...

rather than just playing on a club. That’s a big reason I transferred was that I felt a sense of [being a part of] the school,” Dufresne said. When he joined the team the only goalie on the roster was Mr. Colin Thompson, class of ‘12. Thompson was quickly impressed by Dufresne’s work ethic and love for the game. ter and better, and it was really amazing because you could tell he just loved the sport and that he was having so much fun,” Mr. Thompson said. “By the end of the year he was probably better than me, and I think he’s probably the best goalie in the league now.” Dufresne has been dominant so far in the team’s undefeated start, letting in only one goal in seven games. “I have two big goals. One is to go undefeated this year, and the other is

Trade shows fans dedication, effort Trivia Question: When’s the last time the Royals’ payroll eclipsed $75 million? Answer: never to the recent trade sending Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike ard to Tampa Bay for James tory that the payroll has reached ing that money simply buys wins tainly helps.

fresne said. He is committed to helping the team accomplish these two goals, and as long as

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in our hands, so I refuse to blast a trade that gives fans the ace pitcher (James Shields) they were looking for. General Manager Dayton Moore made his number one goal very tion starter. Let’s not get upset talent at the cost of “upside.”

Photo by John Berrigan Illustration by Curran Steck

‘Hock’lets skate onward as they look to continue winning ways on ice Joseph Caruso

The Rockhurst hockey team is undefeated halfway through the season, earning them the number one ranking in the Mid America High School Hockey League (MAHSHL). Led by strong defensive performances so far, they have only allowed one goal and 58 shots on goal. eraging six goals a game, with junior Parker Collins, center, leading the way with 13 goals. So far the team has not had too many prove. “[We have struggled with] playing our game and getting pulled into our opponents’ objectives,” Mr. Colby Lysne, head coach, said. The current team’s dominance in the Some of their best aspects are their defense,

all pretty good, but if I had to say, it’s our goalie, [junior] William Dufresne,” junior Jack Maple, varsity center, said. Dufresne, who has allowed only one goal

so far this season, plans to keep his save percentage above 90 percent for the rest of the season. Currently, his save percentage is 98 percent, while the league average is 88.3 percent “This is one of the better teams I’ve been on, and we seem pretty favored to win the championship. This season has been a lot of fun so far, and I think it will end that way,” Dufresne said. Another dimension of this team is that they are very close with each other. Because gether on varsity for three years, there is a lot of team chemistry. “Everyone knows each other really well. We know what they will do with the puck, and they know what I will do. We have great communication when we are playing,” junior Michael Ricci, center, said. west Arkansas Ice Hogs and the Wichita Warriors, ranked second and third in the MAHSHL league, respectively. The team has made it this far undeafeated, and they hope to make it all the way to the championship. “The boys said at the beginning of the season they want to go undefeated and win the championship... We just have to take it one day at a time,” Coach Lysne said.

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ten forget about the here and now. Right now, the Royals have

rotation whenever needed. Shields has an above .500 winning percentage with an ERA well under 4, which is certainly er.

But let’s not forget about Wade Davis. This guy gives the

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mensely underrated: depth. With Davis, gone are the days of seeing Everett Teaford or, ahem, Vin Mazzaro, take the mound if there’s an injury. We now have a solid arm to give the rotation some insurance. Sure, Wil Myers may go on to become a franchise cornerstone that can anchor any lineup, but his fate. Of the 48 prospects ica’s top 10 prospects list from

,there’s a Wilson Betemit and Andy Marte. Now granted, the Omaha day night, but I think it’s about time the Royals got a shot.


by: Jack Franken and Matthew Watz, with commentary by Frank Evans The end of the world is coming... eventually. But the cause, whether it’s by aliens, giant squids with head-mounted death rays, or worldwide riots of 13-year-old girls caused by sold-out One Direction concerts, is still uncertain. While these end-of-the-world theories might not seem plausible (except the giant squids one, which WILL happen) some end-of-the-world theories are pretty ridiculous. So we at the Prep News and near future to bring to you this end-of-the-world edition!

Prep News’ End-of-the-World Playlist “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine...)” by: R.E.M “Till the World Ends” by: Britney Spears “2012 (It Ain’t the End)” by: Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj “4 Minutes” by: Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland “Doomsday” by: Nero


The coming of Christ is often correlated with the end of the world, so in 1906, when a hen began to lay eggs with the words “Jesus Christ is coming” inscribed in its shells, the hen quickly became a local prophet. However, it turns out the entire thing was a hoax and one disturbed soul was etching the eggs and forcing them back into the hen. While the world didn’t end for the masses, I’m sure it was quite a traumatizing experience for the hen.


Leading up to July 1999, Nostradamus predicted a “King of Terror” (Oooh! Spooky!) coming from the sky to “bring back to life the great King of the Mongols.” While I think that with modshort-statured men wielding sharpened sticks, the prediction, in fact,didn’t come true, and the world was still intact as of August 1999. “Y2K, man, Y2K. FEAR IT, MAN!!!” shouted computer programMayan long-count calendar photo by Michael nationwide in the 1990s. The idea was that in McCarty via Creative the year 2000 (Y2K), computers wouldn’t be Commons able to distinguish between 2000 and 1900, causing mass blackouts or a nuclear catastroDouble headed-serpent phe (which makes sense… somehow). Fortumosaic photo by Rex Harnately my family’s computer was completely ris via Creative Commons outdated (still running on Windows ’95), and we evaded the catastrophe. But from what I heard, no mass blackouts occurred.


After accurately predicting both John F. Kenndy and Robert Kenndy’s assassinations, psychic Jeane Dixon prophesied the end of the world for February 4, 1962. After a failed prediction, she recalculated her prediction until sometime between 2020 and 2037. Within these years, Jesus will apparently return to defeat the trinity of the Antichrist, Satan and the False Prophet.

“End of Days” by: Vinnie Paz featuring Block McCloud


“The End of the World” by: Skeeter Davis “Gimme Shelter” by: The Rolling Stones “The Final Countdown” by: Europe “The End” by: The Doors “Sons & Daughters” by: The Decemberists “Ænema” by: T.O.O.L.

Zombie apocalypse believers, using a formula which is based on zombie-related Google searches (evidently their teachers never told them about not using Google as a source), narrowed down the beginning of the zombie takeover -- the end of the world as we know it -- to early 2014.

Antichrist, was in fact proven wrong. He did transform, however, from an outspoken prophet to an aloof hermit living a secluded life in the hills.


In around 5 billion years, the sun’s current phase will end, transforming into a red giant which will swallow the


scientist-backed prediction is widely accepted by professionals (I was going to make a joke about this one, but it’s actually... really depressing).

With the end of the 5125 year--long Mayan calendar approaching, many people believe that this will be the demise of the world as we know it. December 21, 2012, has been highlighted as the date since 1983, when Robert Sharer published The Ancient Maya. There are many theories on what the Mayan calendar actually predicts -- a natural disaster such as a great tidal wave or earthquake, or the Earth Although it is very popular among the general public, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other scientists have disproved this theory many times. Whether or not the world ends on December 21, I can’t be sure... but I certainly hope NASA is correct. Mosty because I’m currently alive, and I’d really prefer to keep it that way.

What do you think about the world ending on December 21, 2012?

-Sam Wilkerson

I mean, the world isn’t just going to end... right?

-Trecen Peeler



I hope it isn’t as devastating as the previous ends-ofthe-world we’ve had.


Just remember, when a new world order comes around, I told you so.

-Edward Wilkinson



I actually really liked the movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow.’

Zach Stollman

I’m going to a juggling festival in Arkansas to celebrate the end of the world... and if it doesn’t end, I’ll drive back.


Self-proclaimed Antichrist, José Luis De Jésus stated that while an earthquake would kill most humans on June 30, 2012, he and his followers would go through a transformation that would allow him to walk through walls and safely travel

-Mr. Greg Owsley

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