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2901 Central Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 president trump

A final examination of the 2016 presidential election

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Volume 47

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The Pacer’s Abby Cullen details this year’s fall trends and the items you need in your closet

NovemBer 18, 2016

Investigation V-show

The Pacer looks at this year’s V-Show highlighting individual acts

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normal Social Norms campaign stresses importance of healthy choices among student body Photo Illustration/Laura Dacy

While the number of students using substances is smaller than what many people realize, those involved with the Social Norms campaign believe they have the ability to lower the number of students already partaking Over the past few weeks at Rolling Meadows, in those activities. there have been posters placed around the school and “If we can change the perception of students, maybe assemblies meant to inform students on the impacts of we can change the amount [of substances] being used,” healthy lifestyle choices in every aspect of life. This is all Santoro said. part of a new Social Norms campaign launched by school Along with the posters prominently displayed psychologist Angie Paras and school social worker Amy throughout the school, Stall Street Journals have been Santoro. placed in every bathroom. The Stall Street Journal is a The goal of the Social Norms campaign is to show the newsletter that provides small blurbs about the impact of student body that the majority of their lifestyle choices as well as information peers are making safe and healthy choices upcoming school days. “Most students about when it comes to topics such as sleep, In addition to the Stall Street are making underage drinking and drug use. Journal showcasing statistics on “The whole idea behind the Social really positive the benefits of sleep and promoting Norms campaign is, [when] looking at overall healthy lifestyle, an all school and healthy the data in the Illinois Youth Survey, assembly was held on Nov. 3 by former choices” most students are making really positive Navy Seal Jason Larson explaining the -School Social Worker Amy and healthy choices,” Santoro said. “But importance of sleep on performance. Santoro I think the perception is that everyone “Human performance is an is using drugs, or everyone is making extension of our Social Norms unhealthy choices.“ campaign and hopefully it can grow into its own studentIn order to change that assumption, posters have led group,” Paras said. been hung in the hallways showcasing statistics from The ultimate goal of the Social Norms campaign is to teen surveys taken across the country. These posters continue it for the rest of the school year, and stay a part explain that the majority of students are choosing not to of school culture for many years to come. Eventually, the drink or do drugs. founders of this campaign want students to take on a “We want students to be making the best choices more dominant role. for themselves in order to be the best possible version of themselves,” Paras said. “We want to encourage and support those decisions.” Laura Dacy Editor-in-Chief

Student Soapbox “I think it is a great idea that the school is trying to promote healthy lifestyle for students.” Senior Luke Fava

“[The Social Norms Campaign] is a good idea to make us more aware, because if we know more we can act on it.” Junior Jane Doyle Photo Illustration/Sam Svoboda

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PACER WORLD TAKE: Terrorism in Social Media By age ten, more than half of children in the U.S. have a social media account, and by the time they are adults, this number increases to over 90 percent. Because social media is largely dominated by kids ranging from 10-18 years old, terrorist groups have abused Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to promote their messages of violence and gain a larger audience.

The problem

Example: Use of social media by terrorist following the Orlando Shootings

Terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), are using social media because they can access an extensive, wide audience. There is not simply one group of users professing their support for terrorist groups, making it difficult for social media companies to pinpoint and block certain people. With so many different users on each social media networks, this already challenging task has become almost impossible. Therefore, many terrorists end up going undetected.

Date: June 12, 2016 Who: Omar Mateen, security officer whose parents were born in Afganistan. His dad ran for president of Afganistan and supported the Taliban. What happened: Omar Mateen opened fire on a crowd at an Orlando night club, killing 50 people. According to CBS news, Omar admitted that he was inspired to commit the violent act after viewing other extremists online. Social media posts: He posted after the attack that he would commit more “attacks from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syna [ISIS] in the USA.”

People using Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube

Percent change in government requests for user information

53 percent increase 8.6 percent decrease *1 person= 200 million users

170 percent increase

Proposed solutions and positive outcomes Some may simply state that the solution is just adjusting regulations, rules and hiring staff to track content, but the issue is much more complicated than that. There are many more possible solutions: Ɋ One solution is for social media companies to employ more workers to monitor content; however, this may anger users who want their privacy for various reasons. Ɋ Another solution would be to have social media background checks before people are allowed to enter the United States, which would guide government officials to further inspection, causing a more selective immigration process.

While there are numerous negative comments and violent statements on the various social media platforms, there is also alot of positivity in response to the disheartening terrorist attacks. This can be seen with the messages and artwork that circulated after the Orlando shooting and the Nice attack, as well as this peace sign posted by many social media users after the Paris attacks in Nov. 2015 (right). Compiled by Katie Kiaupa

Trump wins electoral vote, will be 45th President Molly Manley Managing Editor After the most arguably controversial and unconventional election in the history of this country, the shock of the recent election has begun to finally settle down. The 2016 Election has drawn to a close, ushering in a new era for Americans as Donald J. Trump has been named President-elect. Early in the morning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Trump was named President-elect after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called him to concede. Although Secretary Clinton was declared the winner of the popular vote, 48 percent to Trump’s 47, she lost in the Electoral College by 51 votes. This election will not only go down in history books for atypical campaigns run by both nominees, but also the because of the rare circumstances surrounding this election. This is only the fifth time in history in which the candidate with the most votes does not win the Electoral College, the last being President George W. Bush when Al Gore won the popular vote in the year 2000. It is also notable in that Trump is

the first president-elect to have no prior political or military experience in the United States. This election is a major victory for the Republican Party, having not only won the presidency, but also the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The last Republican in office was President George W. Bush, who served two terms. An important goal leading to a Trump victory was winning over Florida and Ohio, important swing states that were vital to the final outcome. Although President-elect Trump is, as of now, only the President-elect, the official casting of the electoral votes will be done in December, with the counting of the votes and the inauguration in January. Although the American people have clearly been divided during this election, strongly advocating for their candidate with rallies and protesting against the opposition, the people have spoken and it is time to see where this decision will lead our country.

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Smarter choices, stronger athletes


Students have mixed reactions to speaker at RMHS assembly On Nov. 3, RMHS students listened to Navy Seal Jason Larson speak in an all-school assembly about human performance. In his presentation, Larson spoke about how high schoolers can improve their performance in sports and in school activities by reducing stress, eliminating alcohol and illicit drug use and getting adequate sleep. “It doesn’t really matter how much skill you develop,” Larson said at the assembly. “It doesn’t matter how big or fast or strong you are if your brain is not ready to run the machine.” Larson, co-founder of Applied Performance Sciences, began the presentation by explaining how human performance can be determined by our mental and emotional states, as well as our dedication to a task in which we want to succeed. He then proceeded to explain how our day-to-day choices can affect human

performance. The assembly was part of RMHS’ new social norms campaign, which aims to educate students about making healthy choices. Social workers Amy Santoro and Angela Paras, who run the campaign at RMHS, worked in partnership with Linked Together Coalition to bring Jason Larson and John Underwood to the school. “I think the information he had to deliver was really important to students,” Santoro said, “I…think it goes along with our Social Norms campaign.” Even so, Santoro was disappointed that Larson was unable to get to all of his points of the presentation. “I’m sad that he had to rush through the ending because I think that was really the part that we wanted our students to hear,” Santoro said. Some students found that the assembly’s emphasis on athletic performance made it irrelevant to much of the student body. Furthermore, some thought this narrow focus failed to capture the severe consequences drug use could have on a student’s life.

Tutoring troubles: Sam Svoboda Editor-in-Chief Students in National Honors Society (NHS) are providing far less seminar tutoring than they have in the past—and this may highlight a growing trend. This development, along with the lack of students showing up for tutoring after school, exposes a possible mindset of students at RMHS: that seminar is the only time to get academic support. NHS sponsor Laura Snyder stresses that students still have plenty of opportunities to receive tutoring at RMHS; they just aren’t using them. “We have after-school tutoring in the library every single day from three to four, and nobody comes in here,” Snyder said. Some NHS members feel that tutoring is still a great opportunity to learn leadership and teaching skills. “It makes me feel good to help underclassmen with math,” NHS secretary senior Kasia Trybula said. However, Trybula also feels that too many NHS students are passing up on the opportunity tutoring offers. “[To improve the program], I would make it an NHS requirement so more people would actually tutor.” Many underclassman also prefer to use seminar

“Their main concern was showing that your response time to catching a ball would be shortened,” sophomore Anastasia Cherenko said. “They didn’t talk about how you could become homeless or how you could have an addiction or about how you could die from [drug use]. They didn’t do a good job representing how serious drug addiction is.” Also on Nov. 3, John Underwood spoke before school in the theater about human performance. Interested teachers and coaches, as well as student-athletes, were invited to the presentation. Underwood, an internationally recognized human performance specialist, has spoken to many professional sports teams and is a former NCAA All-American distance runner. “It just kind of blew my mind how much goes into peak performance,” varsity boys volleyball coach Kevin Bourn said, “And how little things like not getting enough sleep, not eating a good breakfast can really hurt hurt you, especially in terms of reaction time, which is huge in Volleyball.”

Less tutoring due to students relying on seminar time for all classwork

time to get help rather than going in after school or to the various Saturday Success Academies that take place throughout the year. “I prefer seminar [to get academic help] because it lets me be more independent on how I get help making it more useful to me,” sophomore Mike Derango said. Students also feel that, while homework can be completed after school, seeing teachers during school is more urgent. “Seminar is my favorite [time to get academic help] because I have to be at school anyway so it’s not really on my time,” sophomore Matt Fillipelli said. Snyder believes that, while the purpose of seminar has always been for students to receive academic help, far too many students heavily depend on it. “There’s a mindset at this school that seminar is the only time that you can talk to your teacher, the only time to get help, the only time to make something up,” Snyder said. “And I don’t understand that mindset. What about before school? What about lunch? What about after school?” English teacher Liz Kirby, who teaches mainly freshman, feels that many underclassmen also have a similar mindset. “I believe that the freshman need to be taught how to find time in their day, and I mean their whole day, not just sixth block every other day, to get all of their work

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Study time: Rolling Meadows teacher Frank Haralambakis helps a student during seminar. done,” Kirby said. “...They have to carve out time in their personal life in addition to using the time we give them in school if they intend on really being a strong student.”

Election season for D214 school board begins Anna Czulno Online Editor-in-Chief As the presidential elections have now come to a close, the High School District 214 (D214) school-board elections are just beginning. While there are fewer voters at the school board elections, these nominees can have more of a direct influence on students within District 214. The elections are held every odd numbered year. During these elections, a varying number of members are elected to the school board by registered voters in District 214 with the number of seats being mixed every year. Each serving four year terms, these members make important decisions regarding rules and

regulations within the school district such as budgeting for the district and the hiring of administration, specifically the superintendent. The current president of the board is Alva Kreutzer, and the vice president is Todd Younger. In 2015, Bill Dussling, Alva Kreutzer and Daniel Petro ran for reelection and won. Next year, four more board members will be up for re-election. The four members are Mimi Cooper, Mark Hineman, Jim Perkins and Todd Younger. Those elected for the board are in charge of overseeing academics, athletics, performing arts and staff members employed within the district. Some of the current board members are previous students that went to a high

school in D214, which gives them an even greater connection to the community. “The board members as a whole are in charge of many things,” School Board President Alva Kreutzer said. “[We are in charge of] hiring the superintendent, dayto-day operations, and creating policy and procedures.” Beginning in August, those who want to run for the board start by collecting signatures of registered voters around the District. Once they have enough signatures, they can then register to be on the ballot. Following that period, candidates are nominated in December, and March 10 is the last day voters can register to vote. Election day is on April 7. Because these elections have an

important impact on students in District 214, it is important that as many people vote as possible. In order to qualify as a registered voter, voters must have lived in the District for 30 days before the election. Many students have been surprised by the amount of influence the elections have on their school life. “I think that it’s important for people to vote for school board elections because it affects us as students,” senior Stephanie Peric said. “I hope more people will vote this year.” To gain more information on the elections, you can visit the District website or speak with current members of the school board.

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Why is this wrong?

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Sammi Milligan Bandwagoners are inevitable when a local team begins to show potential during their season. I know firsthand how discouraging bandwagoners can be, but once a team begins to succeed, they are inevitable. I grew up watching hockey. It didn’t matter what team or when they were playing, I would be watching hockey all throughout the regular and playoff season. It wasn’t until 2008 when my mom finally let me attend a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. Many know 2010 as the year that the Chicago Blackhawks won their first of three Stanley Cups. Blackhawks fans, like myself, remember a time when the United Center was practically empty, especially on the 300 level. Trying to buy a ticket on the 300th level now will cost you at least $125 minimum during the regular season and at least three times that for a playoff ticket. Crazy right? When my mom bought her season ticket, it only cost her $15.00 per game; the price has gone up at least 70 percent since then. Many loyal Chicago Cubs fans are just beginning to experience the frustration that Hawks fans have expressed for years. The funny thing is, same loyal Hawks fans, who rolled their eyes each year the Hawks won the Stanley Cup towards bandwagon fans, went downtown to be a part of the Cubs parade without watching a single baseball game in the regular season. I realized this year that being a Chicago sports fan is far more important than being a diehard sports fan. This is when I realized, who cares? Before 2010, the Hawks hadn’t won the Stanley cup in 49 year. Now that’s no 108 years, but it’s still a long time. As a Chicago sports fan, I had to learn to accept that there will be people who just want to join the hype. As annoying as it is to have people who know nothing about the sport or the team, all they want to do is be a part of history. To judge people for wanting to be apart of the hype is ridiculous. Bandwagoners give the team a sense of pride. After all they have worked for, wouldn’t it be awesome to have five million show up to congratulate you? Winning a championship comes at a price. The victory entails temporary fans but in the end, it’s about your support of the team.

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Flawed system neglects mistakes Education system lacks chance to review test errors

Whether you want to believe it or not, life is a series of tests. We are supposed to fail them over and over again, otherwise we wouldn’t have learned anything. After we make our mistakes, we learn from them and try to prepare ourselves to be better next time. If this is how real life works, shouldn’t school be this way? Its main purpose is to prepare us for our futures, so wouldn’t it make more sense to have an education system focused on evaluating our mistakes? Shouldn’t we spend more time aiming to improve? According to the American Test Anxieties Association, “about 16-20% of students have high test anxiety, making this the most prevalent scholastic impairment in our schools today. Another 18% are troubled by moderately-high test anxiety.” In a society where students feel so much pressure to do well in school, The Pacer staff believes that this type of stress would be alleviated if students had the opportunity to go over the mistakes they made on exams in order to help them understand where they went wrong. After students take an exam, they sit at their computers, waiting for Infinite Campus to update. They hope that their grades won’t change too much and that they will be able to raise

it in time for grade review. Students would gain the ability to evaluate their thought process and study habits by reflecting on the mistakes they made on tests and finding ways to improve themselves, their study habits, their knowledge on said subject and their test taking skills. Unfortunately, teachers sometimes are unable to go over tests in class for their students. Some teachers believe that too many students have missed the test to actually go over it, while others believe that going over tests takes too much time out of class. However, some teachers do make an effort to go over tests, asking students what needs to be reviewed. But most students are afraid to talk about failure and are not willing to ask questions about something in fear of seeming inferior to the other students in class. Unfortunately, The Pacer staff knows that many students care deeply about their test scores and feel that their results determine their future. By reiterating that mistakes are okay and that it is never too late to understand where you went wrong, we think that students will be able to think about tests and school with much less anxiety.

Top 40 takes turn for worse Editorial Cartoonist

Frankie Bruno Kids have always heard their parents and grandparents recite the phrase, “Music was so much better when I was your age.” Turns out that they may have been right this whole time. As time has passed, the creativity and quality of music and lyrics has decayed, especially in recent years. Lyrics are a way to tell a story or express certain ideas. While this still holds true today, many popular songs like to express similar themes, money and women is what it usually comes down to. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule, but some of the most popular songs don’t stray far from these ideas, artists are now are aiming more for radio time than making good music. Most artists

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like Twenty One Pilots and Chris Brown also don’t stray too far from the same sounds as well as boring and cliché lyrics. To add insult to injury, the intelligence of modern music lyrics has actually declined in the last decade. According to a 10-year study done by Andrew Powell-Morse, modern lyrics currently read at a third grade level. You didn’t misread that. Music lyrics have gotten so dumb that a third grade student could write a song that has lines that are on par with many accomplished musicians nowadays. In the past, musicians had to be very talented in their field. The artist Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel prize in literature October because, according to the Nobel Prize committee, his music “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” A typical modern artist couldn’t win this award, because they don’t need to think or be original. Their music is written and produced by the same people, thus wiping any sort of originality from the performing artists. This is also one of the reasons why so many popular songs sound so similar. It’s so much easier for a company to pull any old person from a reality show and drop them into a recording studio and let autotune do the rest of the work rather than trying to look for people and bands with real talent because the latter is much harder to come

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across. This is a very bad habit for the music industry because not only are they recruiting mediocre or even bad musicians, the live performances become a joke because there is no autotune to mask the mediocrity. However it’s not entirely the industry’s fault. The attention span of an average listener was about eight seconds long in 2015. According to the Statistic Brain website. This in turn forces songs to have more hooks than ever before. Hooks are combinations of melody, rhythm and lyrics that are catchy and stay with the audience. Decades ago there would only have to be only one hook whereas now there has to be one in every part of the song. All of this seems to point in the direction that this is the sort of entertainment people want now. But this doesn’t line up with the recent trends that roll out of the film and TV industries. The demands for deeper, higher quality and smarter shows have been met with shows like “Breaking Bad”, “Stranger Things” and even animated shows like “Bojack Horseman”. Modern music is comparable to junk food. It’s easy to create, it’s all around us and it’s quick. Music has fallen a long way from it’s former glory but if we gave the same treatment given to TV shows and movies maybe the music industry can rise again and be put back on its pedestal.

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Anup Patel There was never a monster in the closet. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have added to the many nightmares of the younger generation. Perceived to be utterly unpredictable, eliminate agricultural biodiversity, require more pesticide and cause numerous health issues, GMOs are opposed by an increasing amount of the population. However, as more research is surfacing in favor of genetically modified agriculture, the monster in the closet is becoming a false perception. In fact, GMO plant breeding is an extremely accurate process where a favorable gene, occurring elsewhere in nature, is introduced into the organism. This allows for a precise outcome since there is only one gene in play. The conventional method, supported by the anti-GMO organization Greenpeace, involves breeding two agricultural organisms to bring out favorable traits. This process yields a more unpredictable outcome with hundreds of genes being mixed up. Which is why, after a period of more than 25 years, including more than 130 research projects and involving more than 500 independent research groups, the European Union (EU) concluded that that GMOs are “not per se” more unsafe than conventional methods. The emerging research for GMOs only widens the canyon between the scientists and public perception. A mistrust in science has defined arguments regarding vaccinations, climate change and GMOs. Activists continue to argue that GMOs have “unpredictable” side effects, ignoring that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States

Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Health Organization (WHO), EU and other world agencies have supported genetic engineering. While the public discussion is mired in evidence-lacking internet memes and non-scientific Twitter rants, these troubled people never come across the compelling truths of geneticists’ greatest accomplishments. Despite popular belief, GMOs have the ability to do more good than bad. They can feed millions and fight malnutrition in third-world countries. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga and Jan Low demonstrated this possibility by developing disease-resistant, droughttolerant, high yielding sweet potatoes, which were high in vitamin A. They specifically took on the fatal issue of vitamin A deficiency in Africa, which can cause blindness, limit growth and hinder the immune system. After a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the scientists successfully implemented the potatoes into the diets of millions of Africans. Andrade, Mwanga and Low were awarded the World Food Prize in 2016 for their accomplishments in GMOs. The possible uses of GMOs are becoming more apparent as more scientists take a stand against global problems. With more research and development, GMOs could diminish world hunger and support the increasing population. But, with Greenpeace and other organizations stoking the fire under GMOs, expanding genetic biotechnology is becoming increasingly difficult. People have to choose: either wield scientific evidence to slay the hidden monsters, or hide behind nonscientific internet memes, while the monsters in the closet continue to plague their thoughts.

The abusive American meat-industry ignored by consumers and government Opinions Editor

Natalie D’Souza It’s that time of the year again. The time when the potatoes get mashed, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” airs and the sense of Christmas just peeks around the corner. It is the time to celebrate earnings, to be grateful, to be joyful around loved ones. Everyone seems to feed off this time of ease and warmth, except for the turkeys, pigs and cows that are being slaughtered so the average American can enjoy their holiday traditions. For turkeys, there is nothing to be grateful about. Right now, there are 46 million turkeys being slaughtered, so a stomach can stop rumbling. Those loveable childhood movies where an animal lives a happy life on the farm with daisies growing in the grass and the sun shining bright is only a figment of imagination; the reality of a meatindustry animal’s life is a stark contrast to the simplicity of “Charlotte’s Web.” The meat industry is abusive, destructive and cruel; however, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is still encouraging the mindless murder of animals with little interference or regulation. According to “Meatonomics”, a book written by author David Robinson Simon about the injustice of the meatindustry, “the American government spends $38 billion each year to subsidize the meat and dairy industries.” With the United States being the second-largest meat producer in the world (exporting around 6.95 billion metric tons of meat each year), the government is not going to want to stop such a highly-profitable industry that produces around $800 billion per year in revenue, according to the North American Meat Institute. Therefore, it is up to the consumers to

make a difference. We owe it to the lives that we are taking: be knowledgeable. We must know what an animal has to go through; we must know that our consumer-driven thought process has created a society where an animal’s sole purpose in life is to be our dinner. The consumer society is so used to just going to a restaurant, sitting down and immediately expecting a steak or chicken sandwich placed right in front of them. Meat-eaters are often ignorant of the cruel process that leads to that food getting onto their plate. Even the U.S. Farmer and Ranchers Alliance state that “72 percent of consumers know nothing or very little about farming or ranching.” The process of having a classic American Turkey Thanksgiving dinner has changed drastically from the Pilgrims. A documentary by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an organization dedicated to industries being cruelty-free towards animals, exposed the barbarity and injustice of turkey slaughterhouses with videos of the harassment taped by meatindustry workers. First, the newborn turkeys are kept in tiny pens that only allow 3.5 square feet of space to move. So the turkeys to don’t peck or claw one another, workers, in a governmentapproved process, cut off toes and upper beaks of the birds with hot blades. To get the birds in state where they can begin carving, turkeys can either be beaten to death by a pole, starved death, have their throats slit whilst being completely conscious, be dumped in boiling water to be de-feathered, or go through the “stunning tank.” This tank has the birds hang upside by chains so their heads will be submerged in water and then be electrified to become unconscious. The goal of this article isn’t to try and recruit vegans; it is to create an educated society, one where consumers develop respect for the animals and think before they eat. Ignorance to a billion dollar international monopoly doesn’t help the problem; it will only encourage this senseless slaughter even further. Take action now and try to develop a thought process when choosing your next meal. Think about the effects of your choices and start making a difference.

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Cullen's Closet Each month The Pacer’s Abby Cullen breaks down the latest fashion trends. This issue, Cullen reflects on the styles and trends that have been taking over fall fashion. Abby Cullen Photo Editor In today’s society, fashion holds a high priority in people’s lives. What you wear expresses who you are without using words. Fashion has been even more relevant these past couple of years due to the rise of social media. Whether it be fall trends such as Hunter boots and green army jackets, or winter styles such as blanket scarves and cozy sweaters, people will do anything to keep up with what’s popular and new. In response, fashion bloggers have risen to the occasion and have taken social media by storm. From my own search through fashion bloggers’ Instagram accounts and Pinterest boards, I can conclude that fall is definitely the season for fashion statements. From using shades of maroon and olive green, to low cut booties and blanket scarves, fall is the season where comfy is cute. For example, one can easily transform leggings and a white t-shirt into a trendy outfit just by putting on a maroon colored cardigan and slipping on tall brown boots or short suede booties. Of course, one can also add a touch of sparkle by wearing a simple statement necklace. I wanted to share some of the fashion accessories that have been trending. Booties have definitely been the “it” shoe of the season. They are everywhere you look walking into Nordstrom’s and other major department stores. You can have a different color and style of booties for everyday of the week: maroon, dark brown, light brown, olive green, black. The list goes on and on. I personally have a pair of dark brown ones with a gold zipper on the side. I love pairing them with my maroon skinny jeans and a big sweater. I’ve also paired them with my buttoned olive green skirt and a brown sweater.

Booties. work with most of the fall looks I have seen on social media. Another fall pick I would recommend are the button-down skirts. I have four in my wardrobe; one is olive green (as previously mentioned), maroon, light brown and denim. I love them all and can wear anything with them. Sweaters are usually my go to for tops and shoes range from boots and booties to Converse and lace-up ‘heels’. If you’re planning on going on a shopping spree this weekend or are searching for the perfect look for Thanksgiving, I highly recommend those two items to include in your wardrobe. Fashion should be fun and a way to express any particular seasons’ colors. Cute garments and accessories can be used to define yourself in a different way. But that’s the beauty of fashion; it’s yours. You can shape it to fit your everyday life. Whether your style is classy or sporty, there’s always a trend for every season. However, only the daring ones ‘dress outside of the box’. Most people only feel comfortable wearing what’s either in style or what’s most comfortable. Looking around school, most people just stick to the status quo of leggings with a variation of either a nice top and nice shoes to somewhat make their outfit more chic, while others choose to be more casual with a sweatshirt. Now, nobody said that was wrong, and that’s because it’s not. It’s your style; it’s what’s easy to slip on for the eight hours of sitting in a desk, trying not to fall asleep. And that’s why fashion is a passion of mine, because there’s no right or wrong. As snowy days and icy nights approach, I will be scoping magazines, blogs and stores for this holiday’s style. I foresee plenty of scarves and sweaters to keep warm and stylish. Stay tuned for what should be on your wish list this holiday.

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Color Guard completes successful Hold your flag high: RMHS season, looks ahead to winter competitions Maddie Grant Copy Editor A captivating Marching Band performance involves many different elements that are all performed in cohesion. Color Guard, equipped with their colorful flags, offers the visual component in all of the Marching Mustangs’ performances. “Color Guard can be considered either an art, a sport or both,” senior Ruby Garcia, co-captain of the color guard, said. “We are the girls and guys that twirl [the flags during] the fight song and do a show during halftime.” This year’s RMHS Color Guard won numerous awards and first place finishes during their competitive season. Two notable victories include receiving first in

every category twice, once at the Grayslake North High School competition and again at the Sandwich High School Marching Competition. “Our goal is to always make that day’s performance the best of the season up to that date,” Marching Mustangs sponsor Chris Buti said. “Most of the time we reached or exceeded that goal.” The Color Guard felt that their last competition at Sandwich was an especially satisfying end to the fall season, as they placed first in their division. “It feels really good knowing all your hard work throughout the season has finally paid off,” Assistant captain junior Sarah Myers said. Color Guard practices several days a week in order to keep their

routines polished and in-sync with the band. Practice includes learning new techniques and marching basics as well as choreographing new routines. “We had a large number of new members, so the learning went a bit slower at the beginning of the season,” Buti said. In addition to team practice, many members also individually prepare for a performance. “We also practice our marching, facials and posture,” Co-captain senior Stevie Rodriguez said. “I prepare by going over the routine in my head over and over again to really solidify my confidence.” As captains, Garcia, Myers and Rodriguez all help lead warm-ups and assist younger or newer Color Guard members when needed. Many returning

members offer help to new members outside of practice and encourage them to practice during seminar. “The most difficult part about color guard is getting the team to stay motivated throughout the season because it can be hard, especially for new members, to come to practice everyday and work on very tiny details to perfect our routines,” Garcia said. Although the Color Guard’s season officially ended following the Mustang’s football loss to Benet Academy last Saturday, Nov. 12., they are already gearing up for the Winter Color Guard competition season. Tryouts for the Winter Color Guard were held on this previous Monday, Nov. 14 and a clinic was held on Thursday, Nov. 15. The last clinic is happening today, Friday, Nov. 18 in the band room.

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Hittin’ the slopes: Sammi Milligan Features Editor The thought of skiing down steep mountains on a mere board can be quite intimidating, but Snowboard and Ski Club turns this daunting task into a shared and enjoyable activity. Snowboard and Ski Club hosts outings to several different slopes, and no experience is necessary for joining the club. “Everyone who is contemplating joining should join,” Co-President senior Rosalin Stubing said. “We have people from all experience levels and some people who have been skiing since kindergarten and some people [are] trying it for the first time.” Snowboard and Ski club offers the perfect opportunity


Snowboard and Ski Club fosters friendly atmosphere around shared hobby

to learn something new and create lasting friendships. Every meeting and trip proves to be even more exciting each time for many students. “I’ve been in it for four years and each year becomes more fun,” senior Margaret Morgan said. “I’ve always loved skiing and [the] winter.” Every year the club takes an overnight trip for juniors and seniors only. It is a trip that has created many memories and many friendships. This year there are no specific changes but many improvements to their premises. Both Cascade and Wilmot mountain have allowed visitors to access longer trails by implementing new chair lifts. “No changes to the trip,” club sponsor Cris Crook said. “Cascade and Wilmot have both made multi-million

dollar upgrades to their mountains and facilities, and we are very excited to check out the improvements.” Snowboard and ski club allows students to join beginning December 15, during a meeting where they provide snow cones for students during seminar. “We host a snow cone party for new members and returning members,” Morgan said. “If you turn in your papers before Thanksgiving you get a free hat.” New members are encouraged to go to this event during seminar to get an understanding of what the clubs activities are and any requirements that they may have. “People should definitely join even if they don’t have experience with either skiing or snowboarding,” senior Stephanie Peric said. “It’s a great experience and I can’t wait for this year’s trips.” Photo Courtesy of Erin Fitzgerald

Author Eric Weiner gives presentation at RMHS GRACE DOLLIA Features Editor In a partnership with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Rolling Meadows High School was able to host a bonafide author of one of the summer reading books to give a presentation to students. This is now the third year in a row that the school was able to organize this opportunity for the students. Earlier this month, “the Geography of Genius” New York Times Bestselling author Eric Weiner came and spoke to students during their English classes. “Geography of Genius” was written by Weiner as a way to re-evaluate the definition of genius. Throughout the book, Weiner recounts the international journey that he took in order to discover when and where in history the most creative genius flourished. To discover this answer,

Weiner traveled to specific locations that are historically significant for producing geniuses: Vienna, Florence, Athens, Hangzhou and Silicon Valley. “Really, a genius is someone who is creative and makes that creative leap,” Weiner explained during his presentation. “It’s not just someone who is talented. The question I set out to answer in this book was ‘What the heck was in the water in those places and can we bottle it?’” Weiner continued the presentation by not only summarizing the main points from “The Geography of Genius,” but also providing deeper background information on why he chose each of the places he went, what he did when he arrived there and how his opinion on genius changed with what he discovered. Many sophomores, juniors and seniors were required to read “The Geography of Genius” over summer break. Students who

viewed the presentation were thankful that they were able to have the opportunity to hear the author speak to them first-hand. “I think having Eric Weiner come to our school did give me a better aspect of the book,” sophomore Elise Kowalski said. “When I was reading it, I found it very interesting, but I didn’t understand why he chose to travel the world looking for what makes a genius. Having the author of any book come in is just a great experience all around, but I think after having Eric Weiner come in, it really helped me understand the book and his thought process and actions.” Even students who did not particularly enjoy the book the first time they read it benefited from the experience. “It was kind of cool that Eric Weiner came to our school,” sophomore Ethan Check said. “I didn’t love his book all that much, but he gave us an insight that

the book really couldn’t have. He seemed genuinely interested in geniuses, and it made for a pretty interesting presentation.” English teacher Alicia Rafacz also agreed that Eric Weiner’s appearance proved advantageous for the students who had the opportunity to hear him. “It makes the reading more important and authentic,” Rafacz said. “What a better way than to talk to a person whose book we are reading? Research shows that student engagement during such visits promotes habits of their reading for enjoyment later in life.” Along with “The Geography of Genius”, Weiner has written two other critically acclaimed books. He currently writes a column for BBC Travel and his work can be seen in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and several other publications.

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Each month, Editor-in-Chief Sam Svoboda reviews a recently-released film from his high horse. This month: “Arrival.”

Grade: Sam Svoboda Editor-in-Chief “Arrival” is rare type of sci-fi movie in that it’s not self-satisfied with how it blows your mind. It’s slow about it. More subtle. Its most dramatic moments are punctuated with silence, not a booming score. Its characters are quiet and competent scientists and linguists, not supposedly charismatic loudmouths with plasma pistols. The movie takes place at the research site of an extraterrestrial spacecraft in Montana—one of 12 “shells” that mysteriously touched down on Earth. Like the film, the spacecrafts are minimalist. They’re just large, slick, black objects surrounded by a cluster of research and military buildings. The film’s protagonist, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams), is a linguist hired by the government to interpret the language of

the heptapods, an alien race somewhere between regular old giant squids and Cthulhu. She works with Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to crack the alien code. “Arrival” does a good job of making the slow process of translating this language fascinating; the logical problems that come with interpreting an alien language are addressed and worked through. In one scene in particular, Louise explains the difficulty of getting to the one question the researchers are trying to ask the heptapods: what is your purpose on Earth? To do that, Louise explains, the researchers need to collect vocabulary in order to understand the answer, make sure they know what a question is and clarify several grammatical quirks inherent to English. Watching Louise work through these problems is fascinating. The plot of “Arrival” also has implications for the modern world. Louise is racing against the opinion of the public,

as more and more people perceive the aliens as a threat rather than a benefit to humanity. Our heroes are figuring out vocabulary words as the world prepares for war. “Arrival” makes a statement about how people are more interested in blind hate than blind faith. The movie almost does Christopher Nolan better than Christopher Nolan does. There is an elaborate twist, but it’s not all conveniently explained at the very end to a booming Hans Zimmer song. Instead, the twist is slowly unwound, incorporating both foreshadowing and character in its explanation. This is all from Denis Villeneuve, the director of “Prisoners” and “Sicario,” so it’s no surprise that “Arrival” handles character well. What’s surprising is that it handles all the other elements that go into a sci-fi movie of this ambition just as effortlessly. “Arrival,” is a film about language, time,

modern politics, love and aliens. What’s remarkable is that “Arrival” is able to take on all those things and still feel perfectly streamlined. It’s all that can be seen in Amy Adams’s remarkable performance—subtle, yet monumental; quiet, yet piercing. “Arrival” is rated PG-13 for the only dropping one F-bomb and is available at the same exact theater you always go for movies because that’s how it works.

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SNOOP’S SCOOP Each month, Sports Editor Anup Patel gives his take on local dining. This issue: Napoli Pizza vs Papa Saverios Anup Patel Sports Editor In the battle of pizza, which restaurant deserves your money? Let’s find out. At RMHS, there are two popular pizza-by-the-slice vendors: Napoli Pizza and Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria. Both are quite similar, but there is a definite winner after comparing the two pizza heavyweights. Napoli Pizza is definitely the more popular of the two, lying between Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Hersey. On the other hand, Papa Saverio’s comes in as the the underdog in this matchup. Most people look to “Nap’s,” as it is affectionately referred to by customers, as the only place for pizza-by-the-slice variety and have never even heard of Papa Sav’s. In terms of proximity, Palatine’s Napoli Pizza is around 12 minutes away, while Papa Sav’s, in Rolling Meadows itself, is a mere eight minutes away. So, absolutely famished and ready to demolish some tomato and cheese goodness, I scooped up my fellow editors—senior Sahil Shah and sophomore Brendan Brady—and headed out for a tasty bite to eat. Our first

destination was Napoli Pizza, which is tucked away on the corner of Rohlwing and Palatine Road. To keep things fair, we kept it simple, ordering standard cheese pizza from both venues. Once our pizza was served, we headed back to the car with our hot styrofoam containers in hand. For $2.50 a slice, we were hoping that the slices were not tiny, and we were not disappointed; Napoli’s is known for serving some of the biggest slices around. Taking our first bites, we all immediately noticed the doughiness of the crust. The crust had more of a chew than a crunch, and to complement it, Napoli Pizza spread a generous amount of their savory, sweet sauce on the pie. We loved the sauce so much that when the pizza suddenly went dry in the middle, it broke our hearts. The sauce was the best part of the entire slice, but all of a sudden, the pizza became bone-dry in the middle. The distribution of sauce wasn’t even, and while it was plentiful at the top and near the middle, there was a large drop-off in the amount of marinara towards the center. The lack of a “cheese-pull” was something that I certainly didn’t find appealing. Good cheese is distinguished by how far the cheese pulls away from the pizza. However, the absence of gooey cheese was probably

because the pizza, while kept warm under hot lamps, was not right out of the oven. After more than a couple of wrong turns (Shah’s iPhone got us almost completely lost), we finally arrived at Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria on Euclid and Plum Grove Road. Again, we each ordered slices of cheese pizza, which were $3.00 a slice, and $6.00 for two slices and a drink. In terms of value, Papa Sav’s wins out. The slices were about the same size as Nap’s, so the two were about even on that front. However, the crust was significantly less doughy, which allowed the flavor of the cheese to come out. In fact, while Nap’s crust was slightly floppy, Papa Sav’s crust was thin and crispy. One aspect that wasn’t as good as Nap’s was the sauce on the slice. While the sauce certainly wasn’t a deal breaker, the semi-sweet taste of Napoli Pizza’s marinara was a tad superior. To their credit, however, Papa Sav’s sauce was evenly and uniformly distributed throughout the sauce, which was something Nap’s slice lacked. Overall, Shah and I thought that Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria was the winner in both value and quality. Brady disagreed, saying that Nap’s “doughiness factor” gave it the victory. Whatever the case, both are excellently priced choices for a tasty lunch or a late meal.


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Investigating talent: RMHS V-Show 2016 10 emcees, one show Brendan Brady Entertainment Editor

Brendan Brady Entertainment Editor For a while now, senior Mary Donlon and junior Caroline Smith have been eager to return to tap dancing. This week, they will finally get their chance performing their act, “Tap Queens,” in this year’s Investigation V-Show. From preschool until eighth grade, Donlon and Smith danced at McDonald Dance Academy in Arlington Heights and have 20 years of tap dancing experience between the two of them. Having pursued other extracurricular activities in high school, the two began to miss the activity they long enjoyed. “We both really like tap dancing, and we hadn’t done it in a while,” Smith said. “We wanted to really showcase our talent.” When V-Show individual act auditions came around early this month, the duo made a last minute decision to try out. Despite their lack of extensively prepared choreography,

Variety Show Director Reggie Good was forgiving. “This is literally what we said: we don’t have anything really prepared, but these are our skills,” Smith said. “So if you like them, we’ll make something.” When choosing Donlon and Smith’s act, Good liked that it was something unique; in her time as director there had only been one other tap dancer. “We’ve had [a] tap dance, but it was years ago and it was a tap solo,” Good said, “So to have two people working together – and it’s so cute because how they took tap when they were little kids together – It’s a nice story behind it.” What they eventually came up with was a hybrid of their own choreography and what they remembered from their tap dancing lessons, all of it in step with a Pink Panther theme song remix blaring over the speakers. “We wanted it to be high energy and have fun with it,” Donlon said. “We wanted to reflect our personalities in the dance.”

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RMHS’s Variety Show will have 10 emcees for this year’s investigation-themed production, a departure from the usual two or three. Due to the large number of emcees, half will perform in act one and the other half will perform in act two, with each emcee performing as a character from the Scooby Doo cartoons to coincide with the Investigation theme. This unusual choice was due to a number of factors. The Scooby Doo theme was decided after Tech Crew created a mystery machine set for the emcees, and V-Show Director Reggie Good went into the audition expecting to cast five studentsone for each main cast member. But after an unexpectedly large turnout, Good changed her mind. “We had a record-breaking amount of kids try out for emcee,” Good said. “It was just ridiculous. We had such a great turnout.” The emcee’s job is to introduce each act while sprinkling in humor throughout the show, and to carry the overarching

narrative set up at the beginning of the show. Of the 10 emcees, eight are seniors. Though many of them have been involved in past V-Shows, a few, like senior Brian Leers who plays Scooby in the first act, are new to acting and to the V-Show in general. “I was actually recommended to try out for [the role of emcee] by [senior Continuity student director] Mary Donlon,” Leers said. “I thought it would be fun for my senior year before I hit the road.” Acting was also a new experience for senior Bella Baldassano, though she’s not new to theater at RMHS. Baldassano, who plays act one Velma, has been student director for many productions at RMHS, including last year’s winter play, “7 Ways to Say I Love You.” and last spring’s musical “Legally Blonde” “I’ve been student director for five shows now, so I wanted to actually be involved in [v-show],” Baldassano said. To see the emcees in all their Scooby Doo grooviness, come to see the Investigation V-Show tonight or tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 and are being sold during ‘A’ and ‘B’ lunches.

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Girl power: RMHS Dance Troupe rehearses the Dance Troupe Jazz Ensemble, which has a sassy vibe and is directed by seniors Sandra Ladzick and Hannah Murphy.

Dance troupe brings a variety of choreography, Strut like you mean it: incorporating crime, investigation themes Natalie D’Souza Opinions Editor Every dancer can remember their first ballet or jazz class, the first time they went on stage, the first time they heard that roar of applause from an audience. As one grows older and times moves on, some may move away from this interest of being in the limelight; however, the Rolling Meadows High School Dance Troupe allows any student to be part of a stage production, reviving that passion for the spotlight they once cherished as a child. Members of the group partake in a three dance ensemble at the Rolling Meadows High School Variety Show. Dance Troupe is a school-sponsored club that focuses on including all types of dancers in a student-choreographed production. There is a jazz, a modern and a finale dance. All dances are choreographed by the Troupe’s four senior directors Sandra Ladzik, Anna Martens, Hannah Murphy and Stephanie Peric, under the supervision of V-Show directors Reggie Good and Kate McNally. With a total of 50 members, this program has an inclusive mix of both the school’s Orchesis members and regular students. “The philosophy with Dance Troupe has always been that we want to see different fresh faces,” Good said. Senior Erin Fitzgerald, a two-year Dance Troupe member, is involved in a wide variety of extracurriculars

including the debate team and snowboard and ski club, but she is not involved in any other from of dance groups. “I wanted to try something new,” Fitzgerald said. “I have always enjoyed dancing and Dance Troupe seemed perfect to get back into something that I really love.” During the Troupe’s tryouts, the directors were looking for confidence, flexibility and variety. The team’s unique mix of dancers allows for the Troupe to highlight a wide array of dance techniques and styles. “Dance is that kind of art form where the more diversity of dancers you have, the better group you will have, and they each bring something to the table so we are able to cash in on that,” Good said. “We like diversity. We like having different people; we really don’t need them all to look and dance alike.” Even with the wide range of talent, the Troupe did struggle to find a way to incorporate their dances into the V-Show’s unique theme: mystery and investigation. “This theme of investigation and crime is very different from anything we have ever done,” Martens said. “It challenged all of the Dance Troupe directors. We had to think of new, creative ways to portray the messages in each dance.” This year’s Troupe differs greatly from last year’s light and airy dance theme: a mix of “Mission Impossible” crime and “Suicide Squad” darkness make up this year’s

choreography. “For the modern dance it has a darker, mysterious feel and the jazz is kind of a ‘I know something you don’t’ mystery,’” Murphy said. The Dance Troupe modern piece, directed by Peric and Martens, is a very athletic dance. It involves the idea of running away from a crime while trying to emit the eeriness and confidence of D.C. comic book character Harley Quinn. The Dance Troupe jazz ensemble, directed by Ladzik and Murphy, includes sassier movements and darker dance styles. The finale showcases all 50 members and is choreographed based upon the classic crime songs from “Kim Possible”, “Scooby Doo”, “Goosebumps” and “Mission Impossible.” With darker colored costumes and chilling stylistic choreography, the Dance Troupe directors aimed to create an environment of investigation and crime to really portray the show’s theme. With the Troupe’s unique take on this year’s unconventional theme, they have become a must-see in the Variety Show. See the Dance Troupe perform tonight and tomorrow, Nov. 18 and 19, and get involved in the investigation. It would be a crime to miss it.

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Shah on sports: Sahil Shah Copy Editor Early last morning, representatives from 29 Major League Baseball teams gathered together to sign a petition addressed to Commissioner Rob Manfred, pleading for the indefinite suspension of the entire Chicago Cubs roster. This suspension, proposed to be “enacted immediately,” would disqualify the team from regular season and postseason contention for a minimum of another 108 years. “Problem is, they’re too good now,” St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said when asked about the streaking Cubs. “For god’s sake, it’s not fair to the rest of [the MLB].” One American League team representative declared angrily that the Cubs were “not supposed to be a problem for at least another year.” American League teams, who faced the Cubs a mere 18 times during the 162-game season, are still “shaking in their cleats at the prospect of potentially facing the Cubs in a 2017 World Series matchup,” an insider claims. The Cubs, currently the odds-on favorite to win the World Series next year, came under fire last season when they banned all goats from entering Wrigley Field. The

Copy Editor Sahil Shah reports on on Major League Baseball Iitigation

move, made in an effort to avoid a repeat of the notorious 1945 billy goat fiasco, was met with anger by several animal care organizations, namely PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and GAS (Goats Against Segregation).

“Have you ever looked into Kris Bryant’s eyes? They’re so beautiful that I forget how to speak, let alone remember how to throw a slider.” -Arizona Diamondback Pitcher Zack Greinke

In a press conference, GAS president Sav da Gotz described the action as “ludicrous,” claiming that the organization will continue to pursue this matter in court, willing to “take it all the way to the Supreme Court” if need be. “Remember a little court case called Brown v. Board of Education?” da Gotz said. “Goat v. Wrigley Field will be the landmark case of this generation, mark my words.” Opposing pitchers have also reportedly had enough and are willing to go on strike to show the Commissioner that they aren’t messing around. “I’ve had nightmares about the entire batting order,”

Arizona Diamondbacks ace pitcher Zack Greinke said. “Have you ever looked into Kris Bryant’s eyes? They’re so beautiful that I forget how to speak, let alone remember how to throw a slider. It definitely should be illegal to have eyes so blue and so piercing.” If the suspension is not enacted, Greinke is threatening to sue the league for an unsafe work environment. Greinke isn’t the only pitcher to publicly announce his unwillingness to pitch against the Cubs. One unnamed pitcher reportedly burst into tears when describing the “stressful process of picking straws” in order to determine who would be taking the mound. After picking the unlucky straw and forced to face the Cubs, this unnamed pitcher added that the reason he pitched poorly was because of “his poor, broken back” and yelling that “the only person to understand his feelings was Joe Buck.” In other news, WGN (channel nine) has officially cancelled the sitcom “Grandpa and Rizz,” even after the show rewceived record-shattering ratings in its inaugural season. A spin-off romantic comedy, titled “Bryzzo and Baessul,” is reportedly in the works, with a pilot premiering sometime in April of 2017. The official cast is still being finalized, so stay tuned for any new casting additions.

Varsity swimming excels with young group of freshmen Grace Dollia Features Editor After an almost 13-week-long season, the Rolling Meadows High School girls swimming team finished their year at the IHSA Sectional Swim Meet at Stevenson High School last Saturday. The team swam in a combined 28 individual and relay events, which all resulted in either season or lifetime bests for the girls; however, this type of success did not come without an immense amount of hard work and preparation. “We have been preparing for this meet all season,” sophomore Kayla Anagnostopoulos said. “With all of the time and effort we put in at practice all season, the main goal is to get a best time at sectionals. A week before Sectionals, we start to taper and practice gets easier so we aren’t sore for Sectionals and we are able to get a best time.” In addition to vigorous practicing, the team also has some specific traditions that they follow in order to prepare for the sectionals meet. “To the non-swimmer, it is an odd ritual,” Head Coach Monika Chiappetta said. “The girls do not shave their legs all season, then they shave the day before the taper meet. This is scientifically proven to reduce drag and aid in making them faster.” This year’s team had members from every grade at Meadows; in fact, some of the most significant victories were earned by freshmen, which is rarely a grade that competes on the varsity level, no matter the sport. “Everyone this year contributed a lot to the team, but we had some underclassmen who not only came in fast, but also showed a great deal of dedication and helped us win points at Conference and Sectionals,” senior Emily Walters said. “Our freshmen,

Jenna Pors, Sydney Mayer and Abby Wiltse worked extremely hard, and I’m excited to hear about what they accomplish in the next three years.” Placing 10th at Sectionals in the butterfly event, Pors in particular was an integral player to the team and had an especially successful season. “When the season started, I was so excited for my first high school sport and to be meeting so many new people,” Pors said. “It was a lot of hard work, but we all had fun together in the pool and out of the pool. I’m very sad that the seniors won’t be back next year, but I’m looking forward to improving each year and to have more great seasons with everyone.” Chiappetta reiterated the strong impact that the team’s four graduating seniors have made during their time in the pool. “I could not be more proud of these 11 girls for all that they accomplished not only [at Sectionals] but all season,” Chiappetta said. “We are very sad to say goodbye to our seniors [Grace Nykol, Teresa Perille, Walters and Betsy Zanocco], but I can’t wait to see what the returning swimmers will do next year.” Despite the many physical and mental challenges the team experienced throughout the season, they depended on their passion, dedication and talent, which ultimately permitted them to end on a strong note. “High school swimming has been one of my favorite parts of my high school experience,” Walters said. “[The Sectional meet] was a great end to my swimming career because of how well we did as a team and what I achieved individually.” Going into next year’s season, the team will have seven returning athletes who will continue dedicating their offseason to the sport either through individual practice or involvement in an additional swim team outside of school.



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Division I College Commitments

Student: Katherine Nolan Sport: Basketball Position: Forward/Center Team: Meadows Mustangs

The Pacer recognizes recent Division I recruits

School: Loyola University Chicago

Each year, high school seniors around the nation commit to playing a sport in college. This issue, we recognize three seniors — Zach Klancnik, Katherine Nolan and Patrick Yim — who have excelled and displayed leadership in their respective sports. Playing for the school team or extracurricular club teams, these talented athletes have caught the eyes of Division I scouts. Division I teams have complex scheduling, attendance and financial aid requirements. These teams are the highest level of college atheltics among the four divisions. Recently, they have committed to universities where they will advance their athletics and education. Balancing educational priorities and athletic obligations can be a struggle, but these distinguished students are well equipped to face the many hurdles that come with college.

“I chose Loyola because of its national academic reputation, Jesuit education and the fact that it is located in Chicago. I chose to continue my basketball career at Loyola because the coaching staff and team are amazing, and I couldn’t picture myself playing basketball anywhere else. I am very blessed to have this opportunity. I knew I wanted to keep playing basketball because basketball has been a huge part of my life since I was 7, and I couldn’t imagine not being able to play in college. My mom sparked my interest in basketball because she was a multi-sport athlete and she always told me basketball was her favorite.”

Student: Patrick Yim

Student: Zachary Klancnik

Sport: Soccer

Sport: Soccer

Position: Midfield

Position: Center/Outside Back

Team: Sockers F.C.

Team: Sockers F.C.

School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Growing up, I watched Big Ten college basketball all the time and wanted to play for a Big Ten team. The combination of good soccer team and coaches, academic prestige of the school and the social environment made Wisconsin the best fit for me. I’ve always wanted to play in college but wasn’t sure I’d be good enough. Soccer runs through my family. My dad and uncle both played college soccer for Loyola University of Chicago, so it was always a goal for me to play college soccer like them. I would love to play professionally if possible, but if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be very well off in the working world with a degree from Madison.”

“The campus is beautiful and has great opportunities in the business school. I really like the coaching staff and players and can see myself working with them everyday. I knew it was a possibility when I started playing academy, but I decided I wanted to do it junior year when the recruiting process really began. Once coaches started contacting me I knew I wanted to play. I started to play when I was really young, like everyone, and just stuck with it over the years. My dad played soccer in college, so he always coached me when I was younger and drove me to get better. I would love to play beyond college and, if given the opportunity, in the MLS or in Europe. My goal for college is to win a Big Ten championship and compete in the NCAA tournament for a National Championship.”

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The best in Meadows history Anna Czulno Online Editor-in-Chief

Sam SvobodaE The Mustangs ended their playoff run last weekend with a quarterfinal loss against Benet Academy in the State Playoffs. Despite the defeat, this year’s team is still the only football team in Rolling Meadows history to go 9-0 in the regular season and advance to the quarterfinals in the State Playoffs. The road to State first began when they played the Thornwood High School Thunderbirds. Key interceptions by the Mustang defense helped them secure a large lead in the first half and even though the Thunderbirds were able to score two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs were still able to eliminate the Thunderbirds from playoff contention. The final score was 44-12. “We were really excited at halftime, so we were all positive after the half,” senior Charlie Cox said. “When we started playing again, we were pumped up so that gave us momentum for our next games too.”

The next roadblock the Mustangs went up against was Lincoln-Way Central High School. This was the first game of the season where the team only had a small lead going into the second half of the game. Senior Nick Delporte batted down a would-be-touhdown pass late in the third quarter, allowing the Mustangs to keep a three point lead. After a game-sealing interception by junior Willis Goodwin late in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs scored another touchdown to put the Knights away for good. The final score was 23-13. Last week’s game ended the team’s chance for a State title. Benet Academy’s strong defense shut out the Mustangs dynamic offense, who failed to convert in the red zone, despite reaching it four times. Senior Kevin Haltman did return an interception, scoring the Mustang’s only touchdown. After, senior Kevin Lacosse ran into the end zone for a two point conversion. Despite the heartbreaking loss to Benet Academy, Lacosse was very happy with how the team played, and he believes that their ability to cope with defeat will only bring them closer

together as brothers. “We came to the realization that we weren’t going to see each other everyday anymore, so it made us want to spend our free time with each other,” Lacosse said. Head Coach Matt Mishler credits the Mustang defense for allowing the team to have such a strong regular season and playoff run. “I think our defense has kind of been the catalyst of this team for the entire year,” Mishler said. “They’ve pretty much shut everybody down with how they’ve played, and they’re just an amazing unit.” Mishler also believes that without the leadership of senior captains Delporte, Haltman, Lacosse and Asher O’Hara, the team would not have been as successful as they were. “There’s just a lot of great leadership on this team, and you can’t really measure their contributions to the team,” Mishler said. While this year’s football season is over, the Mustangs have left a long-legacy, shaping the future of the Mustangs

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November issue  
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