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North outranks Central in Newsweek’s top 500 schools Principal Bill Wiesbrook was optimistic about the ranking. “I’m proud to see that Naperville Central is in the top 100 in the entire country,” Wiesbrook said. For Wiesbrook, the difference between number 58 and number 95 is negligible. “I looked at the whole country and they’re taking every high school and assigning them a rank […] I didn’t see it as that big of a gap,” he said. Timothy Wierenga, assistant superintendant for assessment and analytics, provided even more statistics. Although ACT scores have dipped this year, Central’s average is still 3.9 points higher than the national average and 4.2 points higher than the state’s. In addition, the gap between the ACT scores of the different races has diminished. According to Wiesbrook, the ultimate goal of a school is to provide a quality education. Numbers and rankings do not promise a good education, nor do they ensure a good high school experience. “When you’re in an environment where you feel comfortable and welcomed you want to learn and you want to succeed,” senior Madison Cahan said. “People learn in all different types of environments, but in all honesty Central is the place to be.” Cahan transferred from Central to North her sophomore year, and she reflected on the switch. “A lot of people think ‘the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but I’ll tell you from experience, it is,” Cahan CT said.
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5CENTRAL VS. NORTH: According to Newsweek’s top 500 high schools, Naperville North has surpassed Naperville Central by 37 schools.
District 203 and various news publications recently released statistics concerning the performance of Naperville Central and Naperville North. Newsweek posted it’s annual list of the top 500 high schools in the country, placing Naperville North at 58 and Naperville Central at 95. The Class of 2015’s average ACT score was 24.9, down from the previous year’s 25.2. According to the Chicago Tribune, Central’s PSAE scores dropped 1.8 percent last year. Jackie Thornton, the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Central, did not see these numbers as a cause for distress. According to Thornton, yearly test scores naturally fluctuate. According to Thornton, one year is not a trend. She commented on how close the gap in test scores are. “Because you’re dissecting the top schools in the whole country, even differences that aren’t statistically significant in terms of outcome for the students make a difference on the [Newsweek] list,” Thornton said. Thornton also explained one of the more ambiguous statistics: college readiness. College readiness is dependent on ACT scores. For every one of the four sections of the ACT, the College Board set a benchmark. A student must meet all four benchmarks in order to be considered “college ready.” In 2015, 55 percent of District 203 students were deemed college ready.
Administration has access to students’ Chromebook activity Alison Pfaff firstname.lastname@example.org Thousands of high school students in District 203 recently received a Chromebook after a year-long pilot and deliberation from the Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) Ecosystem Selection Team. With this new addition to the learning environment, various concerns have been raised regarding privacy, integrating digital assignments and becoming aware of digital citizenship. According to District 203’s DLI webpage, once students are logged on to their Chromebooks, the district has the right to review activity done under the domain name at school and at home. Some students, such as senior Kerri Donovan, feel the district is crossing a line in terms of privacy. “I think it’s creepy,” Donovan said. “I mean, I use [the Chromebook] mostly for school [and] I use my home computer or my iPad for anything else, but it’s like someone being able to see into your room through the blinds. I should be able to be on the computer and not be questioned on what I’m doing.” Math teacher David Sladkey, a DLI committee member, thinks that monitoring activity is necessary to fix any problems that could occur. “It’s kind of like [the security camer-
as], because they’re doing it in case there are problems,” Sladkey said. “Nobody has time to actively look at what people are doing, but if there was a fight, they go back and look at the videos and I think that’s the same idea. Sladkey thinks that the district monitors for safety reasons, to prevent students from getting into trouble. “If there was a problem, the student maybe was trying to hack or something, they can look back and say ‘okay this student was doing this, this [and] this and [solve the problem].” The distribution of the Chromebooks has prompted the discussion of digital citizenship and being responsible with both academic and social uses. Math teacher Tim Carlson has made a point to talk about the issue in his classroom. “Part of the DLI [is] digital citizenship, so that’s something I’ve been talking about in my classrooms as far as what’s appropriate to put online, whether it be academically or socially,” Carlson said. “If you’re putting something on there academically, cite your source. If you’re putting something on there socially, be aware that that’s going to be out there forever.” Donovan also says that she finds it discouraging to see all of the websites the school’s Internet filters block.
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“A lot of sites even for learning are blocked just because they have a bad URL, which is very annoying,” Donovan said. “[In] Early Childhood [Development], we were looking up preschool themes and three of the sites were blocked because they didn’t have the right type of URL, and I was like ‘well this is actually for learning.’” The new technology the district has received will continue to evolve, and Sladkey believes that student feedback will be helpful for the future. “Especially now, at the beginning of this process, I want to hear some feedback from students, because I know as a
teacher I have given them a lot of feedback, and they’ve listened.” Sladkey says this process will also continue to evolve, and the program will continue to change. Already, students like David Chen says the new Gmail system has become beneficial . Sophomore David Chen is satisfied with the benefits he has received along with his Chromebook. “I really like the integration of Google Drive and the school’s Gmail system and [the Chromebook] allows me to access school files that teachers CT put up,” Chen said.
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5PRIVACY PROBLEM: Fine arts teacher Chris Hodge observes students screens during Chromebook use in his class.
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Increased curricular technology usage prompts revsion to school cell phone policy Jessica Bogdan email@example.com Four deans from Naperville Central and Naperville North met on May 21 to discuss the new cell phone policy. The meeting resulted in a revised policy allowing students to be in possession of cell phones, earbuds and other electronic devices during the school day, while still prohibiting these items in classrooms unless told otherwise. Students are only allowed to use one earbud at a time, and appropriate use of cell phones and other devices is allowed during non-instructional times such as during passing periods, lunch periods and before and after school. Use of electronic devices to take, display or send images withut permission is prohibited throughout the course of the school day. “When we found out about the 1:1 program, the administration had a difficult decision to make,” Dean Mike Stock said. “If students can use their Chromebooks in the halls and throughout the school day, how can we tell them they can’t use their phones, and the answer is that we can’t. So [instead of continuing to fight the phone situation], it is more beneficial [to staff and students] to try and educate on these devices rather than prohibit their use. Many kids struggle to manage school, social lives and their media. Still, we can’t try and keep them all separate, so by changing the cell phone policy we are also integrating the idea of using devices appropriately, courteously and in a professional manner.” According to Stock, since a highly-publicized cheating scandal in 2012, the policies regarding cell phone like devices has been a touchy subject at Central, and a solution was needed, prompting the May cell phone meeting. Still, there are problems. “Being able to use our phones during school has [made it] so much easier to contact parents or whoever you need, [and it has] definitely decreased the [amount of talking] in the hallways,” senior Blake Wilcox said. “When we first started being able to use [our phones] in the lunch room, it was significantly quieter. Still, being able to use our phones constantly has definitely decreased face to face interaction. [Some students] don’t feel the need to talk to their friends in the halls because they can just do the same on their phones.” While there are ups and downs to the new cell phone policy, according to Stock, there is no single solution. “There is no best policy regarding cell phones,” Stock said. “But we are trying to find what’s best for us.” CT
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Robohawk mural in gymnasium possibly repainted
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5ROBOHAWK: Painted by artist Timm Etters, Naperville Central’s famous gym mural has been in the school since 1993. The mural is one of the two assets that stayed the same throughout the school’s renovations in 2008. Freja Sonnichsen
For 22 years, the student-dubbed “Robohawk” has watched over all events and activities from its place on the main gym wall. The mural is one of two left at Naperville Central after its renovations in 2008, but may not remain much longer. Due to three additional Dupage Valley Conference (DVC) school banners needing space where Robohawk is painted, the mural is at risk of being erased from the wall by the end of the season. Central currently displays six banners
in the main gym, each representing a school in DVC. However, Neuqua-, Metea- and Waubonsie Valley High School also joined our conference this year due to other schools dropping out. Though it is not required, the three new schools will all have Central’s banner on display, and therefore, Central will also display their school colors as well. “The conference has expanded to nine [schools], so we need the wall space, and the only available space right now would be the space where the Robohawk is,” Athletic Director Andy Lutzenkirchen said. “There’s no requirement for [hanging the banners], it’s just something that
most schools that are in a conference [do].” Both Lutzenkirchen and Principal Bill Wiesbrook have researched the mural to make sure it wasn’t made in dedication to a student, staff member or school event. Since they both found that that isn’t the case, they did not feel that painting it over would be an issue. “It’s not really our logo,” Lutzenkirchen said. “If it was the ‘N’ and the hawk, then we would see if we could work around it.” The Robohawk was made along with six other murals by artist Tim Etters in 1992, the same year that Central
switched its mascot from the Redskin to the Redhawk. According to Wiesbrook, it was supposed to help both Central and the Naperville community embrace their new mascot. “The athletic director and the principal at the time wanted a mural that was going to carry the Redhawks into the future, so they wanted something strong and powerful, but futuristic-looking at the same time,” Etters said. At the time, however, the murals were not well received, and Etters experienced multiple obstacles while painting them, including death threats from some parents. Due to the struggle it took to complete the murals, they have gained personal value for Etters, who is not pleased with the idea of painting over Robohawk. “I’m very disappointed that it’s being considered for painting over to put [up] something as temporary as [banners],” Etters said. “To just paint over it and erase an image that’s been a piece of the school now for 22 years or so just doesn’t make sense to me as a long-term solution.” Robohawk has acted as a source of inspiration for several artists, musicians and authors alike. According to Etters, Robohawk has been internationally acclaimed as well as featured in several art magazines in Europe. The mural has also lead to inspire musician Robert G. Ploska to compose a new age jazz album called “The Dropas: Breaking Through Walls” with 15 numbers on it. A book trilogy with the same title, “The Dropas” was written by Scott R. Etters, and even featured artwork by Timm Etters himself. Several T-shirts can be purchased online with either the “Dropas” logo or the Robohawk itself. Although Etters has created more than 300 murals in his time, most in Chicagoland area schools, he is proud of Robohawk and feels that it holds a
special value. However, according to Lutzenkirchen and Wiesbrook, current Central students do not feel the same way. “We have pulled kids from athletics and kids who aren’t in athletics, and no one has said ‘Oh my gosh, don’t [paint over Robohawk]!’,” Lutzenkirchen said. “A lot of people sometimes don’t even notice it anymore.” Junior Julia Zackey is part of the majority of students who does not feel that the mural has a significant place at Central anymore. “I really don’t care, I don’t think it would be that big of a deal if they painted over it,” Zackey said. “They probably worked really hard on it, but things change.” Although the final decision to paint over Robohawk hasn’t been made yet, Wiesbrook has begun to take steps to commemorate it. Photography and art teachers Gregg Padgett and Chris Hodge were asked by Wiesbrook to take a high quality photo of the Robohawk, which would then be displayed somewhere in the building. “I thought we could take the photo and put it somewhere else,” said Wiesbrook. “When I shared that with Timm Etters, he said he could come here and create [the image] somewhere in the building, like a smaller version of it.” According to Wiesbrook, Etters also offered to create an entirely new mural at Central. “I’m already thinking about that there are other spaces in the building where maybe some cool things could happen,” said Wiesbrook. This way, while Central is possibly losing one mural, the school may be CT gaining another. Emily Ware
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LINK study halls removed Naga Vivekanandan
Naperville Central’s 2015-2016 LINK Crew has removed its second-semester study hall. Prior to this decision, freshman students were obligated to attend LINK every Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday for both semesters. First semester, freshmen go to their LINK Crew classrooms during the first half of their lunch period and participate in teambuilding activities administered by their LINK Crew leaders. Second semester, freshmen were assigned to different LINK teachers and the first half of their lunch period was instead dedicated to doing homework or taking tests. However, freshmen no longer have secondsemester LINK Crew obligations Freshman Melissa Armstrong believes that the study hall portion of LINK Crew is unnecessary. “People like to do their homework at lunch or at the Academic Center to get help,” Armstrong said. “But they couldn’t receive that help at the LINK study hall since we had to be silent.” One of the biggest critiques of the LINK Crew study hall is that students did not benefit from it due
to the strict rules the teachers set. Senior Shruthi Mohan had FMP, the former Freshman Mentoring Program, when she was a freshman three years ago. However, according to Mohan, the study halls for both programs are conducted the same way. “It didn’t help me at all,” Mohan stated. “We were forced to be silent, so I couldn’t ask anyone for help on my homework. And they were so strict about getting passes to leave the room. My teacher barely let us go to the bathroom.” Armstrong also did not benefit from the study hall. “It didn’t necessarily help me because I had a study hall right before lunch,” she said. “I had already gotten my work done the period before, [so] it was a double study for me.” Now that the administration has removed the mandatory LINK Crew study hall from every schedule, Mohan believes the freshmen’s time will be put to better use. “When I had LINK study hall, I barely had time to finish my lunch,” she stated. “I’m glad the freshmen now don’t have to go through that. They can spend their time eating lunch and socializing instead of secretly doing the same thing in CT study hall.”
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5ARAMARK TAKES OVER: Aramark serves nutritious breakfast items to students and teachers every morning.
Aramark steps in as District 203’s new food provider Lindsey Pruett
Aramark replaced District 203’s previous food service, Sodexo, for the 2015-2016 school year. After two years, Sodexo ended its initial five year contract with the district subsequent to significant modifications within the company. “If [companies] feel that they can’t meet the obligation and still be profitable for the next year, they will say something has changed and we need [the district] to go back out to bid,” Carole Christensen, Director of Business and Support Servic-
es for District 203, said. “So we did, and unfortunately Sodexo was not the lowest qualifying bidder at that time.” During the winter of 2014, Sodexo requested District 203 to release bid due to company changes. As a result of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition requirements, Sodexo’s manufacturing costs exceeded its revenue. Combo meals are now $2.60, a price increase from previous years. The federal reimbursement school districts receive is higher than what the lunch services charge, requiring prices to increase at the minimum of a dime.
“The nutritional balance is still there,” Tammie Walsh, a manager at Aramark, said. District 203 school lunches still follow the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Aramark is now working with District 203 to sell coffee that follows nutrition guidelines, trying to offer options that students are familiar with, Christensen said. Coffee is sold every morning before school for $1. Free combo meals are still available for students who meet a certain economic criteria, according to the NSLP guidelines. Naperville Central’s website has an application for the program. CT
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IN BRIEF AUG. 21: Demonstrators from the group Abolish Human Abortion gathered around the Naperville Central campus holding signs containing graphic images of aborted fetuses. They were seen later that day as well as the next gathered on Jefferson St. in front of the Apple store. On Sunday, they were in front of Grace United Methodist Church on Gartner Rd. SEPT. 9: 600 District 203 support staff members will receive a retroactive salary increase as of July 1. Support staff is made up of teaching and instructional assistants, who are members of Naperville Education Support Professionals Association. Their new contract was ratified on Aug. 19.
SEPT. 10: The last man involved in the Naperville Apple store fraud has been sentenced to prison for 18 months. Richie D. Bengochea, 26, used stolen identification to obtain merchandise illegally from the store. SEPT. 10: The city of Naperville will be hiring a consultant to do an analysis of the of the current condition of the commercial core. The goal is to update the older stores in
SEPT. 19: The Naperville site for Dupage Children’s Museum will reopen on Sept. 19. The reopening is accompanied by the closing of the temporary site in Aurora. The site had to be repaired after a flood caused a pipe to burst in the building. Photo by Ben Erickson
District 203 renews waste contract
building handles it a little differently,” Ory said. “For some, the kids are pretty active in [recycling], in others it is all custodians.” District 203 recycles all materials that are allowed, except for styrofoam, which Waste Management does not accept because it is uneconomical for the company’s effort. District 203’s refuse contract goes up for bid every three years, and it is now currently in its third year, ending on July 1. “By recycling, we reduce the amount of waste we put into our garbage dumps, thereby reducing the size of the dumpster. We’re charged per yard [of garbage],” Steve Mathis, Director of Buildings and Grounds, said. Because of this, Waste Management handles recyclable material free of charge. According to Mathis, they even make a profit off of the maPhoto by Drew Quiriconi terials by selling it after it has been processed. 5TAKING OUT THE TRASH: In the back of the school, waste is organized into two conThe high schools are the greatest generators tainers: general garbage and recycling. of recycling in the district. While the elementhrough Waste Management, who handles tary school’s recycling is made up mostly of Drew Quiriconi both the recycling and miscellaneous garbage. paper and cardboard, the high schools include email@example.com There are two containers outside of Central for much more cans and plastic. both respective types of refuse. According to Mathis and Ory report that the only reason Every student has seen the blue bins that oc- Kevin Ory, the District Operations Manager that a janitor would mix recycling with garbage cupy each classroom, but not many know where for District 203, the recycling programs vary is if the recycling container is full, but other the actual recycling goes. from school to school. than that particular situation, there would be no CT District 203’s refuse program is handled “It’s kind of a building based program. Each reason for them to.
The landscape of 75th St. and Naper Blvd. has changed in the past month due to construction work. The City of Naperville has approved plans for a new subdivision with 42 single-family homes. The 23-acre project will be named “Heatherfield Subdivision.” K Hovnanian, the company commissioning the building process, has created communities all over the U.S. The company previously worked on Arbor Trails in Lisle, though has never built in the Naperville area before. The new subdivision will affect the city of Naperville in various ways, for each of which an individual city department is making preparations. Some aspects have raised concerns, including width of entrances, overcrowded schools and the and overworking of the Utility Department. “[Heatherfield Subdivision] can create more traffic and encap schools, that’s why [departments] conduct a comprehensive review of the project,” Community Planner Erin Vernard said. Each department issues a statement expressing support or opposition to the proposed project, which Vernard oversees. The individual city departments that review this type of building project include the Transportation, Engineering and Development (TED) Business Group, the Fire Department, the Department of Public Utilities along with the Park District and the School District. According to a city council document, Naperville was required to pay $137,417 to create a right of way dedication for traffic flow out of Heatherfield. The subdivision may cause a slight increase in traffic due to its placement on busy streets. Area Vice President of K Hovnanian Ray Blankenship feels it is difficult for the project to have negative effects. “Especially in Naperville, a large,well-established city, they don’t let builders put a new community in if it would have a negative effect,” Blankenship said. He praised subdivisions such as Heatherfield for updating utilities and providing added housing. “Short-term benefits are bringing more construction jobs and long term [benefits are] bringing added housing,” Vernard said. Due to the extensive review of the project, the City of Naperville is prepared to absorb the effects CT of the new housing development.
Central facilities obsolete, repurposed due to Chromebooks Maya Fenter
As a part of the Digital Learning Initiative, District 203 has provided all of its high school students with their own Chromebook to use throughout the 2015-16 school year. Students are expected to carry their Chromebook with them during the school day to use during class time. Now that all students have their own devices, the Writing Center, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and other computer labs have been adapted to be more beneficial to students and faculty. “The need for a teacher to take [his or her] students to a [computer] lab no longer exists,” Technology Integration Specialist Brett Thompson said. “We’ve decentralized the need for [computer] labs and we’ve empowered every student by putting a Chromebook in their hands.” The Writing Center, now called the Testing Center, has gotten rid of its 30 desktop computers and instead is a place for students to make up tests for any class before, during or after school. Writing Center Assistant Dee Barua believes that the repurposed Writing Center will be more valuable to students and teachers. “When the Writing Center was here it was a wonderful thing to have,” Barua said. “But as things evolve and change, now that students
have their own Chromebooks, I think we’ve made a very good transition to the all-school Testing Center.” All of the desktop computers in the LRC except the one Mac computer have been replaced with Chromebook charging stations. District 203’s technology team has also removed the computers in the Flex Lab, the Sketchpad Lab and the Academic Center. The team also got rid of roughly half of Central’s laptop carts, according to Thompson. The only computer labs and laptop carts that were kept are those for the science, Career and Technical Education and Special Ed departments. “[Science, Career and Technical Education and Special Ed] are the three areas where we see the most specialized software that...isn’t compatible with the Chromebook yet,” Thompson said. Central’s old desktop computers and laptops are considered district assets and were sent back to the district for redeployment to area middle schools. Thompson believes that teachers benefit from relying less on computer labs. “Teachers reserving a lab, walking their students down to that lab, missing that instructional time...that’s all gone now,” Thompson said. “[Having the Chromebooks] minimizes instructional loss time and maximizes [student] engagement.” In the next couple of weeks, Thompson expects the monitors connected to the
printer kiosks to be removed, though students are still able to print papers to the kiosks as well as to the printers in the LRC, Testing Center or any of the 30 throughout
the building. The CAI Lab will eventually be reallocated to better fit student and teacher needs, however no CT definite plans are in place at this time.
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5HERE TO STAY: The addition of the Chromebooks have caused the removal of many desktop computers in the LRC, Testing Center and other locations. However, all of the printers remain for students to print papers from their devices.
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Students from Naperville Central spent their summers helping those in need, traveling to third world countries with church groups to aid the impoverished
Comayagua, Hondouras Michael Affatato
attend my own when I get the chance,” Brant said. She had many jobs she had to take on while she was there. “I helped install latrines, assisted in a dental clinic, helped teach English classes and, we installed water filters since their drinking water is very unsanitary,” Brant said. Brant says there were many good things that came from the challenges of this trip, such as meeting new people and helping others. But, one thing stood out the most to her was how excessive she could be. “I realized how much I take for granted and how much I waste, like letting the faucet run if I’m not using it,” Brant said. There are opportunities all over Naperville to join mission trips that travel the country and world to help those in need. CT
Spending some of your summer building bathrooms probably doesn’t sound ideal to most people, but to Naperville Central Senior Jennifer Brant and the Good Shepherd Church it was a chance to give back to those in need. Brant traveled 4,707 miles to Comayagua, Honduras during Aug. 1-8 as part of a mission trip. “Other than my Dad, I did not know anyone.” Brant said. She had multiple influences to bring her on this trip. “I really like helping other people and I have never left the country and my mom went on one last year to Guatemala and said it was a ‘life changing experience’ and that I should
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8PICTURESQUE: Those who attended the trip to El Salvador had this mountain view from their hotel.
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La Reforma, El Salvador Naina Prasad
This summer, senior Maddie Wrobel dedicated seven days to helping the people of the small village of La Reforma, El Salvador. She embarked on this journey with 15 students and four adult leaders from Willow Creek Community Church. This group started its journey thinking they were going to build latrines for the community, but due to a landslide two weeks prior to their arrival, plans changed and they built two houses for the homeless instead. “One of the families had sticks with tarp over it. A guy, his wife, and 3 of his kids basically lived…with a makeshift house,” Wrobel said. Wrobel recalls the most kind woman she met was a recently widowed 83 year old woman who was having difficulty putting food on her table. Many of the families were struggling to make
ends meet, and they all showed their gratitude to the students. “They called us their family; we had a big impact on them,” Wrobel said. The organization they worked with is called Enlace, and it set the foundation of the entire trip by providing the American teens with translators and step by step instructions. The conditions were enough to make a lasting impact on Wrobel, but she says the people of the community are what made the overall experience life changing. “We’re so privileged here. It was really tough to see someone who doesn’t have much,” Wrobel said. “We can go build houses, but we can’t fix that all over the world.” Wrobel decided to start this program because of her interest in making a difference around the world. She believes by gaining these experiences in poverty stricken countries, she will be better prepared to carry out her dream of teaching in a third world country. CT
wSUMMER MEMORIES: Stephanie Robinson, Zack Pradel and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on their mission trip to Haiti (left). Maddie Wrobel and the Student Impact at Willow Creek Community Church in El Salvador, where they built houses for those in need (right).
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti Naga Vivekanandan
For most students, the words “spring break” mean Cancun, swimsuits and getting a great tan. However, seniors Stephanie Robinson and Zack Pradel spent their spring break in a place slightly south of Mexico: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. In March and April 2014, Robinson and Pradel traveled with their high school youth group from Our Saviours Lutheran Church. The organization was called Praying Pelican Missions, a Christian group that focuses on leading shortterm mission trips to several different countries, including Haiti.
According to Robinson, Our Saviours had started building a church in 2009. In 2014, the group finally finished. “It was amazing to be able to worship in this church,” Robinson said. “It was incredible to see how far we’d come.” Building the church consisted of moving buckets of cement and heavy bricks. Robinson said that it was very hard labor, especially in the excruciatingly hot weather. But according to both seniors, it was well worth it. “It was awesome to point at aspects and say, ‘I helped build that,’” Pradel said. Once the church was finished, the youth
group members built a playground for the children. “Although the work was hard, many people from the community jumped in to help us and made it much more meaningful and fun for us,” Robinson said. Both Robinson and Pradel stated that the most rewarding part of the trip was getting to interact with the children. Since Robinson had gone on the trip twice, the best part was getting to see the children she had seen the first year. “The first year I went, I spent a few hours holding a baby,” Robinson stated. “This past year, I saw a little girl trying to walk and instantly I knew it was the same little girl. It’s crazy how
the little things can be so impactful.” For Pradel, the most rewarding part was the realization of the cultural difference between the United States and Haiti. “It amazed me how most of those kids had little to no technology, air conditioning, or toys,” he said. “But they were so unbelievably joyful that it really struck a chord with me.” Both Robinson and Pradel enjoyed the trip immensely. Robinson even stated that, if she got another chance, she would do it again. “Everyone should have the opportunity to go to a third world country and experience the culture,” Robinson said. “There’s nothing like experiencing true happiness.” CT
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Sahi Padmanabhan FOMO is for real It was about two months ago I realized that my own life was heavily dependent on my late-night sessions of obsessively refreshing Instagram and watching every single 300-second Snapchat story. At that time I was in India and the internet connection wasn’t great, so I told myself that I was going to save myself the frustration--and, yes, the heartache—of trying to use an internet connection that would take thirty minutes to load one picture, and instead, spend more time with my family. Oh yeah. That worked out. While I kept telling myself to put down my phone and sit there with my family and enjoy just spending time with them, I found myself frequently refreshing Instagram, and every time I saw a picture of one of my friends (or, even worse, more than one of them) having a good time, I was overcome with this deep-seated sense of loneliness. It was like I had found myself stranded on a desert island for the fifth day in a row. I had already figured out how to survive on my own, but I had no idea how I was going to live. When my aunt asked my mom, in hushed Tamil, wondering if I would understand her or not (and probably hoping for the latter) exactly what I was doing all the time on my phone, I finally took a step back and asked myself, “What am I doing?” I realized that that I had fallen prey to what many teenagers have come, not-so-fondly, to refer to as “FOMO.” “FOMO”, or “Fear Of Missing Out”, is something that I’ve heard quite a few of my friends complain about. They tell me stories about scrolling through Snapchat and watching 300 seconds of a party to which they weren’t invited. They could have just exited out of the story, and said, “It’s all right that I’m not a part of this tonight,” and been done with it. It’s rarely, if ever, that my friends approach their nights that way. Instead, they obsess over it. They spend hours re-watching the same story. They refresh Instagram far too many times in ten minutes.They fall into spiral of clicking through every profile associated with the picture that sent them down the rabbit hole, obsessively refreshing those pages to see if there’s anything posted about this amazing party that they have fabricated. The reality never ends up being as beautiful as the picture that they take. That deep-seated loneliness I felt in India? It was over a picture taken at a party which dissolved as soon as the more “popular” people left. The 300-second stories that my friend watched? That whole group of friends has fallen apart, splitting at the seams. We know this now, but still, I find myself scrolling through Instagram on a quiet Saturday night, watching for any flicker that proves that I’m unwanted. I think that’s what the fear part of “FOMO” really is—people aren’t afraid that they’re missing out on a certain experience, they’re afraid that they were specifically left out. I know that I’ve felt this. When a friend group fractures, it’s not because those people dislike each other, but because we’re just finding out with who we want to surround ourselves. I don’t spend time with the same people I used to spend every waking second with as a freshman. I wonder if I cause FOMO for them. It goes both ways. I see that there’s an event going on while scrolling through Instagram, and so, the next weekend, I go and make plans with other people (which is selfish and petty, I know) and I post a 10-second picture to my story on Snapchat, as if I’m trying to prove something. A harmless 10 seconds. What is a harmless 10 seconds to me, however, might have derailed someone else’s “relaxing” Saturday night, the same way it interrupted mine. We have to stop making ourselves sick over every little insecurity we have over something we see on social media. Before the advent of Facebook and Instagram and Twitter, it was much easier to cut ourselves off from the negative influences that are now perpetually pushed in our faces. My advice? Close the laptop, put down the phone, log-out of Facebook, unplug from the world and just take a second to enjoy a moment to yourself. CT
Disconnect to Reconnect Communicating through texts or messaging apps has become more prevalent among teens than having face to face conversations. How has this change in interaction affected our human experiences and personal growth? Lexi Haskell
“Do you have social media?” The responses elicited from these five simple words vary less and less. On one end of the spectrum are freshmen Shannon Piper (@That.piper.girl) and Abby Creek (@Abbycreek), who both laughed and replied with a prompt “yes” in unison. @Abbycreek quickly added, “I have like everything,” and @That.piper.girl chimed in her agreement. Both girls are part of the 92 percent of teens in America who go online daily, according to a report by the Pew Research Center. They have social media for varying reasons; @That.piper.girl maintains that it’s a good way to keep in touch, let people know about your life and to get compliments. @Abbycreek cites that because of her family’s frequent moving, social media helps her keep in contact with old friends. On the other end of the spectrum sits junior Hanna Meyer, who although having a smartphone, only uses Snapchat. Despite a few who abstain from most social media like Meyer, the majority of teens are like @That.piper.girl and @Abbycreek constantly plugged in. This has created two types of people in the current generation: Type A, who make up about 92 percent of the teen population and use social media daily, both as a communication tool and as a pastime, and Type B, who make up the remaining 8 percent who go online only once a week or less. This fluctuation of social media usage has left many wondering what effect it has had on today’s society. While it certainly has transformed the way this generation communicates with each other, many argue that it also has contributed to issues such as a lack of interpersonal skills and a possible depletion of human experience. According to the Pew Research Center, a typical teen sends and receives 30 texts per day. When communicating over text, tone of voice can’t be heard, body language can’t be seen and other visual cues can’t be read. These things all contribute to miscommunication. “We’ve sort of put ourselves at a disadvantage,” Central social worker Traci Fertel said. “I feel bad for [high schoolers] because you guys have to decode [conversations] with fewer cues.” Miscommunication can cause unnecessary drama between friends. Rather than people bullying each other, people are, to some extent, fighting because they can’t simply handle troubling situations. These social skill deficits are changing the whole dynamic of interpersonal relationships. “People often choose to do difficult things using social media [or] text, such as break up over the phone rather than face to face,” Fertel said. “When communicating through text and social media, all of the nonverbal parts of communication [are missing]. In today’s times, people are losing the skill of having to read and cope with others emotional reactions and responses are less developed because people aren’t having to use or practice this skill.” Humanities teacher Jane Thompson agrees with Fertel. She says that even with a multitude of ways in which people can constantly interact, they remain removed from each other. “We are becoming, frighteningly, a generation that doesn’t talk to each other,” Thompson said. “You communicate in so many different ways that are without a human connection, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. We are losing a sense of civility.” The loss of civility is not the only consequence that our generation experiences; they are also less prepared for interpersonal relationships. Sophomore Yuna Lee (@Yunalee15) always tries to put her phone down when she is with her friends. However, not everyone does this and @ Yunalee15 admits she has seen a lack of social skills when she is in the social sphere. “People are losing some social skills and making social life awkward by not being able to [handle] awkward moments,” @Yunalee15 said.
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When people don’t possess the necessary skills to handle awkward or challenging situations, they may begin to experience anxiety instead. According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State, anxiety and depression have recently become the most common diagnoses for college students, kids who are only a few years older than students at Central. Fertel believes that there is a correlation between the rise in anxiety and social media usage. “Socially and emotionally, [social media] has sort of caused a regression in communication,” Fertel said. “There’s skill deficits now, and I think it’s increased people’s anxiety, or it’s a factor contributing to anxiety.” Another contributor to social media drama is the feeling of privacy while online. When this happens, people forget that everything they post is broadcasted to their followers, which can have severe consequences. According to a CNN article written by Dr. Melinda Ring, a medical director, 23 percent of students report themselves as being the target of cyberbullying. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also referenced in Ring’s article reported that “Victims of cyberbullying are almost twice as likely to have attempted suicides compared with adolescents who were not the target of online attacks.” Another repercussion of this privacy felt online, according to @That.piper.girl, is a rise in people whose social media presence differs greatly than their physical presence. “If you look at my Instagram [profile], it’s a lot of me fangirling... but some people do [appear different on online accounts],” @That.piper.girl said. “They always take the better part of their life and they put that on social media so that when people who don’t get to see them in person see it, they’re just showing the better part.” Both @Abbycreek and Meyer offer some reasons for this virtual “reality.” “Usually when you’re having a texting conversation or going on social media and[direct messaging] people, you’re a totally different person than you are in person,” @ Abbycreek said. “There’s things you say that you can’t say to people’s faces, good and bad. I feel like technology creates a whole different life than the real world.” Meyer, however, views this issue differently. “I think people like to project a certain image out on social media and act completely different because they just feel like they need to impress society when they don’t,” Meyer said. Junior Reed Hersma, who only uses Snapchat and Facebook, feels that social media is allowing people to skip out on life experiences by hiding behind a phone screen. “Social media is causing people to become more introverted and not experience life to the fullest,” Hersma said. According to Hersma, people leave behind fun and creativity for a few hours scrolling through a Twitter feed. Junior Alex Abdoo agrees with Hersma that the traditional aspect of socializing during lunch has been replaced with constantly staying updated with social media. “Well, I see it sometimes in the lunchroom where people just sit there with their phones even though they’re in
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How to make yourself look FABULOUS on social media
Sophomore Molly Sonnichsen poses for several types of photos recommended in order to look cool online. Whether these photos reflect how you actually look, what you like or your personality is irrevelant; it’s all about the perception.
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#OOTD In order to appear fashionable, strike a pose in a stylish outfit. One does not need to actually own the outfit, but simply wear it in the photo and hashtag it #OOTD (outfit of the day). Followers will understand that this post is dedicated to one’s epic style.
minute of every day.
If one wants to be able to answer yes to “Do you even lift?” all the proof they need is a gym pic online of their social media profiles. The closer one is to fitness equipment in the picture, the better. Saturated filters are recommended to highlight colors in bright gym clothes as well as saturate the skin tone.
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a group of people, and it kind of bugs me because I know if this was 10 years ago, they would have been talking...a lot,” Abdoo said. According to a survey done by Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, authors of four New York Times best selling books about physiological sciences, “more and more of us are losing connection with our lives in order to earn ‘likes’ and social media praise.” Their survey also recorded 91 percent of people stating that they had seen a tourist miss a life experience in an attempt to record the situation on social media, and many even reported doing the same themselves. On the other hand, @That.piper.girl thinks that social media is actually enhancing human experience, although she does recommend sometimes putting your phone down in a group setting. “If there’s something we’re unable to reach, like the mountains in Malaysia or something, [we can look it up],” @That.piper.girl said. “Are there even mountains in Malaysia? I don’t even know! That’s something I could look up.” The idea of “just looking things up,” however, brings up an entirely new issue in regards to internet usage. With the mass amounts of information available at the fingertips of anyone with a smartphone, knowledge appears to be losing its value. Thompson reflects on this issue from the perspective of someone who grew up in the generation before social media. “The use of the Internet itself in general besides social media has created a generation that has so much access to so much information, profound amount of access to information and yet you know nothing,” Thompson said. “The biggest brain you’ve got is between your ears and yet you rely on the electronic brain and that is where we see a big shift in terms of, ‘I’ll just look up the information’ rather than just knowing the information.” Social media has brought with it good, such as the access to seemingly unlimited information and the ability to communicate with friends around the world, and bad, such as a lack of face-to-face
Fake Candids Who doesn’t love a (fake) candid of themselves? Since not everyone has personal photographers following them around, one will need to ask a second person to take a photo of them. This type of photo is recommended for museum visits and famous cities in order to appear cultural.
The Half Face interactions, poorer social skills and cyberbullying. This compilation has created a new culture in which American teens are growing up. From Shannon Piper changing into @That.piper. girl, Abby Creek changing into @Abbycreek and Yuna Lee changing into @Yunalee15, while Reed Hersma remains Reed Hersma and Hanna Meyer remains Hanna Meyer, students from both Central and around the world are beginning to wander down a path never before traversed. And because of all this, both students and adults alike are preparing to set out on a hike into the unknown future of our world, both real and virtual. CT
There is a new type of selfie that can make you look good regardless: the half face. This pose allows one to display their favorite side of their face and keep the other half hidden, all while looking pretty and mysterious. This pose is recommended for all ages.
Foodie pics Posting photo’s of your food doesn’t only make you look like you have great taste, it also makes all of your followers hungry and jealous while they are scrolling through their feed. Black and white filters are not recommended, as one wants their food to appear visually appealing with as many color filters as possible.
Posed BFF pics There are several poses possible for taking pictures with your friends. The pose seen to the right is more common for females, while a more edgy, tough looking pose is recommended for males (although this pose is . The key is to look as posed as possible. Multiple pictures may be neccesary in order to get the perfect shot.
Art by Sanya Rupani
Freja Sonnichsen firstname.lastname@example.org & Julie Park email@example.com contributed to this story Photos courtsey of Molly Sonnichsen
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Art by Jack Havemann Photo source: Google Chrome Store
Chrome extensions allow users to customize their browser. Here are some extensions for both education and pleasure.
This app puts graphing calculators to shame with its endless capabilities. Plotly can create line graphs, bar charts, heat maps, histograms and more. It can import data, create fits and share projects online. It’s easy to use and makes science classes a little easier. Similar to Plotly is Desmos, an online graphing calculator.
For when a little motivation is needed, this extension graces the screen with Shia LaBeouf ’s presence. He yells his encouraging words to “just do it!” before fading away, leaving enough inspiration to finish that assignment. Just make sure not to click it in a silent classroom. This one has already become a pet peeve for many teachers, so proceed with caution.
Whether it is being used to improve grades or impress friends, Duolingo is a fun and effective way to learn a language. This critically praised and award winning program offers Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and, just in case, English. Duolingo is similar to Rosetta Stone, except free.
This app lights up the LED on the back of the Chromebook. Choose from seven different colors (red, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple and white) plus the constantly changing disco option to make party for one. Never before has there been such a subtle way to irk your teacher.
Sketchboard is an app in which diagrams and flowcharts can be created. It can be used to take notes or to make a visual aid. Like a Google Doc, multiple people can work on a single page simultaneously. The page expands as many times as needed so there is an infinite amount of room on each document.
Libdoge is an extension that generates a moving doge, a popular meme that has become viral on the internet, on the screen that says things according to whatever page the browser is open to. Spice up Infinite Campus with a floating “such calculus” and “47 Percent wow.” Make Canvas and other websites exciting with “beautiful user lol” and “very much dashboard.” The possibilities are endless.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
Lexi Haskell Girls, goals and glory Words cannot describe how I felt when that first shot hit the back of the net in the third minute. I believe I screamed something eloquent, along the lines of “Oh my god!!!” In fact, a few moments before, I had joked with my friend about an early goal and we both laughed at its absurdity. You see, I expected the Women’s World Cup final on July 5 to be similar to the Men’s Final last year, a tie until the 113th minute when one team would clinch the title. This game was nothing like that, yet it was the most exciting game I’ve ever watched. This win is so much more important than that trophy, though. It’s so much more important than a third star on the women’s jersey. It’s so much more important than the golden glove, silver boot and golden ball. It’s important in the fact that, as an announcer put it during one of Canada’s games, “Women’s soccer finally has a place in Canada.” This sentiment extends beyond Canada; it applies to every country who played in this World Cup. In our country, U.S. Women’s soccer and our United States Women’s National team (USWNT) finally has a place in the hearts of the American people. Although I was born in 1999 and that World Cup win technically occurred in my lifetime, I was not even two months old, so for me, the women’s rise to legitimacy started with my first experience with the USWNT: The 2011 World Cup. I had just finished sixth grade when that tournament began, which coincidentally, was the first year I played competitive soccer. I don’t remember much, but I do remember thinking that the concept of having a national soccer team for women was really, really cool (as my 12-year-old self would’ve put it). As a young girl, this was the first time I had seen a women’s sport at a professional level. I was heartbroken when the U.S. lost in the finals, but little did I know that this was the spark that would ignite the flame of women’s soccer that would engulf my love for the beautiful game. I hoped this wildfire captured the attention of young, hopeful, soccer-loving American girls, along with the country as a whole. The next year, at the 2012 Olympics, I watched every game. The semifinal match versus Canada is one of the most memorable games I’ve ever watched. I still get chills remembering Alex Morgan’s header at 120 minutes for the win. The next day at my own soccer practice, that was all anyone could talk about. But that goal did more than inspire girls around the country; it opened the door for the gold medal match against none other that Japan. Suddenly the final from last year’s World Cup was recreated, with last year’s result looming overhead. The U.S. fought hard and went home with a gold medal, which sent my heart along with America’s soaring with inspiration. After the 2012 Olympics, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) was created. Women from the United States’, Canada’s and Mexico’s national teams along with some up and coming players created nine teams in an effort to get the ball rolling on women’s soccer in the U.S. Since that league began, I’ve been to many games and have also met many players with my highlight being a Hope Solo signature on my T-Shirt. This brings us to today, in the wake of the greatest months for women’s soccer ever: The 2015 Women’s World Cup. With 26.7 million people watching it, the final match (against, you guessed it, Japan) was the most-viewed soccer match in U.S. history. This is monumental for women’s soccer in the U.S. It has finally gained legitimacy. People finally care. People are finally seeing women’s soccer as a sport. More than that though, the USWNT’s greatest impact has been inspiration. With the #SheBelieves campaign, millions of young girls around the world are being motivated by the 23 women on the USWNT. They are being told that their dreams can come true, even in the male-dominated world of sports, a campaign that I think is so extremely important that I’m renaming my column after it. This win earned the USWNT a third star on their jersey, and that third star symbolizes so much. It symbolizes hope for young girls around the globe. It symbolizes a nation that finally believes in the power 23 women and recognizes their legitimacy. And finally, it symbolizes women athletes, after years of standing with one foot just barely in the door of the sports world, finally going inside. CT
Art by Sanya Rupani, Staff Artist
DVC expands to include District 204 high schools Maneesh Somisetty firstname.lastname@example.org
From the start of the 2015 school year, the Dupage Valley Conference has added three new schools to its roster: Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley high schools. The changes potentially increase competition for the schools in the conference. As West Chicago, Glenbard East and West Aurora have been propelled out of the conference in recent years, the DVC has potentially become the strongest conference in the state as of this year, with the Chicago Catholic League being the only conference that could come close, according to Naperville Central Athletic Director Andy Lutzenkirchen
Lutzenkirchen believes that the level of competition the DVC has can only help the teams in the long run. “It’s going to be such a grind, every game is going to be a playoff game,” Lutzenkirchen said. “If a school can come out of the DVC and stay healthy during the state playoffs, they have a good chance to go pretty far because of the competition. Our kids are battle tested.” Although winning a conference title has become a more difficult trek for any sport, Central has been playing the District 204 schools for quite a while, especially Neuqua and Waubonsie. Liam Heath, senior varsity basketball and baseball player, does not believe adding the valley schools makes a sports season much more difficult than it has been in the past. Al-
though, he does believe the DVC has become stronger as a whole. “The DVC is now a juggernaut in the state; whoever wins the DVC is the favorite to win state,” Heath said. “We have been playing the valley schools for a while so the competition hasn’t changed much.” From the creation of the DVC in the late 1970’s, many believe the conference has never been this competitive in its history. “I think right now from top to bottom with the 204 schools that [the DVC] is more competitive than it has ever been,” Lutzenkirchen said. “We are going to have some great competition every night to watch.” As coaches and athletes are still getting used to the new outline of this growing conference, many are excited about the CT changes.
Naperville Central athletics honor late Matt Skowronski
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5IN MEMORIUM: The Naperville Central girls sophomore volleyball team huddles up during a game against Geneva high school. Displayed on their heads are headbands honoring Matt Skowronski. Nicky Simos
In the aftermath of the death of sophomore Matt Skowronski, cherished athlete, artist, friend and Redhawk, Naperville Central students are finding ways to move on and remember — together. What started off as just an idea soon morphed into something much larger, when volleyball
BOYS (V) GOLF Tuesday Sep. 15 Naperville North 3:30 PM Away
coaches Sara Hahn and Jeff Danbom had the idea to create headbands honoring Skowronski. “Ms. Hahn and Mr. Danbom really wanted to do something,” said Stefene Skowronski, sophomore at Central and Matt’s sister. “When they brought up [the headbands], I told them I would really like to do that because [it was] a perfect way for everyone to see and remember.” The red and white headbands have Skowron-
GIRLS (V) GOLF Tuesday Sep. 15 Naperville North 3:30 PM Home
GIRLS (V) TENNIS Tuesday Sep. 15 Waubonsie Valley 4:30 PM Away
ski’s initials and volleyball number on them and the entire volleyball program wears them to both home and away games. The headbands, as well as bracelets and t-shirts, will be sold at both the North vs. Central volleyball match and a new match called “Healing Hearts,” to be held on Oct. 7. Replacing the annual “Dig Pink” game, “Healing Hearts” will be played by Central against Wheaton Warrenville South. The event will feature guest speakers such as Edward’s Hospital, who will talk about the importance of knowing early on about heart conditions. “It will be amazing to see how many people are supporting this cause with a t-shirt and/or bracelet,” said Volleyball Coach Eric Kaisling. “It is going to be a great night.” The funds raised from the ‘Healing Hearts’ game will go towards a new scholarship put in place by the Skowronski family. Continuing to work with Principal Bill Wiesbrook, the family has yet to solidify what exactly it will go towards. “We’re still deciding what type of scholarship we want to do,” Stefene said. “We don’t want it to be just for athletics, because [Matt] wasn’t just an athlete, he was really good at art too, and had a great personality.” The efforts by both the volleyball program and athletes are not going unnoticed in Central’s community. “The girls helping out Skowronski and recognizing him is a really good thing,” said senior Jeremy Parker. “I think it is really nice for the Skowronski family and anyone who wants to cheer on Matt Skowronski and his memories.” Although Central will never be able to get over Skowronski’s death, students are helping each other heal. “It’s very sad what happened,” Kaisling said. “But I think when you have good people behind a CT cause, wonderful things can happen.”
GIRLS (V) VOLLEYBALL Tuesday Sep. 15 Glenbard North 6:00 PM Away
BOYS (V) SOCCER Tuesday Sep. 15 Neuqua Valley 6:30 PM Home
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
In the Nick(y) of time
Nicky Simos High school: time of our lives I think we’ve all had that moment when our parents are gleefully reminiscing about their past, and you or a sibling asks innocently if they’ve ever smoked weed. When that question was posed by me, my dad awkwardly sidestepped the matter (much to my amusement) and stammered on about how he did a lot of things in high school, ‘back in the day.’ Much to many parent’s chagrin, their kids somehow uncover what they were like in high school. And drugs have changed with the decades. Just as bell bottoms morphed into skinny jeans, marijuana has become more potent, filled with increasing amounts of THC. With the rise of THC levels in just one strain of marijuana, the clinical effects of smoking weed such as short term memory loss, has amplified in accordance. I’m not saying that smoking marijuana is the worst thing you could; in some cases, ingesting this drug can have positive clinical effects. I am a supporter of any lifestyle that is healthy and good—for you. If that means going out and smoking a joint once a month, then go right ahead. However, I do not think that it is healthy for high school students to use drugs—even marijuana, which has been referred to as a ‘safe’ drug—with large frequency. During our high school years, we are doing something much more important than continuing our education: we are building who we are. I’m sure juniors and seniors do not feel like they are the same person as they were when they first set foot into high school as a freshman—and that’s because they most likely are not. We experience moments from freshman year to senior year that will morph us into who we will become in the future. As friendships evolve, dissolve and renew, we make the choices of who to associate with. What party to go to. Or if we should go to that party at all. Do we drink at the party? Do we let a boy dance with us? Touch us? You get the point. Many refer to high school as “the time of our lives,” and in a sense, they are right—yet it would be more accurate to call it the most pivotal time of our lives. What we do in our four years before college will push us in a direction that will determine who we become in the real world. Even though we may not realize it, the choices we make in our junior and senior years of high school really shape what will happen in our adult lives. Because of this, balance is the key to success. By honing in on your strengths, weaknesses, interests and personal growth, you can nurture the individual you would like to become. This is the main reason why I do not condone the use of drugs by high schoolers. Drugs and alcohol are tempting. The media portrays them as being ‘cool’ and ‘mature’, attracting a fresh and young consumer base. However, through the most important decision-making time in a teenager’s life, they shouldn’t have to deal with the distractions and addictions that drug use imposes. And along with the distractions, comes the cost. Using drugs is an expensive habit to have. A teenager in an affluent neighborhood like Naperville most likely gets his drug money from mom or dad. What values are our community teaching our youth if parents turn a blind eye to their children’s behavior? What are our kids learning, except that it’s okay to not have any value for the money they have? Do they think about their mom and dad who are working another shift to raise money for the college fund while they’re out smoking kush? Values are not only an important part of our society, but they determine the behaviors of us as individuals. And one’s underlying values begin at home; mirrored in the decisions we make during our youth. It’s always nice to have options for your actions at your fingertips; keep it that way. You have to be comfortable with the choices you make. Say you’re at that party. You could go, have fun and not drink. Be the designated driver and choose to make sure you get your friends home safely. Let’s be honest, drugs are always going to be present in a high school setting. Whether presented with weed, cigarettes or vapes, you’ve got to be confident enough in yourself to make the decision that is right for you. CT
WHO LET THE DOGS in?
CT discusses the importance of canine drug searches of student lockers
Student safety should always remain top dog Virginia Abram
The war on drugs has engulfed America from the Mexican border to school campuses for years. A more controversial tactic in this battle is the use of drug sniffing dogs in unannounced searches of students’ lockers and bags. The most cited reason for this tactic is intimidation. Large dogs coming unannounced into a classroom to sniff students bags is startling and does not give students time to hide illegal substances. This threat looming over school age drug users may deter them from bringing illegal substances onto campus. Also, having dogs only sniff bags and lockers is much less invasive than if the police themselves went through student’s bags and lockers. In this case, student’s possessions
are searched only if the dogs indicate that they may contain drugs. This saves more time, money and resources than if the police individually searched every bag and locker. The Fourth Amendment protects American citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Most people who are against the use of dogs in searches say that it violates student’s right to this amendment. But when the dog gives a positive signal, that means that the officer does have a reason for a search. And the fact that the dog must give a signal in order for a bag or locker to be investigated actually protects students who do not have drugs from an unannounced search. Contraband materials do not fall under the protection of the Fourth Amendment and therefore if there is evidence of such items, such as a positive signal from a sniffing dog, then law enforcement officials have the right to conduct a search.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court ruled in Illinois v. Caballes in 2005 that the use of drug sniffing dogs in routine traffic stops does not inflict on an individual’s Fourth Amendment protections. What this means for school drug searches is that if a drug search can be conducted in a car, which is private property, then they have even more of a right to a search for students during school because they are on public property. Public schools are public places. It is therefore in the best interest of the public and the government to keep them safe and drug free. Just as public parks do not allow litter and public pools do not allow glass, schools do not allow drugs because it is the best interest for the safety and health of everyone. Drugs are not safe, and they should be dispelled from school campuses at all costs, even if the means of doing so makes CT some people uncomfortable.
Should Central conduct canine locker searches? “I think it’s a good idea only if there’s a reason to if they suspect or something” —Isabel Lindbledem, sophomore “They should to protect the school from drugs and alcohol so they don’t harm on other students.” — Rebecca Suntken, senior “No I don’t think so. It seems a bit excessive just [because]we don’t have that many drug problems.” — Jack DeStefano, freshman “I do think locker searches from canines are necessary because they allow the police to find things humans can’t.” — Matthew Clepper, junior
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As with many Fourth Amendment issues, the current search standards are usually based on recent court rulings, and because of that the laws constantly remain in flux. Although currently legal, canine searches represent a gross invasion of privacy that should be considered illegal because of inconsistent court case rulings as well as the harmful ideology the practice propagates. In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the now-famous case, New Jersey v. T.L.O. Case details aside, the decision ruled that students in a public school “have a legitimate expectation of privacy” as well as saying that the school has a responsibility for “maintaining an environment in which learning can take place.” These standards of privacy in school will be important later. The Supreme Court decided in 2013 in the case Florida v. Jardines that the use of a drugsniffing canine on someone or his or her property qualifies legally as a search. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens of this country
from “unreasonable search and seizure,” and as citizens in a public school system, we are also protected under the it, albeit with some restrictions. Although under our current judicial system canine searches are considered perfectly legal in public schools, I spy a legal fallacy. Canine searches are currently allowed under the guise of them being “suspicionless.” From the pro-canine perspective, when everyone’s a suspect, no-one’s a suspect. That sounds a bit absurd, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. If a police officer were to sniff-search one particular student, the officer would need probable cause. Why is that when a search is collective the need for probable cause suddenly disappears? Why does our “legitimate expectation of privacy” not protect us from this blatant invasion of privacy? Regardless of this inconsistent legal boondoggle, canine searches should not be performed for ethical reasons as well. Much of the time I’m in school, I feel as if the administration cannot see the forest from the trees. Caught up in the minutia of the day-to-day, they forget the big picture. The reason we all
spend seven hours a day plopped down in those unbearable plastic desks is to learn, to pick up skills that will be valuable to our lives as a working adult as well as to learn about things that enrich ourselves as human beings. I pose this question to those who conduct the canine search: what value does a drugsniffing dog really add to “maintaining an environment in which learning can take place?” In my opinion, it is counterproductive to that end; the search creates a hostile relationship between the student and school, where the large majority of have never even been in possession of an illicit drug, let alone bring it to school. All healthy relationships are based on trust, especially the one between a school and its students. Canine searches are a roadblock in that mutual trust and respect, creating a quasi-police state of sorts. I’m not a criminal, and I don’t expect to be treated like one because I take part in a basic public service. So, go ahead, continue with your “suspicionless” searches, but know this: the only thing you’re achieving is an alienation of the CT population you claim to serve.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
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Student Chromebook restrictions lack transperency Having a laptop in the hands of every student is undoubtedly a game changer for District 203. Many teachers have begun crafting their curriculums around the use of the Chromebook. With any major change comes fundamental questions that must be answered. Our main concern regarding the Chromebooks is the extent of control the district exerts over student usage. When it comes to on-campus devices, the district has exercised full control over the content viewed by students, and they do the same when students are logged in to the school’s wifi. Since students are able to take these devices home, the line between personal and professional usage becomes blurred. Because the district retains full monitoring status, even for off-campus use, many students have raised legitimate privacy concerns. We are paying for the benefits of the Chromebooks with our privacy. The district has full access to the students’ Internet history, even when logged into a non-district wifi network. While we understand the need to moderate content on a schoolissued device, we can’t help but feel trapped in an Orwellian nightmare. The lack of transparency is star-
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to treat us like we’re untrustworthy children, unable to handle ourselves with our “new toys.” There are a few changes that we feel are necessary in order to integrate the new technology successfully with our current curriculum. Overall, the district should have more confidence in its student population. They have to trust that they have done their jobs over the years in order to guide us to be responsible young adults. We resent the implied sentiment that we are untrustworthy because of our age or our experience. The district must stop being a shadowy organization looming overhead, causing students to be suspicious enough to block out their cameras with tape and feel paranoid about internet searching, even for school-related subjects. The administration has to be clear about the restrictions that they would like in place and the reasons why they are imposing those rules. The student body has to be told what is going to land them in trouble. The district must inform the students about what the administration is monitoring and how often they are checking these parameters. In the end, we need to know the CT rules to play the game.
tling. Students have no idea what the district considers “bad” usage; with every search they’re still left guessing if they’ll be flagged. After many teachers told the cautionary tale of “a few students” who were reprimanded for misuse within these unknown parameters, a large majority of the student population became hyperaware of the Big Brother-esque entity perpetually looking over their shoulders. We understand that the district was more interested in getting the devices into students’ hands rather than cutting through red tape for another year, but the lack of a solid policy makes it impossible for students to distinguish between fair use and misuse. The role of any school system is to prepare the student population to be responsible adults. As students mature, the natural progression is to give more freedoms as well as responsibilities in order to prepare them to take charge of their own lives. The counterproductive restrictive measures make us question the ability of the district maintain a culture of mutual trust between the administration and the student body as young adults. We are absolutely appalled by the way the district feels the need
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