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South state scholars named The Illinois State Scholar Commission has Jeanine McCann, Martin McGovern, Robert lamed 92 Maine South students as 1983-84 Il- McKune, Kerstin McLean, John Morris, Julie linois State Scholars based on examination Mulopulos, Jean Mulvaney. scores and high school academic record. Jeffery Nelson, James Nesbit, Richard They include: Dirk Ahlbeck, David Ansani, Neswold, Sanja Nikolich, Eileen O'halloran, Mark Apolinski, Clarine Balla, Roman Berka, Garth Olson, Bruce Oscarson, Vincent Parisi, Marci Brown, Beth Burnson, Robyn Caith- Michele Passaneau, Carol Patterson, Roman amer, C. Bradley Carlson, Charles Chlipala, Pendzich, Wendy Peterson, Daniel Piatt, David Clark, Robert Colenbaugh, Catherine Marv Pospisil, Lynn Ratajik, Jeffery Roma, Colwell, Michael Curcio. Also included were Karen Dannenhaur, Charles Demes, Valerie DeSalvo, Robert Dochterman, Paula Donato, Hans Ehlert, Michael Eichen, Janine Engel, Suzanne Ewry, Thomas Fiddler, Nancy Franke, Neal Gerdes, Karen Gottwald. Michelle Hadawi, Michelle Hall, Thomas Hermann, Kay Hriensatong, Brian Humm, James Iverson, Robert Jacobs, Diane James, Ingrid Johanson and Michael Justice were among the Maine South State Scholars. Other State Scholars are; James Katkus, Daniel Kay, James Kelly, John Keough, Heather Kirk, Christopher Kulusic, Michael Kuta, Judith LeMay, Scott Leone, Scott Longman, Scott MacKenzie, Valerie Maguire,

^outh magic The Maine South International Thespian Society will present magician-mentalist Bob Falkner in "Maine Magic" Fri., Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Clyde K. Watson Auditorium. Falkner was the star of the nationally syndicated "Marlin the Magician" television show which aired for ten years. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and a former Northern Illinois University faculty member. Falkner appears regularly around the Midwest in his concerts, which feature sleight of hand tricks, Indian Rope tricks, psychonetic and " E S P " phenomena and his world-renowned Straight Jacket Escape. Also appearing Friday night's program will be the Maine South Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Gordon McLean. Tickets are available from any Thespian member, in the Maine South bookstore or at the door the night of the performance. All seats arc reserved, and the cost of tickets are four dollars each. — A memorial fund has been set up to purchase books for the library in the name of German teacher Marion Schultz, who passed away Jan. 7. Checks diould be addressed to Maine South High School.


Susan Rushford are other South students awarded the honor. Christine Scheldt, Robert Schermerhorm, Scott Schoner, Christine Serio, Michael Sir, Paul Sklena, Edward Swiderski, Heidi Thorsson, Christopher Weiland, Scott Wind, Jennifer Winter, Jeffery Wood, Fumie Yamamura and Diane Zuhike round out the list of Maine South's Illinois State Scholars.

southwords VOL

19, No. 10

Maine South High School, Park Ridge, IL

Jan. 28, 1983

Aid deadline nearing The week of Feb. 20-26 has been proclaimed payments while enrolled. Financial Aid Awareness Week by Illinois Governor Contact Mr. Reese in the CRC for more informaJames Thompson. tion on these programs. Grants, loans and work-study programs are all avBilable for clooge-bound students who cannot pay the entire cost. They are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and/or merit, college cost and availablity of funds. Two major grants are: the Illinois State ScholarThis year's all-school play, Arsenic and Old ship Commission's Monetary Award Program, of- Lace, will be performed the weekend of Feb. fering up to $2000 annually towards tuition and 23. fees for Illinois residents attending Illinois istituJoseph Kesselring's play is a suspense that tions; the federal PELL grant offering up to $1800 follows the adventures of two seemingly sweet per year towards educational expenses at over old ladies who murder eleven people. 7000 institutions throughout the United States. Cast members of "Arsenic and Old Lace" These federal campus-based programs include the include Mike Heitzman, Cris Carmody, Supplemental Educational Oppununity Grant, pro- Maureen Blandford, Brooke Lester, Tom Duf\iding up to $2000 annually, College Work Study, fy, Bob Taturka, John Ciprian, Joe Lusignan, allowing part of the educational expenses to ve Kelley Gay, Jim Richardson, Ken Weichert, eanwd through work, and the National Direct Stu- Dan Spongle and Leo Smith. Student Director dent Loan, paid back atfivepercent interest star- is Beth Ann Karabin and Prompter is Louise ting six months after leaving school. In Illinois, all Berns. five frograms may be applied for be completing one of three applications: Application for Federal Student Aid, Financial Aid Form or the Family FinaiKJal Need publicity for your club or organizaStatement. Applicants should contact their tion? Southwords offers an easy way to get counselor or career counselor to see whidi form is much-needed publicity for the smaller Maine required. South clubs. Sponsors or officers of clubs can pick up Three other loan programs are available through direct application to participating banks. The Illinois News Tips sheets in the Southwords office, V-106, or from Southwords sponsor Ken BeatGuaranteed Student Loan Program charges nine ty. Fill out the sheet with details of up-coming percent interest which begins accumulating when repayment begins six months after leaving school. events and they will get the publicity they need The Parent Loan for Undeiigraduate Students allows to be successful. Southwords is looking for dedicated writers parents to borrow at 12 percent with repayment for the 1983-84 school year. Applications can staning immediately. The Auxilary Loan to Assist be picked up in V-106 before second period or Students allows borrowing at 12 percent deferring after eighth. Any student is eligible to join the payment of principal but requiring interest Southwords staff.

Cast named

Council works for district by Bonnie An Tri-Council is the student council of District 207. It includes members of the student councils of Maine South, Maine East and Maine West. Although the council has been aournd for many years, the sponsor, Mr. Joel Morris, nor the members, seniors Maggie Urizarri, president, Brian Humm, Cathy Barinek, Chris Serio, Debbie Tworek, and juniors Stephanie

Hale, Paula Fischer and Barb Broda, are acknowledged. Tri-Council meets once a month with students from each school, and once a month with District Superintendant Dr. John Murphy. The meeting alternates monthly between the three Maine schools. Tri-Council discusses district-wide matters, and proposes suggestions to the Executive Committees of the resjjective schools and the

Signboard at South Several Maine South student organizations contributed a total of $2600 to purchase an electronic signboard for the Maine South. The signboard, according to Assistant Principal Ken Reczkiewicz, will serve the students of Maine South be publicizing information or announcing factual material regarding sports of activities events. Mr. Reczkiewicz stresses that the signboard is not to be regarded as the Daily Bulletin, but that it will complement the use of the Daily Bulletin. The signboard will be housed primarily in the Student Cafeteria. However, the signboard can be moved for special events. These special locations include: Auditorium Foyer, Gym Foyer and the entryway above the Personnel Office. Groups interested in using the signboard for publicity should keep these guidelines in mind: 1. Displays should be short and to the point.

2. Displays must be of interest to the general student body, faculty or officially sanctioned student activity clubs or groups. 3. Displays must have a rational relationship to events of various school groups. 4. Displays affecting the greatest number of students take precedence. 5. Requests for display must be submitted in writing by 3 p.m. for next-day programming. The form must be filed with .Mrs. Slapak in room lOOK. 6. Announcements will run for one of two days, whichever seems appropriate. 7. Displays pertaining to any out-of-school commercial interests are prohibited. Many Maine South groups contributed money to the purchasing of the sign. Major contributers included: Senior Class Council, Student Council, Tri-M Society, Speech/Drama Society, Girls' Recreation Association and Health Unlimited.

Board of Education. The first-priority issue of Tri-Council at the( present tims is the selling of tickets for the United States Football League team the Chicago Blitz, which trains on the former Maine North campus. Tri-Council has also discussed many items, including the problems of smoking in the buses and in bathroons, talking study halls, singles dance, teacher evaluations, vending machines in student cafeterias and even chocolate milk. Tri-Council president Maggie Urizarri believes, "Maine East and Maine South have always been rivals and very competitive, but during the Tri-Council metting we work as a unit and fight together for the district." Brian Humm commented, "The benefit of Tri-Council is that the students themselves talk and communicate with other students from different schools. This gives them the chance to find our what is happening at East and West, and they can find our what is happening here." Tri-Council is different from most of the organizations at Maine South because it deals with the welfare and future of the school and the district. Paula Fischer concluded, "Tri-Council members serve as a link between the students and the administration by voicing some of the biggest problems faced by students and try to come up with a solution to those problems."

CHS news

The Chicago Historical Society, located at Clark Street at North Avenue in Chicago, is presenting an exhibit called "Illinois Toys: 1890-1980" from December 19, 1982 to April 30, 1983. For the past 100 years, many of the country's best known toys and toy manufacturers have come from Illinois. Toys such as American Flyers, Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys and companies like Playskool and Buddy 'L' are all Illinois natives. Supplementary programs in the exhibit inv-iude a series of short films about toys, such as •The Red Balloon," "Toccato for Toy Trains," "Toys," "Skaterdancer," and "Tops." These films will be shown at the society on Sun., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. On Sun., Feb. 6, the film "The Rocking Horse Winter" will be shown. The society is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is tine dollar for adults, 50 cents for children and 25 cents for senior citizens. Admission is free on Mondays. Two barbershop quartets will be featured at •heSociety at 2 p.m. Sun., Jan 29. , The program will feature the Crosstownl Connection quartet and the Star Gazers, a "Sweet Adeline" quartet. Songs will include a Maine South students Scott Leone, Roger Gusloff, Joe McKitrick, and Jeff Grott are melody from "Music Man" and songs from congratulated by their Economics teacher Mr. Heuman after winning the simulated the 1890-1925 period when barbershop stocks games in their class. quartets were at their peak of popularity. page 2

Walkman seen as hazardous by some by Kathy Humm It has got to be one of the biggest fads right now. You see it "everj'where," even in the halls at Maine South, and that's where the problem begins. It is the Walkman-type radio, a portable radio complete with head phones. There are no radios allowed at Maine South, and, according to Mr. Reczkiewicz, Assistant Principal, a Walkman is a radio. However, students continue to bring them to school, listen to them in the halls, lounge and even study halls. Many students at Maine South believe that Walkman should be allowed at school in restricted places or under certain conditions. Sasha Pisarski, '84, "I don't consider them a distraction if the volume is kept at a moderate level. I think they should be allowed in lounge and the halls, however study halls are another story." Ingrid Christy, '84, "1 think they're okay in lounge but not in the halls." Felecia Kotowsky, '84, "I think it should be allowed in study halls and lounge because I don't think they effect people around you." Julie Seidel, '84, "As long as the noise doesn't effect me, I don't care whether or not someone is listening to one. However, when I'm in a study hall and the teacher yells at a student because they are listening to one, that's when I get annoyed." Chuck Jackson, '84, "I think it should be 'allowed anywhere except academic classes because they don't disturb anyone else, and the person should have the right to listen to music when he/she is not being taught anything."

John Ishu, '86, "I think they should be allowed in study halls and lounge because they don't interfere with anyone learning." Other students, however, believe that the Walkman is a nusiance and should not be allowed in Maine South. Beth Landrey, '86, "It's harder to concentrate in study hall when someone is listening to a Walkman."

Students survey new signboa by Felecia Kotowsky There is a new signboard located in the cafeteria along the east wall. If you have been in the cafeteria lately, you should have seen it and might be wondering what it is and why it is there. A representative from Data Terminal Systems came to Mr. Reczkiewicz and told him that he had a message board which he thought our school could use. Mr. Reczkiewicz looked at its potential and saw that the board could be used for publicity, announcements, and special events. The sign can hold up to 800 words. It has a memory bank which allows information to be kept or deleted as needed. It is located in the cafeteria so all of the students have a chance to read it at least once a day, either in lounge or at lunch. However, the sign may be moved to another area such as the auditorium for a special event. The signboard is meant as a supplement to

Filip: Man of the Year? We're now firmly into 1983, and they say there's no looking back, but I just can't leave 1982 without a few comments or without a few awards to highlight some of the brightest stars of the past year. Entertainers of the year-I've got to tell you the truth, I normally don't like dance acts. But when those flesh merchants that paraded around for so long as football players bared it all and put on those grass skirts, I was honestly moved. Jimmy DiCola. your hips are still shaking in my book. Group of the Year-When you combine drumming reminiscent of Keith Moon, Hendrix style guitar arranging, and the best lyrics this side of Bob Dylan, what else can you get but the supergroup spelling of the 80's. The GoGo's synthesized their way mto your hearts in 198'' the wav our little girls are going, I'm ^thinking maybe a guest hit spot on "Solid "oold" in 1983. Non-Humanlsl of the Year—Hah, 1 finally fooled you. You thought it was E.T. We'll get to E.T. more later, but really, just what did E.T. do anyway? He gave his glum mun in a

Leo Smith, '83, "What are we here for? To listen to music?" Beth Ann Karabin, '84, "In the halls, the Walkman could become a dangerous problem." At the present time, Walkmans are technically not allowed at Maine South. However, it remains to be seen what will happen in the future, or if the issue will be enforced stronger.

movie for two hours and then went home. E.T. is nowhere compared to smurfs. These guys are incredible! They're the best athletes of all the non-humans, hands down. You may scoff at those Uttle blue smurfers. but they play hockey, soccer, football, you name it. and whats more. I've seen them with little chefs hats, and schoolbooks. everything. E.T.. you could learn a little from these happy little men—they've made the best of it here on earth, and haven't pouted while doing it either. Comment of the Year—By Ronald Reagan in declaring after presenting a budget to Congress with a two hundred billion dollar deficit, "Boy, I know we're going to owe a lot of money, but honestly, I'm open to suggestions." Gee, 1 dunno Ron, how about a bake sale, or maybe a car wash. I think I remember reading that France had a dance marathon once. Fashion Item of the Year—When you look at a fashion year, it's always hard to pick just one outstanding piece of apparel because, hey, all that stuff is just so beautiful. Thus, in selecting the clothing item of last year, 1 picked

the daily bulletin. If someone forgot to put something in the bulletin or there was not enough time, it could be programmed immediately on the signboard. Kim Delia, '84, states that "many people are doing other things in the cafeteria and don't pay attention to the sign." Chris Kenneally, '84, agrees that "it's a waste of money because it just repeats everything already said in the daily bulletin." On the other hand, Chris Blight, '83, thinks "it's a good idea because many people read it everyday and since they don't pay attention to the daily bulletin, the signboard is a good supplement." Mr. Reese, career guidance counselor, finds the sign very important because everything he does has to do with students' awareness of items such as college visitations and Project Big. He says that the sign "is a good way to reinforce the anouncements which concern itself with the CRC."

Mark Filip Class Struggles something that is gorgeous, but practical as well. Yes, you knew it all along, leg warmers. Buy oh boy, you girls got all the good stuff. What guy can honestly deny that he hasn't had cold shins and wished he could wear leg warmers? I know I can't and I know I'm not alone. Movie of the Year—By a slim margin over the modern classic. Grease 2, the big winner of 1982 was Yes, Giorgio. Who says rennaisance men are gone—that Luciano Pavarotti sang, danced, and loved his way into my heart forever, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Most Overrated Wrinkled Thing of 1982—Yes, I got back to you E.T.. Your movie reminded me quite a bit of Bedknobs and Broomsticks with that flying across the moon scene, and 1 really never liked it anyway. Not only didn't I like your movie, but I don't like your pencil pouches, or your lousy kiddie slippers, or your stinking E.T. lunchboxes. We've had just about enough of you and your insipid whining E.T. Why don't you make a real movie like Patton and not btirden us with your heartache. Goodriddance E.T., and good-bye to 1982 with you. Page 3



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Point—Private schools have much to offer for to learn and the teachers seem to care more, a student if they are willing to pay top dollar _ too." One reason many students attend private for a high school education. Counterpoint—The quality of public schools. schools is because of their parents. Many in the suburbs is superior and the cost is ex- parents have the idea that every student at a tremely inexpensive as compared to private public school uses and deals drugs, swears constantly, and will never amount to anything schools. Ever since The Willows, a private school for because they don't have the "proper" educagirls, has moved to Niles people have been tion. This kind of thinking is so narrowquestioning the issue of public schools versus minded; not only is it false, but there are private schools. I must remind you that I am students like that even at private schools. Just imagine how life would be without any talking about private schools as compared to our suburban public school system, because the Chicago public school system and many others are a whole different ball game. There are many advantages to attending a private school. These advantages include the teacher to student ratio being somewhere betby Shannon Vincent ween 12:1 and 14:1, a more personalized atReligion is an important issue that has been mosphere, and more discipline which produces a topic for many controversial discussions. better learning. The problelm lies in all the Therefore, it isn't surprising that high school students may have a difficult time answering disadvantages. The list of disadvantages seems never- questions dealing with this subject. However, ending: little or no extra-curricular activities, those who felt comfortable replying prove that small classes mean less friends to choose from, religion plays an important pan in their lives. high tuition fees, no accelerated, advanced Some churches in the area offer youth placement, or fundamental classes, etc. groups that participate in many activities such Nancy Buckley, a former Maine South stu- as fund-raisers, sports activities, religious dent who now attends The Willows, transfer- retreats and discussions on current affairs. red to a private school to bring up her grades. She stated, "The Willows is more personalized Junior Margaret Nesbit says her youth and because of that I am learning more, which group is fun because "not only do we have acseems hard to explain because the grading tivities for ourselves, but we also help the less system is a lot more difficult there." fortunate people in our parish." Karen Whalen, '83, tells, "Private schools Anne Sebastion, '84, attends a CCD class in are a lot stricter, there's more pressure for you which the kids have the chance to "discuss


athletic teams to play on or support, no musicals, and no variety shows. You would go to school in the morning and come home without staying after for any practices or meetings. Even though getting involved seems like a pain at times, 1 feel it is well worth the effort. Sure, going to a private school might benefit some students, but going to a private school just to obtain status is ridiculous. I don't see anything wrong with the quality of Maine South's education, just ask the alumni.

Religion still influential FHToblems teenagers face and important issues." For other students who. aren't involved in their church, the main reason doesn't seem to be a lack of interest, but rather a lack of time. The comments ranged from, "I'd like to go to church regularly, but now that I work I just don't have the time," to "youth group was fun when I was younger, but now I'm too busy with other things." For some, however, it is simply a lack of interest. As one senior said, "I leave for church ^ ^ , every Sunday, but then 1 jXist out for ^ ' breakfast." In these drastically changing times, religion still manages to overall influence the teenage set. Basically, religion is a matter of beliefs and priorities and should be the decision of each individual.

Modern society challenges by Clarine Balla Society has a way of changing, and some very distinct, strong changes have taken place in the last 25 years. Morality has "loosened" up since the 1950's, and the economic situation has "tightened." These changes, naturally, have wreaked havoc on the American family. While close-knit families still do exist, they seem to be the exceptions rather than the rule. One reason the abstract family isn't what it used to be is that feelings toward marriage have changed. The accepted options are wide. There are those that marry right after high school. Many of these young marriages don't survive the juggling of work, education and paying for the rent, thus the breakup of the family before it has a chance to begin. Still, more and more young people are choosing to live together instead of making the serious commitment of marriage. Even if they eventually do choose marriage, statistics show that they have a 50 percent chance of getting a divorce someday. Morality has loosened to the point where some parents advise living Page 4

together to help insure a more secure marriage in the future. The change in the economic situation has also helped to deteriorate the family. Unfortunately, money matters don't suddenly improve if a marriage manages to survive its first years. If children come into the picture shortly afterwards, the couple will most likely need a second income to finance their childrens' food, clothing and education. As a result, parents don't have as much time to spend with their children, and less communication occurs. Hence, the famous Generation Gap. An unhappy environment is created that causes many kids to leave home as soon as they finish high school, entering the vicious circle of surviving like their parents once did. But the constant abscence of both parents also can serve a more positive purpose. If a child has to depend on himself more, he becomes more self-reliant, especially if he has to earn his own spending money. By taking on responsibility earlier, teenagers are becoming better prepared to leave home right after high


school graduation instead of living at home for a few more years like they used to. Children are coming out of the protective shell of the family sooner. Both the wonomic and moral changes have altered the role of women in society, as well. Since the 1950's it has become acceptable for a woman to work in an office instead of just a kitchen. (Even true male chauvenists would have trouble denying that an extra 20,000 dollars a year or so would be nice.) But not all women work just for the money; many women pursue a career to reach their personal goals. Often, marriage and kids are postponed for a few years of work until a woman is ready to settle down. If a woman chooses never to get tnarried, she isn't frowned upon as a spinster or old maid like she used to be. Having a family is no longer the necessity it once was. Today's society puts the emphasis more on monetary security and individuality than the society of 25 years ago. Close families are still around, but you have to search awhile to find them.

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Boys, are you afraid to cry in publici

by Caporale by Maria Maria Caporale doesn't <:hr.w show fh,.v they are ,r» ,.,«-i, weak, .-. it shows ,u_...- a. Emotions are expressed differently by each strength." ' person. One emotion hard to express at times Jim Jenkins '83, "I show emotions is sadness or crying. When this feelings comes sometimes. 1 only show them when a situation along, guys tend to chicken out—afraid to be leads me beyond control. It's not a sin to cry, seen in public. Here are a few comments from students when asked why they think many guys so why be embarrassed to cry. I'll admit it doesn't happen to often, but it does happen." are afraid to cry. Dave Farmer '84, "I think guys sould be Odette Semrow and Heidi Thorsson able to show their emotions, and yes, 1 have '83,"Real men should be able to show their cried after a loss." Sue Stuart '84, "They usually express their emotions. They have tear ducts too!" Gary Swiderski '83, "I believe you should emotions verbally." Jamie Starzec '84, "They usually express show your true emotions if the situation calls their emotions physically." for it. But crying is definitely out!" Michele Panzarella '84, "Most guys think "I would cry?" Michael Jame '83. that if they cry, people will think of them as Karen Whalen '83, "More power to them! immature." The way we go about expressing our emotions sets each of us apart. Those who don't are all the same—boring!" Julie Loeffler '83, "Guys have a different way of expressing their emotions than girls do. Most guys show anger when they really feel sadness. Maybe because they are embarrassed." Kim Wilk '83, "I think guys are afraid they will not be as strong if they cry, but the guys who do show their real emotions are the stronger ones." Brian Cloney '83, "Guys should show their pmotions just like anyone else would. It

Clothes decide by Dimitra DeFotis When one sees another person walking down the hall, he sometimes makes judgements, by looking at his clothes, about the other person's personality, habits and interests. There arc stereotyped looks for cowboys, new wave people, "burnouts," "preppies," the "G.Q.," and the hippy—the list goes on.

^ Douglas . Zirkel „. . ' '83, . . "I don't really cry in public, but I do cry. I usually hold in my bad. emotions until I'm at home or with my good friends." Mark Krueger '83, "1 usually get in very CTabby mood, but I guess I only cry when something really hurts bad enough." Ann Sivore '86, "Who says that .guys are afraid to show their emotion?" Duane Mellema '84, "I usually just get upset, probably mad since I don't like to show my emotions in front of people." Joel Krause '84, "I rarely cry, but when something gets me sad 1 get bummed all day." Candi Erickson '86,. "Guys are afraid to show their emtions because they are afraid to act their true self in front of their friends."

Decorating guide given

It's Monday morning. Your eyes are barely Several students commented on locker open, and all you are thinking about is getting decorating. to your locker and to homeroom before the Linda Oslager '83, "1 think it's a good idea. bell rings. Balloons and streamers are O.K., but when As you get to your locker section, you run you start ruining things and messing up the into something. Opening your eyes, you hallway, it gets out of hand." discover that the section is covered with Gregg Bochat '85, said,"I don't mind it, but streamers, balloons, and confetti, and about 150 people are shouting at you to stop messing confetti is too much. It messes up the halls." Diana Dimeo '83, commented, "I wouldn't up the decorations. do it, but I don't feel one way or another about Sound familiar? Although a decoration or it." two on a locker is O.K. for someone's birthSue Ewry '83, said, "It's fun to those inday, the streamers, balloons and the like can volved. Having a birhtday cake and confetti is get out of hand. going too far." Mr. Ken Reczkiewicz, Assistant Principal, Manuela Guidi '83, said, "1 think it's great commented that, "I don't mind a poster and because it tells everyone when your birhtday is, some streamers on a locker, but when the decorations put others in jeopardy they are go- and that makes it more special. I don't like it when you can't make it through the hallway ing too far." unless you make a 40 ft. leap." Mr. Reczkiewicz cited guidelines to follow: Clarine Balla '83, said, "It's all 1 need in the signs and streamers are allowable, but pop- morning to have some freshman tell me I can't corn, shaving cream, confetti, and anything go to my locker because I'll ruin the decorathat causes a mess is forbidden. tions!"

Family, friends most important

But, do people really dress according to what they are or what they want to be, but are not? Most people, escpecially the younger While walking down the halls of Maine generation, get dressed in the morning with a South, an outsider might get the impression certain image in mind. that the students treasure material things above all else. Everyone wants to be liked, and the more Take a look. In one glance, you can notice "mod" and the more "cool" one's clothes aj'e, the belter. No serious person with his head the latest fashions, jewelry, hairstyles, or in on straight would wear a clashing shirt and tie some cases, cars. But down deep, what do Maine South with floods to school unless he was a students consider their true prized possessions? masochist. A few decided to comment. But, whether one is wearing crazy clothes, Sherri Martc '83, "My prized possessions the popular fads or the dead fads of the 60's, are [and not in this order] my dog, my getting "dressed for the occasion" is usually boyfriend and my friends." more exciting than putting on the same old Dan Bayer '83, "My possessions are ^hing everyday. Wearing exciting clothes also plural—social life, parties and stcrio equippoosis the morale of the wearer and those ment. That's life!" abound him. Debbie Cole '86, "The friends I've made So count your blessings teenagers of Maine and the relationship with my parents." South. You might be reading this paper while Beth Vebrugghe '86, "The trust my parents Wearing school uniforms. Or arc you already? have in me and all the friends I've made."

Janine Engel '83, "My folks and my immediate friends. 1 wouldn't call them "possessions," but those people are most special to me." Michelle Hall '83, "I would consider my self-respect my most prized possession, followed by the continued loyalty of my friends throughout many traumas. "My Latin book," said Bill Gavin '84. "My empty Skoal tins or my silk sheets [red and black]!," replied Steve Duerkop '84. Terry Bussert '83, "My Coca-Cola and my pet alligator." Joanne Dickey '83, "My Tylenol capsules." Nanci Franke '83, "My friendship with my sister and my faith." Are you surprized? Contrary to belief, many students consider their family, health and friends most important. Don't lose hope yet!


students welcome new semester sumers and Health are required yet hopelessly boring; however, you are still too young to be allowed the priveledges reserved for upperclassmen. Don't fret, in one semester you will be an upperclassman enjoying such classes as History and Government. Juniors: This may be your best year of high school. Hard to beieve? Well, look at the facts: Which ever category you're in, here are a you are now upperclassmen and enjoy all the few words of advice, warning or encourage- priviledges that go with the title; lounge, early ment to start off on the right foot. dismissal, and work programs, this is the hardest year scholastically because it counts Sophomores: You are to be most pitied. By the second year of high school, high school life for college, yet you don't have the dreaded is no longer new and exciting. Classes like Con- "senioritis disease." If the work gets you Freshmen: For you, a new sememster is a time to go hunting for new classrooms. In case you forgot from your first semester at Maine South, a word of advice: don't ask any person by Kris Falzone 18 years or younger which way to go for the It has been one of those days when P.A. wing—you'll end up in physics class. When life gets you down, just remember that everything has gone wrong. As you walk into in one semester, you will no longer be the seventh period math, the day brightens. A substitute teacher is trying desperately to clam youngest and most gullible at Maine South. the class, and you and your friends exchange sly glances—that means mischief! Have you ever wondered, though, why you feel it is time to goof around just because you have a substitute? Most students, when asked, replied that they After a long, extended vacation, we would like to welcome back our own resident detec- don't know what their motives are. One junior girl described it this way, "The tive. Super Sleuth. Weeks of sleuthing has proteachers usually don't leave enough lesson duced the first victim of the new year. plans to fill the time, and the sub doesn't know This week's victim is a freshman girl. She what to teach the class, so he has no control can be seen on Saturday mornings over the kids, and they can talk and goof off cheerleading for the Freshman basketball the rest of the period. It may be the teacher's fault, but the kids team. create the problem. Occasionally, she spends the morning in the Many students think that substitutes should library, studying for one of her accelerated get as much respect and attention as the classes, all of which she is doing well in. She regular teacher. This is where peer pressure can be found in the A-wing ninth period. often takes over. Consider the situation in which the majority After studying, she goes to her homeroom, of people in a class are talking, throwing things C-125, for which she is a representative for Student Council. Her Student Council Kris Kr- and generally creating chaos. The students who know they should behave will want to be ingle was an editor of Southwards. She went to Lincoln Junior High and is try- accepted by thier classmates and not be thought of as "goody two-shoes," so they ing out for indoor track. usually join in the wrongdoings—and many Have fun sleuthing! by Jean Harighausen Once again, a new semester has arrived. For some, now is the time to start anew, vow to get straight A's and promise not to fall into that inevitable third quarter slump. For others, a new semester only marks the halfway point to summer.

down, just remember that in five months, the hard work will be over. Next year, you can i blow everything off. (If you believe that, you should be a freshman!) Seniors: One more semester, and it will be all over. No more twenty minute lunches, no more halls guarded like a prison, no more ridiculous 6 minute passing periods, no more study halls, no more library periods, <\o more government classes, and no more green slips. la one mere semester, this will be all over. Five months from now this school year will be over—all of its advantages and disadvantages. Until then, hang in there!

Subs — perfect targets

Sleuth returns

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times, end up in the deans' office. However, many times, students written up by a substitute don't get in as much trouble with the deans as others, probably because harassing a sub is considered an expected and not-so-serious offense. There are many other passible causes for kids' actions. "Boredom in school might have something to do with it," said a sophomore. "It's something to do and fun to aggrivate a teacher." If this is true, maybe someone should organize a club for this type of entertainment on Friday nights. School may often seem boring, but that's a weak excuse for troublemaking. Besides, is hearing one of the deans' lectures really worth all the "fun" you have in dass? The multitude of kids asked responded to why they annoy substitutes. It is either habit, influence of other students or wanting to see how far they can "push" a teacher. Whatever the reasons, perhaps you should take into consideration the teachers' feelings—after all, subs are only human and might actually want to help you. It may be time we all settled down and gave a little thought to our actions.

Girls' basketball battles by Bob McKune

Tonight the girls' varsity basketball team 'hosts New Trier in a key conference game at 8 p.m. Currently, New Trier is tied for first place in conference. Recently, the girls' varsity played "Three fine games," said Coach Mike Deines. Theylost to Resurrection in overtime 48-38, beat Evanston 43-38 and most recently lost to Niles West 55-53. In the Niles West game the varsity accumulated twice as many steals, rebounds and shots than Niles West, but still came up short. Coach Deines feels the terrible free throw shooting in the second half (7 for 18) cost the Hawk the game. Overall though he said the girls played a fine game, with Diane Lee shooting well from the outside. Lee had 8 points in the game with 4 for 4 from the field.

Sports Spotlight

really putting it together." Coach Deines also proudly said that the freshmen were 9-0, as well as the JV who are 9-0. He said that the girls on these teams were doing a tremendous job dominating every game they played.

Sports space investigated

by Brian Humm The sports page of Southwards is one of the most popular sections of this newspaper and as such, is also one of the most controversial. The use of the limited space of the sports page is always one of the most difficult decisions made by the Southwards staff. The primary reason for this controversy is |ie fact that just about every coach and team nember would love to see his specific sport highlighted in Southwards. However, this is simply not possible. Therefore, some guidelines must be set up in order to fairly determine the priority of the sports to be covered. The primary responsibility falls upon Sports Editor Michael Sir and Editor-in-Chief


Amy Black and Laurie Hass combined together to effectively control the boards. Amy had 13 rebounds and 16 points, while Laurie had 11 rebounds and 15 points. Cathy Milano said,"With the three good games since the Christmasbreak, 1 think we're

Leo Smith. Sir feels that "the sports pages are limited in the amount of copy that we can use. Therefore, we must decide upon a favorable balance of issues. Quite simply, readers get tired of reading about the same sports week after week, making it important that we strive for unique and original material." Now here is something that I, myself, can agree with. Granted, an issue I was interested in was not covered, but I have also been put to sleep by the usual hype about the usual sports. If 1, as a reader, am put to sleep by a newspaper, then that newspaper has failed somewhere. Of course, by views are just those of one individual, but if enough readers feel this way,


Norm Lajewski and guard Mike Sir struggle for control of the ball Jan. 14.

The Hawks beat the Niles West Indians 42-39. See story on

then something should be done. Editor-in-Chief Leo Smith said, "There are two basic ways to present sports. One way, such as we have done in the past, is to cover all the sports all the time. Another is to branch our and cover fewer sports but feature them in a more in-depth and ineteresting light. This year we elected to take the feature approach and are still in the transition period." This approach appears to be far better than the scatter-gun approach that left me, at least, uniterested. However, this approach has one flaw. That fiaw being that it does not give me the reports of sporting events that I did not, or was not interested in, attending. An important part of this process, then, is selecting the issues to be highlighted. According to both Editors Smith and Sir, the criteria used is "just a metter of weighing student interest, student participation and noteworthy accomplishment." Here is where I am in the most agreement with our editors. The sport to be highlighted should be those that create the most interest, such as football, basketball, hockey, etc. To devote space to those issues in which no one is really interested simply wasted space and results in a ton of unread stories. By attending various sporting activities, the student body has a direct input into the selection of the stories printed. Also, I agree that outstanding achievement should be highlighted no matter what the sport is. We have been presented with what seems to be some pretty lofty sets of guidelines, which are "still in the transition period." A fact that might be overlooked is that to put our a paper with such feature articles will mean that Southwards will have to come up with more writers who will spend time writing these articles. Let's face it, it takes far more time to produce a feature article then to crank out a normal "who, what, where, why" piece. Five months is a fairly long transition period. It will be interesting to see if that transition ever comes about. page?

Hawks travel to New Trier

necessary for us to maintain our poise and put it all by Tom Tally The Hawks will travel to New Trier tonight to together Friday night." This is a pivotal game for the Hawks because avenge the Trevians' victory of last December. On Saturday the Hawks will entertain Hersey at home. their work will be cut out for them in their four reThe New Trier game is of special significance to maining conference games, all of which they are Maine South because if they can earn a victory, the favored to win because of previous conference victop spot in the confereiKe will belong to the Hawks. tories this season. The Hawks outlasted the Guard tom Fiddler said, "The last time we played evanston Wildkits 58-57 in the first game lack from them we did not have an equal effort for 32 the holidays. Bill Karavites hit a clutch jumper with minutes. With Mcirc MazzÂŤi back in the lineup, our less than 20 seconds remaining to seal the victor>\ The following night at Deerfidd, an underestimated big men will control the boards." "Against New Trier, we certainly intend to Deerfield club stunned the Hawks 72-55. John Djonlkh ccxnmented on the Deerfieki game, change last month's outcome," Coach Jerry Nelson agreed. "We simply cannot expea to win if saying, "Our man-to-man defense did not work as we play good ball for one half arKl iwt the other. It is wdl as it shouW have in that game. It's unfwtunate

Hawk forward Norm Lajewski battles a Niles West opponent for the ball in Maine

Gymnasts fly Tonight at 6:30 the varisty gymnastics team will take on Maine East away in their last conference meet. Last year the Hawks beat Maine East by '/2 point. Coach Phyllis GoU commented, "I think we are going to win. We have more skill." The Hawks took second place in the Conant Invitational. This is the first trophy ever won by a varsity gymanstics team at South. Deerfield won the invitational. Maine South placed ahead of conference rival Maine West. Michelle Ryan, who placed third on balance beam, and Sue Zachary, who took sixth in floor exercise, aided the team's second place finish. Varsity's other accomplishment was to beat Evanston, a highly skilled team. "Evanston is good because that have a lot of club memben and a good summer program," GoU commented. According to Coach GoU, the team's goals for the remainder of the season include taking first or second in conference, beating Maine East, Maine West, Niles West and qualifying team members for state in district competition. pages.

South's recent 42-39 victory.


that we could not carry over the solid team defense we played against Evanston the night before, " j Niles West played a slow-up game in their attempt to undermine the Hawks Jan. 14. Despite this strategy. South prevailed in the last three minutes to cap a 42-39 victory. Forwards Norm Lajewski and Marc Mazzeri and guard Mike Sir all scored in double figures to help the Hawks to their third conference victory.

Fencers foiling The varsity fencing team will take on Gordon Tech Feb. 1 at Gordon Tech, and captain Diane James expects to win the meet. On Feb. 2, the Hawks will take on the New Trier fencing team, and James feels the match will be close. The varsity record as of now is 6-4. James stated that the team's strength is the the Epee team and in Wally Cwik. She said, "He is very good. He's doing exceptionally well this year. He's ranked third in the under 20 Junior Olympics and the top high school fencer in the Junior Olympics. The varsity Hawks placed second at the Catholic Memorial Invitational. On Feb. 5, the team will compete in the Midwest high School Fencing Championship in Culver, Indiana. All the high schools in the Midwest will compete, and James feels that Cwik "should do well. He has a very good chance of taking first place." She added, " I ' m also hoping for first at the^ Midwest Championship. I don't think it's impossif ble because I've been working hard." When asked about the future of the team, James said, "We need freshmen and sophomores. Because of declinibg enrollment, I don't think the budget will pay for it anymore." She added, "We need more encouragement and spirit from the school."

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HJw r i Varsity Club officers and sponsor Jackie Schultze are congratulated by Student Council officers following the chartering of tfie club. Standing, left to

dW] right, are: Mi&s Schultze, Tiernan Leahy^ Debbie Hazlett, Marci Brown, Maggie Urizarri, Brain Humm, Mark Filip, Kneeling, left to right, Bert Beckman, Linda Bachmeier and Kathy Humm.

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