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Volume 32. Issue 11 February 9, 1996

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Maine South H.S. Park Ridge, IL

German Club plays concert for seniors by Cathy Owsiany On December 7, the members of Maine South's German Club participated in the Club's third major activity of the year. They sang Christmas carols to the residents of St. Matthew's Nursing Home. This has become an annual event for the German Club. However, this year, the Maine East German Club also joined in the festivities. The concert consisted of both German and American Christmas carols. Senior Lisa Lutzer, an active German Club member, accompanied the entire group on the piano and sang a solo. Other featured Maine South students were Jenny Husar, Barbara Rodecki, and Karin Vonesh, who sang a medley of American carols as a trio. Students also played music for the resi|dents. Senior Carlos Comptas played a guitar ^olo, and a Maine East student played the violin. Overall, the concert was a success. All of those who attended enjoyed themselves. Some audience members were even brought to tears. After the concert, students had the opportunity to speak with the residents. Many even got the chance to practice speaking German with them. When asked her opinion of the group's

performance, Maine South German Club sponsor Miss Lorenz said, "I was very proud of everyone. They represented their schools in a very respectable manner." At the end of the evening, the Club drove to the Black Forest Chalet to enjoy a holiday

dinner together. Their dinners consisted of ethnic German foods, such as chicken schnitzel, spatzel, rotkohl, and apfelstrudel. To end this eventful evening, accordian player Freddie Schaunig led the group in song and dance.

Illinois State Scholars announced Each year, Illinois recognizes outstanding achievement of high school students by naming those students Illinois State Scholars. About 10% of all high school seniors in Illinois receive the honor, which is given by the IlUnois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Winners are awarded a Certificate of Achievement, and a congratulatory letter. Also, a list of State Scholars is available to colleges, high schools, media, and members of the Illinois General Assembly. In order to be named a Slate Scholar, stuients must meet several qualifications. First, they must be United States citizen or eligible noncitizen, and a resident of Illinois. In addition, seniors must rank in the upper half of their class at the end of 6 semesters.

However, for those that scored at or above 95% on the ACT, class rank is not considered in determining eligibility. Students must also be planning on graduating from high shcool in 1996, and have taken their ACT or SAT during the fifth or sixth semester. The final determinant of Illinois State Scholars is a formula used by the ISAC that basically doubles the ACT score and adds the class rank. Students with weighted selection scores that fall above a cut off number are designated State scholars. TTiose students who were not named State Scholars and wish to know why should speak with Mrs. Cannon in the CRC. She has the ISAC's formula on file. This year, 87 Maine South seniors were

designated State Scholars. Those students are: Jeni Aris, Laura Batt, Paul Berke, Paul Berko, Thomas Carroll, Larry Chan, Stephanie Chen, Victoria Chi, Wesley Crampton, Sarah Crawford, James Czeszewski, Bryan Dayton, Heather Dolan, Margaret Donehoo, Christina Dorow, Jonathan Dudlak, Alexander Eliashevsky, Kelly Erwin, Thomas Falk, Graham Fisher, Kierstin Forsythe, Lucas Fuksa. JuUe Green, Joseph Guest, Anne Hildebrandt, Mark Iwaszko, Jessica Jakubanis, Maureen Jamieson, Hellin Jang, Joseph Kazmierski, Brandon Kelly, Aimee Kiefer, Christopher Kiepura, Bridget Kufner, Heather Kura. Scholars continued on page 6

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The language of love by Cyrus Wilson Tissues in hand, I dash through the door a minute after the bell, disrupting the class that has finally settled down. I explain to the teacher that, in order to speedily recover from my illness, I decided to walk inside, though it meant sacrificing my punctuality. This is a scenario that I had to repeat several times during this day, a consequence of taking precautions to avoid frostbite, hypothermia, and disease. Although the temperature was four degrees fahrenheit, with windchills of 24 to 30 below, much of the Maine South population had to face this weather without outerwear or head coverings, just to get to class on time. This situation, in which health and punctuality conflict, is typical of some certain school policies. Because of the shortfiveminute passing periods, many students must walk outside to be on time to their classes. Students can not wear any type of outerwear or head covering because of die possibility that hats and jackets can be used to express gang identification. Because I do not wish to challenge the hat/ jacket policy-its purpose is to promote the safety of the students-I believe that a lengthening of the passing periods would have several benefits. 1 propose that one or two minutesfi'omthe end of each class period be added to the following passing period. Though the lengthening of the passing periods to six or seven minutes will reduce class time to 44 or 43 minutes, it will have a good effect overall. First, the schedule will not experience any overall harm. All class periods will still begin at the same times; only the beginning of the passing periods will be changed. Second, though the class periods might be shorter, class time might actually be gained. Most teachers are familiar with the pre-bell ritual of packing up and rushing for the door. Students must sacrifice otherwise useable class time to prepare for the passing period. The beginning of classes are also wasted waiung for everyone to arrive. However, if the time that is already spent packing up is devoted to passing periods, no class time will be lost. Time will actually be gained because all the students will have ample time to reach their next class, allowing classes to begin on time. In addition, students will be able to walk inside, avoiding exposure to poor weather, improving their health, and reducing absences. Lengthening the passing periods by adding one or two minutes from the end of each class period wdl lengthen classtimeby eliminating the inconveniences that students and teachers currentiv suffer.

by Brian O'Neill to make fun of it and if you have a problem In case you haven't noticed, there are then write your own commentary article. obvious class distinctions at Maine South. These division are not because of monetary Preppy music- Not officially recognized as doings, or grade level, but rather ones that set a music group. This music is supposed to be all of these divisions against each other. This good and anti-society but is actually very bad boundary is music, the language of love, and with terrible lyrics and the musicians are very it is what causes people to hate each otiier with rich and ultra-liberal. These bands create the help of basic stereotyping. images that they hope parents won't like, "I hate mixers!" "I hate headbangers!" "I with sayings like "this is not for you." These hate preppies!" These are some of the more listeners show their allegience by getting common epithets you can hear regarding bowl cuts and putting on their new Dockers music in the faculty lounge. However, stu- and scream about their angst while driving in dents are also guilty so the focus will be on the Blazer. Actually, these people listen to them. anything from Jimmy Buffet to Snoop Doggy Students, being human, tend to make judg- Dogg, in order to show their versatility, which ment about people that are different from is akin to playing for the Clippers and the themselves . This often leads to hatred and Buccaneers in the same year. sometimes even violence. To that end, I have come up with a partial list of some of the Deadheads-Don't get me started on the major groups at Maine South. This should Grateful Dead. I have neither thetimenor the help you make your own open-minded deci- vocabulary. Don't get me started. Don't get sions about people by influencing you with me started. blatant generalizations. Well, that's all for now. There are plenty of Mixers- Perhaps the most visible group at other categories, like punk, grunge (a w o r ^ ^ South, on the basis of pants color. These the media created and loves to say), light r o c ] ^ ^ people usually wear extremely baggy pants. classic, Zamphir, master of the pan flute, t h ^ ^ These pants are baggy to the point that, if they list is endless. But my patience isn't Now go were to get any baggier, the entire school away, my children, and stereotype. would be engulfed in a sea of blood and synthetic fiber. The music is distingushed by heavy bass, a strong rythym, and a beat that is Question of the Week conducive to dancing, in the form of moving each body part to the rythym, pulsating vioInto what groups do people at lentiy and bobbing your head as if you were a Maine South classify each other duck on crack. They seem as if they are having a good time, though. The lyrics to these songs usually consist of one phrase along the Unes of " hey baby baby ooo ooo hey baby baby ooo "How someone looks." ooo love-shake baby ooo hey batter batter sa-Matt A., sophomore wing batter" repeated roughly thirty-five zillion times. "Everyone says that everyone else is so trendy, that everyone else is stuck Headbangers-This group is stereotyped to up. Even though everyone here is treinclude anywhere from Satan metal to indusndy they say everyone else is." trial to Raffi. Satan metal is where grown men -Lola Reese, senior who have lots of subconscious agression woik out their frustrations to the world in the form of devouring Uve woodchucks and influenc"Attitude. Its all about attitude. You ing teens to "kill your parents and share their have your Rico Suave girls, you have blood with Satan." Heavy metal is like that, your "macho man" guys. Its all about only more guitar chords and considerably attidude." fewer woodchucks. Industrial fans are really -Mike Hruban, senior not headbangers, but tend to like music that is electronically produced, with many overlay"Big ones, [askedfor example] Uh... ing sounds and very deep, brilliant lyrics. This Lockers!" music is often very loud but it is also quiet and -Paul Orlando, freshman soulwrenching and painfully honest and full of brilliant nihilistic rage and don't expect me



Response: More thoughts on abortion by Meghan Corkill While reading the articles on abortion I began to think about my own feelings on the topic. I contemplated and reasoned all the different circumstances that could bring about the choice of fulfilling a pregnancy, or ending it I came to the conclusion that I was both prolife and pro-choice. I'd like to explain my feelings, and perhaps make you think about yours. I don't believe in using abortion as a form of birth control. Everyone should have safe sex, unless they are planning on starting a family. There are contraceptives available on almost every comer, so not using them is an act of irresponsibility, if not stupidity. If you are old enough to engage in consentual sex, you are old enough to understand the consequences. If every person would take time to plan their actions, abortion would not have to be considered later. The main question is, who gave any of us the right to tell a woman what to do with her body? If we force couples to have unwanted children, we are forcing them to become parents who are not ready, or perhaps able, to become responsible parents. The Catholic church does not approve of the use of contraceptives or abortion. In effect, women are punished into giving birth simply because they choose to engage in sex. Thus, the child

becomes the punishment. This is not compassion for the unborn, but a control of the living. We are forcing the mother into "mandatory motherhood." I think Garrett Harding said it best when he said, "How can we justify compulsory pregnancy? Here we are, strapping down a living and breathing creature (the mother) and forcing her to give birth in the unproven belief that we are saving a life.'" In unwanted pregnancies, abortion can save the life of the mother; it can also give her time to better the life of her children. Imagine if you were a victim of rape and found that a pregnancy resulted. Should we expect you to carry the baby to term? In doing this we would be reminding you of your horrible experience every second, every minute of every hour for those nine months— possibly longer if you kept the child. And if the child learned of his^er beginnings? Not a conception in love, but a result of violence and hate. If that were me, I'd wonder what my mother thought when she looked at me. Would I only serve as a reminder of this horrible event. Does anyone have the right to deny a victim a release from such pain? Most importantly, there is the issue of child abuse. By the time you have finished reading this sentence, statistics show that at least two children will have suffered the terrors of abuse. Oftentimes, they are abused at

the hands of parents who were simply not prepared to be parents. The number of abused children will continue to rise until we put into action ways to prevent it. I believe it is better not to force a life into the world only for it to endure pain and suffering, both physical and emotional. Margaret Sanger said, "The first right of every child is for it to be wanted, to be desired, to be planned with an intensity of love that gives it its title to being." It is not fair for a child to live a life without love and care. It is its own form of abuse. Clare Boothe Luce said, "But if God wanted us to think with our wombs, why did he give us a brain?" He gave us a brain to make choices. Some people say that abortion is barbaric, morally wrong, and some even say it's murder. I tend to agree with Constance Robertson who said, "By contrast, abortion is absolutely moral and responsible. To stop pregnancy and prevent the birth of a child who can not be properly cared for shows wisdom— and understanding of the realities of life." Each of us has our own opinion of what is right or wrong, and we are as entitled to those opinions as we are to the choices we base them on. Freedom allows us to fulfill our own potentials, makes us who we are and makes us who we are to be.

Anarchy on the Internet

by Philip Freeman As computers come into the world in more and more places, so do computer diseases. Computer viruses are making trouble all over the world and the Internet isn't helping anything. All of the news media should make the on-line community become more prepared for the event of a virus. The government should take a more active role in solving the problem. There are more than two hundred Bulletin Board Systems worldwide through which virus writers can hold, trade, and obtain virus writing tools and techniques. Uncounted numbers of virus writers are striving to make a big impact in order to be remembered. Like Michelangelo, they wish to be recognized. All these virus writers and hackers are exposing the flaws in the system. The government should be thankful to these American hackers for finding back doors, a way to get in without being seen, so that these problems can

befixed.The government insfitutions should also be happy that these hackers aren't members of the Russian Secret Service. The Internet is a great tool for finding information, if you're looking for the latest information on viruses, hacking, and phreaking. Unfortunatley the Internet just speeds up the exchange of viruses, intentional and unintentional. Hacking, a process in which a person gains acess to a system without permission of the staff, has become a big deal in the computer underground. It's easy now that countless documents that take you step by step through Password stealing and System Override circulate the net Phreaking, Phone Freaking, Phone RipOff is another craze sweeping the underground. Thefileson this hobby can be found almost anywhere. They range from a phone number that will send you 30 dollars in the mail to the boxes: red, white, blue, and almost

any other color of the rainbow. The boxes are electronic devices that when built to the correct specifications can do any array of things. One box is for making free phone calls from pay phones; another is to send so much voltage through a phone line that it bums out a phone or modem. Whatever the case may be, the Intemet is a valuable tool and should be used wisely, not misused by the youth of today. It is like a child with a gun. He doesn' t realize the power of the tool until it is too late. The Intemet is a highly controversial example of new technology. If you have any opinions about this topic, or anything else on these pages, or on any thing at all, please send them on a piece of signed paper to: Southwards V-131



Intimations of a long weekend by Sean Andrews Surely everyone is looking forward to this three day weekend. However, as it is common, not many people realize why this holiday is so important. February 12 is the one hundred eighty-seventh celebration of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. In many states, this day is taken as a holiday in addition to President's Day, which falls on the following Monday. At any rate, Lincoln's birth is not the only significance that he has laid upon the nation. He has gone down as one of the greatest leaders of the United States for many reasons. Lincoln was bom in Kentucky and raised in Illinois, which is still a great point of pride in this state. He was well-educated and he read often, which later helped him to become a prominent Illinois lawyer. In 1858 Lincoln began thinking about running for the Presidency in the upcoming election of 1860. During this year he argued fierce debates with his rival, Stephen Douglass. The election of Lincoln to the Presidency in 1860 resulted in the immediate secession of the state of South Carolina from the Union. Ten other states followed in their footsteps and thus began one of the most iimnense trials of judgment and endurance a leader has ever had to face: the Civil War. Lincoln justified the cause of the war for the Union as "preserving the nation." The casualties, both human and economic, were

outrageous. Perhaps the smartest decision Lincoln ever made was finally brought forth after the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam. Lincoln announced his plans for the Emancipation Proclamation. As of January 1, 1863, all slaves were to be free. The Proclamation did not actually free any of the slaves, but it was a success pohtically. It prevented all foreign intervention against northern troops. A bit later in the war Lincoln gave the most famous speech of his life: the Gettysburg Address. At the time, the extremely brief (less than 5 minutes) oration which began, "Four score and seven years ago " was rejected as a very poorly organized memorial to those that had died on the battle-site-tumed-cemetery. On the other hand, this speech is now regarded as common knowledge much like Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Had a Dream," speech and President Kennedy's "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You...." address. Eventually, in 1865, Confederate General Lee surrendered to Union General Grant and the Civil War was over. Lincoln had withstood the hardships of a nation divided over uncompromiseable issues, a test no other leader has claimed to pass. Lincoln was inaugurated for his second term in March of 1865. He was planning the reconstruction and restoration of the South. Lincoln showed remorse and mercy for the rebels by intending to allow the nation to rejoin together and by making an attempt to

attain the status quo that existed before t l ^ ^ war. This great President never got the c h a n i ^ ^ to put his promising plans into effect. On April 14, 1865, Lincoln attended the play, "Our American Cousin," with his wife at Ford's Theater. In an insane plot of glory, or perhaps an enormous underground conspiracy, a fanatic actor named John Wilkes Booth murdered Lincoln. The assassination was thought of as a conspiracy because of the suspicious behavior of Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. Booth's confession letter happened to be missing 18 pages when Stanton finally released it to investigation. News of almost 50 conspirators came from reliable sources. Although none of this conspiracy was ever proven, it draws strong parallels to the JFK assassination conspiracy nearly a century later. The mysterious assassination of Lincoln ended the legacy of a leader not equaled or admired as much until JFK in the 1960's. Lincoln was able to defeat an internal uprising greater than the world had ever seen before. He was patient and merciful enough to allow the Confederate rebels to return to a nation that would offer them help and one day rise to greatness. When you are relaxing next Monday a f t c ^ ^ noon, remember that Lincoln not only s a v ^ ^ our nation and helped make it free and easy to live in; but also that just because he was bom you get a day off school.

Focus on student excellence... Grade Level: Senior Name: Tim Paschke Activities: Varsity Swimming, German Club, Constitution Team, M-Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Merit Semi-Finalist Teacher's Comment: "Despite his subtleties, Tim is one of the most well-rounded, dynamic people I have ever encountered. Despite his immense talent, Tim is humble and unassuming. You would never know he was a state class athlete until you'd seen him swim. He is well meaning, self-disciplined, and leads by ex^ ample and hard work." -Mr. Chris Deger


] Features!

Stuff I bet you didn't know by Kate Rowland The average Maine South student stands five feet, seven inches tall. So if you were to put all 1,900 Maine South students in a straight line, end to end, the bodies would reach almost 23.5 miles. And then, if you were to lay them around the track surrounding Wilson Field, you would have a layer of students 94 people thick and 74 feet tall, the height of a seven-story building. Also, the entire student body could fit into C-101. As we're discussing anatomy and whatnot, if all the blood in Maine South students was accidentally drained from the students, homogenized, and packaged, about 38,000 milk cartons of blood would be available for sale. If you were to instead put all that blood into the pool, it would barely fill one sixty-third of it. Even if not filled with blood, the pool is pretty heavy. In fact, if you drained it completely and removed all the swimmers, then filled the now-vacant area with plain air, the air would weigh about 681.4 kilograms, or about 1,500 pounds. Okay, now let's say that the entire population of Earth turned into snowflakes, save Southwards Sports Editor Chris Ryan. If we snowflakes were to all find our way into the pool, and Chris were to jump into the deep end, he would find that the pool is only fivesixths as full as normal. In order for the pool to be completely filled with snowflakes, we would need more than a billion more snowflakes than there are people on the Earth, for a total of about 6,015,600,000. And if you got bored with all that snow and decided to melt it down, Chris would find himself wading in only ten inches of water down at the deep end. While you're at it, imagine a snowflake the size of the page you're reading. They fell in Siberia, Russia, in the early 1970's. You Maine South students get six or seven hours of sleep a night on average, according to a poll done by Phil Freeman, Joe Zuccarello, and Ken Lai. If you were an opposum, your average would be 18 hours a day. Conversely, if you were a giraffe, you would spend an average of 22 hours awake each day and spend most of them eating leaves. You won't find many giraffes there, but let's say you're interested in taking a trip to the British Isles to visit you triplet cousins, who are celebrating their nineteenth birthday this week. John lives in England, Jack lives in Wales, and loin lives in Ireland. To John, you

can merely say, "Happy Birthday," but to really fit in, you'd have to say "Dydd pen blwydd" to Jack and "Breith-la" to loin. Okay, now let's say you're going to Africa to visit your relatives, and you need to know how to wish them well on their birthdays, too. To your cousin in South Africa, I recommend "Geboortedag" and to Auntie in Ghana, "Dzigbe fe yayre netu wo." If your Dad is Nigerian, tell him "E Ku Odun Ojo-ibi." Speaking of fathers, say, "Dies natalia," to your favorite Catholic priest. If he looks at you funny, it's because the church stopped saying Mass in Latin about 30 years ago. Besides, it probably isn't his birthday. While we're on the topic of history, let's say that, in 1776, George Washington foresaw the financial problems that the United States would encounter in 1996, and, wishing to avoid them, the General decided to deposit a sum of money in a regular savings account in the NBD Bank in Park Ridge. The present rate of interest is 4%(compunded quarterly). Ignoring, of course, inflation, Old George would have had to deposit some $50,445,000,000 in order to pay off the 4.5 trillion dollar debt of today. ^

Now let's be historically correct. George didn't foresee such problems. Abraham Lincoln did. Lincoln, however, was not nearly as enterprising as Washington; all Honest Abe wanted was for every man, woman, and child in America to have a dollar to his name. In order for each of the 400 miUion people in the United States to have a dollar, Abe would have had to deposit $108,632,562 in the NBD in 1865 to fulfill his goal. More on money: your typical dollar bill has a life span of a year. After that, it gets too tattered and worn to be useful, and the bank gives it to the government. The Federal Reserve then gives the bank a fresh, crisp bill.


Speaking of Banks, if you were to take all the baseballs that former Cub Ernie ever hit out of the park and put them into a container, you' d need one big enough to hold 100 horses. And another one for all the manure. Another sporty fact—A hundred years ago, the first modem summer Olympic games were held, appropriately, in Athens, Greece. Events included gymanstics, swimming, track and shooting. Only men competed. Speaking of men, the following, quoted directly out of my physics book, is an actual scientific fact: "Most males are more muscular and slightly denser than females." (All brawn, no brains.) Threatening letters can be sent directly to Paul G. Hewitt, c/o Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Menlo Park, CA, 94025. Letters of praise, on the other hand, can be sent directly to Kate Rowland, c/o Southwords, 1111 S. Dee Rd., Park Ridge, DL, 60068.

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December Students of the Month English: George Athanasopoulos, Mary Battista, Meghan Corkill, Krista Diestel, William Edison, Brooke Fillippo, April Gann, Mary Heidkamp, Sal lannello, Lynn Janik, Alyssa Kulak, Jamie Martello, Brigid Matchen, Trista Raczyla, Kate Rogers, Eileen Sergo, Brian Shields, Kamila Sztaba, Christopher Woppel. Foreign Language: Olivia Forys, Robert Levar, Roxanna Lulusa, Michael Lupo, Gino On, Karoline Salvador, Nicole Schrecke. Social Science: Brian Dema, Brooke Fillippo, Katerina Harrison, Mark Iwaszko, John O'Neil, Mary Sosniak. Mathematics: Sheree Baccay, John Bang, Greg Cegielski, Helen Kontos, Jennifer La

Driver'i £<fucaf/on: Justin Belter, Willi a^L Eich, David Siegel, Juan Veron. Art: Kathleen Johnson, Thomas Modzelewski, David Siegel. Music: Anthony Enright, Annie Kaminski, David Wilson. Speech/Drama: Jenny Beacraft, Dan Fischer, Sheryn Novak. Business: Suzana Kotur, Jane Optie, Michael Semel. Home Economics: Dorota Dymon, Justin Martinez, Susan Reynolds, John Sagat, Tracy Zaczynski. Health: George Avet, Kamila Sztaba. Applied Technology: Paul Berko, Nicholas Johnson.

South receives a new Hawk

Project Big Students should mark their calendars now for District 207's biannual career night. Project Big. On March 13, Maine South will host the event in hopes of educating students about various career possibihties. Students can speak with representatives of different occupations, ask questions, and hopefully discover new, interesting jobs that they had never considered before. Students will be able to talk to people with jobs in cinematography, aircraft maintenance, forensic chemistry, podiatry, meteorology, retail, economics, appliance repair, optometry, and fashion design, to name a few. Questions regarding Project Big should be directed towards Mrs. Cannon in the CRC.


Fronza, Andrew Mueller, Kathleen O'Keefe, Timothy Paschke. Claire Pawlowski, Rebecca RAngel, Erin Sloan, Anna Szybowksi, Maureen Haas, Robert Roman. Science: Adam Cherline, Todd Clemens, Sushila Dalai, Adam Haney, Serena Hohmann, Laura Huber, Michael Janowski, Kathryn Klobutcher, Eric Lifton, Stephen Mahler, Agnieszka Malicka, Shannon Maloney, Russell Mc Gillivray, Daniel Pellegrini, Elizabeth Raap, Emily Smythe, Heidi Thome, Anne Wysoglad, Ayn Balija. Physical Education: Gina Anichini, Ian Broeker, Ashley Collins, Michelle Foy, Kimberly Mattes, Brian Marvucic, Nicholas Norman, Erin Tyrell, Terry Wittek.

by Brian Wolfe There will be a new face at Maine South next year and it is not one of the freshmen. The new and improved Maine South Hawk will be making its first appearance at games and festivities. The new mascot was created by Cindy McElwee. She is well-known in the world of mascots for her designs for the Milwaukee Brewers, Sacramento Kings, De Paul Blue Demons and Marquette University. She has also worked in advertising and video games, designing characters such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Hawk was made possible in only a few months time through the generous contributions of the Maine South Hawk Boosters, which is chaired by Don Larson. Due to McElwee's skill, the Hawk has a very impressive professional look. However, students disagree about whether or not the Hawk looks like a fitting mascot for Maine South. Senior Matt Eatherton expressed his praise for the Hawk by saying, "I think the bird

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Ken Lai, Erica Lauber, Lisa Lutzer, Matthew Magnuson, Stephen Mahler, Jennifer Manzi, Elizabeth Markowski, Joshua Martin, Timothy McAtee, Beth McCabe, Adam Megacz, Bradley Mulvihill. Zhaleh Naghibzadeh, Catherine Owsiany, Timothy Pashcke, Joy Pavichevich, Claire Pawlowski, Paul Pawola, Dustin Puckett, Gregory Reuhs, Audrey Rogus, Phillip Rossi, Kathleen Rowland, Chris Ryan. Magdalena Sadowicz, Jennifer Shrock, Alice Schultz, Elizabeth Schutt, Christine

Schweizer, Brian Shields. Kenneth Shubert. Lauren Smolka, Tracy Stankiewicz, Laurie Strotman. Mark Tallungan, Colleen Tedor, Amy Totsch, Amy Trebotich, Tum Tunthatakis, Ryan Tyrell, Joene VanCraenenbroeck, Erica Vassilos, Mike Vesper, Kathryn Vojack, Nicholas Vourvoulias. Walter Walczak, Benjamin Wilson, Cyrus Wilson, Kara Wipf, Brian Wolfe, Kurt Zemaier, and Eric Ziegenhom.

exemplifies the beauty...of our school." Senior Denise Knipp said, "I really like the new Hawk. I think it will help add to the school spirit here." Other students feel differently. Heather Dunne, a senior, feels, "It's just ugly." An anonymous sophomore said "[The Hawk] isn't even red and black!" However, despite conflicting viewpoint the Hawk is still a symbol of Maine South Hawk Pride, and will be on the sidelines next year as the football team and other teams try to win a state championship in 1996-97.

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Wrestlers end season victorious by Matt Glavin A sensational season came to a phenomenal ending for the junior varsity and freshman teams with their individual conference tournaments. It was a time for the Hawks to display their supreme toughness and fantastic skill. All competed with fortitude and represented the Hawks with an immense amount of Hawk pride. The freshman team struck fear into the hearts of its opponents by sending a majority of the team home with first place finishes. Champions of the Central Suburban League were Nick Ferrin, Sterling Chung, Pat Angelo, and Mike Kavka. Second and third

place winners were Paul McGuire, Billy Federighi, Nick Sauafacis, Martin Machnica, Luke Murchie, Brad Shomlock, and Lou Faldetta. At the sophomore tournament, despite a tough first round, Will "the thrill" Stanke managed to pull off a magnificent third place finish. Phill Lambet also wrestled with a lot of heart on his way to a fourth place finish. The juniors also had an extraordinary day, sending Chris Hohimer and Brian Haraf home as champions of the conference. First year wrestler Taylor Duncan fought hard for a fourth place finish with Martin Kotowski, Matt Glavin, Paul Bujak and Joe Denk also

taking fourth. As a whole, this year's JV and freshman teams were outstanding together. The teams combined for a commanding record of 32-5. The freshmen found strong leadership from Nick Ferrin and Billy Federighi. These two look to lead the way for next year's team. The JV once again had a grandiose season with many spectacular performances. While there were many standouts, the magic of this team came from the bonding of 13 individuals into one team that, when together, is unstoppable. With those teams having such great years, all that can be said is that the Hawks will be sure to carry on Maine South's winning traditions.

Swimmers looking at third place in CSL by Paul Pawola As the season comes to a close the varsity swim team is approaching a third place finish in the Central Suburban League North with a 2-2 record. In recent action, the Hawks lost a disappointing meet to Glenbrook North 111-75. I Senior Tim Paschke won both of his events, the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. Junior George Luxton won the 500 yd. freestyle with a season best time of 5:51. Earlier in the meet Luxton claimed second place in the 200 yd. individual medley. Other second place finishers were Paul Pawola in the 200 yd. freestyle, the 200 yd. medley relay team of Matt Wanat, Bryan Dayton, Pawola, and Luxton, and the 200 yd. freestyle relay team of Nat Tone, Dayton, Paul Berko, and Paschke. The Hawks rebounded by crushing Niles North 123-62. The meet featured many exceptional races. The event winners included the 200 yd. medley relay team of Paschke, Dayton, Pawola, and Berko. Paschke won the 200 yd. freestyle and 100 yd. breaststroke

Basketball The Maine South varsity basketball team fell to the Glenbrook North Spartans. The Hawks lost 71-66 to the Spartan team that was lead by game high scorer Joe Hein. Glenbrook North used several red hot streaks to pull away from the Hawks. Two key Glenbrook runs gave the Spartans the victory. The Hawks kept the game close with some Jgood outside shooting. Matt Hermes was Maine South's high scorer in the contest. The Hawks will face conference rival Highland Park tonight. Saturday they will play non-conference opponent Wheeling.

races. Joe Kazmierski won the 200 yd. IM after a breathtaking and fierce battle against teammate Berko(second place in the 200 yd. IM), both of whom had personal best times. Senior Scott Kopecky won the 500 yd. freestyle and Pawola won the 100 yd. butterfly. Tone, in the 200 yd. freestyle and 100 butterfly, Wanat, in the 50 yd. freestyle and 100 yd. breaststroke, and Dustin Puckett, in the 500 yd. freestyle, all claimed second place finishes. Bryan Dayton had a spectacular day. He won the 50 yd. freestyle title and was an integral part in two winning relays. Senior Berko had the "fastest meet of his life," competing in four races and getting four personal best times. The following day the Hawks took fourth place at the Conant Invite. Paschke stole the

show with his performances in the 50 yd. and 100 yd. freestyle races. In the 50 yd., Paschke swam with the swiftness of a torpedo and won with a time of 22.40, just missing a meet record. In the 100 yd. freestyle, Paschke flowed through the water and crushed the meet record with his winning time of 48.82. Other medalists were Tone in the 100 yd. backstroke and the medley relay team of Frank Ramirez, Larry Logsdon, Mike Lupo, and Kirk Royal finished third. On the junior varsity level, the Hawks are looking at a conference title, with a 4-0 record in the CSL North and are 7-2 overall. They had an exceptional meet at Conant. The relay team of Joe Ramirez, Brian Pick, Joe Kipta and Owen Edgar took second in the 200 medley and third in the 200 freestyle relays.

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Fri 2/9 Sat 2/10 Girls' Basketball Boys' Basket- Highland Park Wheeling ball S/V 7:30 S/V 7:30 Girls' IHSA Sectional Gymnastics V CSL North Div. CSL North Div V 3:30 dive Swimming A'9:30 dive 6:0(1 <;wim

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Niles N./Loyola JV/V4:30

Girls' Track Boys' Track


Next Me St 2/14 vs. St.Pat/Fenwick IHSA Sectional V




Hawks nip title from Warriors^ by Michelle Dulski and Laura Ban Ban The Hawks beat Maine West for a share of the Conference title Feb. 2 as Joy Pavichivech led scorers with 21 points. The other starters as well as the Hawk bench all played extremely well, pulling together to win the game and avenge an earlier loss to West. With seven seconds left in the game. South was down by two points. "We believe," chanted the Hawk fans, drowning out the Pack-the-place West crowd. When J. Pavichevich calmly drained a three-pointer with one second left for the 49-48 win, the South fans screamed and the Warriors were quiet. Against Glenbrook North, the team won 59-50 with J. Pavichevich again leading the team with 20 pts.. At the end of the third quarter, the game was tied at 43, but the girls came back strong with the help of Renee Schaul's 15 pts. and Denise Pavichevich's 13 pts.. JoAnna Pulice and Colleen Tedor were other important point contributors to that win. Throughout the entire fourth quarter the Hawks held their opponents to seven pts. The team wiped out Deerfield 66-29 on January 26. Schaul and D. Pavichevich each contributed 13 pts.. J. Pavichevich's 11 pts., along with strong efforts from Rita Fallon, Alyson Lofthouse, Claire Pawlowski, and Tedor helped the Hawks to another victory. On Saturday, January 27, the team took a

three and a half hour trip to Peoria to play Bartonville-Limestone. In very close third and fourth quarter action, the girls managed to pull a 41-40 win. J. Pavichevich was the leading scorer with 13 pts. followed by D. Pavichevich (12 pts.) and Schaul (8 pts.) While the entire varsity team has been hard at work, the non-starting players of the team have been participating in some JV games. At press time, the JV team was undefeated. The JV Hawks chalked up a win when they met Rolling Meadows. In double overtime, the team earned yet another victory. Against Buffalo Grove, they won 53-44. Alyssa Kulak had 11 pts. followed by Gina Anichini's and Lofthouse's 10 pts. a piece. The team was once again victorious against Waukeagan in a 47-36 win. Pawlowski led the team with 13 pts. Fallon's 10 pts. and Lofthouse's eight pts. also contributed. Another big win came against Fremd. Anichini was the top scorer with 20 pts.. She and the other high contributors gave the Hawks a 60-38 win. These contributors included Schaul (16 pts.), Kori Bieszczad (8 pts.) and Lisa LaCerra (6 pts.). In this game the team held Fremd to 12 pts. or less each quarter. Finally against Prospect, the JV team won 49-33. LaCerra led with nine pts., followed by Lofthouse and Fallon sharing seven pts. each and Karin Beaumont with six pts.

The Varsity will soon be starting regional lav. Come out and cheer on the Hawks!

Girls' track team speeds off to a fast start by Stephanie Chen Let me give you a brief idea of what track practice is like. You're running around the tiny indoor track as if the apocalypse were coming, avoiding 50 other runners, hurdhng gymnastics equipment and dodging shot-puts and medicine balls. Your coach is holding a stopwatch and yelling for you to run faster. It's hot, there's no air, and suddenly you've lost all feehng in your legs. Sound fun? Well, maybe. So why in the name of God does

anyone run track? I have no idea, but somehow quite a few people find it fun. The Hawks faithfully began practice during finals, and are showing much promise for the '96 season. Despite the loss of several key athletes to graduation, this year's team is led by seniors Sara Payne, Stephanie Chen, and Sandy Mulligan, and will be carried by many strong sophomores and juniors returning with much varsity experence.

In addition, the Hawks welcome Coach Beaumont, who joins Coaches Gabauer and Lownsberry. With their assistance, the team hopes to improve on last year's near-perfect indoor season, and to break some more school records to add to last season's lengthy list. This team has the strength, spirit and dedication to reach any goal it sets. So if you want to come and see what it's all about, the next home meet is Tuesday, Feb. 13 against Niles North and Loyola.

A bittersweet ending for Hawk gymnasts by Kate Bacon As the winter season draws to an end, the girls' gymnastics team looks forward to possibly the last meet of the year. It has been a long season marked by a bittersweet ending at the CSL North Conference meet. The team placed fourth out of six teams; however, sev-

eral individuals placed on their own. These included Jackie Korus (fourth place on vault), Christina Dorow (fifth place on bars), Jessica Boudos (third place on bars), and Danielle McCullom (third place on floor). The JV conference meet proved to be a success for the whole team. The team placed

second out of six teams, and several of the girls turned in impressive performances, which earned many ribbons. Annie Oravec placed on vault, bars, floor and all-arouj^^ Erin Tyrrell placed on all-around and b e a ^ ^ Lauren Maloney placed on bars, and Maureen Fallon placed on floor.

Vol 32 issue 11  
Vol 32 issue 11