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Issue 7, Volume 32 November 22,1995

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Maine South H.S. Park Ridge, DL

Proposal for perplexing permit problem by Bridget Kufner For the past couple of weeks, Student Council has been coming up with suggestions for a new system of distributing parking permits to be used next year. The school administration has met with the Council several times to explain their dissatisfaction with the current method of first-come, first-serve for juniors. For those who are unfamiliar with this, all students who park on-campus must have a parking permit. In the past, seniors signed up for a permit during book sales and were guaranteed a parking place. Juniors had to arrive early in the morning and the first students in line would receive a permit. The number of juniors who recieved permits depended on how many were available after senior book sales. People arrived at school at times as early as 4:00 am. This is one reason why the administration feels that a new system that would be more convenient for parents and safer for students needs to be devised. Student Council kicked around ideas about systems that are successful at other schools as well as original ideas for about three weeks. The different needs of students were given much consideration, including swimmers ^who arrive at school for 6:00 am practice, and sophomores with jobs after school. It was argued that not everyone would be satisfied, but certainly not everyone is satisfied with the current distribution system either. There is a limited amount of parking space and consequently some people will have to park off-campus. However, Student Council took an executive vote and decided upon a lottery system. The seniors would sign up for a permit during book sales as usual, but juniors would sign up in the bookstore during the last week or two of their sophomore year. Juniors' names would then be chosen randomly to decide who would recieve a permit.



2ulBerko | Photo by Paul Student Council decided that this system would be most fair for all students. However, this system is not necessarily the one that will be put into effect next year. The administration did like the idea, and believed that it would be an improvement from the current system, but there is no guarantee that it will be put to use. The decision will be made later by the Executive Board.

Harassment in the halls of Maine South by Kara Wipf Exposing an issue that had long been ignored, the Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill hearings of 1992 brought sexual harassment into the eyes and the minds of the public. However, debate over what actually constitutes sexual harassment as well as a proper punishment for harassers is mixed. While sexual harassment remains a topic not often discussed at Maine South, it does hold a definite and visible presence. A survey was taken of students to determine how prolific sexual harassment is in the halls of Maine South. 44% of female students and 32% of males said that they have been sexually harassed while in the building, se owever, despite these large numbers, only 3% of females and no males have ever reported the harassment to anyone. Reasons for such a low number fo reported incidents may be attributed to the unclear

definition that sexual harassment has. As one male senior feels, "Sexual harassment is such a gray area, a penumbra even; it's hard to distinguish what one person may consider sexual harassment, and what another person might call friendly acts, looks, etc." According to Dean Thetard, "If the other person is uncomfortable, it's harassment. Nobody should feel intimidated, whether it's verbily, bodily, or whatever." Of the students surveyed. 85% said that sexual harassment includes direct lewd or sexual comments, which was by far the largest category. Sexual harassment was also said to include: lewd or sexual gestures according to 72% of the students; physical contact according to 70%; being shown sexual pictures according to 61%; lewd or sexual comments about others in general according to 60%; 59% noted repeated advances at dates or sex;

and innapropriate looks according to 48% of the students surveyed. But what exactly constitues an innapropriate look or a sexually offensive comment? Dejjending upon the relationship between the harasser and victim, or context or nature of the comment, look, or gesture, what constitutes sexual harassment to one person might be just a joke to another. Senior Cyrus Wilson echoed this idea by saying, "Sexual harassment is hard to define. It can include any of [the above categories] meant in a non-friendly, harmful nature. Of course, how do you know the nature of the action?" The nature of the action could depend on who it is coming from. 94% of all sexual harassment cases were reported to have been from fellow students. However, 39% of students have been sexually harassed by friends; (Harassment continued on page 6)

I] Commentary [

by Cyrus Wilson While suffering an illness that deprived me of my voice, I noticed the importance of communication. Barriers that block it can have drastic and sometimes dangerous effects. A lack of good communication can lead to spreading rumors, jumping to conclusions, and acting incorrectly. When the senior class discovered that Prom had been moved to ConMnencement weekend, it suspected that the administration either wanted to ruin its graduation or take away its senior cut day. The seniors voted to change Prom to Memorial Day weekend without knowing the reasons for the new date. Prom was moved to eliminate con flicts with other school events. It was not moved to Memorial Day weekend because it would conflict with an athletic event and would be unsafe. Considering the inavailability of locations for Prom and the date l>eing set a year in advance, a change of date is unrealistic. Many seniors continue to pursue this unattainable change because no one has communicated to them the reasons for the current date. The absence of communication can also be dangerous. Many car accidents would be avoided if drivers could express their intentions to each other. The car's limited communication abilities, a horn which delivers a negative connotation and turn signals which are often neglected, do not provide a way to say, "I'm going to run through five stop signs and keep going, so don't turn until I pass!" Sometimes the result of poor communication is nothing more than misunderstanding. This often occurs in spoken or written language. Using idiomatic expressions such as "set me up with" instead of "give me" and "in the house" to mean "here" is no problem when the audience speaks the same tyjje of language. However, this type of slang is not suitable for large audiences or written literature. Clarity and simplicity are important in language. A good example of this would be a Southwards article consisting of long ambiguous words, stringy sentences, and no clear focus. The reader will either not understand the article or choose not to read it. Either way, communication has been blocked. Fortunately, lack of communication can be alleviated. In cases like the date of Prom, even if a person has not been informed, he can seek information before acting. When safety is involved, such as in driving, a conscious effort to communicate to others and try to observe what they are doing will reduce danger. When speaking or writing, the use of clear, concise language will deliver the ideas more effectively. Of course, there are some times, as I realized when I could not speak, when one just tias to find another way to express himselif.

November 22,1995

Fatal attraction by Kristen Durianski Liking someone is never easy, but I seem to elevate it to an art form. For years, people have made a big deal about anyone I've liked or considered liking. Yes, I understand that my friends care, but it drives me to the brink of insanity. A crush starts out innocently enough. I see a guy, think that he is sweet and cute, and swear to myself that I won't tell anyone. The endless tirade starts here. My friend will come up to me and ask, "Are you over that jerk yet?" "Yeah." Before I can stop myself I add, "And I sort of like someone new." After I have been treated to a ten minute barrage of "Who? You must tell me!" I finally give in and whisper his name. After a few days' time, the whole world knows. That's when I start conducting my Official Obsession sightings, in which I spend ten minutes plotting the exact moment in which he and I will cross paths. Since all of my friends know about him, I end up dragging them along.The sightings become part of our daily routine. Two weeks have passed. Suddenly, it's not enough for my friends to let me drool over my obsession. They now want me to (gasp!) ask him out. The torture has truly begun. I make up my mind to ask him out. I first pace around the PA-wing gorging on pixiesticks in a misguided atempt to placate my shaky nerves. "You can do it!" my friends urge me. My hands are shaking. I'm pale. And

I'm conjugating the verb pouvoir in ever^ form possible. By the end of the day, I have built up the scene so much that I have lost all confidence and I wimp out. A few days later, my friends have given up on me. They decide the only way for me to get over him is to point out all of his flaws. Yes, I know he is younger than me. Yes, I know he's annoying. Yes, I know he's a flirt. But I don't care! I still adore him! I try to explain to my friends that I never like guys who are "good" for me, and that this is a step up from the other scum that I've liked before. Suddenly, someone opens his or her big mouth, and the Obsession finds out. I spend the next three days ostentatiously avoiding him. If our eyes meet, that equals disaster. Eventually we start to speak, but I am still very self concious. Obsession starts to notice my numerous idiosyncrasies. Then the long-awaited and unwelcome message arrives, most likely thirdhand: Obsession is not interested. I burst into tears and drag a few friends to the bathroom for a long heart-to-heart talk. There I totally lose it. I write a story about the pain and all of a sudden, I am over tb obsession. When I see him in the halls I sl| feel a twinge of something, but refer to him^ "Ex-Obsession." Unfortunately, now that I'm over this one, I feel an unexplainable urge to pursue another. When will I ever learn? The cycle has begun, yet again. Maybe this time he'll be "the one." Yeah, right.

A Letter to ttie Editors An article in the Nov. 10 issue,"Dress codes raise student concerns" stated that "several students were requested to remove their costumes on the ground that they were offensive and distracting." The hypocrisy of this statement is so obvious to me. Sadly, however, it is not obvious to many other people who attend Maine South. Costiraies such as that of a sock puppet that looked like a condom and a prostitute costume had been ordered to be taken off by the deans. However, I want to know where the deans were when several students came to school with their faces colored black and wearing afros. Of all the costumes worn that day I would think that these would be considered the most offensive. I realize that many students here are

sheltered from different races and religions, but this is no excuse to be so disgustingly ignorant. We need to take the time to learn about each others differences, not make fun of them. If the students don't realize that what they are doing is wrong, the adults need to step in and tell them. Every year I have been here, I have seen students come to school on Halloween with their faces painted black, and I have never witnessed any disciplinary action taken against the students. I want the students who wore these costumes on Halloween to know that they are very offensive. Also, I want the deans and teachers to^ know that they need to start doing a better job of educating students on predjudice and racism. Shamila Khan, '97



Coulda been a contender by Laura Ban A rule involving athletic attire was put in Throughout its history, some of the Ilhnois the spotlight at last year's boys' state swimHigh School Association's policies have been ming meet. Normal University High praised, others questioned, and still others breaststroker Ryan Ruddy was disquahfied simply hated. Recently, a few publicized from the meet because he wore a cap with IHSA rules violations have cost athletes and more than one manufacturer's logo on it; his their teams the chance to participate in com- cap read "Speedo" in two different places. petions and have sometimes nullified the Prior to each season, the IHSA notifies work of an entire season. coaches of rules like these, specific to a certain As thewrestling season begins at Maine sport, and the coaches are responsible for South and hundreds of other schools across making sure team members do not violate Ilhnois, athletes will remember that the high- them. est level of competition last year was sectionMany of the IHSA's most controversial als, and will hope that dreams of a state policies include those surrounding studentwrestling meet and title might come true in athlete eligibility. David Fry asserts that ehgi1996. bihty questions take up about half his time When the MSA took action against Mt. working as the IHSA's Executive Director. Carmel wrestlers last season for supposedly "There many factors these days [in violating a rule concerning the maximum declaring a student eligible]," he said. Transnumber of tournaments allowed, numerous ferring questions are complicated by many schools backed the organization. After the situations including split famihes forcing an IHSA canceled the 1995 state wresthng tour- athlete to move. Fry "feel[s] badly" about nament, the 32 schools directly affected and some of the decisions he must make, but many others were outraged. Never before in believes that he must not blur too much the its 97-year history had the IHSA canceled a thin and crooked line between eligible and state tournament. Explaining the decision, the ineligible. Many athletic directors and IHSA claimed that it could not quickly inves- coaches scrutinize all IHSA decision-making ' tigate all 33 schools and would jeopardize the nodng any change, especially in eligibility, association's ability to enforce its own rules if that might benefit them in the future. the tournament was held without the investiThe IHSA has recently forced two area gations. Many wrestlers silently accepted the teams to forfeit a number of wins because of pin from the IHSA and looked ahead to this eligibility violations. At Juarez High School season. Seniors did not even have that option. in Chicago, a player on the undefeated soccer The McHenry High School team, 22-0 prior to team was called for transferring from another the takedown of the meet, protested the deci- state and playing on an Ilhnois team the same sion by temporarily refusing to pay its $25 year. Juarez forfeited over half of its games, IHSA dues the next year. all that the backup had played in. The IHSA is set up so each member school An innocent eligibility error was made at has one vote, using it to voice its opinion on Maine South, too. A member of the junior candidates for the Board of Directors among varsity swimming team was notified halfway other matters. This Board authorized the sus- through the season that a first-vear tuitionpension of the Mt. Carmel wrestlers and the cancellation of the state meet. Many complaints about the IHSA recently CRN overcome ? involve the sporadic enforcement of its rules. The organization itself admits that this is a problem and tries to be fair to all although it cannot constantly pohce every studentathlete and school. All IHSA rules are taken seriously when enforced, including the many covering proper attire for athletes and coaches. When a Thomwood Softball coach did not wear team colors to a game last season, he was forced to comply with IHSA dress code and find a new pair of shorts. A coach wearing inappropriate / colors can be asked to leave the field. Coach Gary Lagesse did not have a problem with the rule but admitted that he was not aware of it II n and would have liked earlier notification.

paying student is inehgible for any IHSA sponsored activity. The rule was intended to prevent high schools from recruiting students not in their districts to strengthen a team. The JV Hawks saw their perfect record of 6-0 reversed to 0-6. The government of the United States does not satisfy every citizen of its 50 states, nor does the IHSA satisfy every student of its 755 member schools. Most of the IHSA's rules have purpose, but often rules are made to prevent extreme cases and are created with the suspicion that some people might knowingly cheat. This is conmiendable in that all schools want a fair chance in competition, but also condenmable in that any innocent mistakes that busy Athletic Directors, coaches, or students might make have the same consequences as if the errors were deliberate. Here at South, the JV swimmers learned from their experience. They want to help make sure that such an error never occurs again, and that no other team suffers the same misfortune as they did. Suggestions to help prevent such a situation included the mentioning of the tuition rule at future mandatory Sports Participation nights, or the notifying of any student who pays tuition at the beginning of the year. Rules covering eligibility should be carefully reviewed and coaches should be encouraged to advise athletes of IHSA restrictions specific to their sports. Decisions of the IHSA will never be absolutlely accepted by all of its member schools, and that the private vounteer organization does not traditionally compromise is not comforting. Particularly troubhng is that the IHSA does not usually take matters on a case by case basis. Officials rather look to set a precedent to help prevent future controversy and can in this way overlook facts that make each case unique.





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surveyed the most and least pre activities inside and outside ol for a small subsection of Maine The questions and the results fol


1. What do you think is the most important school-sponsored activity? 45% responded "Athletics." 16% responded "Student Council." 12% responded "Eyrie." 9% responded "Science Olympiad." What do you think is the least important school-sponsored activity? 20% responded "Ecology Club." 20% responded "Hawkettes." 12% responded "Athletics." 12% responded "Wrestlerettes." 13. What do you think is the most important outside of school activity? 29% responded "TOFYS." 28% responded "Work." 23% responded "Social activities." 12% responded "Religion." 4. What do you think is the least important outside of school activity? 33% responded "Drinking/drugs." 16% responded "None." 11% responded "Other classes."

by Michelle Dulski Some people liked to dance; Orchesis and Hawkettes came forth. Some people liked math and science; Science Olympiad and Mathletes developed. Some people liked to change the undesirable things occurring at their school; Student and Class Councils emerged. All of these organizations were created because of a common interest among a particular group of students. Students join clubs so they can share their ideas and talents with one another. Whether or not a student is in any clubs, he or she will most likely have an opinion about one. Unfortunately, this perspective is not always a positive one. For example, many students stated that the Ecology Club and the Hawkettes were "pointless and stupid." Maine South has many organizations that fall under a certain stereotypic category. Some students are quite critical about a club or the people involved in that club. They may condemn an organization without prior knowledge or experience about what that organization does. Although many students argued that certain activities were futile and excessive, there must be some significance to each of them. Without any implications, the administration would surely discontinue them. Students are able to participate in unlimited activities outside of school. The survey taken this week showed a difference of opin-

ion as to what activities are and are now deemed pointless. Even though stereotypes play a large part in the likes and dislikes of some of the student body, many students responded that there was no such thing as one activity having more importance than another. These students argued that each activity's participants feel that their organization is important to them. Perhaps not every student has been able to find a club that interests him or her. However, students obviously realize the importance of particular organizations to their school's overall success.

Weirdly Wednesday Due to the unavoidable circumstance of Thanksgiving, this special issue of South words has reached you on a Wednesday. With that in mind, the following is a list of major current events that have happened on Wednesdays: Aug. 9: Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia dies. Sept 7: Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken plays in his 2,131th consecutive baseball game. Oct 4: The Pope begins his five-da; United States visit. Oct 26: Seven Carey Grove High School students are killed when their school bus is struck by a Metra train.

Focus on student excellence... Name: Meredith Elsesser Grade Level: Senior Activities: Student Council Vice President, Girls Varsity Soccer, Class Council, National Honor Society, Honor Roll Teacher's Comment: "Last year as Social Comittee Chair, Meredith organized one of the most successful food drives in [Student] Council history. This year as Vice President [of Student Council], she has provided strong leadership and is not afraid to take strong stands and express her feelings. Meredith is a great asset t c ^ Student Council." ^ -Mr. Pat Feichter

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The name is familiar-do I itnow you? Each of the following names should be familiar, but the people behind them may not be.

Ralph J. Frost By Karin Vonesh Ralph J. Frost, whose name is on the brick wall of the Administration Center, is someone most students know little about. When Maine South was first erected, the Administration Center was located in the building on the comer of Dee Rd. and Devon. Frost was the first assistant superintendent of District 207 to be based there. Frost worked as an Enghsh teacher at

Olan K. Wilson by Kate Rowland "Welcome to Wilson Field—Home of the Hawks!" This proud announcement comes before every game played in the stadium. But who is this mysterious Wilson? In 1964, Dean of Students Olan K. Wilson left Maine East High School and arrived at Maine South High School as boys' physical education chairman. In addition to heading the boys' PE program, Wilson's responsibilities included organizing boys' interscholastic sports and working with the Girls' Recreational Association to organize the intramural program. He also became the first athletic director. Wilson helped transfer the M-Club from Maine East to Maine South in 1964 and sponsored the club until he retired in 1973. In 1974, two people were needed to replace Wilson, one taking over the duty of department chair, the other, athletic director.

Maine East prior to becoming assistant superintendent. During his time at this post, he worked diligently to make the district run as smoothly as possible. His foremost priorities were always helping the student and the school, but he also enjoyed traveling and reading. Those administrators and faculty who worked with him call him a kind, hardworking man who completely deserves his name in the halls. He retired in June of 1973 after working for the district for more than 30 years. Frost currently resides in Des Plaines.

Clyde K. Watson by Zhaleh Naghibzadeh Many people pass into and out of the Clyde K. Watson Auditorium and do not give a second thought to the man whose name it carries. "[Dr. Clyde K. Watson] was the comerstone of Maine South," Mr. Chff Adamo comments about the first principal of Maine South, who served the school from 19631981. Watson was a founding force who "dedicated his life to set the standard of excellence at Maine South," Dr. Thomas Cachur explains. Watson believed the staff and teachers should have the leadership skills necessary to administer school policies. At the same time, he encouraged students to work their hardest. By the time Watson retired from Maine South, he had gained the respect of administrators, teachers, parents, and members of the community. Mr. Adamo describes Watson's contributions the school. "The excellence of [Maine South] is a mirror image of his personality and ideas." The bronze hawk sculpture in the Art Court is dedicated to him in recognition of his years of service, ideals, and accomlishments as

Scholar athletes named

Each year, Maine South recognizes those senior athletes who earn a varsity letter and maintain a 3.0 GPA as Scholar Athletes. The Scholar Athletes for 1995-96 fall sports are as follows: Boys Cross Country: Paul Berke, Bryan Dayton, Joseph Guest, Steven Madura, Stephen Mahler, Paul Pawola, Dustin Puckett, Gregory Reuhs, Brian Shields. Girls Cross Country: Julie Green, Sara 'Payne. Football: Matthew Braun, George Czerwionka, David Darling, Victor De Martino, Todd Hyde, Christopher Kiepura, Bradley Mulvihill, Craig Pierce, Phillip Rossi, John

Shacke, Mark Tallungan, Benjamin Wilson. Golf: Matthew Magnuson, Joshua Martin Boys Soccer: Paul Berko, JoshuaBielema Wes Crampton, Matthew Eatherton, Alexander Eliashevsky, Stefan Maca, Peter Pintz, Michael Semel, Brian Wolfe. Girls Swimming: Sandra Anselmini, Laura Batt, Christine Battista, Aimee Kiefer, Kirsien Killean, Alice Schultz, Meredith Swanson. Girls Temiis: Karin Beaumont, Marie Boiling, Maureen Jamieson, Audrey Rogus, Amy Totsch. Girls Volleyball: Heather Kura, Claire Pawlowski, Colleen Tedor.

principal. Watson that felt one of the highlights of his career at South was the school being named the #1 school in the nation in 1973. Others were the boys' basketball team winning the state championship in 1979 and the girls' swimming team winning state in 1975. Watson's optimism and encouragement at Maine South in his 17 years as principal Uve on in his namesakes.


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October Students of the Month The October Students of the Month are: English: Amy Andrezewski, Ayn Balija, Laura Batt, Jeff Clapper, Amy Czerwionka, Dyan Dalesandro, Lynn De Witt, Christopher Emiljanowicz, Jeff Gost, Matt Hermes, Paul Johnson, Jason Lang, Kurt Lenard, Roxana Lulusa, Agnes Malicka, Brian Pick, Pam Rapatas, Demetrios Sarantopoulos, Anna Stec, Annika Uzemack. Foreign Language: Todd Andreoni, Amy Byrge, Janusz Kopycinski, Jennifer Levar, Agnieska Malicka, Anna Mieszaniec, Jennifer Pietrzykowski. Mathematics: Kevin Dawravoo, Justin Eraci, Eric Lawson, Michale Lo Pinto, Agnieska Malicka, Mary Nuzzo, Janet Peterson, Greg Reuhs, Kathleen Rowland, Neal Sipkovsky, Kara Wisniewski, Julie Yattone,

Tim Zei, Johanna Zumer. Science: John Armour, Phillip Butera, Karen Clemens, Brian Dema, Paul Enderle, Anthony Enright, Eric GerouUs, Elizabeth Gibbons, Jessica Jakubanis, Anita Jurczykowski, Aimee Kiefer, Joshua Klaczek, Anna Mieszaniec, Jon Mossman, Christina Raddi, Pam Rapatas, Eric Schroeder, Zoran Staneov, Donald Wojnicki. Social Science: Sandra Anselmini, Paul Bailey, Bryan Dayton,Anne Edison-Swift, Elizabeth Gibbons, Sheryn Novak, Jennifer Pietrzykowski.Tom Schmitz, Jordan Wipf. Physical Education: Kevin Barrett, Gregory Bozek, Todd Clemens, Alissa Meyer, Drew Moffat, Elizabeth Rossi, Kimberly Schwartz, Marc Szramek, Justyna Wozniczka.


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and 16% of students have been harassed by of...students (using force, threats, gestures, faculty members. comments, or other means) is prohibited. In the case that a student is sexually har- Harassment related to a person's proassed by a faculty member. Dean Thetard hibited." suggested that the victim report the incident to If this regulation is violated and reported to the appropriate department chair so that a the dean, he or she will speak with the haras"series of steps" could be taken to remedy the ser, and might assign as many as five detenproblem. tions to the student, if the offense is consid"There is no call for that at all," he re- ered minor. Harassment is judged to be serimarked, "that's not what [faculty] are here ous when it "clearly [jeopardizes] the health, for." safety and welfare of others." In that case, the Thirty percent of students surveyed admit- dean can assign detention, reassigimient, or ted to sexually harassing people themselves. suspension for up to five days, and the It most commonly occurred in the forms of harasser's parents will be contacted." lewd or sexual gestures and coimnents. Dean Thetard commented on this policy by However, only 4% of those students con- saying, "[we] probably wouldn't suspend a sidered what they were doing as sexual har- person outright, but wouldn't overlook it assment. Most of the others thought of their because it's a threat to a person." He also comments as jokes, and did not intentionally referred to using a "conflict-resolution mediamean any harm. tion," having the harasser meet with counselOne senior male felt, "Society in general ors in addition to the deans. has got to lighten up." However, he clearly stated that the adminiBut that view is not shared by all. Fresh- stration does take sexual harassment very man Kathleen Dunne said, "I myself have seriously. Dean Thetard noted, "Dean never encountered sexual harassment, but I Johnson and I are very much against [sexual know people who have. I think it's disgusting harassment]. It is not something to be taken and anyone who thinks it's normal or accept- lightly." able needs to seek mental help." Sexual harassment can be taken very seriAny incidents of sexual harassment should ously, or it may simply be regarded as a joke. be immediately reported to one of the deans. However, the way that it is taken depends on Dean Thetard noted, "A lot of times people several factors, and students need to be more don't come in and talk to us [about sexual har- sensitive when making remarks that could be assment] , and then we can' t do anything about regarded as offensive by some. it." The ambiguity l>ehind sexual harassment Maine South does have a policy on harass- was summed up by senior Lisa Klueppel ment, and although it is not specific to the when she said, "Ever since the Clarence sexual type, it does provide punishment for Thomas issue, people have been looking at offenders. The 1995-96 Disicipline Proce- sexual harassment as a serious offense, as it dures manual states, "Intimidation should be. But, it seems as if it gets blown out

Driver Education: Christina Atanowskyr Robert Cash, Nick Colic, Thomas Repetto. Applied Technology: Brian Sherman, Thomas Tsilipetros, Donald Walsh. Health: Taylor Duncan. Business: Christina Calenda, Scott Metzger, Joy Pavichevich, Renee Rubas. Home Economics: Todd Hyde, Lisa La Cerra, Julie Patras, Patricia Ryan, Casey Spivey. Speech/Drama: Melissa Balogh, Aileen DeCourcey, Brian O'Neill, Demetrios Sarantopoulos. Music: Kevin Dawravoo, Mary Loise, Lisa Lutzer. Art/Photo: Kate Anderson, Meghann Hilty, Brian Johnson, Tobey Schmidt.

of proportion from time to time. People need to chill out a little."

This article is the second in a series of articles relating to student safety at Maine South. Look for more articles on safety issues in upcoming Southwords.


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â&#x20AC;˘Spectacular season opener By Michelle Dulski Tournament and played some tough games at The girls' basketball team let its opponents Lake Park. know exactly which team will be taking Come out and see the Hawks play Niles charge this season in the victory over Maine North at home on Friday Dec. 2 at 2:30 pm. East on November 14th. The team crushed the Demons 73-34. With each passing second of the game, the individual players displayed their tough attitudes. Sisters Joy and Denise Pavichevich were the high scorers of the game, both with 19 points. In total, 13 out of the 14team members scored. Another notable performance was that of six points emd five rebounds by Colleen Tedor. by Katie Rybak "It was a first step to all the way," comThis year's girls' gymnastics team, began ments team member Danielle Kain practicing on Nov. 6, is hoping for a great seaOne of the highlights from the game was a son. Although the team has lost some very freethrow by Jo Pulice. The ball never made valuable members, such as Heather Anichini, it through the net; it rested on the attachment Colleen Matchen, Jane Quaiver and Kelly between the hoop and the net. Jo ended up Nickele, these girls did not leave behind a making the next shot which helped increase weak group. the already large lead. Returning varsity squad members for the A couple days after their season opened the 1995-96 season include Beth Markowski, team participated in the Bison-Hawk-Lancer Christina Dorow, Laurie Strotman, Jackie

There will also be another home game against Glenbrook South on Saturday Dec. 9. This game promises to be an exciting one.

Great season ahead for Hawks gymnastics Konis, Kate Bacon, Sam Schumacher, and Jessica Boudos. "We have a group of girls that works well together," comments Coach Cain, "I am really looking forward to this upcoming season." The Hawks will also look to place higher in conference than last year's finish of fourth. Their next away meet will be against Evanston Nov. 29 and their next home meet will take place on the Dec. against Highland Park.

Swimmers splash to seventh at sectionals by Laura Ban The girls' varsity swim team place seventh out of 12 schools at the Evanston Sectional Nov. 11. Although the sectional meet did not float as well as the varsity swimmers had hoped, nobody qualifying for State, the Hawks did emerge from the pool with four medley relay medals, one diving medal, and some best times. Maine South's only swimming medalwinners were members of the 200 yd. Medley Relay team. Megan Sarran, Emily Larson, Laura Beckerdite, and Sandy Anselmini butterflied, backstroked, breaststroked, and fireestyled to sixth place with a seasonal best time of 2:00.36. All four of these swimmers were named All-Conference for their outstanding performances at the CSL North meet Oct. 27. Freshman Bridget James placed in the top six in Diving and garnered the team's only other medal. According to head coach Chris Deger, Larson had a spectacular meet. With a seasonal best split time in the medley relay, she also had personal bests in the 100 yd. Backstroke and the 100 yd. Butterfly. Team co-captains Larson and Anselmini

will be missed next year, as well as senior freestyle sprinter Aimee Kiefer and senior distance freestyler Meredith Swanson. All four seniors contributed greatly to this year's CSL North third place team. The 1996 team will look to this season's promising underclassmen and next year's

seniors, as well as members of the junior varsity team to fill the void left by the four graduating seniors. The six talented junior varsity and varsity divers were all freshmen or sophomores this year and also show much promise for the future.

Hawk Highlights Wed 11/22 Girls' Basketball Boy's Basket- Schaumburg ball Tournament Girls' Gymnastics Swimming


Thurs 11/23

Frill/24 1

j home contest Sat 11/25



Next Game 11/30 Schaumburg Tournament Next Meet 11/29 First Meet 12/1

Girls' Track

Practice Begins 1/16

Boys' Track

Season Begins 1/31


Weber/Niles West F/JfV

Holy Cross Tmnt.

Sun 11/26



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Football marches through playoffs The Maine South football team made history Nov. 11 by becoming the first team at South to advance to the semifinals of the state playoffs. The Hawks triumphed 18-8 over St. Rita of the Chicago Catholic League in the quarterfinal matchup. The key to the game became defense as Wilson Field was covered in a blanket of snow. The Hawks suppUed plenty of it, holding St. Rita scoreless through the first three quarters. Standouts included Ben Wilson, Brian Czerwinski and Scott Gatziolas. But overall team defense was most important in holding St. Rita to just eight points in the game.

On a cold day with a snow-covered field, a rushing attack might be expected to rule the day, but South was able to light it up through the air. John Schacke connected for two touchdown passes in the contest. Late in the second quarter Schacke tossed a short pass to Tim Gavin who ran it into the end zone. A field goal by Brian Schmitz near the end of the second quarter, gave the Hawks a 10-0 lead at the half. Schacke' s second touchdown pass came in the second half; Schmitz was on the receiving end of the throw. The Hawks made a successful two point conversion and went up 18-0. St. Rita scored their only touchdown with five

minutes to play in the fourth quarter. A solij Hawk defense and a powerful offense keyed^ the Hawks to victory and a semifinal berth against Fenwick. The previous week the Hawks traveled down south to play the Danville Vikings. They did not return from the long trip disappointed. South handily defeated the Vikings 45-13 in the second-round playoff game. The Hawks ability to control the air was important in the victory. Offensively the Hawks threw at will against the Viking defense and on the defensive side of the ball, the Hawks caused Danville unable to put up anything resembling a passing attack.

Wrestlers determined to have a successful season by Matt Glavin With the start of the 1995-1996 season, the wrestling Hawks look to improve on last year's second place finish and be re-crowned as conference champions. The Hawks lack experience, graduting nine seniors last spring, but are big on work ethic. This team makes up for any inexperience with both mental and physical toughness. Each practice is signifi-

cantly harder then the previous, working the team into incredible shape. "Our team consists of wrestlers dedicated to the sport and determined to overcome any barrier that [lies] between themselves and victory," said Coach FalUco. Senior Captain Ken Shubert has taken over as team leader both on and off the mat with his thirst for victory as motivation. Senior Alex

Whammond also looks to be a key player in the Hawk's success. The freshman and JV teams look forward to the chance to challenge Maine West for the conference championship. The Hawk wrestlers do not mdnd being unknown at the beginning, for they know it will be hard to miss them at the end of the season.

Swimmers eagerly looking forward to a new season by Paul Pawola With the fall sports season over, it is time for the boys varsity swim team, coached by Mr. Chris Deger, to get ready for another season of competition. This year's team looks promising, with many returning lettermen. Leading the team for the 19951996 season is senior All-State sprinter Tim Paschke. Last year, Paschke finished 11th at the state championships in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle, setting the school record in the 50 yd. Free and missing the record in the 100 yd. Free by less than a quarter second. He has hopes of setting conference records and winning the state title in each of his events. Other returning seniors who will be vital to the team are Paul Berko (50 and 100 yd. Free), Bryan Dayton (100 yd. Breaststroke, 200 yd. IM), Joe Kazmierski (50 yd. Free, 100 yd. Breaststroke) and Paul Pawola (200 and 500 yd. Free, 100 yd. Butterfly). Junior All-Conference backstroker Nat Tone will also be a crucial member of the team. He has hopes of qualifying for state

in the 100yd. Backstroke. He will also be swimming the 2(X) yd. IM, in hopes of finishing top three in conference. Swimming the distance events is junior George Luxton. Last season Luxton proved to be the team's surprise star in the 500 yd. Free, finishing second on the team in that event. Rounding out the returning varsity members will be sophomore Chris Ploog, who will be swimming the 100 yd. Butterfly. The varsity diving team, coached by Mr. Bill Kochalka, will be important in helping the team win conference meets. Senior Branden Kelly and sophomore Dave McDowell, both of whom dove at sectionals last year and have hopes of qualifying for state this year, will lead a squad of experienced divers. Coach Deger is confident that the team will do well this year. In a recent interview, he expressed his expectations for the season: "I have hopes of sending a couple of relays down to the state meet this year. Besides Paschke, Nat Tone has a chance of qualifying for state in the 1(X) yd. Backstroke."

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