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Volume 34. issue 8

January 16.1998

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The Editors by Elizabeth Gibbons

"We are things of dry hours and involuntary plan, grayed in and gray..." Many of the twists and turns which we experience as human beings prompt us to believe that we are, as Gwendolyn Brooks said, involuntary creatures, puppets of some greater force. Yet, from time to time unfortimate incidents which clearly could have been prevented, which are clearly caused by human intervention, cause our belief in such predestination to pale. One such incident occurred recently in St. Paul, Miimesota. The Christmas holiday had just passed and the holiday spirit still lingered as "Mary," a sixteen year old Miimesota girl hosted a party for her friends. Her father, with the intention of teaching the teenagers to drink responsibly, provided the underage guests with a keg of beer and hard liquor provided that they followed several guidelines. All who drank must have been invited, and no one was to get drunk. Incredibly, these rules were not followed. "Chris" drove home, and the deadly combination of inexperience and intoxication were too much. He crashed into a tree and died and the passenger lies in a hospital bed in critical condition barely holding on. Both Mary and her father were arrested. The case is still pending fiirther investigation. Yet, we are left wondering "why?" Why did such an unfortunate incident have to occur? Why is a family mourning the loss of their yoimg son, knowing he will never again smile at them, or call to say hello or even look them in the eyes? Surely, it was not the work of some uncontrollable force. It was the work of a man who lacked common sense, a man who did not truly understand the nature of man nor the nature of temptation. Did he not realize the consequences of his actions that loomed in the near future? Did he not realize how easy it is to fall into the arms of temptation? And did he not realize that he was the conduit through which teenagers were contacting this temptation? He must have. He was in control, taking other's lives into his own hands. Thus, we are things of dry hours and involuntary plan. However, as this incident and many others so clearly demonstrate, with one simple decision we have the power to intervene and alter that plan.

Year in review by Margaret Byrne As I look back on another set of 365 days of my life, I remember selective things: an enjoyable trip, a great concert and new friends gained. But how many days did that take up? Surely not 365. Where did it all go? When one is asked about their 1997, events are highlighted that include accomplishments: a new guy/girl, a competition won. However, one rarely looks back on a year and evaluates everything, right down to the heart broken and part in the play lost. What is the point of living if you are not going to leam anything from it? I am sure, that up until now, I have done the same stupid things and regretted them every year. And if I had only really thought about what I had done, the next year would have been that much better, therefore I would have made myself a better person. This skill, in my opinion, needs to be acquired by much of the student body. I truly believe that a lot of the students here at Maine South lack compassion. No, I take that back. Portions of the student body are "selectively caring." Some, definitely not all, of die kids here are basically mean. Now most of the time, I hope, these mean kids don't do it intentionally. I don't think they realize what they are doing. I have seen the same group of "popular" (to attempt to attack the meaning of the word would only result in chaos, therefore I will leave it up to your imagination) gentlemen literally harassing people of lower "social stams." WTiat is

even more disturbing is the way that they go about it. You see, they lead some kid to believe that they really like him, and walk down the halls with their super cool arm over his shoulder, all the while manipulating the situation such that they are getting a good laugh out of it. Nobody would dare say anything of this injustice. The popular kid, it is feared, would get his "posse" of sorts to begin quite possibly verbally bashing you. And if you ever confronted the victim of this situation and informed them that they were the butt of a nasty joke, you risk hurting his feelings even more. Maybe next year, if all goes well, you can sit down at 3:30 a.m. New Year's Day and instead of recalling competitions you won and dates you had, you can look back on a year when you were a better person. Just think of how wonderful things would be if everyone actually did this.


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What you think you know by Tim Barounis of a dimly lit, nearly deserted city block. night air, curly black locks of his hair dangle Have you ever thought about creating Occasional passersby haunt the streets, some carelessly over his eyebrows. He addresses your own movie? I think it would be thera- of them drunk, some of them homeless. It the stranger in the audience. peutic for us to relieve ourselves of pent-up had rained earlier in the day, and the warm "I thought I might find you here." creative energy by producing a short film night air has caused a ghostly mist to swirl There is a pause. The movie in this man's symbolizing our lives once in awhile. My about the ankles of the man in the hat as he theatre has begun. "For a long time I've been fihn would be largely symbolic, giving the makes his way towards the local fine arts asking them where I could find you. They audience only a flavor for who I am and where I am going rather than delineating an epic struggle in which the hero is alternately subjuby Paul Rogus The security guards are always hassling kids. gated by and triumphant As I see it, the halls of Maine South are ter- What a job! I think that they should earn their over what forces would oprible. I can hardly breathe in them. People stand pay. Instead of walkie talkies, they should have pose him. around like there is nothing going on in their life. stop watches. If people are walking too slow, A TV announcer reading Perhaps this is the case, but get out of my way! they call the Enforcers. The Enforcers are a a late edition of the Sunday The halls are for everyone to use, not to abuse. select group of students. A type of class like evening news serves as the Still, we havCthe people who love to walk slowly the Junior leaders. Only they do not lead, they establishing shot for my in groups often, and the people who just stand in beat people up. If you walk too slow, the Enfilm. Slowly, the camera the hallways, not moving at all. To them, and the forcers in their black pants and shirts with a zooms out, revealing more other dilly-dalliers, I dedicate this article. If you white "E" on them come running at you with and more TV sets tuned to are one, pay special attention to my plan. One day clubs. It is not a pretty picture. You are not about the same announcer reading it might be you in a very tough spot. the same edition of the Sunto have a good time. It will not be pleasant. 'day evening news until Imagine, if you will, a hallway. It's divided into Now, in that same hallway there is a kid eventually, an entire storefour lanes. The lanes nearest to the left side and struggling for air. No one helps him because fi-ont window is revealed. the right side are the local lanes. If you need to that is the job of the Mercy Patrol. These are stop off at your locker, or if you feel the need to another group of students. They come running It had rained earlier in the walk slowly, you can use these lanes. In the middle with their stretcher, and plastic shields because day, and the warm night air two lanes , however, people are wedking faster the Enforcers might not be done by the time has caused a ghostly mist to No one is stopped or walking slow. These are the they arrive. They carry the student away, and swirl about the ankles of a express lanes. These are used for the people who the halls run smoothly as usual. cloaked individual as he like to walk fast, or who have to travel great dismakes his way towards the Well, that is my idea for cleaner and tances in a short period of time. local fme arts theatre. The smoother hallway travel. screen is black and the theatre dark at the moment he enters. theatre. The screen is black and the theatre didn't seem to understand that it was you The man deliberately takes his seat, and dark at the moment he enters. I've been looking for" He smiles slowly, the audience watches the movie screen along The man does not take his seat, for he as if afi^id of the happiness he is feeling. A with him, eager and anxious to find out what senses that he is being watched. He turns single tear glides down the side of his cheek. may come of the blackness. slowly to face the screen, his eyes wide with "Thank you," he says. These are his final The nighttime scene that emerges is that curiosity. Dampfi-omthe moistness of the words. The screen pops to black.

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A Holiday Movie Rating: Titanic sails, but Postman sinks by Annie Kehoe During this festive time of year, we perhaps indulge more than we should. Not just on food, but on entertainment, namely, movies. Tis the season, or, shall I say, twas the season for a seemingly infinite buffet of films gracing the theaters and touching the hearts of millions of viewers, like myself Let us just get right to the point. The best movie you can see right now is, without a doubt. Titanic. The brand new film by James Cameron is a confident, heartwarming, tearjerking piece of cinema. You will cry. I don't care if you are the toughest person you know, or if you hate puppies and kittens and that you laughed when Simba realized Mufasa was dead. YOU WILL CRY. The acting is phenomenal, especially by Kate Winslet, playing Rose, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who surprised me with an impressive portrayal of his very relatable character. Jack. What really adds to this film is the musical score, a mysterious and beautiful piece of music. (It is also incredibly popular. Every store I've checked is

completely sold out.) Also, for all of you computer people out there, this film is a milestone in computer animation and cinematography. This movie pulls out all the stops and leaves you breathless. The new definition of a must-see. * * * * Another film you don't want to miss is As Good as it Gets, a lovable comedy that makes you do that laugh/cry thing. Jack Nicholson stars as a man with obsessive compulsive disorder and his relationship with the waitress, Helen Hunt, who serves him lunch and attitude daily. Jack's rock solid performance is what we have come to expect from this highly decorated actor. However, in my opinion, the best element in the film is Helen Hunt's performance. I had seen her in a few things before, namely Twister and that one with the monkey, and Hunt's strong performance is beyond words or even tears. I highly recommend this movie. * * * 1/2 So, you gotta love that John Grisham stuff, right? Well, I don't, normally, but seeing The Rainmaker, made me want to nish out and rent Pelican Brief, and The Firm. Rainmaker isn't like the others. Of

course, its plot follows a specific case, but what makes this fihn different is that it questions the morality of lawyers themselves. So while this huge case is going on, and wet-behind-the-ears lawyer, Matt Damon, is in a bigger case than he can handle, we are constantly aware of an underlying thoughtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that our legal system is pretty messed up, and that, if they're not careful, lawyers with briefs can become sharks in suits faster than a 30-minute recess. A strong film. * * * Okay, time for the weak film that obviously paid its costume designers a lot more than it paid its writers. Is it Waterworldl Well, lets put it this way, it's a cross between Waterworld and Dances with Wolves. It is The Postman. I must say, I certainly expected more out of this nearly three hour movie than I got. Kevin Cosmer just takes a bowl and throws in every character he's ever played, and ^^ WHA-LA! ^ It's a futuristic land where they still ride horses, where Tom Petty is a highly regarded mayor, and where big bad villian sells copy machines for a living. Need I say more?


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Abortion--a growing trend by Elizabeth Michalec and Marisha Stann Jenny* is now officially pregnant. She saw the doctor last week and had a blood test. The results came out positive. Jenny is only 15 years old and has just become another statistic. About 1.3 million abortions are performed every year. Roughly 70% of these are performed on girls between the ages of 14 and 21. Teenage abortion and pregnancy are two growing problems that America faces today. "I have no idea what to do," states Jenny, "I'm really scared. I don't want to tell my mom. Even if I did want an abortion, I could never tell my mother that." If Jenny does decide to get an abortion, she won't have to tell her mom. It is legal, and has been since 1973, to get an abortion in the United States. And since Jenny is 15 it is against the law for an abortion doctor to tell her mother without Jenny's consent. "I really don't know. I don't want the baby, that's for sure, but I know I could never kill it," says Jenny. "There are many options," states Dr. Jan Hans of the Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. "Many girls carry the baby full term and then give it up for adoption. This

is a popular way to deal with unwanted pregnancy considering these girls are only 14, 15 years old and couldn't physically or mentally handle the stress of an abortion." According to statistics at the Illinois Masonic Hospital, 70% of unwanted pregnancies end in abortion, 15% are given up for adoption. "I know it sounds bad and I hope you

late," explains Nicole, "We weren't using condoms or birth control pills, just the rhythm method." The rhythm method is not an effective form of birth control. The only fully effective form of birth control is abstinence. Condoms are 82% effective and birth control pills are 96% effective. Putting the two together with spermicide significantly reduces the chance of pregnancy by 98.6%. "Well, I definitely learned my lesson," says Nicole, "we bought a test and everything but after it came out negative I was still worried. Two days later Ifinallygot my period and made an appointment with the gynecologist. I've been on the pill and he's been wearing condoms ever since." Although a close-call like Nicole's usually scares teens into responsibility, some of them just don't learn. Tim*, Nicole's boyfriend, states, "I wasn't even worried, she wasn't that late...and now she's making me wear condoms and they really suck. If it was up to me I wouldn't use anything, she's already on the pill..." This is where abortion is abused. 8 out of 10 teenagers agree that if you know that you've made a mistake and are in desperate Continued on page 6

• 70 % of unwanted pregnancies end in abortion • 15 % of bom babies are kept •15 % of bom babies are given up for adoption don't think that I'm a bad person," says Jenny, "but I'm probably going to have an abortion. I don't want my mom to know and I'm too young to throw my life away. I realize that I have made a mistake, and now I must hve with the consequences." Jenny, like a lot of girls, didn't look into birth control soon enough. Nicole* was never pregnant, but she and her boyfriend had a good scare two months ago. "I was five days late, and I'm never

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Allison Kain Teacher's Comments; "Allison has given up her lunch period to help lead our adaptive P.E. class. Allison has introduced fitness goals for all of our students on an individual basis. Her personality and leadership have also helped to gather a great group of her peers to help out our class." --Robert Mueller


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Abortion continued from page 5 need, then abortion is necessary and therefore okay. When people start using abortion as a birth control method, this is where the problem starts. "People should be responsible enough to protect themselves," says Tanya*, "In this day and age, with AIDS and stuff, you'd have to be either totally insane or have some sort of death wish not to wear a condom." In a recent study, 80% of high school teenagers are either having unprotected sex themselves or know someone who is. 20% say that condoms should be easier to get, and 60% say that they stould be given out at school. "If I could have gotten, not bought because that's embarrassing, but gotten condoms for free, maybe at school, then I wouldn't be in the situation that I am in right now," explains Jenny. "I know that I should have protected myself but I just got caught up in the moment. It was a one time thing that I won't forget for the rest of my life. If I do end up getting an abortion, I'll never be able to forget it." Dr. Hans agrees with Jenny and many other teens when he states that all types of birth control should be easier to obtain. "Kids, in general, do take the easy way out. They're hardly mature enough to buy

condoms, let alone use them. Nonetheless though, kids will do what they want, and if that means sex witiiout a condom, then that s what they'll do. There's no changing this, so being a parent myself, I make it very easy to obtain such things as condoms. I have a very open relationship with my kids so that they're not having unprotected sex. If they're going to have sex anyway then I want to make sure that they're safe." If only the solution was that simple, hand out condoms at school, and abortion and teenage pregnancy stops. Not quite. Kids still aren't mature e n o u ^ to handle the emotions of sex. Their bodies are still changing and their emotions are still racing. This is not to mention that most parents are still totally against die idea of condoms at school. Mrs, Smith* states, "I dont want my kids going to school in that kind of atmosphere. Giving a child a condom, especially at school, gives them the idea that it's okay to have sex. I just don't agree with it." "Although I'm a virgin and I plan to be tmtil I'm married," states Tanya. "I do think condoms should be available. Maybe not at school because it really isn't the most appropriate place, but somewhere. I also think they should be free. I know so many people who don't use condoms because thev are

embarrassed to buy them. It's really a sad thing because they're not even thinking about the people they would be affecting if they did get pregnant; their parents, their families and their unborn child, not to mention the fact that they'd be ruining the rest of their lives." There are so many different opinions on birth control, teens having sex and abortion. It seems like everyone has a different angle on these issues and how to fix them. They're all willing to give their two-bits of information on the subject and what we should do to make it better. The fact is that there are more and more teenage girls getting pregnant and having abortions daily, and the numbers keep rising. There'll be no end to it until we actually do something about it. Whether it be easier birth control access, more sex education, or making it illegal for teens to have abortions, something needs to be done. Until something is done, girls all over America are sitting alone, just like Jenny, with a huge decision to make, a decision that ^ will affect them for the rest of their lives, w * Names have been changed to protect the identity of those mentioned

A look at what's happening at other schools across the nation

Journalistic truth? Winning any type of an award is quite an honor, especially if it commends the recipient for encouraging the First Amendment rights. But the fact that the award is given by the Playboy Foundation led to the battie over a high school newspaper's facilitator right to accept the award. The award was given to Katherine Swan, the adviser of West Wing at Mission High School in San Francisco. The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award is used to honor "individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for Americans." However, when the award was announced, the administrators claimed that the acceptance was not appropriate because of the "inappropriateness for minors" and because the magazine is "illegal to sell to mi-

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Tribute to Martin L. King Jr. by Neno Djordjevic This Monday, January 19th, is a significant day in history across the nation. It is a day set aside as a federal holiday so that Americans may take the time to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and accomplishments. On Monday, the television networks across the United States will air tributes to Martin Luther King, a great man with a great vision. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King graduated from Crozer Theological Seminary and then did postgraduate work at Boston University. In 1954 King accepted an appointment as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montogomer\', Alabama. That same year the Supreme Court of the United States outlawed all segregated public education.

In 1955, King joined Montgomery's black leaders in a bus boycott, leading the boycott in the protest of enforced racial segregation in pubbc transportation. Just before, Rosa Parks, a black woman who had refused to give her seat to a white passenger, had been arrested. King, as well, was arrested, jailed and his home was even bombed. A follower of Ghandi's Satyagmha, the principle of nonviolent persuasion. King began a campaign for black civil rights, and finally, in 1963, King led a massive civil rights campaign in Birmingham, Alabama where he could be seen standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial speaking to millions of Americans with his "I Have a Dream" speech. His speech, which also helped him to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, was one of the most eloquent he ever

recited. This pow-erful speech led m a n y Americans to truly see the civil inequalities in the nation and accept King's movement as a legitimate cry for freedom. •' I have a dream," King once stated, "that one day this nation will not judge its children by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." His assasination was a great sadness to all.

Community Beat 1997-A year in review by Dave Smith If you haven't been told already, the year of 1997 has come and gone. For such a small town, a few notable events have occurred throughout this past year. Some of these include the loss of a Maine South student and Ameritech taking over Sprint. We will all remember the meningitis scare of last year. It began with a fellow classmate, Renee Pinter, who passed away last April due to the disease. In October another student, Lydia Montejo, a student at Roosevelt school, also fell ill and passed away. The entire town, including many of

those at Maine South, were deeply affected by twth shock and sadness at the loss of these two girls. All remember both girls and the ordeal that this town experienced during the 1997 school season. 1997 was also a year when the computer became more accessible, cheaper and more closely interwoven into the American culture than ever before. As a by-product, communications has become a necessary part of this multibillion-doUar market. Ameritech is one of those companies that have jumped onto the "leading-edge" communications

bandwagon. In 1997 Ameritech bought Sprint's facilities in Park Ridge and Des Plaines. By doing so, Ameritech laid off 400 people from the Park Ridge area. The sellout le*d to protesting, leaving a deep scar in Park Ridge. Park Ridge will forever remember the events of 1997.

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November students of the month

The November Students of the Month are: Physical Education: Dorian Ozymko, Heather Lang, Matthew Huffman, Jeffrey Kelly, Jonathan Urbanski, Meghan Dolan, Andronike Giannopoulos, George Sergot, Maharah Backus, Daniel Smith. Health: Daniel Clyne, Linda Lazar, Angelica Wozniczka. Home Economics: Kirsten Larson, Yoann Godin, Joanna Potakis, Vesna Stankovic, Carla Rosa Business: Nicole Marte, Denise Hacke, Kevin Barrett, Neil Sobczak, Robert Bello. Driver Education: Colleen Foy, Mary Nuzzo. Social Science: Rebecca Boudos, Sushila

Dalai, Andrew Donovan, Anthony Enright, WiUiam Heerman, Jennifer Husar, Padraig O'Shea, Penny TsiUpelros, Melissa Vensas. Foriegn Language: Jill Baty, Elena Beladakis, Katehn Gill, Thomas Glod, John Jacobsen, Emily Knoblauch, Mary Wojteczko. English: Michael Begich, Laura Bennett, Michaelene Domin, Martha Douglass, Kathleen Dunne, Heather Fetro, Yoann Godin, Adrienne Hernandez, Katie Husar, Anna Kurtz, Manase Latu, Mary Manning, Jessica Palicki, Tina Rivera, Gretchen Schrock, Melissa Sobota, Claire Thompson, Dave Wilson, Erin Kreuz. Science: Raul Crisan, Paul Enderle, Elaine Erne, Ellen Gartner, Matthew

IDs continue to make news On the Friday before winter break apby Jeff Clapper Although many students have strongly proximately 100 students were suspended voiced their dissatisfaction with the IDs, stu- for a smdent walk out after homeroom. Aldent awareness of progress made in the ID though many students were enthused about issue is much weaker. The past two months the concept only a small percentage of the have seen more instances of students population was willing to face the conseproactively confronting the source of the quences. The most students suff^ered was a policy and less of the previous empty com- small delay on their way to homeroom. plaining. On the Monday after break a dozen smOne month ago students from West and dents and parents addressed the board at the South met with press members to announce Monday night meeting. Eric Leys presented where the student bodies stood on the ID a petition signed by 700 Maine West stuissue. Student representatives included Eric dents caUing for an immediate end to the ID Leys, Senior Class President at Maine West; policy. Similar issues as before were disNeno Djordjevic, Chairman of the Maine cussed and although the board hstened to South Student Council Student Rights Com- the speakers. Dr. Snyder has stated, in a mittee; Siobhan Dolan, of the Committee for memo following the meeting, that the board the Rights ofYouth in Our Township (CRY- has not reached any conclusions and still OUT) and Jeff Clapper spoke to joumahsts plans "to review the specific objectives and from the Advocate, Journal, Southwards and to assess our success in achieving these obThe Westerner. This conference also repre- jectives." Extensive coverage of the meetsented the union of the two District 207 stu- ing was the lead story in the Advocate on January 8. dent bodies.

Huffman, Paul Johnson, Perry Karas, M i k M Kemerer, Andrew Mueller, Anne Rose, Natalie Rubino, Anthony Slatarelli, Liz Sirmbardis, Brendan Smaha, Mary Sosniak, Erin Stopa, Erin Vondale, Anne Wlezien. Mathematics: Kevin Barrett, Jeff Chmielinski, Jessica Davies, Martha Douglass, Rory Fidler, Michael Holowatyj, Kimberly Kapusnik, Brittany Knight, Kara Kreznor, Elizabeth Kruesi, Heidi Libner, Roison O'Neill, Sylvia Palella, Tina Rivera, Krissy Seberhagen, Tim Seiwert, Susie Skaczylo. Music: Jenny Beacraft, Frances Futris, Matthew Haak. Art/Photo: Katherine Ristau, Margaret House, Marta Skik, Nick Sakoufakis, Morgan Fantetti. Speech/Drama: Thad Williams, Dan Guercio, Patricia Karas, Michelle Kolaczewski. Applied Arts and Technology: Justyna Wozniczka, Patrick Melendy, Matthew Huffman.

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Sushila Dalai Elizabeth Gibbons News Editors Anne Edison-Swift Karin Vonesh Conmientary Editors Tim Barounis Jeff Clapper Features Editors Anna Mieszaniec Susan Wilson Sports Editors Lynn Janik Brian Price Production Editor Matt Haak Photographers Kate Boychuck Ines T i u ^ Mike Tomasfv Artist Annie Kehoe Staff Heads Margaret Byrne Alison Milnamow Advisor T. R. Kerth

Illinois Theatre Festival by Alison Milmimow Every year thousands of Illinois high school students who have earned membership in the Thespian Society gather at the Illinois Theatre Festival. This year's ITF took place on January 9-11 at Ilhnois State University, in what was one of the largest theatre festivals in the country. Students participated in workshops run by professional actors and technicians. This year two Maine South staff members, Mr. Sanchez and Mrs. McCleneghan, ran a

workshop on historical clothing. Also high schools showcased plays they had prepared. The weekend ended with two performances of the All-State Play "Carousel," which students throughout the state had been preparing since mid-summer. Five Maine South smdents were involved in "Carousel": Heidi Barton, Jenny Beacraft, Garrett Chen, AlUson Stanhope and Janet Peterson. The Ilhnois Theater Festival annually allows students both to demonstrate and refine their talents, both on-stage and off.

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Sports Sports icons rose to popularity in 1997,fromthe thrill of Hger Woods, who became a household name, to Scottie Pippen. who became the ftK:us of Chic^oan scorn. The Bulls won yet another NBA Title and the Bears and Cubs disappointed again.

The Field Museum acquires the most complete Tyrranasaurus Rex skeleton.

Look at this stuff, isn't it neat? The Little Mermaid, beloved Disney movie of our childhoods, was re-released-to the delight of those of us who discovered we still know the words to all the songs. The Star Wars trilogy reramed to theaters in a big way, wookie and all. Ellen DeGeneres came out. RENT came to Chicago, and just about everyone in the world went to see Titanic.

Science from space to sheep Hello. Dolly! The first cloned adult mammal sparked speculation and debate world-wide. Pathfinder brought us picmresfromMars. Hubble telescope images continued to astound us, and we all got a few chuckles from the merry mishaps on Mir.

Goodbye Princess Diana and Mother Teresa were not the only wellknown people to tiie in 1997. The world said goodbye to John Denver. Notorious BIG, M ichael Hunchence, Burgess Meredith, Red Skelton, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Tsongas, Deng Xiaoping, Allen Ginsburg. Jacques Cousteau, Gianni Versace, Charles Kuralt and Mike Royko. Judge overturns jur>' finding in case of British au pair Louise Woodward.


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Boys' basketball tops Notre Dame in "fantabulous" fashion By Mike O'Malley While everyone was enjoying their winter break, the boy's varsity basketball team was keeping it real and competing in the annual WheeUng Hardwood Classic. The Hawks entered the tourney hoping to improve on their 6-3 record, and to win their first holiday tournament. To accomplish this, the Hawks would have to clash with rivals Notre Dame and Maine West in the second and third rounds to advance to the tournament championship. The first round saw the Hawks encountering an unanticipated tough contest with the Redhawks from North Chicago. After an idle start, the Hawks cradled a four point lead at halftime. Fortunately, defensive changes adapted by the Hawks eventually halted the Redhawks' offense, while the Hawks' offense soared. Victory would not be denied, the Hawks went on to win 61-50. The second round featured a grudge match for bragging rights and respect between the vengeance filled Hawks and the petite Notre Dame Dons. The Dons showcased a 7-1 record and a number twelve ranking in the Chicagoland area but the Hawks sought revenge from last spring's sectional final de-

feat. The greatiy anticipated matchup figured to be a nail-biter through all four quarters. It was a defensive struggle with both teams trading baskets and the lead changing hands several times. At half, the Hawks retained a three point lead. During the third quarter the defensive brawl progressed, but Maine South seemed to have an edge going into the final quarter with the score tied. Notre Dame went on a run and took a slight lead, but the Hawks responded by putting on the glove defensively and causing eight turnovers in the last minutes. With the score tied 45-45, the final turnover created by Todd "Sticky Fingers" Gierke gave the Hawks the last shot. They burned about thirty seconds, and put the ball in Matt "The Mama Braciole" Angarone's hands with ten seconds left. After being triple-teamed, he dished the ball to Brian "Getting Jiggywitit" Price who in turn hit the game-winning three pointer. The fantabuluous finish boosted the Hawks to a 48-45 victory. Unfortunately, the Hawks quest for the tournament tide came short with a 42-28 loss to the Maine West warriors. The Hawks employed a ball control and time consum-

ing offense in order to stop the Warriors high-powered transistion offense. In the second half, however, the Hawks were unable to stop the aerial attack of Lucas "Little" Johnson and Kevin "Small" Frey. The 6-7 Division One prospects took control with several monster jams. In the third place game, the Hawks were unable to bounce back from the previous night's loss against the host Wheeling Wildcats. In the first half the Wildcats could not stop the Hawks' inside presence including spirited efforts by Nick "Victory Boombatz" Vassilos and Mike "Mamaluke" Rizzo. However, in the second half the tide changed and Wheeling was able to break the Hawks' pressure defense. The cats pulled away with a 60-52 win. Lastly, the team would like to thank the little people, especially the dedicated fans who made their presence felt throughout t h ^ tournament. And if you have obtained t l ^ ^ ' Hawk fever like Taylor "The Beast of Burden" Duncan, check out the team tonight as they visit the Deerfield Warriors. The Hawks have not defeated the Warriors in two years, but will be aided by the graduation of Kentucky standout Ryan Hogan.

Swimmers show improvement By Man Wanat The Hawks, after their initial loss to Schaumburg, recorded two wins in the following week against St. Patrick and Leyden. The meet against St. Patrick was the fu^t time that Maine South had beaten the Shamrocks in Coach Deger's eleven year tenure. Although the only firsts taken by the Hawks were Ryan Evans (200 yard freestyle), Dave McDowell (Diving), Brian Pick (100 yard breaststroke) and the 200 yard Free Relay (Pick, Joe Kipta, Evans, Man Wanat), they were able to have many valuable second and third place finishes in winning the meet 101-79. The Leyden swim meet, however, was not nearly as close as the Hawks won 116-63 by taking a host of firsts and seconds.

Unfortunately, the swim team was unable to keep the winning streak after a hard week of practice. In the pre-holiday break meet, the Hawks lost by one point (93-94) to Niles West in a CSL crossover. First place honors went to Wanat (50 yard free), Kipta (100 yard free). Pick (100 yard breaststroke) and the 200 yard free relay (Kipta, Pick, Mike Lupo, Evans). The meet was a success even in defeat compared to last year's 45 point loss to Niles West. The team is currently 22 and awaiting the big conference meets of the new year. The Niles North Vikings visit tonight4fc\5:30 PM and the tomorrow the JV and vaisity will travel to the Glenbrook South Titan Invitational at 9 AM and 1PM respectively.


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Healthy food on the go by Lynn Janik Surprisingly enough, there are ways that enable busy people to enjoy a wholesome meal while traveling. There are several simple tips that if followed, will allow for a hearty meal that your body deserves. Of course, the key to remember is a high carbohydrate breakfast which prevents an individual from getting too hungry and thus snacking throughout the day. Suggested meals are below. A breakfast could include pancakes, french toast, wheat toast, bagels or bran muffins. Butter should be skipped, while jellies and jams are appropriate. For a sensible lunch or dinner, visit somewhere that offers deli sandwiches made from wholesome breads. It is essential that mustard or ketchup is substituted for mayonnaise. Another lip is to add sliced tomatoes and lettuce to keep moisture in your diet. If visiting a fast food restaurant, try the chili, baked potato (hold the toppings), salad bar or thick crust pizza. Request that your salad dressing is served on the side so they do not smother your innocent salad ^with fat calories. Skip all mayonnaise fsmothered salads but instead indulge in chick pea or three bean salads. Soups also provide a healthy variety when combined with crackers, bread, bagels or com muffins. Beverages are other items that must not go unnoticed. Even though soft drinks are carbohydrate rich, fruit juices do add a more preferred source of carbohydrates,

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Hawks beat Warriors by Lynn Janik TMs year marks another superb year for Girls' Basketball, as their performances demonstrate their many abilities. In a thrilling match against district rival, Maine West the Hawks came out victorious. After a show stopping performance led by Denise Pavichevich, Sarah Cohen, Kori Bieszczad, Victoria Manko and Sarah Cohen, the Hawks ended the game leaving the Warriors in the dust with a score of 61-49. Cohen and Bieszczad had 15 points while Pavichevich added 14 points to lead the ladies to victory. In the Chicago Holiday Basketball Classic, the Hawks placed third. However, the tournament resulted in a strength building experience. With victories over Leyden (5654), Downers Grove South (64-44), Maria (52-31), Regina (69-29) and Highland Park (81-28), the Hawks are definitely promising a successfiil season. Unfortunately, the Hawks were not able to hold on to their almost perfect record. Lake Zurich challenged the Hawks untU the final seconds when the Lady Hawks fell short with a score a 51-54. Loyola, the next vitamin C and potassium. V-8 juice, ftuit juice and water will add pizzazz to your diet and Ufe. Caffeinated beverages are not always the best choice, for they will provide a dehydrating effect. Hot cocoa is a treat that is acceptable if ordered sparingly. Desserts can be any combination of fun

Gymnastics off LJ) HuM^k and rolling ^ ^ 1/16 1/17 by Liz Lovero The 1998 season has not been an easy one for the Maine South Gymnastics Team. They suffered a crushing loss early in the season when their only returning senior, Lauren Maloney, had her season cut short by a painful knee injury. But, things have been looking better for the Hawks. The team beat Highland Park in their last home meet of the season. Hopefully, this last win will help the gymnasts end the season on a high note. We cannot overtook the efforts of our exceptional freshman team. They went the first half of the season undefeated and took sev\ n t h place in the Niles West Freshman Incite with Cheryl Chumura placing on vault. This feisty group of girls are shaping up to be fierce competitors in years to come. Their next meet is on Monday, January 26th against Deerfield. beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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game provided the girls with an opportunity to set precedence. The Hawks came out stronger than ever led by Cohen (15 points), Bieszczad and Mary Friesl (8 points) and Pavichevich (5 points). TTie individual point totals alone do not even begin to demonstrate the game. Niraiber one ranked Loyola was pushed to the limit with numerous turnovers thanks to the unstoppable Hawks' defense. Cohen hit a buzzer three pointer at the end of thefixsthalf to aid the team in its 13 point lead over the Ramblers. TTie Hawks were taking their game to the next level. but the fourth quarter proved a true contest of skill and three point attempts by Loyola. With a tied score, the teams headed into overtime to determine the winner of this close contest. The Ramblers and Hawks matched each other shot for shot until the referees called fouls. Two calls were called against the Hawks, and then the Ramblers were victorious. This game truly allowed the ladies to show off all of their potential. These talented giris definitely look to capture the conference title along witli a spot in the Sweet Sixteen. Come cheer on the Hawks tonight al home against Deerfield, beginning al6:30. treats. Yogurt, juice, fig newtons, sherbet, raisins, trail mix, granola fruit (fresh or dried), pretzels and crackers all add great variety to your diet. Information for this article was found in Sports Nutrition pamphlets written by Nancy Clark, MSRD.

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Courage, class and determination fuel Wrestling's fast start As the season reaches It s halfway point, the three teams In the program have an Impressive combined^ record of 25-4 In duel meets. In what has been a commom sight this season, a referee raises Junior Bret Harman's hand in victory. Photo by Ines Tiu

By Sterling Chung Demonstrating these three characteristics. Maine South wrestling has enjoyed a great first half of the season. The varsity is currently 9-3 in dual meets and has performed up to expectations in its tournaments. Leading the way for the Hawks are Captain Josh D'Auria (18-5), Captain Bret Harman (171), Radley Kanaszyc (13-6), Scott O'Donnell (11-4) and Nick Palumbo (164). Captain Greg Goodrich's 15 victories and Will Stanke's 13 have also helped seal many of the team's victories. Under the leadership of standouts Dan Griner, Jeff Caudill. Jim Goodrich, Rob

Yancy, Andy Zigenhom, Steve Chung and Sean Slattery, the JV has amassed a record of8-l. The group has also performed well when

"So far the Maine South wrestling team has gone beyond the call of dutv..." called upon at the Varsity level. The Freshman Hawks have been dominat-

ing the mats with hard work and dedication. Their work has resulted in an undefeated 80 record with many lopsided scores. Exceptional performances by Rob Prieto, Alan Tauber, Mike Tedeschi, Mike Lanasa. Josh Gelula, Ralph Kopycenski, Pat Stoitzel and Ken Triptow have fueled this fast start. This weekend will be tough with conference rival Niles North visiting Maine South Friday and a tournament the next morning, ^ j ^ far the Maine South wrestling team has g c ^ ^ F beyond the call of duty with their great dedication and work ethic. In the future even greater things are expected from the team after their phenomenal start.


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