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February 5. 1999

movin' on up -FEATURES Something for South's southpaws on Page 7 A club for budding philosophers Page 6 A tribute to Mr. Marino Page 5

COMMENTARY Dan Schwartz ponders what's to come Page 2 A response to "Minority Party" Page 3 Tales from traffic school Page 4

NEWS" j / . Connection )g F I a^outh

November Students of the Month Page 4

— SPORTS Basketball Pages 10 and 11 Jerry Krause Page 10

by Amy Fulara Well, the Hawkettes are at it again! While still performing at all the varsity boys' basketball games and their traditional competitions, the team decided to expand their horizons by competing in several new competitions. This past December the Hawkettes swept up the competition at the Midwest Dance Competition held at Northwestern University in Evanston. The team is also scheduled to perform at the Windy City Classic in March. Following that competition, the Hawkettes will travel to compete in Tennessee. Before all of this, however, the Hawkettes will host the Maine Event here at Maine South. Along with numerous team victories, the

Hawkette members have also earned individual awards. The Miss Dance Drill Team Illinois competition was held here at South. The competition consists of individuals modeling, speaking and performing solo routines. The Hawkettes had several members place in this competition. Heather Lang was declared Miss Drill Team. Amy Fulara was first runner up and Jackie Scatena finished as fourth runner up. Both Lang and Fulara will travel to California to compete for Miss Drill Team USA in

April. The Hawkettes are under the leadership of Barbara Bobrich and captains Amy Fulara and Heather Lang. The Hawkettes are looking forward to yet another successful year.


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The Editors by Margaret Byrne There are a lot of things I haven't done that sometimes I think I should. I've never eaten sushi, gone skydiving, driven a really fast and expensive car, gone and seen a Broadway show, played water polo, or given someone who is homeless more than $3.00 at a time. But there are even more things that 1 HAVE done before that I wish I hadn't, such as judged someone, avoided someone or thing, spoken without thinking, broken a promise intentionally as well as inadvertently, not returned phone calls when the person phoning really needed someone to talk to, gone to sleep mad/ woken up in a foul mood, ditched out on simple things my mom asked me to do, failed to fulfill an obligation, not lived each day like it was my last. It frustrates and depresses me to know my list of regrettable events was much easier to think of. I have always tried to trust my decisions. Why shouldn't I? I thought about what I was doing prior to or at least during the event, so I had to of done it for a reason, right? Regret has always equaled bad in recent years, but I think regret has been misinterpreted. Regretting something for its face value, or how my actions looked to everyone else is just plain shallow. However, regretting something for how it made me feel isn't. That's the clincher. Thinking of my actions and saying to myself, "Boy, if anyone saw me make that nasty face at my teacher, they would think I was a weirdo," would be stupid. But if I regretted making a horrid face at a teacher because it made me feel bad doing it, then that is a different story. Feeling remorse because of how it affected me and the others involved is justified. The difference is subtle, I admit, but somehow I think that subtle difference makes all the difference. But, all things considered, this theory makes me a much happier person. Being able to justify and condemn things I have done for myself is an indescribable thing. Knowing, for yourself, when you screw up and when what you did is OK gives you a little bit of an edge. It is this edge that lets a person call his or her own shots, and be happier about the choices he or she makes.

Ruminations by Dan Schwartz "It's time to move on, time to get going, what lies ahead I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, grass is growing, yeah it's time to move on; it's time to get going." As I move into the second half of my senior year, the simple, eloquent words of Tom Petty are the words my mind speaks to me; somehow I know that it is time for me to go. I have no way of knowing what lies ahead of me, but the voices of possibilities for the future speak to me far more convincingly than the voices of reality for the past or present. I know I am not finished with the task at hand and must focus on the present if I am to succeed in the future, but cannot help wanting to finish what I am doing and start what comes next. By saying this I am not trying to say that Maine South is not or has not been good to me; I have greatly enjoyed my time here and have learned a great deal. I am simply saying that I believe an important part of high school is the student's realization that it is time to move past high school, to desire what lies beyond and to accept this. I believe that when a person begins to feel this desire, it means that the school has done its job in educating that person and should be praised for having created a potentially successful member of the society outside the confines of the school. It has been said that the objective of teaching is to enable the student to get along without the teacher, and with this in mind I feel I have been well taught at Maine South. I have learned many important facts and practical lessons here, and now I want to leave and apply them to the next part of my life. Naturally, there is a hesitancy to say that one is entirely ready to leave, and anyone who claims a total willingness and desire to leave all aspects of high school life has more than likely not given the question much thought. I certainly am not one of these people, and would gladly take parts of Maine South with me if I could. I wish I did not ever have to part ways with some of my friends from Maine South, but I can accept the natural and inevitable nature of this parting. A part of me wishes I could take them with me, never leaving them, yet another reminds me that is an unpleasant but unavoidable part of growing up. Even more unpleasant is the possibility that

this parting and the experiences that will accompany it may cause me to grow apart from my friends. I hope this does not happen, but cannot deny its existence as a possibility. Another thing I cannot deny is the existence of factors that enhance my desire to leave. I realize that pettiness, dishonesty and submissive conformity are as prevalent in life as the wonderful qualities they oppose, but I do desire to escape their manifestations at Maine South. Pettiness and dishonesty are both inherent traits of teenagers that we all exhibit at times, but they seem to be growing more powerful as of late. Hopefully my peers and I will have at least started to shed them by the Ume we reach our respective colleges. Another unfortunate trait I see all too often is that of conformity: acting and thinking a certain way simply to fit in. Albert Einstein proposed a wonderful assessment of this, which reads "The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it a l o ^ ^ k creates the noble and the sublime, while t l ^ ^ herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling." I seek an environment where people have escaped the fear of rejection and are willing to take chances and be different, not letting opportunities pass them by for fear of being ostracized. I cannot even begin to imagine what opportunities I will have in the future, what discoveries and mistakes I will make, what chances I will take. I try to imagine, though, and cannot wait to see what dreams may come true.


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Give if you wish to receive don't get along, and people make fun of by John Economos unfortunately we do, and we're all guilty others. After reading Tim's article and This article was inspired by Tim of it. Spikes, chains, army boots, khakis, putting in a lot of thought, I feel that Knodel's article "Minority Party: Are you sweaters, suits and ties. We've all probpeople should treat others the way they prejudiced toward your fellow students?" ably looked at somebody and said, "What would want to be treated. which was brought to my attention in the a dork." As for what Tim said about being last issue of Southwards. I also have I'm sure that even the "punks" have kicked out of the hallways; if you don't thought about this topic quite a lot lately. said that about people unlike them. A want to be kicked out of the After finals, I was minding my person should never make fun of a fellow hallways, then don't attract own business walking outside to attention to yourself by being loud my friend's car, and I ran into and obnoxious. someone that I had been friends with throughout most of my If you don't want people to call "It's sad that in our society today wej freshman year. We have since you a "freak" or a "fag" then don't judge people by the way they dress, call others "freaks" or "fags." This grown apart from each other. He followed me into the Maine but unfortunately we do, and we're goes for everyone, not just "punks." If you want respect from someone, South parking lot insulting me in all guilty of it... I was taught that i show respect for that person and you front of my friends and making a fool out of himself. you don't have something nice to will receive it in return. Lastly, this article is in no way When we first became friends, he say, don't say anything at all. I hav meant to start a war. I give Tim got me listening to some different credit for having enough guts to types of music that I had never been made fun of by 'punks,' and write the article that he did. I know heard. We remained friends for a deep down it hurts..." that many people in our school little while and then all of a sudden wouldn't, and I respect him for khe stopped talking to me, though that. 'at first I had no idea why. I then realized he didn't like me because student, especially because of I didn't dress like him. the style of music they listen to, the way What makes a person feel good about they dress, or their hairstyle. With Valentine's Day rapidly insulting someone because that person is If you have a problem with another approaching, 4onjt f(^get to show different than them? I didn't dress the student, let it be. I was always taught that way a "punk" should, as if for some if you don't have something nice to say, the peo^>l^v%i!iq^eJH^t how reason listening to certain music has to don't say it at all. In the past, I have been much youiQ^;^(6^^einember include dressing a certain way. It just made fun of by "punks," and deep down it also that it kJaiTroorfe^gjeaningful wasn't my thing, and I didn't feel that hurts to know that someone doesn't like to give a gifL©f i&ciiofi and affeclistening to punk music had to make me you because you listen to Dave Matthews tion, than to g ^ e \ card which change my style. Band and they listen to Blanks 77. It's sad that in our society today we This will never change: the world will will soon be forgotten. judge people by the way they dress, but always be a place where some people

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Driving toward disaster By Lily Corcoran I only had my driver's license for a couple of months before I got my first ticket. Like most teenagers, I was a little worried about telling my mom. The offense was not a big deal but the money that it cost was. My mom and I decided that the best option to solve the problem was to pay the extra money to get the ticket my record. This also meant that I had to go to traffic school. At the time, I thought traffic school meant that I couldn't be late, talk or move for an evening. I thought it was a punishment that would somehow compel me not to get another ticket. I was wrong. On the day of my class, I made sure that I was not late. In fact, I was one of the first people there. I sat and waited for the instructor. Five minutes later, the instructor finally arrived late and then allowed other late students to join the class. The class finally started twenty minutes after it was sup-

posed to. The first activity that we did was to learn more about our classmates. So, for half and hour the class just talked amongst themselves. Then we went around the class to share the information that we learned about our peers. After this I realized that everyone else in the class had been there more than once before. After a short break, we watched a video and " talked about it. We filled out worksheets about the video and talked about it. After our second break, the class returned in hope of doing something more worthwhile, but instead we filled out even more worksheets and talked. Even though the class was sup-

ting another ticket. Instead, I completely wasted my time. If the Secretary of State wants to increase traffic safety, he must revise traffic school. The p r o g r ^ ^ ^ should teach the offend^^ what they did wrong and how that can harm them rather than just reviewing old driving movies. The problem can be partially solved by giving people penalties for showing up late or not at all. Taking a test at the end of the class session would also make sure that people took the class more seriously. Consequences, such as revoking the offender's driver's license, might encourage drivers to follow the laws more caretuny. ^ ^ fully. Unless traffic school changes, the o i ^ ^ p thing that it accomplishes is lowering insurance rates. It does not make people correct their mistakes or become better drivers.

"/ thought traffic school would be a punishment that would somehow compel me not to get another ticket. I was wrong." posed to last another half-hour, the instructor let us out early. After going to this class, I realized how pointless it really was. I was expecting to take a test or at least get scared out of get-


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Focus on faculty The first unit of Physics is "Wonder", and who better to discuss wonder with than wonder-filled Mr. Marino.A fascinating unit, and the wonder continues throughout the year. Mr. Marino went to Ramsey High School in New Jersey, where he lived for about six years. While in high school, he was involved in running, basketball and science. After high school, Mr. Marino attended James Madison University in Virginia. He then continued his education at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He went on to get a Master's degree in Physics Education at Eastern Illinois University and a Master's in Physics at Northern Illinois University. Mr. Marino really enjoys teaching and has spent the past thirteen years teaching Physical Science, Physics 2, Accelerated Physics, and AP Physics here at Maine South. He says he feels lucky that he "fell" into teaching because he found something he really enjoys. In addition to teaching, Mr. Marino has coached boys' cross country

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here for the past twelve years. He also coached Science Olympiad for seven years. Mr. Marino is also involved in the American Association of Physics Teachers and in coordination with the Rube Goldberg Competition, which requires making a project including a series of complex chain reactions to achieve a simple task. He also enjoys reading, learning new physics, traveUng and biking. Astronomy, basketball, guitar, conversation, magic, chess and philosophy are a few of his many hobbies. He likes to try new things and takes up a new hobby every year. Mr. Marino enjoys spending time with his family of three brothers and three sisters. He has been married for eleven years, and his wife is a former journalist who currently teaches third grade in Palatine. He says that getting married is a life-changing experience that makes a person grow considerably. Something Mr. Marino thinks of when making a decision is something once said by a comedian: "This is not a dress rehearsal." He says to make sure you do what you want to because this is the only chance

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Jack Marino you get. Mr. Marino says, "Sometimes people sell their days too cheaply. If people knew ex actly how long they had to live, they would be sure to get something out of every day." Mr. Marino's basic philosophy on life can be summed up by simply saying, "I think that, usually, happiness is a matter of perspective."

What they're saying... "I think Mr. Marino is one of the most dedicated teachers I know simply because he takes in stray physics students and helps them."-y4nna Mieszaniec "Mr. Marino is dedicated to his teaching and his students."-Jen Barrett "l like his enthusiasm and his humor, especially the subtleties of his humor."PaulJohnson "He taught me a lot; I actually understand physics. He had time to help kids who were struggling even when he was busy coaching cross country."Tracy Fottz "His passion for physics is evident every day in the classroom."-Serena Hohmann

G a b b y Kusz Focus on Student Excellence

Activities: •Class Council •Spanish Club •Constitution Team •P.E. Leader •Hawkettes •National Honor Society •Mu Alpha Theta •Hawk Honor Card

Teacher's Comments: "Gabby has a zest for life and a positive attitude that is refreshing and priceless. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with because she is so friendly, genuine and confident. She has a relentless work ethic and a great desire to succeed, and I am confident of her success." -Mr. Dennis Mc Cann


A look at what's happening at area schools. . .

The Wonders of Life ''The club tries to keep the life of the mind alive." by Susie Skaczylo What is the meaning of life? Well, at Palatine High School some students gather each week to discuss this very question. These students are part of the new Philosophy Club. They also set their minds on the topics of God, democracy and cartoons. This club is called Humans Understanding Humans, and it has become quite popular. The Philosophy Club consists of students and faculty who are interested in discussing the secrets of the universe. The members are of various sexes, religions, social and ethnic backgrounds. This diversity opens the club up to many views and opinions. The club meets for a few hours every

Monday and debates and discusses various topics and questions. Each meeting has

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ended on amiable terms with members gaining new insight into their world. Discussion topics included literamre, religion, social dilemmas, and cartoons. Comments made about the club were very positive. "Unlike some other activities and sports, the Philosophy Club focuses on improving the mind. The club tries to keep the life of the mind alive." Overall the club is enjoying its success and having a blast just sharing ideas and thoughts with each other. Wouldn't this be a neat add tion to the long list of extracurricular ac tivities that Maine South has to offer? Information for this article was collected from Cutlass, a publication ofPalatine High School, Palatine, IL.

On this day.. .sixty-five years ago by Erica Skorupski Can you guess who was bom on February 5th sixty-five years ago? In 1934, one of the greatest baseball players was brought into this world. Hank Aaron would eventually leave behind a record of 755 homers in twenty-three years, surpassing Babe Ruth's home run record. He was named Most Valuable Player in 1952 and led his team, the Braves, to a world championship In 1957, 1963 and 1966 Aaron hit 44 home runs in a season. In 1971 he smashed 47. In the late 1960s, the average major league player would be lucky if he hit 18 home runs in a year. Aaron was considered a "bona fide baseball star."

Hank Aaron hit more home runs in his career than any player has in the history of major league baseball. Throughout his career, he batted over .300 in twelve seasons, won the home run and RBI crowns four times apiece, hit 40 or more homers eight times, and hit at least twenty homeruns for twenty consecutive years. That is a lot for one person to achieve, along with being

elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. This baseball season saw a home run war between Cubs' star Sammy Sosa and the Cardinals' Mark McGwire; they were competing to break the record of sixty-one homeruns in a single season set by Roger Maris. Sosa ended up with sixty-five homeruns. Compared to Aaron's forty-seven homeruns in one season, imagine what Sosa could do if he continues on his lucky streak for another fifteen years .


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Left out in a right hand world perstitions just begin. The left hand or left side is considered unlucky in more than a handful of countries. For instance, in Scotland, if your left foot enters a house before your right, you will bring that house bad luck. A European superstition states that if your right palm itches, you will acquire money in the near fiiture, but if your left hand itches, you will lose money. Similarly, the Chinese believe that a twitch of the right eye indi-

it has been shown by certain scientists that lefties actually do have a shorter life span than right-handers do. Scientists attribute In the early 1900's people discouraged this to their belief that left-handers are more left-handedness. But those days are over, or accident-prone. are they? Well, in the sport of polo, leftAccording to the "Sword and Shield" handed play is actually illegal. In many lantheory by Thomas Carlyle, the relative lack guages left can be translated into many negaof left-handedness bases its origins in early tive characteristics. Combine this with a warfare. Warriors in combat would hold their shorter life expectancy and left-handedness sword in their right hand and their shield in is not very popular. their left hand, better protecting their heart, Just how many people thus promoting rightare left-handed? The anhandedness among solswer varies, but recent studdiers. ies have tagged 11% of the Another popular theory Throughout the world left-handers are followed by the stereotypes assoAmerican population as beis the "Mother with Baby" ciated with them. Many languages use negative characteristics to describe ing left-handed. theory. This theory claims left-handed people. Here are some language translations. that women would hold However, this number English: "Leff'-weak, ambiguous, doubtful, questionable and clumsy their babies in their left doesn't tell the whole story. French: "Gauche"-awkward, clumsy and bashful hand so that they would be Breakdowns of the studies German: "Linkisch"- clumsy, awkward and maladroit closer to their heart. This have shown that men are Latin: "Sinister"-e\il left the right hand free for more likely to be southpaws Russian: "Levja"- sneaky the mothers to perform (a slang term for leftItalian: "Mancino"-deceitful and dishonest harder tasks, such as cookhanders) than women, and Portuguese: "Canhoto"-weak and mischievous ing or cleaning. 14% of the people between Polish: "Lewo"-illegal and underhanded tricks the ages of 10-20 years old A more scientific are left-handed, but that theory was started by drops to 6% among senior citizens. Also, re- cates that something good will happen while Gershwind and Galaburda. Their theory, the search has shown that left-handedness is a twitch in your left eye indicates imminent "Testosterone" theory, claims that higher slightly less likely in people of Asian (9.3%) tragedy. levels of testosterone are responsible for leftor Hispanic (9.1%) descent. In more recent times, superstitions and handed dominance. A less complicated theory is the "Birth The increasing number of southpaws stereotypes surrounding southpaws have among youngsters can be attributed to the died down, but there are still problems that Stress" theory. Bakan's basis of this theory cessation of parents "converting" their natu- are encountered on a day-to-day basis. claims that prenatal stress is the cause of rally left-handed children. In times as recent Maine South Social Science teacher and left- some left-handedness. as the early 1900s, it was common for par- hander Mrs. Deines knows this all too well. In many ways, the world is finally startents to force their children to use their right "When you write on the blackboard," she ing to accept left-handers as a productive hand, regardless of their instinctive prefer- says, "your hand can actually erase what you part of society and the stereotypes are fadence. have written if you are not careftil." She also ing away. "We're not discriminated against very The parents' decisions to change their pointed out overhead projectors as a nuimuch anymore," concludes Mrs. Deines, children was undoubtedly affected by nu- sance for lefties. "It's the little things," she says as she "but in a lot of ways, the world is still rightmerous myths and stereotypes connected to southpaws. The devil was portrayed as left- glances out into her study hall room. "For handed." handed. In ancient Egypt the god Set, who instance, these desks are all made for rightcompares to Satan in Christianity, is called handers." Mrs. Denies typifies common character "The Left Eye of the Sun," while the EgypJames A. Garfield. Herbert Hoover, tian god of life is named "The Right Eye of traits associated with left-handedness and Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald right brain dominance. the Sun." Reagan, George Bush, Monica Seles, "I think I'm a non-linear thinker," she At one time, it was forbidden for a JewRandy Johnson, Yogi Berra, Barry ish rabbi to be left-handed. Eskimos con- says, "I'm better at holistic thinking, seeing Bonds, Ken Griffey, Jr., "Shoeless" Joe sider all left-handers potential sorcerers, and the whole picture." Jackson, Babe Ruth. Deion Sanders, Ted This epitomizes one of the main features in Morocco it is widely believed that all leftWilliams, Albert Einstein, Pele, Tom handers are either a devil or a cursed per- commonly connected to southpaws. Other Cniise, Jerry Seinfeld, Julius Caesar, studies have proven that left-handers can be son. Pablo Picasso and Oprah Winfrey. Where the religious beliefs end, the su- more creative, intelUgent and rebellious. Yes, by Michael DePilla, Sarah Kaulfers and TJ Jarosch

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November Students of the Month English: Predrag Barac, Nichael Begich, Donna Charicki, Christopher Ciaston, Shannon Coyne, Steve Dabrowski, Jerry Dhamer, Peter Donovan, Martha Douglass. Michele Fricke, Dan Haas, Kristen Ignaczak, Kathryn Kelly, Jonathan Krischke, Kassy Liebich, Jamie Papaioannou, Alex Policy, Garifalia Tsapralis and Robert Yancy. History: Liam Hickey, John Jacobsen, Amy Moorehouse, Shayna Robinson, Michael Sebastian, Scott Sobczak, Luke Tworek and Diana Wolek. Science: Andrew Derfield, Brooke Fillippo, Eli Galayda, Jessica Gorodianis, Crystal Hainault, Michaellberl, Caroline Imreibe, Jake Leszczynski, Bryan O'Donnell, Kelly Oenning, Lauren Paez, Luke Pyzowski, Peter Rodecki and Andrea Roth.

Mathmatics: Marlena Bajno, Joe Cappello, Kathleen Hagerty, Brian Johnson, Adriana Kesala,

Zachary Kleiner, Natalie Knik. Sarah Logan, Andrew Neumann, Claire Sharkey, Sarah Timmer and Laura Weibel. Driver Education . Brain Cassidy and Eunice Jang. Health: Elizabeth Pahlke, Alexander Popowych, Clarissa Thompson Art/Photo: Kristina Mammel, Jennifer Meyers, Sandra P u 1 1a r a , Dominic Salvador and Michael Tomassi. Orchestra/ Band/Drama/Broadcasting : Beth Barnette, Michael Boychuck, Scott Baker, Chrystal Peterson, Katie Bemdton, Christy Stevens, Christopher Reyes and Scott Sobczak. Business: Brendan Smaha and Lauren Zucchero. Applied Arts/Technology: Nicholas Chalupa, Christopher Marquez, Eric Schmidt, Mathew Shalzi and Christopher Woppel. Family and Consumer Sciences:

Coming Soon ACT Testing- 7:45 am at Maine South Lincoln's Birthday (no school) Girls' Choice Dance—hurry up and buy your tickets in the bookstore Valentine's Day College Planning Program—7':00 pm in the auditorium Half-day at Maine South (classes in morning only)

Helen Jones, Maureen Kudlik, Anita Michalec, Claire Mulbrandon and April Valle. Physical Education: Scott Begor, M o n iq ue Buonicontro, Michael Campagna, P e t e r Faulkner, Andrew Huening, Gregory Kazmierski, Asheley Kiefer, Dominik Pieklo, Christine Schwartz, Christina Trahanas and Allison Wohl.

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Students and staff CONNECT by Maura Collins For one and a half years now, there has been a club at Maine South that hardly anyone knows anything about. This organization is called Project CONNECT. The program started last year as a part of the Student Standards Committee and is in effect at Maine East and Maine West as well as at South. Ms. Cyndee Kawalek and Ms. Susan Deering, CONNECT's program coordinators for Maine South's chapter of CONNECT, realize that there are many students at Maine South who are not involved in school-related activities. They think that students could benefit from a positive relationship with a faculty member at Maine South. According to Ms. Kawalek, "CONNECT is a program based on developing positive connections between students and teachers/staff to engage the 'unconnected student'

ISAT take over South by Kathleen Dunne Today concludes a week of testing for IGAPs will not be completely lost because sophomores and juniors, while freshman and the old tests are incorporated into the new seniors enjoyed late arrivals Monday, Tues- ones. day and Friday. Throughout the state, stuThere are several different parts to the dents are being tested through the new ISAT. ISAT. It contains reading, writing and math The ISATs were given to sophomores and for sophomores and science and history for juniors this week resulting in late arrivals. juniors. Testing will continue into next week but with Beginning in 2000, fine arts and health a regular bell schedule. tests will also be administered to juniors. ISAT stands for Illinois Standards The reading segments are 35 minutes Achievement Tests. long and consist of three passages with mulThese tests replace the Illinois Goal As- tiple choice and two short answer questions. sessment Program (IGAP) that students at The math, science and social science are also South previously took. 35 minutes long. This testing policy was adapted by the The writing is 40 minutes and consists I Illinois Learning Standards in July of 1997. of two essays. The ISATs were compiled by teachers The tests are believed to be more chaland district curriculum and assessment di- lenging but also more accurate than the rectors, along with help from MetriTech. IGAP. The results of the tests will be returned Creators of these tests announce that to Maine South the first week of May.

through a one-on-one relationship with an adult." Volunteers from Maine South's staff are paired with a student. These student-staff pairs meet privately once a week and also attend a weekly "breakfast club" meeting where breakfast is served. Some of the other activities that students in CONNECT can attend are talks given by outside speakers, sponsor get-togethers, team-building activities, workshops on important teen issues and links to other student organizations, clubs and events. Students become a part of the program by referral from teachers or another faculty member. Students can also ask to be a part of the club. Kawalek explains that the students involved come from diverse backgrounds and are not necessarily at the top or bottom of their class.

ISAT schedule Monday: Freshman and SeniorsLate start 9:50 am sophomores—reading and math juniors— science l^iesday: Freshman and SeniorsLate start 9:50 am sophomores— writing and math juniors— social science Wwlnesday: ^//-Regular bell schedule sophomores- make-up day juniors— make-up day Thursday: ^//--Regular bell schedule no testing Friday: Freshman, Juniors, SeniorsLate start, 9:50 am sophomores— math and reading


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Architect of a dynasty by Mike Depilla He played a major role in the Chicago Bulls" six championships. He helped make the name "Chicago BuUs" synonymous with success and winning. He made the Bulls what they are today. No. I am not talking about Michael Jordan (though he helped), I am talking about General Manager Jerry JCrause. Through his shrewd decision-making, excellent scouting, and keen eye for talent, it was really Krause who lifted the Chicago Bulls to one of the NBA's greatest teams. However, in this town, nobody gives Krause the credilhe deserves. A sports callin show is not complete without several callers bashing Krause for everything from his brash ego to his diminutive stature. He is often criticized for taking himself too seriously and riding Jordan's coattails to the top. It is a shame that he is treated this way, because it took more than Michael Jordan to win six championships in eight years, and nobody works harder at their job than Krause. It took an excellent 1987 draft in which Krause landed Horace Grant and littleknown Scottie Rppen from the even lesserknown University of Central Arkansas. It took savvy acquisitions like Bill Cartwright and John Paxson to surround Jordan with a championship-caliber team. Whose idea do you think it was to hire the eccentric Zen-master coach Phil Jackson? Then, after the team withered away to practically nothing following Jordan's first retirement, BCrause was able to bring in role

players hke Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington and Luc Longley to contribute to the Bulls' repeat of the three-peat. Why didn't other GM's draft the "Croation Sensation" Toni Kukoc? Who else could finagle Will Perdue-for-Dennis Rodman? Let's not forget medseason pick-ups like Brian Wdliams and Scott Burrell that added the little spark necessary to keep the championship flame burning its brightest. These wise moves earned him Executive of the Year honors in 1996, the honor bestowed upon the best GM of the season. So now that the dynasty that was the BuUs has been meticulously split up. it is time again for BCrause to work his magic. Actually, it has begun. Through the trades of Pippen, Kerr and Longley. Krause has stockpiled his team with a surplus of picks in next year's draft. In fact, Krause already has his eye on next summer's crop of free agents, such as Stephen Marbury and Anfemee Hardaway and has mindfully created a situation where the Bulls will have enough money to sign some of them and restore a winning tradition to Chicago. Jerry Krause has done as much for Chicago Bulls as any player, albeit in the shadow of number 23, and has his place among his peers as one of the cleverest and most resourceful GM's in the league. Although his large ego and impudent personality have occasionally gotten in the way of his job, it is a small price to pay for the quality work he has done, and undoubtedly wiU continue to do.

Boys' Basketball by Eric Schmidt The Hawk boys' basketball team is approaching the final stretch of their regular season, which means that each game is immensely important. With four of the final five games at home, the Hawks hope to end up on top of the tough CSL North division. With a 10-7 overall record and a 3-2 conference record, the Hawks are not the favorites in the Niles West Sectional, but they certainly have a solid chance of reaching the Evanston supersectional at Northwestern University. With only a few games remaining before the playoffs, the Hawks will turn to their senior leadership and experience to guide them to a high seed and a strong playoff run. All eight seniors will participate in their third state playoff, which should bode well for the Hawks' chances. In recent competition, the Hawks lost a tough battle with conference leader Deerfield by seven points. The following _ night they also lost a non-conference c o t ^ B test with the Prospect Knights. The H a w k ^ ^ came back strong as they traveled to Glenbrook North. Trailing by as much as sixteen in the first half the team picked up their defensive intensity to pull within two at the halftime break. The second half was commanded by the Hawks as they cruised to a ten-point victory. Todd Gierke, Brendan Smaha, Brian Price and Eric Schmidt scored in double digits to lead the Hawk attack. Upcoming contests include Maine West, Fremd, Highland Park and Rolling Meadows. Come out and support your Hawks and cheer them to victory.

Coming next issue... -Mr. Kolar retiring after 35 years as teacher and wrestling coach -Playoff coverage for wrestling and gymnastics -Swimming and basketball seasons drawing to a close


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by Anna Mieszaniec Following their annual CHBC tournament, the girls' varsity basketball team continued onward with an impressive five game winning streak. The Hawks' first game of the past few weeks began with a match against the Niles North Vikings. Led by Laura Paine's 22 points, the Hawks defeated Niles North 49-29. Paine's shooting, which culminated in 5 three-pointers, was just too for the Vikings to handle. At the Hawks' game against Maine East, Paine again dominated the court with her three-point shooting. Led by Paine's 6 three-pointers (a high of 18 pts.), the Hawks vanquished the Demons 54-35. Colleen Van Hoesen also contributed 11 points to the Hawks victory. At practice the Hawks continued to work ard as the next game against the re-energized Deerfield Warriors loomed close at hand. But the Deerfield Warriors were no match for the Hawks. The girls clobbered the Warriors 56-36. Lauren Colletti was on fire from the field with 10 field goals for a high of 23 points. Determined to continue their winning streak, the girls' varsity won against Regina. Led by Colleen Van Hoesen (13 pts.) and Lauren Colletti (12 pts.), the Hawks defeated Regina 55-34. Laura Paine also contributed 3 three-pointers (a total of 11 pts.) to help lead the Hawks to victory. Against the Glenbrook North Spartans, the Hawks again proved to be victorious. Led by Colletti's hot field goal shooting (15 points), the Hawks outscored the Spartans 63-34. The Hawks were pleased to have their hard work pay off with this five game winning streak. However, even though the Hawks tried to keep the streak alive, they fell to Elgin. In a tough loss (30-36), the Hawks were led by Colletti with 14 points and her 6 for 6 om the field. The Hawks know that there s still a lot of work to be done and hope to revive their winning streak. Come out to see the girls' varsity at the next home game on February 6th as the Hawks take on the Schaumburg Saxons.

girls are currently ranked third in the Central Suburban League conference. Due to tough competition this position is one of which the team can be proud; they hope to keep it this way. The team finished fourth at the difficult invitational against Maine West. The gymnasts competed well, including an 8.6 on vault turned in by Danielle McCoUum. Other key competitors were Sarah Jindoyan (7.4) on beam as well as Maureen Fallon (7.9) and McCollum (8.4) on the floor routine. In the recent meet against Glenbrook North the Hawks' vaulting team proved to

McCollum and Beladakis performed well on floor (8.5, 7.9) while Fallon received a 7.2 on beam. In their meet against Niles North the girls turned in their highest team score yet in order to successfully beat the Vikings. Currently the girls are in the midst of preparation for their conference meet on Friday Jan. 29th which will be hosted by the Deerfield Warriors on their home turf at 6:30 p.m. Next week the girls will begin the first week of the state series. They are seeded third in the Deerfield regionals. The team hopes to see advancement into Sectionals.

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Indoor track teams begin season Boys' Girls' track says, "Let the circus begin " tracli by Paul Johnson As you may have noticed, the boys' track team is back in action. The team is fortunate to have a strong squad returning from last year. Seniors Danny Payne, Marc Szraraek, Nick Norman, Paul McGuire and Paul Johnson lead the sprinters and relay runners. Sam Porras and Mike Santoro dominate the hurdles, and Jon Hilyard and Brad Seberhagen take to the skies with the pole vault. Sean Story, Steve Natalie and Brian Fee wiU do battle in the shot put ling, while Brian Dickey, Brian Weils, Matt Madura and Tom Hastings head the long distance crew. Led by a cast of wonderful coaches, the Hawks have a great chance to repeat last year's successes. Even without the sprinting of Dino Gardiakos and Taylor Duncan's shot put skills, the team is optimistic. The team is always looking for athletes, so come on out now or after your winter sport. Expectations are high this season and there are several prospective state athletes. Come out and cheer both the girls' and boys' teams on to victory as they host many indoor meets.

by Gina Kremer Round and round we go...the 1999 girls' indoor track season has officially begun. The fieldhouse is teeming with countless runners (not to mention gymnasts and wrestlers) working out amongst complete chaos. Unless the fieldhouse has been shrinking, the team is bigger than ever and as of yet hasn't stopped growing. Contributing to the hectic personality of track practices is the nature of the sport. Members can participate in track, field or a combination of the two events. In ring #1 lies the large assortment of track events. These include long and short distance races as well as hurdles. Coach Gabauer is in charge of the distance events, such as the 4 x 8(X)m relay along with the 800m, 1600m and 3200m open races. Coach Downing trains the sprinters. This group runs distances of 50m (indoor only), 100m, 200m, 400m. Sprint relays are the sprint medley, 4 x 200m, 4 lap relay (indoors) and the 4 x 4(X) relay. First year Coach Nordahl does the hurdling events, including 50m (indoors), 100m (outdoors) and 300m. Ring #2 contains the field events, perhaps the true acrobats of the group. Coach DiLegge is in charge

of the throwing events: shot-put during the indoor season and both shotput and discus during the outdoor season. Coach Downing conditions the jumpers. Their events include long jump, triple jump and the high jump. Participants in any of these events often run sprints or distance races as well. ^ ^ With this array of choices it s h o u l ^ ^ be easy to find an event to enjoy. Also, one aspect of track anyone can appreciate is that there are no tryouts! However, this results in greater incentive to try your hardest; only the top two athletes for each level compete in scoring meets. Fortunately, many of our strongest athletes have returned this season. With the support of eleven seniors and a rapidly growing team, girls' track hopes to make this season the most successful yet. Not only do they plan to claim the CSL title, they hope to perform exceptionally in the Sectional meet, sending members down state. The confusion of fieldhouse practices is a small price to pay with the prospective talent shown by both old and new teammates alike. T I M ^ first home meet will be Febmary 1 1 9 9 at 4:30. The Hawks hope to see you there as they take on Good Counsel, Simeon and Resurrection.

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