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Commentary •Good sportsmanship— page 3 •Tank tops— page 4

Features •New teachers —pages 6-7

News •Senior Finals— page 8 •Homecoming preview— page 9 •Summer government—^page 9

Sports •Football and Soccer highlights— page 12 Page 8—^ Band & Choir travel to Europe

by Maura Collins Shopping for the "right" back-to-school clothes is a lot of fun—but modeling them is even better. On Aug. 8 three Maine South students had the opportunity to model the latest back-to-school fashion at Golf Mill Shopping Center's Fashion Show. Freshman Alicia Arends, sophomore Monica Haak, and junior Marta Skik, along with twenty-five other area teens, were chosen to model after auditioning in the shopping center at the end of July. According to Lori Inman, marketing director of Golf Mill, 135 people auditioned. Only twenty-five made the cut. The girls found out about the auditions when they received flyers in the mail. During the auditions, each person had to walk up and down a runway to music. The judges based their decisions on who had the best attitude and the most confidence. Once Alicia, Monica, and Marta were told they made the cut, they had to attend two training seminars where they learned the proper way to walk and received tips from actual models. They also received the clothes that they were to model. These out-

fits were from various stores in Golf Mill including Contempo, The Finish Line, Lemer, Jeans West, Sears and J.C. Penny, to name a few. On the day of the show, everyone arrived early and got their hair and make-up done by Sears cosmetics. The show consisted of many different categories including daywear, jobwear, sportswear, casual clothes, trendy/funky items, and fancy outfits. "The crowd liked the trendy stuff best," said Monica, "but my favorite was the fancy wear." Marta said the more popular girls' clothing items at the show were flared jeans paired with a mesh shirt layered over a tank top. For boys, loose-fitting khakis and sweater vests were the hot items. In addition to modeling in the back-toschool fashion show, all of the models will appear in the three other fashion shows put on by Golf Mill each year. They will also be seen in many upcoming ads for the mall. When recalling the whole adventure, Alicia thought modeling at Golf Mill was a "good experience. I learned a lot."


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The Editors by Dan Schwartz In a recent assignment for English class, I was asked to ponder a statement made by a character in a play. That statement was "Chance rules our hves, and the future is all unknown." Upon completion of my required pondering, I had come to a conclusion: I decided that our lives are not ruled by chance, but instead are the result of many factors. The events in our lives can, for the most part, be attributed to two basic things, one of which is circumstances beyond our control. These circumstances consist of things such as the weather, which we cannot possibly hope to alter or control. The second thing is the decisions we make. Every choice we make has some effect on the events which will take place around us in the future, and has a bearing on how we will react to and deal with them. If you are in a car accident, for example, the accident has come about as a result of the choices you, the other motorists involved, and many other people have made. You and the other drivers have chosen to drive on the street you are on at the time when the accident occurs. All have chosen how fast to drive, which lane to drive in, and what chances to take and not take. These things can be attributed to your bosses' decision to require you to be at work at a certain time, causing you to leave the house when you did. Your decision to get married and bear children also influenced the situation, since your children were late getting up this morning, causing you to be late in leaving. The fact that your kids had a hard time getting up could be the result of their ages and physiological needs (factors beyond your control), or it could be a result of your decision to allow them to stay up late last night and watch TV. This scenario, which of course is contrived but is still quite reasonable and realistic, illustrates (I hope) my point about the choices we make determining what events take place in our lives. With that in mind, I quote the very next line of the play from which my first idea is taken: "Best live as best we may, from day to day." We would undoubtedly drive ourselves mad if we were to constantiy stop and ponder every decision we make, analyzing its possible ramifications. This new quote can be a very good philosophy to live by. Besides, if we were to engage in all this analysis, it would take away from the spontaneous beauty of everyday hfe and make the world a pretty dull place to be.

The middle ground by Margaret Byrne Summer nights lead to summer conversations. Conversations that involve fate, destiny, and Santa Claus...things that are too abstract to talk about during the year. Groups of friends gather around citronella candles, drinking slurpees, and most likely keeping the neighbors kids awake. I had a conversation with friends late one summer night about the way we have the tendency to proclaim how we just don't care about what other people think. After hours of hushed debate I came to the conclusion that that was an utter lie. I've stated numerous times that I don't care whether or not people like my clothing style, hair styles or my views on life in general. But I do. Not everyone, mind you, but I value most people's feelings about me. Practically everyone does. If I didn't I could walk up to you, for example, and tell you exactly how I felt about your comment in class today. We could just cut out all the fake smiles and short embraces with the majority of the population, because, lets face it, nobody is that happy to see that many people. Manners would be thrown out the window. I would wreak havoc on the majority of the Maine South staff because I wouldn't care if they hated me, and I wouldn't care if my parents were disappointed with my actions because their opinions wouldn't count. Socially our lives would be a mess. Perhaps if I genuinely cared about more people's feelings towards me, I would be a better person. I wouldn't go around being sarcastic to people who

In addition to the bright Maine South polo shirts that many staff members are wearing, new white shirts declaring an acronym for PRIDE"have been appearing in our hallways. The new shirts represent an eSoa to support Hawk Pride in our school on the part of teachers and students alike. The slogan, which

don't realize my sarcasm, and I would taki the time out of my day to ask, with all sincerity, how my friend's day had gone. People would see me differently, and I would see them differently as well. However, if I approached everyone like that, I would be abused for sure. People would take advantage of my sincerity and gullibility. It would resemble the classic grade school scenario: a fourth grade girl befriends another fourth grade girl, girl #1 would do anything for best friend girl #2, whereas girl #2 wouldn't do anything for#l. #1 would remain blind to this aspect of their friendship until after she has lost face, so to speak, with many of her peers. She has become the tag along. My new aspirations and approaches to life would make me a tagalong (to put it into Roosevelt Elementary lingo). For this fantasy MSHS Utopia to actually happen, every student and staff member would somehow have to become genuine overnight. Isn't that depressing? We are living a lie. To many this is only a littie whijj lie, but to others who see it for what it real is; it is a school wide conspiracy. Possibly there could be a balance between being overly blunt and carefree towards others views on yourself and being a stereotypical tag-along. Perhaps a realization of the middle of the road would make MSHS just a wee bit more considerate, as a whole. Maybe, just maybe, if we stopped and thought how we are being portrayed, we would make ourselves better people ... but what each person does is his or her own choice, I really don't care what you think anyway.

Âťiiiiiu> iui Purpose, Respect, Involvement, Dignity, and Empathy, was formed as a guideline for increasing pride in our school. The ideals behind these shirts were sirnmiariad well by Mr. Lonergan when he said, 'It is putting yourself second so that others and Maine South will benefit."


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Maine South's European vacation

by Lisa Raap It's three in the morning back home and you know you should be asleep which creates a problem when it's one o'clock in the afternoon where you are. And the sun has fallen behind a cloud and it looks like it's going to pour any second. And you don't have your jacket, and your feet hurt. Then you realize that you left the roll of film with which you took seventeen shots of the Eiffel tower on the metro. To top it all off, your tour guide is walking so fast that you can't even see him anymore. Welcome to the world of the AICS tour. It was just such a tour that thirty-eight students and chaperones from Maine South embarked on over the summer, hiking (literally) through Paris and England during a two week stay. It is times like those that you begin to value sleep like never before, but nevertheless a time that can prove enlightening and exciting. Wake up call at 6:30, breakfast at 7:30, in front of the hotel by 8:30. Days spent in Paris amid the sounds of street musicians jlaying the accordion; running to the Lou-

vre, Musee de Moyan Age, and Musee D'orsay to see Renior, Blake, Turner; racing to meet the metro train and reach the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. Meeting at the top steps of Sacre Coeur to see the whole city, then walking to Notre Dame and then along Champs-Elysee in the rain to see the streets of Sainte Germain. Finally, walking up the steps of the Opera house full of crystal, light, and marble. By then it's ten o'clock curfew. That's Paris. A day later, wake up at 6:30 again and start the tour again. Days in London filled with the sounds of street musicians playing the saxophone and running to the national gallery and the Tate Gallery to see Hogarth and Gainsborough. Running to meet the "tube" train to the Picadilly Circus, and to Westminster Abbey where there is all of England if you look close. Then on to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard. That's London. Walking along the wall at sunset, walking through the Shambles to shop and eat. That's York. Driving through the rolling hills that are

green and ancient with stone walls, sheep and grey lakes. That's the Lake District. Cross the bridge through the small town where you can see hundreds of people reading or playing frisbee; where you can see the miles of water that inspired Shakespear; where you can see swans 'punting' on the late summer afternoon. That's Stratford. Stroll where the greatest minds have walked. That's Cambridge. See the graves of Wordsworth, Shakespear, and Austen, or the garden with roses and willows and daises. Curfew is ten o'clock. That's England. Somewhere in the midst of it all you lose sight of the fact that you're tired and it's still raining outside. You forget that you're a million miles away from home. That's a great trip.

How to let the beast loose

by Frances Futris Over Labor Day weekend I had a series of soccer games. Anyway, before a certain game the team was ready to go for warmups. We supposedly were competing against a really tough team. Most of my teammates had their game faces on. Others seemed a little nervous, not a bad nervous, but the good nervous you get when your adrenaline starts pumping and you get those butterflies in your stomach before game time. And you always get a couple of cocky people who think we will win no matter what. I guess I was in the mixed category. I mean, I had my game face on, but I had a few butterflies, and there is always that flicker of cockiness. Eventually, I found myself in a conversation with two other teammates. One girl was saying how she was scared to play this team because ofalloftheir star players. She ^ e felt that she wouldn't be able to keep up with em. The other girl replied that she thought that the opposing team was awful and that they had really no good qualities at all. In the midst of all this talk, our coach overheard and came to put his two cents in. He

looked to the scardy cat and said, "You should not fear you opponents." Then he turned to the cocky girl and added, "But respect them." I lingered on my coach's final three words. How do you respect your opponents. Naturally, you can't come out too cocky, but I took the word "respect" a littie bit further. I think playing by the rules is part of the respect you give. You should respect them by playing hard, not dirty. Some-

times, as we get to the high school level, we think that we have to do anything to win. Sometimes we feel the need to bad-mouth our opponents. On other occasions, it's even the ref that we bad-mouth. What respect does that show?! Athletes from all different sports say that sports sometimes make them become nasty, and they want to swear to let their frustration out. Well sure, let the beast loose, but do it with respect. Play hard and there will be no need for any other nonsense. One cannot hold athletic participants fully responsible for the respect that the opposing team receives. Fans also tend to show disrespect. And yes, the parents have to take some of that infamous credit too. Coaches also need to take initiative so that their players can follow a role model who respects the opposing team and their coach. Maine South has always been a high school with a tradition of many victories, and we have always been known to respect our opponents. This is just a reminder for the next time you help the Hawks to victory: respect your opponents, but don't forget to chalk up another great win.


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You're leaving the house dressed like that?! by Anna Kurtz run with zombie-like boys who could con- sink over a girl was bragging about how she A funny thing happened the other day. I centrate on nothing but the bare arms that had plotted to make her-ex boyfriend fail the wore one of my favorite shirts to school and surrounded them. Only in gym class with physics quiz by wearing spaghetti straps. He by 3rd period I started to notice all sorts of the regulation shirts and shorts could nor- hadn't been able to remember even his own strange goings-on. The guys in my classes mal interaction between the sexes occur. name when filling out the scantron. were acting very weird. Instead of paying By the end of 8th period we realized It was a grueling day. Sometime in the attention to the teachers' lectures they afternoon I found one of my friends crying something had to be done. Speeches were showed signs of being very distracted. Some hysterically in the washroom. A Hawkette, made and differing views hotly contested j had fallen from their seats and lay front of a large female gatherin| helpless in the aisle. One could see in the circle drive. In the end we pools of saliva collecting on the agreed that if the academic repudesks of others who were drooling tation of our school was to be Southwords wants to hear your thoughts! uncontrollably. The rest just sat upheld, we needed to make sure Talk to Katie or Dan about writing a commentary. there with vacant, goofy grins on the attention of all guys remained their faces. focused on the chalkboard alone. At first I had no clue as to what was go- she had been ignored all day even though Grim faced yet resolute the girls reached a ing on. Then I saw the shirt of the girl in she was wearing her sleeveless uniform. decision. Although the weather was still front of me...to the left...the right...and fi"I just don't understand," she sobbed. very warm an early winter would be forced, nally my own. We had all made a fatal mis- "Why should it make a difference if my tank at least when it came to our wardrobes. take when dressing that morning—where top is school sponsored? We deserve just as From that point forward the ultimate goal were our SLEEVES? much attention as the others." She wasn't would be to conceal as much skin as posFrom that point on it was all downhill. the only one upset. Our cheerleader friend sible. Feeling we had tackled and solved a During passing periods it was clear that girls joined us, complaining that even the zip- problem vital to the integrity of Maine South with naked shoulders were being followed pered shells the varsity squad had picked out High School, each one of us went home down the halls much like the pied piper. drew no attention, just because they were planning to dig out these comfy Hawk sweatpants and shirts; after all, we wouldn't Boys jumped in the Maine South pond just red, black and white. to cool off. Our school was suddenly overThe stories got worse and worse. One want anyone to stare.

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Guess what? You're taking finals! At the most recent District 207 board meeting, the fate of Maine South's senior class was decided. This coming June, all seniors will be taking their finals. For the past two years, seniors who maintained a perfect attendance record, kept a B average, and did not cut any classes, were eligible for exemptions from their last semester fi-

nals. Many feel that the final exemptions were a type of motivation to perform well and stay on task throughout the entire year. In many instances, seniors have already accepted an invitation to attend college by the time that finals roll around and several have already completed their AP exams. With the pressures of AP tests and college admissions

taken care of by June, taking finals seems like merely an added chore to many seniors. But those of you who were considering ap_ plying for a senior final exemption, ko your fingers crossed and keep working har( : # in all of your class because the board still has a few months to reconsider their position.


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A Festival of Fancy Feats by Katie Marcucci

2,131 was the magic number for Cal Ripken while 62 was the magic number for Mark McGwire. By topping their predecessors Ripken and McGwire respectively bumped Lou Gehrig out of the record books for the most consecutive games played and Roger Maris out of the record books for most home runs hit in a single season. These records, while only specific to baseball, are just two of the vast categories for making a mark in history. For some the largest Wurlitzer organ may not be of interest, but others felt the need to document this and other weird records. The man who first felt the need to document the obscure was Sir Hugh Beaver. His thirst for the abnormal came from a dispute over a bird, the golden plover. While out with his hunting party in 1951, this managing director of Guinness Brewing entered into a three year argument over the speed of the gaming bird. By seeing how the speed of a bird sparked this much debate among friends, Beaver commissioned Norris and Ross McWhirter, two statisticians in London, to keek and compile the bizarre. The first publication of what is known today as The Guinness Book of Records was published in 1951. How does one secure a place in this great

book of feats? Not easily. While each category has its own specific rules, there is a general code for consideration. First of all, the record must be an improvement on a

stated by Mark Young, the current editor of the United States publication, in The Seattle Times on December 25, 1997, is "We want to talk about things that are amazing and fun . . . but we're not here to say 'Go kill yourself by choking on a hard-boiled egg.'" While deciding whether or not an "amazing and fun" fact is worthy of the distinction of a world record serves no earthmoving purpose, but who else would know that the world's longest zipper is 9,353.56 feet long. Other obscure tidbits of trivia... The longest burrito is 3.578.8 feet long and weighs 4,456.3 pounds

previous entry, unless the new category is approved by the editors. Then after reading the Guinness rules and witnessing the event, two reputable members of the community must submit written accounts of the feat. Finally after pictures and newspaper clippings describing the event, the publication editors make their decision. The main philosophy of the editors, as

The longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary is "pneumnoultramicrosco picsiliconoleanoconiosis", which simply means "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust" Nevada resident Louise Greenfarb holds the record for a collection of 193(X) refrigerator naagnets. A Roman dentist, who practiced from 1868 to 1904, collected 2,000,744 teeth.


New teachers bring Carolyn Pajor by Dave Smith A new recruit to Maine South's literary educators is Carolyn Pajor. Before coming to Maine South's English Department, Pajor spent a year-and-a-half abroad. She spent eighteen months in South America, specifically Ecuador and Chile, where she fulfilled her desire to live overseas and envelope herself in a Spanish speaking country. Miss Pajor also said that by going right after college she would still be used to living without any money. Her college career started at Michigan State University, where she received her undergraduate degree. Continuing her education, she went on to receive her Master's in education at Indiana State. Her credentials add a stellar quality to her English I and Composition HI classes.

Eve Muir by Lindsey Krukowski Miss Muir is a recent graduate of Concordia University, where she got her Master's degree in reading. Before that, she did her undergraduate study at Illinois State University. One of the things she remembers about her high school days at West Leyden was competing against Maine South at badminton. She will be getting married this March, so don't plan on calling her "Miss Muir" for very long! Her fiancee is a professional guitarrist. This is her fourth year teaching. For the

past three years, she taught seventh and eighth graders at Northlake Middle School. But she says that she enjoys Maine South: "The staff and the students have been so nice! They have made me feel so welcome." She also says that teaching in a high school is not too different from teaching in a middle school, but the cultures of the two schools are very different. Another difference according to her is, "I feel shorter here!" Miss Muir started out wanting to teach at the high school level, however, her first job was in a middle school. Miss Muir then decided to extend her knowledge by working on her Master's degree. While continuing her education, she worked in a reading center where she helped freshman reading students and working in the reading center. If she were a student. Miss Muir said she would be involved in orchestra because she used to play violin, as well as the badminton team and class council. She will be the new sponsor for Wrestlerettes now that Miss Wright has retired, and she will also be involved in Hawk Pride and hopefully badminton.

Johanna Sarlas by Susie Skaczylo Who gives ideas and new thoughts to hundreds of people a day? Who gives countless hours of attention to the needs of others? Who gives of herself everyday by sharing personal experiences? No, it is not a nuclear scientist or the president of a company. The "who" that I am referring to is a teacher. Maine South is swarming with them. It was a privilege to interview one of the newest members of the clan. Johanna Sarlas is a very welcomed new member to the Maine South Enghsh Department family. She is presently teaching Sophomore Enghsh and Writing for Readers and has a ton of enthusiasm toward all of her classes. Those who are lucky enough to have her as a teacher know the .energy and commitment she brings to each class. She grew up not too far from town in Palos Heights, which is a southwest suburb of Chicago. She attended Carl Sandburg High School and had a love for math, his-

tory and English. Though not too fond of Physics, she found a lot of her studies interesting and had a pretty well rounded education. Johanna continued her education by attending the University of Michigan for her undergraduate education and Northwestem for graduate school. After college she attended Maine West High School but as a student teacher and eventually found her way to Maine South. This is her first teaching job and she is very optimistic about her future here in Hawk Territory. ""High school students are so great at discussions," she says with a smile, "'Teach-^ ing is a very rewarding career for me!" Maine South feels rewarded to have hel here because of the wealth of knowledge that she possess and the wonderful goals she would like to accomplish. She is a great person to talk to and has many interesting hobbies like reading and visiting art museums. Ask her to recommend a good book! Tell the Maine South art lovers to stop by for a chat! Get to know her and show her how welcoming Maine South can be.

Quote of the Day I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

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•ideas to Maine South Peter Nilsen by Jennifer Barrett Can't find the equation of a function? Need to find the slope of a tangent hne? Well turn to the second floor of the A-Wing where Mr. Peter Nilsen brings his knowledge to the Math Department of Maine South. Before becoming a Hawk, Mr. Nilsen, started his high school career as a Trevian, attending New Trier for his own high school education. After graduating from New Trier, he went on to attend North Park College. Mr. Nilsen has perfected the art of quaratic equations at his previous school, vanston Township High School. Now in his sixth year of teaching, he shares his knowledge with the students at Maine South. Now Maine South has a chance to share in Mr. Nilsen's expertise, mathematics. Introduction to Algebra, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry are the classes in which he not only demonstrates his great understanding of numbers but also his love of teaching. So far Mr. Nilsen has found Maine South's environment a pleasant one. Mr. Nilsen said, "The students have been nice, poUte and respectful." Hopefully, this attitude will continue throughout the year.

Greg Nordahl by Dave Smith One of the new additions to the Maine South faculty this year is Greg Nordahl. Although Mr. Nordahl is new to Maine South, he is not new to teaching. He has taught for the past six years, and spent four of those years at Lake Zurich High School taking an active role in the school and his community. He was involved in the cross-country, basketball and track teams there. His road to teaching started at Wake Forest College in North Carolina. There he received his undergraduate degree; however, he continued on his road to teaching. He returned to Illinois to pur-1 sue his Master's degree at Illinois | Benedictine College. Finally his I road to teaching ended at I Elmhurst College, where he I received his teaching certificate. With a strong educational background in science, Mr. Nordahl has plenty to share with his students. Mr. Nordahl's educational road led him to Maine South, where he now takes his Chemistry students down their own road of knowledge. Cruise on by the third floor of the A-wing to travel down the road with Mr. Nordahl!

Have no fear, more new teachers are here! This issue of Southwords contains just six of the new teachers here at Maine South. Look to the next issue for articles on Tracey Flint, Michael Guccione, Jeffery Hamann, James McGowan, Sheila Miller, Kimberly Neumann, Jonathan Scorza and James Spevacek. All of these new additions to Maine South will definitely contribute to the wealth of knowledge already enjoyed by each department. Welcome new teachers!

Victoria Kamberos By Elizabeth Ori How much money does Microsoft need to invest out of each employee's salary in order to give them each a good trust fund? Want to figure that one out? Well, ask Ms. Kamberos. She spent three years doing just that. So, why, you might ask, did she leave her jobj as a pension actuary and become a teacher? She says, "Education was always important." After having completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth University, majoring in math and sociology, she received her Masters at U.T.C. Being a native of Chicago, she naturally looked for a position nearby. In mid-school year, Ms. Kamberos filled the vacancy which Mr. Gasche left. The 1998-1999 school year will be her fu-st full year at Maine South. When asked her opinion of the school she replied, "The students are fun, the staff is great to work with, and I hope to be here for a long time." We hope you are too! Photos by Nora Bums

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by Lisa Maillie Over the past summer, 130 students from Maine South, Benet Academy, Lisle, Lockport, Sterling and many other Illinois high school bands and vocal ensembles had the opportunity to visit various European countries as part of the Dlionios Ambassadors of Music and Voyaguers International. The band played in beautiful parks, such as the Luxembourg Gardens in France, and other outside venues while the choir performed in beautiful century-old cathedrals. In between concerts was extraordinary sightseeing. Traveling by bus (sometimes driving on the "wrong" side of the road), boat and train we saw many great attractions. From Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower, from the Matterhom in Switzerland to the canals of Venice, from the Swiss Alps to a Dachau Concentration Camp—everything was captivating. Everything happened so fast that

there was hardly time for sleep.This was unfortunate because we stayed in some of the finest hotels and guesthouses in Europe. Some of us tried out our skills at foreign languages but for the most part stuck to English. We saw a musical, Les Miserables. in London; took a boat ride on the River Seine and experienced first-hand some neat alpine instruments. We got to know some customs of Europeans and practice them ourselves. The people were very fiiendly and the food was incredible. It was hard to pick just one thing to eat. The delectable cuisine really made everything authentic, (although we did stop at McDonald's once.) Besides seeing the large cities, we also stopped in small villages along the way. This gave us a real taste of traditional Europe. We all got to know each other very well.

Final word on finals by Anne Edison-Swift As of Tuesday, September 8, senior final fice to excuse their children for absences that exemptions are a thing of the past. The otherwise would have been considered cuts, school board voted 5 to 2 to elminate the sometimes months after the absence policy. occured. Students exempted from taking fiFor the past two years, seniors who had nals are not exempt from attending class, no unexcused absences and earned an "A" which creates an unhealthy environment for or a "B" in the class were eligible to apply students who have to take the final. "There for the privilege of not taking a final exam. are problems with the pohcy that need to be At the last school board meeting, students reviewed," commented Maine South faculty and administrators from Maine East, Maine member Tom Kerth, "but it shouldn't be all South and Maine West presented their views or nothing. It doesn't make sense for AP stuon the issue to the board. In his statement. dents to take another exam." Bill Heerman, commitee chair, stated that When asked for his reaction to the vote. two years is not a long enough test period Bill Heerman commented,"It could be for the policy; more data needs to be col- worse. At the point Student Council got inlected before a final decision is made. volved the vote was 7 to 0 against the policy. Heerman suggested that the policy continue After hearing what we had to say and defor another year at least. He also proposed bating the issue for an hour, two board memalternatives to final exams, such as final bers and the principals from Maine East and projects, and that, if nothing else, AP stu- Maine West came out in support of continudents who have just taken their exams be ing the exemption policy this year. The voice exempt from school administered finals. of the students was heard." Despite these arguments, presented by Members of the the Student Concerns Heerman and other student representatives. Committee will be meeting with SuperinDr. Cachur and the school board stood firm tendent Schneider and Dr. Cachuf in the on their conviction that the policy is not ef- coining weeks to continue a dialouge about fective. Many teachers at Maine South agree. the policy. Because it is a sensitive issue. Because of the "no cut" rule many concerned Student Council asks that we proceed with parents have petitioned the attendence of- caution.

and by the end of the trip we were like family. The whole experience was unforgetable. In response to the trip, Mike Pressler, who directed the band, said that in his five years with this organization this year was the best experience he ever had. The band and and choir were both outstanding in their performances and once all of the tedious planning stages were over, the trip was very enjoyable. He is looking forward to the year 2000 when there is another trip overseas.

Time flies-

September's first two weeks flew by, you say? Imagine how English people in 1752 must have felt. That was the year that September 2 was followed by September 14, as England switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, which required that nearly two weeks be eliminated.

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Maine South High School /IN 1 South Dee Road: ! J'arfcJlidge, I L ) 6 0 0 6 ^ / Letters to the editor dioold be delivered to room V-LJl or given to a member of the editorial staff. SOUTHWORDS reserves the right to edi^DUHtemHoE clarity and brevity and to reject obsceae^tnibeloiis submisAnne Edison-Swift Anna Mieszaniec Kathleen Dunne News Editors Maura Collins Commentary Editors Dan Schwartz Katie Thompson Features Editors Lindsey Krukowski Katie Marcucci Sports Editors Brian Price Anna Kurtz Production Editors Chris Buckley Som Dalai Ted Kocher Core Photographer Nora Bums Core Staff Artist Ho-Chen Liu Staff Heads Margaret Byrne Susan Wilson Advisor T R. Kerth Editors-in-Chief


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Summer of local law by Paul Johnson Maine South offered a summer school class called Clinical Government the past two summers. It was not an ordinary class as might be expected. This class, only open to seniors by recommendation, takes the place of the normal, required government class. A three week course held at City Hall, it was taught by the everenthusiastic Mrs. Deines. The course followed the normal summer school schedule, but four hours flew by much quicker than usual. The daily schedule was as follows: an hour and a half of class (in the city council chambers), a half hour class interview of a guest speaker/city official (i.e. mayor, fire chief, ^police chief, city manager) and two hour field trip (i.e. police ride-along, public works. Rolling Meadows Courthouse.) This class was different from the regular government class in that it focused on government at the local level. The interesting part was the use of Park Ridge as the local government to explore. Visits were made to all of Park Ridge's departments and the class was able to see their

"behind-the-scenes" workings. The class also studied different parts of local government in class and was able to receive handson learning through the field trips. For ex-

ample, after learning about the court system in class, the group visited the Rolling Meadows Courthouse and sat in on a trial to see what actually happens in a courtroom.

Other class activities included attending City Council meeting and other town meetings. Town meetings were interesting because the topics discussed were ones the students could relate to, such as noise pollution due to O'Hare Airport and the paving of alleys. The class also learned some interesting laws in Park Ridge such as the fact that it is illegal to own a pig, grow grass over a foot tall and cross-dress. Clinical Government was very enjoyable to the students because of its casual environment. For example, the students were able to help create their final, which they took in the relaxed setting of Jeff Franckowiak's home on Murphy Lake. The class was fun for all and a very different experience. Brian Johnson comments,"It didn't even seem like a class. It was so much fun." The students learned a lot in this class but not in the standard way. After this endevor, they all feel that the best way to learn is to get out there and experience it. Through the class the students now have a much better appreciation of how Park Ridge's government works.

Homecoming '98:

Upcoming plans and events

by Kathleen Dunne Homecoming '98 is packed with activties planned by the Maine South Student Council. To start out Homecoming week there will be the nomination of Homecoming Queen. All nominees will be chosen by sophomore. Junior and senior homerooms. Freshmen 10 not get to nominate, but they will be able to vote on the final outcome Friday, October 2. The week of Sept. 2 2 - 2 5 , the clubs and activity groups of Maine South will be deco-

rating the front windows for the window contest. The following Tuesday the judges will vote on the best window. Student Council is also sponsoring "dress-up" days. On Monday, Sept. 28, Maine South is encouraged to wear their p.j.'s to school. On Tuesday, it's Toga Day, and students dress-up in their formals on Thursday. Finally on Friday, in honor of Homecoming and school spirit, red, black and white are the colors to wear. The Maine South Homecoming

Assembley will take place on Thursday right after first period. On Saturday the Homecoming parade begins at 10 am. Following the parade is the Homecoming game against Maine West. In between the Sophomore and Varsity games, the Queen will be announced. The day then concludes with the dance held from 7:30 to 10:30 in the Spectator Gym. This year's Homecoming theme is "How the West was Won." Be sure to participate to add to Homecoming '98 fun.


lO Sports

Hawk Golf drives past rivals* By Bret Olson The Maine South Hawks began the season in the fairway with a couple of victories. In the first meet of the year, the Hawks escaped with four and seven shot victories over Conant and Lake Park, respectively. Senior Brad Metzinger, who is usually an early starter, led the Hawks with a 39. With a 2 and 0 record the Maine South Golfers headed to the Park Ridge Country Club where the Hawks have never been able to deliver a strong performance. The difficulties continued at Park Ridge, where no Hawk was able to break 40. Fortunately,

neither was anyone from Conant or Elk Grove. So, once again, the Hawks escaped with a double victory, defeating Conant by three shots and Elk Grove by eight shots. The very next day the Hawks put their 4 0 record on the line at the Wilmette Golf Course against Niles West. Junior Eric Pick claimed medalist honors with a 37, the best score of the day by 3 shots. Mike Kazinski, Peter Krol and Pat Terretta gave the Hawks three more solid scores of 40, 41 and 41 respectively. Maine South defeated Niles West by a land slide and broke the 160 barrier with a 159 for a perfect 5--0 record.

Girls' Cross Country leads the pack again by Anna Kurtz Already two dual meets and one invite into the season, girls' cross country is showing great promise of once again being at the head of the pack. A fairly young team, Maine South lost only one top seven runner from last year, Elizabeth Gibbons. The returning and new members alike have shown great potential to more than compensate for that loss. At the first home meet against Maine East and West impressive first race times were achieved on both the 2.03 mile JV course and the 2.4+ mile varsity course; both levels won by a wide margin. Senior captain Cara Cordaro ran a spectacular race, coming in 2nd with a time of 16:59; Coach Gabauer stated that the effort was at least a minute faster than any of her previous races. Junior Maura Collins was right behind her in 17:19 while 4th and 5th were taken by sophomore Nicole Penn, 17:28 and senior captain Gina Kremer, 17:35. Sophomore Claire Sharkey had a great first race on the team finishing 7th in 17:55. Completing the top seven were senior captain Anna Kurtz in 8th with 18:00 and sophomore Rebecca Boudos in 9th with 18:22. Overall the team is doing very well, also winning the meet against Fenwick 24-33. This particular group of girls has a bright future. Many of the freshmen on the team

have proven that in years to come Maine South will see as much or more success than they are this season. The next meet is Sat., Sept. 19th at the Downers Grove Invite; come see these Hawks run their way to another great season.

Senior Co-Captain Gina Kremer runs for the Hawks. Southwardsfilephoto

Two days later, the Hawks took their perfect record onto the Mount Prospect Golf Club for a match against Prospect. Prospect, an excellent squad playing on their home course, played phenomenal golf shooting a 150. Senior Bret Olson led the Hawks with a 40, as they were defeated by 13 shots. The Maine South Hawk Golf Team currently has a record of 5 - 1 and have a tough week ahead.They play their first conference match against top ranked Deerfield on Wednesday. The Hawks will need to be playing well in order to defeat the strong Warriors squad.

Boys'

Cross Country looks to regain CSL crown by Craig Stankiewicz With two meets under its belt, the boys' cross country team has started what looks to be another strong season. On September i the Hawks ran against Maine East and Maine West in their first meet of the season. Despite an improvement of about one minute in each runner's time from last year, a powerfiil Maine West team defeated the Hawks. I t e Hawks were, however, able to easily defeat Maine East At the Lyons Township Invitational the Hawks placed sixth out of eleven teams and were led by Tim Siewert (15:06), Matt Madura (15:23) and Liam Hickey (15:31). Th. Hawks now look to reclaim the CSL Norttf crown when they open the conference schedule versus defending champion Glenbrook North.


jGirls' swimming Giris' Volleybail forsees off to great start vast improvement by Emiiy Smythe So far, the fall season of girls' swimming is off to a good start The team won their first swim meet against Prospect by 12 points, a fairly wide margin. That day revealed many strong performances by several members of tbe team. Maine South has a talented group of swinamers this yeac The 1998 Maine South Hawks have welcomed three freshmen who prove they will be more than capable to take the place of graduated talent: Amanda Fallico, Meghan Gibbons and Abby Policy. Also new are sophomores Laura Bender and Julie Szramek as well as junior Margie Stankiewitz, Returning varsity members include juniors Beth Spilelli, Margie House, Nora Schultz, Kate Miller, senior Amy Goodwin and senior captains Meghan Sarran, Erin Tyrell and Emily Smythe. This year's girls swim team has high hopes and is looking forward to a 'winning season. Come out to the pool and help cheer the Hawks as they aspire to make tiieir way to the State meet.

Girls' Tennis by Jennifer Hunsader Girls' tennis is doing a great job so far. With 3 meets under their belt, they are 3-0, coming away with wins against Niles West, Evanston and York. One of the most important goals for the team this year is to win the conference title. They also hope to send some players to State at the end of the season. The varsity team looks strong. Some members are seniors Lauren Stanton, Laura Paine and Emily Hughes and juniors Adrianne Pontarelli, Katherine Skuza, Katie Cimoch and Angela Ganas. Freshman Liz Bondi is showing great promise as a first year memh)er of the team. Junior varsity is lso hoping to have a good season and defiitely has the ability to accomplish this goal. Tomorrow morning the team has the Hawk hivite at home. Show up on the courts at 9:00 a.m. and watch these girls prove their Hawk might.

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by Kathleen Dunne Brand new is the best word to describe the Maine South Girls' Volleyball team. With twelve new team members, a new coach and new uniforms, the team is ready to play tough. The volleyball team, led by co-captains Amy Angarone and Lisa Calenda, has been working hard to prepare for their season. They have endured double and triple sessions in the heat of late August. Now they are putting forth all their energy everyday after school preparing for the up-and-coming season. Team strengths can be seen through all of the players. Middle hitters Ellen Crawford, Lauren Colletti and Angarone have proven to be huge assets at the net. The three of them continuously shut hitters down with their blocks. Complementing the middles are the strong outside hitters. Linda Lazar and Mary

Megan Anderson both have a vertical that gives them power to swing away at the ball. Calenda and Laura Weibel have the fast arm swing that most teams wish for. Marge Niemczyk and Kathleen Dunne also add to the consistency of the outside hitters. However, neither the middles nor the outsides could be successful in their attacks if it were not for our outstanding setters. Andrea Urbaszewski, Candice Bilson and Courtney Cash all contribute greatly to the team. The team members are hard defensive players, staying low to the floor. The girls are more than willing to sacrifice their body to keep the ball alive. The team has had a good start and hopes to improve throughout the season. With every match and every practice the team learns more. The volleyball team looks forward to the coming season and hopefully to their coining success.

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Hawk teams storm into rankings

Soccer wins title at Barrington Invitational season number seven team in the state. Us- host Barrington Broncos. by Eric Schmidt Hawk fans may remember that last year's ing the support of a surprisingly large crowd, With the support of their fans, the Hawks soccer squad had a bit of a problem putting the Hawks stormed to a 3-0 shutout of the looked to put their opponent away early. the ball in the back of the net. For all those Vikings. The win put them into the cham- After opening with a three-goal lead in the who slept through the team's plethora of pionship game where they would meet the second half, the Hawks quickly saw it dwindle to 3-2 with seven scoreless ties last year, these minutes left. The team was Hawks have two words: able to regroup and hold off "WAKE UP!" the late Barrington rally and The Hawks displayed a much come away with the champimore exciting brand of soccer onship. on their way to the title of the Scorers for the Hawks inBarrington High School Inviclude Kris Salvador with tational. The tournament bethree, Paul Johnson, Barrett gan with a shoot-out victory Kalinowski and Joe Fahri over the Prospect Knights on enbach with two and Chucf Wednesday. The Hawks then Zei, James Denk, Eric Totsch, showed their new-found abilDrew Moffat and Brian Pric ity to score in an 8-0 with one. embarassment of Crystal Lake Central on Thursday. Come out and support your number nine Hawks as they On Saturday morning the take on some of the state's team was matched up against Senior Barrett Kalinowski charges towards the Prospect goalie. Photo courtesy of Daily Herald best teams. powerful Geneva, the pre-

Football begins season with victories over York and Glenbrool< South by John Moron So far this season, the hawk defense has been the key to the team's success. Starting off the season with two impressive victories over York and Glenbrook South, the defense has allowed a total of seven points in the first two games. The defense has also played an important role in providing the offense with great field position by burying teams deep in their own territory and causing numerous turnovers. In the season opener the Hawks defeated an imposing York team 33-7. The defense

didn't allow a first down until the last minutes of the first half After a touchdown pass from Matt Reardon to Vedran Djolovic, most of the hawk offense was generated on the ground thanks to a talented senior backfield. Running backs Marc Szramek and Nick Norman each scored a touchdown, while Mike Kavka found the endzone twice. Defensive standouts were leading tackier Joe Slezak along with Keith Kura and Jim Goldfinch, who each had interceptions. The Hawks then traveled to Glenbrook South for a hard fought 19-6 victory over

the Titans. The offense struggled at times, but the hawk defense continually came through with big play after big play. The always humble Keith Kura had two interceptions and Joe Slezak intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble caused by big-hitting Bucky Barrett. With a 10-6 halftime lead, the offense got back on track. Mike Kavka put the game out of reach in the fin^^^ quarter with a fifty-three yard touchdow^^P run. Chris Schutt's kicking performance and Marc Szramek's 140 yards were other bright spots for the Hawks.

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