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As passengers, these actors stand in awe, watching the Titanic sink into the depths of the Atlantic.

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This show isn't sinlcini by Sara Wblski The beauty of this year's All-School it is performed by the orchestra, under the Spring Musical lies in the bulkheads of the direction of Fine Arts Chair, Mr. Pressler. production: there's no way around this Another compelling component is the set. iceberg of success Under the guidance of Maine South's musical technical director Mr. is full speed ahead. In Sanchez and stage case you haven't heard, manager Katie Dunn, the the show is Titanic. The crew has been working first misconception to diligently to produce true rid is that the musical is scenic artwork. The like the movie, but it's audience will never see tons-of-steel better. the whole ship - in Instead of focusing on actuality, only a fraction the ship itself, the would fit in the Maine storyline of the musical South auditorium. For that revolves around the reason, portions of the individual stories of the ship, such as decks, historically-ace urate rooms, and offices, are characters aboard the seen throughout the maiden voyage. performance, even "The musical is a Passengers wave goodbye as the displayed at precarious dramatic retelling of White Star Line departs. angles later in the show. photograph by Kiley Borowski what actually The costume crew has happened," explains Mr. Muszynski, the put in a tremendous amount of time and show's director, "and it's unlike any other effort to create historically-accurate clothing dramatic story told with music." Mr. under the leadership of Mrs. McCleneghan, Muszynski is assisted this year by student Mrs. Hannibal, Matt Smart, student designer, director, Joe Pascolla, who shares his Claire Elderkin, costume head, and Melanie opinion of the musical. Richter, Makeup head. Many costumes, such The reasons for this lie in the unique as the officers' uniforms, have been rented beauty of the score, emotionally moving as from prestigious costume companies while


others are being created by hand to ensure accuracy from the ornate hats down to the life vests. The style of character development in the script is different from ordinary musicals: it is an ensemble cast, each character a real person that sailed on the Titanic. Senior Matt Holihan says, "Everyone feels important, not only because it's an ensemble cast, but also because we're all playing real people who were once alive and in this situation." Utilizing several internet sources, the actors were able to find background on many of their characters to help them understand the people they are portraying onstage. With the script written by Peter Stone, who also wrote the script of the popular musical, 7 77(5, Titanic's storyline is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Oddly enough, the fact that everyone knows the ending doesn't ruin the show - in fact, the ending is unlike any other ending of the :j| known story of the great ship Titanic. Don't miss this monumental musical theatre adventure, plunging audiences into the rich history of a timeless tale. Tickets are available in the student cafeteria during lunch periods and some will be available at the door for S7.00 each. Performances will be in the Watson Auditorium on April 25, 26. 27. and May 2 and 3.

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April 25, 1607 - The Dutch beat the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Gibralter. April 25, 1898 - The United States declares war on Spain in defense of Cuba. April 25, 1905 - Caucasians win the right to vote in South Africa. April 25, 1953 - Scientists identify the structure of DNA. April 25, 1960 - The first submerged circumnavigation of earth is completed. April 25, 1985 - The West German Parliament rules it illegal to deny the Holocaust.

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Applied technology: Christian Cwik, Lisa Lullo. James Pikul, David Rog Art: Jennifer Bozek, Morgan Holloway, Caroline Kochmit, Sara Pamitke, Alina Pyzowski Audio/Visual: Amanda Affetto, Daryl Andresen, Eric Brooks, Andrew Feeney, Ellyn Michalak, Matt Schwartz Business: Eleanora Defillipis, Samuel Kordys, Alexandra McQueen, Michael Roberts Driver Education: Katherine McCormack, Helen Sapieka English: Kristyn Anderson, Mark Anderson, Danielle Chamoun, Robert Crismyre, May Dajani, Nadia Elhadary, Frank Felber, Karen Karrasch, Taylor McCleneghan, Alex Petkofski, Christina Pilati, Kathleen Pinter, David Poli, Krista

Porterfield, Rafael Rokita, Jonathan Schu, Stacy Tagliere. Megan Thorsen, Elizabeth Upton, Laura Wilkins, John Wolf Family and Consumer Sciences: Brittany Cash, Laura Haak, Jennifer Mischke, Carolyn Saltarelli Foreign Language: Julie Davis, Dirk Evan Haller. Emily Livacari. Alexis Paez. Amit Pithadia, Patrick Rhine. Christina Solari Health: Eustina Filipatos, Christopher Santee Math: Mark Anderson, Christopher Catino, Frank Cinfio, Robin Clement, Nicholas Cosgrove, Beth Cyze, Stephanie Desjardins, Zachary Doubek, A.J. Haduch, Dawn Huck, Eugene Mendoza, Jennifer Olson, Dawn Vlcek, Jeffrey Weiner, Stephanie Zipp Music: John Hughes, Ryan Morrisroe, Mike Ying, Krystyna Zwolinski

Physical Education: Michelle Bosco, Kelly Brutto, Kyle Fahey. Roberta Garippo, Aynslee Joyce, John Lagattuta, Daniel Mohar, Antonia Rapatas, Melissa Raushenberg, Douglas Simkins, Rio Smith Science: Marina Basseas, Jessica Bumight, Lauren Crowl. Christine Dwyer, Brian Filippini, Andrew Jarosz, Jessica Kuhr, Katie Mc Mahan, Karolina Palka, Michelle Polka, Michael Saelim, Stephanie Saladino, Veronica Sosniak, Adrianna Stasiuk Social Science: Lynn Brionez, Danielle Burian, Nicole Calabrese, Tom Drazba, Megan Hardiman, Veronica Katz, Colleen Montgomery, Adam Shalzi, Doug Simkins, Nicole Sobkowicz

By Ellen Dwyer

By Liz Bozek "That was perfect!" a judge replied after watching Maine South's refreshingly simple Mission Possible device earn over 200 points. The Maine South Science Olympiad team spent April 4 and 5 at the AA State competition. Held at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Hawks managed to experience some of the most and least innovative technology of Illinois including the first experimental agricultural field named Morrow Plots, the development of the pop tab, the reasoning behind the campus's underground library and contemplations regarding the physics and purpose of a mechanical whale. The Hawks proved to be fierce competitors of the brain game. Slavomir Smolen and James Pikul won second in Remote Sensing. Pikul, Tom Bellino and Laura Garofalo wond third in Experimental Design. Fourth place was won by Liz Bozek and Laura Jacox in the Sounds of Music as well as Cell Biology and Designer Genes by Jacox and Matt Bohenek. The Hawks finished well above average out of thirty teams across the state. Maine South was up against top competitors like New Trier and Prospect and competed extremely well.

Science Olympiad would like to congratulate o"ur seniors: Brett Collins, Anthony Gaddini, Paulina Rabcyzk, Slavomir Smolen, Geoff Solvig and Alan Zarychta, and to thank our sponsers: Mrs. Sagmeister and Mr. Depies. The Hawks felt satisfied when the competition was over, but they are also anticipating next year. Six members will be graduating this spring,including three key builders. In order to maintain our success, we will need new recruits. If interested, talk to Mrs. Sagmeister, Mr. Depies, any team member, and check our bulletin board outside A318. There are a few important requirements regarding eligibility in the organization: 1. Must be human, a Maine South student, and able to find room 318 after school on Wednesdays. 2. Must be interested in any aspect of science. 3. Must be willing to consume large quantities of excessively sugary foods in the morning, twice a year. 4. Must choose an event in which to work on, either alone or with a teammate. 5. Must be willing to elevate himself to the epitome of geekdom by wearing the time-honored "Save the Nerds" T-shirt (optional to most).

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The Maine South wrestling team lived up to the nickname "the overachievers;" it took first out of twelve in the C.S.L. wrestling tournament and won the "Sport a Winning Attitude Award" presented to the team and coaching staff for doing an exemplary job of displaying a positive attitude at an IHSA interscholastic contest. Mr. Fallico, the head coach, showed his pride for this accomplishment when he said, "not only did the grapplers win the tournament, but also won the respect of all who participated by demonstrating sportsmanship and an honorable competitive spirit." The fourteen varsity Maine South wrestlers McMahon, Doyle, Caudill, Tedeschi, McKay, Schittino, Dilfer, Fallico, Cirrincione, Higgins, Loera, Lovero, Russell, and Stritzel demonstrated Hawk PRIDE by wrestling with class and integrity. This accomplishment came from countless hours of hard work and |determination; other teams could not help but notice their teamwork and good character demonstrated on and off the mat. Hopefully this will be a tradition for all Maine South Hawks.

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Student Opinion

me cQitDrgJ by Deanna Oleske A friend of mine came into town recently for an open house at University of Chicago, the university he will be attending in the fall. With that he exclaimed how many wonderful clubs were available to him and the activities in which he wants to participate. However, these activities and clubs are so similar to what he is doing now. He will become sheltered and naive all over again, but this time in a whole new city. I felt personally insulted. To know that Chicago is just a train ride away and not experience it to its fullest degree, put dismay into my true Chicagoan heart. Deep dish pizza. North Beach, Clark and Belmont, the Mag Mile, State Street, the Chicago Public Library adorned with gargoyles. Taste of Chicago, the view from the Sears Tower, watching a Cubs game and experience every single kind of weather, the infamous Chicago hotdog, and every ethnic area from Devon Avenue to Chinatown that Chicago holds within its maternal surroundings may never be experienced by him in his four short years in this golden city. Like many universities and colleges that the senior class is about to encounter, a culture evolves past the modem "college town." Many of these learning establishments have natives beyond the university itself. Although, it is hard to refrain from the well known chain stores that we adore and love - take one step outside of the known into the unknown. I feel fortunate because along with my tour of my future college I also was shown the city and its vast surroundings by a native. 1 feel as if a whole new world was opened up to me and I saw, tasted, and heard some things I have never seen before. To you, seniors, I bid you some advice. Talk to the natives or the older students and find out those nooks and crannies. Go beyond just your college and discover the culture that makes up the surroundings. This way your memory of your college years will not only consist of that particular quad or dorm, but also the diversity beyond the bricks and mortar.

Backbone of Americ^ by Kevin Kane French political theorist Montesquieu not have to face discontented voters when wrote his Spirit of the Laws in 1750 that the election day comes. But it's not all the exworld has seen the need for separation of ecutive branch's fault. powers in order to govern justly and effecLet's look at another recent example of tively. He stressed that a three-branched executive power gone awry. Chicago Mayor government would be the most fair and ef- Richard M. Daley has never liked the small ficient. Thirty-seven years later, the Conti- picturesque airport on the lakefront. He nental Congress created a groundbreaking wanted to turn it into a park. Yet Meigs Field constitution with a system of checks and bal- remained open on Sunday, March ?> 1 st, and ances to make sure that none of the three the mayor sent city contracted bulldozers to branches of government had a dispropor- carve six large x's into Meigs' only runway, tionate amount of power. thus rendering the airport useless and inflictTwo hundred and sixteen years have ing millions of dollars in damage. Sixteen passed, and the United States Constitution planes were stranded as no warning was is one of the oldest in the world still in use. given. People showed up at the airport for Ever since the Cold War began, there has work the next morning only to see that it been an increase in executive power. Seem- had been demolished. ing to unite the nation behind a common enIn the mayor's defense he says the razemy. Communism, ing of Meigs was in the oval office was the interest of naable to accomplish tional security. Hid^^ "Sure he's a tyrant, but ing behind this c l o ^ ^ ^ much more than it ever could before. isn't imposing your own of darkness, Daley The Vietnam Conthat destroyideas upon a democracy claimed flict was another ing the airport incogtyrannical as well?" nito saved Chicagoprime example of when presidents ans from the agony of seemed to have clout over Congress, which months or years of legal debate and that his facilitated the approval of the President's actions were justifiable, necessary, and proposals. Bill Clinton's attacks on Iraq, solely in the best interest of the people. Bosnia, and even today's on Iraq would not Avoiding legal debate? But isn't that the fall under the category of war. foundation of a democratic government? If One of the checks the legislative branch nobody is present to voice an opposing opinhas over the executive is that Congress alone ion, there is no limit to what an executive can declare war. Thus, America hasn't been order can do. at war since 1945. Soon George Bush could be using the Justification for George W. Bush's at- taxpayers money to carve up Alaskan natacks on Iraq is hazy at best. Saudi Arabia ture preserves. Or Mayor Daley could dehas clear connections to Al Qaeda and Iraq stroy another Chicago landmark just to show does not, so why doesn't the US go after his authority (Solider Field, for example). In any case, the message is clear. As an them instead? So far. conclusive evidence of Saddam's supposed possession of "weap- integral part of our government, checks and ons of mass destruction" has not been found. balances are needed simply to reign in Sure he's a tyrant, but isn't imposing your power. Our elected officials have no right own ideas upon a democracy tyrannical as to go over the heads of millions of Americans to do what only they think is right. Even well? In typical political fashion. Congress has if it is right, legislative backing is still ^^k decided to cover its back rather than execute quired. Furthermore, it is an atrocity t l n ^ what it and the people it represents think is they make private decisions at the cost of right. It has given authority to the President American lives and taxpayer money. Don't to act as necessary, so if the campaign in think that this will be forgotten come elecIraq fails Congress can blame it on him and tion day.





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Student Opinion

Eating lunch at breakfast time by Pat Sheehan Many students of 3b lunch are upset over the lack of attention given to their period and the time at which they are forced to eat lunch. Since the beginning of the year, students have been forced to eat in the new lunch period at 10:20 am. For some, it is up to two hours earlier than their regular lunchtimes. The 3b lunch period was introduced to make room for the growing population at Maine South. During 3b, the cafeteria is not run the same as the other lunch periods. Only two of the five lunch lines are open, and there is far less variety of food available. All other lunch periods have more options available to them. Some of the most popular foods are not served in 3b. Students also must deal with eating their lunches at 10:30 in the morning. This means that by the end of the day students are already starving again. Students in 3b lunch should have the same advantages as students of other periods. The new lunch period was clearly made to create more space in the cafeteria for

students. Because of the differences such as food and time, opinions of most are that 3b lunch is just another lounge period. Just ask Kevin Reimer, a senior with 3b lunch, who says, "1 think it's unfair that we have to eat lunch when most people eat breakfast. We also don't get same food options... like ihe subsandwiches." Like it or not. students with 3b lunch will have to deal with early lunches and even shortened time on collaboration days because Maine South will keep growing. To make up for lost lunch time on shortened days, some students choose to have their lunches in their classes. This may be convenient for students, but some teachers feel it is a distraction. Students tend to leave a trail of chips and cookies on floors that may not be cleaned as often as they should. Adding a lunch period may have had its benefits in the beginning. It gives students more room, but now it is causing more trouble than what was bargained for.

T m all for it, eating is one of my favorite things to do, so learning is a double bonus: -Doug Simkins '03 "TT

"I live for eating lunch during class, and without it I don't know how I would get through the day." Jeff Stark '04

O "I like it because lunch is the best meal of the day." Jordan Sigalos

Hey You! We need senior pictures for the Southwards senior issue. Bring pictures with your name written on the back (so that they can be returned) to V-131.




"I like being able to eat in class because I don't have a lunch." Kelli Priest '05 by Kiley Borowski

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Money matters: "double taxation' by Anthony Gaddini Fiscal policy is of great concern because the success of a military and a nation hinge upon the health of the economy. One highly controversial part of this policy is President Bush's new tax plan. It is the elimination of "double taxation" on stock dividends. This is of particular importance to young Americans since its effects will be long lasting. Years ago, it was common for a corporation to pay out dividends; it would take of portion of the profit (a dividend) and distribute it to its stockholders by sending them a check in the mail. Since people coveted dividends, corporations focused on earning profits. This has all changed. Due to tax code changes dividends have become less attractive to investors because they have been subjected to both corporate and personal income tax or "double taxation." Because of the higher tax rate on dividends relative to common stocks, many investors prefer stocks. In response to investor demand, the number of firms paying dividends has dropped from 66 percent in 1978 to 21 percent in 1999 according to the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank. There are many drawbacks to this shift away from dividends. Furthermore, double dividend taxation breeds corporate irresponsibility. Investors have traditionally made judgements about what stock to buy based upon dividend earnings. Without dividends, investors must judge stocks solely upon a corporation's earnings statement, which is easily falsified or manipulated. Corporations like Enron, MCIWorldcom, and Tyco aptly demonstrated this fraudulence. Dividends can only be paid out of real profit since actual money is sent to the stockholder, thus corporations will not have an opportunity to mislead or lie. In addition, corporations have lost focus on earning profitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the fundamental purpose of a corporation. Managers make decisions based on how they will impact stock price rather than profitability. This contributed to the infamous "dot-com" bust and the rapid

dividends to subsist. This is true. All elderly people with dividend stocks will benefit, but most of the cuts will effect the wealthiest 30% of the elderly according to the Brookings Institute, a liberal fiscal policy center. Democrats in general have asserted that this tax cut will cause the deficit to swell, but actually little revenue is generated through dividend taxation because dividends have become so unpopular. There will be little impact to the deficit due to the elimination of double dividend taxation; however, the overall tax plan proposed by President Bust may impact the deficit greatly. Another compunction the Democrats have with the double dividend tax cut is that it will benefit the rich at the expense of the pooi^^^ While wealthy families own the v a ^ ^ V majority of dividend stock and would reap the benefits of eliminating the double tax more than poorer families, there is a great deal of dividend stock found in government retirement plans that is not accounted for. In fact, many municipal workers (street workers, Senior citizens account for only 15% of the police, and firefighters) and teachers have income in the U.S.A., but they account for large portions of dividend stock supporting 50% of all dividend income according to their pensions. Elimination of the double the Congressional Budget Office. tax will increase their pension values. Also dividends have traditionally been Elimination of double taxation on dividends may be beneficial to the growing elderly a "poor man's stock." The idea of receiving a check, usually every month, for doing community. Same scenario as usual: Republicans nothing has always appealed to people of want lower taxes and Democrats want modest means. "Regular" or "preferred" higher taxes. President Bush wants to stock (the kind that does not pay out reduce the impact of the double tax by dividends), has traditionally been a "rich allowing people to take up to half off on man's stock" since a rich man would have the income tax portion of the dividend, so no need for a monthly check. Eliminating if you are paying 30% on income taxes you the double dividend tax may revive only have to pay 15% on the dividends. TTiis dividend stock as investment option for the favors people in higher income brackets more modest investor. since they would have the greatest reduction Will eliminating double dividend tax in income tax levels. Someone that pays improve the economy, reform corpora^^^ 15% income tax would only get a 5% break, America, and help the elderly, or w i l l ^ ^ but someone paying 39% would get a 12% swell the deficit and increase the income break. disparity? This question should be asked Bush also claims that it would help the when analyzing the long-term impacts of elderly, because many of them rely on such a choice.

decline in the value of the technology rich NASDAQ index. These companies hired workers and purchased resources despite a lack of profit. Stock prices soared for a while because investors saw growth, but eventually the lack of profit destroyed these companies and sent the U.S.A. into a recession. The final drawback is that the elderly disproportionately own dividend stock.

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The tragedy of Chernobyl by Monica Rangel Tomorrow, April 26, is the seventeenth anniversary of the worst nuclear accident that ever occurred. During a test at 1:21 am, the city of Pripyat, located near the Chernobyl nuclear complex in north-central Ukraine, was changed forever. Early that morning. Unit #4 of the V.I. Nuclear Power Plant exploded following a graphite fire that immediately killed 31 people and sent thousands of Ukrainians. Russians, and Byelorussians fleeing from their homes. The highly risky test performed at the Chernobyl #4 was designed to

demonstrate that a coasting turbine would provide sufficient power to pump coolant through the reactor core while waiting for electricity from the diesel generators. Yet, an unexpected fall in power led to two explosions. One steam explosion occurred, and the other resulted from the expansion of fuel vapor. The explosions caused the reactor's roof to blow away, allowing air to react with the graphite moderator. Then flammable gas ignited, starting a deadly fire. As a result, many highly radioactive materials were ejected from the reactor and scattered into the city of Pripyat and surrounding areas due to the disaster. The amount released was ten times more than the amount the U.S. used in the bombing of Hiroshima. In addition to the 31 immediate deaths, the death rate over the past ten years is about 100,000 lives. It was necessary to evacuate

Patriotism witii cars by Mark Anderson and Dan Tallungan In an era when patriotism is at an all time high, Maine South students and their families are showing their support for the country through their usage of American manufactured automobiles. A recent survey of Maine South juniors and seniors indicates that most owned cars were American. In total, of all the cars owned, 60 percent were American. The top five were as follows: Ford (13 percent). Dodge (8 percent), Chrysler (7 percent), Chevrolet (7 percent), and Toyota (6 percent). In a coinciding observational study of the "jock lot," 72 percent of the cars parked were of American brand, with Ford again being the most numerous at 19 percent. The survey questioned 77 Maine South juniors and seniors and there were 73 cars present in the parking lot. These results are fairly similar to the staftistics of J.D. Power and Associates, where seven out of the top ten best-selling cars are also manufactured in

the United States. Notably, Ford and Chevrolet were at the top of that list. Foreign cars such as Volvo and Honda are renowned for their safety features, but American cars such as the Ford Windstar are at the top of safety tests, according to Car and Driver Magazine. The magazine also states that, "Really, there isn't a difference between domestic and foreign cars. It comes down to the car itself, not where it's from. Decide what you're looking for, and that will tell you what brand you want." Eighty percent of males and 89 percent of females surveyed say that a car is available for their usage at all times. Sixty-one percent of males and seventy-five percent of females drive to school. Of those cars driven to school, 76 percent are American brands. The growth of Japanese mid-sized sedans from makes such as Honda and Toyota are on the rise, but American cars are still prevalent the Maine South scene and the national setting.

over 150,000 people from heavily contaminated surroundings, many of which are still not functionable. Some people still refuse to leave their homeland. It is estimated that roughly three million people are still living in contaminated areas. Furthermore, many cattle and reindeer populations were destroyed because of radioactive isotopes in the food chain. Although Chernobyl was buried in thousands of tons of concrete, many scienfists believe it is still a dangerous threat to the world. The radiation still remains in the soil, the animals, and the people in the surrounding areas. Currently, tests are being run on animals to understand the mysteries of radiation poisoning. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people and animals confinue to suffer from Chernobylrelated illnesses to this day.

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SOiri-flWORDS-AI'Rll 25. 2003

The history of Mother's Davk

by Lori Hildebrandt This year will mark the 89th anniversary of the popular holiday. Mother's Day. Families all across America, and in other countries across the world including Denmark, Finland, Italy. Turkey, Australia, and Belgium, will take time to shower the mothers in the family with warmth, gifts, and praise. The ancient Greeks were the first to celebrate this holiday. They celebrated the holiday in early spring to honor Rhea, the mother of gods. The celebration was a huge festival, ending with a ceremony of worship. However, that tradition waned when the ancient Greek civilization perished. When the popularity of Christianity spread in Europe in the 1600s, the tradition was resurrected under the new name of Mothering Sunday. This celebration occurred in the middle of Lent and on this

day, people would have a holiday, even servants, in order to return home and spend the day with their mothers. Eventually, there was another change made to the holiday. The celebration was beginning to be known as Mother Church Day. as European areas began honoring the church instead of mothers. jT Over time. Mother IJCfA/^ Church Day blended with Mothering Sunday, and in this new salutation, people celebrated the mothers as well as the church in the middle of Lent. Julia Ward Howe was the first person in the United States to suggest a similar holiday in 1872 when she suggested holding a Mother's Day meeting. Because of the success of Howe's meeting, she decided to host the meeting annually in Boston, Massachusetts to continue celebrating mothers and the church.

In 1907 Ana Jarvis also advocated for a national Mother's Day. She persuaded her church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day. Not long after, Philadelphia followed in West Virginia's footsteps. In 1911, Jarvis and her supporters began pushing even harder for a national Mother's Day; they wrote letters to ministers, politicians, and businessmen in their efforts to achieve their goal. Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state by 1911, and finally. President Woodrow Wilson announced on May 8, 1914, that Mother's Day would be a national holiday. He proclaimed that the second Sunday of each May was to be dedicated to mothers all across the country. Eighty-nine Mother's Days have passed since 1914 when two women and a small group of supporters took on a mission to praise mothers across the country. Without their help, there would be no special day for mothers, but no special day is needed to show them care, respect, and love.

Healthy diets, healthy teens by Lara Madden and Sarah Orlando According to the "1998 Teenage Eating Study" by Channel One Network, New York, 42 percent of the nation's 23 million teenagers eat five or more times a day. The eating habits of Maine South students vary widely. The following came from a recent survey of 104 Maine South students, grades nine through twelve. Fiftyfive percent of students claim they do eat breakfast. " I like to start the day off right," says Marta Prokop, a senior at Maine South. Students who do eat breakfast generally eat an overall healthier diet. Even more specifically, 63 percent of females eat healthy diets, while only 37 percent of males eat healthily. Perhaps the reason for this difference is males tend to buy their lunch more often than females. Fifty-two percent of males buy their lunch and only 46 percent of females do. According to Channel One Net-

work, New York, 58 percent of students buy their lunch and 28 percent brown bag it. Overall, Maine South students eat more healthily than the population of the New York survey. Students who eat healthier do not doze in class as often; 87 percent of males who stated that they don't eat a healthy breakfast also reported that they fall asleep in class while

only 48 percent of the females who don't eat a healthy breakfast said they doze in class. The difference between male and female eating habits can be seen through their stress management. When under stress, 59 percent of females eat more than they usually do, but only 40 percent of males eat more when they are stressed. Generally, students who say they eat healthily tend to have higher grade point averages. According to Jane Clarke, author of Healthy Eating, it is proven that the body performs and feels better if one eats something between waking up and lunch. Scientific studies have shown that children who either skip breakfast or eat very little at the start of the day are at a disadvantage. ^^^ In general, Maine South ^^^ dents eat responsibly and are healthy. However, there is always room for improvement in maintaining a healthy diet.

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The night the unsinkable sank by Dina Bosco Tonight is the opening night of Maine South's r/fflÂŤ/c.' Ironically, 91 years ago on this day, April 25, survivor of the doomed ship, Philip Zanni, first arrived in Niles, Ohio after his miraculous survival from the sinking of the"unsinkable ship:'" Titanic. Remebering that fatal night, Zanni tells of the events that occurred as the boat sank and sought safety. Awakened from his sleep on the cold evening of April 15, 1912, Zanni jerked at the collision of the ship and the iceberg. Despite the puzzlement of everyone on deck, Zanni managed to hurdle onto a lifeboat among twenty women and two men. With time running out, Zanni was placed at the oars and strenuously rowed a distance of two miles, guided only by the morning star. At last they reached a safe distance from the monstrous ship. Zanni halted the rowboat, and he gazed with astonishment as the mighty ship capsized into the deep jwater at 2:20 a.m., killing over 1,200 passengers and crew.

Zanni described in vivid detail the screeches of those stranded on the sinking vessel and the haunting image of the ocean devouring the great ship. It was truly a heartwrenching sight. All those people who were on the lifeboats speechlessly watched as the boat sank lower and lower into the Atlantic Ocean with the cries of those who were still on it. Everything was surreal. Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable, but

on its maiden voyage, it was sinking right before their eyes. At 3:30 a.m., rockets were set off by the lifeboats to gain the attention of other ships at abroad. Finally, at five o'clock a.m., rescue ship, Carpathia, came to the aid of the lifeboats. Sighs of relief echoed among the quiet, empty sea. Tears were shed as the whispers of how this floating palace is now at the bottom of the ocean with several of the passengers' loved ones. Three days later, on April 18, 1912, at 9:25 a.m., Carpathia docked in New York with the few survivors. They were the fortunate ones who were still alive. Philip Zani, along with the many survivors, will never forget this horrible tragedy. Even after nine decades, many of the survivors continue to cope with the lingering sights and sounds from that night. The sinking of Titanic was a catastrophe that became a timeless event in history. It was an everlasting incident that will forever remain as an event marked by much mourning and grief.

Chicago Cubs: 127-years-old by Jeanne MoUner Today, April 25,2003, the Chicago Cubs are scheduled to play at Colorado against the Rockies. On this date, 127 years ago, the Cubs played and won their very first National League game in history against Louisville. They were not known as the Chicago Cubs then; they were the Chicago White Stockings. In 1876, Al Spalding was the first manager of the Chicago team and he doubled as their pitcher The team won the very first National League Championship that year with an outstanding 52-14 record They played at the State Street Grounds, which seemed to give them better luck than Wrigley Field. The Chicago team went through many names before ending up with their current 1 title. "The Cubs." Their original name, "The White Stockings" was fitting at the time because their biggest rivals were the Cincinnati Red Stockings. After having this name for thirteen years, they changed their name to the Colts and then to the Orphans.

Finally, in 1900, the team had so many young players that a local newspaper started referring to the team as "The Cubs," and the name stuck.

Between 1876 and 1945. the Chicago Cubs accumulated sixteen National League championships and two World Series Championships. It might be surprising that this team has won more games than every other franchise except the Giants, but this is also con-

sidering the fact that they have played more games than any other franchise in history. Many people have given up on the Cubs because they have not won a World Series since 1908. Their record last year was 6795, and they let Mark Grace go. The player with most hits in the 1990s. For these reasons and more, most fans are not as supportive, but all hope is not lost yet. Things already seem to be on the bright side for the Cubs this year. Dismantling the New York Mets 15-2 in the first game of the season, the Cubs are looking for more victories. Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated predicts many good things for the Cubs. He thinks that the Breakout Player of the Year will be Mark Prior, one the Cubs pitchers, and that Dusty Baker will be Manager of the Year. He also thinks that the Surprise Team of the Year will be the Cubs. For a team that has such a long history, the Chicago Cubs have remained dear to Chicagoan fans as many people still strongly support them.

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o f to a hot start by Jenny Heffeman

"Spandex tights or not?" "1/8 inch or 1/ 16 inch spikes?" With constantly varying conditions, the girls' track team is forced to make important choices affecting their performance daily. No matter what, however, they are consistent in one choice: they choose to win. Reflected in their still young outdoor season, this is a choice that will continue until the state series. Already, the team has faced a variety of temperatures, climates, and competitors. The first weeks back from break saw a range of temperatures from eighty to thirty degrees. Even at their first meet on April 11 at Loyola Academy, they saw a gap between the pleasant 60s of Hawk Country to the frigid 40s of Wilmette. Ready for any-

thing, however, the girls were able to focus on their performances instead of the artic air All performed well, giving the team reason to look forward to their next meet on April 14 at Glenbrook North. There, in tropical 80 degree weather, the Hawks again put forth a valiant effort. Several athletes attained their personal bests, including sprinters Bridget Elena Cameron and Jenny Curry. Undoubtedly, the team is in great shape to compete in one of the most heated contests of the season, the annual District 207 meet. With a loaded schedule and many uncertainties ahead, the Lady Hawks anticipate one surety: that this season will continue its current tradition of success.

On the mound

by Bill Truty According to Coach Bill Milano, there The Hawks look to capture their third conare three parts to baseball: the pre-season, secutive CSL title this year. But they have conference, and the post-season. In the pre- to go through the tough competition of New season, the Hawks went 5-4 with some great Trier, who is currently ranked fourth in the wins and area, Niles some real West, and tough losses. Evanston. Joe Szczudlo The conferand Jamie ence season J^p ^ Friel have is at hand ¥.. .^. ^"^HK^^^M been throwand usually ing some flies by. great ball on Right after • k the mound, the confer11 and some ence schedtimely hitting ule ends it is by Brian straight into Rescetar and the regional Alberto and state DeCi ceo. playoffs. The Hawks They have compiled already wins against played two ^B M ^ Nazareth, ^ * 1 pS very tough Elk Grove, ballgames I Coach Aiilano on the nu )und. Photo by Kiley Bowwski 1 Lane Tech, against the Rolling Trevians of New Trier, and they take on Glenbrook South Meadows, and De LaSalle. They lost two and Niles West in early May, which will games in a double header to Fremd and two hopefully continue their CSL reign. losses to Conant and Buffalo Grove.




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iHelp I wanted: gymnasts by Robert Dulski Even with great gymnasts at Maine South, they have yet to find a way to break the .500 mark. An early win against Highland Park gave most of the Hawk gymnasts a stepping stone and a good looking future in their eyes. But some of their stones haven't been so sturdy. Recent injuries from gashed open mouths, broken fingers, toes, legs, and sickness have haunted this Hawk squad. The future for the current freshman gymnast is a bright one though. The Hawks only have one freshman gymnast competing. So as implied help wanted: any male student at Maine South with the courage and time to give gymnastics a try could be helpful to this dilapidated Hawk team. Coach Larry Kaplan pre-founded ti boys" gymnastics team about five years ago and he is no mood to let that squad be diminished. Junior varsity coach Kanter does not want to see unused talent go to waste either. Unheard of finishes have haunted the Hawks with outlandish scores and a loss to prominent, undoubted state qualifier Niles North, 126.1 -126.0. It was the closest conference loss in school history on any level. It is also the closest match at any school in the slate this year. The few, yet highly talented Hawk.s are led by state competitor and all-arounder Nick Kam. Mark Seske and Kam still have their heads held high for each and every one of the following meets to come. Seske's high endurance, intensity, and strength has been equally distributed to all surviving Hawk gymnasts. Every meet is more exciting than the next, and the phrase that motivates the Hawks to their best day in day out: P.O.R(pursuil of perfection). Tlieir last home meet took place An 14. and it was Senior Night as they s goodbye to the numerous seniors in Kam, Seske, Tom O'Neil. and Ryan Singh. The Hawks arc still siriving for the prestigious conference and sectional titles

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by Austin Gibbons Textbook. Hawk volleyball has consisted of some textbook volleyball in the past weeks. They are off to a very solid beginning against some tough competition. Also, the boys' volleyball rankings are out, and the season is looking to be a tough one. In recent weeks the Hawks have compiled a 5-3 record. The entire team has been playing tenacious volleyball, while taking advantage of their opportunities. In the season opener against Maine West the Hawks faced off against a solid Warrior team. They played under revised IHSA conditions. They scored the game under rally scoring in which points are scored while serving or not. The Hawks lost their first game 25-23. They bounced back in the second game and pounded the Warriors 2516, but to no avail as the Hawks lost their final game 25-21. The very next night the Hawks traveled to Niles to knock heads with Notre Dame. The Hawks led early in both of their first ames 12-7 and 12-5, but folded the games as the Dons came back to bounce the


k Hawks back to Park Ridge with consecutive 15-12 victories. On April 11 and 12. the Hawks made the long trip out to Gurnee to take arms in the Warren Tournament. The Hawks were victorious and swept the competition out of the gym, winning all five games as well as the tournament title. They took victories over Oak Forest (15-6, 15-2), Warren (17-15, 415, 15-8), Wheaton North (15-11, 15-13), Willowbrook (15-11, 6-15, 15-13), and Prospect (15-9.15-9). On April 14. the Hawks traveled to Lincolnshire to battle Stevenson. The Hawks battled hard the whole way, but took two tough losses 15-13 and 15-12. The season looks to be filled with excitement as Glenbrook South, the Hawks CSL foes, are ranked second in the Chicago Area and Evanston ninth. Niles West was mentioned in the best of the rest. They also have some of the best players in the state, as the Chicago Sun Times rated Sam Kim of GBS as a possible player of the year. It looks to be a battle for the CSL trophy and wild ride to the state tournament.

Sports 11 Attention teachers and coaches! The end of the school year is upon us, but that also means the end of sporting seasons. Senior Athletes of the Year must be chosen by May 23 and returned to V-131.

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Apr. 25

Apr. 27

Apr. 28

(a) Libertyville Tournament 9am

Boys'Volleyball Boys' Baseball

Apr. 26

(§> Glenbrook South 5:00pm

vs. Holy Cross 4:30pm

vs. Glenbrook South 4:30pm vs. Evanston 4:30pm

Boys'Tennis (a) Evanston Tournament 9am


Girls' Soccer Girls'Softball


vs. Lane Tech 4:30pm (a) Lyons Relays 4:45pm


(a) GBS Invite 3:30pm


vs. Deerfield 4:30pm

@ Naperville North (a) Naperville North Tournament Tournament


Boys' Gymnastics

Apr. 29

(a) Leyden East i o : o o a m DH

vs. New Trier 4:45pm (a) Evanston 4:30pm

(a) New Trier 5:00pm

(a) Niles North Invite i p m


7003 SPORTS Continuing to soar Boys' Tennis • Baseball • Softball • Outdoor Track • Badminton • Soccer • Boys' Gymnastics • Boys' Volleyball

by Kaitlin Moran Recently the girls' badminton team has The week prior the team pushed been searching for the opportunity to show themselves to the max in practice, and the off their talent and found it at the East hard work and effectiveness of Drill Sergeant Aurora Tournament and at their last meet, Danan was seen of all three teams against against Evanston. Although not much was expected out of the team last Saturday at East Aurora. Due to the loss of all junior players and several key seniors, attributable to ACT testing and band obligations, the team was compiled of two seniors, four one-year players, and four brand new rookies. Despite the number of JV members facing varsity competition, the team went in to win and accomplished just that. Numerous members of the squad went home wearing medals: 2"'' place: Magda Budziakowski (4-1) and Alex Gillet (4-1), 3''' placeiLaura Hapeman (3-2), Ellie Papadimitriou (3-2), 4"" place: Dorsa Samsami and Katie Tauber (3-2). Together with Ashley Reza, Kristin Burke, Maria Rywelski, and Liz Poli, the team pulled out I Kaitlin Moran smashes. a second place overall victory in the Photo b\ Kiley Borowski tournament.

Shooting for goals bv Claire Bartel \ ^ With a couple of games under their belt, the Maine South girls' soccer team is anxiously awaiting their next game. In the first game of the season against conference opponent Maine West, the team walked away with a 4-1 victory. After leading only 1 -0 at halftime off of a goal by Kathleen Hayes, the team picked it up in the second half by scoring an additional three goals; Marina Basseas, Jestina Orlando, and Alycia Dinverno netted goals for the Hawks. After a break over the weekend, the girls came back to face ranked Barrington at the Fillies' home field. During the game, the Hawks played with aggression and gave a valiant effort, but in the end the Hawks lost 2-0. Despite the loss, the Hawks walked

Evanston on April 14. Although varsity lost, the Kits showed fear and realized that they couldn't take it easy when facing a Hawk. The duo of Amanda Raz and Meghan Carlson defeated their opponents. Raz also won her singles match. Adding to those wins was a victory by Nora Kaitis. Evanston's coach even admitted hat the girls gave her team '" run for their money." However, here at Maine South everyone knows that badminton games are free. The Hawks ability was obvious and Coach Muir claimed it was "one of the best performances (she has) seen out of the team so far this year." This performance proves their strength and depth. The team has a tough schedule coming up, but as the team has proved, they handle it. The team will face rivals N'S Trier twice in the next weeks, once for a match and once for a tournament. Prepare to be amazed! The Maine South girls' badminton team is ready for the challenge and will continue to soar to new heights in the coming future.



V^ away from the game pleased with their effort and they also learned from ^ / their mistakes. On Tuesday, in a decisive conference match, the Hawks played 4 Deerfield which the Hawks came out victorious as they beat the warriors 1-0. Anna Gartner scored the lone goal to push the Hawks. They followed up the win over Deerfield with a match against Evanston. which could potentially prove to be the conference championship. As the girls' tough schedule continues to unfold. The team looks for success in upcoming games, including in the Naperville North 1 The Hawks practice their skills. 1 1 photo by Kiley Borowski \ Invitational.

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