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In This Issue:
NEWS Osama sends a message t(^lhe US.
FEATURES Southwords goes inside A^.i ^
ENTERTAINMENT COMMENTARY Maine South's VA look into the Show gears up Gav-Straieht Alliance
SPORTS Mcmica Milcwski wins girls' state tennis tide
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A revelation into the mindset of a terrori by Alex Schallmo With the 2004 presidential election at the forefront of the minds of the American people, a letter by Osama Bin Laden, released days before the election, passed through the peripheral vision of the American public. Bin Laden's threats to attack the U.S., as aired by Al-Jazeera TV, reveal the mindset of the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. He does not address it to his followers, but rather to the American public. "O" American people, this is what 1 have to say about the causes and results [of the September 11, 2001 attacks] and how to avoid another Manhattan." explains Bin Laden, "i tell you that security is a major pillar of human life. Free men do noi renounce their security, irrespective of Bush"s claims that we hate freedom." Bin Laden argues that President Bush has misled the American public as to the true reasons behind the September 11 attacks. He writes directly to the American people, saying.
"You astonish me. Despite the fact that we are into the fourth year after September 11. Bush is still misleading you, keeping the real reason from you, which means that the reasons to repeat what happened remain." The American public is being directly addressed, and yet, the general consensus is not to discuss this threat to public safety. Osama Bin Laden continues his direct announcement to the U.S., talking of his true reasons behind his actions, the reasons that motivated 19 highjackers to-commit an act of aggression against the most powerful nation in the world. He talks of his discontent due to the actions of the U.S. beginning in 1982. stating, "when America gave the Israelis the green light to invade Lebanon with the backing of the U.S. Sixth Fleet." As he "watched the destroyed towers in Lebanon," he decided that "the unjust should suffer the same...so that America gets a taste of what we went through, so that it will stop killing our women." He compares the Bush administration with the regimes in Afghanistan. Bin Laden associates the current administration with
^ tyrants, embezzlers, and arrogant monarchies. Bin Laden says of George H. Bush, "He transferred tyranny and repression of freedoms to his son and they called it a national law (the Patriot Act) in the pretext of combating terrorism." Bush "...reckons...that it was more important to preoccupy himself with the talk of the little girl about her goat...than to focus on their strike on the skyscrapers, giving us three times the time required to carry out the operation," argued Bin Laden. The outcome of the election does not affect the safety of the American public. Bin Laden asked the American people to take inventory of the past political policies of foreign intervention, and of policing the world. He asks for a "mandate which does not play havoc" with the security of the Middle East, as it would ensure the security of the U.S. In this election year, where terrorism and homeland security have been major concerns and causes for debate, ignoring a message from Bin Laden shows that perhaps the U.S. has moved past entertaining such threats.
Tales from the crypt: the exhumation of the Medici by Michael Mangialardi In the classic work of fiction Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson states that "Dead men tell no tales." However, with the advent of modern forensic science, this has become much less true. Because of the advanced techniques and technology forensic scientists now have at their disposal, it is possible to determine the health of the deceased as well as a cause of death from as little as a skeleton. This has prompted many adventurous forensic scientists to apply their field not only to the recently departed, but those who have long since passed away. This has resulted in the mass exhumation of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in history: the Medici. The Medici were the most dominant and influential citizens of Italy for nearly 250 years during the Renaissance. From their capital in Florence, they commissioned countless works of art, including the famous "David" by Michelangelo. The Medici presided over the height of Italian power, wealth, intellectualism, and opulence: the Renaissance. Florence was a mecca for scientific and mathematical
discovery, as well as a place for the arts to nourish. Florence was where Giotto first drew the perfect circle and where Raphael's beautiful "School of Athens" resides. As patrons of the arts and sciences, the Medici were at the heart of this cultural prosperity. However, the Medici were far from sainthood, as their history is clouded in murder, intrigue, and scandal. Indeed, it was the desire to determine the truth behind the rumors that caused the exhumation and study in the first place. One such rumor dealt with Cosimo I and his two sons, Giovanni and Garcia. The story holds that one day the two young boys were playing together and Garcia found himself with a sharp knife in his hand. Garcia, without intention, wounded his brother who died a few days later. In a fit of rage over Giovanni's death. Cosimo killed Garcia. On the other hand, papers in the archives of the Medici tell a different story. There is a letter that states that Giovanni developed a high fever and passed on, and Garcia died a few weeks later of a similar fever. These two tales of the deaths of the boys are certainly exclusive of one another, and historians have argued over which is the correct version for some time.
After examination of the corpses of the two boys, it was concluded that they died of malaria. No evidence of violence, cut marks, or sword marks were found on the body of either boy. Also, bone samples were taken and the organism responsible for malaria was present, suggesting that it was disease, not foul play, that did the boys in. This is not to say that all of the rumors about the Medici were proven false. The tale of Ferdinando and Francesco is one such example. Francesco was the Grand Duke of the Medici house, and his brother, Ferdinando, was jealous of his power and upset over his incompetent rule. Thus, Ferdinando poisoned his brother and became Grand Duke upon his brother's death. This tale has been vindicated by the study of Francesco's body, where trace amounts of poison have been found. Whether the Medici will be deemed political lowlifes or exemplars of ethics in Renaissa|^ times has yet to be determined. Most l i k ^ ^ B will be a little of both. What is most important is that science and technology are progressing closer to humanity's ultimate goal in the quest for truth and that even the dead can contribute to a better knowledge of the how things were centuries ago.
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flobbits found in cave species existed, since unexpected branches of humanity are now being found. T Thirteen months ago, This single female dwarf has been classed scientists working on a into a new species. Homofloresiensis, or Flores remote Indonesian island Man, named after the place where it was found. stumbled across a skeleton Though this species had a grapefruit-size brain, belonging to an 18.000- it was able to light fires, make stone tools, and organize group hunts for meat, say experts. year-old human dwarf. Now that this discovery Many scientists believe this has been finalized, it may lead to a new discovery defies previous theories species to be added to the human that modem humans began to evolutionary map. walk upright 160,000 years Australian and Indonesian ago. scientists made this discovery in a rock shelter called Liang Buaon on Scientists believe that the island of Flores. which is Africa, which has been known known for its giant lizards and as the cradle of humanity, may pygmy elephants. The remains not have been the only place were categorized as hominins. but from where humans originated. later, researchers nicknamed them Now, scientists think there are "hobbits." other branches of humanity. picnire cimrresy of The "hobbit" that was uncovered However, there are also www.milure.coni was an adult female about three feet scientists who question the tall. She is believed to have had a A skull of the newly validity and importance of this classed species. ^ ^ i n three times smaller than that of finding. They argue that this ^wUern humans. This species lived on an Flores Man is not part of the Homo genus, no isolated island long after Homo sapiens matter how recently they roamed the Earth. migrated throughout the South Pacific region. Anthropologist Jeffrey Schwartz of the The location of the discovery raises many University of Pittsburg says, "I don't think questions about the new branch of humans. anybody can pigeonhole this into the very Researchers are now pondering whether other simple-minded theories of what is human. hy Anna Wolonciej
There is no biological reason to call it Homo. We have to rethink what it is." Other scientists believe that the "hobbits" are Homo erectus after a metamorphosis. To back up their claim, they say many mammals, which live in isolated areas and are forced to live on rationed food, can dwarf over long periods of time. To further contend that the female dwarf is a Homo erectus, evidence from 1998 is being considered. During that year, on the same island, anthropologists uncovered stone tools and other evidence showing the early human. Homo erectus, lived on the island about 900,000 years ago. Therefore, Homo erectus is prevalent on that island rather than Homo floresiensis. No matter what these mysterious "hobbits" were, their fate was quickly uncovered by geologic evidence. About 12.000 years ago, a massive volcano erupted on the island killing, but preserving, the many unusual species. Currently, scientists are working on DNA evidence from the bones to determine the relationship between the strange species and modem humans. However, this may be a hard task because, often times, such ancient species fail to produce valid DNA samples.
Nobel prize for the science of smell by Ashley Rezaeizadeh Last month, two U.S. scientists won the Nobel Prize for medicine based on their work on how the sense of smell allows people to remember certain distinct smells, such as the disgusting odor of a rotten egg or the delightful smell of fresh roses. The two scientists, Richard Axel. 58. and Linda Buck, 57, discovered a large gene pool that contains the blueprints for sensors in the nose that identify and send smells to the brain. |Since publishing gene discoveries in 1991, th Axel and Buck have been working independently on the olfactory system. They discovered the family of 1,000 different genes, which is about 3% of the total number of human genes. These genes pertain to the olfactory sensors, which identify smells.
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The olfactory region of the brain. and were found with help from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Humans can identify over 10,000 different smells, now explained by these olfactory receptors that react to more than one scent.
One researcher. Professor Tim Jacob of Cardiff University in Wales, noted, "[The finding] has also prompted a lot of research into related areas such as taste." Fellow researchers are now considering the other possibilities of the practical effects of this discovery, such as disorders pertaining to smell or taste. The honor was awarded to the two scientists at the Nobel Assembly of Sweden's Karolinska Institute with a \ ' stipend often million Swedish crown, or $1..^8 million. First presented in 1901, the Nobel Prizes were produced in the will of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish industrialist who invented dynamite. Prizes are rewarded in areas of chemistry, literature, physics, economics, and peace. The ceremonies take place in Stockholm and Oslo on December 10 to commemorate the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.
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What really goes on in A.R.C? by Sam Byrne and Karen Magiera Strategically placed, some may say, across the hall from the art rooms sits Maine South"s own little mystery: the ARC program. You probably have heard some sort of rumor about what goes on behind those orange doors, or maybe you've never even noticed that the signs across the hall from art are not quite spelled the same. Either way, a different school rests behind the doorway of VI24. A.R.C, the Alternative Resource Center, is a school for those who have The Alternative Resource Center welcome sign. been deemed "learning disabled" or "mentally disturbed." However, the atmosphere, which, Mr. Dernick says, director of A.R.C, Mr. Dernick, notes, "We achieves the goal of any special education unfortunately throw out a lot of labels in special classroom: "to place students in the least restrictive program possible." ed... [and] kids don't like to be labeled." This program is not exclusive to District Students find themselves in this program 207: almost every district has a similar because they have trouble being successful in a program. If a school does not have the means mainstream school setting. The small to host such a program, it will combine with environment found in A.R.C. provides these a nearby school district. Maine Township's students with a more intimate learning program is home to about twenty students from all three District 207 schools, but this number fluctuates throughout the year. The students are instructed by a total of five teachers throughout a sixperiod day. The class periods are slightly longer than the current Maine South schedule, with a morning break and a short lunch. In order to receive a District 207 diploma, the students must earn the same number of [ihoKi In Km III Mti^iiru credits and a typical ARC classroom. successfully
complete all requirements for graduation, just like Maine South students. After the students have been in the program for a year to a year and a half, they are mainstreamed into one or two classes at their home school. The objective of ARC is not to have students stay in the program until they graduate, but rather to reintroduce the students into a traditional school setting where they feel comfortable learning. Very few actually achieve this though, because many students find that they like the program and want to stay for the rest of their high school career. Besides j ust academics, A.R.C. provides students with a nurturing environment and helps the students focus on tli
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schoolwork. According to Mr. Demick, "We're at off-campus therapeutic programs not run by students are rarely seen, much less offering them a possibility here in this the district. The bottom line is that A.R.C. is acknowledged, by the Maine South not an extended detention; it is a school, just community. The program and its students environment." "shouldn't even be here," says Some see ARC Mr. Demick. It has, in fact, as a place students been located in an array of are sent to for different sites throughout the punishment, but years. It started off in the now that is a closed Maine North, it was later misconception. moved to Maine West, and it "ARC is a now resides here at Maine mystery: people South. tend to fear things Even after all these facts they don't know. have been revealed, a larger They haven't been issue still remains undown to ARC or addressed: the isolation that they've heard bad this program provides creates things—fights or a stigma. These students do something." The have different needs than the program is simply typical Maine South student, a different form of but everyone works a little education. Mr. differently. Demick explains "They know it," comments. this concept with Mr. Demick. "They know analogy: they're different and they have ucation, in my • to deal with that...That's part view, has to Plioii) l>\ Karen Muf;iera of the real world." However become more like Students usually occupy rooms like this for six periods per day there is much that we can do the restaurant world. You should be able to choose because like Maine South, that aims to educate its to deflate that idea. Of the Maine South population, Mr. the same program is not right for everyone. students in the most effective way possible. One size does not fit all." There are many That being said, many Maine South students Demick says. "The more [Maine South different formats; some students attend are puzzled by the seclusion of A.R.C. With students] can just take them for what they resource classes, while still others are located the classrooms tucked awav in the V-winu, the are..."
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Balancing a job and school is hard worl^ by Atra Asdou Everyone has those important firsts in their life that they never forget: first words, first steps, first dates, first kisses, first loves, and first heartbreaks. Of course, where would we be without our first jobs? Our first jobs as teens can help mold us into the responsible, money-making adults of society later on in life. Let's face it: almost no student wants to work while they've got so many other things going on. Whether they are involved in sports or clubs, or they particpate in activites outside of school, students are extremely busy. Having a job can just pile more work on to their busy day. However, making money has always been important for teens. Some may work to save money to buy themselves a car, to save money for the future, or to have some extra spending money in their pocket. What was most surprising about this is that many of the students interviewed had a positive outlook on their working experience. Junior Natalie Kociubinski. who currently works as a coach and private tutor, didn't seem stressed about having to work and go to school in the same day. "It's good," she said. "For the tutoring job, I wanted to meet more people in the school as well as help out." Senior Kristvn Anderson balances
schoolwork, a job as a dental assistant, and gymnastics. "1 don't really ever feel stressed out because I usually work Mondays. Tuesdays and weekends, and I'm usually never there after seven o'clock." she said. "I also have great gratitude for the doctors I work with because they let me take some time off during gymnastics season and allow me to start up again once the season's over." Flexibility for a student is always a good thing. 1 know you may be saying, "Well I'm glad these two have had good job experiences, but how do I get that?" Junior Natalie Zuriekat told me about her experience of getting a job at Dollar Tree. She was one of many students who went out looking for jobs one day and didn't stop until she found one. "It all started when I went into the Dollar Tree at Golf Mill Mall and asked if they were hiring," she said. "They said they weren't hiring, but the Dollar Tree on Dempster was. I took the bus over there and filled out an application. 1 called a couple days later to see if they had looked over it. They told me that they had lost the application. I went back over there and filled out another one, and they hired me on the spot." This is a good example that persistence is needed to find and hold a job. Finding a place that is hiring can be hard. However, the CRC at Maine South has a
job board with local employment opportunities. "1 found out about my job from the board in the CRC." said Kristyn Anderson. "The first day 1 went into the dentist office and got an application and an interview. They called me later for a second interview, and I had the feeling I was going to be hired. A couple of days later. I was." There are some skeptics in the world, who may have parents rich enough to pay for thein the rest of their lives, and there are some who probably just think that having a job on top of school would just be too much. This may not be the right attitude to take. Having a job as a high school student can be an inspiring experience that can help you with a lot of life's situations. The days of only having to go to McDonald's for a job flipping burgers are over. That is certainly an option, but there are now many internships and office jobs available for young people. These jobs pay a lot more than minimum wage, and you get something out of them. "I'll definitely remember this experience," said Natalie Kociubinski. "This isn't just sa clerk, or cashier job. I'm very lucky to ha this experience [as a tutor]. Honestly, how many people do you know who are able to get a first job like this?" A first job can have so much impact on your life. It can teach you responsibility, and give you perspective on the working world. Just like your first date or your first kiss, you'll always remember your first job, good or bad.
The Marlin club is back and rearing to swim by Kelly Spreitzer The Marlin swim club had fallen into a dire situation. After being on probation during the 20022003 year, then-principal Dr. Cachur, directed the club to have 25 members by the end of the 2003-2004 year. Unfortunately, the 2004 swim show of "Spotlight" only featured 17 new members, eight less than Dr Cachur's mandate. During the 2003-2004 school year, team members sold cookie dough in an attempt to save the club: this financial effort was not enough to counter the lack of members. Mr Claypool decided to take the team off the extra-curricular roster for the 2004-2005
school year after meeting with team members and their parents. This decision was not going to be taken sitting down, however. Marlins and their parents took their complaints to the school board for a second opinion, but the team stayed in their current position. In spite of all of their hard work and dedication, they believed that their battle was lost. They unloaded all of their costumes and put them in storage, knowing that they probably wouldn't use them for a long while. The team was not down yet, however The members were interviewed by the local media, and mothers emailed synchronized swim coaches and Marlin alumni for help. The Marlins were not going to die without a fight.
Help came from all sides. Articles appeared in local newspapers, and the public and alumni gladly came out to support the club. At the July 12 school board meeting, the club asked the board to make the club district-wide so Maine West and Maine East would also benefit from the swim club. Mr. Claypool. along with the other two principals, signed the proposal, and the board members voted on it on August 2. After a unanimous vote, the Marlins swim club expanded to the entire district. As h a p i ^ as the club was. they had to undergo a l ^ ^ B process of getting things back to order The first practice for the club was on November 3. If you are interested in seeing what the Marlin synchronized swim club is all about, drop into one of the practices on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Maine South pool.
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#tetro V-Show showcases student talent bv Melissa Hansen m^ ÂŁ * M . B ^^^3^^L
In the age of technological yuppies drinking high-priced lattes
coffeehouses, even the old comfort ot' side ponytails and multi-colored leggings of the 1990s are considered "retro." This new adage brings a new appropriateness to the 2005 Maine South "Retro" variety show. Full of oldiesthemed sets, the show puts you on a whirlwind back in time to your childhood (or. if not yours, your hipster parents"). The annual V-Show is a showcase of the amazing student talent here at Maine South. While di rected overall by Mr. Muszynski and technically directed by Mr. Sanchez, the production is inainly created by the students. The students make up the Trunk skits, work on the crew, and perform in the acts. This is all overseen by the dent directors Nick Cosgrove, Alex Gillett, yn Michalak, Jack Montgomery, Brennan Roach, and Christy Verhelst. It's a true lestament to student ambition and skill. A problem that has often occured in V-Show history is the lack of actual variety (i.e. singing, dancing, singing, dancing, and the occasional instrumental riff). This year, even the musical numbers take on new meaning. One awemspiring act is accompanied by half of the
Maine South Orchestra. Other acts range from pop covers to original piano compositions, from groovy Motown medleys to "1 wish J could do that" dance routines. The stage band spits out upbeat rhythms throughout the show. The senior act is back this year after getting cut from last year's performance because no one showed up to last year's audition and those
Retro Trunk finds their inner Stooges. who did had no idea what they were doing. "We weren't going to get cut this year," states one senior. "We recruited guys we saw in the halls right before the audition to join us just to make sure we'd have enough to get in. They didn't know the lyrics, but they played along like they did. It made the audition a blast, and the actual act is only going to be better, especially now that the drop-ins know the words."
Footlighters have also been perfecting their sing-and-dance number after school. Singing to Kiss' "Rock and Roll (All Nite)," the show openers show as much spirit as a cheerleading pep rally. "We get to do air guitar!" one sophomore raves, demonstrating wildly. Trunk, everyone's favorite comedy troupe, is squeezing the creative juices out of the writing stalT to create top-notch humor. Led by directors Jim DiMatteo. Grace Elderkin. and Suzie Herman. Trunk has already gotten of)'to a rollicking start with after school laugh sessions that only make sense to those involved. Stage crew has worked late into the night to prepare for the show. Stage manager Colleen Montgomerv', who also stage managed last year's successful "Get the Party Started," has expressed her confidence in the crew. "The crew is doing well, as always. They're putting together a great set," says Montgomery. While the going has not always been easy, especially with the sound .system needing repair, the crew has worked with unwavering dedication. The V-Show cast and crew will show off their skills on Thursday, November 18, Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20 at 1-30 p.m. in the Watson Auditorium. Tickets are S5. Tickets are known to sell fast, so buy them while you can. Some retro fashions may be pass^, but this V-Show is premiering in style.
Wilco gives fans a treat ^^.
by Carly Calkins
Mainly covering songs from their latest album "A Ghost is Bom." and their preceding wsf^ 1 ^ A band can't do much album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" from Nonesuch more for its fans than play Records. Wilco performed without flaw from a concert every night their albums. Prior to these two albums, Wilco during Halloween worked under Reprise Records until they were weekend. Doing just that, dropped. Transitioning to a new label that Chicago-bred, alt-country group Wilco would promote, not stifle, their originality, displayed its versatile talents and musical Wilco was able to maintain its loyal fan base. potential to large crowds during three nights Since then, they have expanded their sound, at a sold-out Auditorium Theatre. Two of the especially in their hometown where thev have fee shows were opened by Deerhoof. a band consistently played sold out shows. Playing for Fhose ethereal-sounding vocals compare with almost three hours. Wilco kept the energy level those of French alt'pop group Stereolab and high, and the great songs just kept coming. whose sharp instrumental sound compares with Lead singer JelTTweedy "s distinctive voice that of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. After Deerhoof's maintained its signature ra.sp the whole night. performance, vigor filled the theatre before A notable high point in the show was the 10Wilco took the stage. minute rendition of "Spiders (Kidsmoke)"
from their latest album: the ringing guitar parts riveted the crowd and provided a memorable ending to the first set. Also, some of their more well-known singles were spread throughout, including " I ' m a Wheel." "Heavy Metal Drummer." and "Jesus, etc." Throughout the show, a large backdrop projected an assortment of unique and colorful images that correlated with the songs being played. Called on for two encores, playing songs from older album "Summer Teeth" and double album, "Being There," Wilco met high expectations with nonstop flair. Although they didn't steer far from album material, with only a few segments of improvisation, its clear that Wilco has the talent and fan base to take off. With a solidified lineup and trademark sound, Wilco will continue delivering to its fans.
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24/7 heroes light up the big screei* by Sasha Johnson Far off in the distance, an orange glow exists in a rectangular silhouette. A black cloud hovers over the towering skyscrapers. Moving closer, flames are in view, grasping for .something to devour. It's as though their only purpose in life is to ensnare the human soul and consume it. Wearing a fire-resistant coat, he runs toward the inferno while others flee in the opposite direction, scared of the evil destroyer. In the movie "Ladder 49," Baltimore's firefighters endure an identical scenario. The film begins with a raging warehouse fire. Firefighters search through the building for any indication of stranded people. Jack Morrison, played by Joaquin Phoenix, navigates his way to assist a victim through the burning building. As the man narrowly escapes, the floor beneath Jack collapses. Now on top of fallen debris and trapped in the warehouse, he lies unconscious as the audience travels between flashbacks of his life and the present. Jack has two families: his wife Linda, son Nicky and daughter Katie, and his fellow
firefighters. There is a constant balance between the two. Linda is worried about Jack being involved in such a risky job. Nicky is not only frightened by other firefighters' injuries, but is terrified that something will happen to his dad. Jack teaches Nicky about Phoenix and Travolta show courage in the line of duty. not being afraid, a lesson that helps him while being trapped in- the firemen is tightly woven and goes beneath the skin when hard times strike. They build each side the warehouse. His firehouse family is a source of enter- other up when the time calls for it. "Ladder 49" appeals to both male and fetainment, as well as one of responsibility. Many of Jack's ftiends. for example, like to have some male viewers. It's a happy medium of realistic fiin by placing a goose in Jack's locker and play- dangers and enchanting love stories. The attening pranks on rookies. Fire Chief Mike tion of the audience is never lost, since the lisKennedy, played by John Travolta, is one who tener gets involved with the characters. The Jack trusts his life with. Their obligation to one audience naturally tries to anticipate what is another is so strong that the two characters prac- going to happen to the characters. This vie\ver tically predict and understand each others' involvement heightens both laughter and t^ thoughts. The burning bond that exists among making it worth the price of admission.
Around the sun and back again by Mike Bielaczyc
to retain the band's calm nature that it became dull. These new songs gave testament to a reThe past Monday saw turn to form for the band; the songs were full the ,'^uditorium Theatre in of skillful guitar solos and deep lyrics commentChicago host one of the ing on a range of issues from terror to hope. most celebrated and impor- The new single. "Leaving New York." an emotant bands of the last 25 tional and inspiring number, barkened back to years: R.E.M. They perfonned a slew of reli- the days of "Nightswimming" from "Automatic able hits with a liberal sprinkling of new songs for the People." that all proved that R.E.M.'s star has not yet However, as good as the new material faded. sounded live, nothing compares to the gooseThe nearly sold-out venue, decked out in its bumps one gets when the first twangs of "Losusual decadent lighting, welcomed the band ing My Religion" echo through the theatre. The with open arms. The true stars of the night, raw emotion one gets from hearing the beautivocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and ful lyrics with the help of thousands of fans is. bassist MiJce Mills, launched into a sampling simply put. indescribable. of materia! off their new album. "Around the The same feeling went for hits like "Man Sun." Highlights included a clearly energized on the Moon" (an ode to late comic Andy Stipe belting out lyrics to "High Speed Train." Kaufman), and the R.E.M. tour staple "What's "Boy in the Well," and "1 Wanted to Be Wrong." the Frequency, Kenneth'.'" The song that got the The new songs really did do justice to biggest crowd reaction in terms of singing along R.E.M., who have bounced backfi^oma decade was "(Tliis One Goes to) The One 1 Love." of being criticized for trying to reinvent themThe choice of keeping the current tour at traselves with a heavier-than-usual album. "Mon- ditionally smaller venues, such as the Auditoster," followed by "Up," which tried too hard rium, seems to be the right one. The band could
have easily played at the Allstate Arena or the United Center, especially with the publicity behind R.E.M.'s work with the "Vote for Change" tour, with the likes of Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen. However, a smaller venue really brought an air of intimacy to a concert quietly simmering with political tension. Stipe was confronted with a choms of boos amidst cheers in response to his John Kerry t-shirt and his evident dislike of the current administration, highlighted by the anti-war song "Final Straw." The mood relaxed by the end of the night when Stipe jokingly accused Karl Rove of messing with the band's equipment. Thanks to constant shoul-outs to the people in the no.sebleeds (although what are considered nosebleeds in the Auditorium Theatre are usually seen as pretty good seats) and a relaxed atmosphere, R.E.M. managed to prove its i ics, who said that the band had lost its tol after "Up," wrong. With just the right amount of political commentary, a good mix of old and new. and an intimate atmosphere coupled with amazing acoustics, R.E.M. proved that, at least at this show, nobody hurt.
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[me ediiofsj hy Kaiie Iitiikhouser 1 met a duck when 1 was nine on a Girl Scout trip to Springfield. Illinois. He lived in a cramped, wooden cage niched into a wall. One side of the cube was made of plexiglass, allowing me to watch him. He was clearly once white, but dust and age had yellowed him. He was neither clean nor dirty. He lay, disinterested, in a comer of his niche. His eyes were such a deep black that he had no discemable pupils. He stared into space, and I was filled with a sense that he had stared at that same space since he was a duckling. His home was barren except for a funnel and a miniature baby grand piano. On my side of the plexiglass. I put two quarters into jslot. A small bell rang. The duck jumped to life. He waddled to the piano so quickly 1 was sure he would fall over. He more than ran; he was panicked— his pure-black eyes shone with a terror singularly animalistic. He was a spooked horse; he was a bear caught in a trap; he was a duck, running to a piano. He approached at such a speed that when he tried to stop, he skidded. Using his beak to press the keys, he played a distinct three lines of "Oh My Darling. Clementine." He finished. Immediately, duck food fell from the funnel in the ceiling to a comer of the floor. He devoured it, walked back to his original comer, and stared into space. 1 dug for two more quarters in the comer of my Little Mermaid purse and put them in the slot. He repeated the process with Just as much desperation and urgency. 1 put two more quarters in the slot. He played "Oh My Darling, Clementine," in the same screaming, frenzied manner. Again. Again. My interaction with the "duck w as unique to me, but he would go on playing until he died. Again. Again. Again. He was "the duck that could play the piano" and nothing else. As we choose careers and form lives. I hope we all avoid his fate.
More than "that gay club" hy Jennifer Ingbretson "Hey, you hear about that "gay club".'" "Yeah, what a bunch of fags!" That is only one of the comments the Maine South GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) had to endure when it was started last year. However, many students responded positively—with comments like. "GSA? Here? Cool, when are the meetings?" They recognize an important truth: the GSA is not just some "gay club." It is a group of people willing to help teach each other— and the rest of the student body— about tolerance of and openness to sexual preference. It is a wonderful club with a wonderful mission. As a group, we have overcome discrimination, and even though we have not yet succeeded entirely, we have come a long
way. We have triumphed as a people and a union, and yet we must continually overcome people's judgement. If we can recognize the evil of something like racial discrimination, and rule against using the "n' word, why can't we recognize the same sexual discrimination in the use of the word "gay" to describe something stupid, or using labels like "fag" and "dyke" as put-downs? Why sexual orientation or sexual preference—whichever term you prefer—is such a big deal, no one can really say. High school has Jifferent effects on different u-ople. It's a place where you Iccide who you want to be, and what kind of person you already are. As if teenagers don't have enough to deal with already, now every little choice and decision plwitt by Katie Kal: they make will alter how they are viewed by their peers. Maine South's Gay-Straight Alliance helps give people the confidence to recognize who they are without being afraid. It is a club with a valuable mission.
Stop procrastinating-eventually by Brian Landreth Everyone has done it; some more than others, and in my case, more than most. Procrastination. We have all dawdled until there is nothing left to do but the task that is inevitable. It seems as though the more important the work is. the longer you must procrastinate. If you attempt to tackle these monstrous projects earlier than you need to. you will not have fulfilled your duty as a preoccupied, unfocused individual. I can even tell you now that I am in the prcKess of delaying writing this article because it is assured that if it involves any sort of work. I will wait until I have only a few short hours until it is time to complete it. According to a study by Questia Media. 95 percent of college students say they procrastinate "very frequently" or "somewhat frequently." Instead of writing papers, students say they prefer to watch sports on TV (23 percent), surf the Internet (17 percent), or sleep (13 percent). We frequently find the pretext to not do the project, paper, homework, or any other piece
of work, and it becomes a habit to suspend when we are going to work on it. I have found a small few, including my sister, who do not have this problem. They have the ability to complete projects days before the deadline without getting side-tracked in the process. I found that when you are finished with u project early you have leisure time to do whai you want. You have the ability to do anything once you are done, because you no longer have a burdensome project on your back. One would think that after this revelation I would instantly stop and never postpone my duties ever again but it seems to not have happened. I have been too lazy and have postponed working in advance. I think the key to overcoming this dilemma is to toil ahead project by project, and to slowly get used to the idea of finishing early. It will be hard to just make the change all at once, but if you finish one project early at a time, soon your life will have almost no burdens, and you will find the recreation time that you so desire. It isn't a matter of choice to overcome procrastination, it is will power, and when it has stopped, your life will improve immensely.
10 You can save a life OMMENTARY
11, 2004 • VOL. 41, NO. 5
by Annette Dean
on keeping your organs when almost seven people can benefit from one donor? These Today, sixteen people seven people and their families will never will die and we could have forget your generous gift, and your own family helped them. These people will be proud to know that you are a hero to will have died waiting for seven others. There is no acceptable reason not to donate organ or marrow transplants. Unfortunately, over half the people your organs. Many people believe myths about who could have helped them simply chose not organ donation, such as the myth that doctors do not work hard to save known donors. The to. November is National Marrow Awareness truth is that doctors will do everything they Month, but it is important to recognize the need can to save your life. Whether or not you for almost all types of organs and tissues. On qualify to be a donor will be determined only October ?> 1, there were 87,257 people waiting after your death. Then, your family is asked if for various transplants, and 87.257 families they will agree to the donation of your organs. Others choose not to donate because they waiting anxiously for life-saving organs. Many think their families will have to pay for it. In of those wishes will never come true. There are many different ways to donate reality, the donation centers cover all the costs organs. You can be either a living or non-living of procedure. It is important to talk to your family donor. Living donors can give bone marrow, blood and other organs without which they can members about organ donation if you want to do it, as they may not be aware of the facts and continue to live normally. Non-living donors, though, are vital to the may be unprepared for your decision. Since donation process. Once you die, your family your family makes the final decision, it is can elect to donate your organs, or, you can important that they know how important it is indicate your wishes on the back of your to donate. Deciding to donate your organs is one of driver's license or donor"s card (get one of the best decisions you can ever make. There is these at http://www.organdonor.gov). When you die, you will no longer have no reason not to donate, and by so doing you much use for your organs. How can you insist give the greatest gift of all—the gift of life.
Let's keep the cafeteria clean by Patricia Katsigiannis Cafeteria: a place where lunch is eaten while taking a break from the hectic schedule of school: location of lounge. A cafeteria is supposed to be a place where people can enjoy themselves and relax in a nice, clean environment. It's necessary that a person have a good environment in which to relax and work. Walking into Maine South's cafeteria after seventh period, no one would assume it to be a place for relaxation or enjoyment. Gobs of unknown substances are strewn everywhere, nasty drinks coat the floor lunch-bags are strewn on every surface. It's disgusting for students to eat their lunches or do homework in that atmosphere. Frequently, I will accidentally sit in puddles of juice or crumbs and ruin great clothes. Do people really want empty wrappers getting stuck to their pants?
It is not difficult to throw out one's trash, but somehow, students see it as impossible. If you look around the cafeteria during lunch, you will notice about twenty people casually rising from their respective tables. They have backpacks or purses with them but are missing something important: their trash. Are Maine South students so barbaric that they cannot simply walk five steps to throw out a lunch bag? If people simply took their trash with them when they left, it could be effortlessly thrown out as they passed the trash cans lining the cafeteria exits. Next time you are ready to leave the cafeteria, please take your lunch bag with you. This will help make a cleaner and more attractive school, and no one will unexpectedly sit in a mess of nacho cheese in the cafeteria.
• 'Why. you got one?"" -Tony Colletti '05
"i would jump into the pool with my clothes on." -Paul Dilfer '05
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"I don't like Klondike Bars." -Tracy Simkins '08
O "I'd pat my head and rub my somach" -Katie Allen '05
by Karen Magiera ami Sam Byrne
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Crying to juggle gym and GPA by Kelley Hungerford As we all are aware, and sometimes painfully aware, gym is mandatory in Maine South's curriculum, but it does not count toward GPA or class rank. Most kids are extremely grateful for this - a student's grade point average might be significantly lower if it did count in our GPA. However, the Board of Education for District 207 is considering making Physical Education classes affect students' GPAs and class ranks. This class would not be subject to being taken pass/fail since it is a state requirement. This, my fellow students, is very bad news for us. Gym should not calculate into any student's GPA. Colleges look at class rank and grade point average to determine how students do academically, not to analyze how physically fit they are. For students enrolled in accelerated or AP classes, making another class that cannot be taken for accelerated credit or pass/fail will sink their GPA further. Such
students can't forget the agony of receiving an A in a class like Health or Oral Communications, yet still having their GPAs lowered because the classes were not on the 5.0 scale. These classes make it impossible to graduate with a 5.0. While most students are not concerned with achieving a perfect 5.0, the 4.0 scale that Oral Comm and Health are on. and which P.E. would potentially be on. can be annoyances for many students. The Board hopes that adding gym to the GPA will promote a healthier lifestyle because students will put more effort into class. From what I have observed, most students do not try to build strength and fitness during gym class, and this would not significantly change their amount of effort if gym affected GPA. Teaching us about healthier foods and giving us healthier options in school, promoting outside physical activity and getting parents involved in the physical fitness process would be far more effective. I cannot forget experiences such as walking from door-to-door
on Halloween while watching parents drive their young and even adolescent children around to trick-or-treat. No matter the type of Physical Education course we take, it is not going to change the overall fitness of teens when behavior like this occurs outside of school. And don't forget the people who don't put forth effort in academic classes to begin with. Students who do not care about their class ranks or GPAs to begin with are not going to suddenly see a need to do as well as possible in gym class. I love to go to gym class. I am a member of the cross country-team and I play soccer. However. I would not appreciate having another mandatory, non-pass/fail, nonaccelerated course lower my GPA. I know many students who feel the same way and are involved in athletic activities. Even those who are particularly athletic feel that incorporating P.E. into the GPA is an awful idea. Students need to know the School Board's unrealistic plan so we can speak out against it.
lompulsory education: fun for everyone! b\ Erik Johnson
Every day, we trudge into school (far too early), work (way too hard), and finally leave (disappointingly late in the afternoon). Why do we put up with this? Our drive for selfimprovement? Hardly. Our Parents? Sort of To get into college? Maybe. Because the government says we have to and backs it up with hundreds of trench-coat clad, sunglasswearing truancy agents? Yes, there's the answer. If the government had not forced me to go to school when 1 was younger I probably wouldn't have. By this point I'm looking forward to graduating from high school, but four years ago. I could've started working at McDonald's and pulled down S200 to S250 a week. That's way more than I make in school right now. I wouldn't have to cut potatoes or slice buns for homework, and it probably wouldn't be any hotter near the fryer than it is ^ ^ ^ e n the air-conditioning is out in the second ^TOor of the A-wing. Now I wouldn't mind flipping burgers for a month, a year, or even six years, but for my entire life? I don't really want to do it. That's why everyone says we should go to school: so we can get good, productive jobs, work until
we're sixty, and have fun once we retire. Fair enough. If you are taught to do advanced jobs, you can hold them once you graduate. Makes sense. So many people don't want to ask, "Do you want fries with that?" but still aren't thankful that the state makes them attend school. I'm one of those people. I enjoy my classes and extracurriculars, but I don't want to wake up every day before the sun is up and then do homework until it is pitch black outside. That's why they have to make us come. The funny thing is that most seniors, including myself, are struggling and fighting to get into colleges so we can pay upwards of 515,000 per year for education. 1 do like the idea of getting to live in a dorm and being somewhat independent, but it seems like I'm fighting for more of what 1 already have. Maybe 1 value education more that I realize. Or maybe I'm just stupid. Ultimately, I'm glad that the state has decreed that I must become educated. I guess I'm glad that I'm even going to continue my education for at least four more years. When I graduate from my twelve years of compulsory, state-mandated education, I'll be happy to move on, but now I'm just as happy that these last twelve years weren't really wasted.
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12 The resolve of a champion* PORTS
She returned to play for the team her junior year, and with some spectacular wins, she once again finished in the top 10. Still, no state The sun was setting, the championship. wind was howling, and "1 wasn't happy with how 1 played last year, after two and a half hours. and 1 knew 1 had a few things to work on in Monica Milewski was still order to improve," said Monica. battling an opponent with every ounce of In her final year competing as a Hawk, it strength she had left. All those years of practice, was her last chance to achieve the greatness dedication and sacrifice, would she so rightfully come down to this defining moment: deserved. the state championship. Throughout the Like most of us, she arrived at season. she Maine South as a freshman-nervous dominated the field about her classes, teachers, and the with her powerful maze of assorted hallways. But ground strokes and unlike most of us, she could play a unrelenting will to sport well: very, very well. be the best. Her talent was a breath of fresh "For Monica, it's air to the tennis team, and that year not always the score they took 2nd in state, with Monica that's important, it's individually placing 3rd. "After really if she felt she coaching her that year, I came to played well, which 1 realize that not only is she an think is the true sign outstanding tennis player, but also a of a competitor," fine young woman who was willing said Coach Monica Milewski poses to use her talent, not only for herself Eckhardt. after winning first in state. but also for the benefit of the team At the number and school," said former tennis coach Mrs. one singles position, Milewski achieved first Bondi. place honors at Conference and Sectionals, She went on to say, "Having watched her losing only one set. Junior varsity member play over the years, having had her on my team, Kathryn Koralik commented, "She is an and having witnessed her transformation from amazing tennis player with an undeniable a young girl to a talented and delightful young amount of talent, but yet she's still a great woman will always be one of the great joys of friend to all of us on the team." my career." So dominant is her game that it was not until Choosing not to play her sophomore year. the final of the state tournament where Monica competed in USTA tournaments, and Monica's chance of winning was in jeopardy. currently has a USTA national ranking in her A sophomore from Maine West by the name age bracket. "Playing in USTA tournaments has of Denise Muresan had just defeated the helped me when I am competing and playing number one seed, and was not about to go down dual meets on Saturdays, and has definitely without a fight. She was poised and ready to gi\en me experience." said Milewski. win. by Frank Lukes
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It was a classic battle between two exceptional players. The two exchanged breaks of serve, unleashed a variety of shots that kept the crowd in awe, and pounded the ball at each other like there was no tomorrow. Monica won the first set 6-3, but went on to lose the second 3-6. The match would have to go to a third set, where the champion would be determined. "It was a horrible match," Monica said. "1 had never before been that nervous about a match. In between the second and the third set, 1 just went to the bathroom and cried and talked to my coaches. The only reason 1 won was because 1 changed my attitude." In the 3rd set, both players matched each other shot for shot, and it wasn't until Milewski made an important drop shot to go up 6-5 did the tide begin to turn her way. Monica used the experience she gained in the last four years to outlast her opponent in the final game of the set to win the match 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Due to Monica's long run, and a win by the doubles team of Axie Russell and Chris Dwyer. the team overall was able to emerge with e^^k place finish. ^ ^ If you think that tennis is an individual sport, rather than a team sport, Monica would be the first to correct you. While competing in the state toumament, her fellow Lady Hawks came to show their support and cheer her on to eventually win the state championship. "1 absolutely loved my teammates coming," commented Milewski. "They were really supportive throughout the whole toumament, and I was really glad to have them there. Because I was so focused I know it didn't always look like I heard what they were saying, but I really did." This is the end of a chapter for Monica, one that years from now she can look upon fondly and remember the time she won the state championship.
Congratulations to all fall sports athletes and teams on their success. Good luck to all teams, that are still competing and to the upcoming winter sport teams.
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2Iawks fly through Wolves and wind
going to take a chance with Price's health, though, pulling him after his second series. The Hawks offense battled strong, R a s h a r d swirling winds that proved to be a tougher Mendenhal would opponent than the Wolves defense. have liked one more Offensive coordinator Charlie Bliss' shot at Maine South scheme stayed consistent with the before he headed to the University of weather, with the Hawks keeping the ball Illinois on a football scholarship. The on the ground with short passes and long Hawks" defense left a lasting impression runs by Andy Cupp. on him, though, with an overwhelming Cupp came through with a much defensive performance. needed running attack on a day where it Led by a strong defensive line, was difficult to throw. The running and including seniors Tef Zecevic and Ton\ short passes proved to be highly effective, Colletti, Mendenhal was shut down from and resulted in the Hawks second the start. He finished the game with only dominating performance against the 54 yards on 19 carries, less than three Wolves, finishing with a score of 42-7. yards per carry. It seemed that on each The Hawks' next playoff opponent is carry, he was met immediately by not only another CSL foe. New Trier. The Hawks the front five, but by both linebackers. have a tough road ahead and may be Mike Anderson and Chris Catino. and forced to play Warren again, a team they most of the secondary. All 11 men on beat only in the final seconds of their defense attacked Mendenhal on each pla>. bout. leaving him nowhere to run. Andy Ciipp carries the ball in the first playojf game Also in Maine South's half of the \Vhile the Niles West offense was bracket is Naperville North, who, like them, is Price had been out with a broken left • mant. the Hawks were running on all undefeated. cylinders. But the biggest bright spot was not collarbone sustained late that game. Although As a side note, there will be no chance at a Derek Walsh's 200-yard receiving game, or he looked somewhat rusty in his first few pass Maine South-Lockport/Price-Christenson Tyler Knight's four touchdown passes. The attempts, glimpses of last year's all-state rematch of last year's state championship. most encouraging sight was seeing quarterback season seeped out at times. He connected with Number two-seeded Lockport lost to LincolnSean Price take the field for the first time since Walsh on a quick pass that resulted in a Way East in a first round upset. touchdown. Head coach Dave Inserra was not week four versus Deerfield. b\ Steve Contorno
Was the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series good for baseball? b\ Steve Contorno ^ _j^ YES—All of America (other MHHuk than St. Louis and New York) ^ ^ ^ ^ H m p I was pulling for the Red Sox to • B B K _ J win the World Series. No World Series has been more interesting to watch in the past decade. This is exactly what baseball needs. With most of the attention turning away from the teams and their success towards individual players and their problems, MLB has needed a savior time and time again. After the strike in 1994. it took four ars for Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire to ke baseball appealing to the public. Now. with steroid issues, baseball needed people to regain interest in the World Series. Only the Cubs or the Red Sox. baseball's loveable losers, could have saved the sport. I would have preferred the Cubs, but the Bo Sox won. and baseball will be safe, for now.
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by Greg Mitchell NO~The morning after the Rsd Sox won the World Series. it felt like I had lost a cousin, Baseball-wise, I felt very alone. With the Red Sox finally reaching the promised land, the Curse of the Bambino was broken. Everything I have ever known and understood about the baseball world was out the window. Don't be surprised if Red Sox fans are going to be depressed about not being depressed; they' ve lost part of what made them unique. Also, if the Cubs don't win it all soon, they'll be considered the most pathetic franchise in sports. Cubdom no longer has Red Sox Nation to share its misery with. Don't forget that now the only embarrasingly long losing streaks in baseball belong to teams in Chicago. Final thought: isn't Pedro Martinez as a Yankee going to be unnerving to anyone else?
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Hawks overcame injury, competition for a successful campaign by Greg Mitchell ^fl|^ ^^HH[ W^" i ^ L ^<w^
The 2004 boys" soccer season ended late at night I on October 28 with a crushing I -0 loss to a formidable Maine West team in the Regional championship. Although from the outside the season may look like it was a disappointment, a closer look reveals in fact a successful campaign. The team ended up 9-15-3, but that record doesn't even come close to doing them any justice. It was a season full of crippling injuries and difficult competition. At one time, four starters were out with serious injuries; that's twenty percent of the entire team. They unfortunately were Mike Vonesh (broken leg), Kasey Zwolinski (broken leg), Cullen McChristian (hip injury), and Andrew Juiris (dislocated elbow). Having to juggle a depleted lineup is a problem for any team, but when the competition is as talented as the Hawks faced, it can be disastrous. The team played three teams that
were classified as "on the verge" and five teams that were actually ranked, including the number three team in the nation, Hinsdale Central. The Hawks also had to endure an extremely competitive conference and much improved district. From an outsider's perspective, the season looked like it would be one that would not be remembered at Maine South. However, when one takes a look inside, it was a season that was as magical and successful as any other. The Hawks matched up well with opponents in every game, besides one, the entire year. They upset Class A powerhouse Fenwick 2-1 on goals from Greg Pressling and Arthur Dinvemo, keeping an unbeaten streak of five games alive. They tied for second (4-1) at the prestigious Pepsi Showdown, one of the more highly regarded high school tournaments in the country. Although they didn't beat Hinsdale Central, they played step for step with the best team in the state and one of the best in the country, just missing an upset, losing 2-1. In that game, Tony Kolev ended Hinsdale Central goalkeeper Pat Sperry's impressive consecu-
tive shutout streak. Personal achievements this season include senior Peter Lesny's team-leading four goals; senior Derek Rosenberger's team-leading 5 assists: and senior Ryan Stegink's nine shutouts. Senior Erminio Caporale was named to the AllSectional team as well. Although the 2004 boys' soccer season ended much earlier than it should have, it can be classified as nothing short of a success. They were a resilient, young team that battled through injury after injury and a tough and demanding schedule. A spectator can only write about the numbers and facts, not about what the season meant emotionally to the players. Junior defenseman Jon Woo summarizes the season saying, "We may not have come out w i ^ ^ K best record for a Maine South team, but I l^Bw that the friendships formed, the practices each day, the inside jokes, the pasta parties, the bus rides, coach's speeches, and everything else is irreplaceable... I am sure no one will forget this season." Congratulations boys' soccer on a successful 2004 campaign.
H a w k s end season on sour note by Peter Mallon The Hawks soccer team ended their regular season with a 2-0 loss to Niles North. Looking to rebound, the Varsity squad took on Rolling Meadows for the opener of the IHSA state playoffs. They played 80 minutes of quality soccer and got the result they wanted with a 1 0 win. Heading into the next round, Maine South was going to collide with the numberone ranked team in the regional, Glenbrook South—a team that defeated the Hawks two weeks earlier. Tuesday night brought undesirable weather conditions. The field was slick and sloppy from the rain and an annoying wind chilled and disrupted some of the play. However, the Hawks were facing elimination, and nothing was going to deprive them of a win. After taking a couple of minutes to adjust to the field, the Hawks were off They created a prime scoring chance when Greg Pressling
sent a cross into the box. Tony Kolev faked a shot setting up Tom Wozniak, but he didn't get a clean strike, and the ball was immediately cleared away. Shortly after, Arthur Dinvemo beat a defender and found himself one on one with the keeper. Unfortunately, the keeper closed down faster than Dinvemo had expected and the ball was punted away. Ryan Stegink and the Maine South defense performed outstandingly and kept the score tied at zero throughout the game. As the last few seconds ticked away on regular time, the Hawks grew ready for the first ten minute overtime period. More hard work kept the score tied and both teams advanced into the second overtime. Possession of the ball was key if the Hawks wanted to extend their playoff hopes into the next round. After another 10minute duel, the game was forced into penalty kicks. Stegink made a remarkable save on the
first shot that gave the Hawks momentum. After five rounds of PK's, GBS sent a shot wide that set up Senior captain Derrick Rosenberger for a chance to win the game. He placed the ball down, stepped back, and launched an upper ninety shot that propelled the Hawks into the Regional Championship. Maine West was the next opponent for the Hawks. After 75 minutes of intense and physical soccer, the Warriors scored. A fast break set up a cross into the box. The ball bounced a few times and was driven into the back of the net, which ended up being th^iail in the coffin for Maine South. Althoug^^k Hawks playoff run didn't end the way t ^ ^ wanted it to, the Varsity squad played with fierce determination and unity. All in all, it was a great season for the Varsity team who will look to come back next year with new faces, talent, and a positive outlook.