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2) On Nov. 2, Greece suspended air shipments of all mail and packages for 48 hours after a series of parcel bombs were sent from Athens to several dignitaries. At least nine bombs were discovered by authorities after being sent to embassies all over the world.


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1) The Nov. 2 elections yielded control of the House to the Republicans for the first time in four years. The Democrats kept a slight majority in the Senate, while the Republicans gained a national gubernatorial majority.

Greece 2

Somalia 4

4) The U.N. reported on Nov. 2 that the number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has decreased significantly since last year. However, the number of ships successfully hijacked has increased dramatically.

3) An Australian woman was attacked by a shark on Nov. 1 off the coast of Queensland. A fellow diver grabbed the shark by the tail and brought the injured woman to shore. She is expected to make a full recovery.



Chilean miners rescued after spending over two months underground Sarah Tarabey STAFF WRITER


n Wednesday, Oct. 13, 33 Chilean miners were rescued after spending 69 days underground after a cave-in in a San Jose mine in August. Screaming, clapping, and chants of “Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!” could be heard from the hundreds waiting outside as each miner ascended to his freedom. Clad in “breathable” green suits and protective sunglasses to shield their unaccustomed eyes from the sun, the miners enthusiastically embraced their family members, friends, and various dignitaries, including Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. “You have won the best and the toughest match of your life,” Piñera told miner Franklin Lobos, the 28th to be freed, as they embraced. He and the other miners were wheeled away to get medical attention in San Jose Hospital in nearby Copiapo. “We had promised to look until we found them,” Piñera said as they left Camp Hope, the rescue site. “We can all feel proud to be Chilean.”



Such optimism was not as apparent, however, two months earlier. A cavein on August 5 left the miners with slim chances for survival. Lacking basic necessities, they were forced to live off of two spoonfuls of tuna, a cup of milk, one cracker and a bit of a peach topping, only eating every other day. “We were waiting for death,” said miner Richard Villarroel. With no means of contacting the surface, the ordeal stretched the men “to the limit,” according to Juan Illanes, another miner. “The confinement was terrible,” he revealed. “The first 17 days were a nightmare.” These efforts were, in many ways, a direct result of dedicated Chilean efforts. Many were deeply disturbed by news of the lost miners, especially President Piñera. “I had a strong conviction, very deep inside of me, that they were alive, and that was a strong support for my actions,” he said. He proceeded to set up an intense rescue effort, sparing no expense. An estimated 20 to 30 million dollars were spent on everything from specialists from NASA to drilling experts from multiple countries. Ne x t , w o r k b e g a n o n t h e construction of a borehole drilled

from the surface in attempt to reach the miners. Still, nothing was certain for the Chileans, who had never before attempted a rescue aimed for so deep underground. Finally, on August 22, word from below reached the workers. A drilling hammer with red paint was found with two notes wrapped around it. One read, “We are well in the refuge, the 33.” Soon, food, medicine, and other necessities were traveling through “palomas”, plastic tubes sent through the boreholes. Under Luis Urzua, leader in the organization of the miners and shift manager, they found ways to keep their environment clean and get water and exercise. As the last man was rescued from the mine, he embraced Piñera, and declared, “I’m proud of being Chilean.” Once at the hospital in Copiapo, miners had to undergo various exams to evaluate their physical, emotional, and psychological states. “Things are extraordinarily well, better than expected,” claimed Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich. “They really are in good condition— emotional condition and physical condition.” Still, experts warn that psychological adjustments may remain

an issue for the miners. “The work is just beginning when the miners get out of the mine,” Dr. Michael Duncan, the deputy chief medical officer at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, told CNN. Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger agreed, adding, “These men spent 20 days totally cut off in the dark until the first bore hole was made. They were in survival mode, which is tough psychologically because you are in a life-and-death situation.” The most likely after-effects, experts believe, are post-traumatic stress disorder or restless night syndrome, but the men could face other potential issues like nightmares, panic attacks, anxiety, and claustrophobia. Even more overwhelming, they must now reintegrate into society and deal with their sudden celebrity status and constant media attention. A special ceremony was held on October 25 in Santiago honoring the miners and rescuers involved in the operation. Turning to the miners, Piñera said, “That day [of the rescue] was a triumph of life over death, hope over pessimism, unity over division, courage over fear, and decisiveness over hesitation.”

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Toxic spill threatens to pollute the Danube River Jon Tatlock


n October 5, over 29 million tons of toxic red sludge broke through the dam of the Ajkai Timföldgyar plant, an aluminum factory in Hungary. The massive wave of toxic waste tore through many towns and villages. Originally, the wastes of this factory were deposited into a reservoir and held back by a dam, until structural faults caused the mixture of waste and mud to spill out. This 12-foot flood of sludge quickly spread into surrounding villages, flooding homes, sweeping cars off roads, destroying farmland, and damaging other structures. Hungary’s National Directorate General for

the depth was measured in feet. Environment Minister Zoltan Illes describes the spill as Hungary’s worst chemical accident. The spill spread so quickly that many affected residents had no time to flee their homes. One resident in Kolontar, the closest city to the factory, said that “When the dam burst, it made a terrible noise. I was in my yard, and I had to run up the steps to the porch but the water was rising faster than I could run.” This fast-moving sludge was causing concern over where it would go. There were early fears over what problems could arise from the sludge reaching the Danube River, Europe’s second largest river. It would cause a catastrophe for the millions of people

living downstream and potentially have horrific environmental impacts not only in Hungary, but many other European countries that border the river. Although the sludge was reported to have reached the river by October 7, a new emergency dam has been completed to protect the area from a second overflow. Since then, there have been no additional warnings for the toxic sludge reaching the Danube. The aluminum plant has since been reopened and has been monitored very carefully by the Hungarian government and police. Currently, the Hungarian disaster management spokesman Dr. Attila Nyikos says that a large scale clean-up is underway. However, it will take months, possibly years, to clean this toxic spill.



Disaster Management (NDGDM) classified this substance as a mixture of water and mining waste containing heavy metals and is considered “very hazardous.” This hazardous sludge forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, and an estimated 7,000 people are directly affected by the disaster. Hungary declared a state of emergency in three of its western counties because of this dangerous waste. This spill has had a serious effect on many people. Nine people are known to be dead and over 120 are injured, while others are missing. Many people also suffered from burns and eye irritations. After the dam broke, the substance quickly spread into surrounding towns and villages. In some places,



he Park Ridge Police Department describes the Park Ridge Parent Patrol Program as “a group of trained citizens of at least 21 years of age who are available on designated Friday & Saturday nights (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) to respond to in-progress underage drinking parties. Their role as the party patrol is to observe the situation, assess the police actions taken and, if requested by the police, to help contact parents of any underage teens.” Police Chief Frank J. Kaminski, when asked if he sees any signs that point to Park Ridge having an exceptional amount of underage drinking, didn’t give any numbers but said that “The data from the survey, from MYCAF, [tell us] that there is a concern about underage drinking.” Chief Kaminski says a primary reason the program was started was to avoid a tragedy. “The worst thing that can happen to a community is when young people get killed.” Last year over 7,560 kids age 15-20 were killed in car accidents, making that the number one killer of kids those ages. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28% of those unfortunate crashes were a result of drinking and driving. “We were all in high school… we want you to have a good time. The thing is we just want you to be safe.” One of the missions of

the Parent Patrol is to “Foster a strong, collaborative and positive relationship between members of the police department, parents and their kids of all ages.” Chief Kaminski says “We’ve gone out to the community, which is the parents.” Many students have seen the Oct. 12 Fox News report on the Parent Patrol and the role it plays in the Park Ridge community. Students have strong opinions on the matter, and haven’t held back on sharing them. “The parent patrol will be effective in fostering relations between police and the community, but will damage relations with youth,” says Luke Kapolnek a junior at Maine South. Of the students Southwords informally surveyed, none of them thought that what the Parent Patrol Program does is a good way to deter teenage drinking. “We want kids to have parties— we just want them to have safe parties, that’s it,” Kaminski says. “We don’t want to have to deal with any tragedies.” Many teenagers criticize the program because it isn’t about prevention, and the tragedies stem from driving while intoxicated, not underage drinking alone. Chief Kaminski acknowledges that “not just one group will address the problem.” He states, “I look at it as a broader comprehensive initiative. This is just one piece.” He goes on to say, “We’re doing as much education that we can do and prevention ahead of time.”


Parent Patrol dedicated to keeping Maine students safe

The Park Ridge Parent Patrol was featured on Fox News Oct. 12. In this shot, a Parent Patrol member is watching over students at the Oct. 8 Maine South football game. Police say that this is a way to make getting caught less of a punitive experience and more of a learning experience. When questioned about whether or not the Parent Patrol and other means of stricter enforcement are the “right” way to solve underage drinking, Chief Kaminski replied, “It’s not a harsher way to enforce the law because, really, in the situations that the parents were with us, they helped us work through the issues.” He said that the Parent Patrol addresses the underage drinking problem “more from a community perspective.” He never specified what kind of ways the issues were worked through but did make it clear that “we’re not trying to lock kids up for [underage drinking],” and he doesn’t want it “to have a negative impact on their career future.” Make no mistake, the Park Ridge Police still give out underage drinking tickets, 79 this year, and a

mark like that on one’s record can have a serious effect on their future. The program has been active for seven weekends since its start early this year. The police say that “it was fairly quiet” on those weekends. This year is not even over, however, and the 79 illegal possession or consumption of alcohol violations issued by the Park Ridge Police in 2010 are more than what were issued in 2008 and 2009 combined. There’s no way to be certain if the spike in violations is a result of Parent Patrol, or if more illegal drinking is going on. Chief Kaminski said that the data has yet to be analyzed. “We’re going to evaluate [the numbers] in the next couple of months and see where we’re going to go with it.” At this point, the program is still in its infancy with only 15 volunteers and 7 total patrols completed. Chief Kaminski wants to have the program grow to about 50 or 60 people.



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Literature of Chicago students visit Helmut Jahn

Helmut Jahn presents his work to Maine South students on Oct. 13.



n Oct. 13, Literature of Chicago students and faculty got a rare treat during their first semester field trip: a slide show presentation given by world-famous architect Helmut Jahn. Jahn invited the classes to his offices at 35 E. Wacker Dr. and showed the students his current and past projects. The 30-minute presentation, gave an inside look into the architect’s mind. At the end, he offered some

words of advice for the students: “You’ve got to always push, you’ve got to always go to the limits; you’ve got to lead, and not to follow.” As an architect, Jahn has formed an innovative mesh of architecture and engineering, dubbed “Archineering.” It allows the architect to consider the technical side of his own designs, rather than solely relying on the engineers to do so. The result is a unique cooperative effort between architects and engineers. Jahn collaborates with structural, mechanical, and environmental engineers for the best designs. Inspired by another great Chicago architect by the name of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jahn incorporates the principle of simplicity in his construction. Glass is a vital material in his buildings, for it allows easy vie wing and op enness to t he interior. To Jahn, glass reveals the heart of his architecture; it allows viewers to see how buildings operate. One special technique he uses, called glazing, allows windows to be insulated or even shaded, making buildings drastically more energy efficient. One of his most famous buildings in Chicago is the 17-story J.R. Thompson Center, located at 100 W Randolph Street. It holds many state

governmental offices for Illinois and is just a short walk from City Hall and the Daley Center. His most recent contribution to modern architecture officially opened to the public just a few months ago in Las Vegas. Dubbed the Veer Towers, these two buildings lean in opposite directions at a five degree angle. This gives the buildings a unique appearance of being frozen in place, refusing to fall. The inspiration for the project comes from the historical changing of the city itself, which continues to expand its innovative look. Perhaps one of Jahn’s most spectacular-looking buildings is one in Doha, Qatar. The building includes multi-colored LED lights, and at night it gives the impression that water is trickling down the sides. Jahn is forever influencing the world of architecture. His consistent use of exterior glass allows the joint effort of engineers, physicists, and chemists to improve on new building materials that will look better and provide better energy efficiency. Light is the key motif to his work, which shows the essence of his high;y innovative designs. The power of his brilliance is shown in projects not only in Illinois, but across the world.

Katie Hernandez EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


n October 8, 2010, three Maine South seniors were honored for receiving a National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2010 Achievement Award in writing. The three students are Ariel ClarkSemyck, Nora Elderkin, and Marie Schaedel. This year, there were 1,641 nominees from across the country, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. English Department Chair Mr. Parrilli was proud to “recognize [the girls’] really amazing achievement,” he said. “There were 34 winners this year from the state of Illinois, and only 543 winners nationwide which were chosen among the 1,600 nominated.” The Achievement Awards in Writing program, founded in 1957, was created to inspire high school students in their writing. English Departments across the nation must collectively nominate each student. After the nominees are chosen, two pieces of writing are required




Three South students win NCTE achievement award

from each nominee to be reviewed by NCTE judges. T h e three Maine S o u t h recipients w e r e honored at a breakfast where the Nora Elderkin, Ariel Clark-Semyck and Marie Schaedel a w a r d winners Clark-Semyck later noted, “It invited their families and influential was an honor being selected to teachers. During the breakfast, each compete in the competition and I student read an excerpt from her greatly appreciated the support that submitted pieces. came from the English Department Clark-Semyck read her cleverly- teachers.” titled piece, “The Birds and the Bees Elderkin next read from an of my Eight Grade Health Class” first. assignment that was an imitation Her selection was an assignment poem of “The Bells” by Edgar Allen about a memorable moment in her Poe. life. Clark-Semyck’s comedic side Finally, Schaedel read from a callshowed when she described her to-action assignment she wrote about experience of watching the eighth- women’s rights in France, which was grade pregnancy and labor video. published in the Chicago Tribune.

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“Wilkommen,” District 207 American pop culture bleeds German exchange students into the lives of Germans Lydia Ramsey COMMENTARY EDITOR


very other October, students in District 207’s German program have the chance to host a foreign exchange student from Karlsruhe, Germany. The program has been running for a number of years, with the exchange here to Chicago followed by a trip to Germany in the summer. The students from Markgrafen Gymnasium (the German form of high school) recently visited Chicago, and had a wonderful experience with their host families. The group stayed for 10 days. In this time, the 41 exchange students and their English teachers Herr Roy and Frau Kohler went on excursions to Springfield, Navy Pier for a boat ride, and the Hancock for lunch on the 95th. They also had the chance to see a court case to learn more about American goverment. The students visited Maine South, Maine West, and Maine East for a day to see what American school is like. School in the United States is much different than in Germany. The Gymnasium they attend covers grades 5-12 (recently the school transitioned to a 12-grade system instead of the traditional 13 years of schooling in the country). In Germany, school starts at 7:45 and only goes till about 1:30, with about four morning classes. They have block scheduling, and not

German and American culture may be more intertwined than you think. To compare, Southwords interviewed a student from Markgrafen Gymnasium and one here from Maine South. PHOTO COURTESY LYDIA RAMSEY


nearly the amount of homework Americans have. While the students had fun as a group during the day, they had fun with their exchange partners as well. Over the weekends, the host students took their partners to Fright Fest, the fall play, downtown, to the football games or just to hang out like American teenagers do. Exchange partner Alisa Brenk was especially impressed by the play “Metamorphoses,” saying that in Germany, their school could never have done a production like this. During their time here, the exchange students got to experience an American-style Halloween. In Germany, Halloween isn’t celebrated more than just acknowledging that it’s a funny day. The exchange students were surprised to go downtown or to Six Flags and see people in costumes. The spookily decorated houses around Park Ridge also shocked the unaccustomed teenagers. The students got to experience Halloween the American way: dressing up for the holiday, carving pumpkins, and participating in other festive activities. Getting the chance to know people from other countries is an opportunity that rarely presents itself. High school is the perfect time to take advantage of them, and learn about cultures other than our own.

Manuel Schlütter

Christina McGuire

Country of Origin: Germany

Country of Origin: United States

Age: 16

Age: 17

Grade: 10

Grade: 12

Favorite Store: H&M

Favorite Store: Urban Outiftters

Favorite Song: “Love the Way you

Favorite Song: “Saskia Hamilton”-

Lie”-Eminem ft. Rihanna

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby

Favorite Part of Chicago: Every-

Favorite Part of Chicago: It’s so

thing, except the traffic.


Favorite English Word: Mush-

Favorite English Word: Akimbo

room Favorite German Word: Blumen-

Favorite German Word: das Streif-

kohl (Cauliflower)

enhörnchen (Chipmunk)

Favorite Book: “Harry Potter”

Favorite Book: “Harry Potter”

Favorite Movie: “Finding Nemo”

Favorite Movie: “500 Days of Summer”


German exchange students pose for a group shot with their District 207 partners. The exchange students were here the last week of October.



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Students who cheat fall the hardest Hope Tone ASSISTANT EDITOR


ore students are resorting to cheating to get better grades with little work. As academic dishonesty becomes a more pressing issue, so do the consequences that come along with. There is more to plagiarism than what most students understand. Plagiarism can be any theft of intellectual work, intentional or accidental, from copying a Wikipedia page and turning it in to simply forgetting to cite a source in a research paper. On the first day of class, most Maine South students enrolled in a foreign language hear the horror stories of translation web sites. The two major flaws in the system that make it obvious to teachers is that the vo-

cabulary is much more sophisticated than what has been taught and often the grammar in the sentence is off. A German student here at Maine South tried to turn in a Google-translated composition, rather than his own work. Unfortunately, thinking of the word for German, “Deutsch,” he mistakenly selected the language “Dutch.” Needless to say, his paper was entirely inaccurate and he was caught by his teacher. With high school students having so much to do in today’s society, the need for speed and efficiency is growing. More and more students are cutting corners on their work, and if the opportunity arises, letting someone or something else do it for them. At Maine South, committing aca-

demic dishonesty or plagiarism can destroy your academic career. According to the student handbook, if a student is caught committing academic dishonesty, he or she will be sent immediately to the Deans’ office. The student’s dean will send said student to the Executive Committee. This committee could call for “a removal from the class, assignment of a failing grade, and reassignment to a supervised study area.” In addition, for a student that had previously been charged with acedemic dishonesty, he or she will have to admit to it when applying for college. At the very end of the Common Application, for instance, each applicant has to answer questions regarding their disciplinary record. But the consequences in high

school are nothing compared to what happens in college. Some colleges have a single-sanction honor code, meaning after one offense the student can be expelled. Two students from University of Virginia, who plagiarized their final exam essays, were spending their summer on a school-sponsored “sail abroad” program. The professor did not catch it until after they left, but when he notified the university, the students were expelled from the program and left in Greece. When students begin to cheat on their assignments, they are cheating both themselves and their fellow classmates. A student who copies on a reading quiz will never learn the true plot of the story, because they never bothered to read.

Bullying a growing problem in high schools Anna Rangos



chools across the nation are paying closer attention to the issue of bullying. With recent news stories of suicides, bullying seems to be the new epidemic sweeping schools. The prevalence and intensity of bullying has increased dramatically in the past few years. With suicide rates as well as reported cases of bullying on the rise, schools are shifting their attention to deal with these issues. The government and media are also starting to take notice on bullying, but is enough being done to protect students? Thirteen-year-old Asher Brown was a smart, fun-loving boy from Harris, Texas. His family was in a tight financial situation and often didn’t have money for luxury items for Asher. His familyy is Buddhist, a

religion not popular in the Harris neighborhood. Asher was also openly gay to his parents, who were accepting of his sexual orientation. He was not openly gay at school, but the other students still teased him for it. They often called him a “faggot” told him to “kill himself ” and performed mock gay sex acts in gym. He was bullied at school for being gay, his religion, his small size and his family’s lower income. Parents reported multiple incidents to the school, however nothing was done to punish the bullies, or to protect Asher. Teachers did little to intervene. On September 17, 2010, Asher took his father’s shotgun and shot himself in the head. In the month of September, there were six reported cases of teens committing suicide due to bullying because they were or were perceived y Raymond y y as ggay: Chase, 19, Tyler


Governor Pat Quinn signs the Prevent Bullying Act on June 27, 2010. The bill will help eliminate harassment in public schools.



Clementi, 19, Billy Lucas, 15, Justin Aaberg, 15 and Seth Walsh, 13. A study by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 2006 found that 44% of students in Illinois reported hearing racist remarks, while 19% reported hearing negative remarks about religion at school. However the most common type of bullying seems to be physical appearance, such as body size or appearance. According to a study done by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, 43% of students had been teased or bullied, and over 50% admitted to being the bullies. A kindergartner from East Village, New York, who suffered from a slight learning disability, was the victim of young bullies. The other young girls would not allow her to play with anyone and even physically threatened her. Many times, those who are bullied turn right around and begin to bully others. In many cases, these victims of bullying turn to violent acts, with the most drastic being school shootings. The National Education Association Bullying statistics say that revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings, of which 75% can be linked to bullying and harassment. It can be assumed from these statistics that should bullying go down, so would the number of school shootings. To counteract the rise is bullying,

Governor Pat Quinn signed the Prevent School Bullying Act on June 27, 2010, also known as the Anti-Bullying Bill. The bill is one of the five most comprehensive anti-bullying bills in the nation. The bill protects students from various sorts of bullying including race, sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill also requires that school districts must implement their own anti-bullying policies. They must also provide staff with tools for intervening in cases of bullying and protecting students as well as creating an effective way for students to report bullying. The bill also clearly defines what bullying is. In addition, it better clarifies where students are not allowed to be subject to bullying; these places include school-sponsored events, school busses, school bus stops, in school or on school property and through electronic equipment at school. It also requires that all school districts update their anti-bullying policies after two years. Finally the bill sets up an anti-bully task force that works to oversee the implementation of the bill. A Maine South student is currently on the task force. At the end of October, the Department of Education sent a letter to thousands of school districts, encouraging the educators to protect their students from bullying and harassment. It stated that schools had a federal legal obligation to prevent this discrimination.

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Breakfast is essential for every morning Jennifer Morcarski



There was a creative title for this article, but it was censored Alex Heyde STAFF WRITER


he mere mention of censorship draws upon a person’s most fundamental beliefs and can incite great controversy. Of all public settings, schools seem to consistently draw the greatest debate over censorship issues ranging from book banning to student speech. Though many would argue that the purpose of the school system is to educate students both academically and behaviorally, when this is used to justify censorship, opposition often arises from students and parents who demand free speech rights. The clashes that ensue inevitably lead to the question: when we walk through the school doors each morning, what rights do we give up? The answer is not entirely clear. While many cases of school censorship have proved so controversial as to eventually reach high-level courts, rulings are not always consistent. In 1972, when presented with the case of a book banning in Queens, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the school board, which had the right to remove as well as select books for school use. However, that same year, another book banning occurred in Ohio and was soon struck down by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, requiring the board to repeal the ban. Here, the issue arises as to who ought to decide on educational content. Teachers, librarians, administrators, parents, and students all have strong opinions on the issue,

and scrambled egg whites on the side. Compared to normal sausage, turkey sausage has a third of the fat and 40 fewer calories in one ounce. Turkey sausage is filled with protein to keep anyone who feeds on this meal energized for the entire day. Now look at eggs; 1 large egg, including the egg whites and egg yolk has 71 calories, 8% of the fat and 70% of the cholesterol sterol needed in a day. On the otherr hand, egg whites only contain 16 calories, alories, 0% of the fat and 0% of the cholesterol olesterol one needs in a day. The average rage slice of w h e a t bread has 66 calories, while white bread has 120 calories. Not a big difference, but ut wheat bread d provides much ch more nutrients ts not found in

white bread These are only a few of the multitude of healthy alternatives. Search the Internet and dive into some good cookbooks, or try inventing a unique healthy treat. No matter what changes are made, eating healthier pays off in the long run and will keep anyone who takes the time to have breakfast stronger and in better spirits.


reakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, yet students often skip it or eat an unhealthy breakfast. With homework keeping many teens up until the early morning hours, it is easy to sacrifice eating breakfast for an extra few minutes to stay under the covers. Even those who allot time for breakfast often fill themselves with fatty foods like bacon and sausage—heart attacks waiting to happen. Of course, every now and then a sweet treat for breakfast is great, but there are plenty of meals out there that are just as satisfying—and much healthier. These alternatives are easy to make, and can be eaten any morning, without the guilt of eating a meat lovers omelet. Here is a list of some of the best healthy alternatives around. 1. Everyone loves a fresh fruit smoothie. They are quick and easy to make and are also an efficient way to include the recommended servings

of fruit each day. Depending on how much of a risk the creator is willing to take, anywhere from one to several fruits can be used to make the final concoction. Looking for some creative tips? Try mixing in strawberries and vanilla yogurt to help the fruit blend together well. Other fruits that are great in a smoothie are bananas, wild berries, and oranges. A word of caution—don’t add sugar or additional sweeteners because fruits already have natural sugars. 2. If one is looking for a nonliquid-based breakfast, try an egg white omelet. The only supplies needed are egg whites and a few pieces of cheese. Put the two ingredients together in a bowl and begin to stir. Then, pour the mixture into a frying pan, that has been greased with olive oil, and cook the omelet. For someone who wants extra flavor, add in vegetables as well. 3. For those who enjoy more of a substantial breakfast, try having turkey sausage with wheat or multigrain toast


but often, the final final word on controversial censorship falls to judges, who are often most removed from the school setting. In addition to book banning, school censorship often takes the form of individual speech rights. When in 1969 a Des Moines school halted a student protest, the Supreme Court overturned the school’s actions, asserting that censorship is only valid when it is the only way to avoid harm to other students, teachers, or the school itself. More recently, however, the question of taste and appropriateness has also arisen. In 1986, for example, a student in Pierce County, Washington was suspended after giving an inappropriate speech. While free speech was upheld in lower and appeals court, the Supreme Court argued that because the function of a school is to teach appropriate behavior, a public school has the right to censor offensive discourse. Books have even been challenged in Maine Township. At the September 2010 Board Meeting, the board discussed whether the inappropriate passages in “The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Indian” outweighed the merit, but ultimately decided that the story “dealt appropriately with relevant teenage issues.” Though it might seem the response to school censorship is haphazard or erratic, the question of lost rights has not entirely gone unanswered. When we walk through the school doors in the morning, we retain out basic right to free speech, but at the same time commit ourselves to our education, both academic and behavioral, and to protecting the same basic rights of others. The moral of the story? Speak out, but stay tasteful. And understand that the educational goals of the school supercede any private agenda.



Katina Benairis STAFF WRITER




he time has come to turn our attention to wizards and witches. It is absolutely astonishing to realize that the movies of the “Harry Potter” series have been around for over a decade now. The worldwide phenomenon begins its finale when the first of the two-part epic opens in theaters on November 19th. The movie is based on the seventh and final Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which sold more than eleven million copies in its first 24 hours when it was released in July 2007. In the previous movies, producer David Heyman neglected to add secondary plots. But, for the film adaptation of the final book,

he decided to thrill Potter fans by splitting the movie into two parts. “The only way to [keep the intensity] and preserve the integrity of the work was, we felt, to have two parts,” explains Heyman. “Deathly Hallows is so rich, the story is so dense and there’s so much that is resolved.” Following Dumbledore’s death, Voldemort and his army have infiltrated the Ministry of Magic. The Second Wizarding War begins with the continuous battle between good and evil. Harry, Ron, and Hermione embark on a quest to destroy the remaining horcruxes—the relics that preserve Voldemort’s immortality. The first part of the movie is poised to be very intense. The combination of secrets, betrayal, romantic tension, and dark forces jeopardize their

mission despite the strength of the trio’s long friendship. They pull out of their last year of Hogwarts and attempt to stop the evil world alone. As Voldemort grows stronger, Harry Potter is running out of time. The trio faces reality as secrets start to unfold in the search of the horcruxes. In addition to the more pressing issue—the rise of He, “Who Must Not Be Named”—Harry discovers the mystery of Dumbledore’s past. Out of all the movies, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” expects to have the most thrilling action especially since Harry, Ron, and Hermione run into the middle of a life-threatening war, where Dark Arts magic unfolds. Rating: PG-13

“Potter-Heads” walk the halls of “Hawk-Warts” Ally Stevens FEATURES EDITOR


n the 12 years that have passed since J.K. Rowling published the first “Harry Potter” novel, her words have been read and studied in over 60 languages across the world. Rowling’s contributions as an author have sparked one of the biggest followings of this generation. To some, reading and watching “Harry Potter” is more than just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle. “Harry Potter” has created an audience large enough to qualify for its own title: “PotterHeads.” Mind you, it is not easy to get into this “club.” “If you are a true ‘Potter-Head’ you have read all the books multiple times,” said Jenny Cucinella, a senior at Maine South. “On top of the books, you have read some other form of ‘Harry Potter’-themed books from J.K. Rowling; you are not a



true ‘Potter-Head’ if you just see the movies!” Ask any “Potter-Head” and they will tell you—watching the movies several times does not qualify one for the proper “Potter-Head” title. Mike Klimmeck, a junior and proud “Potter-Head,” has read each book at least five times. “There is a tremendous amount of foreshadowing that takes place in the book. This makes re-reading the books so much fun because every time you do, you find something new,” said Klimmeck. To true “Potter-Heads,” the over 4,000 pages that make up the Harry Potter series is no reason to only read it once. To Aimee O’Malley, it’s just 4,000 opportunities to get “pulled in by the captivating plot and welldeveloped characters.” In addition to re-experiencing the magical world of “Harry Potter,” “Potter-Heads” like junior Tim Solomon find it helpful to re-read the

series before each movie comes out. “It’s fun to re-read the books before you see the movies because you get to see every detail they leave out in each movie,” said Solomon. Maine South is not the only school to have “Potter-Heads.” Colleges and high schools across the world have begun to work together to make their world as similar to Harry’s as possible. The Intercollegiate Quidditch Association had its first match in 2007. Since then, hundreds of schools from five different continents have formed real-life Quidditch teams to create the International Quidditch Association. On November 13-14, over 60 high schools, colleges, and communities will compete in the real-life “World Cup of Quidditch.” Teams will represent colleges like Harvard, Michigan State, and Texas A&M University. The matches are as authentic as they can be; players carry around brooms, wear capes, and chase the golden snitch (a

person dressed in gold). As the month of November rolls in, fans of “Harry Potter” will whip out their wands and begin to practice their spells for the premiere of Rowling’s latest installment. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be broken up into two parts; a fact much appreciated by Maine South’s very own “Potter-Heads.” “I feel that so much happens in the seventh book that if they tried to cram all the events into one movie, most of the story line would be lost,” said Klimmeck. Unlike recent crazes, “Harry Potter” is one that does not seem to have much of an anti-following. But to the few of you “Anti-Potter Heads” out there, don’t expect any “Potter-Heads” to be sympathetic. “Just because Professor Slughorn refuses to accept you into the Slug Club does not mean you have to be a hater,” said “Potter-Head,” Aimee O’Malley.


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films. They are darker, and more allegorical, with Voldemort’s fanatic obsession with eliminating “mudbloods” echoing the events of World War II, delving into themes of civil disobedience, death, tolerance, and most importantly, love. We have matured, and so have the films, resulting in the more recent PG-13 PG 13 ratings, and this last film promises to be the darkest and most emotional one yet, with Harry and the gang facing the toughest and deadliest challenges

of their lives, including coming to terms with the deaths of their friends and family, testing the strength of their friendships, and dealing with psychological obstacles they weren’t even aware of. This is not, by any means, a kids’ movie. With that being said, there’s no shame in dressing up for the midnight showing.




e all remember back in 2001 when the first Harry Potter film premiered in theatres. We were just kids back then, with the same look of wonder in our eyes as our bespectacled protagonist’s every time we caught a glimpse of the wizarding world and everything it had to offer. We were in awe of Hagrid’s size, Dumbledore’s wisdom, all of the unfathomable creatures in the Forbidden forest, and seeking adventure/ trouble everywhere we went, with our best friends at our side. Nine years later, we are coming up on the end of an era, an era that has defined our generation. We have grown, aged, and changed since Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts, but the best part is that so have Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The shift in the films was as subtle as it is in reality; suddenly Harry and the gang got taller (some more than others,) more hormonal, definitely more angstridden, and their problems have become significantly more potent and intense. Winning the next Quidditch match began to seem irrelevant and trite when the people Harry cared about most were dying left and right,

most notably his godfather, Sirius, and then of course Dumbledore in the last film, and evil oppression began to strangle the community he held so dear. The themes have gotten richer and more serious, just as J.K. Rowling intended it. Rowling wanted to write a book that would age with its readers, something mething we could grow up on with characters aracters we could relate to and look up p to. When we were experiencing thee alienation and newness of school, and constantly meeting strange people, ople, so was 11-year-old Harry. Later, when we started noticing the oppositee sex and dealing with more important ortant exams, so was Harry. And d although we may never hold the fate of the world in our hands ds like the “boy who lived,” we certainly do feel that way at times. es. As we mature, we become more awaree of the suffering of others and the issuess facing the world at large, and d that is exactly what h app e ns in the

The cheater’s guide to the Harry Potter series Lydia Ramsey COMMENTARY EDITOR

to be a Tri-Wizard Cup! Only catch? There are four wizards. Trouble ensues at the end of the cup and the first death in all the books occurs...

The Sorcerer’s Stone - Oh man, Harr y’s a wizard. Hog warts is awesome, and full of amusing mishaps and a quick encounter with the Dark Lord...


Agnes Pletnia

The Order of the Phoenix - A new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is at school, and man is she ignorant! Probably doesn’t help that the Dark Lord’s on the loose and nobody The Chamber of Secrets - Phew, believes it. Voldemort’s gone. Right? Nope. He’s come back through a diary—what?— T h e H a l f - B l o o d P r i n c e and has taken Ginny Weasly into the Dumbledore’s been acting sketchy and Chamber of Secrets. giving Harry cryptic clues. What’s a Horcrux? Romance blossoms and is The Prisoner of Azkaban - Sirius cut short for Harry and Ginny. Black is stirring a commotion in the wizarding world. But he’s actually The Deathly Hallows - Harry and pretty cool—and Harry’s godfather. friends are off to find those horcruxes There is also some Hippogriff called and end Voldemort once and for all. Buckbeak that makes the story. No more school for these dropouts. Let’s hope they paid attention in The Goblet of Fire - There’s going Defense Against the Dark Arts class.



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It’s not really that funny of a story “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”




ome movies are unforgettable. They absolutely blow away a crowd, and people leave the theater happier than they thought they would. Critics love it, and people tell their friends, family, and sometimes, even random pedestrians about the movie and how fantastic it was. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is not this kind of movie. In fact, it might be closer to the opposite. It’s a movie that you’ve probably seen before, actually: The typical feel-good movie that Hollywood directors have been making forever. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” follows the battle of a Brooklyn kid’s bout with depression, named Craig (Keir Gilchrist) who is under the pressure of a summer school application and is going through puppy love heartbreak. After a suicidal nightmare, he checks himself into a local hospital and is put in the adult psychiatric ward, since the teen wing is under renovation. Once there, he meets some interesting people. Probably the most hilarious of these is Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), an

adult patient who becomes Craig’s mentor of sorts. Bobby’s character is an interesting one, because he comes across as a funny, relatable person, but later on, it is revealed there is much more to his personality than meets the eye. His character is one of the best, if not the best. Sadly, that’s probably the only unique character in this story. Craig is a typical teenager who’s just a little bit off, and he’s trying to fix it. Noelle (Emma Roberts) is almost the exact same thing, but a female, along with a few other minor differences. The flick showcases Craig’s life in this psych ward for a week, and all the events that shape and change him during his time with all these people. The movie isn’t something that really stands out from the crowd, and that’s exactly what makes it one to pass up. The ‘mental help’ spin of this movie just isn’t enough of a spin for what is just another heart-warming tale. It’s a shame, too, because while watching this movie, you can tell the people involved really did a good job trying to make it a great one. Every person involved really seemed to put their heart and soul into making the movie one that people will remem-

ber. The script sounds well written, and the directing and lighting all seem to be good. Even the acting is very well done and polished. But all of this is undone by a predictable plot—a plot that, while not necessarily badly written nor hard to follow, is just kind of bland. It seems like they weren’t trying to take any risks with it, and just followed the pattern of a borderline “dramedy” movie. Whether or not you like it depends on whether or not you like that type

of movie. If you do, then it’s “kind of ” a good addition to the pile. If you go to see “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” you won’t necessarily regret it, but in a few weeks or so you probably won’t remember it either. It’s a nice, sweet movie with a fantastic cast, and it’s well done all around. It’s solid in many aspects, but in the end, movies are about originality and uniqueness, and when it comes to this one, well, it falls short of the mark.



his fall has been filled with some of music’s most anticipated releases in various genres in the music world. Here is just a taste that the music world is newly offering. Girls around the world have been anxiously waiting for Taylor Swift’s newest album, “Speak Now” and it has finally been released. Swift’s latest album gives the same quality jams about young love and broken hearts that we have adopted as our numberone guilty pleasure. Known for calling out the boys that have broken her heart, Swift is kicking it up a notch by supposedly writing a song about rumored love John Mayer. No matter who Swift’s song is actually about, girls of any age will be able to relate their own trials of crushes and broken hearts to Swift’s infectious new hits. This one came out at the end of October, but is still flying off shelves. Bo Burnham’s “Words Words Words” is another new album to



New releases out in time for break

Taylor Swift’s album, “Speak Now” pick up. One of YouTube’s breakout stars, Burnham recently released this sophomore album, with a mix of studio and live tracks. Burnham’s crude humor about gender, race, and religion will have you trying, and ultimately failing, not to laugh and shockingly sing along with songs like “Oh Bo” and “Men and Women.” Burnham is giving fans even more of his comedic gold in this album by adding his non-musical comedy into certain tracks like “One Man Show” and “Ex-Girlfriend.”

Belle and Sebastian’s “Write about Love,” in which the indie darlings, together since the ‘90s, show that they still have their trademark charm, but with a breath of fresh air. This one has been out since mid-October, so pick it up when you can. Matt and Kim recently released their second full-length album, the hip-hop influenced “Sidewalks.” They first broke out into the mainstream music scene with the wildly addictive single “Daylight.” This album still has the high-energy feeling that we have come to expect from the duo, though there is a sense of restraint, which has a positive effect on their songs. “Sidewalks” also shows off some of “Matt and Kim’s” new sound. On certain tracks, their beats have an urban vibe making a refreshing change in sounds from track to track. This album was released on Nov. 2. N.E.R.D.’s “Nothing.” Pharrell Williams and crew add female perspective into their funk and R&B mix with the addition of singer Rhea.

“Nothing” has tracks with some big name artists like T.I. and Nelly Furtado making special appearances. It also presents a nice mix of techno synth, rap vocals, lyrical vocals, and funk sounds that, all together, makes a very distinctive album. This album was also released on November 2. Weezer’s “Death to False Metal.” Thinking it feels like Weezer just released an album? Don’t worry, you are not going crazy, “Death to False Metal” is Weezer’s second full-length album in two months. Just in September, Weezer released “Hurley,” which stuck to the sounds of presentday Weezer. “Death to False Metal” is a different story. This compilation of songs reminisces about the good old days of ‘90s Weezer. So get ready for a flashback. This album was released on Nov. 2. So that’s what’s in the lineup for November. If you’ve got some cash, go to your local record store (or your local computer with iTunes installed) and grab these albums. You won’t regret it.

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Cubs strike out on new manager SPORTS EDITOR


and will to succeed. Since his playing career ended 1997, Sandberg has been slowly working his way up through the Cubs organization and is now the manager for the AAA Iowa Cubs. I believe that no one deserves more than Ryno to be the Cubs manager. He was robbed of a World Series in 1984 and deserves better than a collection of personal accolades. People have praised Sandberg for being a hard worker who put his head down everyday and played the game the way it should have been played. With his combination of playing and managing time with the Cubs, Sandberg has amassed almost three decades with the lovable losers, so he obviously is familiar with the organization. That familiarity is a huge asset, and when paired with the “never give up” mentality, a great manager is in the making. In the end it’s about who has the best baseball smarts and who can handle the young progressing team that the Cubs are and Sandberg has to be the best possible person to do just that. He had nearly 20 years in the majors and has basically watched the players of tomorrow grow up. As I said earlier, I’m just another stupid Cubs fan and regardless of whom they picked as their manager I’d be optimistic about the 2011 campaign. I recognize the dangers of being this hopeless fan and I have felt the effects (i.e. sobbing on the couch circa October 5, 2007; repeat performance in ’08) but one could look at it this way: not winning a World S er ies for over a century stinks, sure, but it makes every year a ne w exciting adventure, kind of a quest for destiny. If the people at the nucleus would have just thought of considering Sandberg for the job, I think they would see that he is the a far better pick for completing that quest.


wish I could say that I was disheartened when Sweet Lou announced his retirement from the game of baseball on July 21, but I was, in fact, slightly pleased and, being the foolish Cub fan that I am, ready for a fresh chance at the World Series that we so long for. Although his irate, base-throwing antics on the field was amusing, and he did give us a couple good years in 2007 and ’08, I was happy to know that we were going to have a new person at the helm. In the end, I looked at it rationally. It was time for a fresh face in the dugout. Piniella tried to finish the season with the ailing, fourth-place Cubs, however, circumstances did not permit for the 66-year-old manager. His mother’s diminishing health hastened his departure from the game and he said a tearful goodbye on August 23. In order to finish the season Mike Quade was in line to be the interim manager. He faired better than many expected, finishing the season 11 games over .500. Almost immediately after Piniella announced that he would no longer coach in Major League Baseball, the hectic chase for a new manager began. Coaches throughout the country began to look like possible candidates from the great Yankee and Dodger coach Joe Torre to former Cub and current Yankee skipper, Joe Girardi. Ultimately, the list was narrowed down to a couple of candidates with Girardi, Indians coach Eric Wedge, former Cubs great Ryne Sandberg and current interim manager Mike Quade as frontrunners. Wedge was eliminated when he signed with the Seattle Mariners and Girardi was as well when he resigned with the Yanks. Then came decision time for the Cubs organization. Would they go with the assistant coach who led the team to 24 and 13 record to finish out the 2010 campaign or the Hall of Fame second baseman? To me, the answer was obvious: Sandberg had to be the man for the job. Apparently the Ricketts family wasn’t paying attention. After countless interviews and evaluations, Quade was chosen to be the future manager for the team. The trusted officials certainly had their reasons for electing Quade, after all he did lead the team to a winning record to finish a, shall we say, less-than-satisfactory season. On top of that, Quade had a reputation of having great coachplayer relations and could always keep his cool, something that our Sweet Lou never really grasped as a manager. Yes, he did lead them to a winning record, but by the last week of August and the infantile stages of September, what is left of the Major Leagues? Aside from the NL West, no division races were too contentious, leading teams to start all of their September call-ups and elderly back-ups. Teams well out or well ahead in a divisional race often did not put their best foot forward, turning it into more of a Pacific Coast League than a Major League Baseball league. The same could be said for the Cubs; sure they

were winning, but they were winning with names like Wellington Castillo and Darwin Barney in the lineup. What, you’ve never heard of Thomas Diamond on the bump or Sam Fuld in left? That’s most likely because neither of them have had much experience in the big leaguesl. I would probably have been drinking the Quade Kool-Aid if we were beating the Ryan Howard Phillies with the Aramis Ramirez Cubs. I’m not going to dispute Quade’s player-relations and communication because I’ve seen it first hand in games. Oftentimes, Quade was seen manning his position, arm wrapped around the runner at third, dictating what his next move is going to be and all of the players would listen to him with rapt attention. This communication between player and manager is vital, but the problem with Quade is that he simply doesn’t have the baseball playing experience to make him a good coach. Quade went to Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, then went to the University of New Orleans, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh pirates in 1979. Unfortunately for Quade, he stayed in the minor leagues until 1983 when he switched to coaching. The experience received from having tenure in the big leagues is something that cannot be taught. I’m afraid that without proper Major League know-how, Quade will surely fall short of his expectations. For instance, look at the coaches who have brought the Cubs success, Piniella (Playoff appearances in ’07 and ’08) played 20 years with four different teams, Leo Durocher (Brought Ron Santo’s ’69 Cubs to within a couple games of clinching before a trademark Cubs collapse) also racked up 20 seasons in the pros. I hope for the best for the Cubs’ next manager, and I understand he’s homegrown and has great communication skills, but in the end, his lack of major league playing time will come back to bite him. Ry ne Sandb erg , however, has everything that Quade doesn’t. Sandberg came over to the Cubs organization from the Phillies in 1982, after a disappointing first year in the majors with Philadelphia. Sandberg then erupted for Chicago, winning the coveted MVP award in 1984, he was selected to the all-star squad 10 times, and won a gold glove nine. Sandberg was undoubtedly an unbelievable player, but what separated him from others was his work ethic


Charlie Vinopal


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e are almost halfway through November, and with the holidays fast approaching and shopping lists on our mind, we will begin to hear a lot about “brands we can trust.” For example, for that spoiled teen at home, does one opt for a MacBook or a PC? A Blackberry, or the newest iPhone? It’s hard to choose when we’re constantly bombarded with companies advertising their products. However, it’s nice to know that at the end of the day, there is always that one brand we can rely on: Chipotle. Seeing as we are all suburban high school students and are located within two-ish miles of one of their restaurants, I am willing to bet that almost all of us have been exposed to this chain of burrito bliss. Affectionately dubbed as “Chipo” by some friends and me, Chipotle is clearly the front-runner in the recent trend of gourmet, pseudo-Mexican cuisine. Other chains like Burrito Beach, TBK, and, dare I say it, Taco Bell, can’t even compare. Honestly, I really have no idea what makes Chipotle so good. I’m legit salivating just writing about it. As long as we’re on the topic of the holidays — it’s not just good, it’s biblically good. They might as well put golden gates in front of their restaurants. Maybe it’s the cilantro rice. Or the enticing selection of salsas—salsa verde or pico de gallo? Whatever that reason may be, Chipotle has figured out the

secret to keeping customers running back to pay around $7 for a (football size) burrito. Whether it’s a burrito “bol” that strikes your fancy, or all of the luscious ingredients wrapped up in a 350-calorie tortilla, both are equally addictive and have led to the phenomenal success of the chain. They have gained a cult-like following online at ChipotleFan. com, a website dedicated to the wonder that is Chipotle. When asking around to some of the student body, most students agreed that Chipotle provided them with the ultimate amount of meaty satisfaction. The illustrious burrito connoisseur and senior Sean Haracz said, “Chipotle is a great restaurant and loses its fast food status due to the quality food and inviting atmosphere. I always feel welcome!” Sean has a point. It’s hard to think of the chain as fast food when all of the food looks so fresh and healthy. According to, one burrito buff lost over 90 pounds eating nothing but burrito bols...someone just stole Jared’s claim to fame. Senior Agnes Pletnia has a different take on the chain. She says, “I hate Chipotle’s pseudocultural ambience and the fact that it cashes in on the whole organic food trend. I have never met a larger burrito.” Luckily for Agnes, the Rosemont location has a Panda Express just two doors down, so there are always options. Needless to say, Chipotle is representative of some of the finer things that this great land of ours has to offer. There’s “Jersey Shore.” There’s democracy. And then there’s Chipotle.

Early decision: worth the work? Nora Elderkin



o seniors currently worrying about applying to college, having everything submitted months earlier than necessary may not sound particularly appealing. However, the perk of knowing exactly where you’re going before your friends have even finished applying outweighs the extra work for many people. That’s why applying Early Decision is pretty common. The difference between applying Early Decision and Early Action is that the latter is non-binding; applicants just know the admission decision much earlier. Early Decision, on the other hand, is binding, meaning that, if accepted, applicants have to go to that school. Students also cannot apply anywhere else. The only exit loophole is if their financial aid package does not allow a family to afford it, the applicant is allowed to back out of the binding agreement. Applying Early Decision might not be the best decision, because it limits financial aid opportunities. While this may seem like a fine idea, there are two things to keep in mind. The FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), that determines how much financial aid one will receive, is not due until January. That means that if a school does not give an Early Decision applicant enough financial aid, it will most likely be too late to apply anywhere else. The other possible problem is the financial aid itself. Applying Early Decision is telling a school that you will attend no matter what. This


es means they have no competition when it comes ar to granting applicants financial aid. In a regular decision situation, applicants can compare the financial aid packages of multiple schools to help make the choice. Early Decision eliminates that suade luxury; schools know they don’t have to persuade applicants to attend with higher packages. As a result, many Early Decision applicants rely less on a school’s financial aid package. While it is certainly possible to receive adequate financial aid, it may be worth reconsidering if you will be counting on financial aid from that school. Studies show that Early Decision doesn’t necessarily increase your chances of admission anymore. Schools like Johns Hopkins, Brown, and Cornell are receiving more Early Decision applications and accepting fewer applicants than ever. Since Early Decision applicants are more often wealthy, there is less diversity in the Early Decision applicant pool. Schools like Harvard eliminated their Early Decision option in response to criticism that it is skewed to the elite. Because of this, and because applicants are being compared to the most competitive students, it may be harder to get accepted to a school Early Decision. The bottom line is that your dream school will still be there in January. Unless you consider yourself an extremely competitive candidate and your family can afford any financial aid package you are given, maybe Early Decision is not the best option for you.

What do you like on your Chipotle burrito?

Guac: $1.80, Chipotle: Priceless

“Chicken, rice, black beans, red tomatillo salsa...everything.” Aneta Darlak ‘12

“Steak with everything. But no beans.” Stevie Lombardo ‘12 Frank Krautwald ‘12

“Steak, rice, corn, spicy salsa, and lots of guacamole .”

Athena Cruz ‘14

“Chicken, black beans, guacamole, and everything else.”


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How to use Facebook: the unofficial guide Austin Bryniarski COMMENTARY EDITOR


ven though MySpace is relatively dead and gone, and most of us don’t even remember Xanga, Facebook is without a doubt the most popular social network of our time. However, the former two social giants stressed customization and personality through layouts—a perk that Facebook does not offer. Because of this, many users have tried to do everything they can so that their profiles just shout “This is me!” Let’s be frank. Facebook is essentially MySpace for adults. Facebook, while it currently does not, should stress professionalism on the web. Here are some of the biggest crimes that people commit on Facebook, all of which are supposed to be avoided at all costs.

Stay away from stuff like this: ♥11.12.2010♥ 2gether 4ever Information

Siblings: Maine South English Department Eyrie Yearbook -Hawk Yeah Political Views: Don’t Care :(

Jackie Hazlett-Morris EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


n the fast-paced life of a modern high school student, it’s easy to lose sight of the rest of the world. It’s easy to clear the news alerts on our iTouches, or change the channel when the news comes on. In other words, it’s easy to be self-centered. Most likely, this preoccupation is not from a lack of empathy, but perhaps a lack of motivation. Senior Asha Kirchoff said, “I think most students are woefully unaware of global events. Everyone finds out about major events like the [Chilean] miners, but I think most students don’t find international news that relevant because it’s hard to understand the mechanisms of another place. And there’s really no incentive to learn.” Teenagers in America are seemingly so unlike teenagers in rural India, for

Putting symbols in your name One of the wonderfully basic options Facebook offers is choosing your name. I’m sorry to tell you the bad news, but your last name is probably not a butterfly. Your first name is not spelled with a dash at the front of it.

My name is certainly not “Austin Bryniarski,” no matter how worldly I may be. If it’s not on your birth certificate*, don’t put it up. *Putting your middle name This is the exception to the last rule. If your middle name is Lynn, Marie, or Michael (guilty as charged...), just remember: so is everyone else’s. Thanks for thinking we cared. Making your friends your siblings While it’s really fun to have great friends, it just doesn’t make sense that they can be considered your brother or sister with a click of a mouse.

What would your mom think if she saw sixteen other people under your “siblings” header? She would probably call the producers of TLC’s “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant.” Fake middle names What is essentially a combination of the last two guidelines, don’t do this either: making a fake middle name. Let’s say that I really like Ice Cream. How does that justify making my middle name “Luvzicecream”? “Like”-ing your own posts If you’re really that desperate, ask someone on chat to do it for you.

Bad: 2day, I 8 a burrit0 watched movies and wuz bord... txt me. Good: 6 Harry Potter movies. 1 day. Success.

Bad: OMG @Joe Schmo is mahhhhhhh besttt friendddddd. Good: I’m hanging out with @Joe Schmo. We’re parasailing later!

Bad: pArEnTs ToOk My PhOnE dOnT cAlL dOnT tExT Good: Grounded. Guess my social life is on hold.

example, that it’s hard to relate. We live in one of the most developed and advanced countries in the world. While 80 percent of the world lives on less than 10 dollars a day, we take advantage of living within five miles of three Starbucks. Even though the literacy rate in the US is over 97 percent, less than 35 percent of Nigerians can read. But even with all the accessible information made possible by technology, students still don’t pay attention to the world around us. Senior Lisa Francis said, “I hate to bash my own generation, but unfortunately I don’t really think that high school students are as globally aware as they should be... but ask anyone in the hallway and pop culture is obviously not a problem in terms of literacy.” But perhaps teenagers are not the only ones at fault. Not many adults stress the importance of global awareness to young people. Mr. Scott, a social science teacher here at Maine South, is a firm believer in encouraging today’s teenagers to pay

attention to global events. Every day at the beginning of class, he discusses current events with his senior classes. “I feel that it is important for students to be aware of the world around them. We are not an isolated country unaffected by the world around us,” Mr. Scott said. Mr. Scott also gives current events quizzes to his students once a week to further stress the importance of paying attention to our world. “Through globalization, we are connected to the rest of the world. I think young people are unaware of this fact and I use current events to help them realize this relationship,” he said. In high school, it is not perhaps a necessity to be aware of global events. But as we get older and move on to the real world, we will need to know what’s going on in other countries because everything has an effect, however miniscule these effects may be. The United Nations and the World Summit were created, in part, to keep countries connected. They were created because it is necessary

to know what is happening in other parts of the world, so situations and scenarios can be enacted if needed. But these measures should not be solely for world leaders. It was because of the September 11 attacks in New York and Pennsylvania that countries around the world committed to a war on terror. That is why we put our liquids in bags at the airport, and why air marshals are now deployed on more flights than ever before. The 2004 tsunami in Indonesia is why scientists from all over the world started examining the ground’s movement below us, and now predict a similar occurrence on the Northwest coast of the United States will happen soon. In this fast-paced, ever-changing world, everyone should want to know what is going on—because chances are it will affect our lives. But our generation has a responsibility to start paying attention, and hopefully the next generation won’t need the promise of a quiz as motivation to watch the news.


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Religious Views/Political Views Alright, so these are some touchier subjects, but if you “don’t care” or you think that they “don’t matter,” don’t mention it. However, if you are thirsting to be humorous, go ahead and put “El Salvadorian Republican Army” or “Albus Dumbledore is my God”...something along those lines.


NOVEMBER 12, 2010 VOL. 47, NO. 3

Soccer caps off season on exciting note Charlie Vinopal SPORTS EDITOR



he boys’ soccer team has struggled with success ever since they placed third in state in 2006. In the 2010 season, the Hawks hoped to bring back the success that they had four years ago. Unfortunately for the Hawks, 2010 didn’t look quite like the year that they were hoping for. In the 2010 season the Hawk posted a 6-11-4 record. Their record was certainly not a reflection of their lack of talent, but rather a reflection of how tough the CSL division is. In actuality, the soccer team had plenty of talent with their 17 seniors and a handful of gifted underclassmen. From an outside perspective, it looked as if the Hawks were a team that deserved no attention, but in reality, they kept all games close, losing by only one or two goals. The only solid losses were against Sandberg High School and Niles West, the team seeded number one in playoffs. “We had a tough schedule and that really reflected the outcome to many games,” said senior Brendan Mullane,“but we definitely built some team chemistry throughout the season.”

Aside from Mullane the Hawks were led this season by seniors Ben Hannon and Kevin Murphy, both of whom have been playing on the varsity squad since their junior year. Mullane, Hannon, and Murphy were only three of seventeen seniors on the soccer team this year. “We had really high expectations for this year because we had 17 seniors,” said Murphy. We worked hard over the summer, and most of us play club. I thought we would be a more competitive team in the playoffs, but to be honest, I don’t think we ever hit full stride. I am disappointed because we definitely had potential, but we lacked [the ability of ] finishing and scoring” Though the Hawks did not play up to their high standards during the year, the team got to compete in the regional semifinals on Oct. 19, where they would go up against a strong Evanston team. The game was fixing up to be heavily contested, given that the teams had similar records. Nonetheless, the Hawks still hoped to secure a victory in the semi-final match. From the start, it was clear the game would be a close one, with the score changing back and forth between the two teams. Evanston was able to get the first goal. Minutes after

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that goal, senior Steven Gacanovic tied the score from a shot 12 yards outside the 18-yard box. Soon after, Kevin Murphy helped the Hawks take the lead with a phenomenal rebound goal. It looked like a victory for the Hawks, until the Wildkits once again pulled the game to a tie. With about 16 ½ minutes left, Brendan Mullane scored for the Hawks, with another rebound goal. Just as everyone thought the game was over, Evanston put another goal into the net with only seven minutes left in the contest, sending the game into overtime. The first overtime marked the beginning of both teams’ inability to finish on goal. The game moved on to a second overtime. And through effective defense on both ends, the Hawks entered their third overtime. Still, after nerve racking play, neither team was able to score, and the game dragged into its fourth overtime. There was no opportunity for either side to score until only 2:40 remained on the clock. Ben Hannon sent a perfect cross into the 18 where Marc Zaparaniuk headed it into the net. The entire team rushed the field to celebrate the incredible victory and ability to move on in the playoffs.





In the regional finals, the Hawks went up against the number 1 seed Niles West. The 6-11-4 Hawks were to go up against the 15-0 Wolves. The Hawks were hoping to carry their momentum from Evanston into the next round. Unfortunately, it was not enough to secure a victory. Maine South kept the match close, even without many opportunities to score against the Wolves’ defense. Even so, the Hawks were able to keep a fair amount shots off of senior keeper Richard Balek. The Wolves’ Dzenan Nezirevic scored in the 26th minute on a header off of a cross into the box and the Hawks found they could not bounce back, losing 2-0. Although the Hawks couldn’t finish off their season in Cinderella fashion, they are happy with how they performed overall and are excited to make a run next season. The 2011 season is going to be led by current juniors Jamie Thompson and Voyo Gabrilo, and sophomore Kazuma Takizawa, who was pulled up for the playoffs. Senior Brendan Mullane summed up the season in saying “It was a disappointing loss in the end, but we had some good times throughout our season.”

Coach Fallico: “Our theme this year is accept responsibility for excellence… In preparation for what looks to be another great season.”

• Sean Sullivan • Mike Williams • Juan Diaz • Alex Gutierrez

Coach Lavorato: “We have Johnny Solari, who we had on Varsity last year, coming back ... We hopefully will get that state title.”

• Matt Palucki • Tony Albano, • Nick Calabrese • Matt Lahey • Johnny Solari

Coach Smith: “After an off season filled with building strength and skill, we look to begin our season with a purpose.”

• Jacqui Grant • Kaitlyn Mullarky • Nina Duric • Michelle Maher

Coach Kura: “Hopefully the guys have been working out going into the season...doing what they can to stay healthy (which will lead to success).”

• Andrew Salomon • Mike Zadlo • Matt Sherbahn


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Junior Paul Preston receives a pass from quarterback Matt Alviti in the Oct. 30 contest against Notre Dame. Maine South beat the Dons 47-0.

Football makes another run for state Julian Douglass



trained harder. We did not want to lose ever again,” Frankos said. Head coach David Inserra also praised his team for their resilience. “Sometimes you become better, you coach better and you practice harder because of defeat,” Inserra said after the game. “I think there is still room for improvement and the playoffs will be proof of how much we improve.” Some of that proof came Saturday, as South beat Notre Dame for northwest suburban bragging rights. Multiple Dons and Hawks grew up side by side, playing on the same house league and Falcons teams and attending elementary school together. However, the highly-anticipated battle at Wilson Field was completely one-sided. From the opening kickoff to the final play, the Hawks shut down the Dons on both sides of the ball. A key was avoiding the pressure form the ferocious Notre Dame front seven, which pressured sophomore quarterback Alviti all game long. “I have to keep my eyes down field and cut down on scrambling around,” said Alviti after the game. “I also need to trust my linemen to pro-

tect me.” Despite the pressure, Alviti was still able to throw for 239 yards with three touchdowns. Senior receivers Luke Mottley and Scott Derrick were keys to the Hawks’ victory. Derrick had a wideopen 38-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, while his second touchdown was a 12-yarder later in the game. Mottley had the longest play of the game, an 81-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Paul Preston continued his success on the ground with nine carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. However, the biggest plays came on defense. The Hawks held Notre Dame to 100 yards in the first half, and the Dons only converted four first downs in the entire game. A fumble recovery by senior defensive back Andrew Terenzio led to a score to open the second half, and an interception return by CSL Defensive Player of the Year, junior linebacker Tyler Fahey, was another defensive highlight for Maine South. The Hawks host Bartlett in their next playoff game, hoping to continue this streak of success.


fter two consecutive losses at the beginning of the season, Hawks football has completely turned things around. With an easy 47-0 win over the Dons of Notre Dame, South has now won eight games in a row, and hopes to continue on through the IHSA playoffs in the month of November. The blowout victory against Notre Dame is the latest addition to the Hawks’ streak of victories, beginning after their loss to Wheaton Warrenville South on national TV in early September. To win the CSL title, Maine South buried Glenbrook South 55-16, a team that has historically played the Hawks to close games. Paul Preston started the first half with a 60-yard run, followed by Matt Alviti’s memorable touchdown rush. The Hawks and Titans exchanged leads before Maine South was able to to take a 20-16 advantage. The second half Hawks were not as generous on the Dons, scoring 35 point, to finish the game 55-16 over their conference rivals.

The following week, the Hawks went up against the New Trier Trevians to clinch a playoff spot. On the opening drive, junior Joe Schmit blocked an opening punt, which was recovered by senior safety John Ferro in the end zone to take the touchdown. “It was a great way to start the game for our team,” Ferro said. “It gave us a big boost and ultimately led us to a victory.” Another blocked punt, this time by Ferro, led to a short scoring drive. Not only was the special teams unit proving themselves, but the offense and defense was buzzing as well. One of the biggest plays in the game was a 65-yard reception by quarterback-turned-receiver Jimmy Frankos, who had an outstanding game with five receptions for 112 yards. Another key performer was senior defensive back Will Krug, who pulled in a highlight-reel interception in the second half. With their 10th straight CSL championship, the team can look back on their early season troubles as motivation to play even more cohesively and efficiently. “We practiced harder and we




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t Maine South, people know Mr. Lonergan as a devoted English teacher, girls’ Volleyball coach, and track coach. But in the world of track and field, Mr. Lonergan is more than just that—he’s a hall a famer. Having coached high jump, triple jump, long jump, and pole vault for over 27 years, he is quite the expert in his field. Through his tenure in high school sports and dedication to what he does, this year, Mr. Lonergan was chosen by the ITCCCA (Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association) as one of seven inductees to the Coaches Hall of Fame. He was selected among nearly sixty other qualified coaches. “Words such as ‘honored’, ‘proud’ and ‘humbling’ are the first ones which come to mind,” said Mr. Lonergan. “I’ve always believed in doing the best for the athletes, the team, the school, and the sport, but now I need to be even more conscious of it.” Mr. Lonergan is right to feel honored for being inducted into the ITCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame, for nominees

must have an exceptional coaching record, significant contributions to the sport outside of coaching, and good character. Mr. Lonergan has had over 30 state meet qualifiers in his four events, as well as All-State athletes from both Pole Vault and High Jump earning several state medals. “I’m really proud that I’ve helped Maine South Track and Field to become known as a highly-regarded, complete track program with quality distance runners, sprinters, throwers, and jumpers,” said Mr. Lonergan. “And I’m glad that people from all over know that Maine South is the place to come to if you want to learn how to pole vault.” Throughout his time with Maine South, Mr. Lonergan has made great contributions to track and field. Indeed, Mr. Lonergan has been recognized as one of the best pole vaulting coaches in the country, working hard both in and out of Maine South to better the sport. He initiated a change in an IHSA rule to improve vault safety and for over 20 years he has run a vaulting clinic in the summer.


Mr. Lonergan inducted into ITCCCA

Mr. Lonergan was one of seven inductees to the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association for his accomplishments in high school track. On top of this, Mr. Lonergan has been asked to speak at the University of Illinois pole vaulting clinic and ITCCCA clinic. But his accomplishments don’t stop there. Mr. Lonergan is also a highly regarded pole vault official. He has reffed at Big Ten Championships, USA Championships, and North Central College’s Last Chance Meet. “I’m proud of being able to work with literally hundreds of athletes

over the years and helping some of those achieve things that maybe they didn’t think they could achieve,” Mr. Lonergan said. “On a larger scale, I’d like to think that I’ve helped raise the bar for Illinois track and field.” The Hawks would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Lonergan, and thank him for all the hard work and time he has spent to improve athletics for both Maine South and the State of Illinois.

Charlie Vinopal SPORTS EDITOR

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country The boys have performed well this season in placing 2nd at both regional and conference meets, led by senior Dave Eckhart, and sophomore Jon Vacarro. Eckhart, who is a four-year varsity starter, placed first at the CSL Championship. The squad also performed well in a number of events including Blazer Classic where the Hawks took first place. The Girls’ Cross Country team has also performed well, placing second at the CSL conference meet in Niles.They then went on to win the Lake Park H.S. Regional, beating the seventh-ranked team in state to accomplish the task. This year the Hawks are led by senior Kayla Trewartha and freshman Emily Leonard, who placed third at the CSL meet.

Girls’ Golf Although the girls’ golf team finished with a 4-8 record overall and a 3-5 record in Conference, those numbers didn’t reflect the talent on their team. The Hawks had to play CSL powers New Trier (who won state) as well as Highland Park. On top of that tough competition, they had Prospect and Loyola in their schedule, who finished fourth and fifth in state respectively. The season wasn’t all bad news for the girls, however; they finished second at the Hersey Invite on Oct. 23 and had two girls qualify for Sectionals in junior Carly Inman and sophomore Kathleen Daly. Senior Mary Daly was a unanimous selection for the all -conference team and placed third at the York Invite.

Girls’ Tennis The girls’ tennis team was led by juniors Haley and Audrey O’Connor, who took a break their sophomore year, but are back in 2010. They once again qualified for the state tournament for the team in their junior year. Audrey finished in the top 16 in state and Haley finished in the top 32. Other standouts for the team included sophomores Nicole Kitsuse and Claudia Aniol who excelled at doubles. Although the Tennis squad started off the season shaky, losing eight of their first ten matches, they bounced back and won seven of their last ten. In the end the team finished with a 12-1-11 overall record along with a third place finish at the Jacobs-Dundee Crown Invite. They recorded third place in conference and 12th in state.

Girls’ Swimming The girls’ squad has a record of 5-4 overall and a 2-3 record in conference play. They finished second of six schools at the Palatine College Events Meet, as well as third out of 12 teams at the Hersey Jamboree. The girls have achieved this success by performing well as a whole. Coach Kura commented on that saying,“We have had most of our girls swim well the whole season, far too many to single any one or two people out.” Although Coach Kura does not name names as to who has led the team, a big hand can be given to sophomores Maddy Coffey, Tyler Gooding and Lauren Buszydlo and freshman Jenna Zitkus who played a big role in placing third at the Hersey Invite.

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