HINSDALE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL HINSDALE, ILLINOIS ISSUE 85 3.21.13
Basketball Mens team makes slam dunk Page 15
Behind the scenes with the crew Page 24
Mama Wilson Page 18
Devilsâ€™ Advocate March 21, 2013
Profile: Mary Beaudin Page 12
Cover Story: Mensâ€™ basketball
Contents Opinion 5
Cheers and Jeers Snap Thought Battleground:
The Winter Failure
The Deficit vs. Unemployment
Advographic: Summer jobs
News 10 11
News Briefs Sports News Briefs
Personality Ping: International Poetry Day
Coach Wilson: Keeping it all on track
20 The college question 22
Electronic Classroom Technology at Central
The Lookout 27
Reviews City Scene: Burr Ridge
letter from the editor
staff editorial staff
Before I begin, a correction is in order: we forgot to credit Februaryâ€™s sports feature about the team managers to its writers, Isabella Anastassoff and Kevin â€œK-Flashâ€? Gaffney. They worked very hard to produce an excellent feature, and I regret that we did not give complete credit where credit was due. Iâ€™m sorry! That said, spring break starts tomorrow, and you have a new issue of the Devilsâ€™ Advocate today! If that isnâ€™t reason for celebration, I donâ€™t know what is. Wherever you may find yourself this next week, I am willing to person ally guarantee that the March Issue of the Devilsâ€™ Advocate will more than suffice as satisfactory reading material. Inside this issue, you will find the thrilling backstory of our own menâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s record breaking season, the tale of the crew that makes great theater such as â€œGreaseâ€? possible, and a very rare profile of our very own and very beloved Mama Wilson. Thereâ€™s nothing Iâ€™d rather read on a beach, and Iâ€™m sure that youâ€™d more than agree.
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School spirit: gone like a ghost Maybe itâ€™s not that big of a deal?
The posters had been hanging in the halls for weeks, the DJ had been booked and had done a dancecompetition sales pitch in the cafeteria, the tickets had been on sale in all lunch periods every day that week. But on Friday, Feb. 22, the Winter Formal was cancelled only 29 hours before it was supposed to begin due to low levels of student interest. Only 67 tickets had been sold. When school resumed the next week, students were happy to list reasons why the Winter Formal had failed to garner enough attendees: it would have been held in the cafeteria; the student-selected carnival theme was immature; it had been poorly advertised due to the lack of a preceding pep rally; none of their friends were planning on going. But the biggest reason went unspoken. The fact is that there has been a sharp decline in school spirit. â€œItâ€™s pretty recent, too. Only three years ago, youâ€™d see students participating in all sorts of school activities,â€? said Mrs. Stephanie Hiffman, one of the sponsors of Varsity Club that organized the Winter Formal. This dearth of involvement can be seen in many places. Basketball games that would once draw in crowds of students on Friday nights are now attended by few people who arenâ€™t the playersâ€™ family or friends. No one dresses up on Fridays anymore. Only a few years ago, seniors would have their own dress up day, coming up with a new theme every Friday of the year. Students look forward to pep rallies for the sole reason of getting out of class for an hour and not to get ready to â€œpack the place.â€?
According to Hiffman, this decline comes as no surprise. Staff members have always been worried about the â€œgeneral apathyâ€? within the student body. But surprise or no, the lack of school spirit is disconcerting for those who have seen how it used to be. â€œStudents want to go to other places and do things that they canâ€™t do here,â€? said Hiffman. â€œThe schoolâ€™s history and traditions are falling apart.â€? This concern and alarm over the perceived lack of school spirit is not without actual causeâ€”anyone will admit to the very real general apathy surrounding school activities. But it isnâ€™t necessary. Students now would rather be spending time with friends while downtown, or at a movie, or seeing a concert, or at a house party. Thereâ€™s not much that the school can do about thatâ€”even if, as they did with Winter Formal, they have focus groups with students in attempts to figure out what we want. As the years go on, people will move away from old traditions and start their own. And maybe it is a bit of a shame that the pep rallies are overrun by students who donâ€™t want to leave, or that no one comes out for sports matches other than football, or that no one knows the words to â€œAlma Mater,â€? or even the fact that itâ€™s played every football game. But we canâ€™t assign blame for the drop in school involvement to anyone. The administrators, clubs and their sponsors can keep trying, as they have promised to do, and the parents, staff, and alumni can continue to worry about our â€œgeneral apathy.â€? Itâ€™s just how it is now. We donâ€™t want to do some of these things. Thatâ€™s itâ€”nothing more.
This editorial is the consensus of the Devilsâ€™ Advocate editorial board.
SNAPTHOUGHT Q. Where would you hide your pot of gold?
Cheers & Jeers Cheers to Michelle Obamaâ€™s arms. Someone has been doing her curls. Cheers to Pi Day. 3.14159265358979323846264338327 950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628
A. In the mind of an obese schizophrenic jazz saxophonist. Alex Newkirk, â€˜13
Cheers to the two Battlegrounds writers going to prom together. Check out that love story on the next page. Cheers to BeyoncĂŠâ€™s new single. â€œBow Downâ€? to the queen. Cheers to college admissions being over. So who isnâ€™t going to Univeristy of Illinois?
A. Under my house. Michael Gill, â€˜13
Jeers to the lack of snow days. Even when the world is crumbling, education will always be our priority. Jeers to the last late start on the day of AP exams. No time for an early Dennyâ€™s run when we have calc exams. A. The second page of a Google search. Gaberrella Belvis, â€˜15
Jeers to Steve Carrell. â€œThe Incredible Burt Wonderstoneâ€? was anything but incredible. Jeers to The Pirate Bay moving to North Korea. How I am supposed to steal movies without supporting fascism now?
A. In a McDonaldâ€™s bathroom stall.
Jeers to Wellness Week. We expected more free food, step it up next year.
Mark Gesior, â€˜13
BATTLEGROUND What should our government focus on UHGXFLQJXQHPSOR\PHQWRUEXGJHWGHĂ€FLWV" Ankit Aggarwal
On Friday, March 1st, the government faced the climax of an extended saga of deficit battles, fiscal cliffs, and debt ceiling haggling. This event, the sequester, consisted of across-the-board spending cuts to the federal governmentâ€™s spending. With parties in Congress unable to reach an agreement to reduce the deficit, Washington is now forced to cope with the effects of the sequester. The sequester shines light on the frantic anxiety that has become associated with the size of the US deficit. The 2012 presidential election showcased Mitt Romneyâ€™s portrayal of the national debt as a â€˜moral problem.â€™ The past holiday season in Washington consisted of last-minute deals to avoid what would have been a disastrous fiscal cliff. Political discussion in 2013 has revolved around Democratic demands for tax reform and Republican insistence on spending cuts. In other words, this country has spent far much too political energy and time on deficit reduction battles that are not currently necessary. Yes, $16 trillion of government debt is a shocking number, but in an economic sense, a large deficit poses no immediate threat. The cost of our deficit brinksmanship and dramatized spending cuts, however, is far too high. The US faces little danger from the current size of its debt. Many will claim that Chinese ownership of debt poses a threat to the U.S. However, a July 2012 study by the Pentagon found that if China were to use its ownership of Treasury bonds against the U.S. as a coercive tool, they would have â€œlimited effect and likely would do more harm to China than to the United States.â€? Moreover, the majority of U.S. debt is owed to Americans who have bought Treasury bonds, not ill-intentioned foreign governments. But those who claim that an excessive government debt will cause interest rates to skyrocket have also been proved false. As a January New York Times article explains, interest rates are currently at historical lows. The real threat to our economy comes from the debt battles our government engages in. Haggling over potential government shutdowns creates a debt panic that stifles consumer confidence. A January CNN article states that, during the earlier fiscal cliff debates, the Consumer Confidence Index dropped from 66.7 to 58.6. The real issue the United States must tackle is its unemployment, the true measure of economic well-being. The aforementioned New York Times article explains that sequestration cuts, like any cuts in government spending, decrease the GDP and repress job creation. We can look to the Great Depression and the New Deal to prove that during recession, increases in government spending are necessary. Any American will be quick to agree that our economy is not operating at its full potential. Now is not the time to fixate on deficit reduction.
Our nation, the United States of America, today is afflicted with a number of serious economic problems. These issues are not only widespread but also becoming increasingly prominent in citizens lives. Unemployment rates are rising, and the United States is being viewed less and less as the worldâ€™s primary economic power. But before we can solve any other problems, the most important economic issue for our government to address is our out-of-control spending and the looming debt it creates. Until we create a plan to solve this problem, we cannot move forward economically. Much of our countryâ€™s economic success relies on the confidence of investors. Foreign investments in the economy, along with the investments of those living in the United States, are what allow our economy to function and flourish. But when our congressional representatives fail to spend money responsibly, that confidence is shaken. This is clearly evidenced by the recent credit-rating downgrade our nation suffered. Foreigners are more reluctant to invest their money in the United States, and our own investors are more likely to invest their money overseas, where the threat of financial disaster is significantly smaller. With less money being invested in the economy, fewer jobs would be created, and unemployment rates would continue to rise to levels seen in Greece or Italy (26.4% and 12%, respectively). Regardless of political affiliation, the national debt that our country has accumulated must be repaid eventually; the only question is how. This is a major question and concern that has been discussed and argued for years upon years. The interest on the debt climbs higher each year, and once our creditors want to see their funds returned, we will see either a drastic cut in government spending or a spike in income taxes, either of which would be disastrous to our economic health if not properly planned for. Some would argue that using government handouts to reduce the effects of unemployment would be a better use of time. These people believe that curing the already drowning economy is not the primary issue for the government to tackle, but rather a secondary concern. But that solution has already been pursued in Greece, where even their corpulent welfare programs cannot sustain their ever-increasing unemployed population. Instead of targeting the symptoms of our economic crisis, letâ€™s target it at its source. Federal spending must be brought under control and the national debt reduced if our country is going to remain economically successful in the future.
Betsy’s bucket list
Go sledding...in March
by Betsy Morgan
have to say, I was more than a little annoyed that we didn’t get a snow day when we had our “Winter Storm Q” earlier this month. Nothing is better than a random Tuesday off of school, and God knows that we all needed it. But even though we didn’t have this muchexpected snow day, my friend and I certainly knew how to pretend we did, so instead of using our time off to do any sort of productive work, we spent the afternoon sledding. But I know that even these types of days are limited. We live in a city where snow is unpredictable and go to a school where we could get hit by a comet and still be required to go to class. I didn’t want to waste my time sledding on anything less than the best hill, so we went to go find it. Let me start off by putting KLM at the bottom of the list. It was beautiful, sure, but you could barely go ten feet before getting snowplowed into the ground. It was strange because I remember going there when I was in first or second grade with my parents and the hill seemed terrifying. I think it took me at least a half hour to build up the nerve to go down the run with my older and more daring neighbor. Now it felt like it took me about five strides to get from top to bottom. I guess everything looks huge when you’re 4’3”.
When we went to a hill in Hinsdale right near the Humane Society and the Youth Center (which does actually still exist) across the street from the hospital, the situation definitely improved. While this hill was definitely better, it a major flaws. One, many other neighboring families also probably realized that this hill had very few obstacles and enough room for multiple people, so it was flocked with snowsuit-clad children. This actually normally wouldn’t have been a problem for me--I know how to act around kids, and they know how to share a hill. It was the confused parents of these children who were probably wondering what two high schoolers were doing hopping in line with their five-year-old that made me a little more than uncomfortable. I wanted to explain to them that I still belonged here, that I was still basically a kid and that this was a perfectly natural response to a fresh March snow. I probably had more in common with those five-year-olds than with half the people aft this school. Finally, after getting death-stared off the previous hill by some concerned soccer moms, we went across this park we were at to a more tree-covered area, where we saw one path cut down on an adjacent slope. It was narrow, only big enough for one person to go through on a modestly sized sled, and someone had even built an off-center jump at the bottom. This one was the clear winner. Just iced off enough to be quick without being dangerous, streamlined towards one jump, and uncrowded by children and their judgmental parents, it was perfect, and only mildly dangerous. Eventually, after coming inside for hot chocolate and a thorough defrosting, we had to part ways and return to term papers, APUSH tests, and flashcards. But even though I was up to see the sunrise finishing my work and my ski jacket didn’t dry out for four days, I can say wholeheartedly it was worth it. Like I said, I only have so many days to take an afternoon off and pretend to be a five-year-old.
Photo courtesy of Betsy Morgan
American teens are working less and less. Summer employment by teens is the lowest itâ€™s been since World War II. But those who want jobs should start to apply now before college students return home, considering that 65 percent 3 in 10 teens will have a job this summer of employers hire returning workers.
Best summer jobs for high school students: according to Forbes.com
Caddying $16.67 per hour
Babysitting $10 to 15 per hour
Petsitting $10 to 15 per hour
Sales Assoicate $11.84 per hour
Pharmacy Assistant $10.74 per hour
Non-medical Assistant $10.74 per hour
Housesitter $10 per hour
Lifeguard $9.85 per hour
Server $9.80 per hour
news feed Whatâ€™s in the pack?
Most Central students agree that their backpacks are heavy, but many donâ€™t know why. This survey breaks down the most popular items to carry around, and reveals the items responsible for weighing down the most students. The winner? Notebooks and folders!*
Turn to page 22 for more information.
average weight of a studentâ€™s backpack
*out of 371 students surveyed
Follow the picture clues to find the X. Bring it to room 249 to claim your prize! The X will be hidden after eigth period.
Girls track places third in indoor conference meet by Paige Pielet
ast Friday, March 15, the girls track and field team competed in the West Suburban Silver Conference indoor meet at York High School. The sophomore team placed a second overall with 98 points after Lyons Township, and varsity placed third with 70 points, behind .BSJF-PVJTF,MPTUFSSVOTBSFMBZBU:PSL)JHI4DIPPM5IFUFBNFOEFEVQmOJTIJOHUIJSEJOUIFNFFUPWFSBMM JNQSPWJOHGSPNJUTUIQMBDFmOJTIMBTUZFBS Glenbard West who dash, placing f ifth in both. had 76. Out of 16 Senior Jill Hardies was events, sophomores received second in the mile by a mere team points in 13 events and varsity received 15, a successful .18 seconds and f inished .29 by *TBCFMMB"OBTUBTTPGG seconds ahead of Madeline end to the indoor season. Perez of Glenbard West, who Sophomore Melissa entralâ€™s boys varsity unit and giving really good teams broke the state record for cross Vranicar f inished second water polo team is on a a run for their money,â€? said Andre country earlier this year. Cara in 55-meter hurdles f inals, roll this year. They stand Brown, a senior on the varsity team. Tenerelli, senior, was f irst receiving a time of 9.95 undefeated, and March 11 marked Going into the fourth quarter in 55 hurdle f inals with 8.87 seconds, Vranicarâ€™s personal another victory for the varsity game with a 12-2 lead, the Red seconds, a career record, and best. On the sophomore water polo team. It was a relatively Devils maintained their plays and fourth in triple jump. level earning second, she easy win for the Red Devils. defense and cruised to an easy The team improved from said, â€œI think there are a lot â€œThe thing I think is most victory against the Nequa Valley their seventh-place finish of talented freshmen that important to remember about this Wildcats: 12-7. â€œWe didnâ€™t play as helped us score points in many during the 2012 season and will game is not that it was a easy win, a bunch of individuals trying to get continue on to outdoor season different areas and also the but rather that we are starting to a ton of goals or anything like that. beginning Monday, March 18. returning sophomores really really come together as a collective We played like a team,â€? Brown said. stepped up their game this year and it showed.â€? The â€œtalentedâ€? freshmen include Emma Sullivan, third in the 3200-meter run, Anne-Marie Kennedy, third in high jump, Maddie Sullivan, second place in the 400-meter dash, and sophomore Nicole Clark finished third. Emma Stapleton, Chloe Palo, Vranicar, and Hanna Suek placed second in the 800-meter relay. Palo was third the 55-meter dash and Stapleton was fourth in 55 hurdles. Katie Sluman, freshman, ran varsity 55 dash and 200
Boys varsity water polo beats Nequa Valley Wildcats
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Dancing through life Mary Beaudin uses dance to relieve stress by Gracie Dunn
he dance industry can be a difficult and cutthroat business, and a place where success is never a sure thing; however one student at Central has found a way to break away from other dancers and step into the spotlight.Â Mary Beaudin, senior, is one of the captains of Centralâ€™s Dance Company. Â Beaudin has been dancing for the majority of her life, and first joined the Dance Company as a freshman. Â The Dance Company at Central is a very selective group. Â Beaudin had to audition freshman year. Â The process of choosing captains is just as selective as the auditions, but the lessons that Beaudin learned from dancing, both on and off the stage, helped to make the selection process a little easier. Â â€œAside from the dancing technical skills, I also learned leadership, commitment and dedication. Over the years Mrs. Russo, buisness teacher and dance company adviser, saw my skills develop and selected me as a captain,â€? Beaudin said. Â Beaudin is also a member of the Poms team.Â Beaudin uses dance to express herself and also believes that it is a great way to relax and not to mention, a great way to exercise.Â
â€œI love to dance because I feel that it is a great way to express myself. Â When I am dancing I find myself in a mental state that allows me to truly relax and let go,â€? Beaudin said. Â To her, dance is a way to relieve stress that has built up throughout the school day. â€œI find it really relaxes me, itâ€™s the one thing that lets me forget all about all of my stress,â€? Beaudin said. Her dance schedule consists of a few practices each week. Â These practices focus on both routine and technique and only last for a few hours. Â Her love for dance manifested at a young age and ever since she hit the stage has been an important part of her life.Â She is accomplished in many styles, including jazz, hip hop, and ballet , but her favorite style has always been jazz. Â Â Â Even though dance has become an integral part of her everyday life, Beaudin does not plan to pursue a career dancing. Â Instead, she will attend Marquette University and study nursing.Â However, while sheâ€™s at Marquette she intends to join some of the many dance clubs offered and possibly take classes at the recreation center there.Â
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International Poetry Day Members of poetry club prepare organize events and work on new material by Molly Leahy and Riyah Basha
oses are red, violets are blue, April is National Poetry Month, what is Central going to do? Celebrate with Poetry Club, of course! Students share their passion for poetry in Poetry Club, a group that has helped many kids express themselves in new ways. â€œMany of our meetings include sharing the spoken word through music, writing or drawing. I encourage students to give us a try. They may be pleasantly surprised,â€? said Tatiana Naborowski, senior, and President of Poetry Club. Poetry is something that has affected different students in different ways. For many members, it helped them to get out of their comfort zones. â€œJoining poetry club and doing more things with writing poetry has really forced me out of a shell I used to hide in a lot,â€? said Edmond Burkhart, junior. The clubâ€™s weekly gatherings provide kids with a safe and open space to speak their minds. â€œWhat I love about Poetry Club is that it encourages students to think unconventionally, often in the company of like-minded students that just want to hang and express themselves,â€? Naborowski said. Most students did not discover poetry until later in their high school lives. â€œIâ€™ve been active in the club since junior year. It was always something I wanted to be a part of but couldnâ€™t because I was in multiple organizations at the time,â€? Naborowski said. â€œI came in last year as a sophomore, riddled with identity crisis and wanting to write rap songs,â€? Burkhart said. â€œThen I started writing normal poetry, and to my surprise, the other people there liked it.â€? In April, the clubâ€™s activities are in full swing in honor of National Poetry Month. â€œWe celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry slam on campus called Poetry Palooza, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and Tattoo the Sidewalk,â€? Naborowski said. On Poem in your Pocket Day, students walk around with a poem in his or her pockets and share it aloud with other people. The members have a chance to share with others their passions and inspirations. The rest of Central gets a taste of Poetry Clubâ€™s flair at Poetry Palooza, where singers and poets alike come together during lunch periods to perform. Overall, the month gives writers a chance to reflect on the impact poetry has had on their lives and the world at large. â€œPoetry has given me a bit of an outlet for creative thoughts that simply are too basic or plotless to put into other formats,â€? Burkhart said. He also likes how poetry can help him release his feelings in a healthy way. â€œItâ€™s the emotional medium, but that doesnâ€™t mean simply tears or frustrations. It can mean laughter, joyful confusion. Name an emotion, and I guarantee that thereâ€™s a poem written about it,â€? Burkhart said. Some students not only get inspired from their own poems, but from other poets as well. â€œThe Robert Frost poem, â€˜The Road Not Takenâ€™ inspires me to keep moving forward with my life even when things get hard,â€? Naborowski said. In the future, Naborowski already has some plans in mind to help bring awareness to famous poets and hopes to boost membership of the club. â€œWe want to work with the library to set up a display of poetry books by poetic authors from around the world,â€? Naborowski said. â€œSo, if you like to hang out with free-spirited, creative thinkers, then join us!â€?
She doesnâ€™t sweat, she shines Creator of aerobics gym class returns to Central by Mariam Ardehali
Angad Ravanam Mrs. Julie Schlueter came out of retirement to be a long-term gym substitute. She is returning to the program that she created.
any students only know Mrs. Julie Schlueter as the super-fit and fun blonde gym sub. However, there is actually much more to Schlueter than her students realize. She is the teacher responsible for creating the aerobics program that so many female students love, and also stays very active in her personal life. Whether she is training for a triathlon or teaching students new yoga moves, Schlueter is always keeping active. Although she retired a few years ago, she is currently back as a long-term substitute teacher for Mrs. Kelly Watson, who is on maternity leave. Schlueter created the aerobics class because she saw it as an up-and-coming trend at the time, and she believes that the exercises taught in the class are becoming even more popular today. â€œItâ€™s happening more and more now, even more than it did then. We were actually a bit ahead of the time,â€? Schlueter said, â€œItâ€™s developed so that we do a lot more things
than just step-aerobics or regular aerobics. We do dance fitness, toning, and things that we didnâ€™t necessarily do back then when the class just started.â€? Although all periods are taught through the same curriculum, classes may differ due to different teaching styles. Schlueter, who takes a very enthusiastic approach towards the class, keeps her teaching hands-on and interactive. â€œI try to demonstrate the moves myself, as well as still getting up and making sure people are doing the right thing,â€? she said. Schlueter tries to generate enthusiasm in the class by encouraging her students and setting examples through personal athletic experiences. She also embraces the concept of teaching and connecting with students. â€œI know in fitness clubs theyâ€™re doing a lot with the fitness and dance fitness classes, where the teacher just gets up and does the dance, and you just try to randomly follow along. I might be a little old-school that way, but I think that
in high school we still need to teach a little bit,â€? Schlueter said. Now that she has returned as a substitute teacher, sheâ€™s getting back into routine of teaching aerobics. â€œI think itâ€™s fun! Mrs. Watson was my student teacher, so it makes it easy to step in her position. Iâ€™ve also subbed for her classes a lot, so the kids have a tendency to know me,â€? she said. Many students are excited to have her as a teacher as well, because of her enthusiasm and creative way of teaching. Schlueter encourages any girls who are not in the Aerobics program to try it out. â€œI think people should try it! Weâ€™re always changing it, keeping it up-to-date. I think the other teachers do a great job, and always have lots of new ideas,â€? she said. â€œI know that they are always open to bringing in new things. So if thereâ€™s something that the students want to do, then [the teachers] will learn more about it, and try to bring it into our program.â€?
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The boys are back in town The road to the basketball team’s conference championship By Kevin “K-Flash” Gaffney and D. Justin Yi
tâ€™s a day prior to the game against Proviso East, the third ranked team in the state for basketball. Tanner Makris, senior, and the boys varsity basketball team are practicing for the big game when they learn that five of their teammates have fallen ill. Twenty-four hours later, after dedicating the game to one of their fellow players, the Devils go out and hold their own, even coming close to beating Proviso, despite being an extreme underdog. The effort the Devils showed was one reason that this seasonâ€™s team was one of the most successful ones in the schoolâ€™s history. The basketball team went 13 years between conference titles. In that time, it has come close to winning, but has also had down years where it didnâ€™t win a single conference game. The hype surrounding the team, once sky high in the late 1990s when former Marquette star Brian Wardle was on the floor for the Devils, had largely faded, and morale around the team dropped sharply.
BONUS However, under third-year head coach Nick Latorre and his assistant coaches Andy Jones, Lee Maciejewski, Kevin Baldus, the Red Devils were able to establish a winning mentality that lasted throughout the 2012-2013 season. â€œOur philosophy is built around three core principles-hard work, discipline and unselfishness,â€? Latorre said. These principles worked perfectly for the players, as they provided the drive the team
unbelievably hard, and because of our work ethic and drive, we go into every game believing that we cannot lose.â€? The title also helped the Devils re-establish themselves as one of the premier programs in the state. â€œWinning conference is a great accomplishment for us,â€? said Brian Owens, senior. â€œWe are proud that we were able to put our program back on the map.â€? This year, the team put a lot of time and focus into practice. Ian Bunting, junior, said, â€œEach one of the coaches brought their own style of coaching and each one really knew what it took to win. In practice, we always went as hard as we could for as long as we could. We were definitely pushed to our limits, and thatâ€™s how any great team practices.â€? McKee added, â€œOur practices are very detailed, and not a second of time that we used was wasted.â€? The players had strong
â€œAll the sweat, hard work, time, laughs, yelling, and bonding have paid offâ€? - Tanner Makris needed to reach its pinnacle: the conference championship. â€œThe coaching is what drove our team to win conference,â€? said Ian McKee, senior. â€œThey do a great job of preparing us for every game. Our team works
relationships with their coaches, but their relationship with each other was what ultimately carried the team to its fantastic finish. â€œThere were no cliques (amongst the players),â€? Latorre said. â€œThough everyone on the
team had different interests, the high levels of leadership and caring on and off the court allowed them to develop phenomenal team chemistry.â€? Makris said, â€œOur team was closer than anything Iâ€™ve ever been apart of. We spent time together, ate together, played together, watched movies together, anything that would make us more of a family. We really were like brothers.â€? Evan Blust, senior, commented, â€œWe knew we had to fully dedicate ourselves to the team in order to win. The overall commitment to the program and to each other was what got us the championship.â€?
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Brian Owens, senior, drives to the basket against his defender in isolation.
Throughout the 12 game winning streak towards the end of the year, the Red Devils definitely showed off their team unity, but it was the Proviso game that provided one of the best examples: a team rallying around each other without five teammates, trying to topple one of the top teams in the state. The emotion both during and after the game showed the bond shared between the teammates. â€œWe hope to build up a strong team, and to have the community rise up and support us,â€? Latorre added. The community did support them. â€œAs the season progressed and we kept winning, the crowds began
to grow exponentially with students, teachers, and the local community,â€? Makris said, â€œIt gave our school a lot of spirit and excitement.â€? Fans packed the stands for almost every home game, cheering for their fellow Red Devils as they coasted to conference, and added to the positive aura surrounding the team. One of those fans, Mitchell Meyer, junior, noted how more and more people began to notice how well the team was playing and how they flocked to games in hopes of seeing something special. Â â€œI think the school and the community really supported the team because of their success,â€?
Meyer said. â€œWinning conference was huge and I know they got a lot of recognition for doing that.â€? However, there is still a long way before the team remains a dominant force. â€œWe still have work to do to maintain consistency,â€? Latorre said. â€œWe won 17 games last year, 18 games this year. We need to keep that up.â€? Latorre also stressed the fansâ€™ willingness to travel to away games. â€œThe program has good kids with many different personalities. That can help us gain appeal and establish an away fan base like Benetâ€™s team does, or even like the football team.â€? It is hard to match the large crowds of a football game for an indoor sport like basketball, but one aspect basketball has in its favor is how close the bleachers are to the court, thus creating a closer relationship to the game.
â€œThe stands are a lot closer in the gym, Meyer said, â€œThe teams can hear the chants a lot better.â€? Despite all the hype surrounding the team this season, the year ended on a sour note with an upset loss to a much lower ranked Geneva squad. â€œThe loss was tough for all of us,â€? Blust said. â€œIt was an unspectacular ending to a spectacular season.â€? Â However, the season is not considered a failure. Â â€?All the sweat, hard work, time, laughs, yelling, and bonding have paid off,â€? Makris said. Despite the large number of graduating seniors on the team, there are high hopes for next yearâ€™s batch of varsity players as well. â€œI hope we can pick up where we left off next season,â€? Bunting said. â€œWe can have a great team.â€? If anything is to be taken from this spectacular season, itâ€™s that Red Devil basketball is back.
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Girls track coach led state team and coached Olympic athletes by Paige Pielet and just drive them. We get on that same wavelength and thatâ€™s the key.â€? Wilson believes she could tell from the start which girls were going to make it that far. Wilson said, â€œShe (Nicole Whitman, Hinsdale South jumper) didnâ€™t think that she would ever go that far. She had so much talent. We just pushed her and she just kept on driving and she realized that she had it in her like no other.â€? The drive, she talks of again, with Olympic hurdler Egle Staisiunaite, â€œShe always had the drive and you always knew she was going to get to the Olympics.â€? As successful as some of her athletes are, her favorite part of coaching, she said, is â€œseeing my athletes improve. Not always seeing the best kid improve, but sometimes seeing the kid at the back of the pack getting better, making that incremental progress.â€? She remembers one particular girl had a goal of running a 200 in 30 seconds. â€œShe didnâ€™t care if it took her a year to achieve that goal, thatâ€™s what she wanted to do. By the end of her senior year, she ran 29.8 seconds in the 200. That was one of the proudest moments of my life. â€? A strong belief of hers is that, â€œEverybody can get better.â€?
t just nine years old, coach Patrice Wilson was diagnosed with epilepsy and told she could no longer swim. This is when she began running, and is now a girlsâ€™ track and field coach at Central, coaching hurdlers and long jump, and assisting in sprints. â€œIt was either do something in sports or clean up the house, and I was not cleaning up the house,â€? Wilson said of the beginning of her running. She sprinted and long jumped for her track club, the Mayor Daley Youth Foundation, and continued into college at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. While at college, she tore her knee, which led her to become the coach she is today. Coach Wilson has been a member of the ITCCCA Hall of Fame since 2007 and received the USATF Presidents Award in 2008. Although it ended her career, Wilsonâ€™s knee injury taught her valuable life lessons. She said, â€œI never wanted kids to be subjected to the bad instruction that I received in college. I would make sure that I knew what I was doing and how to do it.â€? She has proved that she does in her past 30 years of experience as a coach at various schools in Indiana and Illinois. She has coached several state champion teams, including OPRF in 1987 and HCHS in 2010. She has also coached cross country, basketball, and club track. Originally, she had a club named Casa, and she now coaches at Zephyrs Track Club. At Zephyrs, they only compete in three to four meets, and travel to the USA national track and field championships. â€œThe kids get to meet kids from other schools, they get to socialize a lot, we get to have fun,â€? Wilson said. â€œFor nationals this year we are going to Greensborough, North Carolina. Last year, we went to Baltimore.â€? Wilson has met many Olympians and introduces them to her athletes. â€œI try to make every junior Olympic experience a true Olympic experience,â€? Wilson said. â€œI introduce kids to friends of mine, college coaches and Olympians, and we go from there.â€? Wilson has coached three athletes who have made it to the Olympic trials and one who has gone to the Olympics. The key, she explained, was a lot of talent and work ethic. Of her state champions, she said, â€œTheir work ethic was like no other and thatâ€™s something I canâ€™t teach. Once I discover that a kid has that kind of talent, I can push their button
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As the cost of higher education skyrockets, the idea that college is worth this growing price tag comes into question by Kathryn Cua and Chetna Mahajan
ver 95 percent of Central students will attend college next fall. Of those 95 percent, some will become part of the 15 percent of Americans who now hold student loan debt in excess of $70 billion. Those 95 percent will also enter an unemployment workplace rate hovering this February at 7.7 percent. Current news reports warn that those 95 percent now face the harsh reality that their $100,000 plus college education may not pay off. The plan used to be simple: do well in school, graduate, get a job, raise a family, retire. It was a guaranteed process. However, with the economy plummeting, higher education hasnâ€™t only become more difficult to afford, but it has left many unemployed due to pay restrictions. Employers have become more selective. The job market has become more competitive. Due to these conditions, just because a student earns a degree doesnâ€™t necessarily mean theyâ€™ll be able to acquire a job after graduation. Now it is time for Centralâ€™s 95 percent of seniors to make a decision. Theyâ€™ve already survived four years of the tumultuous trials of high school. Add another four in the coming years at college, and then any additional education in master, graduate, or doctoral schooling. Despite all this academic grooming in preparation for the employment they arenâ€™t even guaranteed, for most students, the only thing they can definitely guarantee after it all is the pool of debt in which they will be drowning. Now, students of Centralâ€™s senior class have to decide whether or not pursuing a higher education is worth its costs. According to the Huffington Post, â€œThe cost of a college degree in the United States has increased â€˜12 foldâ€™ over the past 30 years, far outpacing the price inflation of consumer goods, medical expenses and food.â€? Due to this, many students will most likely take on loans to help pay for college. Take Tim Adamcyzk, a Central graduate of 2010. He went to community college in addition to taking on loans. Adamczyk attended College of Dupage his freshman year in order to save money to pay for the school he is currently attending, The Art Institute of Chicago. Despite a â€œsignificant scholarship,â€? Adamczyk still had to borrow money. To pay off his loans, he plans on taking on a part time job in addition to a full time job. â€œSometimes I donâ€™t know how Iâ€™m going to do it and even with me, Iâ€™m paying probably $15,000 a year and thatâ€™s not nearly as much as a lot of people do.â€? For some, college undoubtedly is the next step after high school regardless of price. â€œI feel in our society, college is just like high school, and it is just expected we all go, and to be honest, I never thought that was unusual,â€? said senior Ashley Marinko. â€œHigh school is all about getting us to college and getting us ready, so I feel if we donâ€™t go to college, all these years of school were
pointless and useless because nowadays, especially, in our economy, itâ€™s really hard to get a good job even with a college degree; without it, it seems nearly impossible.â€? In fact, research shows that many college graduates are working in jobs that heretofore have not required college degrees and that have been historically low-paying jobs like administrative assistants or telemarketing jobs. Students who do receive a degree are shown to be better off when entering the job market. â€œThe unemployment rate for all four-year graduates is 4.5 percent. For recent graduates, itâ€™s 6.8 percent. For recent graduates trying to work with only a high school diploma, itâ€™s nearly 24 percent,â€? said John Pope for the Huffington Post. Though Marinko like many other students see college as a way to prepare students for the job market, Adamcyzk thinks high school students should see it a different way. â€œYou should really have emotions about what youâ€™re doing versus â€˜this is what I have to do in order to get the certain job I want,â€™â€? Adamczyk said. He says to â€œfigure out what you really love and go at it relentlessly. And that doesnâ€™t mean college, but if it does mean college, then I would embrace that and do the best with it. Itâ€™s not so much about what college is as what it does. And if itâ€™s not doing what you need it to do, then itâ€™s not worth it.â€? However, with a faltering economy, many suggest choosing a practical major to ensure employment. The top six in-demand degrees in 2013 according to Yahoo Education are: accounting, management, communications, graphic communications, petroleum engineering, and mechanical engineering. Despite all the uncertainty that may follow in the years after college graduationâ€”paying back loans, finding a job, and managing a lifeâ€”Cara Tenerelli, senior, advocates pursuing higher education follow because, to her, it â€œis more than just receiving a degree.â€? Tenerelli sees college as a â€œgrowing experienceâ€? where â€œstudents can learn to push their limits and find themselves,â€? as well as a place where â€œpeople discover their interests and passions. Although not everyone earns jobs out of college, I still am a strong believer in the value of higher education,â€? Tenerelli said. â€œBy going to college, students are exposing themselves to more opportunities for new knowledge as well as learning important life skills.â€? Marinko, like most seniors and parents, believes that college is crucial to the maturing process--itâ€™s a coming-of-age of sorts. â€œI think itâ€™s important for everyone to go to college because not only is it the next step of our education, it is also a great opportunity for us to grow up and become independent.â€? The cost of that independence grows day by day.
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any Central students may find newer technology incorporated into their classes at an increasing rate in the upcoming years. With the convenience that tablets and other inventions have in aiding learning and easing the burden of heavy backpacks, many teachers and students are now considering switching from pages to pixels. According to Consumer Reports, it has become increasingly common for students as young as 11 years old to suffer from lower back pain, particularly because of carrying heavy backpacks for extended periods of time or while climbing stairs. At Central, students, parents and teachers all welcome solutions to this problem and improvements to learning by incorporating technology into the classroom. One such change being considered, the use of electronic textbooks, is a welcomed idea from Centralâ€™s staff. â€œAs long as everyone has access and the technology is reliable, I would see no problem. I am guessing it would be just as easy as a textbook and possibly less expensive in the short term,â€? said Mr. Andrew Laux, history teacher. Though the switch would differ from the hands-on version most are used to, the e-book seems promising to the staff as it couldnâ€™t be lost or torn. Parents, by seeing the hassle and health effects that a heavy backpack can have, have their own thoughts on electronic or online textbooks as well. Mrs. Anna Ferguson, Central parent, explained anything that can be done to lighten the load is beneficial. â€œEverything is just being lugged around; it makes more sense to have it online,â€? Ferguson said. However, bringing electronic textbooks into classrooms may be problematic. â€œI think itâ€™s going to be a cost issue. Obviously in this school district itâ€™ll be a little different, but throughout the nation it could be difficult,â€? Ferguson said. For studentsâ€™ convenience and limiting school expenditures, other alternatives to having electronic textbooks are also being considered. â€œHaving a classroom set of textbooks is definitely a good way for convenience, but again it brings up cost issues. For schools and communities that canâ€™t afford it, while textbooks are expensive, itâ€™s less than electronics,â€? Ferguson said. Despite the cost, several students throughout Central already use e-textbooks to avoid heavy backpacks and improve the learning experience. Dan Lastres, junior, explained that he has found switching to textbooks on his iPad helpful. â€œIâ€™m just a tech geek and find it convenient,â€? Lastres said. Besides helping lighten a heavy backpack, Lastres has also noticed other benefits from switching to an iPad. â€œI find it very useful. Access
to the internet on the fly is very helpful when encountering unknown words or topics. And the ability to create and edit Word documents and take notes with it is very valuable,â€? he said. Madeleine Lofchy, sophomore, also uses an iPad as a substitute for textbooks and notebooks. â€œI would say that, since I donâ€™t have to cart heavy books to and from school, it makes it a lot easier,â€? she said. â€œI also have two sets of textbooks: one at home and one at school,â€? she said. Lofchy explained that the system hasnâ€™t been much of an expense either. â€œIf you get used textbooks, itâ€™s actually not too much money. And Iâ€™ve been doing it since middle school, so it works perfectly for me.â€? Unfortunately, itâ€™s not always possible to use an eBook in place of a textbook. â€œIf I could avoid using a backpack, I would, but most of my classes require written work or textbooks that are still not digitized,â€? Lastres said. Other schools are also in the process of making similar switches from textbooks to technology. â€œI know there are already middle schools that are using tablets for a lot of things during class. The Lane is using tablets and computers in class as far as Iâ€™ve heard,â€? Ferguson said. St. Ignatius High School is considering implementing iPads in their classrooms to facilitate learning and teaching. A student from St. Ignatius, Morgan Mroz, junior, explained her positive opinion of the decision. â€œI think itâ€™s a good idea overall. Iâ€™m not exactly certain how set-in-stone it is that weâ€™re getting iPads, but if we do, I definitely think that their speed and convenience could benefit us,â€? she said. Mroz did have some concerns about the change, however. â€œIt will probably cost a lot for the school to make such a change. It might pay for itself eventually, but it seems like a huge expense,â€? she said. Besides expenses, other factors force many to weigh the benefits against the detractions. â€œAnother issue is the carbon footprint of all these electronics,â€? Ferguson said. As of now, the decision to move to electronic textbooks at Central has not been made by the administration. â€œItâ€™s just a matter of general will. There is no reason we canâ€™t. But, are the decision-makers committed?â€? Laux said. In Hinsdale, many parents are also more inclined to participate in using electronic textbooks and classroom book sets. â€œI would assume, knowing the community, most of the parents would be for it. Obviously, they canâ€™t make it a requirement to have a tablet or a computer, but Hinsdale would be a great test case for something like this because parents would be more able to afford it,â€? Ferguson said.
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The building blocks of crew Central students devote themselves to backstage by Libby Morris and Caitlin Reedy
he lights go dark at the end of the scene, the crowd waits a couple of seconds, the light fades back on, and the actors are transported to a new scene and a new set. The lights, sound, props, and sets all happen to complete a show. The actors and actresses continue to do what they do as the crew adjusts all aspects of the theatre to allow the show to be the best it can be. The kids involved in crew in the drama department at Central work the show the entire time without the audience noticing. They are a close group of about 20 students who work for each show Central puts on, running all aspects of what happens onstage. Anyone can join crew as long as they commit to rehearsal time, which can add up to more time than what the actors and actresses put in. Many crew members join after being persuaded by friends already in crew. Others who participated in the freshmen play could not audition for Fall Play, so they helped out with crew, and have stuck with it ever since. Members arenâ€™t required to take part in every show, but a core group, typically composed of older students, comes back for almost every show. Additionally, others rotate in depending on what shows they are acting in. The students in crew are a tight-knit group, so spending countless hours with each other is something special for them. â€œI loved the community, so I stuck with it,â€? said Benita Ning, sophomore. While they operate as a group, crew is separated into â€˜sub-crews.â€™ There is construction crew, backstage crew, light crew, sound crew, and prop crew. All of the crews are under the direction of Mr. Charlie Cooper, who comes to Central after school. â€œA lot of responsibility is put on you, so if you canâ€™t do stuff, it is your problem. You Empty bottles canâ€™t just put it on some adult,â€? Scattered Ning said. between type Crew runs six writers and or seven shows old printers, a a year, including suprising amount the Variety Show of empty alcohol and the school bottels clutter the musical. These kids work the counters. entire show,
Stand up bass Although it is out of tune, detached from its back, and missing three strings, this stand up bass is a memorable object of the closet. while actors may only be in a couple scenes. They stay after school everyday whereas actors donâ€™t have to show up every day depending on their role. â€œSometimes Iâ€™m so jealous that they can do homework during rehearsal or something because they are not in that scene, and we canâ€™t,â€? said Ele Hagermoser, sophomore. To create a show, construction crew comes in to build the sets, typically with no experience. Throughout rehearsals, they continue to build sets, organize props, and figure out what to do lights, sounds, and set changes. During tech week, cast and crew come together to run multiple shows to fix all glitches and make every perfect for opening night. The props department, headed by Teri Koebel, senior, is in charge of everything that appears on stage other than furniture. Their two storage rooms contain food, bottles, plates, roosters, eyeballs, and many other random objects. Being the head of the props crew, Koebel has her work cut out for her to get all of the props the drama department needs to transport their audience into the worlds of each of their productions. â€œUsually when I go home [after school], instead of doing homework I just go straight to Hobby Lobby and buy props, and then I come and sleep, and go back and buy more props again,â€? Koebel said. But being on crew isnâ€™t all work and no play; thereâ€™s a large family dynamic that surrounds crew, which is why a lot of people on crew come back for each show. â€œItâ€™s like how everybody has a thingâ€”this is my thing. I really love doing it, and also the people there,â€? Ning said. â€œI think itâ€™s a pretty tight-knit group.â€? â€œItâ€™s one big, weird, family,â€? Hagermoser said. Because every crew member spends so much time working together on the show, everyone becomes very close. The group has many traditions they practice every year that make everyone involved feel welcomed and part of the crew family. â€œItâ€™s really internal, so not many people necessarily know about [our traditions],â€? Ning said. Being so internal like this keeps all of the crew traditions special for each and every show. But thereâ€™s another part to a production other than the crew: the actors. And sometimes, these two groups donâ€™t always see eye-to-eye. With the crew perfecting their work backstage and actors perfecting
Creepy dolls their work onstage, discrepancies sometimes occur. Despite this, Koebel has noticed a positive change in the interaction between cast and crew since her freshman year. The size of the cast and crew affects the level of mingling in addition to the time factor. Because everyone involved in the production has a job to do, there isnâ€™t much time for interaction between the two groups to become friends. â€œActors are usually doing their rehearsals and crew is building things. So you might have mutual friends between cast and crew, but itâ€™s not like one big conglomerate group,â€? Ning said. In addition to this dynamic between the groups, some crew members feel underappreciated at times because the actors get most of the attention when people come to see the final productions. Some feel as though others donâ€™t see all of the hard work each and every crew member puts into each production. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s that weâ€™re not appreciated. [The actors] understand that weâ€™re a big part of it, itâ€™s just that sometimes they donâ€™t understand how hard each person works,â€? Ning said. The conflict of underappreciation has gotten better as time goes on, but there are still occasional problems between the two groups. â€œIn past years it was a lot worse. I remember my freshman
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year it was pretty bad, but now itâ€™s pretty good,â€? Koebel said. Still, some of the crew members like to look on the bright side of this underappreciation. â€œI think [the crew] is kind of the magic of theatre, in a way,â€? Hagermoser said.
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atherine Grimm walks off the field and collapses onto the bench, exhausted after another practice filled with sprints, drills, and more sprints. The Lax season has only just begun, but the girls lacrosse team is already hard at work, practicing six days a week for a grueling two hours a day. As the countdown begins for the Glenbard West game March 4, memories of last yearâ€™s game and rivalries are still fresh. They are out for blood. However, this rivalry did not always exist. It is a relatively new rivalry that has intensified over the last few years. â€œOur biggest rivals were and still are New Trier and Loyola, but Glenbard West is becoming a bigger rival and not that many people know about it,â€? said Kate Ryan, junior. So, what caused this rivalry? â€œIt is one of the best suburban schools like we are. Itâ€™s not a North Shore school like Loyola or New
Trier. That raises the stakes for us,â€? Ryan said. To add to the flame, last year there was an incident during the junior varsity game. â€œIt was a very close game, and it was the final minutes. The goalie came out of the crease and Claudia Beard (an attacker for Central) checked the goalie. They got intertwined, tripped over each other, and suddenly Beard fell on the field in pain. Later, we found out she tore her MCL. It was awful,â€? Ryan said. Beard said, â€œI didnâ€™t need any surgery, but I was in a brace for six months. It really disappointed me because we had a big tournament that weekend, and I was out for the rest of the season. I even thought I would have to sit out of this season too.â€? With the memories of the injury fresh in her mind, Beard and her teammates have been motivated to work extra hard to face their rival. â€œI consider every school a rival. I think Glenbard West is the most physical
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of any of the other teams and we need to fight them back but not in a physical way. We just need to come back stronger,â€? Beard said. â€œIâ€™m not going to take my anger out on the [Glenbard West] girls for the injury, but Iâ€™m going to try and beat them with my stick skills,â€? Beard said. The whole team has been training hard core for the upcoming game. â€œWe have been practicing over two hours a day, six days a week, depending on our coachâ€™s plan. We have a set number of drills, exercises, and demos we need to get through before practice is done, so some times we practice longer than we expected,â€? said Catherine Grimm, a varsity junior. By working hard, the girls plan to repeat their win this year. They have increased the intensity of their practices and are ready to avenge the injury of their teammate. â€œWe are working hard to be the best we can. I know we can win,â€? Grimm said.
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â€œThe Wizard of Ozâ€? stands as one of the classic films of American culture, and it has enthralled audiences young and old alike for decades. Capitalizing on this success, Walt Disney Pictures released â€œOz the Great and Powerfulâ€? on March 8. The plot of the film centers on the deceitful Oscar Diggs or Oz, an illusionist and magician in Kansas at the beginning of the twentieth century. Oz has been struggling to inspire audiences as part of a traveling circus for some time, and he craves to be a â€œgreat manâ€? rather than merely a good one. Gone from his mind is the paradigm of his fatherâ€™s generation â€“ farming to support his family until death â€“ and he tells a woman, who seems to be his love interest of the time, that she can marry another man as a result. Soon enough, Oz is chased out of his trailer by an enraged muscle man, flying away in a hot air balloon straight into a whirling tornado. After several near
death experiences, Oz ends up in the land which shares his name. The opening scene of the film attempts to be a wonderful throwback to â€œThe Wizard of Ozâ€? with its black and white picture and its tornado scene, however both of the techniques feel a bit cheap and uninspired. Itâ€™s clear from the outset that this film was made under the shadow of its predecessor, and most of the attempts made in the movie to imitate â€œThe Wizard of Ozâ€? fall flat. Itâ€™s a difficult film for James Franco and Mila Kunis, the two leading actors on the project. Most of their acting is clichĂŠ, unremarkable, or just plain bad, from the forgettable â€œI canâ€™t swim!â€? in a knee high river to the smirk on Francoâ€™s face as he gets assaulted by a CGI river elf. The presence of so many clichĂŠs and CGI alongside the bad acting makes â€œOz the Great and Powerfulâ€? a disappointing attempt at fleshing out the story of its great predecessor.
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In four short years from 1967 to 1970, Jimi Hendrix transformed the scene of rock and roll music. A pioneer in distortion, flange, wah, and numerous other effect techniques, and a master showsman, Hendrix burned brightly before his death in September, 1970. Since his death, however, a whopping twelve albums have been released under Hendrixâ€™s name. The most recent, People, Hell and Angels, marks the last such record to feature unreleased studio tapes of the guitar virtuoso. Itâ€™s a fresh look at Hendrixâ€™s music â€“ a very natural extension of his original three studio albums. Members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell are present on several of the rougher tracks of the album, namely â€œIzabellaâ€? and â€œEasy Blues.â€? Other notable contributors include Stephen Stills on â€œSomewhereâ€? and Band of Gypsysâ€™ Buddy Miles on have of the songs. The variety of artists present indicates Hendrixâ€™s eagerness for experimentation prior to his death.
Hendrix can be heard on this album in some pretty atypical settings. Two of the tunes, â€œMojo Manâ€? and â€œLet Me Move Youâ€? (the latter being the best track on the album) have a heavy soul influence and actually donâ€™t feature Hendrix on vocals at all. Rather his driving licks find a home amid horns and organs. Hendrix shares the spotlight on these tracks more than he ever has before. Most of the other songs on the album fit in nicely with what has become the Hendrix recipe â€“ guitar lick intro into a free jam with a verse here or there. Thereâ€™s a really novel take of â€œHear My Train a Cominâ€™â€? that gives a much different vibe than recordings past. Unfortunately, if thereâ€™s anything that can be criticized about People, Hell and Angels, itâ€™s that Hendrixâ€™s licks donâ€™t explore much new territory. It may be unfair criticism, but it must be noted. Still, more of Jimi Hendrixâ€™s usual hypnotic play on People, Hell and Angels makes it a worthwhile record.
City scene Burr Ridge by Smirti Kanagat
One of Burr Ridgeâ€™s numerous parks, Kraml Park is probably the most relaxing and aesthetically pleasing in which to spend time. The park is over two acres of area, and the majority of that area is covered in pond. Of course, with the cold temperatures and recent wintry weather just behind us now, there is not much â€œwildlifeâ€? to observe; however, with spring slowly coming upon us, the pond will soon be teeming with the geese and ducks. Kraml is a wonderful outdoor areaâ€”it is located so close by, yet lets you feel as if you are relaxing far, far away. If you are looking for a calm place to spend a Sunday afternoon, look no further than Kraml Park in Burr Ridge.
Woods Pool on Tomlin Drive is a very lively park area that offers a plethora of activities. With lit tennis courts, a playground for any little siblings, and picnic tables, there is definitely something for everyone at Woods. In addition, the swimming pool will be opening as soon as the weather warms up. The park has a very upbeat feel, and it is a perfect place to hang out, whether you are there for just half an hour, or even if you want to spend the whole afternoon there. As spring rolls around and you look for a fun and safe place to hang out, pay a visit to Woods Pool.
Burr Ridge Village Center
Located on the Village Center Drive is the Burr Ridge Village Center, Burr Ridgeâ€™s outdoor shopping strip. The entire mall is located outdoors, with clothing shops, boutiques, and small restaurants located all along a walkway. The Village Center is a nice place to go if you are looking for a quiet place to spend an afternoon with the family or friends. The shops in the center are all the chain stores we are familiar with like Bath and Body Works and Starbucks, but located in a quaint, slightly old-fashioned setting. The environment is very friendly, as most of the shoppers are families. This shopping center is a great way to get some shopping done while enjoying the fresh air of the outdoors, especially in the spring, summer, and fall.
The turtles have made their journey to the sea, and this week, so will we. Spring Break 2013 -Johnny Campbell