HINSDALE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL HINSDALE, ILLINOIS ISSUE 85 10.26.12
Fight for the White House
Students weigh in on the issues Page 15
Athletes’ stress Page 22
Exchange students Page 24
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Profile: Charlotte Kanzler Page 19
The Color Guard faces adversity Page 24
Sports News Briefs
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Cheers and Jeers Snap Thought
ity Ping: 12 Personal Students get involved
Should Bush tax cuts be extended? Betsy Morgan visits Statesville
with the election
Biology teacher has costumes for every unit
14 Billy Magnesen
10 News Briefs
Infographic 18 Halloween candy sales
Feature Focus 20 22
Exchange Students Athlete Psychology:
Are Central athletes too stressed?
The Lookout 27 28 29
Music review Upcoming Game
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letter from the editors
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Welcome to the October issue of the Devils’ Advocate! Before we jump into this issue’s great content, I must make right a wrong from the September edition. In the sports feature titled “Never a Devil”, we incorrectly stated that Kate Kormushoff never wore a Hinsdale Central uniform. She was, in fact, a member of the varsity girls soccer team during her junior year as well as volleyball during her freshman year. We regret the mistake and offer our apologies for any controversy it may have caused. Within this month’s issue, you will find extensive coverage of the election, a story on Color Guard. a look ahead at the men’s bowling team, and much, much, more We hope you enjoy the October issue and have a Happy Halloween!
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A campaign against apathy
og on Facebook, select profiles at random, and go to their “About” page. On just about everyone’s Facebook profile is a political alignment running the gamut from “Nobama 2012” to “Anarchocapitalism” to “I’m moving to Canada if Romney wins.” Or check out your news feed: this time of year, it’s filled with videos of the presidential debates, political editorials, or expletive-laden rants about the policies of certain candidates. In contrast to the large number of people who will passionately express their political opinions, there are only a select few people who can provide informed justification for these opinions, a thought that is sometimes frightening considering the passion present in some Facebook posts. But even more alarming is when the profiles say simply: “I don’t care about politics.” It’s this type of ignorance and apathy that we at the Devils’ Advocate are taking a stand against. All elections are important, but this particular presidential election is especially important to us due to the incredibly high amount of conflict regarding programs and policies put in place that specifically affect young Americans. We’ve decided to provide you a list of the issues that directly impact us, i.e., why you should care. So read up, get informed, and get involved. Up for debate this time around is whether we will be able to stay on our parents’ insurance plans until we are 26. Romney opposes this plan; Obama supports it. With the rising costs of healthcare in this country, it’s especially important that people have insurance, either paid for by themselves or through their employers. According to Google Statistics, the unemployment for 20 to 24-year-olds is 12.4 percent, which is 4.6 percent points higher than the overall rate. That’s 12.4 percent of us who will be without jobs—and healthcare.
Another big issue this election is one that is very important to all of us: education at the secondary and post-secondary level. Both Obama and Romney want there to be more college graduates and want to lower the cost of attending university, but they both have different ideas of how to do so. Obama supports the involvement of the federal government in keeping the rates on student loans low. Romney, though a supporter of short-term federal influence of this interest rate, opposes the student loan interest rate being kept low on a long-term basis. Instead, he is proposing that families “shop around and compare tuition in different places,” as he said on March 5 in Ohio, as an alternative to taking out costly student loans. According to a study done by the Institute for College Access and Success, the average college student graduates with $26,600 of debt in student loans. A less-publicized but just as important conflict is the existence of voter ID laws, which are laws requiring voters to display a form of valid ID. Obama opposes them, citing them as too restrictive. Romney supports the laws and how they are meant to prevent voter fraud and to ensure a fair election on the voters’ end. According to a recent study by Reuters, younger voters are disproportionally affected by these laws. Eight percent of people aged 18 to 24 are without a form of ID that allows them to vote—the highest percentage of any voter demographic. So this election will obviously have a massive effect on how we, as young people, will live our lives for the next four years. But apart from having this huge effect, this election is the first time that a part of our senior class will be able to vote. The deadline for registering to vote has long passed, but those who can vote, should. Our government was founded on the ideal of democratic involvement from all segments of society, and that’s how it should be. Go out and make your voice heard.
This editorial is the consensus of the Devils’ Advocate editorial board.
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Q. What is your favorite Halloween movie and why?
Cheers to Starbucks’ Pumpkin Latté, we needed something to repeatedly post to Instagram.
Cheers to no age restriction on trick or treating. It may not be socially acceptable, but we want free candy! A. Halloween, we used to torment our little sister with it.
Mrs. Fehrman, Staff
Cheers to Romney’s binders full of women. Clinton would be proud. Cheers to TCBY fro-yo in the lunchroom. What’s next, Caribou Coffee?
A. Hocus Pocus, because of Sarah Jessica Parker’s nose.
Patrick Hipes, ‘13
Cheers to the football team going to the play-offs. Seniors needed another week to get weird.
Jeers to the fights during the election season. Let’s all get riled up about something most of us can’t even vote for. A. Frankenweenie, because I like weenies.
Satya Krishnan, ‘15
Jeers to homework on the “No Homework Weekend.” You trolled us so hard with that six page essay. Jeers to the smell of the mulch. This time it’s not us you guys, we swear. Jeers to Chris Brown’s face tattoo. Too far, Chris, too far.
A. Casper, because it’s the only one that doesn’t scare me.
Jake Zeeb, ‘15
Jeers to the sudden ending of first quarter. Wait, that was our final quarter grade?
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BATTLEGROUND Should Congress extend Bush tax cuts?
lmost all economists agree that the worst thing you can do during a recession is raise taxes. Increasing taxes reduces the amount of money people can spend in the economy, thus deterring growth and promoting stagnation. Yet this is exactly what President Obama is suggesting by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. They are caught between their campaign goal of demonizing the rich to garner votes and the reality that the rich account for huge amounts of spending and job growth. Allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire may help the Democrats at the ballot box, but will make things worse for all in the long run. Furthermore, increasing taxes does not necessarily increase tax revenue. Arthur Laffer explained that there is an optimal percentage of taxation to maximize revenues. If we have a 0% tax rate the government will obviously take in nothing. But increasing the tax rate to 100% will also cause revenues to vanish. Not only would the amount of people who hide their money offshore increase, but there would be no money for people to recirculate through American businesses. With no buying customers, the income of these businesses, which make up the majority of our economy, would reduce to almost nothing in a matter of months. So increasing the tax rate past the optimum level of efficiency that Laffer suggested actually decreases the amount of money the government takes in; taking a smaller percentage of a growing economy is always better then taking a larger piece of an economy in recession. Why does our President persist in promoting this idea? He feels that taxes on the wealthy need to increase, something he calls, “economic patriotism”. This will lead to a more equal distribution of incomes throughout the country. Unfortunately, the price of this kind of social engineering is decreased growth, higher unemployment, and a sharp turn from the free market principles that have allowed America to be successful in the past. Keeping the Bush tax cuts in place is not only patriotic, but it makes good economic sense. Adam Smith
here is no denying that, under the presidency of George W. Bush, the American economy changed from boasting a surplus to suffering from a deficit. This fiscal reversal has been attributed to the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, and of course, the Bush tax cuts. The tax cuts were a set of laws passed during President Bush’s time in office that decreased tax rates for nearly all Americans, in hopes of stimulating the economy. While the premise behind the cuts was noble—the effects were much more sinister. Over ten years, according to the US Treasury, the total revenue lost from the cuts has amounted to $3.9 trillion. At the end of the year, the Bush tax cuts will expire, leaving Congress and the president with the possibility of renewing them. But he cuts, under no circumstances, should be entirely renewed. Bear in mind that a decisive issue in today’s government is the national debt, and that lawmakers have struggled to find a way to keep America’s deficit and spending under control. Allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire could add $1 trillion in government revenue over the next ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, helping to alleviate the plague of our deficit. Allowing the cuts to expire is not a raising of taxes; it is a restoration of taxes. A massive budget deficit creates slow economic growth and high interest rates—so why not repeal the single largest contributor to the government’s debt? While many hold reservations about eliminating the tax cuts for the middle class, another plan to partially repeal the cuts, proposed by President Obama, has gained momentum. The plan suggests that the tax cuts expire only for those making more than $250,000 per year, leaving the tax rates for 98% of individuals and 97.5% of small businesses untouched, and still reducing the deficit. The US must take a balanced approach to reducing its deficit, an approach that includes both spending cuts and revenue increases. We, the indebted, can no longer afford the tax cuts of a surplus era. Whether or not they are completely repealed or partially allowed to expire, the Bush tax cuts cannot survive in their entirety. Ana Carell
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alloween and I have a love hate relationship. On one hand, I get free candy, and the 90s Halloweentown movies are basically classics. On the other hand, I have the fear tolerance of a six-year-old girl, and haunted houses scare the living you-know-what out of me. Last time I visited a haunted house, I somehow managed to hit my friend in the face. Twice. Bearing this in mind, picking Statesville as the next item to tackle on my bucket list was a bit daunting. I regretted going as soon as I got within a mile of the complex, where I could already hear the sound of gunshots and chainsaws and the screams of the victims. A twisted orthodontist twirled my hair in line, and a bloody clown on stilts lunged at me from over a chain-link fence, which was a dangerous move considering he has little balance and I tend to lash out when frightened. After the lovely experience of waiting with orthodontists, clowns, and one of the murderers from The Strangers, I got into the actual haunted house. I was caught between booking it through the maze for my own survival and clinging to the wall and trying to sneak by unnoticed. Running wasn’t really an option, since I was boxed in by equally terrified strangers, so I had to tough it out. The extras smelled my fear, too, because every hidden zombie managed to jump out at me. An actual policeman even snuck up on me at the ticket booth and screamed in my ear. I’m not kidding when I say I almost threw up. I’ll say that the silver lining is that I truly got the full effect, but really, who does that? Despite the fear and the gunshots and the clowns (all 17 of them) going to Statesville became a matter of pride. It’s more than a haunted house; it’s a legend. The rumors that I heard before going almost made me want to take my normal position of waiting in the car (no, they can’t cut your hair... anymore.) But I had to see for myself, and live through it without having to use an emergency exit to get out early, which, unfortunately, has actually happened before. I did survive it, and once I got over the adrenaline rush in my bloodstream, I would even say that I had fun. Mostly the kind of fun that I would never want to relive, but still, it’s better than I was expecting. The whole five and a half hour trip and $30 admission fee was worth the headache from excessive strobe lights and having sadistic surgeons throw body parts in my face. I’m glad I get to check Statesville off my bucket list. Who knows, maybe this is the beginning of a new, fearless era. But I’ll be content for the rest of my life if I never have to see another bloody clown approach me again.
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Too old to treat? In the town of Hinsdale, it is legal for any person to trick-or-treat as long as they are in before curfew, according to the Hinsdale Police Department. However, in many communities across the U.S., it is illegal for anyone over a certain age (usually 16 or 18) to trick-or-treat.
Students vote in a realistic environment at Central. Romney won the mock election.
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ast week, Citizen Club, led by Mr. John Naisbitt, held a mock presidential election during all lunch periods. Throughout the day, students participated by voting for their favorite candidates. “I thought it was an excellent process, the real ballots and machine attracted a lot more people. In addition, it was a way to introduce students to the voting process so it wouldn’t seem intimidating,” says Steven Chun, senior, who is the Vice President of the club. And in fact, it was. The entire process was as realistic as possible, with the use of official voting forms, real ballots, and even the famous “I Voted Today” sticker. With regards to accuracy of the election, the club believes that the vote count was accurate. “We used a scanner system so I’m confident that the results were pretty accurate; however, I don’t think some people took the mock election seriously,” said Brendan Eng, co-president. The final results of the election were 49 percent for Mitt Romney, and 35 percent for Barack Obama. Sixteen percent of students voted for neither candidate, which means that students either voted for minor-party candidates, or wrote in random people. The results reflect the voting demographic of the Hinsdale community, which is a predominately conservative, upper middle class neighborhood. “Well when you look at the socioeconomic status of many of the families in Hinsdale, they tend to be in the upper echelon in terms of wealth. Many have ties to successful business and tend to lean Republican. I think many of these parents have passed their political beliefs onto their children,” Chun said.
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Sports News Briefs Think Pink
Students raise breast cancer awareness by Kelly Kachidurian and Elizabeth Foulston
team was just one of the many to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Boys’ golf wins state by Katherine Kiang
he boys’ golf team came won the IHSA state tournament for the first time since 1961. The final score was 306, just under Naperville North’s 308. Sophomore Brian Dolehide (74) and senior David Whinery (75) came in the top 10. While the team was not expected to win, they didn’t underestimate themselves. “The goal was to win even though we were not the favorites. We knew our team had what it took, the boys just had to execute it,” said Alex Pines, junior. Preparation started months in advance with
the goal of making it to state. “Most of the preparation comes individually over the summer,” Pines said. “When the season comes around, coach Krueger expects you to be ready.” The team knew the high caliber of competition at state. “It was a very competitive tournament compared to other years; there were a lot of great players this year. It was a grind, but we deserved this,” said Jeff Yoo, junior. “There’s a certain feeling of prestige in [winning]. Knowing you made it that far and that you are playing against the best the state has to offer puts everything on a larger scale,” Olson said. “The course and conditions are tougher than anything we play all year.” Besides the excitement over winning state,
Seniors Bridget Gilmore and Gretta Richter prepare for an offensive play, the seniors shutout the juniors 40-0.
Seniors win Powderpuff game by Katherine Kiang
n the annual Powderpuff game October 15, the seniors defeated the juniors 40-0 in one of the biggest wins in recent history. However, many believe that the game is rigged in favor of the seniors. “We had an interception, and they turned it over [to the seniors],” said Eliza Huber, junior. The seniors themselves don’t completely deny these allegations. “The seniors usually win, and there are rumors that the refs rig the game,” said Andrew Pyle, senior and coach for their team. Despite the rivalry, the participants remember the reason for the event: raising money for Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund, which supports breast cancer patients. Students sold t-shirts, headbands, pins, bumper magnets, and ribbon stickers, along with donations.
reast cancer has touched the lives of many Girls swimming has taken a similar apstudents and teachers alike. Based on a proach with attire. All schools in the West survey of 50 students, breast cancer has Suburban Conference will wear the same affected the lives of 82 percent polled. 50 percent breast cancer-themed swim cap for the month have a family member who has had breast canof October. The only difference among the cer, and 86 percent know a friend or an adult in swim caps is the school name on the side. their community who has battled breast cancer. With each cap girls swim coach Robert Students take this time during Breast CanBarber purchased, the company donated 50 cer Awareness Month to reflect on their expecents to Breaststroke for Life. “We had the riences with friends who have breast cancer. option of t-shirts or swim caps, but since this Courtney Cash, freshman, has a friend whose was the first year we just got swim caps to see mother has breast cancer. “She’s still trying to how it would go,” Barber said. adjust to all of it and it’s hard for the whole famiAs October continues, Central keeps the ly, and so I saw it really does affect people,” Cash spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month alive. said. “People think, ‘Oh, it’s just breast cancer,’ Juniors and seniors also rallied together for but it’s more than that. People go through tough the Powderpuff football game, and girls voltimes. It’s stressful for everyone in the family.” leyball players prepare for their annual event in Students have come together this month to honor of those battling breast cancer. raise awareness. The football and girls swim teams have taken a strong initiative in the cause. Students wore pink to the Oak Park and River Forest football game, both in the crowd and on the field. “I’m on the football team, so I noticed that a lot of the guys wore pink for the game. We had ribbons on our helmets, and some guys were wearing pink socks or shoelaces,” said Jimmy Football players donned pink ribbon decals on their helmets. The football Thomson, sophomore.
Senior David Whinery shot a 75 en route to the Red Devil golf team’s first state title since 1961.
the boys enjoyed bonding as a team. “The best parts are being able to spend time with teammates in the hotel and at team dinners. It’s a type of atmosphere unlike any other,” Olson said.
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Participation without representation
by Molly Leahy and Riyah Basha
Students who aren’t of voting age find ways to stay involved with campaigns
inding teenagers who like to spend their weekends watching their favorite news channel and attending political conventions might seem like a difficult task. However at Central, this is not the case. Many students find ways to get involved in national politics, making this year’s upcoming election an exciting event for the school. For many students, their interest in this year’s election began in 2008 after President Obama’s campaign and election. “After Obama won, I was eager to see how his ‘Change’ would influence this country. When I saw that this was going in the wrong direction, I was eager to learn who would replace the current commander in chief,” said Ryan Lee, junior. The 2008 campaign also sparked interest in Vinay Basti, junior. Unlike Lee, Basti still supports the current president for many reasons, including something that is personal to him. “When my parents came to America almost 18 years ago, my mom found it really difficult to get health insurance because she was pregnant at the time,” Basti said. “President Obama’s healthcare plan makes sure that nobody is ever denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.” Basti and Lee both keep up to date on the election news and each of the candidates on a daily basis. Lee uses news outlets like Al Jazeera, the Independent Journal Review, Fox News, and MSNBC for opinion pieces. Basti reads a lot of newspapers and gets updates from the Washington Post and the Economist on his phone. Lee has decided to support Mitt Romney because of his ideas about the economy, taxes, and individual responsibility. He even joined Junior Statesmen of America and attended the Republican National Convention over the summer. “It was cool being in that kind of atmosphere. I heard many opinions and many new ideas.” Basti supports Obama because of their similar views on the role of government. “I believe in promoting equal opportunity. I think that government isn’t always the enemy—it can help solve our problems if we use it correctly to advance the public interest,” Basti said. “Also, I’ve always felt like the Democratic Party does more to maximize American potential—through its promotion of education, energy, innovation, etc.” “I’m an Organizing Fellow and a Volunteer Coordinator for the Obama campaign, so I spend a set amount of hours each week making phone calls, training volunteers, etc.” Basti said. “It’s actually pretty cool stuff—what happens in the news affects my job every day.” Lee also interns at various congressmen’s offices and also works for the Victory Center on phone banks. “Our main goal is to “Get Out The Vote” -in which we will call people and remind them to vote,” Lee said. Although Basti began his job relatively recently, he got his start in politics from an early age. “I started getting interested in politics at age 11, when I had to impersonate Obama for a school project. I impersonated him so much that I started believing what he said. I still believe it today,” Basti said. Though Lee and Basti may not be able to vote yet, they are still able to participate in the election process. Whether it is through internships or the campaign offices themselves, there are clearly numerous ways for young people to stay informed and politically active.
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Billy Magnesen Cross Country
by Isabella Anastassoff
Today Magnesen is one of the cross country team’s stars. Magnesen has high goals for the team and himself. With his best time being 15:12 (for the three mile course). “As a team, I think if we got top six that would be great!” Magnesen said.” As for his personal goals, Magnesen wants to earn all-state honors. “But it’s going to be a challenge,” Magnesen said. “I also need to break 15 minutes because that’s usually where the all-state break off is.” Athletes have to put in a lot of hard work to achieve the all-state title. “Most practices we run eight to ten miles. Other days are longer. Over the summer we ran 17 miles one day!” Magnesen said. “That one was not fun.” Along with vigorous training, Magnesen said that a proper outlook makes the race easier. “Some guys go to the line and doubt themselves. The thing is if you have confidence the whole way through the race, then it brings a whole different mindset for you. It makes the race that much easier. It’s a whole different game if you can go to the starting line with that mentality,” Magnesen said. Racing creates mental fatigue as well as physical. “You try to keep up
Who are your favorite runners? Ashton Eaton, Galen Rupp, Usain Bolt What is your favorite basketball team? The Bulls
Billy Magnesen, varsity cross country runner, has shaved off an impressive two and a half minutes from his 2011 personal record.
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“Some guys go to the line and doubt themselves; if you have confidence it brings a different mindset.”
unior Billy Magnesen is one of Central’s top runners on the varsity cross-country team, and is now preparing for the state competition. His running has contributed to numerous victories on the cross-country team in the past, and continues to be one of the most improved runners. Magnesen didn’t always run cross-country. He started his freshman year playing soccer. He had played soccer his entire life, but at the end of the season, he made a change. “I was okay, but I was never great,” Magnesen said, “It was something fun, but as I looked back on the season, I didn’t play as much as I wanted to or score as many goals as I wish I would have. ” That spring he joined track and field. “It felt more like a team to me,” Magnesen said. During the summer he had to decide between soccer and cross-country and quickly made the decision. “I was in a runner mentality, so I decided to stay,” Magnesen said. He worked hard and rose through the ranks quickly.
Magnesen has been pushing himself all season long, not just to help the team, but also in hopes of breaking the 15 minute barrier for a three mile race.
with the guy next to you because if you do that... you know you’re taking away points from another team and gaining some for your own. It’s a lot of focus, a lot of believing in your training. You have to be smart about it,” Magnesen said. “I think we can be a team that wins state.”
What did you think of this year’s Olympics? I love the Olympics. It’s the only time runners get the front headline, so it’s pretty exciting when that happens.
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Mrs. Kathy Gabric Red Devil Syndrome infectious thanks to biology teacher by Mark Schmidt
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ach year, students in honors biology take part in a research project about genetic diseases. Mrs. Kathy Gabric, biology teacher, creates her own genetic disease as an example for the students to follow, showing off her unique teaching style. “The one I made up was Red Devil Syndrome,” Gabric said. Symptoms of Red Devil Syndrome include large amounts of school spirit demonstrated by wearing red and participating in dress days. Gabric and the rest of the science department participate and coordinate outfits for these spirit days. “Science is pretty goofy to begin with,” Gabric said. “In science, almost everybody dresses up and a lot of times for spirit week, the one we have in January, Pack the Place, we will coordinate.” On spirit days, Gabric offers extra credit to any students who can beat her in wearing more red apparel. “I challenge the kids because the freshmen don’t know me any better; if they can beat me in red they’ll get extra credit, but no one can beat me in red,” Gabric said. “I have a red surgical thing, red crocs, red shoes, red hair, red hat.” Brian Portland, sophomore, explains the point system Gabric uses in her spirit challenges. “One extra credit point if you wear a little bit less red than she did, two if you wear the same amount, and three or more if you have more red than Mrs. Gabric, which does not happen because she goes all out,” Portland said. Gabric shares the same enthusiasm for spirit days as she does for new units in her biology classes. “I have a lot of really nerdy T-shirts,” Gabric said. “I’ve got one that’s an amoeba talking on a cell phone for my cell communications unit. I’ve got one that says, ‘Hey you, outta the gene pool.’ I’ve got evolution ones, I have lots and lots of just really nerdy T-Shirts.” Students in her classes often bring in new biology related T-shirts for Gabric to wear during each unit. “I’ve actually had kids start bringing them to me,” she said. “I just collect them over the years.” Portland also commented on Gabric’s teaching style in general. “She was quirky, nice, and funny, but she still got the job done. She used interesting examples that really reinforced the material,” he said. On her own style of teaching and her quirky classroom behavior, Gabric said, “I think around here, to be a good teacher in general, you have to not only love what you do, but you have to be yourself.”
“I would go back to when people are exploring, like Charles Darwin and scientists going into the Amazon and seeing things in such a natural state.” Favorite animal? My bearded dragons, Aodake and Brutus. What is the first thing you would do after winning the lottery? Take my whole family to Australia. Favorite music? I like to just listen to the radio. When I feel nostalgic for where I grew up, I like Dan Fogelberg.
Mrs. Gabric sporting her Red Devil Syndrome outfit (left) and themed t-shirts (below) to teach students about biology
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With election day quickly approaching, students voice their opinions on prominent issues
‘Merica: let’s rock the vote by: Kathryn Cua and Chetna Mahajan
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“I think healthcare is a basic human right for people because everyone should have access to medical help.” -Ann Chapman
“I care about the future of the economy because if it goes unfixed it can create problems for the future, specifically when our generation enters the workforce.” -Colleen Ahern
“I’m concerned about federal student loans because I want to ensure that I’m not going to graduate college crippled by debt.” -Emma Jerzyk
“I think that it is very important to create jobs in new industries, and in industries we have lost our dominance in, especially manufacturing” – Dan Menza
What are Hinsdale Central’s political views? 15% support same sex marriage 40% agree with Romney
30% pro-life 85% support legalization of gay marriage
Obama supports same sex marriage and the right for members of the LGBT community to be treated equally. Romney strictly opposes same sex marriage. If he becomes president, he will defend the Defense of Marriage Act and suggest an amendment that defines “traditional” marriage as “between one man and woman,” according to his campaign website.
Romney is pro-life, while Obama is pro-choice. Romney believes life begins at conception, and therefore abortion is considered murder to him. Obama believes that women have the right to choose if they want an abortion. Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, contraceptives, and HIV screenings is funded through federal money under Obama’s administration.
60% agree with Obama
Obama wants to refine the tax system to relieve the middle class and small businesses. He aims to revamp the system by cutting inefficient and unfair tax breaks and implementing new tax laws. Romney’s plan promotes job growth and entrepreneurship; he promises to slash everyone’s income tax by 20 percent. His administration thinks this will stimulate job growth and raise revenue.
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“It’s not the government’s business to be involved in people’s private life. I feel like if we resolve social issues we will have a more united country.” – Stefen May
“I personally find the issue of government spending to be the most troublesome. The more the government spends, the more the government needs to tax.” -Greer Harrison
“I think gay marriage should be legalized because everyone deserves the right to be happy no matter who they like.” -Gretta Richter
40% agree with Obama 60% agree with Romney
Romney plans on making higher education accessible and affordable for everyone by simplifying the financial aid system to ensure that students gain the skills they need to be successful after graduation. Obama has capped federal student loan payments at 10 percent of income so that college choices could be based on career preferences instead of money
49% agree with Obama’s ideas
51% agree with Romney’s ideas
Obama wants to revive the United States’ manufacturing industry. He intends on creating incentives, like tax cuts, for businesses to recover and eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship overseas. Romney wants free enterprise to ensure that employment regulations aren’t changed when businesses hire employees and free choice about being part of a union.
56% keep Obamacare 44% repeal Obamacare
Obama’s healthcare plan, which puts an end to lifetime/annual caps, lets 26 year-olds stay on family’s plan, requires coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and requires preventative tests at no cost from insurance companies. Romney, if elected, plans on repealing “Obamacare” and replacing it with a plan that lets states mold healthcare to their needs.
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Sweet, sweet profits Total candy sales for the entire year, as reported by BusinessWeek.
Every year, America buys billions of dollars worth of candy bars. This sales data is provided by IRI, a Chicago based consumerresearch firm and reported by BusinessWeek.
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Take flight Charlotte Kanzler mixes art and nature to express herself by Smriti Kanangat The beginning of the year is an extremely busy time for seniors. When so much time is spent finishing college apps, taking last minute ACTs, trying to maintain grades in the face of the imminent and infamous senioritis, it is important that students find time to relax and focus on themselves. Senior Charlotte Kanzler does this through painting in her AP Studio Art. Kanzler became interested in painting two years ago in her sophomore year. “I took a regular painting class in sophomore year. Until then, I was primarily into Digital Art. I had Photoshop CS2 and a graphics tablet, and that’s what really got me into the more traditional forms of art,” Kanzler said. Kanzler has now been focusing on traditional painting in watercolor and acrylics. “My main medium is watercolor, but I also use acrylics, which are easier to work with (because if something doesn’t turn out right, you can just paint over it, which you can’t do with watercolor) but can’t produce the same kinds of glassy, translucent colors/textures,” said Kanzler. Kanzler primarily paints in a realistic style as opposed to abstract art or cartoons and her subjects usually come from the natural world. “I’m really inspired by/like to draw things from the natural world, such as plants and animals. My favorite things to draw are birds, especially raptors - it’s fun to learn how they work, such as how their wings are structured, through art,” she said. But just because she paints scenes from the natural world does not mean that she keeps things strictly realistic. “I also like adding fantasy elements to my work, things like dragons, mythical creatures, what have you,” said Kanzler. But Kanzler doesn’t limit herself to what she paints in the classroom; outside
of class, she still maintains her interest in digital art using her Wacom Intuos tablet. She says that doing art on a tablet “makes art a lot easier because of the level of detail you can go into, the ability to change color schemes/move elements of your art around at will, and, of course, the “undo” button.” In addition to painting, Kanzler also expreses the beauty of nature through her photography. She has been taking photography of nature and using Photoshop to help her edit photos for the past two to three years. Kanzler has enjoyed taking a different art class each year since her sophomore year. This year, she is taking AP Studio Art. Kanzler really enjoys the class and the wide range of experience she gets, but she did have some concern before taking the class. “It’s a really interesting class, but I was initially worried that it would be really work intensive because there. But Kanszler has found that the class itself taught her how to deal with its workload. She said, “One of the things you learn in AP Studio Art is time management. Because we have so many pieces, it’s important that I spend the right amount of time for each one.” Along with time management, Kanzler also has striven to balance her art with school and other hobbies she has. “I find ways to intermix art and school. For example, last year in AP U.S., some friends and I painted a mural as opposed to doing a traditional report for a project,” Kanzler said. According to Kanzler, finding this balance can be difficult, but she’s always managed to successfully find her balance. Kanzler says that,“Keeping a balance can sometimes be hard. But if you really like something, you find ways to find that balance.”
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Exchange for change by Maddy Bellman and Zena Ibrahim
asper Schuszler, junior, is one of a handful of new students from foreign countries attending Central this year. Though Schuszler has already graduated from secondary school in Holland, he decided to move to America to take advantage of America’s older graduation age and further his educational resume. When Schuszler joined the group of foreign students who walk the halls of Central, he immediately began to see differences between his new and old school. “Every school in Holland doesn’t have any clubs or sports,” Schuszler said. “I’m joining cross country right now, and I really enjoy it.” With over 100 clubs and seasonal sports, Schuszler and other new students are able to see the diversity of the student body and find something they like that they may have been unable to do in their home countries. Lillian Leung, senior, moved here from Hong Kong last year, and has noticed a similar contrast between her old school and Central in terms of clubs. Specifically, she found that Central allows activities to be more studentrun. “Something about clubs I appreciate a lot is the opportunity for students to start their own clubs,” she said. “Though difficult, it is possible; my previous school didn’t really offer
such chances.” Ege Onalp, a junior from Istanbul, Turkey, recently moved to Hinsdale as a foreign exchange student under the program called American Field Service (AFS). The largest general difference that he quickly noticed between the Turkish and American educational systems was the overall virtue of the two. “In Turkey, we don’t have a quality education system,” said Onalp. Onalp observed other disparities between his old school in Turkey and Central in regards to class structure. “The school I was going to in Turkey was a private school; it was nine hours, and we had 40 minutes of classes and 10 minutes of break,” he said. The daily schedule for students and staff varied as well. “We had a different schedule every day, and we had only one specific classroom, so the teachers came to us.” However, what surprised Onalp the most was the Science Department at Central. “The biggest difference for me was that when I started Central’s science classes we did experiments. In Turkey, we only did
experiments once every five months!” Leung also observed changes in class structure upon moving. “There were never classes in which students from different grades were mixed together,” Leung said. Also, another remarkable difference was in teaching style. Referring to Hong Kong, Leung said, “It was a lot of lecturing because there’s just so much to cover in the curriculum, but I feel the same way about AP sometimes.” Anas Kachlan, a sophomore from Syria, moved here to escape political unrest in his country. Kachlan attended a private school in Syria, and has noticed several key differences in the teaching methods of the Syrian and American education systems. However, he explained that some of these variations could be due to the fact that he previously attended a private school. Kachlan also noted the variety of options students have at Central. “The educational methods are different here
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From across the world, students come to Central seeking educational variety
[In Hong Kong], there were never classes in which students from different grades were mixed together.
From left to right: Jasper Schuszler, Ege Onalp, Anas Kachlan, Lillian Leung
since we get to choose subjects here. In Syria, we would not have a choice,” he said. Kachlan also noted key learning differences in learning habits. “In Syria, some subjects are based on memorization; there are not many classes that you have to analyze in,” he said. In comparison to that style, Kachlan said “studying here is based on searching.” Like Schuszler, Kachlan’s former school had a system where the students would stay in one room while the teachers rotated to whatever classroom they had to for the class period. But Schuszler described the transition of students around to different classrooms as a more “stable” way to go through the day. Even though he has traversed thousands of miles between the two schools, Kachlan finds
one aspect of his education to remain the same. “I haven’t found a difference in the relationship between the students and the teachers. Both are strong and good at my old school and at Central,” he said. As for the relationships within the student body, Leung did find her old and new school dynamics to be different. “I went to an all-girls school, so it was easy to make friends because everyone was so similar. At the same time, it could be difficult to expand social circles.” On the other hand, Leung stated that the variety of people at Central allowed for an accepting environment. “I feel like everyone is constantly making friends,” she said. Kachlan described the differences between his previous school and Central as a positive experience for him. “I like Central more because it is bigger and there are lots of sports and activities to do,” Kachlan said. Onalp agreed, stating that just about all of the changes he encountered contributed to a more beneficial learning experience. “Comparing to my old school to my new school, Central is way better: the teachers, the community, counselors, everything! I feel really lucky for going here,” he said.
How to become a foreign exchange student
.Research foreign exchange
programs such as AFS, FLAG, Rotary Youth Exchange, and ASSE. This organization will give you information, organize your trip, and deal with your visa. Talk to your counselor to figure out how you will still graduate from Central. Many classes in foreign countries do not count as a credit in the U.S.
Foreign exchange students at Central Central is currently hosting five foreign exchange students for the 2012-2013 school year. The five students are from Brazil, China, Thailand, Japan, and Turkey.
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Administrators, teachers work to alleviate anxiety levels of athletes by D. Justin Yi and Paige Pielet
t’s 8:00 p.m., and sophomore Jillian Hanley comes home for the first time since 7:00 a.m. She throws down her track bag and Irish dance equipment, quickly grabs a bite to eat, and runs upstairs to start her homework. Being in five honors classes as well as playing two sports, she knows that it will be a long night and that she won’t get a break.
Hanley isn’t alone in her situation. All athletes face similar routines, trying to balance their time to excel in the classroom as well as on the field. This begs the question of how much extra stress is being placed on athletes in addition to academics and the other influences in their lives and what responsibility the school has in alleviating some of this stress. This awareness is causing greater and greater concern for athletes’ health and the health of students in general. School administrations are taking cautionary steps in order to prevent the rising mental distress in studentathletes. For example, coaches at Niles West High School are being trained more extensively in recognizing signs of mental stress earlier, after one athlete committed suicide. According to one article in the Chicago Tribune, these signs can be small, such as having a breakdown at practice, yet they give away big hints of a problem being present. Other athletes however, don’t respond as well and stress can be harmful. Fawn Woody, Cross Country coach, believes that it depends on the perception a person has on the situation. “If an individual becomes too nervous before a competition, then it can hinder their performance and that would be distress. Regarding practices, an individual can look forward to practices and seeing their peers and it can be a great stress reliever. But if it is a “hard” practice day, one may not look forward to it and therefore be stressed about that particular practice.” Coaches know that the psychology of athletes has a lot to do with their performance, and as a result, coaches are told to try to encourage players and make sure they aren’t suffering from too much stress or anxiety. This is the reason almost all professional sports teams have psychologists as part of the staff. Athletes are at high risk to feeling the effects of constant stress as much pressure comes with the desire to succeed because of larger time commitments and high-stakes situations in games. For this reason, coaches and staff are now becoming more aware and
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alert to the symptoms of stress. “I always try to make something work out for them to make sure they get their homework done. My athletes know they can come to me if they have any issues at all,” Woody said. One of the most important steps of alleviating stress is becoming aware of it as a problem. Ms. Deanne Doherty, a student psychologist, said, “While we as coaches or teachers may not know how to directly help a problem, identifying it is the first step towards an individual being able to be a healthy, happy, and functioning individual.” At Central, the administration is analyzing the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Components in order to help students deal with the stress in their lives. In essence, the SEL Component is a process for dealing with challenging situations effectively, such as relationships with people, and working efficiently. “Things that we’re looking at in our curriculum deal particularly with how
a student moves about the day and the kind of work they bring home on a nightly basis,” said Mr. William Walsh, assistant principal. “We’re looking at things that affect their social emotional status here on campus, their anxiety, and basically their social side.” It is becoming clearer that sports are a major contributor to that anxiety. Besides the psychological effects that stress can have on athletes, there are effects that stress can have on athletes as students in the classroom. Constant stress can sometimes distract students from their studies, hindering academic performance. “Sometimes it’s a little much to handle stress from school and sports,” said Gabrielle Rush, a sophomore athlete. Junior Ian Bunting, varsity football, agrees. “Sports can increase stress levels on the nights when you have a lot of homework.” However, many athletes seem to respond positively to stress, both on the field and in
“It is becoming clearer that sports are a major contributor to anxiety”
their academics. “I work much more efficiently when I’m under pressure,” said sophomore Anya Patel, cross country and track runner. Bunting seemed to think of sports as an outlet for stress. “Generally, for me, playing sports is a way to relieve my stress and take my mind off of school for a few hours.” Without a doubt, sports are beneficial to students. They give opportunities to interact with others and be a part of a team, to compete, and to work towards reaching a goal. However, by participating in a sport students are taking on extra challenges, and they need to be organized in order to keep up with the other areas of their lives. At Central, techniques such as implementing the Social Emotional Learning Component and the presence of professional psychologists are being utilized in response to the rising stress levels felt by athletes and students overall. What further steps Central and other high schools take towards reducing stress remains to be seen.
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Color Guard members twirl their way to success by Caitlin Reedy and Gracie Dunn
fter school Veronica Cothard, sophomore, heads out to the practice baseball field by the school bus lanes where she and Marie-Louise Kloster, junior, will lead the color guard practice together as co-captains. An array of colors fly through the air as the group of 18 students flutter, stir, silk toss, slam, cradle and row their flags. The team rehearsed with the marching band to perform together at the football game for the halftime show. At home games, the team will perform alongside the marching band, pommers, and cheerleaders to the school alma mater, and later do their own routine to the song selected by marching band for the halftime show. Creating a new routine, mastering it, and executing in front of hundreds of Red Devil fans is all in a week’s work for the members of the color guard. Central’s color guard team works each week to help contribute to the atmosphere and half time show at the football games. They work alongside the marching band to choreograph a routine to perform. The team is open to all grades and gender. Color guard is sponsored by Ms. Wendy Orloff and Mrs. Laura DiMarco, members of the math department. DiMarco had experience in color guard through high school, while Orloff only had exposure in 8th grade with rifles. The two sponsors have differing coaching styles to the team, but both are appreciated in the end. “I bring to the table a ‘it’s good but it could be better’ kind of attitude. Coach DiMarco is more nurturing while I’m like the drill sergeant,” Orloff said. Cothard and Kloster act as the coaches for the team each week choreographing a new routine to the song chosen by the marching band, and later teaching it to their teammates in their two practices before the game. They are responsible for all choreography that the color guard does. Other girls on the team sometimes contribute, but typically Cothard and Kloster work together to make an unforgettable show. “I love all of it. Performing is a blast, and the sense of accomplishment that I feel when I master a new trick or toss is awesome,” said Kloster. To select the captains the girls auditioned a month after last years season ended. They were given
a portion of music and asked to choreograph and perform their own routines. Two girls stood out the most, Cothard and Kloster. They were selected to become the team’s new co-captains. Being a part of a team is what inspired Emma Djordjevic, sophomore, to try-out for color guard this year. “The girls are all really nice and special in their own way. We’re just kind of like a big family,” Djordjevic said. The idea of contributing to school spirit, without being a cheerleader, and being able to use her hands and the flags, appealed to her. Cothard chose to join color guard instead of marching band. If a student is a participant in regular band, marching band is a requirement. Cothard played the bassoon, an instrument that cannot be marched with. She had the option of choosing a new instrument or she could join color guard, an acceptable substitution for band. She chose color guard. Kloster was shown color guard in middle school since her sister was a member of the team, and she always loved the idea of being on the team, and the feeling she gets at the end of a good performance. Since there are no leagues, competitions, or any kind of exposure to the prospect of color guard in middle school, all those present in try-outs start off at ground zero. They attend a workshop to learn the basic principles of flag handling prior to tryouts, and from there they learn a routine to the Central alma mater and then execute the dance in front of a panel of judges. Once on the team, the members have a chance to attend a camp over the summer to help polish their basic skills, as well as learn new ones for the upcoming season. The very beginning of learning how to handle the flags was the hardest part for Cothard and others. “Once you get it, you’ve got it. It’s just getting used to the different weights and movements of the flag,”Cothard said. Members of the team try out with virtually no skills in handling the flags, but are still able to prepare the new members in time for the football seasons to help entertain the fans at halftime. With so much to learn, there is never a dull moment in practice, there is always room to learn new moves, make mistakes, and some girls have even make up moves that Cothard and Kloster
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incorporate into their routines. Color guard only performs during the football season, but many members would like to see color guard move to the basketball court as well. They continually get new flags for their performances and store them for later dances. The flag poles vary in height between five and six feet. Most of the flags weigh around four pounds, but each individual can add weights to either the top or bottom of the staff depending on their personal preferences. Also, with each routine the weights vary and weather must be taken into account as well. The heavier the flag, the better chance of it not blowing away in the wind, but a lighter flag allows for quicker and more precise moves. Although color guard seems fun, the girls face many obstacles the moment they step out on the field. A single dropped flag often means boos from the audience. Booing affects the girls emotionally and physically with their performance, and are never heard during any other halftime performances. Ms. Orloff thinks that the booing demonstrates a lack of respect and understanding from students. “Our kids are humans. Teachers make mistakes in the classrooms, doctors make mistakes in surgery, and our girls make mistakes in the routines like all humans would,” said Orloff. The girls realize that thay are not as popular as the cheerleaders and pommers who get more opportunities for performances. Once at the halftime show, Cothard feels that her team is given as much time as the pommers. “I
think that pomers do get more attention, but it’s hardly unfair. Those girls work hard and they are great performers. That’s not to say that we don’t work hard, but we will receive attention as we earn it,” Kloster said. There are many different possibilities for this popularity gap. Dance and cheerleading are offered in middle school, allowing exposure to all the students, while color guard remains a foreign activity until high school. More students connect to dance in general: they see it on TV, in music videos. Orloff recognizes that the pommers and cheerleaders also give a sexual appeal that isn’t present in color guard routines. Even though they can’t earn scholarships, some color guard members are interested in continuing their involvement during college. Extensive drilling is a must for both competing and performing at the college level, but Cothard thinks it would be a fun experience for her and her teammates if they had the space and funding at university. Orloff agrees that competitive color guard would be a fun experience for the team, and believes that some of the team has what it takes to perform in college. The popularity of color guard is reflected in their lack of funding. It isn’t as extensive as that of other teams and clubs at Central. They share funding with the band, but also host an annual car wash to help pay for new flags. Each color guard member must pay for their own. Still, it’s not enough. According to Kloster, colorguard has not had a Winter Guard team in four years due to lack of funding. Winter Guard is the competitive season for Color Guard; if your team does well they can establish a ranking and potentially earn scholarships. At both university and high school levels, the world of color guard is one of trial and error, whether it is among teammates or while performing in front of a crowd.“I think it’s that there is just so much to learn. You can make a mistake or make up a new move and no one cares. It’s just a lot of fun,” Cothard said. And over the course of the next few years, Orloff believes that she and DiMarco can bring color guard to the same level as poms and cheerleading, and hope to see their team get the recognition and popularity they believe they deserve.
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The town of Westmont is wedged in between Clarendon Hills and Downer’s Grove. It takes about 10 minutes to get there, and it’s definitely worth your time. There are tons of different shops and boutiques around town, including many different types of restaurants. There’s also a great sitting area with a couple of benches by the train tracks, which can be very useful if you just want a place to sit and relax for a little while. Westmont is split into two parts: downtown Westmont (which is located on Cass Ave.) and the stores on Ogden, such as Standard Market and the car dealerships. There’s a store for everyone there. The downtown area is very calm and chill, which can be a nice change from other, more chaotic towns. The streets aren’t usually crowded with people; it’s a more low-key environment than, say, Hinsdale or La Grange. In the downtown area, there’s a continuous stream of music playing, which is nice to have if you’re spending the day down there. The music is pretty current too, so that’s a plus. Westmont is a fun town to be in. The mixture of old and new architecture gives an eclectic feel, which makes it very unique. It’s easy to get to and has something for just about every person. Westmont is usually over-looked by most, but it really does have some highlights that shouldn’t be missed.
City scene by Libby Morris
Tasty Treat is a famous ice cream shop among students. Almost everyone has heard of this little gem in the downtown Westmont area. On the outside, Tasty Treat seems like a run-down storefront, but once inside, it’s quite the opposite. It’s a full-blown, old-fashioned ice cream shop. Plus, half the store is filled with used half-priced books; a weird, but oh-sodelicious combination. The owner of the is one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met. She greeted us kindly and then started up a conversation with us. It’s obvious that she really likes what she does. Not only is she nice, but she knows about her ice cream too. She told us that all the ingredients that the company uses are natural, which makes the ice cream taste even better. I ordered one scoop of the mango sorbet in a cup for only $1.51, and it was the biggest “scoop” of ice cream I had ever seen. It was so good that it tasted like I was eating a frozen mango. Tasty Treat has all of the traditional flavors, such as vanilla, rainbow sherbet, and cookies n’ cream, but they also have seasonal flavors such as cinnamon apple pie and pumpkin. It can definitely be said that I enjoyed my sorbet. I will be back to Tasty Treat soon to try one of their other delicious flavors.
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Everyone loves a good breakfast place, and Moondance Diner is just that. Located right on Ogden Avenue, Moondance is an easily accessible place to eat. Breakfast is their specialty, but they do serve lunch as well. The atmosphere of the place is a little hectic, but also homey. The walls are painted with bright colors and there are tables in just about every square foot. I went on a Saturday morning, and it was bursting with people. We put our name in, expecting to wait at least 30 minutes, but we were seated in about five. Our waitress was very upbeat as well. The menus there are huge, and it includes everything one could want for breakfast: waffles, eggs, potatoes, and pancakes. I ended up ordering the “Make Your Own Omelet” with peppers, onions, and spinach and fresh fruit on the side. Once we ordered, it took about 10 to 15 minutes to get our food. The food was really tasty, but not the best I’ve ever had. But, Moondance does satisfy my cravings for breakfast out. The food is good, and the people there are nice, which is why customers keep coming back every week. There are actually two locations of this diner: one on Ogden, and one in the Burr Ridge Mall. Their motto there is “Great food with a great attitude”, which I think is definitely fitting for this traditional American diner.
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Music review Blak and blu Gary Clark Jr. by Maxx Cornell
Fresh off releasing the critically-acclaimed Bright Lights EP 2011, guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has aimed to expand his audience beyond dedicated bluesies and rock-enthusiasts. In Blak and Blu, Clark has crafted an album of multi-faceted music, exposing the listener to blues, R&B, soul, hip hop, and more. Heavy, grungy blues songs like “Numb” are followed by light, clean soul tracks like “Please Come Home.” While this makes the album appeal to a wider audience, Blak and Blu struggles to find a center amidst the rapid changes of pace and feel. Clark attempts to gather up all of his past successes in this debut album. “Bright Lights” shows Clark’s ferocious guitar playing skills and “The Life” demonstrates his ability to write universal lyrics. It is clear that Clark is a diverse musician, however many songs have uninspired riffs, chords, or lyrics. “Ain’t Messin ‘Round” may be the worst song Gary Clark Jr. has released – his characteristic gritty tone, grounded lyrics, and emotional intensity are all missing. And that’s really the biggest problem with Blak and Blu. While Clark does well in expanding his musical vocabulary, it comes with the loss of what made his music good in the first place. The songs which have appeared on previous albums are fantastic. Those are his best musical ideas and they clearly are the songs in which Clark has invested the most. But he struggles to recreate the same quality in his newer music. Nevertheless, this is a must-buy for anyone who hasn’t heard of Gary Clark Jr. before. The older songs are too good to pass up. But if you’re a long-time fan looking for something good, you might have to look elsewhere.
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Lookahead at the boys bowling season
by Peter Heneghan
Waiting for the Red Devil bowling team to return this winter, the lanes at Suburbanite Bowl are often empty afterschool.
he Red Devils boys bowling team began practice October 22 with the goal of advancing to the state tournament. Head Coach Alex Hipskind returns his top two bowlers from last year, seniors Mark Doose and Cole Justus. Along with other varsity bowlers seniors Tyler Ward, Luke Becker, Luke Schranz, and junior Shawn Brown, they will attempt to improve upon last year’s 10th place finish with 5565 pins knocked down at the Hinsdale South Sectional that left them on the outside looking in with respect to state after all was said and done. While the team is expected to be led by returning bowlers, the coaching staff and the bowlers acknowledge that a talented freshman could appear at tryouts and make an immediate impact as well. Last year, Justus and Doose led the team in round average, and they are both looking to finish of their careers on a high note, hopefully with a trip to the state tournament. “This year I have relatively high hopes for the bowling season”, Doose said. “Many of us bowled in a summer league at Suburbanite Bowl (in Westmont) to keep our skills sharp for the season. I think that this offseason practice could really benefit the whole team down the stretch.” Justus also took greater responsibility for his game over the summer, and began taking lessons from a coach known to be one of the top 100 in the United States. This led to him
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bowling his first 300 game over the summer, which just made him want to improve his game even more. “He’s been helping me improve and learn different things about my game, and I hope that all of his advice will help me raise my average for the coming season,” Justus said. Assistant Coach John Naisbitt said he loves the laid-back attitude and camaraderie of the team, and he thinks it’ll serve them well and will keep them relaxed at the big meets. “It’s always fun to mess around with the guys on the long bus rides,” Justus said. He said that all bowlers are united by one common trait: the love of destroying racks. Assistant Coach John Naisbitt also has high hopes for this team. “The goal is always to go downstate like a few of our teams have since I’ve been coaching here. We have a very solid returning senior class who have been with us since freshman year, and they’ll be leading us into the season.” Besides for competing against themselves and other teams, Justus points out that bowlers also have to compete against the perception of their sport. “People don’t realize that bowling is more challenging than it looks. There is a playing field that’s invisible to all, and that makes it more difficult to play the game,” Justus said. Despite these common misperceptions, the whole team is looking forward to a mid-January trip down to O’Fallon for the IHSA state tournament.
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