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For students who took part in the canned food drive, a chance to help out those who really needed it was special in more ways than one. Bolstering school spirit and the school’s reputation were benefits of this annual event. “We bested last year’s total, 38,000, with 45,000. It was the best in both number and quality,� social science teacher Mark Gunther said. Gunther may be in charge of Service Over Self (SOS), but students from both SOS and student council took the reins of this food drive, working hard to plan the entire event and stress its importance. “Student council was a part of organizing various aspects, and we pretty much helped in whatever way we were needed,� student council executive board member Joey Lehnert said. “We helped to distribute t-shirts, motivate our classmates, and spread awareness about what was going on.� Students outdid themselves, some working hard enough to bring in over 5,000 cans as a class. Three of the top classes were Mary Kemp’s AP Physics class with 5,775 cans, Tina Athanasapolis’ AP Psychology class with 6,950 cans, and Dawn Francis’ AP Biology class with 7,184 cans.


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enior Rebecca Dempsey helps organize cans in the cafeteria on Nov. 19. Over 7,000 more cans were brought in this year as opposed to last year’s total. “Students should feel so blessed that we have enough to give to others,� sophomore Tori Valadez said. “I just stressed how important it was,� Kemp said. “I got really excited about it and made it competitive, and the students did too. I split up the money for students to go shopping, to give each of them a chance. Going grocery shopping and coming back with 400 cans is a cool feeling.� For students working on the food drive, what they get back is more than just a couple memories. Working together towards a goal is something that students don’t always experience in a school setting. “If high school is supposed to be a place for learning, then students should learn more than just book topics. It [working together on the food drive] is moving for the kids,� Kemp said. “The students motivate each other. When kids make the commitment together as a class, it’s something they’ll always remember,� Athanasapolos said. Certain students put extra effort into the canned food drive, coordinating their class-

mates and acting as unofficial can captains. Senior Andy Hess from AP Psychology said. “I just focused on why we were collecting as much as possible, how we should do it, and what to collect. When people see that one person believes in what they’re doing, they become inspired as well, and that’s what drives such a selfless act.� Senior Mary DeAsis had to start bringing in cans to motivate classmates. DeAsis and her mother bought 408 boxes of macaroni and cheese to start off her AP Biology class’s collection. “At first, no one was bringing anything in, so I figured that if someone brought in food, others would after,� DeAsis said. And they did. Due to daily money collections, and help from every individual, the class brought in over 7,000 cans.

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Twenty-three students and one teacher of Wisconsin’s Marinette High School were held hostage Nov. 29. While 15 year-old Sam Hengel and his sixth-period class were watching a movie, Hengel took a shot with a handgun at the classroom’s movie projector. The action led to a five-hour stand off in the classroom. “It’s nerve-racking to think that teens these days may be influenced by school violence incidents to get a point across,” senior Tyler Aldin said. Immediately after the initial gunshot, Hengel collected his classmate’s cell phones and other means of contact and ordered them to be quiet. The Marinette Police were alerted of the situation at around 3:48 p.m. Once the team showed up, only a single gunshot had been fired. “It’s the police responsibility once students are all safe. It eliminates the threat [of more violence],” school police officer Pete Hamrick said. At 8 p.m., moments after Hengel let classmates leave the room to use the bathroom, the police broke down the door of the classroom. In result, Hengel shot himself, eventually being pronounced dead at 10:44 a.m. the following day at a local hospital. “Schools should enforce more policies regarding student safety,” Aldin said. Rhonda Bolker

Conflict in Korea heats up, artillery launched North Korea fired multiple artillery shells near Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, on Nov. 23. The attack has been claimed by some to be the worst one since the civil war between the countries ended in 1953. Freshman Sammi Lapid has family members currently living in South Korea, “The last time I saw my family was around Christmas time in 2009, so I hope they’re okay,” Lapid said. With multiple shells fired back and forth for at least an hour, two soldiers were killed and 17 were seriously injured. Though students are geographically distant from the region, some express concern for possible threats. “I don’t necessarily feel in grave danger, but it is always in the back of my mind. I plan on keeping an eye on the situation,” sophomore Elizabeth Odegard said. Stated in a press conference regarding the conflict, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton warned North Korea to stop their provocative behavior. “It’s important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences,” Clinton said. Mackenzie Francis

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Teagan Ferraresi The variety show proved to be much more than its theme, “Generic.” The show, which took place Wednesday and Thursday, featured 16 acts and eight skits. All of the money raised from ticket sales went to the Hersey Family Assistance Fund, which will be used to aide families in buying Christmas presents. Although the variety show presents a multitude of performances, the set-up doesn’t run as smoothly as one would think. In previous years, the variety show came close to being canceled. “We kicked around the idea of not doing a variety show,” student activities director John Novak said. Due to last minute conflicts, last year’s variety show was very difficult. “It was very stressful last year,” senior Juliette Makara said. “But I would be upset if the show was canceled. I wouldn’t want that, so I’d just try and make it less stressful so that the show can continue.” “The problems last year were very frustrating, but we decided to do it for the students,” Novak said.

osts of the variety show, juniors Meghan Griffin and Tyler Zanona, emcee this year’s show, “Generic.” The show had over 18 performers with 16 acts and eight short skits. The show took place on Wednesday and Thursday night. “The v-show is one of the funnest evets of the year,” junior Ang Charczuk said. “It’s so fun to perform and to see everyone else’s talents.

However, the show continued, and people’s talents were still shown. With more bands performing than in previous years, four different groups got the chance to showcase their talents. This year’s show also featured a selection of singing acts, including the choir department’s “Heart & Soul.” “We decided that it would be cool to show the school what we do in a different type of setting,” senior Anna Voinovich said. Junior Ang Charczuk displayed her dancing talent in the show. She performed a dance to “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap. “I love performing in the v-show because it’s a lot of fun and I get to meet new people,” Charczuk said. “I like being able to decide what I want to do and not having to worry about competition since we’re all performing different acts.” Makara performed a twirling routine for her third consecutive year. Although she is not new to the variety show, she says that every year is very different, but very rewarding. “Every year is a different group of people. You get to meet new people and make new friends.” Makara said. “Everyone’s just having fun and it’s a good time.”

Students pull together to help needy kids Becky Pauwels

The holiday season is a wonderful time for many. For those in poverty, however, it might not be as magical. That’s why various organizations here are doing their part to help out. S.O.S. organized the annual Loretto Toy Drive. For the drive, students picked up a tag with the name, age, and gender of the child receiving the gift. Contributors were then asked to bring a wrapped gift, worth about twenty dollars, and place it outside of the main office or outside of Mark Gunther’s office. “It’s really weird, because up until Wednesday the bin was almost empty. Then, suddenly, it was all filled up. I’m so proud that the school is able to come through and help the kids in need,” junior Kara Miller said. Many students understand the importance of the drive and are willing to donate their time and money to purchase a gift for the children. “The gifts are being given to kids in Loretto Hospital. The gifts collected will be the only gift they’ll be getting for Christmas,” senior SOS member Billy Borst said. On Saturday, the gifts will be given to the children in the hospital. “I’m very excited to go. I’m really looking forward to helping those kids,” Miller said. At the time of press, it was unclear as to how many gifts were collected, though organizers are optimistic and satisfied with the outcome. “Because the bin was so full, we can only


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resents for the Loretto toy drive are stacked up in the bin outside the main office. The presents will go to kids in the Loretto Hospital. On Saturday, the gifts will be distributed to those kids. “This gift will be the only one the kids will be getting, so I’m happy so many gifts were donated,” junior Kara Miller said. guess that there was a great turnout,” Miller said Students in the S.O.S. class and other volunteers delivered the toys to the recipients yesterday. “My family and I donated a gift for a little girl. It’s so nice thinking about what her reaction will be when she gets it,” junior Meaghan Meehan said.

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reshman Delaney Fiorito helps organizes cans for the food drive. Students collected over 45,000 cans to help those with less over the holidays.


tudents who participated in this event provided life-help to those less fortunate, one can at a time. Those who traveled to the food pantries for drop off saw first-hand just how important the food drive is to some. “Members of the executive board and seniors on student council got to go along to deliver the food, which was super awesome because I would have never realized how much food we actually had or how much of an impact we had on so many lives,” Lehnert said. “It’s definitely something a lot of people can’t even imagine.” “It was a really rewarding experience,” senior SOS member Andrea Muciaccia said. “After we unloaded the two trucks, it was amazing to see all the boxes that we brought in.”

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he reasons why students contribute to the cause vary, but for DeAsis, competition wasn’t the only motivation. “The competition was only part of the reason we brought in so much food. We all knew that the more cans we brought in, the more families we could help, and that thought kept us wanting to do more.” DeAsis said. “Just imagine not having food to eat every day. That could be anybody, even people from our school.” Besides the process of collection, senior student council member Glennah McMahon believes the most memorable experience is the packing of the trucks. “It’s definitely my favorite day of the school year,” McMahon said. “Everyone pitching in and helping out was so cool. People that didn’t even know each other were coming together for a cause, and it was an amazing thing to see.” The importance of the food drive is greater than students may know. Not only is it a pivotal moment in their own lives, but it’s a life-changing gift for 67 Hersey families, St. Augustine’s Center for American Indians, and CEDA Northwest. “This year we got 80 family boxes, and serviced 67 Hersey families. There are probably more families, but it’s hard to know. We always try and collect extra, either for big families, or for other food pantries,” Gunther said. ome recipients of the food drive are Hersey students whose families receive food boxes. Providing for those who attend the same school pushes students to try even harder, to support the community. “The families that receive the food boxes are very appreciative and extremely grateful for our generosity. They’re always happy, but it’s also a matter of pride. We try to keep things confidential,” Gunther said. Receiving the gift of food is momentous for the students and families that rely on the canned food drive. “I live at home with my mom and my sister. My mom is unemployed, and I provide the income,” a senior who received a food box said. “I love the food [box]. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. We really wouldn’t have food for Thanksgiving if we didn’t get the food box.” Aside from affecting the lives of families like this, the canned food drive affects the lives of Native Americans and others that need help in the Chicago area, as well as residents of the Northwest suburbs. Every can that is donated during the canned food drive is given to someone who needs and benefits from it.


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December 10, 2010

‘Tis the season to reduce and recycle




After the canned food drive passes, people have the tendency to shoot forward without a backward glance to the hungry, the homeless, and the hundreds of other causes that desperately need contributions. On top of this, gluttony, waste and the holidays go hand in hand. This time of year means presents; presents mean wrapping paper; wrapping paper means garbage. The amount of food wasted at this time is unacceptable. The day before winter break will undoubtedly show some of this in action. Girls with presents for 20 of their closest friends, and garbage cans overflowing with uneaten batches of snowman-shaped

each as important as the next. This year, instead of buying small presents for every person, get together with friends and volunteer, or pool all of the money and donate it to a cause that really needs it. December, meet conservation. Every present does not need to be wrapped in brand new wrapping paper, smothered in tape, and covered in a gigantic frilly bow. In fact, using this newspaper as wrapping paper is preferable. Recycle everything possible and never throw out gift bags. Shea Anderluh If everyone puts these small steps into action, then in time c o o k - ies, half- eaten candy the work will finally pay off. canes and mountains of chips from This beloved season will class parties are guaranteed - unless walk,hand-in-hand with charstudents do something different . ity, kindness, conservation, and a December, meet charity and strong sense of its true nature, tokindness. Just because the canned wards a better planet, and a better food drive is done doesn’t mean future. that students need to stop giving. Thousands of causes are out there,

Lack of sportsmanship disgusts junior; calls for respect Connor Hargett kindergarten, and all the way through elemenI have played soccer since I was three years old; every season of every year. Therefore, I am exceptionally loyal to the sport, and it pains me to hear people

insulting it. I have noticed that most of the people who dislike soccer have no reason at all for this unwarranted hatred. Perhaps if there was an understandable reason for the malice directed towards certain sports, it would be valid, such as in my case. Personally, there are a few sports that I do not enjoy playing; but hold on, I have reasons. Baseball is one sport that I will never play competitively again. I started playing baseball in

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tary school. I conjured the belief that I was at least a decent player. By the way, I was a pitcher. However, in a night game at Melas Park in fifth grade, I hit at least two batters and walked multiple runs in. I was removed from the game. The inning lasted forever, and the fear of even more failure compelled me to never play baseball again. I had never been taken out of a game before, and this was, whether it sounds like it or not, a traumatic event for me. From then, I never enjoyed walking onto the field again. I believe that I have a legitimate reason to dislike a sport. However, I do not want to come off as a person who has no respect for baseball. I respect all sports, as most of them take practice and commitment, which I respect largely. I don’t enjoy my sport being the victim of

derogatory terms, let alone being called a name when people don’t have a reason to justify their insulting manner. Now I know most of the time these people are just joking around, but the constant disdain just gets old. I am sure that this applies to all athletes, so why can’t we all just be respectful of each other? I did not want to have to mention this in this column, but I believe that it is necessary. Does anyone remember the golden rule? Treat others as you would want to be treated. As cheesy as it may be, it is a valuable rule. Also, it is also one of the most simple rules. Imagine if all people could respect each sport and remove all common stereotypes associated with them. Is it too much to ask for less bashing on other sports, more respect, and more open-mindedness?

J U S T S AY I N ’ Cold? Wear a coat

I don’t know if it’s caused by a desperate need to feel manly or tough, or if it’s just that men lack common sense, but come on. Everyday as I walk into school wearing my sweatshirt, my North Face, and my gloves, hat and scarf, I am astounded to see guys that are still coming to school without a jacket. It’s not even as if they’re impervious to the cold; they’re clearly shivering. So why? Guys: it is the winter season, and it is cold. Right now my thermometer reads a frigid 12 degrees. Nobody thinks that a student without a coat is cool, and to be honest, the effect it has on people is generally more along the lines of concerned. Mild hypothermia isn’t completely out of the question in this chilling Illinois weather. So please, get a coat before you lose a limb. Just sayin’. Shea Anderluh

Black Friday distracts from family Black Friday may have a lot of great sales, but it takes too much time away from families enjoying each other. People should take the day after Thanksgiving to relax with their families, not stampede to their local mall to load their trunks with on-sale items. Too many people are obsessed with their material “needs” to focus on the important experiences during the holiday season. Incidents like the death by stampede of a WalMart employee two years ago show the sickening obsession with material possessions. So next year, instead of rushing to the local mall on Black Friday, take the day off to relax and catch up with family. Just sayin’. Carlos Andina Check out our new website for more Just Sayin! And then add your own. Go to the Hersey webpage ( and click on the link. OR

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Opinions Bucket lists conquer suburbs Emily Swanson

S i n c e Mar. 31, 1995 I have lived in a house with great parents and a fantastic brother. I live on a quiet little street in the suburbs. I have I have been growing and learning heard of people new things there for the drifting from place to past 15 years. My parents place across America and have normal jobs, and how they meet people along Charles, my brother, and the way. Those people exI are just two years apart. I perience adventures. I live the normal American want to meet people from life. all over and hear their stoI was brought ries. Those are the stories up under the imthat excite me. pression that if I want to be able I achieved good to tell stories of my grades and was experiences. I want the perfect little to travel to Europe, child, I would live try the different foods a happy and full life there, and witness the when I grow up. different cultures. I want I’ve realized that Shea Anderluh to see the pyramids and the I don’t want such an Himalayan mountains. I average life any longer. want to be able to tell my kids that Don’t get me wrong; I am extremeI went sailing across the ocean, to ly grateful for everything I have. say that I hiked across America and Although I am grateful, I still want to explain that people out there are more. nice enough to help me with my Growing up I thought that troubles. my adult life would contain a husAbove all, I want to go to Afband, a family of five well broughtrica and help the poor. I want to get up boys, and a solid job writing a tattoo, just for the story. I want to a sports column for the Chicago live my life for the stories and for Tribune. I planned to live in a big the thought that I lived my life to brick house on a street where my the fullest. kids could play baseball and footI do realize that traveling to ball outside from sunrise to sunset. such amazing places does cost I wanted the typical American life money. I understand if I wish to because that was how the idea of travel all over, I will need money. “real life” appeared to me. I can’t get completely and entirely Over the summer I saw a movaway from Arlington Heights, Illiie called “Into the Wild.” Ever since nois in my dreams at night. then, the clear image of my future Some might say “get a life” or has entirely changed into a foggy “you’re wasting your time.” There blur. just has to be more out there. There has to be more to life When letting go of that thought, I than just living in a nice house feel like I’m giving up on my life. with a family in the suburbs trying I’ve realized that living in the subto make ends meet. I realized that I urbs and working full time everydon’t want an ordinary life. day of a someone’s life can only get My bucket list is still not comthat person so far until she can’t go plete; in fact I have been adding to anywhere else. it like it’s my job. I do not want to There are two roads after high live in the suburbs anymore. school and college: the normal I love having the feeling of not one and the exciting, fearful, acknowing what will happen next. In tion- packed one. I’m young with my perspective, sticking to a scheda world wide open and waiting for ule is boring, and an ordinary story me. I can’t wait to see the rest of it. is not one worth telling.

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Thomas BLAHBLAHBLAH Timber Wolves: what a great group of goons. I have only the fondest memories of middle school; I can’t think of one moment that was not enjoyable. We made the most of our time back then, trust me. Sixth grade is a bit hazy now days, after all it was almost seven years ago. Seven years ago... that’s a long time. It feels like it was yes-

terday. Damn, I’m getting old. Anyway, the first day of sixth grade was a complete nightmare; I was all screwed up. First off, I was late to every single one of my classes; I had no idea how to get around those halls. Secondly, I lost the sheet of paper with all my combinations. So on top of arriving five minutes late to every class, I had absolutely nothing to write with or on. Boy, was I making great first impressions...

As one of the busiest travel time of the year approached, one of the most talked about topics was the new security measures taken at airports. Advanced Imaging Technology scanners and pat downs were used, but these precautions were introduced with the intent to pro-

tect. Nine years ago tragedy struck on Sept. 11; I don’t need to remind anyone about the devastation that resulted because of the terrorist attacks. When people are protesting these ‘unfair’ security measures, I want them to take a moment to remember the reason behind the scans and pat downs...

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Forget stranger danger, open eyes to new people It was four years ago, as I sat in church with my family, picking at my cuticles, wondering if we could cut out after communion. However, my mother’s scathing looks assured me that leaving early was out of the question. So, I sucked it up and sat patiently

through the end of mass. When mass ended, we began to make our way out of the church. There was a woman, standing in the back with a suit case next to her. I didn’t notice her at first, while I rushed out of there. But, my mom noticed, stopped, and struck up a conversation with her. I kept my distance, weary of my years and years of stranger danger training... Emily Behn

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“I recycle paper or whatever we can.”

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Just 39 miles to go


December 10, 2010

Senior walks for a cure

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It takes more than athletic prowess to walk for two days straight in search of a cure for a devastating disease. But, senior Rebecca Dempsey has found the motivation for this feat in the stories and strength of various breast cancer survivors. For the past two years, Dempsey has walked with her mother and cousin in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. According to, a life is lost to cancer every thirteen minutes. “All the money we raise goes directly towards research, so it benefits patients and the scientists working towards a cure,” Dempsey said. “In order to participate, walkers have to raise $1,800. “I send out letters to family, friends, and teachers to raise the money,” Dempsey said. After raising the money, they spend two days walking 39 miles. “The walk may seem long, but hearing stories from survivors and families is amazing. They have so many interesting stories to tell, and it makes the walk more fun,” Dempsey said. Dempsey has walked in both the Chicago and Washington DC events. This year, the trio is going to San Francisco. “It will definitely be a tougher walk with the hills, so my mom and I will have to train,” Dempsey said. Also, some walkers show up for comedic relief. “Every year at every walk, there is a guy dressed in a cow suit. He is given airline miles so he can fly everywhere, and all the seasoned walkers look forward to seeing him,” Dempsey said. The San Francisco walk is July 9-10, and the Dempsey family cannot wait to get ready for the event. “My family sends out letters in January. Money comes in the mail every day! It’s really great to see all the generosity when people donate,” freshman Kathleen Dempsey said. “So many people I know are affected by breast cancer, and being involved in this cause makes me feel great,” R Dempsey said. The work of the Dempsey family will surely benefit many future cancer patients.

“I wanna hold your hand” Former student’s family dances for Rett disorder

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Pink ribbons are to Breast Cancer Awareness and colored puzzle pieces are to Autism Awareness. For some people, holding hands may show a sign of affection, but to families affected by Rett Syndrome, it’s a symbol of support, hope, and unity. Prospect senior Danielle Izzo has an older sister, Cassandra, with Rett Syndrome. Cassandra started off her high school career at Palatine, but when taking care of her became too much of a burden, the Izzo family was forced to find a new school for her. They found the program here to be a perfect fit. Cassandra graduated last year with the class of 2010. Although Rett Syndrome is not a genetic disorder, only girls can survive with it. Since the mutated gene that causes Rett Syndrome is on the X-chromosome, males die shortly after birth due to severe defects. Danielle, an avid dancer and part of the Prospect Poms squad and Prospect Orchesis, strives to bring together the two things that mean the most to her. “Last year the Orchesis donated all the proceeds from the tickets to the International Rett Syndrome Association,” Izzo said. “We also held fundraisers that included silent auctions.” These donations bring in money for research and equipment. “We really need answers and to know how to fix it. We know what gene is mutated that causes Rett. We just don’t know how to fix it,” Izzo said. “So far, they’ve only fixed the gene in mice. Hopefully with more public support we’ll raise enough money to research more and fix it in humans. That would be amazing.” Every year the Northwest Rett Syndrome Foundation holds a 5K walk/run to raise money. In the previous years it has been held at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village. Rett Syndrome may not be a household name like Autism or Breast Cancer, but it’s a cause that is close to home for many here.

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During the holiday season, an extra effort is made to volunteer. At Hersey opportunities such as the canned food drive, book drive, and the toy drive are available so that students can give to those who need some extra help during the holidays. “Volunteering means helping others first and putting yourself after other,” senior Emily Babikan said. According to the word ‘give’ is defined as “to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation.” Beyond the school building, students take the definition of giving to heart by taking the opportunity to help. “I teach Sunday school at my church, I tutor at the Prospect Heights Library, I am a Writing Well Tutor, and I usher at my church,” se-

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Sophomore offers support for Playhous GiGi’s Playhouse is a foundation that was founded for a girl, GiGi, who suffers from Down Syndrome. According to the GiGi’s Playhouse website, the foundation opens up actual “playhouses,” which are educational and awareness centers for children who suffer from the condition. There have been seven playhouses opened all over the country. For sophomore Tori Valadez, Down Syndrome hits home. Her niece, Katelyn, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when she was a child. Valadez won the Stephen Hatfield award during her eighth grade year and was given the option to donate to any foundation of her choice. Valadez chose to give the money to “Gigi’s Playhouse.” The foundation struck Valadez personally as she was able to donate money that would eventually help her niece. “I really wanted to help out my sister in any way that I could,” Valadez said. She donated approximately $200 to Gigi’s Playhouse from her award.


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Megan Kearns said. Kearns defines nteering as, “to give up your time to someone in need without expecting ward or recognition.” Sophomore Nicky Mendelsohn took during his Thanksgiving break to those in need. “I got up early on nksgiving morning to give food to the DS shelter,” Mendelsohn said. PADS stands for public action to ver shelter and provides a place for eless people to get food and spend night during the winter season. “My m usually makes food to donate to the ter, and I decided to help make the and go with,” Mendelsohn said. What keeps students coming back to e charities is knowing that they are y making a difference. “I enjoy helppeople and for tutoring I love seeing



the kids faces when they grasp a hard concept,” Kearns said. Giving back does not have to be a huge ordeal; often times it is the smallest actions that garner the biggest reactions. “I volunteer because it makes me feel good. I love seeing the look on peoples’ faces after you help them even if it is something small,” Babikan said.

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In places that are plagued with AIDS, starvation, and death, there isn’t much hope or cheer. Little girls lack not only adequate clothing but also self-esteem and happiness. “Dress A Girl Around the World” is an organization devoted to helping these girls. People from all over the United States work together to help these girls by making dresses out of pillow cases. It’s suggested that the pillow cases are new and colorful; this will help raise self-esteem among the girls that will be receiving the dresses. Junior Alex Ezlakowski found out about the organization while browsing through the volunteering section on Craigslist. She then suggested the idea to Mark Gunther, head of the SOS program. He and teachers Katie Lapetina and Cathy Balinski are determined to help these girls and are encouraging the student body to do so as well. “It’s a very simple way to raise the dignity and self-worth of little girls around the world,” Gunther said. Meetings for the cause are still being held after school and usually last about two hours. Whether volunteering time, donating money, or bringing in a pillow case, the effort will be appreciated. “It’s such a simple thing to do, but it’s worth so much to the little girls,” Ezlakowski said.

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The suburbs contain plenty of soup kitchens and plenty of shelters that will take extra coats, mittens, and scarves during the holiday season. But a certain group of students have made sure that their impact is felt on a larger scale; on a different continent entirely. Hersey ONE for Africa was started last year but gained significant momentum this year with the addition of new members and organizers. Senior Carina Muir joined with former member senior Konstantin Tchalukov to get the word out about the group and its simple yet monstrous goal: to help combat hunger and poverty in Africa. Muir has experience in this area, having visited Africa multiple times herself. She is striving to make an impact on a continent ravaged by poverty and disease. “Seeing the hardships firsthand has really inspired me to want to do anything I can to help. Just the fact that we have a group of people willing to give up some of their time to figure out how we can help even a little bit is amazing,” Muir said. “We’ve been planning what causes we should fundraise for and immediately started on projects. We’ve loaned out money through the micro-financing group Kiva and have two fundraisers planned,” Muir said. Anyone interested in donating time or money should join the Hersey ONE for Africa group on Facebook, open to everyone. Meetings are typically Fridays at 7:00 a.m. During this holiday season, Africa may be out of the travel plans, but the fight against poverty is raging here in these hallways.

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Music Our Way Ashley Hawkins and Kevin Hyde

Bruno Mars Ashley: For a while, I was really into the song “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. It has a catchy beat and cute lyrics; what’s not to like? I recently decided to listen to more of Mars’ songs, intrigued by what other musical masterpieces he produced. Sadly, I couldn’t find a single one. While Mars does have a soothing voice, nothing in his music appeals to me. His songs are laid back and mellow; the rhythms are often slower paced and light-hearted. I don’t have anything against happy music, but Bruno Mars’ songs don’t make me feel cheerful or like I want to dance. In contrast, I’d rather take a nap. In terms of his lyrics, I find them annoying. “Just the Way You Are” was cute at first, but after a while hearing “Her eyes, her eyes, make the stars look like they’re not shining,” got old. What I once thought of as a charming love song became repetitive, juvenile, and over-played. Before Mars became a singer, he was a music producer. He co-wrote the hit “Right Round” by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, and he co-wrote the songs “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. I don’t understand how Bruno Mars can produce multiple hits for other artists, but only one for himself. Instead of trying to climb his way up the charts, I suggest for Bruno Mars to stay behind the scenes as a producer. Kevin:

Late last summer, I was exposed to the new jams of Bruno Mars. At first I was hesitant of the breakthrough artist, mainly because his last name was that of a planet. After the first few bars of “Just the Way You Are,” I realized that this gripe of mine reigned only sometimes true. For some reason, my ears were not berated with terrible melodies. Lyrically, I find Mars to be rather repetitive and unoriginal, to the point of excess as seen in his new single “Grenade,” where the singer claims that he would jump in front of a train for his love. If you ask me, that is rather ridiculous, as we all know that is a lie. I do commend the singer on his vocals, however. After listening to a few acoustic performances, they sounded frighteningly similar to the studio versions- a feat that not all singers can accomplish nowadays. Once I had my Bruno Mars fix, I was in the car listening to the radio as “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy started playing. Mars does add a softer, more appealing element to “Billionaire,” however that doesn’t say much, after considering the debauchery that Travie McCoy produced on that single. I wish I could say that does not negatively reflect on Mars, but in the music business, you have to know who to make relations with. I am rather curious to see what Mars comes out with in the future, but until then, I will hit the “next” button when his songs come on.

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a ‘Dexter’ still going t t o G strong in season five Crime scene shows have always fascinated me, but nothing has grasped my attention as much as Showtime’s “Dexter.” The first episode I watched immediately captivated me, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Premiering in 2006, the show is currently in its fifth season. This crime drama is set in Miami, Florida, and follows the story of one Dexter Morgan. Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall, is a forensic blood spatter specialist and undercover serial killer. Dexter witnessed his mother’s murder when he was three

years old, which in turn led him to become a psychopathic serial killer. His adoptive father trained Dexter how to interact normally with people and taught him not to kill people unless they deserve it; he only kills other serial killers. Dexter risks getting caught, and though he’s a serial killer, we don’t want him to be discovered. “Dexter” has it all - making 8 p.m. on Sundays the most addicting and thrilling hour on television.


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Kid Cudi strays from original style

I never thought I’d be writing a notta on Kid Cudi. Cudi’s music has always been great, however his new album, released on Nov. 9, entitled ‘Man on the Moon, Vol. 2 The Legend of Mr. Rager’ is not up to par. Cudi’s older songs such as ‘The Prayer,’ ‘Heart of a Lion’ and ‘Soundtrack 2 My Life’ take listeners on a roller coaster ride through his mind. Cudi’s soothing voice, atypical lyrics, and relaxing music drew in massive amounts of followers.

Unfortunately, many of these followers are disappointed with his new album. Although some songs such as ‘Revofev,’ ‘Mr. Rager,’ and ‘All Along’ stick with Cudi’s original style, others such as ‘Ashin’ Kusher,’ ‘Mojo So Dope,’ and ‘Wild’n Cuz I’m Young,’ and basically the rest of the album stray completely from Cudi’s original beloved style. He should have stuck with his old stuff.

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MCR: ‘Danger Days’ tackles big issues with new sound Rhonda Bolker

In response, no one tries to fix all of Earth’s major issues, leaving the rest of the populous to My Chemical Romance has joined the forc- be controlled by big corporations and the rich. Throughout much of the album, MCR cones of the media’s least original, yet most common by changing up their originally dark and tinues to warn their listeners that their voices and beliefs are often drowned out by those morbid sound with a more alternative-rock with power to make their beliefs come sound. true. Although the band is copying he Regretfully, the majority of the idea of numerous other artists Desert these people are not out to help the by changing their sound, their Spider is on the masses but are trying to supply new style actually presents a cover of the ‘Danger Days’ album. for themselves. The only way for nice break from the emo artists the world to change is if people whining about how their soul actually speak out instead of just is blacker than their Monday dealing with the morning coffee. treachery the leadThe new and ers of our world seem improved MCR is to bring. The album exhibited through looks to show what could their new concept alhappen if everyone refuses to bum, “Danger Days: The change. True Lives of the Fabulous KillAside from the beautiful mesjoys,” which began to be sold to sage and story the CD presents, the masses Nov. 22. My Chemical Romance’s new Even if starting sound is refreshing. off an album with Compared to an introduction t r a c k their three previous is incredibly overused and unalbums, the addition of a new elecoriginal, the opening track “Look tronically enhanced beat gives them Alive, Sunshine” sets the tone for something to dance to. This makes the rest of the album. for a more joyous time compared to The song describes the members a select few of the bands’ previous songs. of MCR as the “Fabulous Killjoys,” out Shea Considering the success of MCR’s to destroy the evil present in their Anderluh past albums, “Danger Days” is the one world: California in the year 2019. that is most relatable to the current pop“Look Alive, Sunshine” is voiced by Steve Righ?, bassist in electro-punk band Mindless ulous. Not only is the world in an economic recesSelf Indulgence. Righ? plays the mentor of the sion and needs more inspiration to fix the situ“Killjoys,” DJ Dr. Death Defying. The opening track fluidly switches into ation, but the public needs motivational dance the album’s first single “Na Na Na.” The tune, music. “Danger Days” proves to be MCR’s bigthough rather celebratory and dance-worthy, is gest hit yet. actually a criticism of how youth so badly want to change the world.


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What are your TopFive favorite songs? Junior Thomas Martin

Senior Pat Frankenthal 1. “Neon” John Mayer 2. “Over The Hills and Far Away” Led Zeppelin 3. “Radio” Alkaline Trio HERE!! 4. “I Could Have Lied” Red Hot Chili Peppers 5. “On A Plane” Nirvana

“Everytime I hear classical music I feel different emotions”

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1. “Mahler’s 5th Symphony” Gustav Mahler 2. “Pictures on an Exhibition” Petrovich Mussogorsky GRAPHIC 3. “Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony” Dmitri Shostakovich 4. “The Rite of Spring” Igor Stravinsky 5. “Brukner’s 4th Symphony” Anton Bruckner

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In the past decade, downloading music illegally has become a cinch. With the click of a button, anyone can download whatever song he or she desires without paying a single penny. However on Oct. 27, Limewire, the site that nearly 50 million Americans used to download music, was shut down. “I was mad when Limewire was shut down. It was my way to download music, and it was quick and easy,” senior Angelina Leuzzi said. Since the downloading application was created in 2000, countless Americans have been using Limewire as their source for music. The creators of Limewire claimed the site was a free peer-to-peer file sharing program and stated that Limewire helped people share files, not steal them. According to a federal jurisdiction in New York, Limewire has caused a “massive scale of infringement” by allowing the sharing of thousands of copyrighted works. The Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, claim on its website that “Limewire and its operators have violated the law” and “Limewire was responsible for millions in lost sales.” After Limewire was shut down,

spending money. “Now I have to pay for my music, which can get really expensive,” senior Camila Dul said. With iTunes charging between $1 and $1.29, accessing music legally can be pretty pricey. Students such as Leuzzi found other alternatives. “I use Frostwire now. It’s the same exact thing as Limewire,” Leuzzi said. “I’m still disappointed, but there are plenty of other ways I can get my music. Limewire was just the most convenient,” Leuzzi said. While the effects of Limewire might not have been as evident to artists such as Britney Spears, many unknown artists were hurt by Limewire. “I don’t feel bad about downloading my music from there. The artists already make a ton of money, so I doubt I’m really affecting anything,” Dul said. Students’ concerns about the loss of Limewire are being voiced loud and clear. Still, to the public’s dismay, there are no indications that the site will be made legal again. After a four-year legal battle, the US music industry has finally shut Limewire down, and it looks like it’s going to stay this way.

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Brites Music members place at local competition

Junior Alan Snow took first place in the district’s Concerto Competition Recital, with senior Melissa Neff taking first runner up on the night of Dec. 6. Special mentions were also awarded to junior Thomas Martin and sophomore Roya Zandi. “I was proud of what they had all accomplished,” band director Scott Casagrande said. Participants performed at the Forest View Education Center Theater. “From what I heard, everyone else had done a great job all in all,” Snow said. Snow performed “Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso” by Camille SaintSaënsn on violin, accompanied by Beatriz Snow on piano. Neff performed “Concerto” by Alexander Arutunian on the trumpet, accompanied by Sharon Neff. With Snow’s victory, he will be featured with the District Honors Music Festival in the spring. “Everyone played well, I’m proud of Alan and everyone else who performed,” orchestra director Christine Douglas said. Maxwell Bestvina

One act plays showcase students’ versatility

Students crowded into the black box on Thursday and Friday to watch aspiring actors and actresses preform in the One Acts- a series of short, one act plays and skits preformed by fellow students. The plays ranged from a man whose conscience follows him around and offering advice, to a group of secret agents infiltrating a middle school to prepare the students for high school. The actors thrived off of the packed house. “The directors did a good job of pulling everything together in the end,” sophomore Andrew Napora said. “We would have been really disorganized without them.” Audience members responded well to the performance. “Mike Capra’s performance last year was a tough act to follow, but I think year’s acts were funnier than I originally expected,” senior Stephen Tubergen said. “The cast had a good time, too. It was really fun, and we can’t wait for next year,” Napora said. Ryan Kloud


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Vocational schooling helps students plan ahead Teagan Ferraresi

dents must have at least a B average, and must also go through admissions to be reviewed for Each year as students from the junior class enrollment. Senior Chuck Swanson is the only Hersey meet with their counselors to pick out their final schedules, they decide which classes are most student enrolled in the district-wide education interesting to them. However, the classes that academy. Every Tuesday and Thursday the class are often overlooked are the dual credit classes takes place at Rolling Meadows High School. “When we’re at Rolling Meadows we learn offered through the district. The district offers classes exclusively for seniors that are directly all about the basics of teaching,” Swanson said. “It’s the same kind of stuff you would learn in related to future career paths. Students taking these classes can get a a basic education class in college, but obviously jump-start on working towards their futures. on a different level.” When class is not at RMHS, the students Classes available include those in cosmetology, criminology, medical, education, construction travel to different area schools to be student and fire science. The classes are worth a full teachers and observe different classes. Every credit each semester, as opposed to most classes eight weeks the school changes for exposure to different grade levels and different experiences. being worth half a credit per semester. “Going to all these different schools really “These classes are great for students that have a certain career in mind so that they get helps me decide what I want to do,” Swanson exposure to what it may be like to do that as an said. “With observing all the different grade levactual career later in life,” counselo r els, I can see if I even want to teach, what grade level, and even what subject.” David Galarza said. The education academy is ofSenior Taylor Beaulieu fered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., so is in the criminal justice to accommodate that into his and investigation class ofschool day, Swanson had to fered because he plans sacrifice classes to work it on doing something into his schedule. with law, private inAnother student takvestigation, or deing advantage of districtfense when he chooses wide programs is senior Emhis career. ily Babikan. “I like how my teacher Babikan is a student of the Shea Anderluh uses scenarios because we medical academy, a program ofcan all talk about what we think fered first and second periods, and is limshould happen in a certain situation, and not just sit and read rules or something,” ited to 15 students in District 214. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, BabiBeaulieu said. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, kan takes classes at Prospect. Every Tuesday Beaulieu travels to Harper College to take the and Thursday the students go to either Alexian class. The district pays for the class, so Beaulieu Brothers or Glenbrook Hospital to job shadow. Each month they are assigned to a differlikes that he is receiving free college credit that will help him when he goes away to college next ent department to be exposed to different areas in the medical field. year. “It’s definitely very helpful because you get “It works out really well for me because next year, since I’ve already taken this class, I an inside look at the hospital. It’s up close and can go straight into criminology and forensics,” personal,” Babikan said. When it comes to seeing real life experiBeaulieu said. “It saves me money and time, so ences during hospital observations, Babikan that I can get everything done sooner.” Beaulieu’s class is made up of high school has seen a lot. “I watched a person die in the emergency room,” Babikan said. “I’ve also seen seniors from neighboring districts. “It’s really good to have class this way be- someone with a brain bleed, ultra-sounds of cause it’s seeing college life before I actually go twins and vanishing twins, and a c-section.” Despite seeing tragic events first-hand, away,” Beaulieu said. “It’s fun to meet new people and be exposed to what college is kind of Babikan said that the medical academy has helped her to confirm her plans to pursue a calike.” Despite the traveling, Beaulieu enjoys the reer in the medical field. “It’s a nice way for students to try out a cerclass and finds it beneficial. “It’s a huge benefit to me because I’m getting college credit for it,” tain field without having to spend money only Beaulieu said. “I would recommend it to people to later find out that it’s not what they want to that want to do this kind of work because it pre- do after all, and have to change their major and spend more money away at college,” Galarza pares them for the future.” Because the district wants to make sure the said. class is offered to the best-matched students, there are requirements students must meet to even be considered for enrollment in the class. To be eligible for the criminal justice class, stu-

Students go extra few ‘feet’ to give to those in need Abby Fesl them,” sophomore Anna Freitag said. A shoe bin was put outside the main office to help needy children. Students were able to drop off old shoes in the bin. The shoes were sent to two foundations “Share Your Soles” and “Nike Grind.” Share Your Soles is a non-profit organization that gives shoes to children in need in Africa. The program began eleven years ago and has since collected and delivered over a million pairs of shoes. “I had some extra shoes around my house and I had seen the box at the front office, so I thought it would be really helpful to donate

The other foundation that shoes are being collected for is “Nike Grind.” Nike Grind profits go towards new sports facilities, track fields, courts, and even playgrounds. The shoes can also be used to make new Nike products. This company-wide project was founded in 1991, and has recently caught on around the country. Also, Nike recently added a new program that’s called “reuse-a-shoe” where the company takes the shoe and reuses it to make new shoe without actually making a brand new shoe. This program collected nearly 6,000 groups who joined in the program in the past two years.


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reshman Katie Kowols drops off a pair of old shoes to be donated to less fortunate children.


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Return to Redbird arena Top 10 with... target for young squad M i k e LeZchows k i a nd a ck K i l l a m Erin Kinsella

It’s never easy to follow in the footsteps of someone great. It’s even harder to fill the shoes of a team that was great. But this year, the girls basketball team plans to do just this. The girls ended an impressive run last year with a fourth place finish in the state tournament; traveling down to Illinois State University to play at Redbird Arena, a feat that teams around here dream about but rarely ever experience. The road to the Redbird Arena was a long one, and started years ago in summer camps and feeder teams, but it seems to be a dream that lives on for those still

the last two weekends. The team only dropped two games to Marian Catholic and Stevenson, both reputed to have strong programs this year. “This team is hard working, fast, and very balanced. Our goal this year is to get a lot of contributors on and off the floor. This team plays with a lot of heart,” Zydek said. This seems to be a promising recipe for a successful season. Mary Fendley is back as the head coach, assisted by Julia Barthel. The duo hopes to recreate some of the success the program has had in previous years. Their returning players agree. “My goals for this year are to be a leader for the younger roster that we have, get myself more involved in the offense, and get my team back to Redbird Arena,” Zydek said. Things are


Junior wrestler Conrad Bugay exemplified why Hersey wrestling is so successful. Against opponent Jimmy Dickman, Bugay, feeling sick, stopped mid-match and vomited. When officials asked Bugay if he wanted to drop out of the match, Bugay denied and continued wrestling. Bugay ended up winning, doing his best Greg Jennings impression, cause sometimes you just gotta’ put the team on your back.


Nine all-star selections, five Gold Gloves, and 20 years as a professional Cubs broadcaster, Ron Santo was clearly qualified for the Hall of Fame, but was snubbed. Not only was Santo proclaimed the “Biggest Cubs fan,” he also was a great person. Santo spent the latter half of his life raising over $60 million in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Congratulations on making baseball proud number 10, even if the Hall of Fame couldn’t.


Hersey is starting a new men’s boxing club. The club is recruiting any guy with built up aggression or skyhigh egos. Any type of smack talk, particularly about other members’ girlfriends is permitted, yet highly warned against in fear of getting taught a lesson, resulting in a black eye.


With the college postseason approaching, it’s time for sports fans to make their bowl picks. One of the biggest reasons people peek their interest into these games is just because of their oddball names. Nothing says college football like the “Little Ceasers Bowl,” or the “Chick-Fil-A Bowl.” But what would you expect from an organization called the BCS (Biggest Crap Shute).


Not a single team came together this year quite like the bowling team. After rigorous recruiting, the team put together a roster. This is message to all you ladies of the lanes, strap your wrist guards on, whoosh that air between your fingers, and keep on keepin’ on cause you’ve sure got balls.


enior Stephanie Mueller prepares to shoot a free throw during the win against Niles West. The girls won the game have a standing record of 5-3. enior record holder Megan Rogowski shoots over two Niles West players during the game. The girls next game will be against Wheeling tonight, Dec. 10.



in the program today. After graduating four starters, the team has had to rely on the performance of some new standouts. They haven’t been disappointed. In her first varsity opener after two years on the team, junior Jen Hall put up double digits, continuing this impressive performance in multiple games, taking over the point guard position from last year’s Julia Fredian. “I see my role this year as being the primary ball handler, providing a lot of assists and scoring as well. I got prepared for this season by playing against the older kids in practice the last two years and competing in the off-season,” Hall said. New faces on the floor have delivered early in the season as well; seniors Michaela Dwyer, Stefanie Mueller, and junior Maggie Hogen have lit up the court in their debut season as varsity starters. Not to mention the veterans of the program; seniors Eileen Zydek and all-state Megan Rogowski, who are leading the team not just on the court but outside the gym as well. “It has been really difficult for us to lose the seniors that we did. They all contributed so much. But, many of the returners used last season to learn from those seniors, and we are using what we learned from them to help our new team,” Zydek said. The girls took what they learned and put it to use in their first tournament. They went 3-2 in the Maine West Thanksgiving tournament that was played over

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After trading away a large portion of talent in the off-season, the Blackhawks are now relying on a new set of players with a whole different set of skills to get back the ship. Instead of the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, little kids are wearing jerseys of John Scott. And instead of displaying the unbridled talent of the first two, the Scott plays more a like street fighter than a hockey player. For every four minutes Scott has played, he’s spent a minute chilling in the penalty box. Scott seems more fitted to be featured in Mortal Combat than a hockey game.


Kevin Durant is currently leading the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.4 points per game. Durant has put up impressive 34, 34, 32, 31, and 30 point performances. Durant’s got nothin’ on our very own Megan Rogowski who dropped an even more impressive 42 points Tuesday night against Buffalo Grove, setting a school record.


David Milligan looking up for the team if Rogowski continues to produce the way she has been thus far. Scoring 42 of the team’s 68 points in their win over rival Buffalo Grove on Tuesday, Rogowski beat yet another school record for points in a single game. The record, previously held by Abbie Willenborg, was 36 points in a single game; a mark Rogowski easily surpassed on her way back onto the record board. Making 50 percent of the 30 shots she took, she also chipped in four three-pointers. “I had a feeling towards the end of the game that I was getting close to the record because the bench started cheering really loud with a lot of support whenever I scored,” Rogowski said. “It’s exciting, but not much different than any other record; it means just as much.”

After Brett Favre’s run in with the Bills D-line last Sunday, the 41-year-old Vikings QB was taken out of the game due to injury. Vikings coaches later cited that if Brett Favre can throw, he’ll play. If that is the only criteria required to play quarterback, I forsee Favre playing for at least thirty more years. The only question I have is, who will be pushing around Favre’s wheelchair?


The average MLB player in 1980 made $578,930. The average today is $3.3 million, an increase of 579 percent. An “average” player makes over three million dollars, forget about the all-stars; just the plain old average players make over three million. Derek Jeter, a 36-year-old has-been who put up average numbers last year was “angry” about his new $51 million contract. These greedy primma donna’s need to have some pride in what they do. You can’t get paid 579 percent more when you’re working 579 percent less.


Why do college football teams have such ridiculous uniforms these days? Kids may say that they like the new flashy looks like the University of Utah’s camouflage look, or the University of Miami’s all orange get ups. Some teams are going way over the top and making it seem like making a fashion statement is more important than actually winning a game. Oregon has 80 uniform choices for a 12 game season. Yes, 80! These include four helmets, five jerseys, and five pairs of pants; they have more choices than a fat kid at Old Country Buffet.

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unior Conrad Bugay puts the hold on his opponent Jimmy Dickman from Maine East in the second wrestling meet of the season. The dual meet took place on Nov. 24 against the nonconference Blue Demons. ugay won his match, and the team ended up wining the meet. he team continued its streak last Saturday when they held off Glenbard West to win 35- 27. The team also trounced Northside Prep by a score of 72-3 and blanked Woodstock 750, finishing the weekend 3-0.



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Senior gymnast reaches for her potential after performing for Hersey gymnastics for four years.

Phillips flips through final year Caitlin Neilson Even though the gymnastics season is just starting up, gymnasts have been training y e a r- ro u n d to prepare for competitions; senior Cayla Phillips is no exception. Phillips did one thing all gymnasts are good at, she hit the weight room. “To keep in shape all year, I lift. That keeps my muscles active,” Phillips said. Phillips, a fouryear varsity gymnast, has been doing gymnastics outside of school for about six years.

Although Phillips is a veteran of the sport, she still encounters difficulties. “The most difficult part of training having the endurance to do certain things like flips for three hours,” Phillips said. Gymnastics is generally not thought of as a team sport, but it is important to have the whole team working together to support each other. “I like being with my teammates, we have a lot of good chemistry,” Phillips said. Although the long hours of practice are strenuous, there is definitely a pay off in the end. Competition is the most rewarding aspect for Phillips. “Competing is a challenge and it’s always good to challenge yourself. I love accomplishing certain stunts I’ve worked hard to master,” Phillips said. The team will host The Michael Meyer Candy Cane Invite tomorrow, Dec. 11 at 1 o’clock.


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What superstitions do you follow before any game or meet?

Freshman Annie Johnson Gymnastics


“Before my meets, I always eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If I don’t have one, I’ll just feel off.”

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“I don’t do anything before the game but for freethrows I have the same routine. I bounce the ball three time, spin it, and then shoot.”

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