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‘Will you sign my field trip form?’ Students and teachers question educational value Nicole Cecala Mili Pandya

With an influx of field trip permission slips in the spring, some teachers and faculty members have questioned the educational value field trips hold. “It’s an alternative way to learn things rather than just sitting in a class and taking lecture notes,” sophomore Amanda Moy said. The college and career center consistently offers a variety of career treks and career nights to help students discover jobs corresponding to their interests. “Like any type of career exploration, going on a career trek and discovering an area of interest can help students choose elective high school courses, extracurricular activities, internships and part-time jobs where they may be successful and happy,” college counselor Nancy Davis said. The seemingly unspecific field trip protocol offers a broad interpretation allowing for students to experience multiple excursions. Students may not realize the amount of work that goes into planning a single field trip,

How educational are school field trips for you?

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which all starts with the field trip form. After the necessary information is filled out by the sponsoring teacher, it is sent to the division heads. It then proceeds to associate principal Ron Kiolbassa, followed by principal Gordon Sisson. “It goes through a chain of commands,” Kiolbassa said. “The first purpose [of the field trip forms] is to provide awareness,” Kiolbassa said. Although it may seem like a hassle to get signatures from all teachers, it provides the information they may need when planning out lessons for that day. The larger the field trip, the greater the impact on their plans. “Usually, if more than half the class is missing, I don’t move on to new material,” math teacher Shannon Wold said. Students may encounter a teacher who gives them a hard time when asking him to sign a form, or one that simply refuses to sign. According to Kiolbassa, a teacher cannot prohibit a student from attending a field trip, but it all boils down to how they are doing in that class. “Students have the responsibility to be timely,” Kiolbassa said. If a student isn’t performing so well in a class, the teacher concerned about signing their form may talk to the sponsoring teacher about the importance of the student not missing class. “I want students to realize how much they’re missing while they’re gone. If they’re going for the right reason, I have no problem letting them go, but I want to make sure they’re held accountable [for what they miss],” math teacher Ken Blazek said. “I don’t like missing class if we’re learning something new that day because then I missed something important, and I have to go in and ask the teacher or teach it to myself,” Moy said. How e v e r, students may benefit more from going on the field trip rather than staying at school and completing class work. “The Human Geography [to the Bartlett Hindu


Temple] field trip I went on was educational because it showed outside information which related to what we were learning in class,” sophomore Emma Slosar said. This year, the annual junior physics field trip to Six Flag Great America has been changed instead to a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry. “It’s more educational because you actually learn about physics, but I think it would be more fun to go to Six Flags,” junior Caitlin Toccoli said. Many of the field trips will stick with the student, offering an experience they’ll carry with them throughout the year. “I really love the SOS Love Bus because it’s so interesting to spend your day with these people who have experienced so much. It’s really cool that this field trip brings together two completely different generations,” senior Marianna Bonadonna said. “My Chinese class went to Chinatown, and we actually got to use the language by ordering food and paying for things and seeing how the culture was. It really helped me make a connection from what we were learning in class to the real world,” Moy said of her field trip experience. Field trips will expand a student’s knowledge of a specific subject when attended for the right reason. But some students may abuse this by going on a field trip just to get out of class. “You kind of benefit from it, but it’s kind of a-get-out-of-class day. It depends on the field trip and what you do for the class,” senior Shelby Hoffman said. Junior Katherine Sutor had a similar view. “I think it depends on the field trip. For example, the circus field trip for SOS. It depends on whether or not the student is directly associated with SOS, they are more likely to be committed. If they’re not, it’s just to get out of class.” Whether experience triumphs over class work, in the end the work and responsibility falls on the shoulder of the students attending the field trips. “I can see why they [teachers] don’t want to sign it [the form], but we are responsible for making up our work, so it shouldn’t be a problem,” Slosar said.

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News You Need To Know President’s death increases tensions with U.S. The United States and Venezuela always had a contradictory relationship, which might get even more delicate now that Hugo Chavez, the former Venezuelan president, died on March 5 at the age of 58. “Chavez’s death will influence us because he was an important figure in South America, and him being gone will probably result in changes to our oil supply,” sophomore Elise Bang said. Chavez had just won his fourth election, and had been battling cancer for two years. Chavez was a visible and controversial leader, accusing the former Bush administration of “fighting terror with terror,” after the September 11 attacks, according to BBC. Chavez lead the socialist Fifth Republic Movement political party. Venezuela is the fourth largest exporter of oil to the U.S.

Huskiepalooza provides creative alternative to Turnabout dance Natalie Czarnota

“ F o o t ,” which was formed During the by senior week, the halls were Andy Mcfilled with students Donagh participating in about three Spring Week fesweeks ago tivities by wearing for Husmiddle school attire, kiepalooza. matching a “twin,” T h e tie dye, jerseys, and band will concert t-shirts. All of this leads •Claudia Caplan p e r f o r m six origiup to an event that eniors Sarah Mulroe, Matt Lebherz, Niko Poulos, and Allie Neff participate nal songs will take place toin their last spirit week on Monday by representing their elementary or as well as night that became middle schools. covers of a new tradition last songs by year: Huskiepalooza. the East gym, and dodge ball in the the “Black Keys” and “Oasis.” Up until last year, students field house. “I’m excited for the bands. I gathered at the end of spring week Students who might be upset at the spring dance, or turnabout. about not being able to attend a think that it’s fun that Hersey stuNow, students instead can enjoy a dance could hang out in the Carter dents are in bands,” Smith said. night of playing games with friends, gym, where bands from our school, “Performing in a band is a good listening to live music, and dancing and later DJ AM/PM, will perform. way to enjoy music and to share to music provided by DJ AM/PM. The bands performing are music.” To experience all this fun, “It’s more fun than turnabout “Masterchief and the Vainisis,” students can come out with their because it’s a more casual setting “Foot,” and “Overflow.” and there are more activities than “I think it’s awesome for some friends at 7-10 p.m. tonight for an just dancing,” senior Alexis Smith great student bands to play all at entry fee of $5 and help keep this a said. the same venue for other Hersey tradition. “We hope to grow it and conThe activities that will take students,” senior Kyle Cooke said. place are ping pong in the cafeteCooke will be performing in tinue it for future years,” John Novak said. ria, badminton and pickle ball in


Deca dominates in Decatur Isabella Murray

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North Korea threatens end of armistice with South “Just as the war in the Middle East is settling down we might be starting from square one with Korea and put a lot more of our soldiers’ lives in danger,” senior Taylor Schill said. North Korea recently scrapped the armistice with South Korea. Ending the armistice would mean the Demilitarized Zone would become infested with weapons of all kinds from both sides. According to the Huffington Post, North Korea wants to force the removal of the 28,000 American troops who are on South Korean soil. With a new president, President Park Geun-gye in charge, Seoul is especially vulnerable to the threat of a powerful communist North Korea nuclear attack. However, North Korea cannot officially end the armistice unilaterally. “The possibility of war, especially in the Korea’s, freaks me out and scares me a ton because a really good friend of mine is in the Marines and would be sent over there if anything happened,” Schill said. • Abby Fesl

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Students are determined to find their place in the vast world of majors, fighting through college stress and pre-college preparations and decisions, utilizing their interests and skills to narrow the decision. Because business and economics seem to be discussed in a more prevalent fashion recently, DECA provides an interactive business club and a way to keep major options in mind for the students of this technological age. DECA is a club where students receive business prompts and work to problem-solve and create a business plan. Hersey’s DECA lead 115 business prospects to state. From March 7 to 9, the state meet was held in Decatur with 10 to 15 different categories of competition, each available to partners or solo competitors. To get to state, members had to place top three overall in regionals. “There were a lot of nice people there and the business experience was good to have for the future,” senior Alex Baratta said. At competitions, and specifically this state meet, members take an AP economic test, then a specific cluster test, and finally participate in two role plays. At role plays, members receive a prompt and have half an hour to make a plan and answer the prompt. Members then head to a judge who is acting as the boss or potential employer,

to whom they pitch the ideas. During this state meet, seniors Nikola Vukovic and David Jackowski placed in the top 10 for marketing communications team decision making, juniors Ryan Garrett and Matt Traxler placed top 10 for

“I love DECA because it’s a challenge. You never know the prompts going in, and it allows everyone to be creative and learn really important skills to use later in life.” - Carolyn Niersbach financial team decision making, junior Luke Tremont was in the top 10 for sports & entertainment marketing, junior Daniel Niersbach placed in the top 10 for Human Resources, sophomore A ​ dam Johnson was in the top 10 for principles of marketing, and sophomores Carolyn Niersbach and Amanda Mix were state champions for hospitality team decision making. “Amanda and I were extremely surprised to win. After we medaled earlier in role plays we were expect-

ing top 10 placement, but as they called second and third place winners we got pretty nervous because we weren’t expecting a first place,” C. Niersbach said. With a first place title, C. Niersbach and Mix will head to Anaheim, California for the ICDC (International Career Development Conference)national competition in April, which includes anyone who placed in the top three in their categories nationally. “It was a great feeling to know we had accomplished so much in our first year,” C. Niersbach said. DECA is run by business education teachers Robert Murphy and Daniel Vesper. “I enjoy DECA because I enjoy business and the teachers in charge are awesome,” junior Connor O’Neil said. DECA is an independent club, and members can practice as much or as little as they wish. “My partner Matt Korff and I mainly practiced on our own time. We are both in gymnastics after school, so we were only able to attend so many of the practices,” Baratta said. “I love DECA because it’s a challenge. You never know the prompts going in, and it allows everyone to be creative and learn really important skills to use later in life, whether you go into business or not. It’s fun to be in a club where your creativity is tested.’We talk BusinesS’ to win,” C. Niersbach said.


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Students, family shave way to cure


Teachers shave heads for second year in a row Miranda Fanella

One of the most popular events in school is St. Baldrick’s Day, a national event that raises money for kids’ cancer. It takes place in schools, fire departments, and other public institutions that are willing to hold the fundraiser. Students give monetary donations and sometimes their own hair to support cancer research and to those who have lost their hair in chemotherapy. Some students go as far as shaving their whole heads to promote the cause. Athletic director Steve Messer, junior Michael Messer, sophomore Kevin Messer and their youngest brother are participating as a family on St. Baldrick’s Day. “If we can raise five hundred dollars in donations, we’ll shave our heads,” K. Messer said. St. Baldrick’s Day can also raise awareness of cancer and the hardships patients suffer among students. “I think it’s a really good idea to have this fundraiser to support those going through chemotherapy and to spread awareness,” K. Messer said. Students are encouraged to take part in this fundraiser any way they can. “The more people they get, the more money they’ll get for cancer research and the closer they’ll get to a cure,” K. Messer said. “They could donate any small amount of money; even change counts when it’s added up,” CLS teacher Karla Wascow said. CLS teacher Rebecca Schmidt and Wascow shaved their heads last year together during a school assembly. It was Wascow’s first time, but Schmidt had shaved her head before for St. Bal-

drick’s in high school. Students don’t have to shave their heads to take part in the fundraiser. Money can be donated or hair can be adorned with special St. Baldrick’s hair extensions, clips, pins, and other mementos. Wascow currently has green hair in spirit of the upcoming fundraiser. For some students and staff members, St. Baldrick’s Day is more personal to them and they participate by donating money or hair in support of family members or friends who are suffering from or survived cancer. “My grandpa had cancer and passed away from it so we wanted to support cancer research,” K. Messer said. “It was very meaningful for me to shave my head because I did it in honor of my cousin who lost a brave battle with an aggressive cancerous tumor when he was only eight years old,” Schmidt said. Not only can participating in St. Baldrick’s do good for those whom the event benefits, but it can also influence students and encourage them to continue supporting the cause annually. “You’ll feel better about yourself. [Hair] is not just something you can take out of your pocket- it’s something you can give of yourself to a great cause,” K. Messer said. St. Baldrick’s unites students and staff through helping those battling cancer and showing support for their real strength. “[Shaving my head] was a way to honor [my cousin] and his fight, and also a way to recognize and honor the bravery of all of the chil-

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bove CLS teachers Rebecca Schmidt and Karla Wascow shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s day this year. •Correspondent File


eft senior Dan Gorey participates in St. Baldrick’s day shaving his head.

dren who are forced to face a fight that is terrifying for a grown adult- and yet, they often seem to handle it with so much grace and strength,” Schmidt said. The males on the Correspondent annually raise 600 plus dollars to shave their headsfor St. Baldrick’s Day. Room 118 will have donation bins available.

P.E. department expands scope Abby Fesl It’s no question that gym can be difficult, especially the notorious 12-minute. After freshman year, almost all students have the opportunity to choose what class they will be participate in the next year. “This seems like a great class, all the students involved will benefit from it,” sophomore Caitlin Nagle said. For the first time, the Physical Education department decided to incorporate the CLS (Career and Life Skills)

students into the main stream gym class for one period of the day. A specific few people will be able to take a course where they work specifically with these kids. “I think it opens up a great opportunity for the CLS students, allowing them to interact with new people, and give them a greater understanding of exercising,” junior Brin Joseph said. Joseph will be one of students participating in the course. “I have always loved working with students from the CLS program. They brighten my day.” Many students have other opportunities to work with the CLS students on a monthly basis through Super Buddies, and S.O.S. program, but the gym class will be a daily interaction. “Over the past two years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of the students in the CLS program through Super Buddies and Special Olympics, and I believe the Physical Education class would be a great way to form relationships with these kids on a daily basis,” Nagle said.


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Staff Students should S peaks stop skipping out

Teachers generally take students on more field trips, or schedule their one big field trip of the year, during the end of third quarter as finals and AP tests approach. This creates an overwhelming amount of make-up work in the testing center that, for many students, just becomes ‘missing’ work, or an F. Field trips can also be a problem due to a lack of teachers willing to sign the permission forms. Some teachers refuse to sign, or question the validity and educational value of the field trip. Not only is consent from teachers an issue, but few students are diligent about making up missed work. Because of this lack of responsibility among students, field trips are becoming hated by teachers. If all students picked up any missed material and work from classes, then teachers wouldn’t feel such animosity towards

field trips. We don’t have the right to complain about teachers who won’t sign the permission form when the reason is that we typically fall behind a day in material, which can be a lot in some classes, from attending a field trip. So a little hint to everyone: talk with teachers prior to a field trip about potential missed work and tests, make it up by the due date, and don’t fall behind to the point that it disrupts other students’ learning. Be prepared and aware of what’s going on in class before agreeing to a field trip. If students follow this responsible mind set, teachers will be more likely to agree to taking students on field trips and allowing them to miss class for another teacher’s educational excursion.

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t s Ju Twitter brings those claws out francesca hernandez I don’t even have a Twitter, but even I know about all the drama going on through it. Honestly, why do people do these things to themselves? Students know exactly what I am talking about. Those people cause unnecessary drama and don’t really know their limitations. Unnecessary names are called, sides are taken, pasts are brought up. What do people gain by publicly arguing on the internet for everyone to see? People can do whatever the heck they want with their lives, but why would they waste them by sending angry tweets to each other? Newsflash, a majority of the readers either couldn’t care less or find the tweets stupidly amusing. People caught up in the midst of battle just end up looking like Looney Toons or attention seekers. Wake up people, and reevaluate your lives. Just Sayin’.

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Senior Soundoff •A rotating column by class of 2013 •

Future travels inspire senior Since departing from Camden, Maine in 2010 back home to Chicago after a week long family vacation, I’ve viewed this world differently. I began to understand that there is so much more out there beyond this school, this suburb, and Chicago. Which is why I’m at the edge of my seat right now. In a week, my parents and I will be departing from Chicago to meet up with my brother, to fly to Dublin, Ireland for our spring break vacation. Never have I been more anxious and excited for any sort of vacation. The thing is, Ireland has always been my dream destination. There’s something majestic about the green pastures, something unique about the castles, and something different about the towns that has always fascinated me. So waking up on Jan. 1 to the great news of my family’s newest travel destination was something along the lines of spectacular. I’m excited for this new adventure, not only because I’m going to another country with people full of pretty and incredible accents, great food, and wonderful sites, but also because I won’t have to sit at home over spring break; my condolences to all. Having a 20 year old brother, and with myself turning 18 in a couple of days, I’m starting to realize that my family and I won’t have many family vacations left. I’m going to make this one count. Good luck to all over spring break; I hope everyone fills those nine days up with activities of all kinds. Take the wise words of the Kid President for instance and put them into action. “Don’t be boring, anybody can be boring.” So, students, please don’t be the kids that sit on the couch for a week. I’m going to capture everything and take it all in.

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Don’t get frustrated, get help Brian Loomis Because I can normally muddle along in most classes, I struggle to admit defeat when a class continues to kick my butt. And yes, that means getting calls home week after week. But those calls don’t really help me, they only further frustrate me as I was already aware of my grade, and having my parents on me about it is more obnoxious. However, they may have pushed me to have an epiphany as I found that getting help after school can actually really help my grade. Once I got past the embarrassment of feeling stupid, getting help got me a better grade. Don’t get frustrated, get help. Just Sayin’

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Trendy tresses transition through time Isabella Murray

Hair, like fashion, has always been a defining factor for generations. The hairstyles projected from previous decades influence the styles presently, but each look also reflects the ideals and values of the current decade as well. “I adore vintage hairstyles, my favorite would be the Marilyn Monroe vintage curls and waves. They are so classy and mature all at the same time,” sophomore Sarah Fisher said. Today, the styles are subtly different. Hair is long and straight, and now more than ever, it is tied back. Through numerous pictures online and through previous Correspondent issues, it is noticeable that hair is continually up, in comparison to the past, in which hair was prevalently down. “I usually just wear it in an easy style for school, but if I feel like getting dressed up, I’ll use different styles on it,” junior Lauren Zaremba said. Hairstyles reflect the social and economic states of society. In the 1920s, hair was chopped short in a non-discrete nature. The women were trying to express freedom through their new found outlandish personalities and entitlements. ‍The economic climate in the 1920s was generally good as well, and that was reflected in the hair, because modesty was the least of their concerns‍. High school is an influential example in terms of hair because high school girls care so immensely about looks, undoubtedly reflecting the

styles in an effort to be well thought of by peers. “How I was seen used to matter when I was a freshman because that’s when everyone cared, but now everyone likes each other for who they are and not for how they look,” junior Kasia Dymon said. Throughout our school’s history, hair was constantly changing. When the school opened in 1968, the hairstyles reflected the 1960s in terms of functionality. Hair was long with a blow dried effect, and slightly curled, but altogether clean. “My favorite style is loose curls, they always look so pretty and add an angelic [effect] when you wear them,” Fisher said. In the 70s, hair was long and straight, but not altogether pin straight as it is now. In the 80s, hair was a huge deal. Crimping and other means always define the 80s from pop culture references, but from Correspondent archives, the 80s showed more feathered hair. It was mid length with a lot of bangs and volume. In the 90s and the 00s, hair accessories were on trend, and scrunchies were worn incessantly. Hair was shorter and straight or curly, but nothing too extreme. “I feel like most girls straighten their hair so much because they don’t want frizzy,” sophomore Jenn Eriksson said. Today, the styles of our past generate standards for current fashions. We have influences from all of the decades but are still cultivating history with trends of our own.


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What is your favorite ‘My mustache makes me manly’ hairstyle?

Students shave facial hair dilemma Natalie Czarnota Ashley Hawkins From wild beards of cave men to the preference of a trimmed, well groomed mustache, facial hair has been a trend since the beginning of time. It evolved throughout history, and nowadays a wide variety of facial hair is accepted by society and yearned for by men. From beards and mustaches to goatees and sideburns, certain students go through whatever trouble it takes to sprout and maintain a perfect facial hair style. Sustaining facial hair is a struggle for some of those students. Keeping a beard or mustache looking clean requires effort. “It’s not difficult to grow out for me, but it is somewhat of a dilemma to maintain it. Besides the decision making of what to shave and what not to shave, it places greater stress on my schedule each day I don’t cut it because it becomes more difficult as more hair grows,” senior Valmik Patel said. Trimming or shaving facial hair takes time, and it isn’t always high on the priority list. “There’s a point at which I gotta use a clipper rather than just a razor because it’s too long. I put myself in this situation due to sheer laziness and also a lack of time in the morning, before school, when I have the most motivation to actually shave,” Patel said. “Sometimes I have it, sometimes I don’t. It depends on how much time I have in the morning,” junior Nathan Solak said.

Guys may grow facial hair because it provides confidence. It adds a sense of maturity and mystery that a clean-shaven face doesn’t have. “It’s a tool to give credence to myself and seem more mature than I would seem without facial hair,” Patel said. “I like keeping my mustache and goatee because I feel that it fits my face. I don’t prefer not keeping hair because then I have a childish face that nobody can take seriously.” “Facial hair is awesome because it looks so manly. I would have a beard right now if I could grow one,” senior Tyler Vainisi said. Some girls agree that each guy is unique as to if he looks good with certain facial hair, only occasionally finding it attractive. “It depends how the facial hair looks on the guy,” senior Kailey Monckton said. Age and maintenance also influence whether or not a girl will find facial hair attractive. “I actually don’t mind facial hair; I think it’s kind of fun to look at. But boys with facial hair in high school is a little weird, since facial hair is a manly thing, and they are still teenagers,” senior Mary Sobczak said. “I like facial hair as long as it’s groomed and well kept. My favorite is probably a goatee, but again only if it’s well groomed,” senior Kayla Dale said. However, the scruffy look isn’t for everyone. Other girls simply don’t find facial hair to be attractive. “I just never liked it,” senior Emily Schmidt said.

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While walking through the hallways, as crowded as they may be, it’s sometimes easy to pick out familiar faces-- from the back. Students with unique hair are known throughout the school, possibly because hair like theirs’ is hard to miss. Senior Bianca Burns, with her voluminous curls, is one of these students that can be spotted quite easily. “It’s kind of my signature thing. People recognize me and know me by it,” Burns said. Although some girls may spend up to an hour prepping their hair for school, Burns keeps her routine short and simple. “It usually takes me like five to 10 minutes. I just put some product in it so it doesn’t get too frizzy,” Burns said. Straightened hair is common on almost all girls,

but she doesn’t mind keeping her curls as they are. “Sometimes it’s nice to have it straight; it’s much more manageable. But I’d rather have it healthy and curly than damaged from straightening it all the time,” Burns said. Like Burns, sophomore Keandra Dunn also has a full head of curls that many girls envy. “Every once in a while I get some crazy person that comes up to me and is like, ‘Can I have your hair?’,” Dunn said. However, just like everyone else, she encounters problem with her hair, too. “Sometimes I do get a bit annoyed and tired with my hair. For example, I can’t wear hats; my hair poofs out from underneath and I look ridiculous, “ Dunn said. While Burns and Dunn are known for their lively curls, senior Justine Bowes is not recognized for style, but color instead. “I don’t usually have my hair colors planned out, I just change it to what my style is at the moment. My ombre right now goes more for summer and spring while the red it was earlier was more for winter I feel,” Bowes said. For Bowes, dying her hair isn’t something she plans out too far in advance. Because she colors it herself, she has the freedom of changing it whenever she feels. “I dye it every time I get bored or can start seeing my roots. Sometimes that can be anything from a few weeks to a few months. Right now I’m not going to change it, but once summer rolls around I’ll bleach the ends more,” she said. Whether it’s embracing naturally given hair or changing it for fun, hair can define who a person is. “I feel like it’s another way of being able to express myself, and unlike piercings and tattoos it is not permanent,” Bowes said.


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Student search for Sugarman in documentary

Every few generations, an artist comes along who culturally defines an entire society. Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimmi Hendrix, and Michael Jackson are often considered to be the greatest and most significant musicians to ever grace our nation. First time director Malik Bendjelloul’s brilliant, heartwarming, and inspirational documentary “Searching for Sugarman” chronicles the story of a struggling inner city Detroit pop-rock artist in the mid-70’s, simply named Rodriguez, who by all means should’ve been, and deserved to be, among the greats. Yet, somehow, he slipped into utter obscurity, with his first two albums being absolute fiscal failures, unknown to even the most hard-core and niche collectors. Unbeknownst to Rodriguez or his record label, he explodes in South Africa, where his antiestablishment message becomes the perfect anthem for the protests against an oppressive governments and the apartheid. “Searching for Sugarman” expertly cuts between archives of Rodriguez’s Detroit story, as well as two South African journalists in the 90’s, who attempt to track down their long-assumed deceased cultural icon. Interspersed throughout the film are a handful of samples of Rodriguez’s best work, set to ingeniously conceived and beautifully designed animation sequences. It’s engaging and vivid, providing brief intermissions to the fact-heavy storytelling, instead spotlighting the music behind this nonfiction narrative. While most documentaries dilute to thick political messages, shoddy journalism, and borderline propaganda, “Searching For Sugarman” instead tells an incredibly human tale of a full-on manhunt for a country’s mysterious musical hero. The result is a story so unbelievably heartfelt, genuine, and astonishing, that if this film was not told in documentary format I’d be hard-pressed to believe it. I refuse to give away too much, but the final act of the movie offers an incredibly satisfying and emotional resonant conclusion that inspires and invigorates all kinds of wonder. Don’t be pushed away by the documentary format; “Searching for Sugarman” is just as engaging and memorable as any recent traditional film. Its well-deserved “Best Documentary” win at the latest Academy Awards has given this fantastic feature some much-needed publicity. Certainly a must-see for music lovers and lifelong dreamers alike.


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‘Warm Bodies’ warms hearts

“Warm Bodies” doesn’t exactly sound like a cute, thoughtprovoking movie- it’s about a zombie boy who falls in love with a human girl and continues to embark on adventures with her until their love brings him back to life. However, that’s exactly what it is. Released on Feb. 1, the film has been rather successful in theaters. The movie’s heartwarming plot, cleverly placed humor, and well-developed

characters make it a flick worth seeing. The combination of action, romance, and thrill combine to create a varied audience, so anyone can enjoy it. After only a few scenes, viewers will enjoy R (zombie boy) confess his true feelings about being a zombie, look for ways to impress his crush, and figure out a way to become the man he once was. When looking for the perfect paranormal romantic zombie comedy, “Warm Bodies” is the way to go. • JULIA KEDZIOR

Lately all the movies I have been watching are highly anticipated and publicized, but this time I decided to mix it up a bit and go with something a little less well-known. What intrigued me first about “The First Time” was that it was featured in the Sundance Film Festival (known for the most amazing indie movies). Long story short, the movie was a disappointment. I didn’t find the plot refreshing or cute. I gave it so many chances; I wanted to like it, but there was no hope. Worst of all, the story plot literally went nowhere. I could have been gone for half the movie and not have missed anything significant.

This movie is perfect for a 13-year-old girl with nothing to do on a Friday night except play Scrabble with her parents. For everyone else, I suggest watching pretty much anything else. • FRANCESCA HERNADEZ


‘The First Time’ not worth the time

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Hidden YouTube treasure finds junior Michael Miller

hilarious running commentary of the film that points out its flaws through various riffs and jokes. The characters appear as silhouettes at the bottom If the internet was made up of biomes and ecosystems like the earth, of the screen in a superimposed row of movie theater YouTube would be the Amazon Rain- seats. Yes, the show itself is rather cheesy (and the set/ forest. Just as the real Amazon is a vast character design just screams 90’s), but it is precisely jungle with millions of plant and ani- this lack of seriousness that makes the show so funny. Basically, MST3K is the ultimate peanut gallery: mal species, so too is YouTube a digital jungle of the funny, grotesque, viral, and overall unique videos that a funny, bored audience riffing on a really bad movie. Like I said, the the internet has to ofshow is absolutely hifer. larious. For some epiSometimes, rare sodes, I had to pause diamonds are extractthe show at multied from the rainforest, ple points because I and YouTube as well couldn’t stop laughing. can produce these hidPerhaps the hidden gems if looked for den value in MST3K, persistently. though, is that it actuIt is in this context ally provides a great of exploring the vast social commentary for recesses of YouTube many of the educathat I discovered Mystional productions it tery Science Theater satirizes. 3000. The 50’s are wellI honestly don’t known for cultural remember the chain of homogeneity and events that brought me strict moral codes, and there, but it most likely MST3K spares no exinvolved more than a pense in joking about few clicks on related these old-fashioned videos and a lack of • worldviews. anything better to do. ystery Science Theater 3000 is one of the many hidden By riffing on vidTo be fair, Mystery videos that have lasted as America has digitalized. Myseos with topics like Science Theater 3000 tery Science Theater 3000 is one of the marvels of the 90’s, that gender roles, MST3K (MST3K for short) was can still be found thanks to websites like YouTube. gives modern viewers originally a TV series a way to see old social in the 90’s, so it is not conventions in an entertaining way, all the while gentechnically a YouTube original. Its survival on the internet, however, has allowed uinely offering a glimpse into the primary sources of me and countless others to enjoy a show that probably another era. In this way, it has the rare double benefit of entertaining while informing. would be long forgotten otherwise. Unlike a diamond found in the Amazon Basin, Essentially, MST3K is a show that makes fun of cheesy 1950’s science fiction B-movies and assorted MST3K is a hidden gem that can be, and should be shared. educational videos from that time. It’s no mystery why Mystery Science Theater 3000 It features a man and his two robot sidekicks who are trapped on a spaceship and forced to watch the has survived on the internet backwaters all these years, and it deserves a spot with all the political and social movies by an evil scientist. While watching the movies, the group maintains a satire that is prominent in entertainment today.



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Orchesis refuses to take backseat


‘Passenger Seat’ to perform at Illinois High School Dance Festival Brian Loomis Jessica Lynk Orchesis director Jennifer Foss spent Saturday Feb. 23 waiting for a phone call. This call would tell her if one of the dances that Orchesis auditioned earlier that day would make it, for the second time in a row, to the Illinois High School Dance Festival. “Last year we had a huge honor, we were the finale of the show and we also hadn’t made it to state in about six to seven years before that,” Foss said. Foss’ phone did ring on Feb. 23, and the group has been selected to perform at the Illinois High School Dance Festival on May 11 at Maine West High School “I can’t explain how exciting it is, just to seeas a director -how excited they are,” Foss said. This year’s winning dance was entitled Passenger Seat and was choreographed by seniors Andrea Marti and Erin Johnson. Both got the idea over summer to choreograph the dance because they were inspired by the song “Passenger Seat” by Death Cab for Cutie. Seniors Danielle Rivard and Briana Ulbert, as well as juniors Katie Kowols and Bailey Street, perform in the dance along with Marti and Johnson. The dance starts off with the six girls sitting together. As the dance proceeds, they break off from one another, but end the performance in their original arrangement of six. “We interrupted it as our group of stability is the six people in the dance, and throughout your life you experience separations from the group but no matter what you come back. That’s

why we end the dance and start the dance in the same way,” Johnson added The group had to overcome some challenges on performance day in order to make sure they could represent Orchesis again. “It is a one time deal on a stage that is completely different than ours, which makes it so much different,” Foss said. When a group is interested in qualifying for State, it acquires three judges at random who then watch two performances, that Orchesis picks, from the school. They have a 20 minute time slot with nei• COURTESY OF ORCHESIS ther lighting nor extras, merely enior Erin Johnson, senior Danielle Rivard, junior Katie Kowols, their stage costumes. senior Andrea Marti, senior Briana Ulbert, and junior Bailey The girls worked well to- Street come together to conclude their performance of ‘Passenger gether in order to create a cohe- Seat’. The group will take their talents to Maine West on May 11 to sive dance that was able to por- perform this number one last time. tray their theme of unity. “It is exciting because we knowing I was able to go twice,” Rivard said. have always been close throughout the years, The girls will get the opportunity to win because there are four seniors and two juniors scholarships, learn new techniques from guest in it, and we’ve really grown close together over choreographers, and show off what they have the years. It is nice having a dance of just close worked hard for throughout the year. friends,” Rivard said. As for Foss, she was excited to get the phone Rivard has been given the opportunity to call. perform again at the state level, this being her “I’m very excited and proud of what the second year in a row. group has accomplished over these two years. It “It is very exciting. At state it is also a work- opens up new doors, new goals for us to achieve. shop, so I’m excited to see the teachers from last Also, it gets them recognized outside of Hersey,” year, if they are still there. It is just rewarding Foss said.



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Place of birth shouldn’t determine fate Student serves years as missionary in Africa Emily Swanson Junior Mike Pahlow has lived outside of the norm for months at a time. “I moved to Africa in 2003 from Romeoville, IL,” Pahlow said. This decision to move to Africa was not out of whim, nor looking for a fresh start, but to do mission work with his family. “The reason I was there so long was because my family and I were and are missionaries,” Pahlow said. “We work with widows and orphans, building houses, churches, and latrines.” Pahlow came home in Jan. of 2012. “I would stay in Africa for roughly seven to nine months at a time, then come back for a month or so,” Pahlow said. “I lived in Rwanda for three years and Uganda for around two. I also traveled around in Tanzania and Kenya.” Pahlow learned a lot from the people in Africa, such as their stories and way of life. “People there were very physical,” Pahlow said. “Their culture is very physical because they don’t have technology or anything like that to rely on, so they rely on relationships instead. People there were full of great stories. “A lot of them even came up with stories on the spot.” Days spent in Uganda and Kenya were almost identical as far as climate and people. “An average day in a place like that would be waking up around 6 a.m. and driving a bus a couple hours into the bush, also known as the jungle or very poor areas,” Pahlow said. “When we arrive there, depending on what we were there for, we would either begin to demolish a home or church and begin to build a new one with the team. Or we would fetch water



unior Mike Pahlow met the Assistant to the Ugandan President, known as Honorable Bill. “He’s a pretty big political figure,” Pahlow said. Pahlow and Bill were hanging out with the Pahlow family at the beach on this day. to mix cement for the new house, or be digging a toilet for the new place.” Obviously, African villages are very different from American suburbs. “The poverty there is horrible, and it’s sad for me to see people that don’t have any say in life or death situations,”

Career Treks give students insight on career choices

• Francesca Hernandez


he College and Career Center offers information and resources to students relating to Career Treks, career choices, colleges, and more. While field trips may be entertaining, not all allow students to get a feel for careers they may want to pursue when they’re older. The career treks offered here in the past couple of weeks have given students the opportunity to visit places nearby and learn more about the career field they’re interested in. “I decided to go because it’ll show me what really happens in the inside of a hospital, unlike in TV drama shows and what not,” sophomore Shannon Cunningham said. There are a wide variety of career trek options. By participating in even one of these treks, students may come to realize if those careers are the right ones for them. “It will show me if I really want to pursue a career in medicine,” Cunningham said. For those interested in video game careers, visit the college and career center to check for available spots for the trek on April 3. •Mili Pandya

Pahlow said. “Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live or not.” It was a bit of a culture shock for the people in the villages Pahlow and his family visited in. “Most of these kids have never seen a white person before,” Pahlow said. Being in Africa made Pahlow view life in America in a different way. “I think that after going to Africa I realized how fortunate I am,” Pahlow said. “That’s very typical, but after coming back and just looking at all of the things we have, it’s shocking.” After a trip to Uganda, Pahlow’s family brought back one of the boys they met. “It was crazy,” Pahlow said. “He walked into a Walgreens for the first time, walked out, and sat on the curb crying. He kept saying ‘it’s all right here.’” Pahlow feels very strongly about America and American ways. “I kinda hate how wasteful we Americans are,” Pahlow said. “And by kinda, I mean really hate, no offense.” Students and faculty can donate to his family’s missionary team at under the donate tab. Pahlow’s family will continue to serve and help the people of Africa. “I’m afraid Americans will see the pictures of extreme poverty, and just go on eating their dinner, unwilling to help,” Pahlow said.” So much still needs to be done. “If you’d like to think about going to Africa for a trip,” Pahlow said, “my family brings teams out there for a couple weeks at a time. The next trip is mid June.” These trips are once in a lifetime experiences.

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Three year athletes devote themselves to athletics Matt Stadnicki

three sport athlete can be rewarding. A short term reward While students head home that all three sport after the final bell rings, athletes athletes receive is a in season spend after school blizzard from Dairy hours preparing for the next Queen at the end of game or meet. the year. When their season ends, However, the many athletes return home at rewards of being an 2:50 every day. However, some athlete for the year athletes’ seasons never end bereach further than cause they participate in fall, just ice cream. Playwinter, and spring sports, some ing on three teams for all four years of high school. allows an athlete to Participating in all three branch out and imathletic seasons can be a chalprove in a variety of lenge, especially when school is sports and stay acmixed in. tive all year. School days ending two “You get to stay hours later than usual, matches active, and there’s and meets every couple weeks, no time to be lazy,” the lack of break, and dealing Buffa said. with usual school problems like Some seniors tests and homework can be tirhave been three ing. “I’ll fall asleep a lot during sport athletes for all school,” junior Mike Buffa said. four years of high “It’s hard to balance time school, and their fiand the sports,” sophomore nal seasons can be Grant von der Lippe said. •DAVID MILLIGAN surreal. Many three sports athletes enior Erica Hill is one of many three “I’ve wanted have little to no break between sport athletes; she participates in volto be a three sport sport seasons. With some sports leyball, basketball, and track. athlete ever since having long post-seasons, esfreshman year, and pecially if that team made state, now I’m on my last breaks are minimal, and sports team. It’s so sad,” senior Erica Hill said. seasons can even overlap. Seniors who have been three sport athletes Jumping from one sport into another can leave an athlete with no break to prepare for also receive special recognition at the spring sports awards ceremony at the end of the year. their next season. While there are many difficulties from be“[The break] is stressful but manageable, but only if you know how to do it,” von der ing a three sport athlete, let alone a three sport athlete for four years, the rewards are lasting. Lippe said. However, the effort required for being a


Baseball set sights on twenty win season Scott Bakal

The baseball team has big shoes to fill after the success the team had last year. They may not have the obvious talent or high expectations that they possessed previously, but they can overcome their inexperience. The team has been lifting since November and coming in at near twilight hours to get their drill work in. “What I like about this team is to this point they have worked very hard, I like their preparation. They have done everything we asked. We hope it translates to a lot of victories this spring,” varsity coach Bob Huber said. This class of seniors will be providing leadership from many people. One leadership roll will be filled by shortstop senior David Milligan. Milligan earned his leadership role by impressing with his hitting and solid play in the field. Milligan was the only junior who saw significant playing time. His leadership is another factor that will be vital to the teams success. “Milligan is a great leader and has good control of the team,” junior Jack Warner said. The team goal every year is to win 20 games. That’s the expectation of Huber, and he has had great success accomplishing that goal in past years. “These guys play on multiple teams. It (lack of experience) may be a factor, but I don’t think its going to be as big a factor as you might think. I think with our preparation, the opportunities they’ve had I’m not too concerned about it,” Huber said. The team is firm with their beliefs that they can accomplish that goal. “We expect to win at least 20 games and compete for the division. We’ve looked good as

a team, determined and eager to play,” junior Andrew Segala said. Many players have other aspirations. “My expectations are to make it to the playoffs. Our off-season has looked good, and I think we can do that,” junior Jack Warner said. Players have been battling for spots in the starting lineup all off-season. Some spots may still be up in the air, however, many players can be counted on to play a lot this year. Three juniors who will be getting a lot of time are Jack Warner, C.J Reichel, and Joe Silva. Even though they are less experienced than some of the seniors, they believe they are ready. Warner, Reichel, and Silva were all brought up from the sophomore team at different times last season. Among them was the conference championship against Fremd which the team proudly won. While the three didn’t get into the game they believe this experience will help them this season. “The end of last season being brought up for a few games. Summer ball has played a key role, with the playing time and exposure to the varsity level, along with the early morning freeplays and getting extra work outside of school,” Junior Joe Silva said. The senior class has some strong players as well. Milligan, Brendan Starr, and Ryan Rodgers are expected to play at a high level this season. Rodgers has demonstrated his power at the plate. Even hitting a home run over the left center field fence during summer ball in 2012. Starr also impressed during summer ball with his defense and ability to hit for average. “A lot of guys are working harder than I have ever seen in the off-season,” senior Austin Greaves said.

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SP R S S R S Jackowski boosts meet score The boys gymnastics team (123.7 points) split with Naperville Central (125.3 points) and Libertyville (111.7 points) last Friday which featured significant help from senior David Jackowski. “We got off to an OK start,” Jackowski said, “but I hope this motivates the team to continue working hard to get better.” Jackowski finished first in the three team field for his floor and vault routines with scores of 9.4 and 9.3, respectively, out of 10. “I performed well,” he added, “but there is always room for improvement. The first of floor was big; it got the team excited for the rest of the meet.” A big reason the gymnasts couldn’t pull out two wins was due to the injuries of seniors Matt Korff and Alex Baratta. “Alex and Matt are big parts of the team,” Jackowski said. “We could have really used them, but they will be back soon.” As of press, the gymnasts competed last night, and also have an invitational at Leyden tonight. •DAVID MILLIGAN

‘Storming the court’ covered by cloud of concern After an upset in sports, there seems to be a generic type of celebration, known as storming the court or field. This celebration is most common in college basketball. Crazed students, ecstatic alumni, and gleeful toddlers rush to the court or field in a mad dash to celebrate with their beloved school and team. “I love watching fans storm the court. It’s by far one of the most exciting things about upsets,” sophomore William Trossen said. Recently, storming the court or field has become somewhat of an issue based off of a few incidents that have occurred in college basketball this season. The Huskies have stormed the court and field twice this year. Once in the Oct. 12 football game against Wheeling, and another in the girl’s volleyball game in the MSL championship against Palatine. “I think its part of the experience. I mean it’s not every day your school upsets a team, so the fans should be able to celebrate,” Trossen said. •TIM GRIFFIN



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unday, the Buffalo Grove Hersey Wheeling Stampede hockey team (not a school or District 214 sponsored sport) faced off against CFHS in the opening round of the state tournament. he game was a blowout with the Stampede winning 11-0. The Stampede continued their successful season after their Metro-North Central Conference championship win, 4-3, on March 2. “Just stepping stones, one team at a time. We have to keep playing well no matter how bad our competition is,” Junior John Cappuccitti, right, said. hey are working their way to the state championship at the United Center going into Wednesday’s game against Latin. heck out CorrespondentLIVE for stats and coverage of the game.





Athletes take time for out of school sports Abby Fesl Jessica Lynk

“I started as a baby,” freshman Alysa Zurlo said, “I would climb and do gymnastics type things since I was little.” Zurlo is not the only student to participate in sports from a young age, nor is hers the only sport that trains in the off-season. Club sports are the non-school sponsored activities that students participate in to help train for the school season as well as gaining attention for possible college recruiters. “Off-season [for soccer] helps keep me conditioned and get more games in to get ready for season,” senior Sarah Mulroe said. Athletes who choose to play on a team in high school are usually expected to train out of their high school season to improve, whether it be through club sports or on their own time. “Practice and playing indoors helps before tryouts. Travel just keeps you in shape for high school,” junior Kelsey Panfil said. Senior Erica Hill has been a three sport athlete all four years playing volleyball, basketball, and track.

During her junior year, Hill played varsity for all three sports and still managed to find time to play club for volleyball during her other school seasons. “Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with my academics when I have practices and games everyday after school, but I’ve learned how to manage my time wisely when I do come home or even during school,” Hill said. For soccer players, club season is year round, leaving them no time to participate in school sports. Senior Matt Quick, who recently committed to play soccer at University of Kentucky, played on varsity his freshman year and then stopped to play for Socker’s FC instead. “Academy is year-round and it’s always been my goal to play in college,” Quick said. Junior Kelsey Panfil decided that she wanted to play for a better softball team, rather than just park district, so she joined a travel team. Panfil also plays on varsity during the spring. “It’s a lot of fun, obviously, and the people you meet playing become really good friends. Plus, playing on competitive teams could potentially get you a scholarship to play in college,” Panfil said.



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How does it feel to be the only representative from Hersey to make it down state?

Her travel team practices four times a week during the off-season, and during the fall traveled to six or seven different states. Also, throughout the summer, the team has a tournament every weekend. “For my team, the hardest part is how busy our schedule is. We still find time to do service projects as a team together, too. It’s a lot of time,” Panfil said. Freshman Alysa Zurlo has been on the Buffalo Grove gymnastics team since she was in second grade. “Everyone at my gym is so close, we are like family and it’s really hard to stop training with them. I like competing with my team, so it’s really hard to choose between Hersey gymnastics or staying with my club,” Zurlo said, “I think either next year or my junior year I will try out [for the Hersey team].” Although she is not yet on the gymnastics team here, she believes that her team will help further her gymnastics skills and career. “Almost all the girls that stay with my club through senior year get scholarships to do college gymnastics,” Zurlo said.

This weekend in sports Girls Water Polo March 16 at Glenbrook South “There is going to be a lot of good teams,” junior Natalie Curtis said. “We will be playing a lot of games that day, but we usually do pretty good.”

Well, it was pretty expected for me to make it down state because I was expected to lead the team.


Are you continuing wrestling after high school?

Actually, I am. I’m not sure where yet, but I will probably go to either Purdue, NIU, or Whitewater.


What is the most memorable part of your season?

My most memorable part is when I won my semifinal match at the Grand March.

Boys Water Polo March 16 at Deerfield “I’m expecting a tough game but because we are practicing hard, I think we can win,” sophomore Santiago Guerrero said.

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