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April 2015

Teacher of the Year By Madison Ratkowski ’17 Staff Writer

The title of AP Teacher of the Year is not just about being able to teach course content, but also about sharing a love of learning and imparting lessons that are beneficial throughout a lifetime. For AP European History and World History Honors teacher Mr. Fornaciari, this is very much the case. “I like to get kids to become better people as a part of the process. The goal is for them to be able to problem-solve and handle obstacles for later in life,” Mr. Fornaciari said. He understands that not everyone will go on to become history professors, but for the coming years it is important to teach his students how to handle difficulties and to not give up on themselves. Mr. Fornaciari also finds that it is his responsibility to instill a love of history, and provide kids with a good experience for both World History Honors and AP European History.

Jessica Crane, a current AP Euro student of Mr. Fornaciari’s, notices this devotion, saying, “I’ve never seen a teacher so passionate about a course and the success of his students.” As for how Mr. Fornaciari got involved with history as opposed to mathematics or the sciences, he “always enjoyed history, and just got pretty connected to it. [He] had a few teachers in high school that made a large impact.” He seemed to have made a pretty good choice of career, seeing as this year he was named AP Teacher of the Year for the Midwest! “I’m very flattered by the award,” Mr. Fornaciari explained, “but I work with phenomenal teachers as well. I’m lucky to be working with great colleagues, as well as great kids with really supportive families.” He also gives credit to the newer teachers hired at West, remarking that they “keep me on my toes, and I know I need to continue to get better.” As to how he thinks he was chosen for the award, he credits it to “a little luck.” Obviously, it was more than luck that gained Mr. Fornaciari this prestigious award. His outstanding efforts to grow and develop the AP European History course began when he was approached by the department chair in 2005. Since then, Mr. Fornaciari has accomplished a coveted 99% passing rate among his students in his eight years teaching the course. “I understand it’s a tough class, but other schools in the country embrace it. If we want to be in the ballpark, this is a class kids should be taking,” he said. Mr. Fornaciari’s students are in agreement with this statement, with many of them stepping up to the plate every year to take a swing at the

rigorous course. They are all in agreement that taking AP European history prepares them for whatever is ahead since it teaches them good study habits, time management, and how to work well under pressure. Sophomore AP Euro student Alexi Comella was quick to add that, “Taking AP Euro has been a great experience. I’ve learned so many useful skills beyond just history content.” As for the coming years, Mr. Fornaciari isn’t done yet. He looks forward to tackling new challenges, like the addition of iPads next year

into the AP Euro curriculum. When asked of his plans during retirement, Mr. Fornaciari says he isn’t quite sure yet, but he would like to stay involved with kids and the learning process Overall, the AP Teacher of the Year Award is not just an award for teaching the “meat and potatoes,” but an accolade for instilling in kids the tools they will need for the rest of their high school lives and beyond, and Mr. Fornaciari continues to excel at these tasks.

Photos courtesy of Mr. Fornaciari.

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CATWALK TO CLASS: Paris Fashion Week By Emma Goebbert ’16 and Shay Kiker ’16 Columnists


Paris Fashion Week, held in one of the most iconically stylish cities in the whole world. It is a week of total Parisian sophistication and elegance, that is both reflected on the runway and in the streets. While trends are predicted on the catwalk, it is the Paris streetstyle in between shows that really reflects the glamorous styles that the fashion elite are sporting. Whether it was a model off duty, or a blogger prepping for a new photoshoot, all who attended PFW were dressed to the nines. A few key pieces really stole the show in the streets, and proved that off the runway style was just as trendy as on. Leather Moto Jackets: The epitome of “downtown cool,” the perfect leather jacket was truly a staple for fashion mavens in Paris. Worn with feminine tea-length skirts, or with ripped cut-offs, they anchored many of the

streetstyle looks by adding edge. Statement Coats: Another type of outerwear that made a huge impact at PFW. Seen on the likes of people like Anna Dello Russo and Olivia Palermo, the statement, mid-calf length coat proved that style doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort. Suede & Fringe: No, this is not the reincarnation of an Old Wild West movie. Suede skirts and tops were worn by the trendiest of ladies, showing that unexpected texture created the chicest of pieces. Fringe was also huge, adding both movement and dimension to ensembles. It was a unique touch to everything from pencil skirts to purses. Punchy Patterns: Although playing with exaggerated patterns and vibrant colors is not new to the streetstyle world, the Parisian show-goers proved

that graphic and bold looks are here to stay. Many of them color-blocked clothing and mixed prints for unexpected twists to traditionally patterned pieces.

sandal can complete this look. Statement coats roaming around PFW were styled at a feminine mid-calf length. For everyday wear, a trench coat that doubles as a raincoat is a staple. Most designs are Class: Paris Fashion Week is an beautifully constructed and exciting fashion event to timeless, making it the ultimate follow, but many fashionistas are not as gutsy as PFW attendees. As the week often foreshadows general spring trends, there are some nifty tricks Parisian locals are hinting at. Dialed down to classic American looks, the previously mentioned trends are perfectly applicable to your spring closet. Wa i s t - h u g g i n g leather jackets are on trend, and their tight, rigid structure can be contrastingly paired with boxy pieces. With warm temps on the rise, these edgy jackets can spring go-to. These coats can be worn with boyfriend shorts be styled with anything from and neutral oversized tees. To preppy skirts and Hunters to up the edginess, pair this look skinnys and ankle boots. Suede and fringe can be with matching leather combat intimidating territory as it has boots. For a more chic style, a studded leather or jeweled flat the potential to look like an old

western movie (as mentioned above), but there are tasteful applications of this returning trend. One of the most quintessential looks is a short suede bootie with fringe. The boot looks springy especially when paired with a denim short and light tunic top. The idea with this is to balance, so that the fringe detail stands out, but in a tasteful way. Spring always brings lost patterns and bright colors out of messy closets. Punchy patterns have continued to grow in popularity as well as the practice of mixing patterns. As always, nautical stripes, florals, polka-dots, and color blocking reign supreme during the spring season. When playing with mixed patterns, it’s important to have a good eye. If one pattern is busy, contrast it with a simple design. Always keep in mind that the base colors of each print should match or tie-in to the look.

Trending on Top: Trends to Try Meghan Loftus’15 Columnist

The floppy wide brim sun and effortlessly chic cat eye hat, the “midi” skirt, the sunglasses. The floppy wide brim hat makes a statement. In the Whether it’s straw and Spring on the beach or a felt one of 2015, on the sunny days of the everything transitional spring days. seems to This piece is a must have, be a little as it is pretty and practical. crazier and The “midi” skirt. Finally! we expend Some classy length so much returns to the forefront energy on: school, sports, of the fashion industry. I end of the year activities, absolutely am obsessed etc. It’s time for a little with the slightly longer more you time. than “tea” length skirt. This is the season to try Falling in the middle of something new, something the calf, hence “midi,” this unique, something bold, skirt can be dressed up or something you’ve never down. Paired with a high tried before... and what collar and heels the skirt better way to make a change looks more professional than through the way you but it can also be worn in choose to present yourself, a more fun and flirty way. aka your wardrobe. With a crop top, statement All six of the trends to necklace, and printed midi, try are key pieces in my the ensemble is perfect for spring closet, and each a night on the town. look proves that fashion is The slouchy pant is a circuitous, so there’s no reason slouchy pant, the spring “sets,” to retire the items before next the one-piece swimsuit and patterned polyester with a last but not least, the timeless spandex waistband. These are spring comes.

the most comfortable pants nights. Just like the midi skirt, I own; it’s like a fashionable you can dress these up or down. They work as a swimsuit cover up or with a blouse and denim jacket. The “set”; While arguably the one trend listed that is new rather than a classic, I think it will eventually make its round. While originally seen as a “hippy thing,” the set has developed into a more preppy look. From celebrities like Taylor Swift to Selena Gomez rocking this style, fashion critics have loved the diversity. The clothing set can cater to your style, which is why it is so unique. It also gives you no excuse not to try this trend! The one piece swimsuit and the cat eye sunglasses are two beachy trends you have to invest this summer. These two classics are also two showstoppers. A good cat eye is both dramatic and girly. And the one piece swimsuit is conservative, yet bold in that not many young girls wear form of sweatpants. The light material is perfect them anymore. for hot spring days and windy

Did you know the first “swimming suit” was made in 1915 out of wool?


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Novel Idea: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children .

By Hailey Ardell ’17 Columnist There have been many books published over the years about people with special abilities beyond the scope of normal human ability. However, while some take place in the past and others in the present, Ransom Riggs successfully bridges the two to form a novel that functions as both a mystery and fantasy story. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children provides a new take on a familiar trope in modern literature. The story begins with a

relatively normal teenager named Jacob Portman. His life is average, but he grew up listening to his grandfather’s stories that were anything but ordinary. According to Jacob’s grandfather, he had grown up in an orphanage during World War II, filled with children with special abilities. Some could turn invisible, others had super strength, and a few could even fly. As he grew up, Jacob was forced to accept that these tales could not be logically true. However, after a family disaster, Jacob ends up traveling all the way to Wales to see for himself if his grandfather’s childhood home still exists, and if so, what revelations it holds about his grandfather’s past. What he discovers shocks him and leads to discoveries not only

about his relatives, but about himself. This novel demonstrates its creativity by not only describing the “peculiar” company Jacob’s grandfather kept, but by using photographs, made to look like they were taken in the 1940s, to display the anomalies that were attributed to them. Beyond the clever use of pictures, Riggs also uses words to describe the settings well enough for the reader to visualize. Riggs gradually reveals the mystery of the story as the novel progresses, but leaves enough unknown for several exciting plot twists near the conclusion. Overall, I would recommend Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to anyone that enjoys mysteries, fantasies, or both. Picture courtesy of Ransom Riggs’ official website

Press Start: Why was 2014 a disappointing year for games?

By Ben Buchnat ’15 Columnist Watch Dogs, Destiny, Assassin's Creed Unity, LittleBigPlanet 3, Driveclub. What do these games all


have in common? They were all disappointments in the eyes of critics and typical gamers alike. With the high profile mistakes happening across the gaming world, many have marked 2014 as the year the hype train derailed. With 2014 way in the past and final sales numbers being released, it is now time to look back in retrospect at the games and trends that

defined the year. The past year was one held with massive amounts of promise: new and exciting IP’s (intellectual property) made the gamer think that 2014 would be one of the best years of all time, one for the history books. It will make those said books, but not in the way we were hoping for. Watch Dogs is a prime example of this. When it was

first unveiled at E3 2012, game writers (like me) were going ballistic. GTA with hacking and beautiful graphics set in Chicago?! This was going to be one of the best games of all time, one that would completely change the sandbox game genre. That’s not the game we got; a solid but kind of bland game. Most critics felt the same way. With a current score of 80 on Metacritic (a review

website that compiles many video game reviews into one score), the game is not bad in any sense, but not nearly what we thought it was. Even formerly reliable franchises have fallen down this seemingly endless pit. The first two entries in the LittleBigPlanet series both had Metacritic scores in the 90s, making them pretty


amazing games. However the third entry which was released this year, currently has a score of 79. It is not a bad game, a pretty fun one at that, but that is far from the quality of the first two games. Sales where also down for the franchise, with the third game not even able to crack the top 100 of yearly unit sales for an individual

games. This is a major step down from previous entries in the series which were bestsellers. In 2013, the top selling game (GTA V) sold 7,052,092 units in the United States according to vgchartz (a combination of all the major retailers sales numbers into one chart). 2014’s top selling game was Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire which came

public is seeing every game with a shiny trailer and polished demo as the second coming that will change the way we look at video games forever. That just is not going to happen with every game. These types of revolutionary games only come around once in a while. Although the game may look really good, looks can be deceiving and expectations



in at 2,552,094 units sold Games just could not generate the buzz to attract customers in 2014. Sales are down from 2013 and the margin does not look like it will close anytime soon, to many people’s surprise and my passive indifference. How did we get this way? Well, your supreme overlord and video game genius Ben is about to tell you The hype machine has gone too far. The general

should be kept lower than they currently are. This is how we end up with years like this, decent but extremely disappointing. I don’t like to condemn an entire year, but that is pretty much how 2014 went. How’s 2015 looking? New Zelda, Star Fox, Battlefront, and Batman! 2015 is going to be the best year for video games ever!

Did you know the average teen spends nearly 50 hours a week on screentime and only 2 reading?

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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Season Twenty Jake Buchnat ’15 Staff Writer

The ballroom is back for its 20th season! Dancing with the Stars has been on the air since 2005, and this is its tenth anniversary season premiering on Monday March 16th. While beloved professional dancer Cheryl Burke decided not to return to the show, DWTS legend, Kym Johnson, will return to the show after taking a two year break to judge the Australian version of the show. This will also be judge Len Goodman’s last season. After 10 years of having to constantly fly back and forth from London to Los Angeles to criticize dancers of both countries, Len has decided to leave the show after this season. Now let’s break down the celebrity cast of this season. Most Likely to Surprise the Audience: Robert Herjavec This Shark Tank investor is always open to taking risks when entrepreneurs pitch him products. He will for sure take a risk and give it his all on the show. Since his partner, Kym Johnson, has had a previous shark, Mark Cuban, as a partner, these two are bound to have a special bond. Herjavec normally has a positive attitude, which can help when learning tricky steps. The audience usually supports contestants who have no dance experience but have a positive attitude about learning the steps, like season 17’s Bill Engvall. With Herjavec’s positive attitude, and Johnson’s perfect choreography, these two can be serious contenders. Most Likely to Get the Audience Off the Couch: Redfoo Everyone knows this guy as the singer of “Sexy and I Know It.” A guy who sings party anthems must know how to dance a little due to the lyrics of his songs. Even if he does party a lot, he told ABC he was taking the competition seriously. Redfoo is sure to bring out some party moves during his time on the show. Those party moves will get the audience off their feet and on their phones to vote, and LMFAO [his band] fans will bring many votes to his benefit. Most Likely to be Eliminated Early: Charlotte McKinney “Who is this girl? Why is she on this show?” Many audience members thought that when they announced her name. She does not even qualify as a star because she is not very famous. She was in one

Super Bowl commercial. Does her posing in one Carls Jr. commercial automatically makes her famous? She certainly will not have enough votes to remain on the show for long. Poor Keo has gotten the clumsy, good-looking female who no one knows two seasons in a row. Let’s hope he can bring Charlotte farther than expected. Most Likely to Receive Leeway from the Judges: Noah Galloway Another contestant who does not really qualify as a star because he is not very well known, Galloway, a military hero who lost an arm in war. He will probably excel in dances like the Jive, but he will struggle with the ballroom dances. Most Likely to Step Outside Her Comfort Zone: Willow Shields This actress best known for playing Primrose Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy is the youngest competitor ever on the series at age 14. But luckily for her, she is paired up with Mark Ballas who has plenty of experience creating modest routines that still retain technique. He even got Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson to step outside her comfort zone. Shields will do the same thing which will pay off for her in both judges points and America votes. Most Likely to Get a 10

from Len: Nastia Liukin When professional dancer Derek Hough rejoined Dancing With the Stars at the last minute after previously announcing that he was leaving the show, I was not very happy. The fact that they gave him an Olympic gymnast made me even more mad. The name of the show is Dancing with the Stars, but the judges like to make it seem like it is called “Dancing with Derek.” Of course, Len Goodman loves Derek and always seems to give his partners 10’s, while other competitors like season 11’s Kyle

Massey, who everyone felt deserved a perfect score on their jive got a 9 from him. Derek has received 36 perfect scores throughout his time on the show, and Liukin will likely be a frontrunner due to her flexibility and having Derek as a partner. Len will likely reward them with a 10. Other contestants include football player Michael Sam, singer Patti LaBelle, actress Suzanne Somers, actress Rumer Willis, and Bachelor Chris Soules. The 10th anniversary is bound to be a perfect 10 season.

Did you know that Dancing with the Stars contestants have ranged from age 14-80?


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Prom promises to bring together seniors By Lauren Crowe ’15 Columnist Guess now it’s official… As a high school senior, many of the monumental events of this year are portrayed in society through books, songs, magazines, movies, and Twitter movements of #highschool, and one that I’ve been reading about since middle school is THE PROM. My first encounter with this event was through The Princess Diaries Series specifically the tenth book, “Forever Princess” (Surprised right? Everyone just thought they were movies, but there are ten books about Mia Thermopolis and her endeavors as a high school student.) While I read these books way before I knew what geometry was and didn’t understand why Mia was struggling so much, this glamorized dance was something the princess Mia could not wait for, and that meant I couldn’t either. This night is so monumental that so many books and movies and high school stories include it. In 2011, there even was a movie called Prom and while I did not see this movie I can generally

guess the plot. Now, these movie and story portrayals are sometimes very inaccurate through exaggeration or through ridiculously decorated ballrooms way out of any high school’s budget (I did decorations from Prom last year and while I felt that we did a phenomenal job, every movie during a dance looks like something out of a story book because there is a limitless budget and Gossip Girl needed to crush every social event decorator’s dreams with their perfect prom). Prom really is a special event and is different at every high school, some occurring early, like Glenbard West’s the last weekend of April, while for other schools it occurs days leading up to graduation. This year, West’s prom is going to be different as well in terms of the Prom Court. Normally there are five senior girls and five senior boys voted to be on the court and the night of prom the

king and queen are announced, but this year the junior class board has started a new tradition of having a junior Prom Court in hopes of encouraging more juniors to come to the dance. There will be three junior girls and three junior boys who will make up the court, and so since

complete without dance and song. After the senior class’s homecoming pep rally flash mob to “We’re All In This Together,” I knew that learning dance moves as a class really does bring people together, and while I don’t think we can just bust out into a perfectly choreographed three minute dance in our own cafeteria, I think having a special night to dance with all of your classmates is something really special. Now, the third High School Musical: Senior Year also had one incredible song that tried to encompass the entire prom process called “A Night to Remember,” and here is just one of refrains: “It’s the night of our nightmares/ It’s the night of our dreams/ It’s too late to back out of it./ Hey, makeovers, massages./ Don’t know what a corsage is./ Been waiting all our lives for this.” There is one point in the song where the girls are freaking

“If the High School Musical franchise taught me anything, it was that no high school is complete without dance and song.” this is something brand new this year it will be the first time we will have so many court members. But I think the more the merrier and cannot wait to see who will be voted to both the junior court and the senior court. If the High School Musical franchise taught me anything, it was that no high school is

out about another girl having their dress, but I don’t know, I think wearing the same dress as someone else is not the end of the world. “Do we have to dress up for the prom? Dude I don’t think we have a choice” is sung as the boys are tuxedo shopping. “Can I Have This Dance” definitely should be played for a slow song because it brings all the feels when Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) are dancing atop the rooftop garden. But one of the best parts about Prom is that prior to the dance you have the opportunity to go onto the DJ’s website and choose songs that you want played at the dance, so that it truly focuses on what makes the students happy and is chosen by peers. While elaborate Prom movies are fun to watch prior to the dance, I think that everyone should just attend the dance and create their own night to remember. I’ll see you on the dance floor! Tickets are $120 for a couple and $65 for a single and there is even a new VIP package that includes dance tickets, transportation, and covers Post Prom.

Project I promotes passion-driven careers By Avery Kiker ’17 Columnist I walked into Hadley Junior High on February 26 expecting to learn about the latest technologies, to be instructed on what courses to take to pave the way to a successful STEM career, and to feel flustered and confused with all of the scientific and mathematical terms used by the scholarly presenters whose vocabulary and knowledge was at a much higher caliber than mine. Instead, I left having taken away so much more than that. To start Project I off, copresidents Shay Kiker and Claire Wild took the stage to share why they founded the STEM Club last year. Almost immediately, Wild told the students to “take something [they’re] passionate about and turn it into a career.” While the club is built around science, technology, engineering, and math, its mission is much broader than that. The idea is for students to get the opportunity to explore their options before the pressures of high school and of finding a career get in the way of pursuing their passion. Next, Mr. Byrne, the club sponsor, shared his thoughts on STEM. After thanking everyone who helped to make the day possible, Byrne turned his attention towards the eighth graders and challenged them to

make the most of the day. Mr. Byrne encouraged the students to take charge of their futures by saying, “think about what [you] can do...what is that thing that’s going to ignite you? What are you going to do to create your future?” Then, before handing the baton to the student board, Byrne had the students exclaim “I CAN!” first by sections, and then all together. Although a simple phrase, it is also one full of power, and had a great affect on the attitude of everyone in the room. Many of the presenters continued to convey these messages to the students in their presentations. Dr. McDonnell, an opthamologist from Loyal Medicine, shared a series of questions to guide the students in finding a worthwhile career. He told them to ask themselves: What kind of life do I want? How do I get there? He said that once they had “established a destination,” they should “work backwards” and never be afraid to “ask directions or even change directions.” In response to one student who shared that she was hesitant to follow her own dreams out of fear that her parents would disapprove, McDonnell said, “If you want to do it, you’ve got to grasp it with both hands and just do it. You’ve got to do what makes you happy.” The next presentation that I attended was lead by Mr. Simon, a

STEM Club hosted Project I at Hadley Junior High on February 26. PHoto by Maddie Giffin ’16. graphic designer at SimonMyers, his own creative firm. At the end of his presentation, he had us design our “brand,” a visual representation of what makes us who we are. While the assignment of drawing whatever we wanted with colored pencils should have been an easy one, it was actually extremely difficult to come up

with just one thing to define myself with and then to make it turn out on paper like it did in my head. Naturally, a lot of mistakes and eraser marks ensued. In response to our frustration, Mr. Simon said, “You’re going to make mistakes. Take that step to make that error…[you have to] keep exploring.” Obviously he was referring to more than just the

drawing, but it was fitting either way. In the last presentation that I attended, Mr. Zurawski spoke for SRAM, a bike-producing company created by and consisting of bike-enthusiasts. In a video that Mr. Zurawski showed to us, one of the lines really stuck out. It said: “Moving forward is a continuous journey and risks lead to rewards.” It was the perfect way to sum up the day. Throughout the presentations, no one said that it was easy or simple to pursue a career, especially one that is also a passion. However, the risks need to take that step and follow that dream are well worth it in the end. All in all, I was endlessly impressed with the message that Project I sent out, not only to the eighth graders, but to everyone who was present. It was inspiring to see a group of professionals who encouraged students to follow a passionprovoking career over one that will undoubtedly make money. The perfect balance, shared by one of the presenters, is a career that makes money, helps others, and is something you’re good at and passionate about. I hope that Project I can be expanded and that Glenbard West even gets the opportunity to have an experience similar to it sometime in the future.

Did you know that the average teenager spends more than $1,000 on Prom?


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How to Tackle Your AP Tests! By Katie Karp ’16 Staff Writer

As April begins this year, the month-and-a-half count-down begins for many students at Glenbard West taking AP classes. The Advanced Placement exams test students on college-level material for collegelevel courses. Earning a five, four, or three out five on the exams can get students waved out of certain courses or requirements in college. With this exciting option and students ready to show how hard they’ve worked all semester, many ask: How can I prepare? First, doing anything is better than nothing. You simply cannot wait to cram the night before for such an exam. For all the AP courses thorough work throughout the semester, reviewing the year’s course work and organized notes will lead you to success. When asked about specifics for preparing for AP exams Mr. Neiss, English teacher, explained, “For my students in AP English Language and Composition it’s all about practicing the essays you have to write on the exam, just doing it, just trying it.”

By Kelsey Lentz and Molly Hughes ’16 Columnists

You are never too young to make a difference. Catherine Trant, Samantha Moody, Molly Rueth, and Teagan Ryan have proven that this is true. A year ago, this group of Glenbard West freshmen decided to begin their foundation, Teens 4 the Cure, in order to raise money for the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital; although

That way students can then check with a teacher or look online at the sample essays. Not only does this apply for English, the College Board’s website is a helpful resource for any AP course because it is full of practice options and examples of the quality of work needed to achieve any of the five scores. Mr. Neiss said, “It’s all about comfortability.” Review the coursework from the semester, be thorough and do not cram. Being comfortable with the test format and material is the best way to be prepared. Mr. Broccolo, AP history teacher, recommended similar things: pace studying over the final month or so before the exam, do not cram, and review the course all the way back to August. He explained, “There are a number of good review books offered by various companies that will help students prepare for the AP Exams in addition to the review book we recommend.” Companies including Princeton Review, Barron’s, Kaplan and more have all published materials that have

helped his students achieve their goal score in the past. Another refreshing review opportunity is a study session. Some courses have study sessions before and after school, two to three times a week after spring break until the AP exam. “All of the AP US History students are welcome at all of the sessions, regardless of which teachers is leading them,” said Mr. Broccolo. This is an opportunity students should take advantage of since peers and teachers are a great resource. For AP courses where such review sessions are not teacher-led, students will greatly benefit by creating study groups to help review leading up to the exam. Almost every year there are AP courses altered. Although it can be scary to take a class where no one, not even your teacher, knows exactly the test format or how to approach it because it is the first year with the new test, this should not deter you from taking the test or the course. For example, there have been some significant changes to the AP US History course this year, and there were significant changes to the AP

Biology test two years ago. While the material generally remains the same there have been adjustments made to how students are assessed. To better prepare the students for college or any occupation/position where the course’s material is used, the College Board tries to improve the way they assess the skills on the test. With this, students should note the coursework year long has been altered to fit accordingly and therefore they should not worry. After all, being comfortable with the material and test walking in is the best way to succeed on your AP Exams. To achieve your AP goals this May, be sure to start reviewing and practicing and you’ll ready for your exams as soon as possible. If you are hoping to meet your personal goals with the AP Tests and curriculum, work hard and you can earn the score you want. At the end of the day if you are doing your best, these challenging courses and tests can only help you as a student, pushing you to new levels, regardless of the score you get.

young, they were able to create a successful organization that has not only benefitted many children but has also provided a fun event for other teens to attend and become involved with. The organization has become an annual ‘philanthroparty’ where teens can come and hangout while raising awareness and money for kids in need. Their event offers an opportunity for teens to get dressed up, interact with the community, and have a great experience for a good cause. When the four ambitious teens began their project as eighth grade students at St. Pet’s and Hadley Jr. High, they had initially planned for it to be a small

fundraiser to gain service hours for their church, but it quickly picked up pace and evolved into something much greater. Inspiration struck the girls when they experienced the effects and hardships of cancer first-hand within their families. “My brother was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago,” Trant reveals. “He’s cured now, but we thought it would be a great idea to help a cause similar to his.” “My Uncle was also diagnosed with cancer, and it really made me want to do something to help out,” Rueth adds. Being busy and involved students and athletes, the girls admit that it was difficult at first- and still can be at times- to manage their time and responsibility with the project. “We definitely had to meet a lot and make lots of calls,” Trant tells about their first ‘philanthroparty’ in 2014, “It took a lot of hard work, and we kind of just played it by ear but it was worth it in the end and we got a really great response.” Their first ‘philanthroparty’ raised $2,300, well exceeding their $1,000 goal. Hosted at Glen Oak Country Club, the parties are

invite-only and usually consist of 130150 people. The money that is raised through the parties goes towards the University of Chicago’s Cancer Research Center, and comes from a small entrance fee and merchandise such as T-shirts. “We were actually able to pay for a new trainee to come in at the research center this year,” states Moody, “Which was great. He is an assistant to the research center and helps in labs to hopefully find a cure for this disease.” The girls have high hopes for their organization in the future and anticipate that they will keep it going for the rest of their high school career. Once they graduate they plan to pass it on to Teagan and Samantha’s younger siblings to take it over. “We definitely want it to go on for as long as possible,” Rueth says. These freshmen hope that they can inspire their peers to fight for something they believe in and to make a difference. Their advice to anyone trying to start an organization similar to ‘Teens 4 the Cure’ is to find a cause that’s close to you that you are passionate about. These four teens should be a model for everyone to see that you are never too young to make a difference and to inspire those around you.

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Ten reasons to adopt a pet for your family By Deena Harnboonzong ’15 Staff Writer When I was about seven years old, I was terrified of dogs, hated cats, but I loved rodents such as guinea pigs and hamsters. I thought my fuzzy Abyssinian Satin guinea pig named Brownie was the type of cuteness that you wanted to squeeze to death, as I looked forward to coming home from preschool each day to feed and play with her. Anyway, all different types of pets make people happy. They don’t judge us and they love unconditionally—as long as you give them food. The first domesticated dog dated back to nearly 12,000 years ago, according to History World. Roman ladies used the warmth of their lap dogs to even cure stomach aches. Most of us in this century would not use a dog (or any pet) for the purpose of curing our aches, but rather now we have them for our companionship. I encourage people to accommodate a pet in their life, and there’s no better way to do that than by adopting. There are numerous benefits from adopting instead of buying from a breeder. The strict difference is when you buy a pet, you are supporting unknown breeders who create animals solely for profit. When you adopt, you are helping an

animal who needs a home—without unknowingly supporting a third party. Here is my top ten list for why we should opt to adopt: 10. Skip the puppy training with already trained dogs. Many shelter dogs have already been house trained, and can recognize commands you would have to teach to a new dog. This can give you a head start on training, and allows you to skip the hassle of cleaning stains out of your carpet during that puppy stage. 9. Variety and diversity There’s more to adoption than just dogs and cats. Petfinder.com is a great website where you can find over 350,000 adoptable different pets ranging from horses, rabbits, reptiles, birds, and even barnyard animals. 8. Reduce pet overpopulation According to PETA, an estimated 6-8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters a year! Shelters have very limited space due to the expanding growth of homeless animals. Adopting saves so many lives by decreasing the amount of roaming pets. 7. Save money If you’re looking to spend your money smarter, then you’ll save big bucks from adopting rather than buying pure breeds. Best Friends Animal Society says a mixed-breed dogs live longer and has fewer vet bills than a pure bred. Buying from breeders can range from

Memorable Oscar speech: ‘Stay weird, different’ By Lizzie Svach ’18 Staff Writer

His main point being to “stay weird” and to “stay different” because regardless of what you may currently To feel different or weird is just believe, you are not alone. part of being a teenager and finding “Feeling like a social misfit our own identity, or so you have myself, I was drawn to other people most definitely been told. We’re who were outsiders,” he said in an trying to figure out what we want to interview with The Chicago Tribune do with our lives and in the process as to why he was initially interested may feel that we will never belong to in the story of Alan Turing, the British something. Sometimes we attempt to mathematician who helped to break hide who we are in the German Enigma an effort to finally code. feel “accepted.” Moore considered Or sometimes we himself a “huge decide to just be computer nerd” and ourselves and do as his friends to be a we want to do only to pack of “misfits and be labeled as weird outsiders” which and end up feeling helped him to envision more hurt and alone social dynamic faced than before. by Turing at Bletchley Graham Moore, Image courtesy of Kevin Winter, Getty Images. Park, where he worked winner of Best during the war. Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation “I think it was something I lived Game, went through this too as a every day,” Moore said on feeling teenager, as well as suffering from like an outcast, but what he came clinical depression, as told through his to realize was that, regardless that inspiring Oscar acceptance speech. In he felt he didn’t fit in anywhere as a his speech, he addressed the fact that teenager, he persevered and found his at the age of sixteen, he attempted way as an adult. suicide. He decided that he could “stay “Because I felt weird and I felt weird” and “stay different” and he different and I felt like I did not wanted to take that moment up on belong,” he said, a thought that I’m the Oscar stage to let us know that he very sure has crossed all of our minds, made it through, and we have to try he finally found his place doing to, too. something he loved.

$500-$1,000 or more, while adopting can range from only $50-$200. 6. Know your pet better When you buy a pet from a breeder, you can’t always be certain with what kind of animal you will end up with— behavior and health wise. Usually when you adopt rescues, shelters can find out what their personality is like and match a pet best suited for you and your family. 5. Helping pets helps you Studies show that pets can improve your health. WebMD says spending some time with an animal can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, fight depression, and encourage physical fitness. Dog walking and pet grooming can increase physical activity that can help strengthen the heart. 4. You’ll get a healthy pet The Humane Society states that shelters already have medical care to examine the pets for specific temperaments and behaviors. Most shelters give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. 3. You’re not supporting puppy, kitty, or guinea pig mills Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding facilities that raise their pets in inhumane conditions as their focus is on profit. Buying from a breeder or pet store indirectly can support puppy mills and directly increases the population of

abused dogs who live in cages for most of their lives. Adopting can lessen the chance of puppies raised in such an immoral lifestyle where breeding, for some, is deemed as “art”. 2. Save a life—or two PETA states that between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the US alone. Limited space at shelters force staff members to make hard decisions to put down animals who haven’t been adopted. Adopting a pet saves TWO lives as you helped free up space for another animal. 1. Pets are aware of your kind deed. No one else can feel or appreciate your kind deed than the little critters themselves. Their gratitude may be unspoken, but pets are so affectionate and smart. They realize what you have done for them and see you as their whole world. Millions of pets every year miss out on the potential friendship and loving home they could have had if they were adopted. I’m not saying that we should all take in 5 dogs and cats, or that buying a pet from a breeder is unethical. Rather, I hope encourage others that if you want a pet, please opt to adopt. These critters have been our confidants and are always there to brighten our day. Let’s return the favor and brighten up theirs.

Bees dying at alarming rate

By Abbey Matre ’15 More than $15 billion in U.S. crops are Columnist pollinated by bees every year. Spring is finally upon They are a keystone species that are us! And with spring crucial for both the economy and also comes warmer weather, pollination of plants. Without them and lighter jackets, more other pollinators, there would be at least sun, and blooming 1/3 fewer fruits and vegetables in the flowers. supermarket at any time. But there is something There are many small changes everyone missing this spring. can make to help promote pollination and According to Marla keep bees alive. Spivak, an Entomology professor at the One of the easiest tasks everybody can University of Minnesota, an average do is planting native species in their own of 30% of all bee colonies have died garden. This won’t only make your yard every winter in the United States since look bright and beautiful, but it will also 2007. This number is more than twice provide bees more food to eat. what the U.S. beekeepers consider to be Diversifying farms and urban economically tolerable. landscapes in places along roadsides There are many and in other areas factors contributing to with unprofitable the disturbingly high land for crop numbers of bees lost. production is • Apples From habitat loss to another easy way • Cherries • Oranges pesticide use, most communities • Cranberries • Lemons of the causes of the can dedicate • Cucumbers • Limes colonies collapsing themselves to • Cantaloupes • Broccoli come directly from pollinators. • Carrots • Onions • Avocados human actions. While bees • Blueberries • Almonds Warmer weather from may sometimes global climate change only seem like a *Not to mention, companies results in flowers nuisance in the make $150 millon dollars blooming earlier than summer, they are making honey annually when these insects one of the most come out of their own important species hibernation. So by the in the world. time the bees come to pollinate the plants, Making small changes in your yard or in the food they need is already gone because a local park can make a huge difference the flowers have already bloomed. and lead to large-scale change.

Bees Pollinate:

Did you know 2.7 healthy shelter pets are NOT adopted each year?

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Jaw-dropping impact of being amazed By Abbey Burgess ’15 Columnist A few months ago I had the incredible honor of competing at State for Forensics. The best part of the experience for me was watching the amazing performances of my teammates. They all awed me with the amount of passion and grace they put into their performances, and I could not be prouder of them. But according to a recent study, this experience could have been even more beneficial for me than I realized. The feeling of awe, and the aweinducing experiences themselves, can lead to stronger health and improved relationships, among other benefits. Researchers have found that experiences of awe can increase prosocial behaviors and make people more humble and generous. It also helps us become attuned to those around us by increasing our empathetic accuracy, enabling us to recognize their emotions and respond with concern; as a result,

we become more willing to engage indicate that a week after the trip depression and offer a possible and connect with others. Not only the teens self-reported being both beacon of hope to the many that does experiencing awe make us more engaged and curious about the struggle with this illness. more interpersonally connected, but world around them. There is even a Awe even helps us become it gives us a more universal view as possibility that awe can help fight fundamentally better people. Paul well. Piff, professor of psychology Awe is at University of California, often an Irvine, has found that after emotional an experience of awe people response to became more generous, from something helping collect scattered vast, and pens to being willing to give this vastness away one of two winning challen ge s lottery tickets to an assigned and expands partner. our view of Awe is powerful because the world. it takes us out of our heads We are Awe opens your mind to the world around you, increases your generosity towards others, and forces us to focus on forced to and gives you the chance to build a brighter future. Picture Drawn By: Claudia Jackert ’18 something bigger. Often look beyond we get caught up in the the compartments of our lives to a depression. Past research has found whirlwind of our own lives and forget larger connectedness, which allows that people with depression often to maintain a larger perspective. Awe us to grow and evolve. have heightened inflammation; is a gentle reminder of the world Experiencing awe can also offer another study from the Berkeley waiting outside the realm of our a glimpse of a brighter future. The Social Interaction Lab shows that cluttered thoughts. It increases our Berkeley Social Interaction Lab awe may reduce inflammation. The awareness of the people around us, at the University of California, subjects (out of 119 undergraduates) betters our relationships and makes Berkeley worked with the Sierra who reported feeling the most us happier and healthier people. Club to take inner-city high school awe also had the lowest level of There are awe-inspiring people students on a rafting trip to study inflammation markers in their and events all around us every whether the rafting trip would help saliva. This suggests that simply day, at Glenbard West, in our local the students attain academic benefits. experiencing things that amaze community, and our world. Take the Preliminary findings of this study us can decrease the likelihood of time to soak them in.

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Did you know awe comes from the Old English word “ege,” meaning terror or dread?


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SOS: Also known as the Stress of School By Kim Truong ’16 Staff Writer Editorial

As second semester comes full swing, the stress of classes, ACTs, and AP tests begins to loom over a number of students at Glenbard West. Many of them experience additional stress as they balance sports, clubs, academics, jobs, and various other commitments. When everything appears to be happening at once, it can be difficult to find a balance in our daily lives. Sometimes it seems as if our teachers have decided to schedule every test for the same day; when all you want to do is go home

and sleep, an average student would probably have practice or a club after school. Based on the hours students are required to spend on homework and studying, many wonder if we actually have enough time in the day to finish the necessities of our daily lives. Adding various other desires students may have, such as having a social life, and/or the stereotypical wish to try to fit in, one can feel overly consumed with the conventional expectations of a teenager. Students might question, “How am I supposed to do all that is expected of me?” These standard expectations can trigger the stress and anxiety

many feel from time to time. The stress and difficulties we face as high school students are only a small part of our lives, though they may seem large. We are always told that doing poorly on one test is not likely to determine our entire future, but it often feels the opposite. When all motivation seems to be lost, it seems that our future is determined by the one low test score we receive, not the effort we put in to a class. When giving up seems, keep going. And although the saying is cliché, we truly do have to try, try again. Even after we have tried our best, the desire to perform well and get good grades can

ultimately put an unbearable strain on us. Constantly trying to do as well as our peers can cause stress and competitiveness. It seems as if our desires to perform well are so hard to achieve. In the words of transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Not being able to do as well as your peers or follow the many expectations of a student does not necessarily mean you have failed. Perhaps you

may be listening to a different drummer; not keeping the same pace as your peers is a sign that you should step to the beat of your own drum. No matter what life seems to throw at us, we must remember to ultimately keep pushing forward. Trying our best under the stress and difficulties of school and our daily lives will not only help us, but also prepare us for the years to come. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Saving the world’s seeds: Svalbard Doomsday Vault By Julia Ilhardt ’17 Staff Writer In case of the inevitable zombie apocalypse, it is important to consider what the greatest necessary provisions for human survival might be. One could argue weapons, water, or literature, but how about seeds? How about the ability to regenerate various crop and plant varieties in the aftermath of a disaster? This is the primary mission of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Maintained by the Norwegian government, the vault is constructed into a frozen mountain and is built to survive theoretically any natural or human catastrophe. Svalbard was chosen because it is located away from shifting tectonic plates and in an environment that remains frozen year-round. This means that even if power was cut, the seed samples would still be preserved. According to a Wired article from March 2, the bank now contains 840,000 seed varieties, over half of all known specimen. Every portion of diet relies on agriculture, whether it is directly through crop consumption or indirectly through livestock that feed on crops. Farming and agricultural variety are an integral part of human survival, and many plants now find themselves in danger due to a variety of societallyproduced threats.

The temperature in the Svalbard vault is kept at 0.4° to -4° F to protect the 4.5 million samples of seeds. Photo courtesy of abc.net. The word “doomsday” genetic diversification and shortages and fighting against be able to monitor change elicits images of debilitating preservation. The ultimate poverty. in composition and protect diseases and catastrophic goal of the Svalbard project The Svalbard Vault was naturally eliminated strains. storms. However, tangible is to create a global self- first opened in 2008, however Pooling resources from destruction is occurring sufficient crop system that it has just accepted its first the various genetic banks of all over the world through is adaptable and able to shipment of tree seeds the world, Svalbard intends pollution, climate change, preserve diversity. These including the Norwegian to be a globally-supported political upheaval, and war. results are closely aligned Spruce and Scottish Pine. The preservation of the plant life Catastrophe is not necessarily with climate protection and project has expanded its goal essential for life on Earth. an event, but rather a process. the preservation of nature. from the simple preservation While people gradually Through these changes, over In Africa, where there are of crops to the collection eliminate the crop diversity 90% of fruit and vegetable significant threats to food of forest samples. This of the world, protection of varieties have been eliminated security and plant life, head development was targeted agricultural variety may since the 1900s. Diversity in of the Genetic Resource Unit less towards the doomsday prove a necessity of survival. plants means the ability to Marie-Noelle Ndjiondjop scenario and more realistically Maintenance of plants may keep growing them despite stressed the importance of towards the degradation of seem a trivial issue on a global drastic environmental shifts being able to produce crops to forest life and alteration in the spectrum, but catastrophe is or other new challenges. overcome internal challenges. genetic structure of natural unpredictable and seeds may The Seed Vault not only Therefore, protection of forests. Through continuous prove an invaluable resource works to maintain variety, but plant varieties may prove collection of samples and towards reconstruction. also to understand agricultural key towards eliminating food new varieties, the vault will

Did you know that the American Psychological Association found that 45 percent of students are stressed from school pressures?

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Wanderlust: Go out and explore the wide world By Claire Graham ’15 Staff Writer

and we travel, next to find ourselves.” For Katie and Wes, quitting their jobs and traveling the world was something they had been talking about since they got married. It was a chance for them to leave behind their busy lives in Oklahoma City for the whirlwind adventure of venturing across the world, living out of just their backpacks.

ty, hoping that a year abroad will bring her to find herself. Much like the Pico Iyer quote on Katie and Wes’s blog, we, like Elizabeth Gilbert, desire to travel because we think that in doing so we will have this epiphany moment in which we find the person we have always wanted to be. Disclaimer: this may or may not happen. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t learn valuable

The 9 to 5 grind is all too common for 20-somethings living in the United States. It can be a grueling cycle of too many cups of coffee, boring hours spent in a cubicle, and rush hour traffic. For some, the prospect of moving up in the corporate world can be enough to keep them going, but for others it’s not enough. The dull monotony of their daily lives can only sustain them for so long. Sooner or later the world beckons and only the brave will step up and return the call. My cousin Katie and her husband Wes are two such individuals. Oklahoma City natives, they decided in March, 2014 that they were going to pack up their things, rent out their house, quit their jobs, and venture off into the abyss of global travel. Adventurous kids at heart, Shay Kiker ’16 and her brother pose on a snowy mountain in Utah. Katie and Wes managed to plan their trip so that they were spending an entire year in warm weather, jumping back and forth across the equator to keep their backpacks and spirits light. With thousands of miles to be traveled and countless countries to be seen, they started their trip at the World Cup in Brazil, spending a month in a country lit on fire with the passion for the world’s most Maddie Giffin ’16 takes a rest on a grassy knoll while in Colorado. beloved sport-soccer. Since then they have been to Spain, Katie and Wes aren’t the lessons along the way. Croatia, France, Portugal, only ones who have dropped I consider myself extremeAzores, South Africa, Botswa- everything and left. Elizabeth ly lucky to have parents who na, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, have made travel a prominent Uganda. Love, left for Italy, India, and aspect of our family dynamic On their blog, “It Began in a Indonesia after dealing with a and life. While I have only

Maddie Giffin ’16 also visits the sunny beaches of California.

Ellie Hohulin ’15 (left) and Claire Morawski ’16 (right) take a ride during a mission trip in Rwanda.

Balloon,” they have a quote by Pico Iyer that reads, “We travel, initially to lose ourselves;

nasty divorce. Gilbert departs from the U.S. feeling devastated, alone, and ultimately emp-

been out of the country two times, I have been to every corner of the United States and

nearly everywhere in between. Travel has given me perspective, gratitude, and countless memories. For Katie and Wes, traveling around the world for seven months now has been a roller coaster ride. But more than anything it has been humbling. “It is impossible not to think about helping these people and solving these problems when we see poverty first hand, but it is necessary for us to experience,” they wrote in a recent blog post about their time in

Uganda. So when the grind at work gets to be too much don’t ignore the little voice in the back of your head that is telling to you change the pace. “I believe that the point of working is to follow your passions, whether that is through your work, or through your hobbies, or through other people. One of my big passions was traveling, and working to travel while we are young still makes sense,” Katie and Wes wrote.

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Artist’s Corner: Van Goh inspires West to take on still life By Emma Blackwell ’18 Staff Writer In an frantic fit, artist Vincent Van Gogh cut his ear off with a razor. He nearly bled to death because of the incident, but doctors were able to get him to the hospital in time to treat his wound. Labeled as the “tortured artist,” Van Gogh continues to hold fame throughout the art world. With famous paintings such as The Starry Night, Shoes, and his many self-portraits, Van Gogh covered a range of different styles throughout his short lifetime. One of the many things artists look to Van Gogh for is his style of still life. One of the first still life paintings he created was Oleanders which depicted joy and a positive outlook on life according to metmuseum. org. His other first creation was Shoes which depicted his constant travels to different areas of the world. He continued to explore the realm of still life with paintings of different plants and flowers including olive leaves and cypresses. Up until his death, Vincent Van Gogh immersed himself in painting still life. Glenbard West’s Drawing 1 art class has recently been exploring this area of art as well. Beginning with drawing their own version of Van Gogh’s Shoes, the students have been learning about the techniques of still life. Mrs. Doyle, art teacher, states, “Van Gogh’s texture

and extreme use of value rendering are so skillful. I wanted my students to use that as inspiration in their own still life drawings.” Part of still life is being able to use the techniques of texture and value. Texture is how one makes a drawing look as if they might have a certain feel to the surface, like if an object is rough or smooth. Value is being able to show the lightness and darkness of a color or tone to make the drawing appear three dimensional. “Drawing 1 gives the basics of how to draw reality and how to also draw from one’s unique imagination,” Mrs. Doyle says. Mrs. Doyle’s art class has been working on their latest art project to create their own drawings of still life. The students took various objects in the art room and used it for their models.

Then looking at a certain section of their selected objects, the students drew what they saw. Their final step was to take a piece of colored paper and paste it on top of a portion of their artwork. They then traced the lines of their original drawing onto the colored paper and using colored pencils shaded in the section. This added a final touch to the artwork by giving it a small burst of color. “We discuss emphasis. Calling out one section in color is the perfect way to teach this concept because it ‘pops’ so dramatically off the black and white background. This emphasis of colors pulls the viewer into the piece and allows them to really admire the details and craftsmanship of each artist,” Mrs. Doyle explains.

This still life was created in Drawing 1 by senior Roos VanDiepen.

Two students from Drawing 1 had their drawings picked to be part of the Glenbard West Art Show on April 20th. In an interview with the two artists, they express their views on art class. Freshman Luke Farnum states, “I think the purpose of art class is to be able to reach your potential using a creative style free of judgement. It is where you can express yourself. I love being able to come [to art class] every morning and getting to have fun doing something I love to do everyday.” Roos VanDiepen who is a foreign exchange student from the Netherlands and a senior says, “Art class helps you come up with a creative solution if something goes wrong. It teaches that you can still make something beautiful out of it. The best

part about drawing is when you are starting and you think you can’t do it but then at the end you are surprised by what you made. That is so cool.” When both were asked whether they would recommend the class to other students both answered “yes” with smiles on their faces. The two artists had their artwork hanging up on the third floor. You can check out some of their new artwork when they are displayed and be sure to view the other Drawing 1 students’ drawings as well! If you haven’t taken an art class at West yet, you probably should. Because just like Vincent Van Gogh states: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you can’t paint’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Also created in Drawing 1, a still life by freshman Luke Farnum.

Insider preview of Glenbard West’s Prom and Post Prom By Lauren Crowe ’15 Columnist Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how the Post Prom committee is feeling as April 25th is coming in hot and a night to remember is approaching. Post Prom may occur in late April, but the committee has been working on the event since October. Speaking with Kelly Roule, the lead chairman of the committee, she informed me there will be, “inflatables, the magician, DJ ‘The VOICE’, massages, games, food, etc.” Roule went on to say, “We have

been working also on the special SENIORS ONLY room with some fun activities only for the seniors.” “We solicit many local business as well as our generous West families, Boosters and West Nation to help us financially support this huge event. This year the local DuPage Chrysler Jeep Dealership helped us out with $1,000 to help with the cost of the bus transportation,” Roule explained. Mrs. Ross, who has been working on the Post Prom committee for 20 years, gave me so much enthusiasm about this night saying that in regards to Prom and

what Post Prom is, “If you don’t have a date and don’t want to go [to Prom], if you’re not ready, you can still have a pretty amazing night.” Mrs. Ross said that Post Prom helps emphasize “focusing on the fun,” and really “enjoying our last times together as seniors and as a class.” There’s something new being offered this year with prom called the VIP Package. Mrs.Roule explained it in more detail saying, “The new VIP Package this year is great!We will have the Luxury Coach Bus pick up students at Ackerman, where students can

park and check a bag at that time (with change of clothes) to be left at Ackerman. We will have some Red Carpet picture opportunities at that time as well. Students will then take buses to Prom and will bring the bus back to Ackerman where they can change (we will have all dresses and tuxes locked up) and then enjoy Post Prom. The VIP Package also gives you special first-come seating at the Prom as well as a fast pass entrance into Prom!” Marisa Pyka attended Post Prom last year and said, “I got 2nd place in the karaoke competition and hopefully will go again

this year to maintain my title.” Mrs. Roule informed me that, “As for prizes this year, we of course have donations from local business for some prizes and will have Lollapalooza tickets again, flat screen TV’s, laptop, Beats headphones, Bose speakers, Ray Ban sunglasses, Fitbit, Keurig coffee maker, lots of gift cards plus CASH, and more!” Prom’s theme is “A Night at the Oscars,” so the Post Prom theme of “A World of Oscars” connects to the theme to create a night to remember! Make sure to purchase your tickets, and we will see you on the red carpet.


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365 Everyday Numbers: West Chess What Happens in One Hour? By Joe Cantore ’16 Staff Writer

By Shay Kiker Columnist ’16

Ever wonder what happens in an hour? Maybe a lunch break or an episode of 60 minutes. Possibly a run outside or a music lesson. As the clock ticks away and one hour passes, a lot of things can happen. These are some of the things that will happen in the next hour after you read this list...

240 Couples Married in the US 1,400 People Arrested in the US 3,500 Flights Worldwide 34,000 iPhones Sold Worldwide 170,000 Starbucks Coffees Sold Worldwide 900,000 iTunes Downloads Worldwide 2.4 Million Google Searches Worldwide 17 Million M&Ms Produced Worldwide 17 Million Snapchats Are Sent $27 Million Given to Charity in the US Statistics about arrest, trauma, and violence can be overwhelming. Local news covers some of the worst stories, but there are also positive things that happen every day and every hour that we don’t even think about. Americans are getting married, giving money to charity, and going about their normal lives. There is more that transpires in an hour than you think!

Glenbard W e s t excels in many areas outside the classroom, but most importantly in the chess arena. Last month, the Glenbard West Chess Team traveled three hours to Peoria, Illinois in order to compete for respect, bling, and pride at the annual Illinois High School State Championship. Reigning back from their glory days, Glenbard West went into the tournament ranked 25th out of 149 teams, seemingly underranked but prepared for their seven matches ahead of them. After winning four out of five of their first matches, the team was placed within tenth place. After an exhausting a sixth match lead to a draw, the team was going into their last match with the chance to place as high as 8th overall for the tournament if they could pull off a win. However, over an hour later, Glenbard West was unable to grind out the win and consequently placed 32nd overall in the tournament, a still respectable outcome considering the number of teams involved but unfortunately they left the tournament with a lesser ranking than with which they came.

Foster cultural understanding through conversation By Erin Delany ’16 Columnist Glenbard West is an inherently diverse community. Less than an hour outside Chicago, this school draws students from almost every cultural background. Despite the widespread roots of the West student body, many students and staff feel that more can be done to promote cultural awareness on campus. One of these students is Asha Rowland, a junior. Half Indian and half black Panamanian, she is proud of her multicultural background. Her roots influence everything from her religion, Hinduism, to her taste in music, which she attributes to the traditional Panamanian and African rhythms her father fed to her as a child. Although this identity makes up a good deal of who she is,

Asha often feels stereotyped in her school environment. “I have [felt like I needed to assimilate] plenty of times,” she stated. “What really bugs me, though, is that I am identified as African American, which I am not.” Asha feels that when people try to identify her based on the color of her skin, it strips the true value of her culture in their eyes. “I’m a first generation American because my father was born in Panama, before that it was Haiti, before that it was Jamaica, then it was Africa. You can’t just skip everything in between,” she emphasized. “I want to be recognized for all that I am, not just one [ethnicity].” David Morof, a freshman, also has trouble finding understanding of his cultural background. A Christian who is of Ashkenazi Jewish de-

scent, David said that “most of the time people don’t understand that being Jewish is an ethnicity, [...] I am Christian and being Jewish in ethnicity does not change that for me.” Cultural understanding comes from experience, it is not something that can be established overnight. As Asha Rowland explained, “We can’t just force people to change their mindset. [...] Practicing open-mindedness is the best way to [foster change.]” Open-mindedness is the key to acceptance. Sabahat Raees, a senior who is Pakistani-American, has experienced first hand the cultural narrow-mindedness that so many condemn. “Many people think I shouldn’t wear my Pakistani clothes because I live in America. [...] Being multicultural doesn’t mean

I have to choose one [culture] or the other, it means to mesh, to be able to express both and value both under all circumstances,” she stated. How can the Glenbard West community foster cultural understanding? These students have a myriad of ideas. Their one common thread: conversation. Sabahat practices Islam, and she says that the best way to promote acceptance is to ask questions. “Asking questions can spark an intellectual conversation where both parties can discuss issues [...] to understand the whole culture or religion,” she said. “I love it when people ask me about my Pakistani culture or being a Muslim in America because then, I can educate.” David Morof also expressed interest in making Glenbard West an environment more conducive to cul-

tural differences. “[We need a] sort of way to connect and expand cultural views,” he suggested. Glenbard West holds several opportunities to expand the cultural horizons of its students, some of which are lesser known than others. From clubs such as International Club, which focuses on exposing students to cultures from all over the world, to Operation One World, which helps ELL students feel comfortable at West, there are plenty of options in which the culture-savvy student can partake. Fostering participation in these clubs, as well as other events at West, will create a more culturally dynamic environment throughout the school. In the words of Asha Rowland, “We need to do something about [cultural awareness] in order for things to change.”

Did you know...the youngest chess grandmaster in the world is thirteen years old?


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iFly: check that one off the bucket list By Meghan Loftus ’15 Columnist

“Did you seriously sign this waiver? Did you even read it?” This wasn’t the first time my mother questioned my morals, but hey I had just turned 18 and I was ready to fly, inside that is. iFly: an indoor skydiving facility that strives to bring the thrill and excitement of indoor skydiving by offering a unique experience that leaves every flyer with a smile and wanting to fly again. My aunt Lisa and I decided to try it because… why not? She was going through a mid-life crisis, and I needed to start on my bucket list. So there we found ourselves, red jumpsuits and all, goggles on, helmet buckled, ready to lift our chins, fall forward and “let

the wind do the rest.” As we entered the tunnel’s waiting area I asked Bailey (our handsome twenty-year-old iFly instructor) if this was going to be harder than it looked. He replied, “Not going to lie, yeah. Yeah it is.” My aunt and I made eye contact that basically screamed, “What did we get ourselves into?!” B a i l e y reviewed the hand signals and then asked who wanted to go first to our small group of ten people. I jumped up excitedly and

volunteered myself. Now I’m not sure what possessed me to do this. It was either Bailey’s face or an inner daredevil I am just now

discovering. A n y w a y, I absolutely loved my five minutes and thirty seconds of low and high flies. It was an exhilarating experience. The weightless feeling is indescribable. The tunnel is a 14-ft climatecontrolled, vertical wind tunnel with 1600 horsepower, according to iFly faculty. For the “high fly” the staff would crank up the wind so you float farther up away from the netting between the fan and your levitating body. An instructor would help

bring you near the top of the tunnel and then spin you back down. As I finished, Bailey pushed me towards the door. You have to thrust your weight out of the tunnel and into the waiting area, which was nice and awkward. My aunt loved it just as much as I did. We said we would one hundred percent do it again. However next time, I think I’m ready for a plane. As I say that, I can see my mom’s face cringing with terror. She says, “If you do that, please don’t ever tell me until after and you’re back safe on the ground.” We’ll see. Maybe during my mid-life crisis my aunt will go real skydiving with me. And the answer to your question, mom, no I didn’t read the waiver.

Explore each path or regret each day

By Tiana Grande ’15 Staff Writer

When young, the world seems large and the opportunities seem endless. From the 3.8 million jobs available in America alone, choosing just one occupational path stands tricky. The foundation of selecting a rewarding career is identifying the topics, activities or environments that match perfectly with your personality and interests. Recognizing these categories in high school is vastly helpful because it focuses your career search early. Mr. Bergantino, guidance counselor, stated, “I think it is crucial for students to take advantage of the tools here at West to set their path to success early. Then when college and the real world come around students will know what occupation they want to be and what is required from them to achieve it.” Unfortunately, according to Achieve.org, as many as 40 percent of American

public high school graduates are unprepared for future work; however, here at Glenbard West there are many provided opportunities for learners to explore careers and place their interests accurately. Mr. Bergantino continued, “Sophomore year students are required to take a

environmental scientist was a great match for me, and I agree. Knowing that I wanted to become one since sophomore year, I was able to take classes in school that further prepared me, like AP Environmental Science,” expressed Jordan Ravazza, senior. For those students who

watching Law & Order on TV. That will present a very unrealistic view of the profession. Not every case is a double homicide with a love triangle. In reality lawyers spend very little time in court, the majority of it is spent in the office researching and building a case.”

“There are so many resources and people around that can help you find a career match. Do not overlook them. Take your time and consider all occupational routes or you will regret it later in life when you wake up each morning displeased to go to work.” personality test and after are given the top ten careers that best suit them. This is a helpful tool to give those who are career lost some ideas.” Though some students fail to take the test seriously, many in fact do. It is known by the school’s counselors that a little above 50 percent of the students evaluated agree that their recommended occupation is the right path for them. “My results said that an

feel they did not receive accurate results, there are still more options. At West there is a directional class, Career Internship, which allows students to leave school eighth period and shadow their profession of interest. Mr. Letmanski, the teacher of this directorial class, revealed, “Many times high school students consider a career like law, and their only exposure to the profession is through

Career Internship gives students a sense of reality. This experience has even caused students to change their career ideas early, saving future money and time. “Being exposed to physical therapy early made me realize that it was not what I wanted to pursue in life. I thought being a therapist would be different,” stated Rachel Aubrey, a senior currently enrolled in Career Internship.

It is not uncommon to see changes in careers even after studying and enrolling in one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age forty, and this number is projected to grow. Alexis Singer, a college graduate from Marquette University, said, “I majored in Business when I graduated college. Unfortunately it was not what I had it mind. I found myself bored and eventually wanted a change. That is when I decided to start teaching.” Finding your interests, strengths, and desires as a student will set up a road to a successful and permanent profession. Robert Catamatori, an owner of his own business, boldly voiced, “There are so many resources and people around that can help you find a career match. Do not overlook them. Take your time and consider all occupational routes or you will regret it later in life when you wake up each morning displeased to go to work.”

Did you know iFly’s fans create wind that can reach up to 130-175+ m.p.h.?


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Music can directly impact your brain By Francisco Gallardo ’18 Staff Writer

Recent studies have shown that teenagers listen to an average of two and a half hours of music each day, and over the course of a week, listen to ten more hours of music than visual media, like movies and videos. But in what ways is that music affecting and constantly changing our brains? Music is the most powerful sound there is, as it impacts the body not only psychologically, but also physically. It is described as “the most powerful sound there is,” by Julian Treasure, who has written books and given talks on using sound to improve business. Music evokes emotions, but it is also powerful since we associate music very powerfully with certain places and with events and people. Physically, while listening to music, your body begins to react to the sounds by dilating your pupils, your heart rate

begins to rise, and adrenaline is released by the brain. In addition to the adrenaline released by the brain, the brain also releases dopamine, the chemical responsible for pleasure. Music has also been proven in preliminary tests to reduce stress and anxiety. All of these effects are caused by any music that you listen to, no matter its Beethoven, Michael Jackson, or Imagine Dragons. Playing a musical instrument and going through musical training has an even more pronounced impact than just listening to music, as it affects one’s behavior. Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, showed that children who play an instrument have more academic success than their peers who don’t. They were also more active in the classroom, paid more attention, and showed major improvements in reading test scores.

to change your brain and how it looks. An analysis of Albert Einstein’s brain revealed a particular ridge on his brain that is not seen on a normal person. This same ridge was also identified in the brains of string players, as the brain begins to shape itself differently when musical training begins. It is not surprising that this was seen in Einstein’s brain, as he was a violin player as well as a scientist. A brain study involving beginning orchestra players showed that this change in the brain begins to emerge fifteen months after musical training began. Music has allowed scientists to study the curative powers of music, as well as how to achieve a more healthy Music stimulates the brain, courtesy of www.wdfiles.com brain. The impact of music is extraordinary, and it’s even Also, people who play an only allows for better music more amazing that to tap into instrument or sing in a group playing, but also helps music its power, all you have to do is see an increase in their oxytocin players when forming social put on some headphones and listen. levels, the brain chemical bonds. In addition to that, musical responsible for forming bonds and developing trust. This not training literally has the power

By Katie Goleash ’16 Staff Writer Spring is the season for standardized testing at Glenbard West and high schools across the nation. This year, the class of 2018’s completion of the PARCC exam marked the beginning of a new era of standardized testing for District 87. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a new type of

standardized test intended to assess students on their critical reading and thinking abilities. The test was also developed in alignment with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Illinois is one of the eleven states to participate in PARCC testing this year. The PARCC test is taken online and designed to be more engaging and rigorous than other, comparable standardized assessments. However, students are

still expected to take more traditional standardized tests, such as the ACT and SAT in addition to the PARCC assessment. When asked what the future holds for standardized testing, Glenbard Superintendent Dr. Larson said, “The PARCC test is here to stay.” Dr. Larson acknowledged that taking so many standardized tests is confusing and frustrating for students, but ensures that each test has its purpose

PARCC testing hits West, Illinois schools

and will benefit not only the school, but students in the long run. Dr. Larson stated, “We want kids to reach the rigorous standards that we

set” and he believes that the new PARCC test will help students accomplish this goal. Image courtesy of njpta.org.

St. Patty’s Day breakfast at Glenbard West

Pictures by Colleen Luczak ’15.

Did you know happy or sad music will affect how we see neutral faces?


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Fun springtime activities under $20 By Kathryn Graham ’16 Staff Writer

The melting snow and longer daylight gives everyone more energy and helps promote getting out of the covers, into the sunshine, and trying new things. As much as we’d like to not have to worry about the price of having fun, it is inevitable that some of these activities can get a little costly. As a teenager, I understand that spending a lot of money is not ideal, so here is a list of fun activities that are all under $20! The Morton Arboretum The Morton Arboretum in Lisle consistently offers a variety of great things to do in every season. But when the snow melts and the sun peeks through the clouds it serves as a great place that’s cheap and fun to go to on a warm spring day. For youth ages 2-17, admission is $6 and admission for adults is $9. There are always fun activities going on, so check the website before you go. With beautiful scenery, landscapes, and hiking paths, the Morton Arboretum provides a perfect way to spend a beautiful day. Drive-In Movies The Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago is always a fun way to spend chillier spring nights. With an admission

of $10 for adults and $5 for children, the drive-in offers a different and more authentic way to experience new movies. You can check out movie times on their website. Take the Train to Geneva On warmer days it’s always fun to take the train into downtown Geneva for window-shopping and ice cream. A one-way train ticket with a student I.D. to Geneva is $2.75, $5.50 without an I.D. In Geneva there are a variety of shops and places to eat. One of my favorites is the original Graham’s Chocolates for delicious ice cream and candies. Find Free Days at Chicago Museums You know what’s better

than a day at a museum? A free day at a museum! Most Chicago museums offer free days for Illinois residents, making it a perfect activity if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. If you want to find out when your favorite museums’ free days are, look on their websites for dates. Rent Canoes at Blackwell Renting canoes is such a fun way to spend a spring day, especially since there’s not a lot of places that offer such a great outdoor activity. At Blackwell Forest Preserve, renting a canoe is $10 per hour and is a fun activity to do with your friends. Maggie Daley Park When most people think of Maggie Daley Park, they

think of ice-skating, but in the spring it is transformed into a fun place for rollerskating and rollerblading. Admission is free, but skate rental is $12. They also have a Climbing Park for both experts and beginners. It is a super fun way to release some energy on a weekend. Marcus Addison $5 Movies Every Tuesday and Thursday, Marcus Theatre in Addison offers $5 to students with an I.D. This is perfect for a rainy spring day when you don’t feel like spending a lot of money. They offer new movies with incredibly comfy seating and really good food. It’s a perfect way to spend a rainy April day!

Take a Trip to the Zoo Head over to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton for a spontaneous day with your friends. Ages 2-17 get in free and adults 18+ get in for $5. Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago also offers free admission. If you’re willing to spend a little more money, you can spend the day at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago with an admission of $15.95. Both offer a fun time with a variety of different animals and exhibits to explore. Paint Some Pottery If you want to stay local, head down to Out on a Whim in downtown Glen Ellyn for a day of painting! The fee for painting is $6 plus the price of the pottery you choose to paint. It’s a great way to spend any day and make something you can keep forever or give as a gift. Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Oak Park If you’re in the mood for something a little different, take the train to Oak Park to tour the Frank Lloyd houses. Tours for students range from $5-$14 depending on which tour you take. Each house offers amazing architecture and an educational way to spend a day. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Easy pranks for April Fools’ Day 2016 By Andrea Gieseman ’17 Staff Writer April Fools’ Day, sometimes known as All Fools’ Day, is celebrated throughout the Western world. Although its origins are uncertain, it has always traditionally meant sending people on “fool’s errands,” such as pranks. Globally, the French call April 1 Poisson d’Avril, or “April Fish.” Sometimes a picture of a fish is taped on the victim’s back and the prankster yells, “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered. Another subtle difference in the way this day is celebrated internationally

is that in Scotland, April Fools’ Day is called Gowk’s Day. They shout out “Hunt the Gowk,” and for a Scot, “gowk” means a foolish person. As I’m sure you’re aware, pranking someone could be as easy as telling a quick white lie or coming up with an extravagant and time-consuming scheme. If you’re running short on time and want a good laugh, here are some of the simplest pranks to pull on your friends and family for April 1, 2016: If your victim has an iPhone, go into someone’s settings, click “general,” then “keyboard” and

finally “add new short cut.” Change any words someone would use on a daily basis, like “no,” “yes” or “hey,” to whatever weird phrase your heart desires. Then whenever someone types in those words, the phrase you created will be sent out instead. Do not do anything hurtful or inappropriate, though. One classic and kind of gross trick is cupping water in your hand and then pretending to sneeze on someone. Placing a postit note over the tracking ball on a computer mouse prevents it from being able to work, which is pretty frustrating.

A loud and obnoxious prank, that you should probably only ever execute in a place that doesn’t have to be quiet, would be to attach and air horn to the bottom of a seat with duct tape. This only works if the chair can be adjusted to become higher or lower, so that when someone sits down, the air horn will set off and won’t stop blaring until they realize what’s happening and stand up. You can also set all the clocks in the house an hour or two early, but only if you’re willing to wake up early yourself to play along. Another trick is to use safety pins to string together socks

or pajamas so that when your family member pulls out one item, everything falls out. Here’s another possible suggestion. You can ignore all these methods and pull the cruelest prank of them all. You can leave your friend in a state of paranoia all day, continuously warning him of an impending prank, and then do absolutely nothing. Whether you did the pranking or got pranked this April Fools’ Day 2015, I hope it’s all in good fun. Remember, never hurt someone or ruin property with your prank.

Did you know that forms of April Fools’ Day has been celebrated for centuries?


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Yearbooks deserve to preserve tradition Kelsey Lentz ’16 Columnist

Yearbooks preserve the memories made throughout the school year. These books capture the best moments from dances, sports, clubs and other special events. The last day of school is not the same without the signing of yearbooks and laughs shared over seeing each other’s picture in the book. Here, at Glenbard West, we take pride in our yearbook. It is a fine publication and highly effective at portraying the student life. However, many students and parents are let down that, unlike other local high schools, West students receive their yearbooks at the beginning of the following year. Some students often forget or don’t care about last year’s highlights by the time the yearbook is published, so therefore many students neglect to purchase their book. “I like looking back at the school year during summer, and I don’t like having to wait till the next year after I’ve already moved on from the previous year,” says junior Katie Stone. For seniors especially, the tradition of yearbooks on the last day of school is lost. It is a hassle for past seniors to get a copy at the beginning of the year as they are not present to pick one up and they have to rely on siblings or parents for their edition of the yearbook.

“The yearbook just didn’t have as much meaning to me by the time I got it,” says freshman in college and West graduate, Erin Spiech, “My friends and I didn’t get to sign each other’s or laugh over the pictures together and it would have been much simpler if they had handed it out while I was still around.” The point of yearbooks have been the same for seniors for decades; on the last day of school everyone signs each other’s yearbooks, Senior Most’s are revealed, and the best year of high school is summed up in pictures. Then twenty years from now, at high school reunions, past students can look at those signatures and handwritten notes and remember all the good memories they had at high school and the friendships they made. Handing out the books the next year denies seniors of this tradition due to the fact that most seniors only get a copy if a parent or sibling is willing to go to extra lengths to get that senior their book, but the book is still without signatures which is arguably the best part. “The students are missing out on the long standing high school tradition of signing yearbooks,” says parent of a graduated senior, Kristine Rose, “As you grow older you will have these occasional moments where you want to reminisce about your past and it will be impossible to do without all

the funny things people write, personal messages, and what people really think of you, good and bad.” The reason why the yearbook is published at the beginning of the next school year is so graduation, prom, spring sports, and other end-of-theyear festivities can be included; which for seniors is the most exciting part of their four years here at West. This is a valid point for why the yearbooks should be published at the beginning of the year, but resolutions can be made in order to incorporate these activities and recollections while also getting them out by the end of the year. For example, some high schools in our area like Glenbard East, hand out yearbooks at the end of the year but provide a spring supplement insert that if seniors or anyone is interested in they can purchase. This includes all spring sports, prom, senior showcase, Senior Most’s. “There is so much more excitement when you hand out the books at the end of the year,” says Glenbard East yearbook advisor, Mrs. Orbegoso. “Plus you don’t have to worry about graduated seniors coming back into the building.” As for signing, it is understandable that signing takes time away from learning especially with the end of the year time crunch, but there are alternates that some schools participate in, like our

crosstown neighbor Glenbard South, who offers a specific time for only seniors to sign before school on the last day. “I like it much better this way,” says junior at Glenbard South, Stephanie Maurer. “We all get our yearbooks at the end of the year and seniors have a breakfast for signing which I’m looking forward to next year.” South, who shares the same yearbook company as us [Jostens], gets their yearbook out at the end of the year by including one page of spring sports in progress but leaving out prom and graduation. “We post those pictures to the Jostens Replay It app and put a sticker in the yearbook telling students to go there for more pics,” says South yearbook advisor Mrs. Vickers. As for our yearbook process, the staff works incredibly hard to produce a book that is amazing from front to back and is much appreciated; the book includes all spring aspects which takes longer and is more difficult to incorporate, and is therefore handed out at the beginning of the following year for that reason. Although West yearbook advisor Mrs. Rio was on leave and unavailable for comment, head editor Victoria Ehninger says, “It is possible to hand out the books at the end of the year, but it would take away from the spring aspects, and the staff would have to work twice as hard to get them out

in time. It would also be more expensive to add an insert or another alternative.” Thanks to social media we now have access to all pictures and events that have taken place throughout the years, but yearbooks hold the concrete memories that can’t be deleted with just a click, and the pictures that can’t be touched up with an app. Throwback Thursdays aren’t enough to fully re-live those high school glory days, so wouldn’t it be simpler and more traditional to share these moments with new friends, future spouses, and potential kids by using one neatly stored book, signatures included? It is possible to have prom, graduation, and spring sports be a part of the yearbook, while still embodying that end of the year thrill, it just takes planning and drive. Students, especially seniors, are missing out on so much, some don’t even know it or mind it at the moment, but years from now we will want to look back at the time we did this or that with our friends, or when we had a crush on that cute boy or girl who signed our yearbook. If social media can be made to recollect history and capture memories, then so can our yearbooks, and it is not too late to make up for those who graduated without the liberty to leave handwritten time capsules for their future.

Did you know Glenbard West prints roughly 1,700 yearbooks a year?

EDITORIAL 2014-2015

Editorial Staff Maddie Howard ’16 Editor-in-Chief Steven Hanna ’15 Assistant Editor-in-Chief Abbey Burgess ’15 Assistant Editor-in-Chief Lauren Crowe ’15 Front Page Editor Kelsey Neumann ’15 Advertisement Manager Shay Kiker ’16 Fashion Editor Emma Goebbert ’16 Fashion Editor Joshua Leone ’15 Centerspread Editor Kelsey Lentz ’16 Entertainment Editor Meghan Loftus ’15 Features Editor Owen Loftus ’16 Sports Editor Erin Delany ’16 Page Editor Molly Hughes ’16 Page Editor Hailey Ardell ’17 Page Editor Alyssa Springer ’17 Page Editor Avery Kiker ’17 Page Editor Alex Bishka ’18 Page Editor

Mrs. Fritts Mrs. Kammes-Bumm

Faculty Advisers

The Glen Bard is published eight times a year by the students, for the students. The mission of The Glen Bard is to provide a public forum to inform, fairly convey issues and to entertain. All members of the Glenbard West communtiy are invited to submit articles, cartoons, or opinions. Letters to the editor, signed and less than 300 words, are subject to editing without changing the content. Each month, The Glen Bard takes on a topic in its unsigned editorial. This editorial represents the majority opinion of The Glen Bard’s editorial board.

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PDA in the Glenbard West hallways: Making public displays of affection private Maddie Howard ’16 Editor-in-Chief Congratulations, we have finally made it out of the frigid horror that is a Chicago winter. With the warmer months nearing, birds chirping, and flowers beginning to bloom, love is definitely in the air. But out of respect for everyone who attends Glenbard West, maybe it is time we stop being so public with our displays of love. The term for this is PDA. Otherwise known as Public Displays of Affection, PDA can be seen in various forms at school daily. However, while the act is a relatively normal sight at West, it actually makes a large number of bystanders very uncomfortable. Most students do not want to view their peers being sensual while on their way to class. I must admit that I am one of these witnesses, and it

makes me feel awkward and aggravated. “I could really do without seeing someone be physical with their significant other on a day to day basis,” explains Ellen Daniels, junior. Not only does PDA make students uncomfortable, it is in

should be considered completely acceptable. Displays of affection are respectable to a certain extent. However, when students bring PDA to the level of kissing and intimate touching, it must stop. “I am all for people connecting with each other and

“Students, I kindly ask you on behalf of many to limit the amount of affection shown towards your significant other.” fact against school policy. According to District 87 Discipline and Conduct rules, “[P]ublic demonstrations of kissing, embracing, and intimate contact are embarrassing to others and show little respect for the reputation of the partner involved. Violation of this rule can result in detention(s) or parent conference.” The District’s guidelines

falling in love, but there is a line that is often crossed at this school,” says Amelia Benich, junior. Students need to recognize the consequences of their actions. Do couples really want their teachers and peers to view them in this manner? Even if an audience does not matter to them, it must be understood that such PDA is

against school policy. If a couple wants to be intimate outside of school that is their business. Anyone can understand the need to show love towards a significant other. However, once students bring those actions into school, it becomes the business of everyone around them. Couples can attract negative attention, seeing as anyone has the right to express their discomfort to a counselor or administrators. Overall, the level of PDA at West needs to decrease. I encourage teachers and administrators to strongly enforce the rules regarding PDA. Students, I kindly ask you on behalf of many to limit the amount of affection shown towards your significant other. While it is important to show such signs of love towards those you care about, excessive amounts of these displays make students uncomfortable and frankly, frustrated.

Curtis Schilling Twitter incident: Learn to be respectful when posting online We all know how easy it is to post something on the Internet. All it takes is the press of one simple button. Sometimes, it’s almost too easy to do and we post without meaning to. Almost every single one of you has probably sent that awkward thumbs up in a Facebook message without meaning to when its completely out of context. Or responded in a way you regretted later. Whoops… But these little “whoops” are not the only source of an alarming trend of negativity on the Internet. This recent surge has been occurring with the phenomenon of “internet trolls.” An internet troll is someone who creates discord on the Internet by starting arguments, by posting inflammatory messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response, or otherwise disrupting normal discussion. Survey results from the market research firm YouGov

report that nearly 30 percent of Americans admit to participating in malicious Internet activity towards someone they did not know. While the study found trollers were most common with topics such as politics, news, current events, or religion, trollers can appear as part of any discussion, and thrive on fiery reactions. The reactions of others in some cases seem to drive the trolls more than the topics themselves. The study also found that men are more likely than women to exhibit troll behavior, with 30 percent of men admitting to having argued with a complete stranger maliciously over an opinion, versus only 18 percent of women. This statistic is demonstrated by the recent cyber attack on Gabby Schilling, the daughter of famous Red Sox player Curtis Schilling. Following Schilling’s congratulatory tweet about his daughter’s admission to Salve Regina

University (where she will be a softball pitcher this coming fall), several people responded with nasty, sexually threatening comments. However, these comments were anything but anonymous. Schilling, through a simple Internet search, was able to track down two of the men responsible for two malicious strings of comments. One has since been fired and the other has been suspended from community college. He found the contact information of several of the other tweeters (several were high school athletes) and sent a picture of the comments to their family and coaches. Two have since been expelled from their programs while another two have been suspended for their upcoming seasons. These kids will probably all lose their scholarships; they threw away their entire future over 140 characters. Many feel invincible on

the Internet, protected from consequences and those they hurt by the glowing screen they use as a weapon and the assumption of anonymity. We cannot allow the Internet to remain a place of careless bullying where those being bullied have no protection or way out. It continues to produce horrific consequences, with young children, teens and adults committing suicide as a direct result of the taunting. The Internet and social media offer enormous advantages and useful tools, and we need to use them with respect towards both their power to create and to destroy. So before you post something on Facebook or Twitter, think about who it will affect, and how it will affect them. And don’t ever engage or encourage trollers. We need to all work together to keep the internet from becoming a source of destruction.

Did you know Curtis Schilling used to be a video game developer ?


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Fight Night: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

By Owen Loftus ’16 Sports Editor

The Case for Pacquiao

Mayweather vs Pacquiao. May 2nd. The fight of the century. The fight we have all been waiting for. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., standing at 5’8” tall with a 72” reach, has a perceivably favorable matchup against the 5’7” Manny Pacquiao, who has a 67” reach. With that being said, this fight has no clear winner, and that is what will make it so entertaining.

The Case for Mayweather

36-year-old Manny Pacquiao, despite his age, is more experienced than the 37-year-old Mayweather. Pacquiao is 57-5-2 in his career with 38 of his 57 wins coming by knockout. Like Floyd, Pacquiao packs a serious punch, but Mayweather’s speed could pose some problems for Pacquiao. Pacquiao did get knocked out by Juan Manuel Márquez 3 years ago; however after being away from the ring for 11 months, he has bounced back from that loss stronger than ever. Pacquiao has won his last 3 fights leading up to Mayweather, and he appears to be ready for everything Floyd will throw at him.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 37 years old, yes, but let’s not forget that he also has 47 wins and 0 Prediction losses. Mayweather, also known as TBE (The Best Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins by unanimous Ever), is every bit as great as his nickname decision. Mayweather and Pacquiao are too good indicates. In 47 bouts, he has knocked out his to put themselves in a position to get knocked out opponent 26 times (!!!). in a fight like this, however Mayweather simply Regardless of his age, Mayweather maintains does not know how to lose. Mayweather will unbelievably quick hand and foot speed, which keep his energy up through round 12, ultimately has given him the upper hand in every fight to wearing down Pacquiao. date. This is why Pacquiao will be Mayweather’s Even for those who are not boxing fans, toughest matchup yet. tune into this fight. If it lives up to the hype, On May 5th, 2007, Mayweather proved to Photo courtesy of the official site of Manny Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will go down as one of the world that his speed is superior when faced Pacquiao the single greatest fights of all time. with power. Mayweather fought Oscar De La While the fight may be 4 years too late, it is Hoya (39-6 30 KOs), who packed a punch, but him to step up and cement his place in history. better late than never. Mayweather weathered that storm. This is his fight to lose. Only one will be able to cement his place in In his closest bout to date, Mayweather beat history, and I guess we will just have to wait until De La Hoya in a split decision. Mayweather has May 2nd to see who it will be. proven himself 47 times already, and it is time for

Will injuries plague the Bull’s playoff hopes yet again? By Eaton Ford ’16 Staff Writer

Well, here are we again for the third straight year, the NBA playoffs are just around the corner and the Bulls are without star point guard Derrick Rose. What else is new? Rose has been out since February 24th after tearing his right meniscus and is optimistic about returning this season saying, “There’s a good chance I’ll return.” However, Rose said those same words during the Bulls entire playoff run in 2013, getting Chicagoans hopes up only to deflate them later. Unfortunately, Derrick Rose’s injury has become a common sight to faithful Bulls fans. He tore his ACL during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and missed the next season. Then the following season he sustained a torn meniscus in his right knee and missed the rest of that season after playing for a month. For the Bulls though, the injuries don’t stop with

Rose. All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler went down with a left elbow injury, which sidelined him for 3 to 6 weeks and reserve power forward Taj Gibson has been suffering from a second injury to his left ankle. Once again the injury bug has battered the Bulls significantly for a third straight year.

The lack of these three dynamic players in the game has dealt the Bulls a devastating blow on the offensive and defensive end. All three players are projected to return before or at the start of the playoffs. Nonetheless, the Bulls aim to maintain their number 3 seed in the East.

In order to enjoy any postseason success, they will need some of their reserves who are filling in the shoes of Rose, Butler and Gibson to take on a new responsibility. So far, the efforts of reserve second year wingman Tony Snell, rookie power forward Nikola Mirotic and backup point guard Aaron Brooks have been impressive; however, the Bulls have struggled to win games with their new trio since the AllStar Break. Fortunately the Bulls played well enough in the first 35 games going 25-10, for them to sneak into the postseason easily and not lose their cushion to a lower seeded team. Right now the Bulls would play the struggling Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs. However, if the Bulls still do not have their three-part core or are missing a significant part of it, their chances in winning any series or going to the NBA Finals will be slim.

Did you know Floyd Mayweather will make $180 million for his fight against Pacquiao?


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Rachel Terwilliger commits to GVS softball By Arno Curits ’16 Staff Writer For many people, finding a true passion in life is a process that can seem endless. However, for one Glenbard West senior, finding this passion came easily. Beginning her career at age 6, Rachel Terwilliger fell in love with the game of softball. Fast forward 11 years, and that 6 year old girl is now entering her final season in a Hilltopper uniform. Set to start at shortstop, Terwilliger could not be more excited to begin her final chapter of Glenbard West Softball. “I have enjoyed playing for GBW so much and in my last season I hope the team can take advantage of our opportunities and do well.” She continues to say that despite the young team, they look to post a solid record and perform well this post-season. Despite it being her senior season, there is another significant reason that this year will be different for Terwilliger. This fall, she signed her letter of intent to play at Grand Valley State University, where she will continue her softball

career for the next four years. Terwilliger said that her interest in playing college softball was sparked from some of her older friends. “Around sophomore year a lot of the older girls I played with started committing and going off to play in college and that really got me interested in being a collegiate athlete.” Terwilliger, reflecting on all the time and effort she put into

her sport, also said, “I realized that life without [softball] just wouldn’t be the same.” Appreciative of the school’s size, beauty, and academics, Grand Valley State is the perfect school for Terwilliger to continue not only her pursuit of athletics, but her education as well. “Grand Valley has good academics, the athletic facilities there are brand new, and the

sports teams there compete at a high level. Also, it is close to my brother at the University of Michigan as well as my family so they will be able to watch some of my games.” Terwilliger proves to be another great leader to come out of Glenbard West, and for those who also aspire to play college sports, Terwilliger offers some advice, “Coaches are looking not only for athletes

but good people, so just have fun and play hard and coaches will definitely pick up on that!” Aiming to study business with a major in marketing while playing outfield for the Lakers, Terwilliger could not be more excited about her commitment. Glenbard West wishes her the best of luck in her senior season and her four years at Grand Valley State!

Is it worth playing through pain?

By Alex Bishka ’18 Staff Writer

Ever since the beginning of professional sports, athletes played through pain. Hundreds of former professional football players have suffered life-altering injuries. Serious injuries do not only impact football players. Former Manchester City goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, finished the 1956 FA cup match with a broken neck. Shun Fujimoto helped Japan win the gymnastics goldmedal at the 1976 Olympics after breaking his kneecap. After dismounting the rings he also dislocated that same knee. Thankfully both Trautmann and Fujimoto recovered but

neither regained their full abilities. Trautmann’s reflexes diminished from the point of where he was regarded as the best goalkeeper of all time to where he should retire from the game. However, Fujimoto was not in a better situation as he was lucky to not have lost his leg that day. Fujimoto was forced to retire. These injuries were not as severe as they could have been and both men were lucky in each incident. Despite that, this raises the question of why do athletes play through pain? It is somewhat understandable to play through pain in a final, but a regular game? Let alone the fact that professional athletes do this con-

sistently, but high schoolers have also acted the same way. Countless horror stories of the effects of playing through pain have arisen from multiple sports. This smartest thing to do when experiencing pain is to stop playing and heal in order to prevent further damage, such as second impact syndrome (in the case of a concussion) or ligament damage (over usage of ligaments). For example, Bo Jackson, a superstar baseball and football player, dislocated his hip and popped it back in on the same play. He tried to carry on but then required to be carted off the field. His trainer did not believe that the injury was possible which is why Bo continued on for a

play. The hip injury ultimately ended his football career. However, before being diagnosed with avascular necrosis (cellular death of a bone component), Bo finished the 1991 season with the Chicago White Sox. Bo was playing through pain during this time period, prompting the question of did he worsen it? Had Bo Jackson and his trainers immediately identified the problem and repaired his hip, then maybe he would not have ended his career early. Unfortunately, Bo did not know, and many will wonder what could have happened. Another superstar baseball player who played through pain is Mickey Mantle. Mickey’s problems began in high

school where he had chronic injuries to bones and cartilage in his legs. Rather than take time to heal, Mickey would apply thick wraps to both of his knees. Later on in his career, his injuries caught up to him and the constant wear and tear, along with a freak accident, led to an ACL tear. Once again, like Bo, one can wonder what would have happened had Mickey fixed his original injury rather than play through pain. Two greats robbed of their careers. At the end of the day, an athlete wants to win which is why he will play through pain, but is winning worth hurting yourself?

Did you know Bo Jackson owns the fastest 40 yard dash in NFL history at 4.12 seconds?


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West Varsity Baseball: Season Update By Geo Smith ’16 Staff Writer As the weather warms up, several student-athletes find themselves preparing for seasons full of intense athletic competition. After getting in touch with some of the varsity baseball squad, a few players and head coach Mr. Schultz discussed what to look for as they take the field this spring. From a general standpoint, the Hilltoppers are bound to have a competitive season. “We come to practice each day with lots of energy and a competitive attitude,” explains senior William Simoneit regarding the general overview of the team. As long as each player does his job and the team works together to concentrate on success, the Toppers expect a chance to show some strong competition. Coach Schultz indicated that the “lineup has the potential to be strong throughout…[with] more speed top to bottom than we did last year.” Adjusting to a new lineup in the early season does not seem to be a

complication. With high levels and energy and the will to improve, a strong season awaits. Despite losing sixteen significant seniors after last year’s season, many positions are working to be filled. “We will be giving lots of opportunities early on to see who earns those spots,” explains Coach Schultz. Despite a younger team, there is still extraordinary talent and potential. “From the pitching standpoint we’re extremely junior heavy,” says senior Matthew Porter. “But they’re talented and will do all the little things to help our team win.” Porter stresses that the seven returning varsity players will need to play a strong leadership role each day to fill the positions of graduated seniors. Simoneit also mentions, “how well [the] coaching staff has done adjusting to such a different team,” and that, “they’ve done a great job connecting with each player.” The coaching staff has stressed the focus on confidence and control,

boosting the mental game of players in the program. In terms of competition, the West Suburban Conference is “one of the best in state,” according to junior, Arno Curtis. Each game is bound to be an exciting matchup as the Hilltoppers will face strong teams like Oak Park River Forest (seeking revenge after West took the series last year), York, Hinsdale Central, Lyons Township, and Downers Grove North. It was mentioned by Porter that most of the seniors have a strong rivalry with York, so those games will be especially important. “As long as we stay focused on our goals and put the best effort we can into our individual roles within the team, we should have a chance to do well,” added Curtis. In order to provide top competition and improvement as the season progresses, the Hilltoppers have set some general team goals. “Having a smart, confident approach at the plate is something that we constantly work on,” says Porter. This includes practicing general

form by taking quality swings during practice and working on hitting during potential in-game situations. There will also be a significant focus on pitching, but with several players ready to step up and fill those positions, the competition should be strong. Apart from fundamentals and techniques, Coach Schultz is looking to simply improve with each day: “If we show up to the field with a positive attitude and a team-first mindset every day, we will get better over the course of the season.” General focus and improvement each day is what the team will strive for, as well as to “compete when we get the opportunity, whether it be at practice or in a game,” says Porter. Coach Schultz concluded that, “We can’t focus on results. If we do the things we want to do, the results will come.” The season is destined to be a strong one for the Hilltoppers with substantial competition and strong focus on team improvement and success.

The Glenbard West varsity baseball team lines up before playing long-time rivals, York High School, during the 2014 spring regular season.

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