THE GLEN BARD
December 2017 gwhsnews.org
The Write Place helps students develop, improve writing skills By Ashley Voigt ’18 and Lorena Iannicelli ’18 Contributing Writers
Located in room 400, Glenbard West’s new writing center, the Write Place, is now open to all students during lunch periods Tuesday through Friday. Students of all grades and ability levels now have access to trained upperclassmen tutors who can help them with any part of any writing assignment. Both students and faculty have long awaited the opening of a specialized writing center at Glenbard West. Interested as early as 2012, “members of the English Department were already talking about a writing center. Mrs. Fritts assembled a group of English teachers to study writing centers in the area and develop a vision for a center of our own,” says English Department chair, Mr. Peterselli. Due to a number of obstacles, including a lack of space, the writing center was not able to open until this school year. Mr. Peterselli says, “During the construction in the summer of 2016, we converted a classroom into the space that would eventually become the Writing Center.” Many people have worked tirelessly to make this new
center possible, including the Boosters organization, Ms. Oberg, Assistant Principal of Operations, Dr. Monaghan, Principal, the English department, and nearly fifty tutors. The tutors have been trained by new hire Mr. Whitman, the Writing Center Coordinator, in order to most effectively help Glenbard West writers. “I saw this position as a great opportunity to work with students [and] help improve writing for an entire school. It’s a great concept, a writing center like this,” says Mr. Whitman. The Write Place isn’t just for struggling students. It is also for students who may already be strong writers and are looking to improve upon their existing skills. Mr. Whitman says, “There is always plenty of room for improvement for any writer at any level, and writing, of course, is just the follow through of the thinking process and everybody can elevate their thinking
just like everyone can elevate their writing.” While the Write Place is certainly a valuable resource for English classes, it also has applications in other courses, such as social studies and science, for writing assignments like DBQs and lab reports. Teachers and students alike are already seeing the benefits of the Write Place and are excited to see how it will continue to expand its role in the coming months and years. English teachers are especially excited about the open-
the books every day.” Now for some people, that is the right option, but don’t feel pressured to do that if it isn’t for you. A close second to academics, cost is another major factor for students in choosing a college. Glenbard West senior Jack Wright’s main college prospect at the moment is DePaul University. Jack Wright says he is paying for college on his own; however, his mom works at DePaul so he would be able to get a discounted tuition price. College is not cheap. In fact, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Cost is a huge factor for choosing a college no matter who is paying. Another factor that is important to consider is that some of the states around Illinois have reciprocity, where you can get a lowered tuition even if you aren’t from that state. Illinois and nine other states in the Midwest, such as Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Indiana, have opened their doors to each others' citizens at more affordable rates. Unfortunately, not all schools offer reciprocity within these states. To further find out if your school offers reciprocity, go to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrations or NASFAA website, find the Midwestern region, and
continue to the Midwest Student Exchange Program website. Mr. Keely has noted that more seniors are taking gap years to be able to make more money to afford attending a four year college. Many Glenbard West graduates go to College of DuPage to get a good, but also less expensive, education. Glenbard West senior Johnny Tran is choosing that option so that he can get a good education while also saving up to go to a four year college. Location is another huge factor after academics and cost. You have the chance to determine where you are going to live for the next four years of your life, which is why some students are deciding to go out of state. “Last year, it was almost 60% of our seniors that went out of state,”
Mr. Whitman, right, coordinates the center and trains the writing tutors. Photo by Ashley Voigt ’18.
ing of the Write Place as it will allow each student the one-onone attention they may need in order to be successful in their writing. “I don’t have the time to sit down for an extended period of time with each and everyone who is doing [an assignment], so it’s nice to have this resource now where [students] can come and get help, and I can give feedback along the way,” says English teacher, Mr. Schultz. Students are excited to see how the Write Place will help
them improve upon their writing skills and English grades. Finn Bender, freshman and Write Place client, says, “I have never had an easy time writing things, and I can’t organize my thoughts. The good thing about the writing center is that it gives a different point of view other than a teacher, a parent, or someone else who has done this before.” Visit the Write Place in room 400 during your lunch period!
Many factors to consider when choosing the best college for you By Kyle Rogus ’18 and Michael Scott ’18 Contributing Writers Academics, athletics, location, cost, size, reputation, legacy. This is just a small sample of the factors that go through a senior’s mind when he or she is picking a college. However, when it comes time for seniors to go through the decision process, academics, cost, and location tend to stand out above any other factors. There are many different colleges in the US. How does one decide from the 5,300 colleges and universities in the country? What factors do seniors tend to use when comparing schools of interest? Mr. Keely has been a counselor for the past seven years and has helped “close to 1,000” students fill out their applications and meet college requirements. Although Mr. Keely has found that most factors that go into choosing a college are important, he believes the “biggest thing is academics.” Many students tell their counselors that they want to go to a certain school when it doesn’t even have the major they are looking at. If you know what you want to major in, that doesn’t mean that you have to go to the most challenging school for that topic. Choose an academic level that will challenge you, encourage growth, and won’t be too overwhelming. Mr. Keely often asks his students if they “want to go to a highly selective school and have [their] noses in
Johns Hopkins, featured above, was the first research facility in the United States. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. says Mr. Keely. This is the highest percentage of seniors who have gone out of state in recent Glenbard West history. When it comes to school size, it is all about preference. There are plenty of benefits and detriments to both large and small schools. For example, large schools provide a lot of classes held in lecture halls with a hundred plus students, while small schools provide a small student-to-faculty ratio, allowing you to have more oneon-one help with your teachers. A benefit to larger schools is their tendency to offer more specialized majors than smaller schools. The best advice college students can give is that you should visit the school. When going on a college visit, students receive a very good view
of what their day to day life would be like if they were to go there. Be sure to research the school, and have questions prepared for administrators or current students. Visiting students can also see if the size of the school fits what they thought they wanted. Many students think they know what they want but end up changing their mind after a visit. Choosing a college is supposed to be a fun experience. It’s not meant to be 100% stressful. To make the decision-making process less stressful, have a good idea of what you are looking for, do your research, and get out there and explore.
‘Justice League’ disappoints through disjointed tone, predictable plot, terrible studio leadership By PJ Knapke ’19 Contributing Writer
Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began its meteoric ascent in 2008, DC Comics has always been on the catch-up. Year after year, Marvel was producing hit after hit, with billions of dollars in box office gross streaming in. After five years, DC decided to start their own extended universe, releasing Man of Steel in 2013. While it came with a mediocre reception (55% on Rotten Tomatoes), there was certainly promise in the franchise, as DC held the rights to many legendary characters, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Next on the docket was Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a prospect that looked too big to fail. However, it was quite the opposite. The 2016 film was a complete travesty, with a woeful 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and a disappointing $330 million domestic box office. Following the release of Suicide Squad late that year (which, by the way, was somehow even worse), many fans lost all hope of an exciting DC superhero universe. The commitment to the visually and conceptually dark style, terrible dialogue, and lack of humor was simply confusing and highly unsuccessful as a whole. With all of this in mind, the next film for DC moving into 2017 was Wonder Woman, and many fans were hopeful that the differing perspectives from the superhero norms would bring something exciting to the screen in the DCEU. For the first time, these hopes were satisfied. Wonder Woman blew the rest of the DC films away, coming in as the second highest grossing film of the summer and bringing in an otherworldly 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Just six months after that, DC released Justice League. And it’s bad. It opened to less than $100 million on its first weekend, somehow even less than the first movie of the universe, Man of Steel. While it is bad, it is not nearly as unwatchable as some of DC’s previous failures and is lousy for different reasons. Directed by Zack Snyder and a little bit by Joss Whedon, the plot goes as follows: motivated by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless actions, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound comrade Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work swiftly to assemble a team to stand against this newly awakened foe. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes - Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the Flash (Ezra Miller) - it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, and others are also featured. Let’s start with when it works. There are a few moments scattered throughout the plot that actually use humor effectively. For example, the so-called “Lasso of Truth” owned by Wonder Woman is used well throughout the film in
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subtle ways. The action is decent at some points and there are a few intriguing subplots here and there. But other than that, there’s not much else. The performances across the board were suboptimal at best. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was fine, but the environment of the film did not suit her as well as in Wonder Woman. Ben Affleck is a decent Bruce Wayne but a terrible Batman, as throughout the film he was clunky and slow and seemingly unnecessary to any fight. The decision to make the Flash a lonely version of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory was entirely strange and Ezra Miller comes off as unfunny and predictable in the role (though I don’t entirely blame him for this). Jason Momoa is a more difficult one to judge, as he pulled off what the producers and directors were seemingly going for, but what they were going for was terrible. For whatever reason they decided Aquaman should be a drunk, Californian surfer-bro bonehead who only says stupid things. Ray Fisher as Cyborg is fine, but the character is just uninteresting as of right now and has little backstory. Not only were the good guys boring, but the bad guy was especially atrocious. The main villain was Steppenwolf, a devil-like entity that was basically supposed to be a simple physical representation of evil. Not only was the character monotonous and boring, the dubbing on all of his dialogue (all of which was obvious and dumb) was terrible, resulting in mouth movements that did not match up with anything he said. Plus, you would think that for their big blockbuster superhero-team film, DC would bring out the big guns in terms of villains. For hardcore DC fans, villains like Darkseid or Brainiac would have raised the stakes significantly and made the story more interesting as a whole. Marvel is known for their bad villains, and DC failed to take advantage of the opportunity to claim a victory in that realm. Every superhero film nowadays is filled with computer-generated backdrops and special effects. Sometimes they are visually striking, and sometimes they look like jumbled watercolor paintings made by four-year-olds. This film lies somewhere in the middle: not great, but not ter-
rible. There is one particular scene in the opening seconds of the film where the CGI is frankly appalling. Other than that, it is not particularly noticeable, which I guess you could say is a minor success; however, their reliance on the medium is overdone and fails to capture the epic nature of the characters’ quests. The storyline was full of predictable plot points and basic coming-together moments that failed to have any real effect. Some of the moments that were intended to be surprising or exciting completely failed to hit their mark, as everything leading up to those scenes made it clear that they would happen (sorry for the vagueness, but I don’t want to spoil anything, even if it’s not worth watching). Everything that happened throughout the film went exactly as expected, and the events were very archetypal and commonplace in simple good vs. evil stories. By this point, you may be asking how DC could have possibly screwed up a movie with such iconic characters like Batman and Wonder Woman. Well, there is some important backstory to that. From the outset, the director who was slated to take the helm of Justice League was Zack Snyder, who directed previous DCEU films Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman. Up to that point, he had committed to a style that was gritty and dark, and for the most part lacked humor. For a small population of diehard fans, they wanted to see this continue, as it was legitimately original in the cinematic superhero universe. And for a while, it seemed that would be the case. Production of the film began in April of 2016, and Snyder seemed to be continuing that style as it had been, staying consistent with his previous films. However, the executives and producers at DC and Warner Brothers recognized that they were significantly behind Marvel in their cinematic superhero quest. Because of this, they decided that unoriginality was the best medicine, and the decision to bring Joss Whedon - director and writer of The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron - into the mix was made a few months into production. These executives believed that if they could copy the so-called
“Marvel formula” to a T, then their film would be successful. Whedon began late in the process and wrote some scenes that would be done in re-shoots in an attempt to add some uncharacteristic and poorly written humor to the film. Not long after Whedon was brought on, Zack Snyder stepped down from the project as he dealt with an extremely unfortunate and tragic family event regarding the suicide of his daughter, and Whedon was given the reins in his absence. This is where the film began to suffer from major tonal dissonance. Many of the “humorous” scenes were forced and often unfunny, and in turn jumbled the tone of the film and caused it to barely resemble the ideas that had been built since the beginning of the universe in 2013. While it can be argued that Snyder and Whedon should be the main reasons for the failure, I would argue that the frankly senseless and callous executives at DC and Warner Brothers should shoulder the majority of the blame. Obviously, they feared another critical and financial failure, yet they still poured up to $300 million into the production of the film, giving it little hope of being a relative success in the first place. In addition, they tasked the directors with a strict runtime of 2 hours or less, as they feared length would restrict box office earnings. This caused the film to speed through almost the entire set-up of the film at the beginning, with most shots lasting less than 10 seconds at most. Because of this decision, the first 40 minutes of the film are a jumbled mess that is nearly incoherent. However, their most heinous act came with their heartless treatment of the situation involving Zack Snyder. The director had experienced possibly the worst tragedy any parent could think of, and understandably stepped down with a decent percentage of the film’s production left to go. Instead of pushing back the release of the movie (which they should have done anyways why would you release this in late November?), the decision makers at DC and Warner Brothers couldn’t possibly wait for their big pay-day, handing the director’s chair to Whedon and giving him full creative power of the remaining finishing touches and all of the re-shoots. While Whedon should have thought to continue Snyder’s vision, the executives in charge should have never allowed this to happen in the first place. Regardless of whether or not they thought what Snyder had done to that point was terrible, the people in charge should have realized that completely changing the tone of the film 85% of the way into production would never work. It is the culmination of these bad executive decisions and directorial mistakes that resulted in the box office and critical failure of Justice League. While it was not nearly as bad as some of the previous atrocities of the DC Extended Universe, Justice League was undoubtedly a failure and DC will have to reconsider how they want to approach their superhero universe in the future. If I had to give it a grade, it would be a lowly D-.
Preview into Glenbard West Theater’s Black Box 2018! By Amanda Muchmore ’19 Contributing Reporter A popular set of shows the student body has the opportunity to come and enjoy in the winter is a duo of plays known as Black Box. I’m here to lay the groundwork for these highly anticipated performances displayed in the upcoming year of 2018. Let’s see what the contributing members of Black Box have to offer. First, allow me to describe what Black Box is and the set up behind these shows. Black Box is a student-written, student-directed, and student-performed group of plays ranging in genre from dramas to comedies and even to musicals. Each show is performed in the room known as “the Black Box,” home to Intro to Theater classes and the theater improv group (TOG) performances. This environment allows for a certain amount of intimacy to be shared between the audience and the cast members themselves. In this room, you experience the play performed right in front of your eyes: lights shining, students acting, and crowds applauding for the excellent work displayed.
This year, Black Box contributors are preparing two shows for the student body: That’s so 80s and Dear Everyone. That’s so 80s is a musical about an unlikely romance between two people from two seemingly different worlds. The show was written by Grace Centeno and Grace Bouton and is directed by Anna Huibregtse and Lily Shorney. Cast members for That’s So 80s include Matt Hoerster, Kate Nalon, Grady McDonnell, Jackson Rench, Julia Lane, Molly Stutelberg, Griffin Murphy, and Mia Corrado. The second performance for this year’s upcoming Black Box is titled Dear Everyone. Dear Everyone is a drama about a girl who committed suicide and the story is told by her best friend. Kelly Maganini wrote the play and both Kyle Drexler and Josh Reifel are the directors. The cast for Dear Everyone is made up of four students: Grace Metcalf, Brennan Cairns, Emma Razcka, and Ellie Tolman. These shows are fast approaching and will be performed Wednesday through Friday on January 24th through the 26th. You definitely do not want to miss what these writers, directors, and performers have to offer!
Kate Nalon and Matt Hoerster (above) are cast members in the Black Box production of That’s so 80s, which opens on Jan. 24. Photo by Julia Lane ’19.
Did you know that DC’s next movie will be Aquaman? It comes out December 21, 2018!
Opinion & Entertainment
College athletes deserve compensation from NCAA
MaryBeth Feeley ‘18 Contributing Writer Editorial
The college sports industry is huge, generating large amounts of money; however, college athletes, those who are an integral part of the industry, are not able to earn compensation outside of scholarships. The National College Athletic Association’s rules state that if a college-bound student-athlete is paid for appearing in a commercial or receives an endorsement before or after he or she is accepted at an NCAA member school, his or her eligibility could be affected. The question is, if organizations like the Big Ten and the NCAA are allowed to sell broadcast times to sponsors, why can’t the individual athletes get sponsorships? The teams which the athletes play for are able to be sponsored by companies like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, however the individuals would lose their eligibility if they receive sponsorships. According to Cork Gaines’ article titled “The 27 schools that make at least $100 million in college
sports,” in The Business Insider, the college sports industry generates $11 billion in annual revenues. Texas A&M tops the list, making over $180 million in revenue during the 2015 fiscal year. This revenue come from numerous sources, including ticket sales, sponsorship rights, and the sale of broadcast rights. According to Tim Parker’s article in Investopedia, the NCAA recently sold broadcast rights to its annual men’s basketball tournament for upwards of $770 million per season. In addition, the Big Ten Conference has launched its own television network that sells airtime to sponsors during the broadcast of its football and men’s basketball games. The expansive revenue of college sports helps to pay NCAA executives, athletic directors and coaches. According to Will Hobson and Steve Rich’s article in the Washington Post, in 2011, NCAA members paid their association president, Mark Emmert, $1.7 million. Head football coaches at the 44 NCAA Bowl Championship Series schools received on average $2.1 million in salaries. According to Teddy Greinstein’s
article in the Chicago Tribune, Alabama’s head football coach, Nick Saban, will be paid more than $11 million in 2017. However, college athletes cannot earn any of this revenue that is generated by their own work. Many argue that college athletes are compensated enough with their scholarships to high quality universities. However, a 2011 report entitled “The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport” confirms that 85 percent of college athletes on scholarship live below the poverty line. Allowing athletes to earn money through sponsorships will give some student athletes a muchneeded supplemental income. The NCAA defends its no-sponsorship rules on several grounds. First, they classify college athletes as amateurs. According to the NCAA on their website, the collegiate model of sports is centered on the fact that those who participate are students first and not professional athletes, therefore cannot earn compensation in any form. In addition, the NCAA claims that allowing student-athletes to be sponsored and therefore paid by out-
siders, would destroy competitive balance in college sports. In reality, allowing paid sponsorships may actually restore competitive balance. Now, the biggest and richest universities are able to provide athletes with the highest quality amenities. If athletes are able to be compensated by other businesses and not the school they attend, there would be incentives for other schools outside of the amenities that the bigger schools are able to offer. In 2016, Emmanuel Mudiay, an all-American basketball player, skipped college to play professional basketball in China for a year. He was able to make $1.2 million by skipping college and is now in the NBA. It is clear that some athletes are realizing the faults in the NCAA system, so the NCAA must make a change. It is hard to agree with big-time NCAA executives when their argument against allowing student-athletes to be sponsored arises mainly from greed and self-interest. Allowing paid sponsorships for college athletes is fair and should be allowed.
5 of the Best Life Lessons from Your Favorite Netflix Shows By Julia Lane ’19 Entertainment Editor
gether to help her return the boy. This example, though not legal, teaches us the evFor the many of us who er-present lesson of "family frequently sit at home binge- comes first." watching Netflix for hours upon end, we may not realize Stretch Your Mind’s that our favorite shows have Limits: Criminal Minds some of the most valuable puts the limits of mental inlife lessons. As we laugh, telligence to the test in each cry, and relate to the charac- episode. All of the agents ters, we also learn from their must put their minds tomesmerizing storylines. gether to create profiles that In my last article, I track down fugitives on the touched on lessons found in loose. Though the extent TV shows like FRIENDS, of their knowledge may The Office, and Grey’s Anat- be more advanced than omy. This time around, I will some of us, we can still delve into even more of the strive to stretch our minds the tips that your favorite a little more every day. Netflix shows have to offer. Never Lose Hope: All Always Stand Behind Stranger Things fans know Your Family: The Gallagh- the struggle that Joyce faced ers, living on the south side when she was the only perof Chicago, face new chal- son who still believed her lenges every day. Though son was alive after he disthey may not always get appeared. Despite being along, the family on Shame- thought of as a lunatic by less always remain loyal to many people. she persisted each other, no matter what. and searched for her son In season one, the youngest with every last hope she had. sister Debby accidentally Eventually, Will returned kidnaps their neighbor, and home safely, all because the . whole family comes to- his mom never lost hope.
Season 2 of Stranger Things is currently available on Netflix. Photo courtesy of Netflix.
Never Underestimate the Importance of Laughing: The misfit group of four roommates on New Girl are well known for their ability to make each other and their audience laugh until they cry. In the midst of pain and obstacles each day, humor is extremely healing. Nick, Jess, Schmidt, and Winston show us this in each episode, never failing to lift each others’ spirits with comedy.
Keep Your Priorities in Check: Black Mirror expands the boundaries of societal norms by depicting an alternate reality where technology is largely prioritized. Not only this, but technology is so advanced that it begins to take a toll on humans’ everyday lives. This gripping series gives audiences a glimpse into the possible consequences technology may have in the near future, if our pri-
orities are not checked. You may have not even realized the power that your favorite Netflix shows have in portraying some of the best advice you will ever receive within their plots. So the next time you settle in to marathon The Office or any other show that strikes your fancy, look out the lessons that may just change your life.
Did you know Texas A & M made the most money off of college sports ($192.6 million) of any college in 2016?
The art of henna from its ancient origins to now By Aliyah Mohiuddin ’18 Features Editor Many people know of henna as a form of body art similar to a temporary tattoo, but few know the origin of the art and tradition surrounding it. Henna has been around for centuries as both a creative outlet and a traditional form of art used for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, and various holidays. Specifically, the art form has been practiced for centuries throughout India, Pakistan, the Middle East, and Africa. With each culture comes a different artistic technique. According to PBS’s Independent Lens, henna - or mehndi, in India - features floral and thin patterns, while in the Middle East, hinna showcases large and exuberant floral patterns. In Africa, the art is more vivid and geometric. According to Carine Fabius, author of Mehndi: The Art of Henna Body Painting, henna was primarily used as a method of cooling off in the hot desert climate. Gradually, the use shifted to encompass an artistic element. Only more recently (since the 90s) has the art been popularized in the West, brought into mainstream culture by celebrities and artists such as Madonna and Gwen Stefani. The reddish-brown paste originates from a plant known as the henna plant and is applied to the skin in swirling, intricate designs. While it is commonly seen on the hands and feet, it can also
Now used for more decorative purposes, hennas can be applied to the hands, feet, nails and even hair. Used with permission from Noushin Ajmeri.
be applied to nails, hair, or used for medicinal purposes as an herb to treat small stomach pains and headaches. Once applied, a one-hour dry period is recommended before washing it off. The longer it is left on, the darker the stain at the end. The end design usually can last one to two weeks before fading. Although the art appears to be beautiful and effortless, it is considered by many to be difficult to master and gen-
erally hard to apply without some help from an expert. In speaking with a former Glenbard West student and self-taught henna artist Zainab Naveed, she states, “It took me almost six to seven years to be good, and I am still practicing.” She further explains, “I started my business four years ago when I thought this could be one of the ways I could save money for college.”
Coming up with new ideas for designs and patterns is sometimes a challenging process as well. “I usually get inspired by henna designs done by experts. I try those and go with the flow,” says Zainab. Usually one can find salons and local shops that will do it for a small payment, but even more recently henna has become a highly sought-after artistry with various people advertising their craft across social media and promoting their business through platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Zainab herself describes using this marketing tool to reach out to potential clients. “In the beginning I gave a lot of discounts and packages, and that is how people found out about my work,” says Zainab. Although the art has become common and admired by people everywhere, Wareesha Syed, a sophomore at Glenbard West and fellow henna artist, finds that “usually people get it done for weddings and religious holidays.” Simply as a spectator to the design, it’s easy to admire the final product, but as an actual artist, Wareesha says the best part is “finishing it and watching how it turns out.” One tip that Zainab says is extremely important is “to have a really good henna paste.” She advises that some specific henna pastes come out really light when dry and that the best paste will leave the darkest stain. While the process of learning henna is difficult, there is one fact for certain: the art as a whole can be appreciated by all.
Three resource centers eager to guide, help students By Joey Romo ’18 Contributing Writer If a student starts the year on the wrong foot, the climb back to stability can be both rigorous and time consuming. With the challenging curriculum West has to offer, some students are caught off guard and fall off easily. Luckily, along with its tough courses, Glenbard West has many resources to help its students. Students can easily take advantage of the opportunities West provides to get back on track. West Staff are always willing to help, and all teachers have resource periods designated for students to come in to get help. However, sometimes students want to seek a different kind of environment for support. Therefore, Glenbard West has assembled various learning centers for certain subjects in order to provide a welcoming environment whilst tutoring students so that they may reach their maximum potential in each class. A well-known center that has been part of West is the after-school program, STRIVE. For the past 20 years, Mrs. Kaminski, coordinator of STRIVE, along with various staff members, have been helping students with their homework. Mrs. Kaminski describes STRIVE as a place where students “have the opportunity to get one-on-one support with their homework from a faculty member, get their work completed, and above all, ask questions.” Most students get a referral to the after-school support center, however, this year anyone can drop in and get support - and have faculty eager to help them. Another help center that is available is
the newly created writing center, the Write Place, located in room 400. This resource allows students to be paired up with a writing tutor, each trained by Mr. Whitman, a writing specialist. Students can either stop by or make an appointment, and the tutors will “deliver help or assistance for any student in any stage of the writing process,” as Mr. Whitman states. They provide support on any writing assignment, however they can also aid on writing pieces outside of the classroom, such as a personal writing endeavor - from college essays to short creative stories. Mr. Whitman believes students should come to the Write Place solely for the fact that “everyone needs an editor, not just one for proofreading or grammar, but to have someone to talk to, in order to help communicate their ideas.” Classes today are fairly large, so it is a challenge for the teacher to cater to everyone. Therefore going into the Write Place is very beneficial, as you get one-on-one support from a fellow student - thus creating a more comfortable environment. Another great spot and environment is the AP Resource Center. Run by Ms. Morse, a specialist in Calculus and AP Physics, it is a place where “kids who are in AP courses can come and study, and have the opportunity to work in groups to collaborate on topics and assignments in their own course.” Students work together to help each other in each class, all while building a tight-knit community of AP Students. This secure environment attracts students from all levels, from freshmen to seniors. Gavin Boyle, senior, and frequent visitor to the AP Resource
Mrs. Morse (left) helps students with homework during 6th period in the AP Resource Center. The AP Resource Center is open all lunch periods every day on the third floor bridge to anyone in an AP course. Photo by Joey Romo’ 18.
Center, describes the community as “a great place to get my work done and overall feel determined to face my AP classes.” Whether it is working amongst your peers, or getting help from Ms. Morse, the AP Resource Center is yet another useful option to help students get back on track. Above all, this is only a glimpse of what Glenbard West has to offer for its students. Faculty wants to see students succeed, therefore they give more than enough opportunities for students to take advantage of. As Write Place Tutor, Kelly Ngo, states,
“Our school gives students more than enough ways to excel in class, not many do, and it’s a shame, as each of them are great resources that students can easily take advantage of.” Take initiative! In order to succeed in school and in life, one must take the first step forward. Walking through the doors of any of our help centers can possibly be one of the best decisions for a struggling student.
Did you know henna has been used for over 5,000 years?