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The Academy behind The Academy Awards By Lindsey Coleman ’12 Staff Writer

the box office. It is not the money or the fan reviews that get a title into the The time is upon us, it’s golden envelope, however. the exciting award season! The nominees and winners Whether an actor, director, of every Academy or simple admirer of Award are chosen the silver screen, award through an extensive season is exciting for network of people all parties involved. in The Academy of Starting with the Motion Picture Golden Globes and Arts and concluding with Sciences. the Oscars, the Starting in award season is early 1927, famous for being the concept of a glamorous time an organization for all involved to benefit in film, music, the entire and entertainment. film industry The Oscars, or was created. Academy Awards, In May of 1927, have been known the Academy for years as one of received a state the most prestigious charter to begin award shows. a non-profit Year after year, organization in nominees from every hopes to benefit the corner of the industry entire film industry. strut down the red To date, it has over carpet in elegant gowns 6,000 members. or tuxedoes at the Kodak Within the Theater in Hollywood Academy, there for an extravagant night are fifteen general dedicated to branches the year’s most for each talented and separate accomplished category group of of awards. people in film. The largest Many of the branch is the nominated actor films, actors, directors, and crew m e m b e r s The legendary Oscar is given out to those who win at h a v e the Academy Awards. Picture courtesy of film.ri.gov touched the lives of viewers, along branch with 1,183 members, with making large profits at and the smallest is the

The red carpet was rolled out for The Academy Awards last month at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Picture courtesy of longtake.org/kodak.

makeup artist and hairstylist branch with 118 members. Each branch is composed of members and one head chair. According to the Oscars’ website, these branch members are the individuals who vote on the nominees and winners of every Academy Award. In each branch, three representatives are chosen to embody their specific branch. These individuals make up the board of governors. They decide who is in charge of corporate management and day-today affairs of the Academy. The Academy’s board of governors is also in charge of selecting new members for their respective branch. In order to qualify to be inducted into any of the branches, one must be recommended by the board due to one’s achievement and distinction in the arts and

sciences of motion pictures. During the winter months, ballots are sent to active Academy members and are due back to PricewaterhouseCoopers, a prominent accounting firm, by January. Members then come

recipients. Not even the voters from the Academy know the results until the seal on the golden envelope is broken. Since the foundation of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars have been

“The Academy is an honorary membership organization whose ranks now include more than 6,000 artists and professionals.” together and select the nominees for each of the categories. The nominees are then announced the third week in January, and the final ballots are once again mailed out and due back the Saturday before the big night. To add to the already suspenseful night, according to the Oscars’ website, only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the final Award

known as a celebration of some of the brightest and most talented people and partnerships in Hollywood. What many people fail to realize, however, is the amount of collaboration and work that goes into making the Oscars the elegant night that it is. And the winner is… Quote courtesy of film.ri.gov.

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New season of Idol brings plenty of excitement By Maddie Lupori ’14 and Abi Murphy ’14 Staff Writers

The American Idol season has commenced once again with many new changes and improvements. The biggest change in Idol’s most current season: the judging panel. Simon Cowell, Idol’s most famed original judge, announced last year that he would not be returning for another season. Also

not returning this season is judge Kara DioGaurdi, who came to the show at the start of its’ eighth season. Despite some speculation that the American Idol production would be forever damaged by that absence of some of the show’s high-profile judges, the newest judging additions have proven that the show is capable of existence without them. The powerful

threesome of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson has captured the attention of returning and

Morgan. Morgan could feel a few raindrops land on her shoulders and run down her jacket as she walked through the front doors of the school. The Academy had a stately appearance that emphasized the proud attitudes of the students who attended. As Morgan passed under the portrait of Sr. Wallace Valley, she shuddered a little under his severe, stony gaze. Looking at her watch, Morgan saw she had time to grab some breakfast from the cafeteria before her first class. The morning classes were terrible for Morgan. There was a pop quiz in English, which Morgan was sure she failed. She finally got her history paper back and was less than pleased by the grade. And for the umpteenth time, the opulent kids made sure to point out that Morgan was only there because of her scholarship. By the time lunch came around, Morgan was in a very sour mood. She slammed her tray down at the table and began eating her pizza, scowling darkly. A few minutes later, Julia, Morgan’s

best friend, sat down. “Rough day?” she asked with concern. “You have no idea,” Morgan replied and she recounted her morning to Julia. “I’m sure everything will work out,” Julia said. “And you’re just on edge because it is raining.” Morgan did hate the rain and as she looked back, she noticed nothing happened that was too terrible. “I guess you’re right.” Morgan said to Julia. “I can give you ride home if you want,” Julia offered as the bell signaled the end of lunch. “Thanks. I’ll see you after school,” Morgan said. Morgan did really like Valley High. She had all sorts of opportunities she wouldn’t have had in the city’s public schools. And the kids who weren’t snobs were actually pretty nice. With the promise of a ride home, Morgan left the cafeteria with a slightly more positive attitude. After all, surely her bad day couldn’t last much longer. Morgan could not have been more wrong. “Morgan Lavia to the guidance office, please,”

new viewers alike. Auditions for Idol’s most current season began early last summer in cities across the nation.

Among audition cities like New Orleans, New Jersey and Milwaukee, many eager hopefuls came out in an effort to advance to the next level: the esteemed Hollywood week. Watch American Idol 7:00 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.

Secrets and suspense: The Mystery of Valley Academy By Emma Wilgenbusch ’14 Staff Writer

Valley Academy had quite a tradition. Founded by Sr. Wallace Valley, the high school had become a very prestigious school in the city. The Academy flaunted its prominent reputation, as seen in the grand front entrance and the rolling lawns that looked as though the grass had been painted. The students who attended Valley Academy passed under a floorto-ceiling portrait of Sr. Wallace Valley as they walked through the front doors. One such student was Morgan Lavia. It was common knowledge that the rich snobs of the city sent their kids to Valley Academy. At least that is what Morgan thought. She was there on a scholarship and called very few her friends. Morgan was walking to school one day in early spring. Most of the snow had melted, but there were still piles of gray snow at the edge of the parking lots. The gray sky was ominous and threatened a big storm, which meant a long, wet walk home for

squawked the intercom. Morgan got up from her seat in Physics, grabbed her bag, and walked to the office, wondering what they were going to talk to her about. She gave her name to the secretary and sat down in the rickety chair to wait. The office had a tiny waiting room with two chairs, one of which Morgan was sitting in, and the secretary’s desk which was much too big for the space. The walls were painted a dull, puke-colored yellow. The secretary spoke into the phone, telling the guidance counselor Morgan was

there. After a few minutes, the guidance counselor, Mrs. Brown, came out of her office and said, “Morgan, why don’t you have a seat in my office?” Morgan got up wearily and took a seat in front of Mrs. Brown’s desk while Mrs. Brown closed the door behind her. “Morgan,” Mrs. Brown began, “I have some very disappointing news. Your scholarship has been withdrawn and you are no longer a student here at Valley Academy.” To

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Rime witch reaps havoc in Glenbard: Play review of ‘Rose and the Rime’ By Samantha Moriarty ’13 Sarina Grande ’13 Staff Writers Radio Falls, a small town in Michigan, has been under a winter spell for almost a generation. The constant blizzard over the town is a curse that was bestowed upon it by the evil Rime Witch. Trapped in their town, the citizens have one last hope; their faith lies in a young girl named Rose. On her journey to stop the Rime Witch, she discovers that some things are never meant to be changed. Rose and the Rime was a unique experience that

everyone in the school that we’ve done so far.” most of the props as well Because there were so as the special effects. hopefully experienced. Another actor in the play, The actors were able to few props, the characters acted as sophomore Bob Garvey, show their inner talents in this themselves explained, performance, “The show and the show has so little was unlike dialogue, any other. because of Junior Colin this each Sapienza, one character is of the actors needed to be in the play apart of this commented, success.” “It’s so Since there different was very little than what conversation, we’ve done the actors in the past, had to act it’s the most Rose (Maddie Brady) and Charlie (Colin Spienza) perform in Rose and the through unique show Rime. Photo by Grant Karolich

Oprah Winfrey’s twenty-five year reign concludes, or does it?

behind the scenes. The first show that OWN premiered on January 1, 2011 was “The Oprah Winfrey In 2009, people Show: Season 25 across the nation were Behind the Scenes.” shocked to hear that Oprah showcased the Oprah Winfrey would antics of the making of be ending her twenty the show and the stresses five year run on “The this mega- woman has Oprah Winfrey Show.” to deal with on a daily Since 1986, Oprah basis. Through Oprah’s has made a name for success, she herself by charming has brought audiences daily other popular with her emotional, television hilarious, and personalities entertaining to the interviews and forefront, adventures. For including Dr. twenty-three Phil, Suzy consecutive Orman, and seasons, “The Oprah Dr. Oz. All Winfrey Show” has of whom will been the number be featured one talk show in on the OWN America and has network. touched the lives With “The of many viewers. Photo courtesy of http://www.highschooljournalism.org. Oprah Winfrey Along with being an inspiring TV through the new Oprah Show” winding down personality, Oprah has Winfrey Network, and OWN network used her status and known as OWN. Oprah’s gaining success, fans wealth for the greater transition from talk show should not fear Oprah they good by opening an host to network owner withdrawals, academy for women and was an obvious career will be seeing plenty girls in South Africa, move for this successful of her in the future. as well as creating woman. She did it in The Oprah Winfrey the best way she knew Foundation, a not-for- how: take the audience By Bizzy Emerson ’14 Kaitlin Emerson ’12 Staff Writers

profit organization. As a young woman, Oprah found herself in times of trouble and her past motivated her to do good for people in the same position. Although “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is coming to an end, fans will still be able to connect with their favorite talk show host

movements instead of their words. Though the plot of the play may have seemed unrealistic to our modern lives, the cast disagreed. One of the cast members, junior Malcolm McGuire, added, “It’s a fairy-tale that displays so much emotion, it contains concepts that are new and very relatable.” The audience not only was able to enjoy this performance because of the remarkable acting and appealing plot, but also because it was applicable to our daily lives. Rose and the Rime was a dazzling show.

Maniac macramé madness: Spring style in a nutshell By Haleema Mansoor ’12 Staff Writer

bottoms (flared jeans)– Skinny jeans will always be in style no matter what, it’s a classic. However, bell bottoms give a more unique look to your outfit. Try it if you wish to take a risk! Pair it with a cute T-shirt. Stripes – Stripes are always in for spring. Classic navy and white stripes are extremely popular. Pair a striped top with a long pencil skirt. The belt purse –If you don’t need a huge purse, then leather belt purses are sophisticated and give a look some more detail. It’s best when placed at the waist. You can pair a belt purse with a long, flowing maxi dress or a simple sweater.

A new year means a fabulous new style for you! Spring 2011 is all about lots of nice detail, bold colors, and lace clothing. Be in style with these chic fashion trends! Lace clothing - It isn’t a new style. However, it has definitely evolved like most other trends. Dresses and skirts with lace added to them make a plain dress look classy and feminine (though not too girly for the more casual dressers). Macramé – What in the world is macramé, you ask? Macramé is elaborately patterned lace-like webbing made of h a n d knotted cord or yarn. It is usually found in items such as ropes and leather. Macramé is usually paired with sweaters because of the way it is knitted. Try this new trend and make a s t a t e m e n t ! Photo by Kate Marxkors ‘14 and Modelling by Lauren Estes ‘13. B e l l

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Glenbard N. student sees her dream in as teen author By Lauren Estes ’13 Staff Writer S.E. Hinton, Christopher Paolini, and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes: all of these successful writers share the common attribute that they were teen authors. Becoming an author is a challenging endeavor, and, even more so, becoming a teen author is simply astounding, yet it has been done. N i c h o l e Pientka, a senior at Glenbard North, recently added her novel Blood Bond to the ranks of Eragon and The Outsiders. Blood Bond is a novel about the struggle of

diversity in a paranormal setting; it is a fantasy and adventure story with a twist. One thing is for sure, this is definitely not your typical teenage vampire novel. Pientka published her book through a publishing website called Lulu.com. This is a free

publishing website where she receives the profits if she earns over twenty dollars in sales. When asked about her self-publishing, Pientka commented enthusiastically, “I want to find a literary agent but I feel self-

publishing worked well for me considering where I am now as a high school student.” It takes a lot of drive and perseverance to adhere to the challenges of becoming a writer. For Pientka, she decided on this path when she was eleven years old because she had several teachers who strongly encouraged her. Her former teacher, Mrs. McArdle, who passed away due to lung cancer, truly pushed her to become a better writer and left an imprint on her life. Today, Pientka uses writing

as a form of expression and for enjoyment. “Writing is something fun that helps me let my emotions out,” she reveals about her own personal motives. Pientka plans to continue writing in college and to see where the future leads her, though she is currently working on another novel. Her advice to other aspiring teen writers is to, “Keep writing! Find adults to support you. I learned that self publishing is not all it’s cracked up to be, though it can be helpful. I recommend finding a literary agent.” Pientka’s story serves as an inspiring guide for writersto-be. Who knows, maybe someday a current Glenbard West student will become the next modern best-seller!

Reduction in home phone usage as cell phones become more dominant By Frances Smith ’13 Staff Writer

Currently, one of the major changes in technology is the transition from home phone usage to more advanced communication devices. In recent years, a significant decrease has occurred in the percentage of people who use house phones. This may be attributed to a couple of factors, the main one being the increase in cellphone usage. House phones have a disadvantage to cell phones because, when calling a cell phone, the caller knows exactly who will be answering the phone –the person who the phone belongs to. Whereas when calling a residential phone line, the phone may be answered by anyone living at that home. When using a cell phone, it is easy to make a call because the user’s contacts are stored right in the device, not in a phone book or a computer, seeing as the process of looking up a phone number and making a call can be a hassle without the contact already programmed into the phone. Cell phones can also be used for texting, which has become a popular method of communication in recent years. By using text-messages, the need to speak on a home phone (or

any phone) is lowered. Essentially, cell phones are portable and personal unlike home phones. A less significant reason for the reduction in home phone landlines is that new technology other than cell phones –Skype, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.is now available to many people for communication. The bottom line for most non-home-phone-users is: Why have a home phone if you can use other communication methods or a cell phone anywhere, including your home? As for the future, we can expect to see this pattern of eliminating house phones continue, which is especially evident in post-college, young people who are living on their own for the first time. This young, post-college population does not always consider using residential landlines because they have relied solely on cellphones in college. Communication does change with time, as has been exhibited in the past with transitions between letters, telegraphs, home phones, pay phones, pagers, faxes, cell phones, and now Skype and other internet messaging systems.

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Ramblings for Readers: The eager wait for spring By Casey Nighbor ’11 Columnist

Staff Playlist: “My Backwards Walk” Frightened Rabbit -“Out of Time” A Day to Remember -“AM/FM Sounds” Matt & Kim -“Young Blood” The Naked & Famous -“If It Kills Me (Casa Nova Sessions)” Jason Mraz Weird WordKatzenjammer: anxiety or jitters

-1/3 cup sugar -5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted -3 large egg yolks -1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest -2/3 cup Key lime juice -1 cup sweetened condensed milk, (14 ounces) -1/4 cup heavy cream -2 Key limes, thinly sliced into half-moons

10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. (Leave oven on.)

2. Make filling: Put egg

Directions

1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir Learn a Word in…. together graham cracker Icelandic! crumbs, sugar, and Ást- love butter in a small bowl. Press evenly onto Recipe of the Month bottom of an 8-inch Key Lime Bars -1 plus 2 ½ Tablespoons square glass baking dish. Bake until dry and cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs golden brown, about

yolks and lime zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on high speed until very thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add condensed milk in a

slow, steady stream, mixing constantly. Raise speed to high; mix until thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add lime juice; mix until just combined. 3. Spread filling evenly over crust using a spatula. Bake, rotating dish halfway through, until filling is just set, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or overnight). 4. Cut into 2-by-2-inch bars. Put cream in the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the clean whisk attachment. Mix on medium-high

speed until stiff peaks form. Garnish bars with whipped cream and a slice of lime.

Random List of the Month: Top Ten Highest Grossing Movies 1. Avatar 2. Titanic 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man’s Chest 5. Toy Story 3 6. Alice in Wonderland 7. The Dark Knight 8.Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 9. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End 10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Read it and Weep: Elna Baker By Chris Baron ’11 Columnist

to only one woman! do I make that joke. I know, I know, the Her memoir, The New Church of Jesus Christ York Regional Mormon So I definitely thought of Latter Day Saints does Singles Halloween Dance that, with our lovely chronicles her journey winter break and more from London to NYU, than a month and a as well as the changes half, I would have both her body (she read a thousand books. lost a lot of weight) Hyperbole aside, I and spirituality (she did manage to read changes her mind about two books between Mormonism) undergo, my busy schedule of all with a lighthearted school, work, sleep, yet outright hilarious and… well, sleep. sense of humor. I read a memoir I bought it on a by Elna Baker, a Sunday at work, began Mexican-Mormon reading it at 3:30 PM, twenty-something and finished it by 10. comedienne, who, for Her narration and most of her young life, life is engrossing and was obese (she says humorous. Check it herself, I swear). it out- you won’t But she’s not your run- not condone polygamy, be sorry. A for sure. of-the-mill Mormon: and I know I’m being The next piece of she was raised in mildly offensive and literature (imagine I’m London and Spain, has stereotypical. But only speaking in an extremely a Mexican mother, and because Elna herself pokes haughty tone) I read was her father is married fun at her religious heritage This is Where I Leave You

by Jonathon Tropper. Judd Foxman, Tropper’s main character, is going through a rather nasty divorce following his wife’s affair

with his boss (which is explained in mildly graphic detail) when his father passes away. Never a religious man, Judd’s father, nonetheless, asks as his last request that his family sit shiva, the traditional Jewish

mortuary practice. The Foxman clan has not been all together in one place for years, and it reignites past issues and raises new ones that draw the reader in. Tropper tells what could be a completely depressing and serious story with remarkable insight and humor that come together to form a great book. The characters are real and believable, and they are all witty at the drop of a hat. I sure wish I was. However, the ending disappointed me a little bit; I was expecting something different, perhaps a little more modernist in style. I don’t know. I think I was just unhappy to see it end. Regardless, it was a flaw that I don’t think can be ignored. B-

Did you know... Africa is not always warm? The Nile River has frozen twice, the last time being a little under a thousand years ago.


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China’s economy: promising prosperity, stability for the future By Erik Barillari `14 Staff Writer

There has been much speculation about China’s growing superiority over the world economy and possibly their eventual surpassing of the United States. The subject can be worrying to most Americans; since 1944, the U.S. has had the largest GDP (Gross Domestic Product, otherwise recognized as the total amount of goods and services within a nation) of any country. It is commonly believed that the United States has maintained a fairly stable employment rate throughout its recent history. But in reality, this rate has shot up and down dramatically in every decade since 1940 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. In contrast, China’s

economy has steadily been rising ever since that same time and began skyrocketing in the 80s. This is mostly because of post-war industrialization, smart long-term investment, and the opening of China to new trade and markets. After World War II, the Chinese government pushed industrialization and successfully controlled inflation by watching budgets and the supply of money carefully. This resulted in wiping out many small businesses in the private sector, but was necessary to jumpstart a fairly primitive economy. After that, the government concentrated on drastic reforms concerning how the economy should be viewed, shifting from the communist norm to more pragmatic free-market solutions.

Foreign investment came in and China soon had a rock-steady foundation from which to expand. During the terrible Asian economic crisis of the 1990s, one of the few nations to come out unscathed was in fact China. Even though there was a sharp drop in exportation and decreased foreign investment, the government had built up large reserves of wealth prior to the breakout of the crisis, rationing it out in an effort to preserve the sheer amount of money in the country. Since then, China’s focus has drifted towards addressing unemployment, infrastructure revitalization and improved standards of living. All of these fields have been improving in the last few years, accompanied by unparalleled growth. Even

the economic crisis of 200809 was quickly smothered by a large stimulus plan enacted by the government. In comparison, the U.S. economy over the last fifty years has barely changed, retaining robust numbers in most fields of economics (labor, stock, GDP). Although unemployment has been disturbingly high recently, the real worry about the U.S. economy is that nearly 21% of all foreign-owned U.S. Treasury securities are owed to China. The Chinese are the largest creditors in the world, meaning they currently hold the most I.O.U.s from other countries. This is what sets China apart from other economic superpowers. They basically own large portions of wealth from other countries until debt is paid. If the debt cannot be

paid, the country defaults on its debt, their currency becomes worthless, starting a chain of crippling consequences, even war. Since the United States is the largest economy in the world, its complete collapse would signal quite possibly the worst economic event in history, namely because the U.S. would drag everyone down with it. The sudden rise of China was bound to happen after WWII due to its rapid industrialization. It is very possible that China’s seemingly dominant position over the world will at least begin to shrink over time, most likely when its debtors have paid down their loans and the interest is burned off. Judging by the sheer amount of debt, time it takes to negotiate, and China’s careful spending, that could be a very long time.

Chernobyl to open for tourism Metra bomb scare holds up daily communters By Rachel Warren `14 Staff Writer

people think about radiation poisoning, this is actually acute radiation exposure, On April 26, 1986, a a huge dose over short nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, amount of time. The other a nuclear power plant in the form of exposure is chronic Soviet Union, present-day and this is small doses Ukraine, exploded. Cities over long amounts of time, in a thirty-mile radius this may or may not cause around Chernobyl had to cancers or genetic defects.” be evacuated. Signs of the Blahut also said, “With radiation were detected as far the regulations they have for as Finland. nuclear power, About people do not t h i r t y need to fear people died them as much by the end as in the past.” of July This year, the same the sealed year. Some area around p e o p l e the reactor in who were Chernobyl is exposed going to be to the opened as a Photo courtesy of team.georgia.gov radiation of touring site. Chernobyl Yahoo! News have developed many types said, “A few firms now offer of cancer, a predominant tours to the restricted area, but one being thyroid cancer. the government says those To avoid any future threat tours are illegal and their of radiation poisoning, safety is not guaranteed.” Chernobyl is now concealed Travel routes that will in a concrete dome. be medically safe and Effects of radiation informative are starting to be poisoning can be either planned, but the exact date acute or chronic. According for the start of the tours has to Michael Blahut Jr., not been determined. If you who has worked at Illinois happen to be in Ukraine, try nuclear power plants in to visit Chernobyl and see Morris, Braidwood, and a part of history…when the LaSalle, stated, “When tours are legal, of course.

sprawling out everywhere. take rides home while others The discovery of this waited it out, arriving at their questionable object was destinations hours later than On the afternoon of kept quiet during the the scheduled arrival time. Glenbard West student January 14th, the 3:40 pm investigation, but the Metra outbound train, extreme backup of Metra sophomore, Cira Davis, headed for Elburn, was trains that night left many was stuck alone on a train directly behind the evacuated at the Glen Metra train with the Ellyn station due to package for half an the discovery of a hour before being suspicious package able to secure a ride by a passenger. home. When asked The passenger was how she felt during using the restroom the delay, Davis in Lombard when responded, “I was he noticed the kind of freaked out strange package Photo courtesy of dep.anl.gov because you never tucked between the handrail and the wall. He people questioning. In know how those things then alerted Andre Wrenn, order to keep panic and are going to turn out.” The suspicious package, a conductor on the Metra rumors under control, train, who proceeded to authorities did not tell the though it ended up inform the other Metra workers at Ogilvie Train being no real threat to employees and Glen Ellyn Station what was occurring. passengers’ safety, caused police. These authorities Some commuters decided many transportation issues made the call to evacuate to get off at earlier stops and and frustrations that day. the train while the bomb squad further investigated BEING AWARE MEANS BEING SAFE! the questionable package. 1.) Consider if you or anyone around you could possibly be a target of a threat. After many hours and 2.) Do not hesitate to suspect and turn in a piece of mail a handful of backed up or package that is out of the ordinary. trains, it was concluded 3.)Evacuate the area immediately. that the object discovered 4.) Parcel bombs are usually unprofessionally wrapped in the bathroom was not with several combinations of tape used to secure them, “an explosive or biological and may be endorsed “Fragile-Handle with Care” or threat,” according to the “Rush-Do Not Delay.” Glen Ellyn police. As 5.) Look for any peculiar bulges or shapes. described by Andre Wrenn, 6.) Alert the authority immediately and get yourself to a the contraption was two safe place. glass tubes with a lead pipe connecting them and wires By Abby Quaid `13 Staff Writer

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Accelerated aging in our Presidents?

Wrinkles, grey hair, and a mountain of stress are apparent in our Commanders in Chief By Kelly Molloy ’11 Staff Writer

President Obama, who Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Presidents tend to is now entering his third age two years faster every year in office, has already President year they’re in office. shown physical signs of

Dr. David L. Scheiner if he isn’t struggling from proclaiming that he was accelerated aging and in excellent condition for constant mental stress. Being the The difficult decisions his age. “He exercised of the United regularly, often, jogging and potential public States is indeed three miles. His own disagreement are all a stressful job, history included contributing factors to a no matter what intermittent cigarette President’s mental and your approval smoking. He has quit physical deterioration. rating is. Despite one’s political this practice on several Presidents occasions and is currently bias, it is clear that all throughout are hard using Nicorette gum with presidents the years are individuals success. His build was working constantly lean and muscular with who put forth their best facing difficult no excess body fat,” says efforts, sometimes so decisions that much that it takes a toll on Scheiner. can not only Since 2008, there hasn’t their mental and physical be stressful Former President George W. Bush aging from 2001 (left) to 2008 (right) been another health states. for a nation, but update on President equally stressful for the Elisa Epel of The accelerated aging due to Obama, but some wonder Commander in Chief. University of California the constant stress As the United States at San Fransisco also of being President. celebrates Presidents’ conducted Obama’s hair a study Day, Americans should comparing the stress level has already started recognize the strain, of mothers with children to turn grey, only devotion, and hard work with special needs and being in office for that Presidents go through found that the results of about a year. In to make our country a being the President and 2008, while still in better place. campaigning a mother were almost the After George W. Bush’s identical, according to The process, The presidency, and many Washington Post. Both Chicago Sun Times other presidents including groups showed physical released a statement Dwight D. Eisenhower, evidence of accelerated from Obama’s Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 (left) to 1961 (right) Franklin D. personal physician aging. Roosevelt, and Ronald Regan, all presidents showed definite signs of increased aging. Grey hair, excessive wrinkles, tired eyes, and only a slight smile all show the transformation a President goes through within four to eight years. Is this accelerated aging or a normal aging process? According to The Washington Post, Michael Roizen, chair of the Wellness


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The history of Presidents’ Day By Natalie Salo `12 Staff Writer When students and the work force acrossAmerica hear that Presidents’ Day is around the corner, everyone makes plans to have a relaxing day off or take a well-deserved road trip over the long weekend. But this national holiday is more meaningful than getting out of school or work. It is celebrated to honor the birthday of George Washington, the man who set positive precedents for leaders to follow. Despite the business of today’s society, it is important to reflect and pay tribute to what the forty-four American presidents have done for the country. Originally, this federal holiday was meant to honor the birthday

of George Washington, February 22, 1732, and was known to citizens as Washington’s Birthday. Being loved and admired by the country, every third Monday in February became a celebration of Washington’s existence in American politics. Yet, as the years passed by and countless presidents moved in and out of the White House, Washington was no longer the only important president. A man of equal

importance made his mark in history: Honest Abe. Lincoln’s presidency was extremely vital to the survival of the United States because his policies rebuilt the nation after the Civil War had torn it apart. In addition to his success in the post-Civil War era, he also is noted for his Emancipation Proclamation, which gave freedom to African Americans who had still not had the opportunity to escape the terror of slavery. T h e r e f o r e , Washington’s Birthday was no longer an appropriate title because there were other presidents who had

done just as much to improve America as he had done years before. Coincidently, Lincoln’s birthday fell ten days prior to Washington’s, giving Congress the idea to create a federal and national holiday in honor of both men in 1968. In 1971, Richard Nixon signed off on the new name,

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“Presidents’ Day,” making it official and valuable throughout the country. Now honoring all of the nation’s presidents, Presidents’ Day should be viewed as a day to give thanks and honor the unique politics the United States has because of these men who have lead our country for 234 years. So, go ahead and take that road trip and relax on the day off, but be appreciative and show gratitude by reflecting on what this national holiday is all about.


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Local animal shelter benefits from West club By Karl Hildner ’11 Staff Writer

Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you’ve heard their announcements on the West Wind. Maybe you’ve seen their signs in the halls. You’ve probably heard a lot about SFPA, but what is it? SFPA stands for Students For the Protection of Animals. Founded by Rebecca Liubicich and Anaïs Le Clainche, SFPA is Glenbard West’s extracurricular organization created for the benefit of animals. When I asked President and co-founder Rebecca Liubicich to describe SFPA in a nutshell, she told me, “SFPA is an organization dedicated to local animals by volunteering and donating to local animal shelters.” SFPA is an organization

focused on philanthropy. “SFPA works on projects that benefit local shelters and national animal charities,” said Le Clainche, “We’re wrapping up a project where we’ve been selling T-shirts designed by Emily Barry. The money is going to the National Audubon Society, which is helping animal life recover from the gulf oil spill.” Besides fund-raisers for wildlife charities, SFPA members volunteer at local animal shelters. “Many members volunteer at the Oak Park Animal Care League. Members mostly volunteer independently, going to the shelter when their schedule permits.” SFPA meets every week on Tuesdays at 7:10 in the morning. “We like to have our members come every week if they can,” said Liubicich. During the meeting,

the members discuss current activities, projects, or plans. “Meetings are fairly short,” said Le Clainche, “they normally last between 15 to 20 minutes long. We often swap animal stories in our spare time. They could either be in the news or personal.” SFPA is a growing club, but many people have connected with the ideals of the founders. “We have a core of 15 to 20 students who are quite devoted,” said Mr. Lindberg, SFPA’s sponsor. Near the end of my questioning, I asked the two founders, Rebecca Liubicich and Anaïs Le Clainche, and the sponsor, Mr. Lindberg, about animals on the endangered species list. Both Ms. Liubicich and Ms. Le Clainche both agreed that the rainforests were in the greatest danger. When I spoke to Mr. Lindberg, he told me,

common phrase, “I can’t go to college because my parents can’t afford to pay for it” discourages many, but people should begin to step out of such a mind-set because there are multiple ways to pay for two-year and four-year college or university. The four main ways to make sure you have some funds in place include financial aid through grants, work study programs, loans, and a variety of scholarships available based on need, merit, or both. One important thing to do as a senior is to fill out a FAFSA (Free

Application for Federal Student Aid) Application as soon as possible so you can secure the highest possible federal aid and assistance on time. Grants: This particular aid is free gift money that does not need to be repaid unlike student loans. Grants

“Large, charismatic animals that are poached for their fur and body parts (tigers, snow leopards, etc.) are at huge risk, as are the species of lesser ‘beauty’ that die off as palm oil plantations and livestock expansion increase in tropical areas.” Environmental disasters, animal abuse, and threatening

species with extinction are vile acts. SFPA is doing its best to make a difference and welcomes members who want to help. If you, too, want to fight threats to animals and the natural world, SFPA will be grateful for more support and give new or prospective members a warm welcome.

Ways to contribute: • • • • •

Donate to the Oak Park Animal Care League at animalcareleague.org Volunteer at a local shelter like the Animal Care League Purchase a T-shirt from SFPA to show your support Donate to the Audubon Society at audubon.org Come to a SPFA meeting to find out about other opportunities!

Smart money-saving options for college By Urooba Nizami ’12 Staff Writer

It’s hard to believe that the current seniors are one step closer to graduation, while the juniors are that much closer to taking on a year of college applications, classes, and all the shenanigans that come with college planning and financing. Nowadays, paying for college is tougher than ever before. However, with the proper tools and measures, you can definitely score a bright future and a successful life. The

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‘Woofin & Hoofin’ to help animal shelter with ‘Puppy Palooza’ at Beister Gym As the recession cuts deeper into budgets, local animal shelters are feeling the effects through decreasing funds and donations. The Woofin & Hoofin 5K and Doggie Dash were created last year to support to the DuPage County Animal Shelter. Woofin & Hoofin has donated over $10,000 to help keep animals alive and living comfortably in the shelter. The DuPage County Animal Shelter is considered a “kill shelter” where, unfortunately, they “euthanize unwanted animals not suitable for adoption” when there are not enough resources to support them. Woofin & Hoofin has saved countless animals with our donations and will continue to do so with the support of the local community. Woofin and Hoofin was selected from thousands of other charities to participate in the Kindness Challenge sponsored by Rachel Ray. This is a competition among five charities to see who can plan and execute the best fundraiser for their cause. Other competitors are focusing on causes such as giving toy ducks to young cancer patients to keep them company when going into

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surgery, hosting birthday parties for homeless children, and free SAT tutorials for students who cannot afford tutors. An introduction video and weekly updates (including footage from Puppy Palooza) will air on the show. Puppy Palooza is Woofin & Hoofin’s latest venture to raise money to save animals. This event will take place in Beister Gymnasium on February 19, 2011. Six bands, including Flipside, will be playing live. Puppies from the DuPage County Animal Shelter as well as food, drinks, and many activities will be provided. For more information on Puppy Palooza or our cause, visit www. woofinhoofin.org, or check out our founder, and former West student, Adin Lykken, on the Rachel Ray show at http://www.rachaelrayshow. com/show/segments/view/usatodays-kindness-challenge/. So come out, bring friends, and have a good time while supporting and excellent cause. See you on February 19th! -The Woofin and Hoofin Board

aid. Grants are also provided by federal and state programs. Work Study: Through part-time employment at a higher institution, you can use the money you earn to pay towards your tuition and finance a college education. Many colleges and universities offer a variety of ways to study while working and making some money along with it. Student Loans: Even though you can secure the money, you have to repay that money back with interest after you complete your education. Scholarships: Scholarships are usually need-based, academic or merit based. Athletic and minority scholarships, as well as a wide variety of others, are available. Find out if your college or university locks in the scholarship for the next two or four years, or if it is a one-time deal. To find out about sound sites or applications to apply for scholarships, contact your counselor.

How to save when you get to college By Urooba Nizami ’12 Staff Writer

You are packed up and ready to go. Freedom is just a few months away, but with it comes a new sense of responsibility. Yes, I mean the stresses college and managing money! It may just seem like fun and games, but for many individuals, reckless spending during the college years is the cause for future debt. Obviously no one wants to be in debt, but certain situations pull us that way. To make sure college temptations don’t pull you towards that track, here are some small, yet very important tips to enjoy life without going bankrupt. Buy used textbooks-Yes, they may be slightly ripped or have marks on them, but college books

can be very expensive and then again who really wants to add on to the burden of paying for college. Don’t accept credit card offersCredit cards companies are prying on you and many students feel like a credit card is free money, but the bills can come back to haunt you. So, unless it is absolutely necessary, avoid those offers. Save ’n spend- Consider your needs first and then your wants, then make sure you have enough saved up to buy something and then buy the item in cash. Remember it’s better to save early, then to be sorry later. Create a budget- Keep track of how much money you have, what you really need, and how you can end up saving at the end of each month. Keep a diary of your spending and savings in an

organized manner. Keep your financial information safe- Lock it up in a box or a safe locker. Your social security number, credit card information, and other financial records should be stored where no one else but you can find them. Remember if your important information gets into the hands of an unknown person, you can get into a lot of trouble and stress. Try to manage without a car if you live in a dorm- Even though you may want to get away, gas and car maintenance can add up. Carpool with some buddies, walk if the weather is pleasant, or take a train or bus. Join on-campus activitiesBy joining sports, clubs, and organizations you save a lot of money, rather than spending money on outside facilities.

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Always pay it forward

By Kate Marxkors ’14 Staff Writer

Photos taken by Kate Marxkors ’14

The ending of a Glen Ellyn favorite Schmid’s Gifts and More is closing after 44 years of success By Brendan Byrne ’13 Staff Writer Schmid’s Pharmacy is closing. After forty-four years of being a staple in the local Glen Ellyn economy, the owners have decided to finish what had been started so many years before. According to Schmid’s current owner, Ted Schmid began Schmid’s as a small pharmacy on Main Street in Glen Ellyn in 1967. After nine years of great business, the owners decided it would be good for business if Schmid’s was moved to another location. The McChesney and Miller grocery store had just moved out of a building in central Glen Ellyn and the owners of Schmid’s swept in to get the building for the new location of Schmid’s Pharmacy. Schmid’s business was exceptional at the new central location, as it was easy access for the residents of the small town. In 1988, however, Schmid’s suffered a setback. Ted Schmid, the owner and founder of the pharmacy, passed away. Although it was very

sad and difficult for the Schmid family, they didn’t close Schmid’s Pharmacy. Instead, Florence Schmid, Ted Schmid’s wife, took over the family business and immediately expanded the gift/toy section to promote business. This was a very successful move, and business was better than ever. Florence Schmid transformed Schmid’s into what it is today- a quaint, family-owned gift store. In 2006, Schmid’s ended its time being a pharmacy. It was now just a nice gift store, and business was still good. Finally, four years later, in 2010, the owners of Schmid’s have decided to close. Schmid’s was loved by all people in Glen Ellyn. There were also some people from out of town who stopped by Schmid’s on their way through town. These people got a great taste of the local Glen Ellyn culture and were very impressed. Not only was the location convenient, but it was the little things that made Schmid’s so great. Homemade fudge was introduced, and this rich chocolate attracted

Smile to a stranger, donate to find the cure, and bake your neighbor some cookies. That’s all it takes to brighten someone’s day. “Explaining a word to my brother when he doesn’t understand does it for me,” smiles Naureen Bharwani, sophomore. Having a positive attitude and passing on generosity to your friends, family, peers, and even strangers are what the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is all about. It all started in 1995 when the United States made their contribution to the World Kindness Movement by starting the organization. Their purpose is to receive love and pass it on. Ariel Wagner, senior, loves telling people, “Have a nice day,” to cheer them up. Their website is full of ideas for kindness, stories

of smiles, and people in the news for their acts. They even have inspirational quotes, book recommendations and calendars with a deed – a – day to get you in the spirit. When asked what Glenbard West students do to promote kindness, Melinda Erazo, a senior, declared, “My favorite act is giving a hug to those who need it.” Freshman Aumbreen Baig states simply giving people love is her favorite way to spread the good feelings. Grace Foley, sophomore, likes to play “dingdong ditch,” but leave a happy note on the porch. February is Random Acts of Kindness month, so show some kindness. Even though this month will end doesn’t mean your love should. November 7th through the 13th is World Kindness Week. So, recycle, make a friend, give directions and always pay it forward.

many children from the neighboring schools. There was also the famous little blue car, in which nearly all the children of Glen Ellyn sat in at some point. This blue car was handmade by the owner’s father. Another reason to love Schmid’s is their Wall of Fame. This Wall of Fame recognizes all of the kids who have worked there, since 1967. The Wall of Fame contains all five names of the Schmid daughters. Schmid’s was truly a family business, with everyone contributing. Schmid’s was the first store in the area to have Beanie Babies, and now almost every store in the area carries them. It was the little things like recognizing workers or giving a child a smile while his or her parents were shopping that made Schmid’s a favorite in Glen Ellyn. Since 1967, Schmid’s Pharmacy stood as a mainstay in Glen Ellyn. It will be sorely missed by all Glen Ellyn residents, and even some of those from out of town.

Drawings by Lauren Estes ’13

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Editorial

March 2011 - Page 12

Choose the best college for you, not for the name By Annie Wood ’11 Staff Writer $194,736 is how much a four year education from Harvard University will cost. Translation: 38,947 cups of coffee from Starbucks, 1,947 pairs of Nike running shoes, or enough money to provide clean water for 27,819 people in Africa. Attending Harvard University is what many consider to be the best education one can receive. However, there are several other universities with just as many bright students, just as many majors, at a much more affordable cost. Since there is such a cost gap between an Ivy League and a state school, is there a direct correlation between the name of a college and the success one will gain after they graduate? The obvious answer is no. Billionaires such as Bill Gates, founder

of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg creator of the social networking giant Facebook did not even graduate college. Only about ten percent of the Forbes 500 list attended a prestigious Ivy school. Students every year seek to be accepted to an Ivy League school, but many are rejected. These same students ultimately attend other schools, create their own path and are successful in many different fields of work. Depending on the person, success has a different meaning. Will Blyth, junior, sees success as a “combination of lifestyle choices and happiness.” Nicole Tauster, senior, sees success as “achievements and awards, furthermore the feeling one gets when you have carried out those achievements.” If success means something different for

everyone, than surely an Ivy cannot satisfy all those specific definitions.

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Beyond just the Ivy League schools, is it necessarily fair to say that attending any

college regardless of name will determine success? Tauster adds, “The job market is really limited for people [who] only have a high school diploma, and attending college opens up many more opportunities for people.” Furthermore Blyth adds, “Most jobs look for a college education, so it helps in the job market.” The college experience is unique for each person, and it needs to be the right fit for each individual. By promoting alternative universities and colleges, it does not discredit the accomplishment of those who make it into highly prestigious schools. In fact, the select few who gain admission to these top tier institution, should harness the qualities that set their application apart, and define their own personal success. But keep in mind, admission to these schools does not place certain

Apocalypse, aliens, or animal control?

The theories behind the sudden death of thousands of animals worldwide mysteriously died. By Jigar Patel ’11 In an effort to determine the Staff Writer cause of this widespread The New Year’s celebration death, diagnostic laboratories, brought with it the excitement using forensic evidence of fireworks, the joy of family and witness testimony, are and the promise of a chance to start over, something we can all use after a year like 2010. However, there were also the sudden, bizarre deaths of thousands of animals around the world. The same theorists who attribute the building of the Great Pyramids to aliens are apparently at it again as they explain this as either a preview of what is to come in 2012 or another government conspiracy The Arakansas blackbird which mysteriaimed at exercising more ously began falling out of the sky on New day. Photo courtesy of www.birds. control over animals. Years cornell.edu Apparently all avenues of rational thinking piecing together the actual have been expired in the events of the night for celebrations and the only certain Arkansas blackbirds. According to Professor sound theory comes from a Sidney Grauthreaux of man with a cardboard sign warning “The end is near.” Clemson University, “The In all seriousness, it first exodus occurred about is still uncertain why 10:20 [p.m.] and contained so many animals have approximately 6,000 to 7,000

birds per cubic kilometer, At 11:21 p.m., another pulse of birds with a slightly smaller density left the roost.” Findings state that the birds probably took off because of the loud explosions from the New Year’s fireworks. AOL.com’s Hugh Collins explains that Arkansas blackbirds have poor eyesight and normally don’t fly at night. The Arkansas Game and Fight Commission elaborated by stating the birds probably died flying into stationary objects such as trees, houses, windows, power lines and towers. This finding is supported by evidence from the Centers for Disease Control that found the birds had blunt force trauma to the head. As to the bizarre nature of the deaths of cows in Wisconsin and fish in Arkansas, your theory is as good as mine. But memo to animals around the world: strange deaths and disappearances are scheduled for December, 2012.

individuals above others, nor does it make anyone more successful than anyone else. Ultimately, there is a school for everyone, whether it be attending a two or four year university, private or state school, or pursuing a career that does not include a college degree. Kathy Dorn, senior, feels “I define success as being able to have a job that you absolutely love and being comfortable financially.” A name is not everything, nor does it determine the amount of success one will have. It is not where you go; it is what you make of those experiences. Let those experiences guide you to new and exciting opportunities without the preconceived notion of what success should be. Let success be your own definition, after all, you’re the one who has to write it.

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Editorial March 2011 - Page 13

Studies show no correlation between gun ownership and crime rates By George Sanders ’13 Staff Writer The tragic January 8th shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and fourteen others injured, has prompted many questions. How could the police fail to stop the shooter? Was this a planned attack? Was this the action of one man, or a conspiracy? How much worse could it have been? Perhaps the most important question to come out of this is also one of the most common recurring themes in politics: Would we be safer if guns were illegal? As always, there are two sides to this coin; there are those who support allowing gun ownership, and those who support restrictions on gun ownership, and possibly even banning firearms. Those who advocate restrictions on the sale, purchase, owning, and carrying of firearms do so for a variety of reasons. Many believe that restricting guns will keep down crime rates, especially violent crimes, and will also lower suicide rates. Gun-control activists also preach the importance of keeping guns away from children, and the risk of firearm-related accidents. Additionally, they feel that by removing the legal market for guns, criminals will be unable to obtain guns to use in a crime. This could potentially have stopped shootings like the one last month in Arizona, for which the shooter purchased his weapon legally. However, what research has shown is that allowing gun ownership and even concealed

carrying of firearms does nothing to increase crime or suicide rates, and has even led to a decreased rate in some areas. Detailed studies done by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the National Academy of Sciences, and economists John Lott and David Mustard have all been published attempting to find a link between high gun ownership and high crime rates, and have succeeded only in proving the futility of that attempt. Though many people instinctively think that where there is a higher concentration of guns, there will be higher crime rates. Looking at data from the United States, it is seen that no matter the size of the region tested, be it the nation as a whole or an individual state, city, or county, there is substantial evidence that widespread gun availability has actually helped to reduce murder and other violent crime rates. The reason for this is that, as seen in a survey of prison inmates from the National Institute of Justice, the vast majority of felons reported they were afraid their victim might have a gun. This caused them to pursue crimes that did not involve physically confronting their victim, like burglary. Robberies are found most in states which have the most restrictions on gun ownership. Though gun-control proponents like to use Europe as an example, where there are heavy restrictions on gun control and lower murder rates, Europe has had murder rates well below those of the United States even before gun control legislation was in action anywhere

on either continent. This is because murder and violent criminal activity is caused not by the presence of guns, as many anti-gun groups claim, but rather the society, economy, and culture of the area in which the crime is committed, and the mind of the perpetrator. These same factors are the ones that drive suicides, not the presence of a firearm. In areas that put in place severe gun restrictions, there was no change in the suicide rate. Though there were some instances in which areas that allowed citizens to own guns had more gun-related suicides, the overall suicide rate did not increase. Rather, the gun simply replaced another means of suicide. The same effect could be seen concerning murders. Though the number of gun-related deaths may have increased in an area with free gun ownership, the murder rate did not change or even decrease. What the study that showed this failed to mention was that in areas with more stringent gun laws, there were more murders committed by strangling, stabbing, beating, or other such means. But even in areas where the sale of firearms was prohibited, gun crime did not disappear. The main fact overlooked when implementing gun-control laws to stop crimes is that most people who would obey the law are law-abiding citizens with no intention of committing a crime. For criminals who are seeking to buy a gun, most do so illegally. A survey of nearly 2,000 felons throughout the United States who had committed crimes using firearms revealed that only about

20% of them bought their weapons from legal sources. 70% felt they could easily acquire a firearm after leaving prison. What this concludes is that the illegal market for firearms is so large that shutting down legal markets would do nothing to reduce the rate of gun crime. The other reason given for shutting down legal gun markets is the fear that guns bought by lawabiding citizens will be stolen and used for crimes. However, less than 10% of guns used for criminal activity are acquired this way. However, the main argument for the “more-guns-more-death” mantra is that ordinary people will, if enraged, be suddenly driven to murder if they are in the presence of a firearm. To accept this, though, you must completely ignore base human nature. Studies dating back over a century have shown that almost all murderers are extremely aberrant people with histories of violence, drug abuse, and psychotic behavior. Far from the average law-abiding citizen, 90% of adult murderers have previous adult criminal records, with an average of four major felony arrests. There is no evidence to indicate, though plenty of evidence to contradict, the idea that normally law-abiding citizens in the presence of firearms are any more likely to commit a crime than if they had no weapons. Indeed, the most common relationship between victim and shooter in a crime is one in which both people knew each other due to previous illegal activity. So, if average people don’t buy guns to commit crimes, why

do they need guns? The answer is: self-defense. More than 100 million handguns are owned by US citizens specifically for selfdefense. In fact, there are more cases every year in which a gun is used for defensive purposes by the victim of a crime than by a perpetrator. Not only does this have the previously mentioned effect of dissuading criminals, but statistics have also shown that victims who are armed with a gun are the least likely to be hurt or killed in the act. Those who attempt to fight without a gun or call for help are most likely to be injured or killed by their attacker. Many people feel that buying a gun is necessary to protect themselves, especially considering the Supreme Court’s ruling that the police are not responsible for the safety of individuals. No conclusive information has been gathered to determine if the rate of firearm accidents is higher in areas with fewer restrictions on gun ownership, but these numbers are also susceptible to societal, economic, and cultural differences. Nonetheless, activists both for and against gun control do agree that it is the responsibility of the parents or guardians of children to ensure that their firearms stay out of the hands of those too immature too use them, and to see to it that these guns are given the respect they deserve. As violent tragedy continues to make its mark in the media, the debate over gun control will continue. (All statistics and resources were taken from Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

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Editorial

February 2011- Page 14

2010-2011 Editorial Staff Casey Nighbor ’11 Editor-in-Chief

Kelly Molloy ’11

Assistant Editor -in -Chief

Chris Baron ’11

Entertainment Editor

Kamil Radziszewski ’11

Design Editor

Natalie Salo ’12 Features Editor

Sophia Conforti ’12 Centerspread Editor

Emily Molloy ’13

Design Editor Samantha Moriarty ‘13 Staff Editor

Abby Quaid ’13 Staff Editor

Jacklyn Tyburk ’13 Staff Editor

Scott Moore ’13 Staff Editor

Kate Marxkors ’14 Staff Editor

Abby Weeks’14 Staff Editor

Brendan Byrne ’13 Staff Editor

Annie O’Brien’13 Staff Editor

Kathleen Caffrey’13 Staff Editor

Ms. Mohr Mrs. Slowinski 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 community 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

The media’s tragic effect on American emotions In the movie Hotel Rwanda, Don Cheadle’s character Paul Rusesabagina was hoping for a miracle, having provided refuge to 1,268 Rwandans from the deadly genocide that was going on right outside their door. Paul pleaded that people around the world come and help; he hoped that someone, somewhere would intervene. While talking to a reporter and sharing his desperation, the reporter replied, “I think if people see this footage, they’ll say, ‘Oh, my God, that’s horrible,’ and then they’ll go on eating their dinners.” The Western world

today, especially the United States, has been desensitized. This could be because of the recent media and technology boom in the last decade. Video games and movies are definitely not what they used to be. Super Mario has been replaced with violent and gory games like Call of Duty and old Westerns have been replaced with movies like Die Hard. People are learning at a very young and vulnerable age that violence and killing people is acceptable and without consequence. Most people would say that it’s not real and it is just a game, but it

really manipulates one’s perspective of what’s right and wrong. When you think about it, horrible footage is constantly shown on the news, but we rarely are affected by it because our minds have adapted to seeing that kind of horror in everyday life. During the Vietnam War, footage of the violence was shown in newspapers and news bulletins on TV. Various pictures that really shook the United States were “Napalm Girl,” “Vietnam Execution,” and “The Self Immolation of Thich Quang Duc.” These are all examples of what Americans were viewing

during the duration of the Vietnam War, and they were shocked. The War in Vietnam was known for riots, protests, and thinking twice about what was happening in our world. The current generation of young people in the United States needs to recognize the horrible things that are happening in the world. Someone, somewhere is going through something that we could never imagine. It is important to not take the news or media so lightly and understand the terror that can occur in this world.

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The dark side of the magic on the silver screen By Casey Nighbor’11 Editor-in-Chief

Movies are America’s favorite pastime. Everyone has at least one movie they enjoy because the film industry has catered to every genre, taste and preference. From drama to action to romantic comedy, movies are a way to let people forget about the world around them and just enjoy watching something. The popularity of movies has steadily increased over the years with 1.37 billion movie tickets sold in 2010 alone, compared to 1.22 billion in 1995, according to The Numbers. The American film industry is worth over $10.39 billion, double the amount in 1995. But has our infatuation with movies caused real problems? You bet it has. For anyone who has

ever left a movie and felt ready to fight the world as a superhero or wish they could be apart of a magical land far away, you are not alone. Movies let people escape from the world in which they live and dream of a better life. The film industry knows t h a t they must

with us on a highly personal level. But like many things, that connection is a double-edged sword. Their connection with us can lead to very negative feelings and emotions. According to a study by The Financial, over 51% of American adults believe t h a t t h e film

appeal t o universal human emotions in order to engage their audience, hence why people feel so emotionally attached to characters in movies. Whether it’s through humor, action, romance or drama, movies connect

industry impacts society in a negative way. And only 21% believe it impacts it positively. In the study, most believed movies with violence cause society to be more violent. However, movies can damage society much more especially regarding the

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human psyche. Movies cause people to idolized celebrities, and sadly celebrities are often not a realistic or healthy role model for anyone, especially teenagers. Trying to fit your lifestyle to the perfect storylines of the movies will only end in disappoint and self-esteem problems. Movies aim to depict the most polished form of a plot line and cause some people to blend the lines between what is real and what is movie magic. In no way should it be advocated that movies should cease to exist, because they offer a way to escape the sometimes trying times of all of our lives. However, people need to understand that movies are fantasy, not reality and make a clear distinction between the two.


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Sports

February 2011- Page 15

Football season review By Elliott Murphy ’14, Nick Cole ’14, and Colin Murphy ’14

This year, NFL football had many ups and downs. Perennial power teams such as Dallas and Minnesota struggled early and failed to hit their stride. However, normal bottomdwelling teams such as Kansas City and Tampa Bay had winning records. Teams expected to soar this year, such as the Titans, failed miserably. The quarterback with the best passer rating was Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. The player with the most rushing touchdowns was Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, and the player with the most receiving touchdowns was Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Some top rookie draft picks were Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, and Gerald McCoy. The Patriots and Jets entered the season with high expectations and hopes of winning the competitive AFC east. They both ended with heart-breaking losses in the playoffs. The AFC north was also very competitive this year with the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, both making the playoffs with the Steelers advancing to the Super Bowl. In the NFC east, Philadelphia and their reborn quarterback, Michael Vick, made their way into the playoffs, but ended up losing to the Green Bay Packers. Also in the incredibly competitive NFC south, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta, were battling for playoff spots. New Orleans and Atlanta made the playoffs, but both lost in their first game.

Jay Cutler All he could do was cry. Jay Cutler left the Bears-Packers game with a grade II MCL sprain that lead to the playing of Todd Collins, and then to Caleb Hanie. The Bears ended up in a 21 to 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Following the game, when Cutler was questioned about the seriousness of knee injury, he puckered his lips and started to cry. In the few days following the game, other players from around the league have been posting reactions on Twitter. Maurice Jones-Drew said, “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee…. I played the whole season [with] one.” Former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders posted on Twitter, “Folks, I never question a player’s injury, but I do question a player’s heart. Truth.” In the regular season, Cutler

was sacked 56 times this season, according to ESPN.com, and yet only missed one game due to a concussion. Cutler might not have been as tough as some thought he could be, but the reactions he received were unneeded and rude. It is not Jay Cutler’s fault the Bears lost that game, and he should not be blamed. Super Bowl It was a tough loss for the Bears taking away their chances of participating in the Super Bowl, but, as of January 31, 2011, it has left an exciting matchup in the Super Bowl nonetheless. As the year winds to an end, we look at two of the best teams in the league, the Packers and the Steelers. The Packers, 10-6 in the regular season, gear up for a tough game against the Steelers. They did not have much of a running game in the regular season, but have had

a superior passing game. Aaron Rogers, the Packers’ starting quarterback, has really stepped into Bret Favre’s shoes passing for a total of 3,922 yards and throwing only eleven interceptions. His presence in the pocket will be key in the game against Pittsburgh, forcing them to really look at Rogers as a major threat to the Steelers’ chances of winning. Pittsburgh, 12-4 in the regular season, has earned themselves a place in the Super Bowl. Their defense will struggle against Aaron Rogers and his superior passing attack. The key to the Steelers achieving victory will be shutting down Rogers and keeping Rashard Mendenhall in check. Watching these two teams go head to head will prove to be as entertaining as past Super Bowls. (Published prior to the Super Bowl game)

Not a total defeat

Packers must watch fast-improving Bears in future seasons By David Tews ’14 Staff Writer Recently, much has been made of the Green Bay Packers defeating rival Bears in the NFC Conference Finals, but was it really a total loss for the Bears this year? The answer there is no. Even when the season could not have ended in a more disappointing fashion for the Bears, they have established Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator and realized

their full offensive potential with Jay Cutler who, once again, threw for more than 20 touchdowns. Matt Forte also rushed for over 1,000 yards for the second time in his career. The team even managed to solve their recent defensive woes with the signing of superstar defensive end Julius Peppers and the reemergence of middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. If this team manages to retain most of its starters on both sides of the ball, then

there is no doubt that they will once again challenge the Packers for the NFC North divisional crown and maybe even the Super Bowl. So, while the hopes of Bears fans all over the nation died this season, there is still a reason to believe in the future for Chicago. Photo courtesy of mchenryconightout.gov.

Congrats Hilltoppers! Cheerleading for placing 10th in the IHSA State Championship! Zak Hassan, Brendan Gilligan and Mike Summerville for qualifying to advance to the IHSA Sectionals! Girls Gymnastics for taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in all events at the regional competition!

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‘No Plasco November’ winners

Glenbard West would like to congratulate the five classes who won the No Plasco November contest. Each of these classes received a breakfast to reward them for their great attendance. Even though this contest is no longer in session, everyone is still encouraged to arrive to class on time.

Photo courtesy of www.umbra.nascom.nasa.gov.

Ms. Jung’s ICA Honors Class

Mr. Broccolo’s AP European History Class

Ms. Kalata’s Geometry Honors Class

Ms. Marr’s Chemistry Honors Class

Ms. Williams’ Precalculus Honors Class

Girls track swings back in action By Riley Cook ’11 Staff Writer Once winter sports are out, an estimated 80 girls, most returning from last season, will be joining the team this year. The athletes and coaches of GBW girls’ track managed to make running a rewarding and positive experience. Every day since the season began in January, the girls have been running or lifting in Biester. Head coach Mrs. Hass is feeling confident after the past successful year. Last year, the girls placed 3rd in their sectional and had a successful year overall. The team has multiple returning state qualifiers, including Kathryn Pickett, senior, who qualified in both of her hurdle events. In addition, three people on GBW’s statequalifying 4x2 relay are back:

Kinn Badger, junior, Carolyn Malone, junior, and Bridget Flanagan, senior. Others to watch out for include juniors Maddie Nagle, Katie Born, and captain Lauren Sedall. The team has lost a few notable competitors, but Mrs. Hass believes that they have “gained even more.” Freshman Madeline Perez ran cross country this year and shows “a lot of promise.” Besides being a team sport, Hass notes that track “is also an individual [sport], so there is a concrete way of measuring a goal.” Coaches Mr. Lindberg, Mr. Sandlund, and Mr. Posegay motivate the girls to help them

reach that goal. From Monday to Saturday, snow or shine, the girls train. “At first, they complain” Mrs. Hass admits. “But it’s a part of the deal.” Claire Lupo, returning senior, has observed a “high level of talent this year.” She also notes that they have “great

coaches” who “recognize everyone’s potential.” A team of 80 motivated, talented runners naturally adds up to plenty of in-team competition. Regardless, Lupo says that track fosters a “great team atmosphere.” The first GBW girl’s track meet is at home on February 12th against Glenbard East

and Downer’s Grove North. “Running track is a bug,” says Lupo. After all of those weightbaring exercises, one thing all of the girls can agree on is that the friends and success they experience is something unique. Drawing by Lydia Smith ’11.

Upcoming Meets: Date 2/19 2/26 3/5 3/11 4/9

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Time Location 9:30 am DGN Indoor Track 9:00 am GBW Field House 10:00 Proviso West am Field House 5:00 pm York 4:30 pm Duchon

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