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Informed - Creative


March 2015


Women’s Appreciation Month By Emily Asselmeier ’16 and Asha Rowland ’16 Staff Writers

Molly Hernandez ’15 “I think there is too much of a focus on artificial beauty these days. I believe women are most beautiful in a T- shirt, jeans, and completely natural.”

Julia Kochert ’15 “There are so many wonderful women in the world, it’s great to have a month to appreciate them. Everyone should listen to ‘***Flawless’ by Beyoncé to celebrate!”

Kate Wild ’17 “I love the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’ and I try to remember this every day.”

Hannah Seeman ’15 “When one brings up their feminist beliefs in a crowd, the responses are generally negative due to the association of ‘man-hating’ and supposed ‘female superiority.’ Feminism, by definition, is the equality between both sexes, and so many of us tend to forget that.”

Jacob Kelleher ’17 “It’s incredible how much women have increased their rights in society. They deserve a month of appreciation for all that hard work.”

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Catwalk to Class: Spring into new style By Emma Goebbert ’16 and Shay Kiker ’16 Columnists


We see designers do it every year. With the new spring season comes a fresh new slate of graphic and unique styles. This season though, there was a major focus on details. Designers on the runways styled their models with precision and sophistication, that took even the most minimalist of ensembles to a whole new level. Through colorful punches of color like deep corals and cobalt blues and structural elements like a leather crossbody, we see spring 2015’s accessories stray from the usual feminine and pastel approach, bringing in

richer styles and tones. I’d say it was the perfect way to kick off the edgier side of spring accessorizing and show how designers are multi-faceted when it comes to creating unique twists on the same old looks. There are four major styling focuses that were seen trending on the runways for spring: Structured Leather Totes: Bags are an obvious must when it comes to practical accessorizing, but this season the bags are taking on a much more masculine, streamlined approach in rich leather tote form. Statement Glasses: Highend brands like J.Crew are utilizing glasses less in the necessity sense, and more in the style sense. With thick, colorful frames, in a multitude of bold styles, glasses have become just as much as an accessory staple as jewelry. Arm Bands: Bracelets are not just for stacking on your wrists anymore! Now being worn on models upper arms as “arm bands,” bracelets are taking on a much more unexpectedly chic form.

Designers like Cushnie de Ochs are raising the bar (or should we say bands, pun intended) for arm candy styling.

Ankle-Wrap Sandals: The offspring of the traditional gladiator sandal, ankle-wrap versions feature (surprise, surprise) strappy leather ties criss-crossing across the foot and wrapped multiple times around the ankle for a ballerina meets boho feel.


The Unlikely Steal: Target is underestimated in many departments, one of them being clothing. One of the trending styles for this spring is a structured leather tote bag. With quickly changing trends, it is difficult to keep up with

tote bags that have the steep cost of hundreds of dollars a piece. Target has the unlikely steal in terms of tote-bags. Although not real leather, Target carries a variety of shapes and sizes and constructs high-quality choices. Here, is a knock-off that is truly a steal because it might the most durable substitute there is. Ray Ban Rage: Ray Ban continues to find the balance of simplicity and style. Branded with their most classic creations, they reinvent their colors and styles seamlessly. The classic Wayfarer sunglasses are worn in anything from mottled to simple black, but Ray Ban has also kept up with the fleeting trends as well. The Wayfarer is also styled in bright colors. The thick frames and statement colors are on trend with this season’s accessories. Free-People and Flash Tattoos: Arm bands are a fairly new trend. It is hard to know how to wear them, find them, and buy them. FreePeople has mastered the art of the arm band. Matching the boho vibe their clothes

carry, the exquisite and unique arm bands available from this company are taking the stage. For those who are less

interested in jewelry, new flash tattoos give a very good replacement for arm bands. Perfect for music festivals, beaches, and the spring and summer months, flash tattoos are the minimalist’s dream arm band. Barefoot Beach Bum: New and trendy, the strappy ankle sandals are finding their way to spring collections. People like to ditch their shoes in the summer. These new anklewrapped sandals are an upgrade from barefeet, but still have a summer feel, while remaining fashion forward. Photo’s courtesy of Style. com and

The Final Trends of the Winter Season Meghan Loftus Columnist ’15 Winter is not my favorite season, but the trends this winter have made it bearable. Among my favorites were the over the knee sock with booties, layering pieces, fur vests, and Alex and Ani bracelets. The over the knee sock with the heeled bootie: both cute and practical. Tall socks are essentials in my wardrobe now simply because of their warmth. They look stylish paired with any dress or skirt and bootie. A structured bootie with a little heel contrasts nicely with the more slouchy look of the sock. Layers are perfect for a girl who hates winter. Piecing together comfy clothes that will keep you warm is the key to happiness in the colder months. Taking two pieces of different lengths and textures makes for the perfect combination. My favorite layering pieces are from Free People, but that’s not to say Target doesn’t offer a great selection! Possibly the boldest statement trend currently is the fur vest. While wearing such a garment is often a huge risk, it can be done. The key is keeping the rest of the outfit simple, allowing for the vest to be the focal point. A t-shirt dress with knee high socks or simple blue jeans are a great pair with the fur vest.

Last but certainly not least, accessorize. My favorite look is stacked bracelets, specifically Alex and Ani’s. I think they look so pretty with any type of outfit. Worn in a bohemian or preppy manner, Alex and Ani’s can complete a look. While spring is approaching, try out these last few trends in the cold month of February and see how you like them. And take on spring break with some of the style tips from Catwalk to Class. Remember to add uniqueness to your look using your favorite jewelry (or flash tattoos). There is a fine line between stacking and over-accessorizing, so in the famous words of Coco Chanel,“Once

you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.”

Photos courtesy of Meghan Loftuss, Emma Goebbert and

Did you know there are about forty fashion weeks around the world every year?


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Frosted in Fashion raises $5,400 for GECRC By Grace Yangas ’18 Staff Writer

Glenbard West’s very own Fashion Club has been making a difference in Glen Ellyn’s community for the past four years through Frosted in Fashion, a philanthropic fashion show supporting GECRC, the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center. The fashion show, hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on February 6th, was a huge success, not only in raising money for GECRC, but in making a huge impact on those who attended. GECRC is an organization in Glen Ellyn that helps lowincome children with school and beyond through tutoring sessions. It was founded in 2002 and is based out of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. It is a volunteer-based organization in which many students at Glenbard West are involved. The funds raised by fif. went directly to the organization and go towards helping the 89 children enrolled at GECRC. The Glenbard West Fashion Club was founded by Gabriella

Bower and Dana Daggett in 2010. Since then, four annual fif. Fashion Shows have taken place, each with the motivation to raise money and awareness for GECRC. Andrea Monahan and Anne Krol, sponsors of the fashion club, say, “We love how the show has grown to focus more on the philanthropy and fundraising.” The event began with a raffle including items such as jewelry, tennis equipment, and paintings made by GECRC kids. Then a documentary was played for the attendees, coproduced by Fashion Club President Meghan Loftus and Vice-President Emma Goebbert. The documentary was about counter-trending, which means redefining the fashion industry, and how fashion empowers women. Then the fashion show began. The first few models from the fashion show were children from GECRC. They wore outfits donated by local children’s resale stores that they were able to keep after the show. The rest of the

Fashion Club presidents and co presidents at the event. outfits were modeled by male and female students from Glenbard West and featured looks borrowed from some of Glen Ellyn’s favorite boutiques like Alikat and Enchantments.

The last looks were perfect for Heart Hop and Prom season and were modeled by some of West’s seniors. Attendees loved the philanthropic side of the

fashion show. Annie Arbitter, a Young Life leader, said, “I loved how the event matched passions of helping others with fashion.” Meghan Loftus, the President of Fashion Club stated, “We ended up raising $5400 for GECRC which is truly incredible and couldn’t have been done without everyone who attended. The resource center kids at the show had such a good time and being up on stage is such a hard thing for them. I’m very proud of each one of them. fif. gives GECRC the exposure it needs in this community and encourages people to volunteer.” 2015’s fashion show has definitely shined more light on the charitable works of the club than it has in the past. The fashion club hopes that next year the event will exceed this year’s amazing turnout to raise more funds for the children of GECRC. Be sure to be on the lookout for 2016’s fif. Fashion Showan awesome event that is not only entertaining but also gives back to the Glen Ellyn community.

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Press Start: Why do I not want to play? By Ben Buchnat ’15 Columnist

Art by Avery Kiker ’17.

I love video games. They have been a part of my life since forever. Some of my earliest memories are playing the original Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 64 with my brothers. I have followed video games every since I had reliable internet connection and I still check sites like Game Informer and IGN daily to get all the latest news. However, recently I have noticed that instead of fin-

ishing my homework to get straight to that hot new game, I have preferred to relax with other activities such as listening to music or surfing the web. Why is that? I mean I still openly admit to loving video games, but I am finding that I am actually playing them less and less. It is not that I don’t have enough games to play. I have about four or five games on my backlog that are all supposed to be really good and that I still want to play. However, I have barely touched any of them since the end of Christmas break. Hopefully I will actually get to beating these games, but the way things are going, that won’t happen until I’m out of school for the summer. Thinking deeply about it, I realize why I don’t go to

video games immediately after finishing my schoolwork. Since I get quite a bit of homework each night, combined with other after-school activities, I on average only have about an hour each night to devote to leisure before I generally want to go to sleep. When I play a game, I want to devote a good amount of time to it. I am not the type of gamer to only devote a half hour to a game to feel satisfied. I like playing on average for about an hour and a half to two hours. I simply do not have the time to seriously play these games. Don’t get me wrong, I still try to play as many video games as I can on the weekends. But during the weekdays, the time allotted is not enough for me to have the desire to play a game.

Wolf in wolf’s clothing: The new BMW i8

By Jacob Smith ’17 Staff Writer When car lovers at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009 caught first glance at the BMW Efficient Dynamics Vision, most were completely surprised to see such an audacious concept model. Even more shocking is that it would be released in a mere six years. The concept had an extremely modern silhouette with an abundance of carbon, glass, and blue Xenon lighting. Initially, the car was supposed to be a hybrid with an electric motor combined with a small turbo-diesel engine. This was changed to a small, 3-cylinder gasoline engine. Either way, critics questioned a supposed “sports car” that boasted characteristics similar to those of a Toyota Prius. However, we are here in

2015 with the all-new Bavarian Motor Works i8. The car has outperformed its expectations and has become a modern-day engineering marvel. First, its humbling specifications. To give a size comparison, the hybrid is 184.9 inches long - approximately 8 inches longer than a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The i8 is also about three inches wider but slightly heavier at 3,455 pounds. It is constructed out of lightweight aluminium and super lightweight carbon fiber. At maximum output, it can produce 357 horsepower (the stuff that makes you go fast) and 420 pound-feet of torque (the stuff that gets you off the line) - so much for a Prius, eh? Disregarding the Corvette’s more staggering numbers, the two are not so different in a straight line. The i8 gets from

0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, only a tenth of a second slower than the almighty Stingray. Around Motor Trend’s figureeight test, the hybrid finished in 24.6 seconds, only a tenth of a second slower than the Jaguar F-Type R - a distinguished hot rod in itself. All of the talk about its impressive performance is well deserved, but the most profound aspect of the BMW i8 is that it promotes environmental friendliness. It turns out, when you combine an electric motor with a small 3-cylinder engine, you get incredible efficiency - try 76 mpg. Compare that to the gas-inhaling Stingray, which gets 16 mpg in the city. The cabin is constructed with renew-

able fabrics and fibers that promote sustainability. Also, the car features regenerative braking, which recharges the batteries. With butterfly doors, carbon fiber, and dashing looks aside, we can look deeper into the BMW i8 to find a revolutionary blend of pleasure and responsibility. Never be-

fore has a sports car been so ethical. Now, you can break speeding laws while still calling yourself a greenie. By producing such a feat of engineering technology, BMW has brought up a new era of the automobile for decades to come - which just begs the statement, it’s your move Audi.

Did you know BMW was founded in 1916 (almost 100 years ago)?


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Filmtastic upcoming movies of 2015 By Sean O’Brien ’17 Staff Writer 2015 is going to be a very big year from movies, with many sequels to popular franchises as well as original movies with lots of promise. In March, the director of District 9 comes out with a new movie called Chappie, which is a futuristic science fiction film about a scientist who creates a robot named Chappie who can think and feel. Also coming out is the second installment of the Divergent franchise, Insurgent. April has the release with Furious 7, which has gained attention for the death of star Paul Walker during filming. The filmmakers added additional scenes for Walker’s character using CGI and Walker’s brothers. May will be one of the biggest months for film in 2015 as it has four movies being released that have generated lots of buzz.

The first is the next installment in one of the most successful film franchises of all time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the film is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Next is a sequel that is released 30 years after the of the last one, which is Mad Max: Fury Road. This is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in which fuel is the most important thing in the world. Pitch Perfect 2 also comes out, as well as Tomorrowland No one knows much about Tomorrowland, as the trailer is rather ambiguous, but what is known is that it stars George Clooney, it’s directed by the director of The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and it involves a futuristic parallel universe of sorts. June has the release of Insidious 3, which will be a prequel to the original. Pixar is

releasing two movies this year, and one of them is Inside Out. This one focuses on a young girl and the emotions inside her head and how they help the girl adapt to life in a new city. Another sequel being released in June is Ted 2 which centers on Ted and his wife, Tami-Lynn, trying to have a baby, but Ted has to prove that he is a person for this to happen. A Marvel movie, starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, a remake of the 1982 horror classic Poltergeist, and Mission: Impossible V all come out in July. August has the release of yet another Marvel movie with The Fantastic Four. The trailer shows that this will be a departure from the horrendous 2005 version, and it will be taking a darker approach, much in the vein of Batman Begins. There is a biopic named Straight Outta Compton about how Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube,

and other early rappers seriously impacted hip-hop and changed music forever. There aren’t many big movies coming out in September, as it’s too early for Oscar season and summer just ended. The biggest title is the sequel to the adaptation of The Maze Runner, which is The Scorch Trials. It picks back up in October, with Frankenstein, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor. There is a Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black, as well as an untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks and is directed by Steven Spielberg, which just about guarantee that it will be great. November also has many exciting releases, with The Peanuts Movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, and the 24th Bond film, Spectre. Pixar’s second movie of 2015, The Good Dinosaur, comes out

in November, as well as The Martian, which is directed by Ridley Scott, the director of Alien and Blade Runner, and stars Matt Damon as an astronaut left behind on Mars. Finally, December has the release of In the Heart of the Sea, which stars Chris Hemsworth and it is the true story that inspired Moby Dick. December also has one of the most anticipated releases so far this century with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Expectations are sky-high for this film, and fans are hoping that they won’t be let down like they were with The Phantom Menace, but by the look of the trailer, they won’t be disappointed. Overall, 2015 looks like a very exciting year for moviegoers with many releases destined to be great.

A Toda Madre, the new Mexican Bistro

By Fiona Campo ’16 Staff Writer

A Toda Madre, an extension of Mexican restaurant Bien Trucha , first came to Glen Ellyn in November of last year. The space previously occupied by Honey Cafe is now an urban rustic “Mexican bistro,” complete with both a bar and sitdown area, perfect for any occasion. Upon arrival, I was immediately impressed by our waitress, who was friendly and confident in her knowledge of the menu. A Toda Madre’s menu is family style, with various entrees intended to be shared amongst your table. At first I was not too excited by this, as I rarely share tastes with my family, but I was pleasantly surprised that there was not a bite I didn’t enjoy, no matter who had ordered it! The dish of my choice that I enjoyed the most was the shrimp tacos (camarones) made with pan-seared shrimp, red onion, serrano chimichurri, and lime chihuahua cheese. The slightly melted cheese

outstandingly complemented the fresh, savory shrimp held together with a warm corn tortilla. A great choice for seafood lovers! As a side dish we ordered the grilled corn (esquites), which was rich in flavor and seasoned with epazote-butter, lemonaioli, cotija cheese, and chile piquin. This dish was simple, yet satisfying, and a great transition into our other courses. Their signature dish, “A Toda Madre Tacos,” was a great way to end the meal. The marinated pork and Chihuahua cheeses gave a traditional flavor yet were further enriched with sweet pineapple pico de gallo and salsa morita leaving you with a refreshing and sweet aftertaste. The evening was filled with great food, drinks, and company. A Toda Madre is unique in its authenticity and beautiful presentation of their food and will continue to do great here in Glen Ellyn. There is yet to be a dull night at A Toda Madre, as they are consistently flooded with reservations and walk-ins, but the wait is always worth it!

Images courtesy of A Toda Madre.

Did you know Ensenada, Mexico is said to be the birth place of the fish taco?

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New George Lucas museum faces criticism

By Carolyn Ford ’17 Staff Writer

foot plans are over four times the size of the original San Francisco plans. As the Lucas Museum website claims, the building will “[explore] the relationship between nature and the urban environment.” The “futuristic and timeless” design features an organic stone exterior that rises up in a mountainous formation, until it reaches the 360 degree observation deck at the top of the building. The deep-set windows allow an abstract aesthetic. It gives the illusion of the Lake Michigan harbor seamlessly merging with the building, creating the unity of nature and cityscape. The structurally-lacking design contrasts

greatly with the hard angles of the Chicago skyline, and many argue not in a good way. With Lake Michigan as Chicago’s greatest natural asset, critics of the new building concept claim that Lucas’s design breaks up the fluidity between the lake and the city, instead of making the water to land aesthetic transition more seamless. Others also criticize the “blob-like” design that completely discredits the importance of right angles and conventional architectural geometry. Blair Kamin, a Chicago Tribune columnist, recently wrote that the current concept’s lack of right angle geometry allows it to resemble Jabba the Hutt, the

obese, reptilian antagonist from the Star Wars series. Fortunately for Lucas, the design only has a general concept and can be edited to accommodate change. Hopefully Lucas’s future concepts will be able to satisfy his vision, while at the same time enhancing the alreadybeautiful lakefront. It is likely that in the future, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will become another treasured Chicago attraction. To find out more about the museum’s general concept and its contents, visit the website at

After the sale of Lucasfilms Ltd. to Disney and the appointment of Kathleen Kennedy as co-chair, George Lucas seemed to be disappearing into retirement. Writer and executive producer of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series, Lucas was and still is one of the most successful names in film of all time. Recently, however, his name is beginning to reappear in headlines. In June of 2013, Lucas began talking with San Francisco city officials about the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, which would display Lucas’s collections of art and illustrations that are altogether valued at $1 billion. Lucas planned to build it on Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge, but it was declined by the Presidio Trust of San Francisco. Lucas was quick to contact the city of Chicago, and was met with enthusiasm in May of 2014. Mayor Rahm Emanuel publicly expressed his interest in the idea. On June 24, 2014, Chicago was selected as the official site of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (renamed for its Chicago release), and later approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. Although Emanuel and many Chicagoans were initially excited for what may become of the museum, the recently released design plans have sparked controversy. In early November, Lucas’s architectural plans were released by a team of architects from the company MAD, headed by Ma Yansong of Beijing. The 400,000 square The designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (above) have faced some criticism for its geometry. Photo courtesy of

Novel Idea: A sequel to a beloved classic By Hailey Ardell ’17 Columnist

Let’s face it, most people don’t get too excited about reading older works of literature that are difficult to understand. Whether it is a book for a school assignment or just for pleasure reading, people lose interest if it takes to much effort to even grasp the main idea of the work. However, when writing this murder mystery/continuation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, P.D. James

manages to make his story, Death Comes to Pemberley, more understandable to a modern audience while maintaining the proper tone and keeping the plot interesting. Death Comes to Pemberley begins six years after Pride and Prejudice ended. After Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s wedding, all is well at the Pemberley estate, with the Darcy family settled into a happy routine and preparing for the upcoming annual ball held in Darcy’s mother’s honor. However, the night before the big event, Elizabeth’s sister Lydia arrives uninvited at the estate, screaming about what she believes to be the murder of her husband, George Wickham. While her husband is quickly ascertained to still be alive, he is arrested and stands accused of the murder of his friend, Captain Denny, who was with Wickham on the night of his death. As Wickham’s legal defense is prepared and the trial approaches, evidence is revealed and old secrets come to light. Even those closest to Wickham can’t be sure what happened on the fateful eve of Lady Anne’s ball. Throughout the novel, the author maintains the etiquette and behavioral patterns present in the era of Pride and Prejudice, but swaps some of the now-archaic words and phrases with more modern terms that an everyday reader can understand. P.D. James is also able to keep readers interested with plot twists and new revelations right when the

reader least expects it. Clues are cleverly distributed along the way, enough for the reader to try to play along and make predictions, but not so much as to spoil the entire story. Fans of Jane Austen will

enjoy the return to the lives of Elizabeth and Darcy as a new story unfolds for them. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or 19th century drama.

Did you know George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion?


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Artists who deserved Grammys but didn’t receive them

By Avery Kiker ’17 Columnist

Chandelier / Sia // Record of the Year While Sia’s music career has been up and running for nearly twenty years, 2014 was a big one for her. With her hit song, “Chandelier,” Sia took bold, artistic liberties and redefined herself as a songwriter and performer. While some may argue that her performance technique is a bit cowardly and strange, it is a refreshing change of pace for an artist to really focus on the art of music, rather than on the glamorously clad and airbrushed celebrities whom the industry has begun to revolve around.

X / Ed Sheeran // Album of the Year Ed Sheeran, the lovable British bloke who started his career as a street performer—and sleeping on the couches of other celebrities— has truly created his own miniature empire. In 2014, he released his beloved album X, a follow-up to his debut album +, an excellent showcase of the artist’s phenomenal songwriting and musicianship. His perfected combination of insightful lyrics, brilliant melodies, and contagious beats has created legendary music and has lead to extreme success.

All Of Me (Live) / John Legend // Best Pop Solo Performance In a time where catchy rhythms and showy melodies are all the rage, John Legend keeps it classy with his ballad, All Of Me. Lovey dovey and sappy though it is, the simplicity of the piano and vocal track is classic and stunning with a voice like Legend’s. While Pharrell’s song, “Happy,” is energetic and lovable, it just doesn’t have the musical qualities that makes “All Of Me” so wonderful.

Pictures courtesy of each respective artist’s website or music video.

F For You / Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige / Best Dance Recording Disclosure has embraced, and possibly even promoted, the new trend that is, essentially, playing the computer as an instrument. While obviously that isn’t really how it works, it’s not far off. The brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence who make up the duo are incredibly talented on their own, but have also recently taken part in some legendary collaborations, including but not limited to: “Latch” with Sam Smith, “You & Me” with Eliza Doolittle, and “F For You” with Mary J. Blige. This particular track was fantastic on its own, but really took shape once Mary J. Blige joined the project.

Taylor Swift: From ‘1989’ to now

By Meghan Loftus ’15 Columnist Editorial

Former country singer Taylor Swift has released her first pop album, 1989. This is Swift’s fourth No. 1 album. To say the reaction was positive would be an understatement. To say the reaction was one hundred percent positive would be a lie. Taylor Swift has been in the limelight since the age of 14 when she released her earliest album that included hits like “Our Song,” “Tim McGraw,” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Taylor has won over two hundred and twenty awards and been nominated for over four hundred and thirty. Of the two hundred and twenty, Swift has won seven GRAMMYs and is the the youngest recipient of the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Swift is the only female artist in music history to have an album hit the 1 million firstweek sales figure twice, once for Speak Now in 2010 and again in 2012 for RED stated by Swift is notably the best-selling digital music artist of all time. Taylor’s live performances are focused on the empowerment of young women through the lyrics of her songs and her

transitions between “sets.” On her RED Tour, Swift played the throwback song “Mean” off of her Speak Now album and introduced the song with a short speech on cyber bullying and how easy it is to be a part of the crowd but how important it is to stand out. Young girls across the world look up to Swift, and the fact she is using her influence for positive reasons is refreshing. Taylor S w i f t embraces h e r vulnerability and exposes how she has grown to be a stronger woman. She has taught vulnerable teenagers around the world to heal through her music. “On Twitter and Instagram, she excels as an authentic personality who establishes direct connections with her audience by doing things like reposting images of fans holding copies of her album,” says Matt Britton, chief executive of MRY says. “She has been able to take one

person and spread herself out into millions of itty-bitty pieces of Taylor Swift and touch as many people as possible,” Britton said. “[Taylor Swift] generate[s] a kind of advocacy

and excitement that no level of advertising could,” reported The New York Times. Swift’s biggest fans might say 1989 was her best one yet, while others argue she’s static: boy crazy, red lipstick obsessed and talentless. While the majority of her

songs are about love, isn’t every band’s music? Swift writes what she is feeling and often love is what consumes one’s thoughts... especially in times when a relationship is on the rocks. As mentioned earlier, Swift has been in the limelight since age fourteen, which explains the amount of boyfriends she has had considering she is now twenty-five. In regards to her red lip obsession, she feels confident with a red lip! Swift teaches what confidence is to younger girls, so she has to exhibit herself. For the amount of time Taylor has been in the eye of the public it is also remarkable she hasn’t found herself in any trouble such as leaked pictures, a racy music video or an inappropriate performance for her audience, which also explains why mothers love Tay. As best said by Swift herself, in “Mean” off her Speak Now album, “You, with your words

like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me [..] You have pointed out my flaws again as if I don’t already see them [...] Grumblin’ about how I can’t sing...well all you are is mean.” She addresses the paparazzi and all her haters in this song and in “Shake it Off,” the number one single release off of 1989. And with this pop album, the critics have praised it. And as for Taylor, she says, “From the girl who said she would never cut her hair or move to New York or find happiness in a world where she is not in love…” This has been quite the risk for her as well. Rolling Stone acknowledged this risk saying, “If there’s nothing as grandiose as ‘All Too Well’ or ‘Dear John’ or ‘Enchanted,’ that’s because there wasn’t meant to be. 1989 sets the record for fewest adjectives (and lowest romantic body count) on a Swift album.” Taylor Swift has acted as a role model for women of all ages. Her combination of confidence and class is a shimmer of hope for a generation where female artists often resort to publicity stunts to make them more popular. Swift’s effortlessly cool style is timeless and fans are anxious to see what will come next.

Did you know that Taylor swift lived on a Christmas tree farm until she was 14?


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Glenbard West educators reveal their inspirations

By Deena Harnboonzong ’15 Staff Writer

Great teachers do more than just teach. They motivate, connect, and leave an influential impact on their students’ lives. West educators explain why they chose to take part in the education field and how they found their passion to become a teacher. Health teacher Mr. Zander said, “My favorite part of teaching and coaching is seeing how former students grow and what they become.” It is the satisfactory feeling of helping others that keeps West teachers motivated to keep doing what they truly hold a passion for. “There’s not anything in life more rewarding than to see students succeed and be influential in their lives,” English teacher Mr. Neiss said. After giving the teaching field some time and truly enjoying the aspect of getting to connect with students, Principal Monaghan realized that this was something he wanted to keep doing. He said, “You have to go to passion, it doesn’t come to you.” The student contact, attending award ceremonies, graduations, events and being out

and among kids are some of the many opportunities Mr. Monaghan feels blessed to have as principal. Our educators devote their time and mind-set to inspiring people around them every day. However, there are some negative aspects

social studies teacher Mrs. Curtis. Teachers with their own children at home have to balance time between teaching and extra-curricular activities as well as their own personal lives. Mrs. Doyle said, “This isn’t a job to me - this is my life. There really isn’t a balance

shape our identity. It is important that we show our appreciation for those who share their wise words and have made an impact in our lives. Teachers have asked themselves one thing: “Is what I’m doing with my life meaningful?” Word of advice for future teachers: “It is the best profession in the world,” said Mr. Neiss. He also noted that “The public kind of distrusts teachers, but you have to have patience with yourself and the fortitude to experiment. Teaching is tough, but what you put in, you get out ten-times over.” “Don’t judge your career by how stressful the first few years are because it will get better and if you care about students, you will learn to love it, even with all the stressors that come up,” said Mr. Zander. Mr. Monaghan said, “Do whatever it takes to engage in the moment and don’t cheat yourself out of what you are capable of doing. Learning to improve yourself is the key to success in any profession.” In order to be a teacher, it takes patience, guts, and a longing to play an influential role in students’ lives because the future depends on the next generation.

“There’s not anything in life more rewarding than to see students succeed and be influential in their lives,” English teacher Mr. Neiss said. that come with the job. Art teacher Mrs. Doyle said, “The one thing that bothers me is when [those] who are not involved with education make rules telling us how to run our job.” Teachers can be expected to be in many places at once, but the only place that really matters is the classroom. Teaching is also a lifestyle. “Teaching is not a [career] where you leave the building and the job is done. I think about my students all day and hope everyone was okay in school that day,” said

between my life and teaching, but I still have to put my own children first.” Educators still have to learn how to improve in their field and are constantly learning through their own students. Special education aid, Ms. Kreiser said, “I have to wear many hats when it comes to teaching. I am reinforcing what teachers had taught in class by helping students with homework.” She enjoys the smile she gets from a student after he or she understands a concept with which they were struggling. Our teachers truly inspire us and help

from that. What’s the dynamic like having two different teachers in the room? Mrs. Brandt: I love team-teaching [with Mr. Byrne]. I love having another adult in the room because you can bounce ideas off of each other and you start to finish each other’s sentences. We also bring two different perspectives to the classroom. Have you run into any complications this year, anything you would like to change for next year? Mrs. Brandt: We’ve run into two things. One, it takes twice as long to teach the skill than what you really think. And two, I really like my content, and sometimes I get caught up in discussions, and I have to remind myself why am I doing this and what’s the skill that they’re supposed to ascertain from that. What are your plans for the class in the future? Mrs. Brandt: I would like to see more students take this course, and I would like to see the skills we’re teaching here filter into our other courses. I really think this is what colleges have been asking for, letting the research lead to your argument. It’s a challenge, but it’s exciting. We’re asking kids to really think, process, and write at a very high-level. It’s something I really believe in. How is your English class with Capstone different from English 3AP? Mrs. Kammes-Bumm: All English 3AP students are preparing for the exam in May, but with the connection to Capstone we have some slightly different

themes, as well as the readings and discussions. We practice the multiple choice and essays that will appear on the exam, just through different avenues. So far, is everything running smoothly, if so, are there any changes you would like to make for next year? Mrs. Kammes-Bumm: I think it’s running smoothly this year. I think students are really starting to see the connections between Seminar and English, so that’s been really helpful. I think we’ll really see with the outcome of the exams at the end of the year if it has worked as best as we want it to work. At the end of the year we’ll revisit and see what could be changed to help students be better prepared for those two final components. What are your plans for this class in the future? Mrs. Kammes-Bumm: I hope to be a part of it again because I’ve really enjoyed it this year. I was also able to get some perspective on the class by a student currently in AP Seminar: How have you enjoyed AP Capstone? Maddie Howard: I am really glad I took the class! It is one of my favorite parts of the school day. I actually get a lot of enjoyment out of the projects we do and the discussions we have in class. A lot of times in school, students tend to question the relevance of what they are learning. However, in this class, I am confident the skills we have learned in regards to research and debate are ones that will only help me towards future success.

AP Capstone: Insider insight on this new addition By Kathryn Graham ’16 Staff Writer This year, Glenbard West was one of 139 schools in the world to add AP Capstone to its curriculum. AP Capstone is a course offered to juniors and seniors wanting to delve into a new kind of research. As a junior, students will take AP Seminar, and as a senior they will take AP Research, where students will write their first thesis and participate in college-level research. AP Seminar is team-taught by both Mrs. Brandt and Mr. Byrne. With AP Seminar, students will take English 3AP, except, in this case, the class is geared in a different direction in order to accommodate the curriculum being taught in Capstone. The English 3AP Capstone class is taught by Mrs. Kammes-Bumm. I had the opportunity to sit with both Mrs. Brandt and Mrs. Kammes-Bumm and talk about their role in this new addition to Glenbard West. Can you describe AP Seminar? Mrs. Brandt: Sure, it is a skills-based course that is designed to help students conduct independent research their senior year. We look at these skills in isolation junior year, and build that foundation for senior year. The over-arching theme is Survival, so students are really centered around how to create a good argument and how to let the research drive them to that argument. We have mini-debates, look at how other people analyze arguments and also how to draw conclusions

Is there anything you would change? Maddie Howard: Honestly, there is not much that I would change about my decision to take this course. If anything I wish that I would have been more confident in my abilities at the beginning of the year. There are a lot of intelligent students in the classroom seeing as you must apply to be a part of the program. It can be intimidating walking into class every and being surrounded by such a talented group of young people However, each of us are there for a reason and it is important that you have faith in your capabilities and refrain from comparing yourself to others. Can students get involved in AP Capstone as a Senior? Maddie Howard: Capstone is a two year program. Therefore, in order to be in the class senior year you must have been enrolled in the junior course. This year’s class (AP Seminar) is essentially a prerequisite to AP Research, which is the course for the second year of the program. For freshman and sophomore students interested in taking this two-year course, one will need to complete and turn in an application, receive teacher recommendations, and be enrolled in an AP Language. Successful completion of the two year program will grant students the opportunity to earn an AP Capstone Certificate or Diploma. Students should talk to their current Social Studies teacher if interested.

Did you know only three schools in Illinois have been selected to participate in AP Capstone?


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Looking back on Heart Hop’s past By Lorena Iannicelli ’18 and Emma Pauer ’18 Staff Writers Looking back on February, the one thing that stands out in any Hilltopper’s mind is Heart Hop. The girls were nervous, the guys were anxious, but the night was certainly a great one. However, one may not expect that senior citizens are also reflecting upon their Heart Hop. The year 1941 was the pioneering year for Heart Hop. Charlie Brinkley’s orchestra (yes, orchestra!) provided the music for the night. Couples danced the night away for ten cents apiece. The following year, Mr. Biester, the principal at the time, funded a jukebox that played popular songs like “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Eventually, the fifties rolled around and so did the construction of Biester Gym. However, the dance remained in the girls’ gym until the growing student body requested a bigger

dancing space in 2000. Meanwhile, girls were sporting waist-defining dresses while men looked dashing in their tuxedoes. The 1960’s hallmark was a jungle-themed dance. By now, the dance had become an annual event, looked forward to by the student body. Every year the Hi-Y club in partnership with G-Club sponsored the beloved event. These clubs were similar to West Nation in nature, but they were run by students. They were devoted to fun and wholesome activities and sponsored the most popular events at Glenbard for many years. By now, Biester Gym was nearing the end of its construction process and would soon be used for all genders to participate in one gym class. In 1975, the dance became even more focused on the girls as the theme was a popular song called “Lady” by the band Styx. The school splurged and had napkins at their “bar”

engraved with the word “lady.” When the students’ feet were too tired to keep dancing, the teens could take a break at the school’s “bar,” complete with fake wine-glasses and punch. “Only You” by Yazoo was a popular request in 1980 as silver hearts dominated the hallways. That year was

marked by a new movement to support charities as well as have a night of fun. Messages on local television stations and pizza deliveries were only a few of the ways the girls asked their dates out in 1990; it was then that creatively asking your date became the regular protocol. Instead

gives the seniors multiple opportunities in the spring to spend their last moments together. Ryan Condon, a senior, shared his thoughts, “I believe Prom should be a special event for seniors. It’s the culmination of four years of hard work and it is earned in a way. Juniors will always have PostProm, but going to Prom only once during my high school career will make it all the more special.” Many seniors take this same stance, but some think that the event can revolve around seniors, but still include the juniors. Meghan Loftus, a senior, comments towards that end, saying, “I think that Prom will always be a special event for seniors.

It’s kind of the last hurrah of dances with your class. However, having juniors there that night is fun and inviting. It’s almost a good way to give the juniors a taste of what’s coming their way next year!” The night is about the senior class bonding, but Meghan has a point about juniors who potentially should attend. It’s a perfect way for the juniors who have never experienced Prom to become familiar with an event that is the cherry on top of senior year. While the seniors enjoy their last year, many juniors look forward to Prom as a special senior moment. Instead of attending the event twice, they hope Prom will be the culmination of four memorable high

school years. Juniors, Austin Green and Emma Winans agree. “I’m not sure how well received [a junior-senior prom] would be, because even though other schools have junior-senior proms, at Glenbard West, it’s really reserved for seniors with the exception of student council,” comments Emma Winans. “I don’t mind having it be just a senior thing, because I know that’s how I’m going to want it to be like for me.” Austin Green, junior, relates, “I’m indifferent about this issue really, because it does seem like a special thing for seniors to have just for their class. It will be that way for us as seniors next year. I also really doubt I would go as

1953 Heart Hop students enjoy a fun night of dancing. Photo courtesy of the Glenbard West yearbook.

of having a queen and her court this year, the king and fellow noblemen had cardboard crowns bestowed upon them while the ladies escorted them around. At Heart Hop 2000, “YMCA,” by The Village People was a popular request. This year marked the first (of many) dances in Biester. The student body was growing and could barely fit in the girls’ gym. In 2001, the field house began its construction as the school grew and grew. Heart Hop today isn’t all that different from past dances. The girls still work up the courage to ask someone out while the guys await an invitation. This dance is remembered as a time where boys and girls are encouraged to switch roles and it will forever remain in our memories. The fun times we shared at Heart Hop 2015 will be added to a tradition of excellence here at Glenbard West.

Should Prom only be for seniors? By Emma Goebbert ’16 and Shay Kiker ’16 Columnists Glenbard West Prom has been a junior-senior event for decades, but in the last five to ten years, the perspective about Prom seems to have changed. The number of junior students who attend Prom seems to have decreased, while a high number of seniors have faithfully attended. Though it is difficult to say when or why this shift has happened, it has been positive in some ways. Prom has developed into an incredible bonding experience for the senior class. Shortly after Senior Showcase, an exclusively senior fashion show, Prom ramps up. This

a junior and I’m sure other students agree.” Those in the junior class who are hesitant to make a move towards Prom should know they are always welcome to attend. There may be a loss in the sense that juniors are missing one of the largest student functions, but seniors have gained one of the best senior memories and the event has become one of camaraderie. Either way, Prom is a night to remember and be cherished by all. This year’s Prom committee is hard at work preparing for the event. Whether juniors or seniors head out for Prom 2015, it is sure to be a memorable night!

Did you know that Fred Biester was the principal of Glenbard West for over forty years ?


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My Story About Stories : Video game ventures By Kelsey Neumann ’16 Columnist

Video games in my opinion are one of the most immersive forms of storytelling. The audience member witnesses intriguing events through the eyes of a character who is involved in the story. This is my intervention: Hello, my name is Kelsey, I have been addicted to video games for the past month. More specifically, I am fighting with my brother for the Nintendo DS so I can play Fire Emblem: Awakening. It’s an amazing skill game with a dramatic plot, I set up battlefields in a magical world using techniques similar to those in chess. And not a day in January went by that I did not play this game. Now all jokes aside, I’ve noticed a trend in my video game choices in the past year. I notice my need for a video game to have a story. I started playing L.A. Noire: a 1960s Los Angeles detective game. It follows the story of a man who just got back from fighting overseas and gets a job in L.A. as a police officer. The player lives the story through this man’s eyes. The game consists of

solving cases by using careful observation to collect evidence on a crime scene. Then, the player interviews witnesses by picking up on body language to determine if they are lying or telling the truth. As new clues and information are gathered, the game the story expands. The Walking Dead is a similar game but with less time spent pounding on the controller buttons. The player is witnessing a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a man named Lee. At first not much is known about Lee’s past (or why he is handcuffed in a police car in at the beginning), but as the story continues, small flashbacks and interactions help the audience piece together his story. What I love about this game is that the player gets to choose Lee’s dialog and actions. These decisions change the outcome of the plot. Actually, I played the game several times making different choices to see the differences in the story. For all of those that still do not understand why I find this entertaining, it’s an interactive kind of television show I find far more intriguing. The player is the creator of the story not just the viewer. Many times narrators in books and movies say things for the audience to understand and witness the plot. What now is occurring is a new character, you, who is added to a story or the millions of possible stories that can exist. Skyrim has dozens of story possibilities and side stories.

L.A. Noire is a 1960s Los Angeles detective game which follows a man who just got back from fighting overseas. Image courtesy of The player gets to decide which paths to take and which armies to join. Unfortunately, this game ended for me after dying too many times to the same giant. With the game Legend of Zelda, Glenbard West Physics teacher Mr. Szarzak says, “Your character is Link, an ordinary person who must complete the greatest of adventures, that being to save the world of Hyrule, rescue Princess Zelda, and recover the Triforce. “This is a magical object composed of 3 pieces: Power, Wisdom, and Courage. These represent virtues, and for the realm of Hyrule to remain a good and just world, these forces must remain in balance. I’ve always really liked that message [of the game].”

But this story doesn’t go without a message, Mr. Szarzak says, “As you progress through the game, you become more experienced, powerful, and better equipped, but the challenges also become more difficult. “I’d say it is a pretty good analogy to going to school. As the year progresses, you gain knowledge and skills which allows you to tackle more challenging and interesting problems. This can be pretty scary, but the reward for meeting those new challenges and solving those tougher problems are also the most rewarding.” Games can include strong purposes and references like highly-acclaimed literature and films.

IGN Editor Ryan McCaffrey gave BioShock Infinite a 9.4 out of 10 rating on He says, “Racism, sexism, nationalism, and religion are all put directly in front of you, whether you like it or not. It makes a point simply by confronting you with these uncomfortable issues and forcing you to at least think about them.” Maybe I don’t need an intervention for playing video games. Maybe I should enjoy the entertainment they give me. I’ve got to follow the philosophy of the Triforce, like Mr. Szarzak says, “Life is all about finding balance and there’s no reason video games can’t be part of that balance if they are something you enjoy doing.”

News You Can Use : The way you walk By Abbey Burgess ’15 Columnist

When you stumble into school at 7:30 every morning and slouch as you walk to your first period class, thinking about how you’d rather be anywhere else, you’re unintentionally worsening your mood. Not because of your negative thinking, but because of the way you’re walking.

Research shows that people’s moods have a great effect on how they walk: happy people walk faster and more upright, whereas sad or depressed people sway from side to side and tend not to swing their arms as much. A recent study now shows that walking like a happy person, whether you feel like one or not, will lift your spirits, whereas walking like a depressed person will make you feel sad. Scientists are now attempting to determine whether a change in gait or sitting posture could work in a clinical setting as a way to treat depression. Your mood influences your body, which influences your movement. Certain types of move-

ment may represent specific characteristics of depression such as negative memory bias, which only worsens the mood. However, there are ways to avoid the vicious cycle of negative sitting or moving. A study in The Journal of Experimental Psychology found that talking to strangers on trains, buses, and waiting rooms tends to put people in better moods by creating a more positive commuting experience. Even talking to your barista at Starbucks can make a big impact, according to a similar study at the University of British Columbia, which showed that the group who engaged in a connection or small conversation with the barista reported a greater sense of be-

longing and satisfaction out of the transaction than those who were instructed not to say anything and purchase as quickly as possible. Resisting temptation can increase relative happiness as well. Another study at the University of British Columbia brought 55 people into a lab to sample chocolate. One group was sent home under orders not to eat any chocolate, while the members of the other group were each given a large bag and told to eat as much as they want. A week later when the study participants came back to sample the chocolate again and the study found that the people who gave up chocolate were the only ones who savored the chocolate and got as

much more positive effect out of it. The repeated experiences of the other group caused a decline in their pleasure of the experience. We can all perform small tasks each day to improve our mood, from engaging in small talk to resisting temptation to watching how we walk. We often allow our environment to ruin our day, however making small adjustments in our behavior or the way we see the people and the world around us can make a difference. We get out of our day what we put into it, and hopefully these changes will remind you how to make your day a little cheerier, and help you get through that first period class a little easier.

Did you know that four teenagers played video games for 36 hours straight?


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Hold the phone: conquer class distraction By Marina Schroeder ’15 Staff Writer Smart phones help with planning, keeping in touch, and staying connected. Although extremely useful at times, the addicting distraction of the smart phone is causing a problem in the way students are retaining information and interacting with their peers. The technology age is upon us, and students are using this tool to their advantage. With limitless information at their fingertips, all one has to do is grab a phone, open the internet, type in a few words, and they can have exactly what they want to know in a matter of moments. Finding whatever you want to know online is easier than ever, with search engines like Google “crawling” the internet and bringing you the information you want to know in less than a second. “Part of it is the internet, Google is actually changing how you think,” says Professor of Technology in Education at University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kimberly Lawless. She also says, “Students are more likely to remember where the information is located” rather than actually remembering the information. This may not sound like a big deal, with the Internet

available through either Wi-Fi or cellular data, but English teacher Kevin Sutton harps on the harsh reality that “smart phones make people dumb.” Sutton warns that the next generation of people entering the workforce will have grown up in this technologyfilled era without the “ability to recall information” due to their reliance on their cell phones. Not only is the smart phone causing a problem by hindering a student’s aptness to remember information, the distraction of the cell phone is also changing social interaction among teenagers. Senior Kelsey Neumann admits that she feels addicted to her cell phone, yet she also worries about the effect that smart phones are having on how students interact with each other. “I’ll be talking to someone, and when they lose interest they’ll just kind of pull out their phones,” says Neumann. “It makes me sad.” David Sean Hernandez, senior, also feels addicted to his phone, saying he does tend to use it when situations begin to get “awkward.” However, Hernandez says that “in the end it really is up to me, I control my phone.” Brandi Buczynski, senior, feels that although she spends

Cell phones keep us from concentrating both in the classroom and at home, which means we learn less and spend our time less efficiently. Photo by Lydia Nesslar ’17. over seven hours a day on her phone, she is not addicted. She finds her phone helps her stay “socially connected” and she could definitely manage without it. Unlike Buczynski, both Neumann and Hernandez feel that they rely on their smart phones. Neumann worries that without her phone she would “miss out on something important.” Although phones are a major distraction to learning, Dr. Lawless, who has been in education for over twenty-two

years, shares that “students always find ways to distract themselves,” even before smart phones. Sutton, who has been teaching for over ten years, concurs with Dr. Lawless’s statement, although he feels that smart phones do tend to enhance the distraction. “There’s always going to be a distraction. Without constant the temptation [of a smart phone], [it’s] less distracting,” says Sutton. Most everyone can agree that without cell phones, students

would simply find other ways to procrastinate. “I would be cleaning my room instead of doing homework,” says Buczynski. It is impossible to ignore that major changes are occurring in classrooms due to the distraction of addicting smart phones. Although this may progressively continue to worsen as technology mixes with the classroom, students need to remember that they are in control of their phones rather than their phones controlling them.

Make your move, join West’s Chess Team By Joe Cantore ’16 Staff Writer Are you an athlete or competitor who needs a new challenge? Come join one of Glenbard West’s most competitive teams, the Chess Team. The head coach is Mr. Liechty and the assistant coach is Bennett Joseph, a four-time national champion. Chess Team is always a good time, where you not only learn about the nuances of playing chess but also have opportunities to meet fellow chess lovers. We generally have monthly meets on Saturdays and conference matches on Tuesdays right after school, though these are not held every week. The season goes from the start of the school year until the end of February when we compete at State. Are you worried about

all three days, just two, or even just one if that is all your schedule allows, we welcome everyone. Even though we currently have no girls on the team, we would love to have greater diversity among our members. We strongly encourage everyone to join both the team and club. It just so happens that not a lot of girls are currently interested in playing chess, but if you are a girl who plays chess, you will be a greatly appreciated and valued member on the chess team. For all students, it should really be a no-brainer. You get to learn a well-respected craft, and meet wonderful team members along the way. Chess team is a great way to meet people who have similar interests, hone your competitive skills, and learn a respected The Glenbard West Chess game. The team takes chess very seriously, but maintains a friendly environment. Photo by Kirstin Palatinus ’15. Team is one of the most not making it onto the team? great option! Both the Chess 2:45 – 4:00 in the library. respected Chess Teams in If you want a more relaxed Team and Chess Club meet Both have a safe, friendly the entire nation, so do yourself environment focused on the simultaneously on Tuesdays, environment with flexible a favor, and join Chess Team. fun of chess, Chess Club is a Thursdays, and Fridays from requirements: you can come

Did you know the longest game of chess that is theoretically possible is 5,949 moves?

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March Madness 2015: By Owen Loftus ’16


Staff Writer

March Madness: A time where college basketball, as we know it, unfolds and utter chaos ensues. It is a time where schools can go from being unknown to the talk of the nation in a matter of hours. More importantly, it’s a time where avid basketball fans and basketball novices alike make their tournament picks. Whether you analyze every game or pick your bracket based on the uniform colors, March Madness is for you. Kentucky


With nine McDonald’s All Americans on their active roster, they are flat-out unfair. Kentucky Coach John Calipari said it best when talking of his team’s depth, “It wasn’t substitutes, it was reinforcements.” However, that does not mean they cannot be beaten, as Ole Miss and Texas A&M proved through narrow-losses. Kentucky has their fair share of stars with Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Willie Cauley-Stein, but the X-factor truly is Devin Booker. The 6’5” guard from Mississippi can do it all. He has unlimited range, and his extremely high basketball IQ stands out on a young Kentucky basketball team. If he performs up to his potential, this tournament could already be over. Unlike last year, I have truly bought in to the Duke Blue Devils. Why? Jahlil Okafor. This man can do it all. He makes defenders look silly in the post, steps back and hits a mid range jumper, and passes out of double teams with relative ease. He also opens the floor for shooters like Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. But you cannot overlook the effort Justise Winslow leaves on the court every time he plays. The lefty slasher has developed a solid jump shot and is now a highly-touted draft prospect. Duke has all the necessary attributes to make a run at the championship.




Oklahoma has been impressive all year. Oklahoma, led by Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins, has handled the difficult Big 12 and out-of-conference games well enough. They dominated very good Texas and West Virginia teams and only lost to Wisconsin by 2. With the senior leadership of TaShawn Thomas and the shooting of Hield and Cousins, Oklahoma is primed for a deep tournament run. Never bet against Butler. Never. They proved everyone wrong in 2010, and they did it again in 2011. You simply can never count them out. Kellen Dunham, Butler’s star shooting guard, keeps them in every game due to his shooting alone. Andrew Chrabascz is coming on strong at just the right time, too. He scored a career-high 30 points against Marquette on January 31st. Pair him with Roosevelt Jones, and Butler is a tough matchup for just about anyone. This could very well be 2011 all over again.



You just do not know what you are going to get with Texas. They have the talent that rivals Kentucky, but it seems as though they just cannot put it together. Maybe they will, that’s the beauty of March Madness. Jonathan Holmes has to play up to his potential and Myles Turner needs to continue dominating the paint for Texas to make a run. When it comes down to it, I wouldn’t mess with Texas.

Predicted Final Four: Kentucky, Duke, Virginia, and Iowa State. As a final rundown, those two teams in Blue and White are looking really good. Oklahoma is a legitimate threat to upset each and every team they play. You will regret not picking Butler. Just because everything is bigger in Texas, does not mean it’s better. But, hey, a lot can change between now and March 17th. If anything, the predicted Final Four will most likely change after Selection Sunday. The logo for this years’ March Madness, beginning March 17th. Courtesy of

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WES Interview: The importance gender equality By Emily Asselmeier ’16 and Asha Rowland ’16 Staff Writers This interview is with Karla Bonic ’16, President of Women’s Empowerment Society. What motivated you to create the Women Empowerment Society? Honestly, I think the motivation came from something as simple as a few clips of Miss Representation. The first time I saw that documentary, I’ll admit I was angry. I knew the representation of women in society was a problem, but I don’t think I gave the issue too much thought. But this film made me question the way I saw the world as a whole. Who knew that the way a news article was written about a female politician could differ so greatly in wording from one written about a man? From then on, I sought outlets to advocate for gender equality; WES is the best one I’ve found. I believe that there is a price to pay for ignorance - we can blindly accept what society tells or shows us, or we can question it and try to help our peers realize that there is a need for change. Why did you feel a club needed to be established at this particular school regarding this issue? I know that there are many strong female role models at this school - both staff and students. But I also know there are people - both young men and women - who are reading this and rolling their eyes right now Not everyone is open to change; most people are comfortable with the standards as they are. But I am not. If just one person attends a WES meeting and feels like a stronger person that day (because they feel more equal to his or her peers, more comfortable in his or her body, etc.), I think that’s a powerful start. Glenbard West has gender stereotyping issues, but we can try to lessen some of them. How do you feel that the society is helping improve gender equality in our

school? I think the creation of the society has given attention to gender inequality from people that never would have noticed it otherwise. Some students feel stigma towards the idea of empowering women, and to be honest, they’re usually the people who know certain women would greatly outshine them given the chance. Hopefully others can and will rise to the occasion and contribute to a healthier community at West where everyone feels the benefits of social activism. Do you believe that the school needs to be changed to meet your gender equality standards. If so, how? You can’t change an entire school. We can’t pick up the Castle Keys and write: “From now on, everyone will see women as equals to men, with the same capabilities, opportunities, etc.” It’s also not about “my standards.” I just started WES to get the movement going. It’s about this school being improved as a whole. If we want to see change, all we have to do is stand by what we believe. It might be as simple as not laughing at a joke that degrades the other gender. Most likely no one will notice, but you’ll know you made a small step towards the new “standard.” How do you decide what to talk about in each meeting? Most of the time it’s what seems to interest people in the society that month. Often it’s influenced by a topic they are learning about in class or a cultural fad. I get a lot of suggestions from texts that people send me about an article they read on Buzzfeed or a post on Facebook that they really want to talk about. But meetings are open to anything that needs to be said. Have you had any personal experiences where you feel you were being degraded because you are female? I’ve felt it many times, actually. Like most other people in the world I have a lot of goals and at the same time a lot of people doubting my ability to accomplish

Posters for the Women Empowerment Society (see above) can be seen around Glenbard West. For more information, check out WES’s Facebook page. Poster courtesy of Karla Bonic ’16.

them, especially because I’m a girl. I think a lot of girls go through it without realizing it. But it’s not just men degrading women, like many people assume. Selfdegradation and female to female criticism all contribute to an atmosphere that debases women. What’s important is that we all keep our mind sets above doubt and realize that your gender doesn’t qualify or disqualify you from the ability to achieve. It’s the same concept for your race, background, or personal beliefs. What in society frustrates you the most about how women are treated?

This is delving into deeper issues, but the way that society treats rape victims. And yes, I definitely recognize men can be rape victims as well. But it differs in the way that women are addressed afterwards. What a woman was wearing, how she approached the person who assaulted her, if “she was asking for it,” those are all completely ridiculous questions that are asked all the time of victims. No one has the right to force his or herself on another person. No is no, drunk is no, maybe is no. That surpasses gender issues, too, it’s [a] human right[s issue]. Define feminism in your own words

To me feminism is the perusal of equal rights, opportunities, and regard for women as for men. It is not about insulting or blaming men, glorifying every and any woman simply for the fact that she is a woman, or pitting the two genders against each other. It’s about ensuring that being a woman does not deny anyone a healthy and prosperous life, just because others can’t see past their own naivete. People should not be scared of the word “feminism,” rather they should see it as proof that advocating for equality can be beneficial to both genders.

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King Tut’s new trim: Damaged Art By Matthew Hanna ’18 and Emma Blackwell ’18 Staff Writers

Last year, while workers at Cairo’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities were moving one of the most famous artifacts held in the museum, they accidentally knocked off King Tut’s beard. The blue and gold piece was attached quickly thereafter; however, a thin line of epoxya quick-drying and hard glue

normally used on metal and wood- can be seen clearly forming a small gap between the face and beard. The workers say they are unsure when this incident occurred, but they claim that conservers were rushed into the process of repairing the priceless artifact due to its fame in the museum. The rush of reattaching the beard resulted in a poor choice of glue which has now damaged the sarcophagus. There is

also the report that while the conservers were gluing the piece on, part of the glue landed on the actual chin of the face. One person attempted to scrape it off, which damaged the artifact further, says NBC News. Although there has been a great deal of damage, it can be fixed with careful examination states restoration expert, Christian Eckman. This event had lead to an abnormal effort to fix to the

artifact. So, what would be considered a normal procedure? Restoring and preserving art is a delicate procedure that takes into account many different aspects, including lighting, humidity, pests, pollution, mold, framing, cleaning and the movement of the artwork itself. Learning and using the proper techniques for preserving art could prevent something like this from happening again.

An adhesive would have been used to reattach King Tut’s beard that was archival- made of materials that would not erode the piece or compromise it in any way, now or in the future,, says Glenbard West art teacher, Mrs. Doyle. She also states that at Glenbard West, any kind of class involving mounting artwork, specifically, is very aware of using archival, acidfree material.

(The Onion Router), users feel secure accessing certain sites without a tracking device on their back. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, has also jumped on this bandwagon and has allowed Facebook users to access the site via TOR. In countries such as China, North Korea, and Iran, where Facebook is banned, Zuckerberg is able to expand

globally and allow for more citizens to partake in the Facebook frenzy. Software like TOR, however, are notorious for their “dark web” felonious activities, such as accessing black markets. The “dark web” is a portion of the internet not assisted by search engines or easily guided by a standard web browser. When asked why Facebook would allow access to their site

via this infamous network, Alec Muffett, a software engineer for security infrastructure at Facebook London, states, “It gives people more confidence” and, not only that, but it also “adds another layer of security on top of your connection.” While confidence is key, is a network that promotes anonymity and can be associated with illicit endeavors essential for

Facebook to achieve their own goals? Some question if this is beneficial for the protection of people or if it is an easy way for online predators to get what they want without facing the consequences? With great power comes great responsibility, and the Internet is no different.

Facebook now allows ‘dark web’ access By Caitlyn Reick ’16 Staff Writer

Internet safety is a constant discussion brought up time and time again. Many people around the world feel as though anyone, from their close companion to a complete stranger, can obtain access to their private information. With software such as TOR

Renewable wind energy could power the future By Alex Bishka ’18 Staff Writer A growing problem for the world is its reliance on nonrenewable energy. Fossil fuels are a danger to the environment and, as the United States Protection Agency states, the greenhouse gases they release “act like a blanket around Earth” which causes energy to be trapped. This results in climate change. According to the Institute for Energy Research, 67.5% of the U.S.’s electric energy consumption is powered by fossil fuels. Renewable energy is slowly gaining ground over nonrenewable energy, though. Some of the world’s largest energy sources are a form of hydropower, specifically dams. According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Hoover Dam “generates, on average, about 4,000 megawatts (mw)-hours of hydroelectric power each year”. This is about one hundred times more power than Zimbabwe’s power consumption in 1998. As effective as hydropower is, it has a limit: the lack of ideal environments. This is

why wind farms have become a popular energy source. China leads the windpower front and according to, China could meet all of its electrical demands by 2030 with only wind energy. Comparatively, the U.S. will only be around 20% by 2030. Alta Wind Energy in California is the nation’s largest wind farm producing over 1,500 mw which is enough power for 450,000 homes. Surprisingly, despite having Alta Wind Energy, California produces about 7,000 mw less than Texas. The reason behind this is most likely due to the fact that wind turbines are expensive. Also, because California is one of the most urban states in the U.S., it simply lacks the space required for wind turbines. Fortunately, wind farms can be built offshore and, unlike solar energy which can fluctuate in power, as the sun is not always present, wind energy is constant as, at the altitude wind turbines reach, there is no absence of wind. This makes wind energy a practical, renewable energy source.

Alta Wind Energy sends a maintenance crew to check turbines in California. ATW has the nation’s largest wind farm. Photo courtesy of Outside of Texas, the Midwest and the West Coast utilize wind energy to power a few million homes. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Illinois has a maximum wind capacity of 3,568 mw, not far behind California. In 2013, 4.7% of Illinois’ electrical production came from wind farms powering 886,000 homes. Notably, Illinois has the ability of meeting more than

five times the state’s current demand of electrical power, not to mention decreasing carbon emissions. Currently, Illinois prevents about 5,690,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and has the potential to become a worldwide leader in wind energy. Unfortunately, the debate continues about whether or not the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources should be made, as

it is unclear when fossil fuels will run out. For the foreseeable future, the U.S. will remain dependant on non-renewable energy. Either way, when it comes to renewable energy, wind farms are a big fan. For more information on climate change, visit climatechange/ For more information on wind power, visit

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Crisis in Crimea: What really happened? By Sarah Delany ’16 Staff Writer If you asked a majority of high school students about the events that occurred in Crimea in the last year, most would mention the Russian forces invading the Ukraine and the abuse of many people in the region. However, the details and effects of the event are lost on most students. The conflict goes much deeper than the apparent wrath of Vladimir Putin, the dictatorial president of Russia, and affects a great deal more than just the small peninsula in southern Ukraine. Crimea is a peninsula on the southeast coast of Ukraine, which until recently was under Ukrainian control. The region is mainly populated by ethnic Russians, with a minority of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. This region came under Ukrainian control when Nikita Khrushchev transferred it into the Ukrainian sector of the USSR in the Cold War, according to Spiegel International. Because of this recent transition into Ukrainian control, there are still a great deal of Russian Crimeans who hold a strong alliance to Russia, and Putin himself. Ukraine agreed to house a Russian fleet of ships in Sevastopol, Crimea, located on the Black Sea; Russia wanted the trade that the Black Sea allowed. According to the National Atlantic Treaty Organization, Ukraine’s goal was westernization, but Russia wanted to keep them under their thumb, to use the resources that Crimea provides. In short, Ukraine wants to move forward and become a greater part of the western world, but Russia wants to keep the Ukraine under it’s hypothetical thumb in order to greater control Ukrainian assets. According to NATO, all countries want access to the Black Sea, and the copious amounts of natural gas in Crimea. In 2013, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych postponed signing a bill further uniting Ukraine and the European Union, because of heavy Russian pressures. Riots erupted in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, and as a result Yanukovych fled the government. Pro-Ukrainian forces took control of the government and put an extremely liberal Ukrainian into office as the interim president. According to CNN, this enraged many ethnic Russians in the Ukraine, and, as a result, created conflict and political unrest. This now leads us to the annexation of Crimea in the spring of 2014. On February 23, pro-Russian forces began to seize control of the Crimean peninsula. Putin originally denied the involvement of Russian troops to disinvolve his country, but later admitted that the army was composed of unmarked Russian soldiers. On February 27, the pro-Russian forces gained control of the Crimean parliamentary building, and flew a Russian flag, symbolizing the complete ignorance of Ukrainian sovereignty. They put a Russian prime minister into power and Putin sent Russian troops into Crimea to establish order and control over the region. By using illegal voting

Is Ebola still dangerous? By Francisco Gallardo ’18 Staff Writer

By this point, many people have heard about Ebola and the devastating effect its outbreak had throughout Africa, the United States, and Europe in 2014. Media coverage of Ebola has decreased, but are we any closer to better understanding this rare disease? Ever since its discovery in 1976, there have been a total of 22,444 reported cases of Ebola infections, with 8,959 of those resulting in fatalities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Ebola virus has become widespread according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . This is due not only to the 80-90% fatality rate of those infected with the disease, but also because the virus can be spread instantaneously through contact with the body fluids of those infected, direct contact with areas contaminated with the virus, and through contact with or the consumption of animals infected with the disease. “The side effects of Ebola can lead to dehydration, blood loss, and organ failure,” said Mr. Lindberg, a West biology teacher. Ebola’s side effects make it very difficult to contain which makes it difficult to care for those infected with it. Because of these factors, Ebola has become a huge problem in countries in Western Africa where local cultural practices, like burial rituals which require direct contact with those that are going to be buried, increase the rate at which Ebola can spread. In order to try to help those affected in Africa, the World Health Organisation has established 15 operation centers in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Officials from the W.H.O. told The New York Times that “those afflicted with the disease will have a higher chance of survival” when treated in those facilities. According to The New York Times, 24 cases of Ebola have been successfully treated in United States and Europe, eight of those specifically in the United States, since the outbreak in 2014. The United States is trying to prevent any more cases of Ebola in the United States by preparing 24 public health laboratories to test Ebola. In addition, five major airports, including O’Hare International airport which is only 20 miles from Glen Ellyn, are checking West African travelers for Ebola. Despite these complications, scientists are developing a more potent vaccine to help combat Ebola. According to Popular Science Magazine, the experimental vaccine is “both safe and effective in an African population.” Previous forms of the vaccine have proven effective, and the new and improved vaccine is supposed to be ready by 2015. Mr. Lindberg also stated that scientists are working on extracting blood serum from Ebola survivors. The serum would be used to provide transfusions to those infected to increase their chances of survival. Ebola still baffles many researchers, as it is hard and dangerous to study, and tests the capabilities of modern medicine. Affected countries must fight to keep their citizens calm and fend off the deadly attack which Ebola has carried out.

Art by Avery Kiker ’17.

methods, the minority Russian Unity party established control over Crimea, and in doing so, violated the human rights of the Ukrainians and Taters in the region. The new Russian government in Crimea declared independence from the Ukraine, and Putin claimed the region, claiming that it was never fully Ukrainian land and citing ethnic Russian people’s right to self-determination. Since the annexation of the Crimean region, there have been copious negative effects and reactions. The Human Rights Watch released a report detailing human rights violations on Crimean Tatars as well as pro-Ukrainian Crimeans, and consistent accounts of internet censorship, and persecution. These accounts of human rights violations ring true with minority groups across the world, especially those who have to constantly fight against their own oppressors. Russia was also expelled from the Group of Eight, an economic partnership between the strongest economies in the world. According to US News and World Report, as a result of the lack of international support, the Russian economy declined, forcing Russia to raise its interest rate substantially. The European Union has the option to impose trade sanctions on Russia until they stop violations of Ukrainian rights, but that also runs the risk of Russia raising natural gas prices, affecting the entire world. This issue affects many Americans, whether they know it or not. The decreased interest in Russian commodities creates a greater reliance on the unstable Middle East. Also, according to The Telegraph, the drop in value of the Russian ruble caused both the Dow Jones Industrial Exchange and the S&P 500 Index to drop significantly, demonstrating the ties between the United States and Russian economies. That being said, the grossly obvious human rights violations in the Crimean region are a call to action for Americans and the world. Although we don’t have to worry about Putin single-handedly destroying the American economy, we can still spread awareness and knowledge about the causes of the annexation of Crimea, and the oppressive practices in the region.

Did you know the Ebola virus is named after the Ebola River, where in 1976 the first outbreaks occurred?


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Avoiding the stress of the college application process By Claire Graham ’15 Staff Writer The college application process can be described in one word: stressful. With applications to fill out, countless essays to write, and looming deadlines, the application process presents itself as quite a daunting task regardless of the number of schools one is applying to. Students, teachers, guidance counselors, and parents alike feel the pressure during college application season, a pressure that, come April, symbolizes the joint effort by all parties to overcome the stress and produce applications that are worthy of colleges and universities all across the country. When asked about the most stressful part of the application process, senior Taylor Salo said, “I have found it very difficult to balance my school work and social life with applications. With looming deadlines, obviously my priority is

going to be wanting to finish my applications, but I have so much school work on top of that, that it makes it difficult to be productive.” The expectations of certain colleges and universities can be a point of anxiety and, for senior Allie Roule, it is just that. “The most stressful part of applying is writing all the essays and making sure you have all the criteria for the schools,” said Roule. Applying to college is a hefty task to ask of students but many have found solace in the support of their guidance counselors. “I am in my guidance counselor’s office at least once a week asking her little questions about my applications. She has been so helpful and a great resource,” said Salo. Guidance Counselor Anthony Bergantino said, “September and October are two of my busiest months during the school year. With transcripts to send, rec letters to write, and meetings

with students, it can at times be very overwhelming. A lot of my students are stressed about not getting into any of the schools they apply to and some of my students don’t even know where they want to apply. It’s all a matter of balancing school work with applications and for a lot of kids that is very challenging.” The guidance office is visibly crowded every day with students, mostly seniors, who have comments, questions, and concerns about every aspect of college. “College is a big decision to make but an important thing to remember is that all you are doing right now is applying. If you have done your research and filled out your applications to the best of your abilities then there really is no right or wrong choice,” said Bergantino. Teacher written rec letters, a personal statement that puts students’ abilities into context and provides depth of their personalities in and

attending the Senior Showcase on Sunday March 1st is also a blast! Typically, there is a performance from Glenbard West’s A Capella group followed by an assortment of treats for the audience to enjoy. Mr. Matz and the tech group of Toadies help the show run smoothly by working the sound system that helps the different announcers. These students are typically Forensic speakers and will read responses the seniors filled out in their application questionnaire like: What will you miss most about West? What will you not leave for college without? Favorite memory? Etc. I interviewed Katie Dodillet, mother of senior Will Dodillet a Boosters cochair with Debbie Burns and Beth Fawcett. Mrs. Dodillet said, “We recruit additional volunteers for specialized roles like choreography and scriptwriting. Choreographers meet with the students to work on their numbers for the Showcase. Meanwhile, scriptwriters are crafting bios

from the student applications, which then serve as the script for student emcees who deliver the bios at the Showcase.” Every group of around 6-12 seniors has a different song that they dance to and each group rocks the runway in apparel from approximately 25 stores. Some participating retailers this year are AliKat, Fuschia, Francesca’s, LOLA, 1 Happy Girl, Enchantments, M & Em’s, Healthtrack, Rise, Men’s Wearhouse and Black Tie. While there is so much to look forward to, this truly is the time for seniors to take time to reflect and capture the memories that will be coming as we take the next step forward (and if that step is on the runway, hoping that it does not end in a tumble). Get dancing and show off your best catwalk, and we will see you at the Senior Showcase!

out of the classroom, are a crucial aspect of students’ college applications. Mr. Fornaciari, a Social Studies teacher, was asked to write upwards of 30 rec letters this school year and when asked about them he said, “Writing rec letters can be a pain in the butt. I don’t think that students or parents realize how much time and work it takes to write a good rec letter and more often than not it requires teachers to put work in prior to the school year starting.” The importance of the rec letters is evident as it allows schools to see you as less of a number and more as a person. “There is a huge pay off for writing rec letters though,” said Fornaciari. “It’s great to see the students grow from freshmen to seniors. They may have not been the best students as freshmen, but, come their senior year, they are applying to some really fantastic schools and that is so rewarding to see.” The pressure of

applying to college can be extremely overwhelming for any student. It requires commitment, hard work, and a lot of time, which most students don’t have. Gina Houghton-Larsen, mother of senior Grace Houghton-Larsen, said “When I was applying to college there wasn’t this pressure that you guys are under right now. There wasn’t any overthinking like there is now. I applied to one school, I applied last minute, I got in and I went. This decision is one of hundreds you will be making in your lifetime and this just happens to be ‘the most important one’ at the moment.” In less than six months time, the stress of the fall will be behind all seniors and the uncertainty that shrouds the application process will have diminished and replaced with excitement and joy as acceptance letters make their way across the country.

Senior Nostalgia: Senior Showcase By Lauren Crowe ’15 Columnist The runway is being prepped, The Abbington, is reserved and ready to go, and the seniors have been rigorously working to perfect their own dance moves. Senior Showcase is a longstanding Glenbard West tradition which precedes graduation. The seniors get to dance and share their favorite high school moments. With 148 seniors involved, an all-time high, the day is quickly approaching, Sunday, March 1st, for a fashion show unlike any others. When my own siblings were seniors, they both participated in the Showcase and I remember how much fun they had (even though neither of them particularly enjoyed dancing or modeling). Getting to be in groups with an assortment of your classmates, whether they’re your teammates, your life-long friends, or new friends is a great way to spend time together. Even if you are not strutting your stuff on the runway,

Tickets are: $35 for adults $25 for students Don’t miss out on this fun event! Seniors (above) from the 2014 Senior Showcase.

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Imagine controlling your genes with your mind

By Taskeen Khan ’16 Staff Writer

Imagine it’s the night before a big test. You have three more worksheets to finish, two chapters to read, and one notecard to make, but your eyelids are already heavy, barely staying open. Now imagine you take a deep breath, steady your heart rate, concentrate, and suddenly you feel wide awake, thanks to a rush of serotonin.

This may seem impossible, but the idea of using the mind to control biological function is not as farfetched as it seems. Tibetan nuns have already achieved this amazing feat through meditation and can raise their body temperature to 101 degrees. By combining the fields of cybernetics and optogenetics, scientists are working to make this remarkable ability a reality for everyone. The first step in allowing people to control their biology through their thoughts is understanding the fields of optogenetics and cybernetics. Within the field of optogenetics, scientists have programmed cells that will produce specific chemicals or behave in a certain way based on levels of light exposure. Scientists liken the cells reacting to light to a sleeping person waking to light coming through his window. With cybernetics, scientists analyze brain waves so that they can tell which patterns cause which motions. This advancement in cybernetics has allowed the creation of prosthetics and helicopters that can be moved based on the brain’s electrical signals. Now combine these two technologies. A group of eight

people were trained to use techniques such as meditation and video game play, yes video game, to release brain waves which turned on a small LED lights implanted under the skin of a mouse. This light then activated light-sensitive genes that resulted in the production of a protein. The BBC article, “Scientists Develop Thought-controlled Gene Switch,” explains the reason brain waves are used to activate the light is for the long-term goal of helping “locked-in” patients, those who can no longer move or communicate. According to the article, “Wirelessly Control Mice With the Power of Your Mind,” patients who are conscious but unable to speak may be able to use this technology to self-administer pain medication. As this technology advances, it will allow for the control of micro-insulin pumps, which could change the life of the 347 million people worldwide who have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization. This technology could also be used to

control pacemakers or biomechanical implants, such as prosthetics. Alternately, the sensors could be altered to detect the brain waves that preface a seizure and release drugs that reduce the seizure. The applications of this technology go past just the medical field. According to the article, “Human Thoughts Used to Switch on Genes,” before a stressful exam, a few moments of concentration could allow for a calming burst of oxytocin. If you’re lying in bed and have already counted 132 sheep, a small dose of melatonin could be the key falling asleep. The technology may also be able to be altered to detect the brainwaves that precede chronic headaches and provide relief. However, since optogeneticcybernetic technology is not going to be tested on people soon, those of us wanting an immediate cure to headaches, stress, and sleepiness should concentrate on perfecting the meditation techniques of Tibetan nuns, or maybe just going to bed earlier. Artwork by Erin Delany ’16.

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Glen Ellyn teens share their voices with local elderly

By Megan Ozog ’15 Staff Writer

One Voice is a volunteer choir made up of students who sing at convalescent homes. The choir has allowed young people to become good citizens while also comforting the elderly. One Voice Outreach Choir consists of around 30 teenagers from numerous high schools, religions, and backgrounds who join together once a week at First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn and perform at convalescent homes once a month. One Voice offers Glen Ellyn high school students a chance to perform and get to know local assisted living patients. These patients range from people with dementia and Alzheimer’s to elderly people who just need someone to take care of them. The choir not only offers entertainment to the patients but also new friendships. The group sings anything ranging from Disney classics and 1940’s jazz to Katy Perry songs. After each performance, the teens go into the audience and talk with the residents. This is where many of the members not only make friendships with

One Voice Choir visits convalescent homes to sing to the elderly. Photo courtesy of Daisy Jones. idents of the choir and their the patients but also learn life the same for me.” Julia’s mom also volun- responsibilities include planlessons, hear amazing stories, and often times have some sil- teers in the choir on the parent ning a retreat, working with ly experiences. One Voice has board. Amy Kochert thinks the parent board, and making helped many Glenbard West One Voice offers so much, sure things run smoothly in the students become leaders and saying, “I wanted to volun- choir. teer in an organization that I Colette wanted to join One better people. knew I could impact, and one Voice after she saw them perJulia Kochert, a Glenbard West senior, joined One Voice in which my children were in- form at her church when she because “[she] likes to sing and volved.” She loves watching was in eighth grade and she thinks music is a great way to the teens working together to knew a lot of the members as make people happy and share give the residents an amazing her sister’s friends. Colette deexperience and watching the scribes her love for the choir, love.” Julia says that talking to the residents’ faces light up during saying, “My favorite part about One Voice is the community patients makes her want to do conversations. One Voice allows teens to de- that we have built- both with more good things in her life. She says that, “Helping people velop leadership roles through peers and the elderly folk.” Daisy says that her favorite makes me hope that when I’m the student board. Colette Bare older, kids will be willing to do and Daisy Jones are co-pres- thing about being in One Voice

Did you know One Voice Choir was first started in 1982?

is not only her bond with fellow choir members but also having “the unique opportunity to connect with all kinds of people in the assisted living homes, even if it’s for a short time.” Vicki Steevens is the director of the outreach choir. Steevens says, “There is something divine about our singers setting aside time to devote to those who are confined due to age or illness. We always talk about there being nothing better we could be doing on a Sunday afternoon than to go on one of our outreach concerts.” Vicki’s passion for music and love of helping others has lead her to finding the perfect role as director, which she takes very seriously. She’s been amazed by the members, saying, “I feel deeply honored and greatly pleased to have the chance to be in the company of all these spectacular human beings in the choir. Teenagers are extraordinary. I’m constantly in awe of their wisdom, sense of humor, courage, talent, and creativity.” One Voice has allowed young people to become good citizens while also comforting the elderly.


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Wearable technology coming to you By Kim Truong ‘16 Columnist

to be released this year is the Apple Watch. Combining the technology of a watch and an iPhone, the Apple Watch As the countless advancements in encompasses powerful technology into technology begin to grow, companies something that can be worn on your around the world are beginning wrist. to create the newest devices and electronics. We’ve seen wonders like Samsung Gear 2 the Samsung Galaxy smartphone to the Similar to the Apple Watch, Samsung iPad tablet develop over the years. Now, has a watch out on the market with companies are finding ways to combine comparable features to its competitor’s. technology and things we would not The Gear 2 is said to deliver an have thought to exist. Combining improved design and includes a heart the newest capabilities of technology rate monitor, basic fitness tracking, and with fashion, companies are creating tons of other extras. The Gear 2 retails the latest inventions we call wearable for about $299, and is one of the newest technology. gadgets now called the “smartwatch.”

a universal way to track and measure different fitness activities. With an application that can connect to an Android or Apple device, users can now track movement, set daily goals, and even have Nike+ sessions to keep track of the intensity during a workout. There have been other competitor products similar to the Nike+ FuelBand, such as the Fitbit, both combining fitness and activity applications into a sleek band. With advancements and increasing technological developments in our growing modern world, the newest inventions in wearable technology are only a start to the many innovations to come. Now that numerous products Nike+ FuelBand and innovations are starting to develop, Apple Watch Google Glass For those who enjoy fitness and wearable tech might just have a huge A highly anticipated device rumored Creating one of the said “most sci- exercise, the Nike+ FuelBand provides impact on our future and daily lives.

Samsung’s Gear 2 watch allows you to make and receive phone calls. Image courtesy of

fi looking gadgets on the market,” Google Glass encompasses various apps in a simple pair of glasses. With the Google Glass, users can take pictures, record video, engage in a Google Hangout, check the weather, and do various other activities through the use of these special glasses. Google has halted production on the Explorer Edition of the Google Glass, but they are currently creating improved future versions of the product. Now upgrading to a higher memory and more apps, the future Google Glass will replace its first edition, which retailed for about $1500$2000.

Google is currently working on creating a newer version of its Google Glass with more memory and more apps. Image courtesy of

How to avoid a social media crisis By Sameeha Zameer ’18 Staff Writer

Social media has become an inevitable part of any teenager’s life. A typical teenager starts the day with a list of updates of what he or she missed while asleep. Breakfast involves scrolling through their “feed” while the bus ride to school entails a quick glimpse at pop culture. Much of today’s youth are daily users of social media, according to the Pew Research Center, with 95% of all teens having accounts for one or more social networking sites. It is no wonder that these sites have deeply influenced our generation. Many students at Glenbard West use and enjoy social media. This begs the question, how does social media affect high school teenagers? Social media allows teenagers to stay in touch with people locally and globally. Networking sites allow young adults to see what is happening next door or across the globe. When a student moves or switches

schools, it can be very hard to adjust to the new environment without having old friends. Social media enables him or her to stay in touch and become welladjusted to a new life. Groups on Facebook or other sites help students with unique interests find students with similar interests. Many clubs and extracurricular activities at Glenbard West have a Facebook group for their members. This lets students interact with people with common interests. In addition, social media sites advocate for social issues like equal rights. On Facebook there are many groups that promote gender equality. For example Glenbard West’s Women’s Empowerment Society brings awareness to students about gender equality. “I think there is a lot of potential with social media to bring awareness to different causes […] such as feminism, gay rights, transgender rights. You can bring awareness to what’s going on in people’s lives and make a difference [through social media],” Ms. Bednarek,

Glenbard West health teacher, explains. However, social media can negatively impact teens. On one hand it serves as a platform to connect with friends, yet it also poses a threat to young and naive adolescents who can be a target of cyber bullying and invasion of privacy. A survey conducted by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System shows that 15% of high school students are electronically harassed by usage of inappropriate messages and images. Cyberbullying can happen at any time, making it extremely hard for the victim to escape since it occurs online. “Cyberbullying is a very real issue [and] it’s not as simple as changing your username or switching accounts. [Cyberbullying] follows you. Someone who wants to find you will find you [and] some people who are bullied through social media have committed suicide because of what’s being said,” Ms. Bednarek says. Teens also become obsessed with updating and posting new material on

their social media accounts. Refreshing pages with mundane events every few minutes has become second nature. This leads to increase in procrastination and lack of productivity. Students are more concerned about what new posts are put up rather than focusing on their work tasks. A study completed by Stop Procrastinating, an app that blocks internet on phones to encourage productivity, shows about 74% of students believe social media is distracting them from their studies and another 44% are worried about the quality of their work decreasing as a result of procrastination on social media. The benefits of social media go hand in hand with the disadvantages. Ultimately, it is for the youth to decide if they favor productivity over procrastination. In the long run, it is for them to distinguish between the pros and cons of social media and face its everlasting effects.

Did you know to activate Google Glass you say, “Okay Glass”?


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Zero-G 3-D: NASA uses 3D printers for parts, food By Max Asselmeier ’17 Staff Writer

Space exploration is one of man’s greatest achievements, and recent breakthroughs in technology have allowed for space travel farther than we have ever gone before. The 3D printing in Zero-G Experiment conducted by NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has given very promising results for deep-space missions. A 3D printer has been brought aboard the International Space Station, ISS, and has proven to be fully functional in space. A 3D printer works by releasing heated plastic that builds layers on itself to form a 3D object. After 30,000 hours of test flights and experimenting with 3D printing technology, the printer was brought into space. NASA has been experimenting with 3D printing since the 1990s, but the printers from back then could not make the rocket parts that NASA required.

International Space Station Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore holds up the first object made in space with additive manufacturing or 3-D printing. Photo Courtesy:

Now, 3D printers cost around ten to fifteen thousand dollars less than those from the past and can produce even larger spare parts. A replacement part for the printer itself was the first object to be printed on the ISS and it proved to NASA that it was prepared for manufacturing more objects. With this knowledge, NASA plans on creating their own machine shop on the

space station. If NASA is able to do this, they will no longer need to create and send rocket parts from earth, ranging from two to six million dollars in cost, because all machines and parts would be created through with printer already in space. Space missions used to be extremely dangerous because some of the rockets were not equipped with replacement parts due to space or

weight issues, but with the introduction of the 3D printer, any part can be created in space and shipped a rocket in a short amount of time. 3D printing allows for missions to be cheaper, shorter, and more flexible than before. Not only will rocket parts be created, NASA plans to manufacture food through 3D printing as well. Their Advanced Food Technology program is looking at ways to

provide safe and nutritional food for their astronauts. For a mission to Mars, food needs to be able to stay fresh for five years, and for longterm missions, a variety of nutritional food needs to exist. Freezing food takes up space and resources, therefore, NASA only administers individually prepackaged food that is technologically processed. The food is also selected before the astronauts are chosen, so they are unable to choose the food they will eat. Similar to rocket parts, with 3D printing, food can be created in space, and maintain its nutritional value. This would allow for longer missions to farther away places. So far, 3D printing has been a massive success, and NASA wants to eventually incorporate it into every mission they undergo. 3D printing has revolutionized space travel, and it will take us to places we could have never even imagined going to before.

U.S. military experiments with 3D printing in the field By Aldrin Roman ’17 Staff Writer 3D Printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. The U.S. Military began conducting 3D printing research in 2012. Currently military scientists are developing ways to allow soldiers to print fully functional objects such as guns, grenades, and other useful equipment while onboard a ship or on the battlefield. According to Jaret Riddick, leader of the Army Research Laboratory’s Structural Integrity and Durability Team, the dream is that 3D printers would be able to print a microair vehicle such as spy and surveillance drones, including the electrical circuitry and all the necessary parts to make it fully operational. With 3D printers that advanced, soldiers on the battlefield would be able to create these micro-air vehicles whenever they are needed. During August of 2014, a

Army researchers will try to find ways to 3-D print nutritious food without heavy packaging. Photo courtesy of

project led by a research team at the University of Virginia was able to make a operational Military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone. David Sheffler, the project leader said, “This program was really tasked with showing what is possible.” This project displays the

military’s potential to produce drones by using 3D printers. Currently, 3D printers in the military create parts for protective masks, holders for improvised explosive device detectors, medical prosthetics and explosives. However, with more research, 3D printers would be able to create the

objects themselves, rather than parts. A statement from BAE Systems, a supplier to U.S military and research company, printing drones from 3D printers will available as soon as 2040 or possibly earlier. 3D printing food for soldiers is also being researched

Did you know 3D Printing started back in the 1980s?

heavily. Soldiers on the battlefield would no longer have to worry about running out of food. Stranded soldiers would have a sustainable food supply at all times. According to Lauren Oleksyk, a food technologist at the Army’s Natick Research Center, the vision is that 3D printers would be interfaced to a soldier and sense the soldier’s potassium or cholesterol levels and produce food based on these numbers by using nutrient-dense liquid matrices. Rather than ink, the 3D printers would layer complex patterns of liquid food and powder to form solid foods. The food would not be a replacement to full meals, but rather be power bars created on the spot to suffice any nutrients your body currently needs and to quench hunger. Overall, 3D printing, if further developed and experimented with, has the ability to benefit military soldiers on the field by allowing them to produce drones when needed and keep their hunger in check while supplying them with necessary nutrients.


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

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

‘Like a Girl’ Super Bowl commercial, let us make a change By Maddie Howard ’16 Editor-in-Chief Similar to many, I have always looked forward to commercials during the Super Bowl. At times I have even found the advertisements to be more entertaining than the game itself. Many of the commercials this year aimed to incorporate a moral or message, such as the importance of friendship or preventing domestic violence. I was particularly moved by one specific commercial: P&G’s “Like a Girl.” The clip was created in order to promote the company’s feminine hygiene brand, Always. The commercial consists of a director asking a group of people to act out several different scenarios such as running, throwing, or fighting “like a girl.” Initially, the participants are older. When asked to carry

out certain activities “like a girl,” they respond by doing so weakly or playfully. The actors make it clear that their actions are meant to depict someone who was athletically incompetent. Then, the director brings in several younger girls and asks them the same set of questions. Their responses are much different from those of the older age group.

girls confidently acted out capable young women, while the older participants immediately associated “like a girl” with a negative connotation. As an adolescent female, I was able to empathize with the message of this commercial. In our society, the phrase “like a girl” is meant to be an insult. These comments have a

“We have the ability to transform the words ‘like a girl’ into a positive statement.” They mimic athleticism by running, throwing, and fighting with maximum effort. At the end of the commercial, a quote appears on the screen stating that a girl’s self-esteem plummets during puberty. This fact is effectively conveyed through the advertisement. The younger

negative effect on girl’s self-esteem. When a young girl hears these words, consciously or subconsciously, she calls her capabilities into question. This language teaches her to be ashamed of her actions, simply because she is female. My question, along with P&G’s, is: why can’t

behaving like a girl be something positive? Ultimately, the purpose of this commercial is to raise awareness in regards to the words we choose. If our society is ever to advance towards equality, people need to recognize that phrases such as “like a girl” are insulting to half of the population when used incorrectly. We have the ability to transform the words “like a girl” into a positive statement. I challenge you to politely correct someone next time you hear these words being used to offend another. Make an effort to remind young girls in your life that they are capable of anything. Help the next generation to accept women as influential members of society. In this way, we can produce a new standard for girls, one that encourages them to have strength and most importantly, self-confidence.

Cumberbatch controversy, the power of words By Abbey Burgess’16 and Steven Hanna ’16 Over the past several years, Benedict Cumberbatch has slowly become something of an international star, with his roles in Sherlock and The Imitation Game gaining critical acclaim. However, Cumberbatch has recently landed in hot water for what some people would call a display of his character Sherlock’s biggest flaw: a lack of tact. In an interview on Tavis Smiley, Cumberbatch spoke out against the lack of diversity in the British film industry, stating, “I think as far as coloured actors go it gets really difficult in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the US] than in the UK and that’s something that needs to change,” continuing with, “something’s gone wrong, we’re not being representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to

step up a pace.” On first read, Cumberbatch’s comment appeared worthy of praise: he was speaking out against a legitimate discrepancy of opportunity, which in the 21st century should no longer be an issue. However, civil rights groups quickly took offense at his language,

and Cumberbatch should have been more careful in choosing his words. However, this controversy over his language usage has sparked a debate over the wrong problem. The real issue is that people of African descent are still being unfairly discriminated against. Issues like this need

“Words hold tremendous power, and we should use them with care and thoughtfulness.” specifically his usage of the word “coloured.” The UK’s leading antiracism charity, Show Racism The Red Card, said that while they supported Cumberbatch’s message, the use of the word “coloured” was racially inappropriate, as it is outdated and could cause offense due to the connotations associated with the term. The charity has a very valid point,

to be talked about, to be brought out into the open so that more people are aware of them. Words hold tremendous power, and we should use them with care and thoughtfulness; they are also our biggest tools for change, and we should not waste such potential. However, if we don’t speak up to change the world out of fear of offending

someone, no one would say anything at all. Stigmas still exist, and they probably always will, but the only way to fight them is through discussion, openness, and education. We have such potential, because we live in a completely interconnected world where we can talk to someone in Jordan or France through the use of one app. We need to capitalize on this potential. Listen to Cumberbatch’s message, and learn from it: from both his mistake and his message. While obviously no language should be used to purposefully offend someone, this fear of the language itself only further emphasizes the barriers that still exist. Progress against discrimination has been made, but we still have a long way to go. It’s time for all of us to take heart, gather courage, and speak out for a more open and accepting world.

Did you about 108 million Americans watched the Super Bowl this year?


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Ducks take flight: Glen Ellyn rugby

Photo courtesy of Evan McTaggart, who is pictured tackling an opposing player during a Glen Ellyn Ducks rugby game in the summer of 2014. By Carson Melinder ’17 Staff Writer The Glen Ellyn Ducks Rugby Club has been around for almost 15 years with one state championship in 2002 and two other championship game appearances in 2013 and 2014. However, many students are unaware of the fact we even have a team at all, despite this string of success. I talked to several players and

coaches about the upcoming season, as well as what got them interested into the sport. Sitting down with the head coach, I asked Mike Melinder what he contributed most to the team’s recent success, as well as the reason for the sports increase in popularity. “I think it’s a combination of increased visibility via social media, as well as the addition of the youth program, where you have kids playing in 7th

grade rather than having to teach juniors and seniors every year” he said. One of those players who began playing back in 7th grade is sophomore Owen Crawford. “The number one thing that piqued my interest in rugby was the idea of being able to play a sport that had a strong sense of companionship and teamwork, and it was completely different from any other sport because it had such a different mentality

required for the game, which I found myself compatible with,” stated Crawford, who was the captain of the JV Ducks team last year. “The opportunity to play as captain in rugby brings with it a great sense of responsibility [...] it’s a game that focuses so much on the team being a single unit, and to be recognized as someone to lead and manage a group of guys gives you a sense of responsibility,” Crawford

explained. As a whole, both the players and the coaches said that it’s the relationships you build with your teammates that makes the sport so attractive to many players. Both the Junior Varsity and the Varsity teams will begin their season in late February and early March. You can visit their website at for more information.

Optimism in the audience: Parents on the sidelines

By Kellen Hinchey’16 Staff Writer

Parents always say, “Learn form my words, not from my actions,” but what happens when the words are just as bad as the actions? On the sidelines of soccer games, parents have been known to act out at the other parents, the coaches, and even their own children. However, parents need to learn how to be positive towards their children. Phil Duret, a youth soccer coach, said, “[Parents] scream a lot of reckless things. Like they sometimes flood the kids, and I don’t like that. And sometimes because I’m in tune to the parents, as well, I have to battle them so sometimes I feel like it’s the kids and I versus the parents and I don’t think it should be like that. It should be a collective unit all in one, that’s what synergy is all about right?” Phil’s thoughts reflect those of many other coaches in various sports and activities; encouraging words help children develop skills in their sports.

Glenbard West psychologist Eileen Pugsley agreed, saying, “Effort should be praised.” Even children understand the difference between when a parent is being encouraging or being a distraction. Gavin Wooldridge, a player on an under-12 youth team, said about his parents cheering him on, “It depends on what they say, sometimes if it’s not a good thing, then I don’t play good after that, but if it’s a good thing, then I play harder.” This encouraging behavior does not only apply to game situations. Parents have to apply themselves and their children fully to any activity and not simply focus on game days. Owner of a local soccer club, Lisa Hinchey, said, “I would think one of the biggest things, is to not just isolate it about game day, not just game day performance, but talk to them [children] and encourage them to work on their own outside of practices, ask them what they can be doing as a player to improve their weaknesses, what they view as their own strengths, and make it more

about the development and the long-term development, not just about one game a weekend.” Parents of all athletes should encourage their children, but they should beware of becoming overbearing. Parent of two young athletes, Daryl Wooldridge, said, “I try to be encouraging to them and to their teammates and try to acknowledge good play.” Unfortunately not all parents can act in such a civil way. In a video on YouTube posted by a Texas parent in 2013, another parent is heard screaming “What were you thinking,” degrading her own child in the process. This mean attitude hurts a child’s growth as a player and person. Encouragement, is very important for the development of young athletes, especially since young children are so impressionable. Soccer coach and former player, Danielle Warner, said, “I think that it’s good because I think they look to their parents, you know they want their parents to be proud of them [...] They’re playing

for their parents and want that reassurance and if they’re there encouraging them, they do play better and love the sport even more.” But even the most composed parents sometimes slip up. One of Mr. Wooldridge’s sons, Cooper, said, “My dad went crazy when the goalie punched the ball and I blocked it with my stomach and they called it a foul.” Afterwards, Cooper said he felt like he wasn’t doing something right, a combination of his father’s screaming and the referee’s call. Keeping tempers in line is an important lesson to teach the children, so parents can find other ways to either take out their anger or stay involved, but positively. Ms. Pugsley said, “Something other than the coach is going on in their lives. Parents can hopefully examine their feelings of anger and be a little more insightful as to where it’s coming from.” Or parents can take the other route and try to help their children and their teams in different ways.

In the case of soccer, Danielle Warner said, “Besides just cheering [kids] on in a positive way, we always do look for volunteers within the club, whether it be a team manager, which is a huge thing, it takes a lot off the coaches plate, so that’s always nice and there are different things whether it be coordinating different events which is huge and its not something the coach is going to do especially if they don’t have a kid on the team. So I think different team activities or taking the role as a team manager and just different things like that.” Parents should stay involved in their children’s athletic lives because development plays a major role in the entire process of producing good athletes and people. Though kids may not always listen to what parents say, they are deeply affected by their actions, especially on the sidelines of sporting events. Parents need to be aware of how their words and actions can alter their child’s mindset.

Did you know the first international rugby game was played in 1871?


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Mind Games: West athletes stay focused in competition, life By Erin Delany ’16 Columnist

Athletics are not just about physical strength and agility. Staying focused on the field is the key to success for athletes, but with the constant scrutinization and inherent pressure that comes with being on a team, this can be more difficult than it sounds. To keep their nerves subdued and their performance at its peak, having mental discipline is key. At first, the way that these athletes train their minds for competition seems specialized, however upon sitting down with some successful players, one may find that there is much to learn and apply to everyday life. Visualizing success is a tool used by athletes to keep their eye on their goal and perform their best. Geo Smith, junior volleyball player, said, “Before games I’m normally just trying to relax. I picture myself on the court, accomplishing what I want to accomplish and being successful. It works for me.” This tactic is common. Nicole Detling, a sports psychologist, claims that visualization helps Olympic athletes to improve their performance. In an interview with The New York Times in 2014, Detling stated, “The more an athlete can image the whole package, the better [his or her

performance] is going to be.” Emma Erickson, a sophomore and member of West’s field hockey team, said that the best way to focus her mind before a game is to visualize. “I think visualizing success before even beginning helps me to get in the right mindset, and keeps me from psyching myself out,” she attested. Seeing oneself succeeding makes it easier to accomplish almost any task, which is why Glenbard West athletes often apply visualization to other areas of their lives, including their studies. A p p l y i n g visualization to academics is simple, at least for Geo Smith. “I don’t just visualize on the court. When I take tests, I like to get there a little early and relax, de-stress and think about how I’m going to do on whatever I’m taking,” Geo said. Visualization is a good strategy to try when faced with an individual pressurized situation, such as a standardized test. If one can clear his or her mind and focus on doing the best job possible, odds are he or she will. Staying focused is crucial when playing a sport, especially in individual competitions such as cross

country running. Paul Christian, senior cross country runner for, was quick to comment when asked to share the most important facet of his mental game. “I try to stay in the moment and focus solely on the running and what I have to do,” Paul stated. “You do your best when your mental strength matches your physical ability.” It may be tempting to multitask, but Paul insists that the only way to produce the best result is to keep your mind on one thing only.

The Cubs started their offseason with a bang by pouncing on former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon’s opt-out clause and signing him to a five-year deal as their new manager. Maddon, a proven winner, unlike the Cubs’ last three coaches (names not important enough to mention), is a perfect match for the forward-thinking front office. He is also extremely enticing for players looking to sign with the Cubs. They also made a huge splash in the signing of one of the best pitchers in the game, Jon Lester to a massive six-year, $155 million contract. With the addition of Lester, the club strengthened its major weakness: starting

pitching by giving the ball to a consistent pitcher who can give the Cubs a legitimate chance to win every time he steps on the mound. Along side starters Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel, the Cubs rotation is in the best shape it has been in a while. The Cubs also acquired Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero for two minor leaguers. Montero adds some veteran leadership and is a huge upgrade at the position. Being a former allstar, Montenero is a big improvement over Wellington Castillo and John Baker. Also, the Cubs have two promising prospects, in third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell who will hit the big leagues

Knowing that she has done all she can do to prepare gives her the peace of mind she needs to run her best. “I always know that I have been doing a lot of training and working really hard,” Lindsay said. “Feeling prepared is really the best focus you can have because it is the most applicable to the task at hand,” Lindsay said. Preparation is a habit for Lindsay; she does not feel secure without it. “You will definitely feel more focused if you have studied leading up to a big test rather than slacking off beforehand,” she stated. If preparation begets focus, studying hard in advance is the best path to success. Above all, to have success on the field one needs to trust in his or her own ability. Self-reliance is key for Jason Balogh, a member of the Glenbard West football team and a senior. “When I’m on the field I try to just focus on doing my job rather than everyone else’s,” he stated. “If everyone on the team just does their specific job, you will be successful.” Football is a team-focused but also very solitary sport. Every member on the team has a specific assignment, a man to keep track of or a play

to complete. When every player’s job is intrinsically connected to the success of the team, trust in oneself and one’s teammates is crucial. However, for Jason this trust extends beyond the field. “Staying focused on schoolwork and doing my job helps me be successful,” he answered when asked how his methods of focus carried beyond athletics. Focusing on one task at a time and not worrying about what others are doing is an effective way to ensure success, especially in such a personal setting as a classroom. Figuring out what works for one’s own learning style and level of understanding will help avoid unnecessary stress while allowing a student to produce their best work. Glenbard West student athletes excel both on the field and in the classroom, in part thanks to the way they train their minds to succeed. Focusing on themselves and their performance guarantees the best possible results. From visualization to preparation, these athletes have their mental games down to a science. If you want to improve your focus, be a part of a team, and have fun, consider joining a West sports team this spring.

sometime soon after the season starts. Will this be the year the Cubbies will break the Curse of the Billy Goat and bring a pennant to the North Side?

LaRoche replaces Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko with some pop and power in the lineup. Along with secondyear stud Jose Abreu, the Chicago White Sox have serious power in the middle of their lineup. Lastly, the White Sox signed former Yankees AllStar closer David Robertson to a four-year, $46 million contract. The signing of Robertson fills a gap created last winter when Addison Reed was traded to the Diamondbacks. Could this be the year where we see for the first time ever a Cross Town Fall Classic between the Cubs and White Sox? We will just have to hope and watch.

Visualizing success is a tool used by athletes to keep their eye on their goal and perform their best. Along with running cross country and track, Paul is also a member of the orchestra. The same skills he employs to stay focused on the course he often uses when practicing. “If you practice distractedly you get nothing done, so you must be constantly aware of what you are doing,” Paul said. “It is the same with school and homework. Don’t multitask.” Obviously one cannot be a successful athlete without a good deal of preparation. Lindsay Graham, statewinning West cross country runner, attested to this.

Is this the year for the Cubs or White Sox? By Eaton Ford ’16 Staff Writer

Well, it’s that time of the year again. No, not spring or summer. Baseball Season. In just a few months, thousands will fill stadiums where they get to take in the fresh smell of newly cut grass, the mouth-watering aroma of grilled brats, the sweet scent of funnel cakes frying, and the roar of thousands of fans at the crack of a bat. And for the first time in years, it looks like both Chicago ball clubs could have a promising season in store for their loyal fans. THE CASE FOR THE CUBS…

THE CASE FOR THE WHITE SOX… The South Side ball club began their offseason by trading for a familiar face. Trading for the ex-Cub star pitcher Jeff Samardzija creates a strong 1-2 punch in the rotation with Chris Sale The Sox gave an extra boost to their offense in signing outfielder Melky Cabrera and first baseman Adam LaRoche. Cabrera has been a consistent .300 hitter for the past three seasons with San Francisco and Toronto.

Did you know the Cubs have not won a world series since 1908?


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A super parent behind every super athlete:

How parents contribute to their child’s success on and off the field By Deena Harnboonzong ’15 Staff Writer Behind every lucky athlete is a supportive mom or dad who ensures that their studentathlete can balance time between family, sports and academics. Four parents of Glenbard West athletes explain how they are able to offer support in their child’s sport while balancing work. To make sure their athletes eat healthy and have energy after school, parents have to consider healthy options when grocery shopping. Danae Marcus, mother of football player Ben Marcus, says, “Nutrition is very important to me. I make sure Ben eats a lot of proteins and not a lot of sugar. He also takes supplements with vitamin C and D.” For Michele Hecht and April Sedall, mothers of cross country runners Ben Hecht and Christina Sedall, they take suggestions from their kids when grocery shopping. “Ben makes requests when I go grocery shopping, but over the years he’s gotten better with making good food choices on his own for running,” said Mrs. Hecht. The transition to high school sports may be challenging for some parents when it comes to picking the right food.

Corrie Stieglitz, mother of swimmer Paige Lay explained, “Freshman year was a struggle because we didn’t think she was eating enough to counteract what she was doing and exerting herself. But by now we got it figured out, and Coach helped us too with the nutrition.” Parents also have to divide responsibilities between work and being able to attend their kids’ games and meets, and even giving them rides. Mrs. Stieglitz finds a balance by bringing work to her daughter’s swim meet. “I am a teacher, so at her meets I usually take a bag of work with me and grade papers in the stands and get it done.” Because swim meets are so long, they also “bring workout clothes and go running in between races,” said her stepfather Ben Steiglitz. This way, they find a way to utilize the time they have between the races their daughter is not swimming in. Most parents need the help of technology to keep themselves organized and reminded of what’s going on in their kid’s school and athlete life. Ms. Sedall said, “I rely on my phone calendar. I sit down and put down all the days off, what’s new or changing, communicating and staying on top of updates.” Mrs. Stieglitz keeps herself

organized by “using a calendar and a phone for texting and communicating with Paige.” For Mrs. Marcus, a paperand-pen person, she has to “divide responsibilities with the other [football] team mom, and keep notes in [my] notebook.” Mrs. Marcus shared her multiple responsibilities as one of the team moms. “We make sure the boys are fed, support the coaches, [sell] gear, decorate the locker rooms, and getting photography at games and special events.” Additionally, parents fear for the potential of injury in their child’s sport, whether or not it includes physical contact. “My biggest fear for my child is injury and illness,” said Mrs. Stieglitz. “I am worried about injury. You know it could happen but you still support your child,” said Mrs. Marcus. However, the studentathletes have their own responsibilities when it comes to homework. Parents trust their kids enough to not have to check in on their homework. Mrs. Hecht said, “We’ve developed a level of trust so that even if something’s a little bit off this week, I know he’ll be on top of it next week.” “Deep down, no one is really going to care about how you’re doing. The only person that should is you,” said

Mrs. Stieglitz about telling her daughter how your own responsibilities should matter to yourself most. Ms. Sedall also never checks up on Christina’s homework. “I assume she’s taking care of her own work.” Volleyball player Kaitlyn Motel said, “I think parents of athletes have even more responsibilities than the athlete. They drive you places, they pay for uniforms, pay for private practices, they have to communicate with the coaches and make reservations for hotels when traveling.” Parents also try to motivate their kids into doing their best in school and on the field. “I set an example, trying to be a role model for him. I try to know what’s going on between school and sports. He doesn’t need much motivation from me, he mainly gets it from his coach,” said Mrs. Marcus. Parents can expect the pressures that come with being a varsity athlete. Their child is constantly being pushed to reach their maximum potential. However, when the parent is pushing a sport upon their child more than the child themselves, it may be too intense. Mrs. Hecht offered some advice to other parents of athletes: “Just be careful to not push them too hard. It’s great

to get them to try different things, but intense sports come with a lot of time—it has to be the kid that wants to do it and not the parent.” Mrs. Marcus’ advice is “to relax and not get revved up in playing-time or the position your child is playing in. Trust the coaches, and get involved if they need help or need someone to coordinate activities.” Mrs. Sedall also added that “children and parents of athletes would be happier if they would relax. There’s so many parents that are so intense and that’s all they talk about. And to me, that takes the joy out of the meet. It’s just a little too much. Parents need to take a step back and just make sure their kid is happy and healthy, and just enjoy it and not stress out because it stresses out their kids too.” With such high demands expected from well-rounded student-athletes, they need a support system to help with eating the right foods, being on time, and moral support. Whatever work the athletes put in, they will see it pay off. And so will the supporters who stood behind their child through all the practices, games, meets, wins and losses. Behind every fortunate athlete is a parent who contributed to the success of their child.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Gould and Colleen Luczak.

Did you know 61% of students say their parents are more into sports than they are?


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Keeping up with the graduates: College Athletes By Arno Curtis ’16 Staff Writer Over the years, many talented athletes have walked the halls of Glenbard West. A number of these individuals had dreams of continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. West is lucky to witness a significant number of these student athletes achieve that dream, most notably in the Class of 2014. I’ve have the opportunity to reconnect with some of our former classmates— reminiscing on high school accomplishments while also catching up on their new lives as college students. Madeline Perez majors in biology while participating in cross country and track at Georgetown University. She led the West Cross Country team to a state title in 2013, following her individual state title in 2012. “As student athletes, it is expected that we manage our time in a way that allows us to be successful in both our sport as well as in the classroom,” says Perez. “It takes a lot of commitment, but it is also extremely

rewarding.” Grant Greeno, former Glenbard West baseball standout and current pitcher at Brown University, also comments on the difficulty of balancing college-level classes with playing sports, “The student athletes that can mold school and sports into a daily routine are the ones that are successful in college,” says Greeno. Fellow baseball standout and football star Hayden Carlson explains, “The biggest adjustment from high school to college sports is simply the speed of the game.” Carlson, who helped lead Glenbard West football to a state title in 2012, is now a freshman football player at Yale University. “Coaches give the freshman a learning curve, but after a few weeks, you are expected to compete just like everyone else on the team,” Carlson explains. In addition to competing at the Division I level, all three athletes attend prestigious universities with high-level academics. Each athlete puts a large emphasis on academics in high school and

has continued to do so as they have entered college. They felt getting good grades in high school provided many opportunities that would not have been brought forth by athletics alone. “Glenbard West brings out the best in each individual, athletically and especially academically. My experiences there have helped me tremendously,” explained Greeno when asked how Glenbard West has helped athletes succeed at the college level. “I wouldn’t change a thing about high school. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” All former students agreed, saying they had few regrets regarding their high school experiences. However, Carlson warns, “Don’t waste the four years by making poor decisions.” The trio agreed that athletics in high school and college are an opportunity that should not be taken for granted. As Perez says, “Having the opportunity to represent your university in athletics is truly a once in a lifetime experience.” To those who aspire to play

sports in college, “College athletics can be daunting,” says Carlson, “Just keep working hard and be sure to leave your options open.” Although the process of achieving your goals can be challenging, Greeno provides words of encouragement for ambitious high school athletes: “Never let go of your dream.”

Madeline Perez Year: Freshmen Hometown: Glen Ellyn HighSchool: Glenbard West PRs: 1,600m - 4:52.21, 3,200m -10:21.19 Prior to Georgetown: Placed 16th at 2012 Cross Country Nationals 2013 Illinois State 3A 1,600m 3,200m Champion 2014 Illinois State 3A 3,200m Champion

#26 - Hayden Carlson Height: 5-11 Weight: 193 Year: Freshmen Hometown: Glen Ellyn High School: Glenbard West Position: DB

#23 - Grant Greeno Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 Year: Freshman Hometown: Glen Ellyn, High School: Glenbard West Position: LHP Bats/Throws: L/L

Chris Buechner commits to Alabama cross-country By Colin Griffin ’16 Staff Writer Running three miles is a difficult task no matter what the stakes are, but even more so if every day of your year is dedicated to completing those miles as fast as possible. It is this dedication, however, that has landed senior Chris Buechner on the University of Alabama’s cross country team. Chris committed to run for the Crimson Tide in late January on a full ride scholarship. He finished his cross country season at West with a personal best of 14:48 at the state meet in Peoria, which earned him 19th place overall and an All State title.

While fourteen minutes and fortyeight seconds may seem impossible to those unfamiliar with the sport, it is the long hours and dedication that has allowed Chris an opportunity to run at a Division I school. “I started running track in seventh grade and to see it all coming together is something that still doesn’t feel real to me,” says Chris. His dedication to running has clearly paid dividends in terms of his individual achievements, but his running days at Glenbard West cannot always be measured by the number of meets but also in the ways he has impacted the team. Chris, also a team

captain, is a role model for many of the younger runners and has handled the responsibility with a calm and confident demeanor the entire time. Throughout the summer, he was always one to encourage the others on the team to keep pushing no matter if it was their first year on the team of their fourth. Fellow teammate Eric Neumann knows Chris’ commitment to running just as well as anyone and says, “Chris is a fantastic teammate [who] constantly inspires the team to push ourselves to the absolute limit.” Next year, even greater things will be expected of Chris

as the competition increases immensely at the collegiate level. There is no longer the possibility to see guys grow from “having zero experience” to seeing the “break-out during a race,” which is what Chris recalls as his favorite aspect of the sport during high school. Whether it be as a part of the Crimson Tide cross country team, the upcoming track season, or even further on in his life, Chris will continue to build relationships with the people around him and instill in them the ability to do great things. He will be dearly missed next year.

Did you know that 3.7% of high school athletes go on to play college sports?

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