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Adventures in multiculturalism: By Christine Pallon ’14 Staff Writer Column

What zebras and staircases taught me about diversity and acceptance.

English speakers shout. “Um, no. That’s pronounced ‘zed,’ so it has to be ‘zebrah.’” And so on and so forth. I swear, I almost lost friends over the great zebra debate. And don’t even get me started on what a “biscuit” is. Actually, let’s get real for a second, my British friends. Those are cookies you’re talking about, not biscuits. But I digress. Yet another sign of our cultural differences? Staircases. When you’ve got a lot of people from a lot of different

to do whatever they wanted, going both up and down the middle because they presumably wanted to watch the world burn. It wasn’t perfect. I can’t tell you how many on-stair At the age of 14, after growing up in a barren hole collisions I took part in or observed, but we made it work commonly referred to as “Arizona,” my dad’s job reloas best as we could. cated us to Geneva, Switzerland. For whatever reason, zebras and staircase etiquette Geneva is considered one of the most international citwere the only real differences we could never seem to ies in the world, with over 40% of its population coming move past. from outside Switzerland. During my two-year stint in Everything else we were able to resolve through Geneva, I studied at Collège du Léman, an international laughter. The lack of political correctness astounded me. school in the Swiss village of Versoix. Home I expected a multicultural environment to be to a student body made up of over 100 nationhyper-sensitive, but I found the opposite. My This type of humor often led to alities, CDL is a truly diverse environment. first few months at CDL were a blur of ofIf there’s one thing I can say about multifensive jokes and brutally honest quips about genuine discussions about our cultural culturalism based on my experiences there, race and culture. backgrounds – what was true, what was it’s that it’s not perfect – we’ll always have The best way I can describe it goes a litour differences. But we don’t have to let those tle something like this: “Hey, my country’s just a stereotype, what we like about our differences alienate us. If we can move past weird, wanna laugh about it?” them – no, embrace them - we can learn so It was how we related to each other, like culture and what we don’t like. much more about each other and ourselves. most teenagers do. We laughed at each other At CDL I met kids from England, Braand we laughed at ourselves, even if it pushed zil, Russia, Japan, Ghana, Finland, Swaziland, Kuwait, countries in one place, staircases are nearly impossible the boundaries of good taste. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and dozens of other countries to navigate without serious bodily injury. Now that I’m By calling attention to stereotypes (real or exaggerI probably couldn’t place on a map. My friends and I back in America I have a newfound appreciation for how ated) they could never be used against us. were like any other group of teenagers. We played video much we love our order when it comes to stairs. Go up This type of humor often led to genuine discussions games, went to the movies, and were generally disap- the right side and down the left side, just like driving. about our cultural backgrounds – what was true, what pointments to society. Although you sometimes encounter a lost soul who ap- was just a stereotype, what we like about our culture and But we had our differences. pears to have forgotten the natural order of the universe, what we don’t like. For example: there were two things no one could ever the system works. It’s instinctual. No one ever teaches What I’m trying to say is that, despite our differences, seem to agree on: zebras and staircases. you how to go up stairs, you just do it. a little laughter and honest discussion alleviated most of Let’s start with the word “zebra.” Depending on where At CDL, I kept to my American stair-faring ways like our cultural tension. you learned English, you’re going to say that word one a good patriot. I know an affluent international school in Switzerland of two ways. At my school it was an even split. Right side up, left side down. isn’t exactly a one-to-one model of the whole world, but Want to have some fun? Write “zebra” on a whiteThe thing is, people from places like the UK drive on I think we can all learn something from CDL. board at an international school and ask everyone to say the other side of the road so they go up stairs left side up, We don’t have to be the same. We just need to be okay it aloud. Now sit back, and watch the chaos unfold. right side down. with being different and be ready to laugh about it. But “Zeb-rah, of course.” The British-English speakers As if that weren’t bad enough, some nations don’t whatever you do, avoid the topic of zebras altogether. insist. even have stair etiquette. “It’s zeeeee-brah. Like the letter ‘zee’!” the AmericanKids from places with dense urban populations tended

Reptiles, amphibians: shedding light on their plight

By Tristan Schramer ’14 Staff Writer

Most people are unaware of the wide variety of herp (reptile and amphibian) species that can be found locally. According to Joel Greenberg’s A Natural History of the Chicago Region, “Approximately sixty species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the Chicago region.” Unfortunately, these species are only getting more and more difficult to find, posing a problem for future generations. The condition of the region’s reptile and amphibian assemblages were determined to be in a declining state by The State of Our Chicago Wilderness report, and this decline is largely due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation. Erik Lindberg, AP Environmental Science teacher, states that habitat degradation can result in “a loss of biodiversity. Sometimes species will go extinct locally or sometimes you’ll actually see a change in the strata of the ecosystem.” Amateur Naturalist, Matthew Ignoffo, also attributes some of the decline to “urban sprawl and the succession of woody species in prairie habitat.” Whatever the cause may be, biodiversity is declining in Chicagoland, and herps are not excluded. Even in my own short lifetime, I have seen the disappearance of species I used to commonly find in my own backyard like the Plains Garter Snake. It has probably been twelves years now since I’ve last seen one on my property. Dan Thompson, Wildlife Ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, states, “If you look at compared historic records versus where we’re at right The Central Newt is one of the species in greatest decline in the Chicagoland region. Photo by Tristan Schramer ’14. now, I would say [reptiles and amphibians] are fairing quite poorly. Their diversity and Ignoffo notices that generalist herp species, which can cope with pollution and habitat alterquantity are greatly reduced from what they used to be.” These declines do not reflect well on our efforts to preserve and protect our remaining natu- ation, are the most common reptiles and amphibians currently in the area. Bullfrogs, American Toads, and Common Snapping Turtles are examples of generalist species that are fairing well, ral spaces since many herp species are indicators of habitat quality. “Herps are very sensitive to changes in their environment and often have very narrow, spe- using man-made habitats and retention ponds to their advantage. Other more niche-specific cific habitat requirements. Whether it is a change in pH of pond water, or soil contamination, species cannot survive with our rapid development. Sacerdote-Velat added, “Some of the greatest declines regionally have been seen with they are one of the first taxonomic groups to be impacted. For amphibians, which respire through their skin, water quality issues can become apparent with their lack of reproductive Northern Cricket Frogs, Spotted Salamanders, Pickerel Frogs, Central Newts, Wood Frogs, success or the presence of malformed individuals,” explains Lincoln Park Zoo Reintroduction Kirtland’s Snakes, Massasaugas, and Smooth Green Snakes. Populations of Blanding’s Turtles, Spotted Turtles, and Ornate Box Turtles are also greatly in decline.” Biologist, Allison Sacerdote-Velat.

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Read between the hemLines: ‘Fashion start[ed] here’ ten years ago By Gabriella Bower ’14 Assistant Editor-in-Chief

It’s crazy to think that Teen Vogue has only been around for 10 years. What started in 2003 as an extension of Vogue magazine to a different market, is now a fashion bible of its own. With Vogue’s yearly rate of 909,630 subscriptions, Anna Wintour, the reigning editor-in-chief of Vogue, selected Amy Astley to launch Teen Vogue. Since then, Astley has brought Teen Vogue to a circulation of over one million readers, has had the magazine nominated twice for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, has written a New York Times Bestseller in October 2009 titled The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion, and has pioneered annual industry events such as Teen Vogue’s Fashion University and the Young Hollywood party. Fashion for the Y generation has been redefined forever. Teen Vogue, although not the first of its kind, remains one of the two successful teen fashion magazines. (Seventeen magazine being the other.)

CosmoGirl began in 1999 as a teen spin off of Cosmopolitan magazine, and Elle Girl, a spin off of Elle magazine, began in 2001. However, both failed by 2006. This left them with only their online publications which eventually merged with Seventeen’s website. So, what is it about the pages of this Teen Vogue that makes it not only better than the rest of its kind

Or maybe it’s just their pure talent to scope out the latest and greatest trends. After all, their motto is “Fashion starts here” and they pride themselves with the knowledge that “young trendsetters everywhere know there’s only one authentic

worked as an associate editor. Astley joined Vogue in 1993 as a beauty associate, and became the Beauty Director by the following year. She worked at Vogue until she was chosen by Anna Wintour to launch Teen Vogue in 2003. According to the Condé Nast website, as a 23year veteran of Condé Nast, Astley has been named one

Photo of Teen Vogue issues courtesy of Gabriella Bower ’14. Photos of Teen Vogue covers courtesy of www.teen-

but affluent to this day? Maybe it’s the fact that they feature cover models who aren’t just celebrities but actual fashion models or fashion icons. Or their consistent publication of editorials on real life issues affecting people our age.

source for emerging fashion, beauty and pop culture delivered with the sophistication of the Vogue brand” (courtesy of www.condenast.com). At the foundation of this magazine is an incredible editor-in-chief: Amy Astley. She began her career in 1989 at House and Garden, where she

of Forbes magazine’s most powerful U.S. fashion editors, for continuously fueling the creative world of teen culture, beauty, entertainment, and fashion through print editorial, web and social media outlets. What else does she ignite

flawlessly? Fashion editors of the future. Eva Chen worked at Teen Vogue for seven years as the beauty director and later covering features articles, special projects and digital development, according to her interview in Lucky magazine where she now holds the Editor-in-Chief position. Jane Keltner de Valle is the Fashion News Director for Teen Vogue which means she is responsible for editing the View, Shopping Spree, as well as the fashion features, and also pens the firstperson column titled Fashion Blogger. I think it’s safe to say that if you make it at Teen Vogue, you can make it anywhere. But why? Because you establish an audience of loyal readers who recognize your name, follow you on social media, and wherever you go in your career after your time at TV, you will be followed by the same readers you’ve started your career with. Many of the contributors that start out at Teen Vogue are in adolescence and their early 20s. Proving to people everywhere that age is just a number and talent is timeless. Whether it’s the models, the contributors, the articles, or the photographs, there is no question that Teen Vogue is the teen fashion bible. So, next time you pick up Condé Nast’s youngest targetaudience publication, appreciate the history behind every single glamorous, glossy page.

From Catwalk to Class: Accessorize your style Emma Goebbert ’14 and Shay Kiker ’14 Columnists Catwalk: New York Fashion Week is the culmination of style, art, architecture, a n d innovation. It has been the epitome of both runway shows and streetstyle since its first appearance in 1943. Although the central force of New York Fashion Week is the over one hundred runway shows featuring the world’s top masterminds behind countless fashion creations, the streetstyle is imperative in both style forecasting and trendsetting. The reason streetstyle plays such an essential role in fashion week is because this infamous week attracts the world’s top celebrities, bloggers, photographers, editors, and style icons. With this many fashion savvy people in one place, it’s not hard to spot some of the most versatile upcoming trends and designs. For this year’s New York Fashion Week, we have rounded

up the top three accessory trends spotted on countless people walking the streets of New York including Anna Wintour and Alexa Chung. 1. Stacked/Midi Rings: Whoever said less is more certainly wasn’t correct when it came to the jewelry trends for 2014. Stacks and stacks of rings were found on the hands of many models and moguls in New York including the new style of ring called the midi or knuckle ring. They were the perfect accessory to top off the trendy looks each trendsetter was sporting. 2. Statement Sunglasses: Gone are the days where sunglasses were used merely for eye protection from the sun. Now they are making a bold statement all on their own with vibrant colors, whimsical frames, and exaggerated details. Nothing was too wild for the classy fashion show goers as they flaunted the new generation of statement sunglasses. 3. Oversized Watches: Watches have come a long way from just being worn to tell time. They have taken on a whole new look with oversized faces and lux bands that are far from just being practical. The NYFW watches fell in the category of anything from sporty to downright glamorous offering us some much needed arm candy.

Photos courtesy of Gabriella Bower ’14 and www.pinterest.com

Class: It’s hard to feel comfortable these days with accessories. They make a statement, they are edgy, and they are huge. Trends in accessories are nearly mirroring those in clothing fads, both in popularity and spunk. Some of the trends from New York’s Fashion Week are already starting to hit the streets. Stacked rings are new and trendy. They have not been sported for awhile, although they will be sure to be seen in years to come. The possibilities are endless and can wonderfully fit your personal style. From dainty thin bands to bold twofinger rings, the creativity is left up to the wearer. Edgy rings are great for any kind of outings, day or night. Thicker, patterned bands would make a nice pair with something sparkly or texture for occasions such as lunch with friends or an event at night. And do not be afraid to bring out gold, copper, and slate gray colors. If you are feeling really crazy, mix the metals. For school, work, or lighter occasions, sterling silver, or rose gold works nicely. The key to these is matching color and tone. If they are similar in that way, they can be mix-matched in shape and design for a great look. Staying away from a pure gold and a pure silver is also a good idea. Unique

tints and textures add variety and richness to this style. This trend works in generally every season. As we head into spring the sun reappears, as do the shades. Statement sunglasses are a go-to this year. Perfect for laying out at the beach over spring break or driving around town. The statement shade is definitely a more individualspecific trend. And knowing your face shape can either drive this fad to success or failure. For thin faces or a small nose, glasses that slightly turn up in the corners and have a smaller frame work well. For a fuller face, oversized lenses do better justice. Another thing to keep in mind when looking for the perfect pair is hair. If you have bangs, do they accent the cut or make it look awkward. Full volume hair lends itself well to larger glasses while thin or pin-straight hair can work better with slighter frames. Size is more important than color or pattern. As time flies by in New York Fashion Week, we can’t forget watches. A perfect accessory for students and worker-bees. This device is becoming a statement accessory as much as it stays a tool. Big statement watches are just as glam and chic as ever. Clothing is of the upmost importance, but accessories truly speak to your personal style.

Did you know Fashion Week generates an estimated $532 million in direct visitor spending annually, which translates to $865 million in total economic impact.


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Instablog: The best in the business By Meghan Loftus ’15 Columnist The world of fashion is filled with confusing lingo and up and coming designers. It’s hard to know whose opinion to trust. The reason ge_fashionista was created on Instagram was to to promote self-expression on a street style blog and to boost girls’ confidence at West. But with all those blogs out there, it’s hard to know which ones to follow. I’m here to help, along with my fellow fashion columnists! Some of our favorite blogs are the following: Atlantic-Pacific, A POP of Color (one of our very own), Cupcakes and Cashmere, The Sartorialist, Read between the hemLines (another one of our columnists), Classy Girls Wear Pearls, Humans of New York and Tavi Gevinson’s Blog.

ample, if Emily is hosting a party she’ll post good ideas for appetizers or interior design tricks. Or around Valentine’s day, Emily posted “Sweet Little Ideas” backing up the cliche that a little goes a long way. Cupcakes and Cashmere is good for a quick fix of fashion whenever you don’t have enough time to read a whole blog.

forward, Humans of New York is based in New York and all of the people on it are “average people”…some with a more spectacular voice than others. In a recent post, an older woman was featured saying she is just “trying to fight her way into these fashion shows.” Random reasons like this is why this blog stands out to me. The Sartorialist is the most unique blog related to fashion of the one’s listed so far. The Sartorialist is the most cultural yet the simplest. This blogger posts beautiful pictures of people on the street. The thing that makes it stand out to me is the locations given with the picture. The Sartorialist covers fashion form Milan to Barcelona to Paris to New York. The blog gives a date, place and picture.

Atlantic-Pacific is a personal favorite. Atlantic-Pacific posts pictures of street styles. It features very classy and cute clothes that have links attached to them so followers can purchase the garment A-P had posted. While normally higher-end clothes, it is possible to find some steals. These women are often posing on the streets of New York, the number one fashion capital…I mean where else!

Read Between the Hemlines is an inspiring fashion blog on Tumblr by Gabriella Bower. It celebrates holidays such as Lauren Conrad’s birthday (which yes, should be an official holiday) and posts about anything and everything a teenage girl dreams about in the fashion industry: from New York Fashion Week to your favorite character on Gossip Girl and how she has revolutionized style. Gabriella started blogging when she was sixteen. She says, “I was inspired by Tavi Gevinson’s Blog.” Tavi’s blog is also for teenage girls and has become a booming success. Gabriella’s blog is one of my favorites because it is so relatable.

A POP of Color, by our very own Emma Goebbert, is one of my very favorite fashion blogs. Not only does she cover fashion, but restaurants and interior design too! Emma’s blog is welcoming and easy to understand. She has a question and answer area along with a pop-up poll. She listens to her followers’ questions and thoughtfully answers them. Her pictures are clear and her captions and blog posts are descriptive and creative. I highly recommend checking out her amazing blog.

Classy Girls Wear Pearls is the definition of a fashion blog. Nothing more, nothing less. You get what you ask for! Classy Girls Wear Pearls is pictures of classic looks with a modern trend incorporated into it. The clothes depicted are cute and while it is a basic fashion blog, it has some of the cutest clothes.

Cupcakes and Cashmere is a less fashion-focused blog. Emily, the blogger, is an adorable young woman with a passion for blogging. She tells her followers about her life and what she is preparing for. Her blog covers whatever she’s going through in her life. For ex-

T a v i Gevinson was an elevenyear-old girl when she first created her blog Style Rookie. This blog was brought to the public eye when she turned twelve. Tavi grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. When she started receiving more and more attention for her blog, the focus of the blog shifted from a focus on fashion to a focus on pop culture and feminist discussion (just as her interests shifted) still with some fashion mixed in. In an interview with Chicago Tonight, Tavi talks about how her peers at Oak Park River Forest reacted to her being in the public eye. She says that “as a freshman I think some of the students who were older than me were like a little resentful […] of what I had going on outside of school…but now that I’m a senior there are a lot of freshman that ask if I’ve like met One Direction.” She still struggles managing attending her final year of high school, her blog and all the talks/events she is invited to. When the Style Rookie received more than 30,000 views each day, Tavi began her online magazine Rookie to expand on her viewers’ interests. She posts on this magazine three times a day, with some exceptions. The three categories are After School Special, Dinner Time and Sweet Dreams that all come out around their respective times. She hopes that her fans walk away after reading Rookie, “at the very least feeling inspired, more ok with themselves […] knowing that they are already cool enough, smart enough, pretty enough, you know whatever.” Tavi is one of the most well spoken young women I have ever read/heard. While she is intelligent, she is still SEVENTEEN and you see that in her posts. She is an inspiration and very down-to-earth. I highly suggest reading Rookie and watching the interviews in the link at the bottom of my article. These bloggers are all excellent writers and have strong voices. Their opinions should be valued. Each blogger has a unique way of posting their style and expressing their passions. This is their form of self expression and their daily outlet from reality. Reading these blogs is beneficial to the followers and educates them on the topics being discussed. I hope you check out the blogs listed and enjoy them as much as I do!

Humans of New York. This blog is simply amazing. Humans of New York is not a fashion blog, despite there occasionally being an irresistibly cute outfit featured. This blog takes a picture of a person on the streets of New York. The blogger asks this person a random question and the “model” answers with a straightforward answer. In other cases, the person just makes a statement to the photographer. While it may seem straight Pictures courtesy of each respective blog’s website.

Did you know there are 87.8 million blogs on tumblr alone?


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Here’s the Skinny on ‘Fat Talk’

By Bailey Bystry ’14 Columnist

I will never forget a conversation I had with a group of camp friends about our physical flaws, last summer. We talked for over an hour about thunder thighs, double chins, chicken legs, flabby arms, and cellulite. And I was shocked by some of the things that these objectively beautiful girls were voluntarily pointing out about themselves. Then, they turned to me and just stared. And suddenly I realized I hadn’t said anything. I started listing off things. Lots of things. Things that didn’t even make sense. (At one point, I think I said I had fat toes.) I came out on the other side of that conversation realizing that, unlike many of my peers, I didn’t hate any part of my body. And this could only mean one thing. That there was something wrong with me and my thinking. That I was a narcissist. Since then, I’ve come to realize that I’m not the problem. Women’s attitude towards body types is. According to a 2011 study by Psychology of Women Quarterly, 93% of women engage in selfdeprecating “Fat Talk” (a term coined by sociologist Mimi Nichter Ph.D. in the early 90s). One third of all women say they engage in this body bashing frequently. Surprisingly, the study also found that most of these women were not even fat, meaning they were a medically health weight. So then, why do women Fat Talk? If my friend Angie says, “I just hate my thunder thighs,” the female cultural norm is to selfdeprecate in order to maintain equality within the


support her friends.” What kind of society are we fostering for the next generation of girls, if having confidence in your appearance can equate to being a poor friend? In 2008, 81% of 10 year old girls said they were afraid of being fat, and 54% of women said they would rather be hit by a truck than become fat. Self-bullying Fat Talk and the attitude we have towards our bodies overwhelmingly contributes to the estimated 10 million women suffering from anorexia and bulimia, of which 1025% die as a direct result. But, there’s more. Fat Talk also hurts friends twice as much, because not only are girls forced to body bash, but also to compare. If my size 2 friend Rachel complains about how she’s not a 00 like Miranda Kerr, how am I supposed to feel as a size 6? An unpublished study showed a scene from the second episode of Sex and the City to a group of coeds and asked We must take it upon ourselves as women to them to choose their favorite character. In the scene, the four friends Fat Talk after reading a fashion magazine. literally change the conversation. Awareness friendship. Thus, it becomes almost reflexive for to choose their favorite character. In the scene, campaigns such as Northwestern University’s me to reply, “Oh please, you have beautiful curves. the four friends Fat Talk after reading a fashion Tri Delta Fat Talk Free Week, Reflection’s Friends At least, you’re not as flat as a board like me.” magazine. Charlotte hates her thighs, Miranda Don’t Let Friends Fat Talk movement, and Special Women bond over body bashing. Hence, I would loathes her chin, and Carrie finds no pleasure in her K Brand’s new #FightFatTalk project have recently seem unempathic (even arrogant), if I didn’t tear nose. Only Samantha breaks the mold, saying, “I brought this issue into the light of the media. Now, myself down a little with her. And so, Fat Talk happen to love the way I look.” it’s our turn. becomes contagious. Overwhelming, the men choose Samantha. Ladies, forget the Fat Talk. Our favorite parts of An unpublished study by Engeln-Maddox However, among her female viewers, not so much. our bodies should always be our brains, our hearts, showed a scene from the second episode of Sex Samantha was the least favorite among the women, and our guts. and the City to a group of coeds and asked them because she seemed “too self-assured and didn’t

Preserve biodiversity

If we do not act soon, these species will continue to decline and might even disappear from the region completely, disrupting the balance of their ecosystems. These changes will only result in a greater loss of biodiversity in the future. Thompson summarizes, “To me it’s like a spoke in a bicycle wheel. When you lose that one species, you’ve lost that spoke and it only weakens that wheel, and as you continue to lose more and more spokes, eventually that wheel’s going to fail, and that’s what I would say it’s like with our ecosystems. That’s why diversity is so important. I think every species present serves a unique purpose and is very valued for that.” Many people do not see any value in having herp species around, but each has it own specific role in the ecosystem, even if there is overlap between other similar species. Sacerdote-Velat elaborates, “The biphasic life cycle of amphibians allows them to carry nutrients between the aquatic and terrestrial environment so they move many important compounds and nutrients through both habitat types. […] Snakes are important grassland predators, controlling rodent densities which helps manage diseases like Lyme disease since rodents are reservoirs for Lyme.” Saving reptile and amphibian populations can also be used to gauge the status of our biodiversity recovery efforts as a whole. Herpetologist and Conservation Biologist, Tom Anton, says, “Reptiles and amphibians are good indicators of habitat quality and restoration and management success for primarily one reason, they’re relatively immobile. They can’t take off and fly to a better place or run across roads and be in another county like mammals or birds can. They’re isolated predominately.” Working alongside Ryan Campbell, Restoration Ecologist at Fermilab, we witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of Midland Brown Snakes recorded in 2013 in comparison to the findings of the last survey conducted in

1989. The increase from one individual in ’89 to dozens in ’13 has demonstrated the success of Fermi’s long-term restoration work. Campbell is hopeful about the progress so far: “In an ideal world, we would like to see Blanding’s Turtles come back, a state endangered species. They may still be here, but we know for sure that they were here in the 80s and 90s and the last one was seen in the year 2000. The Smooth Green Snake is another species that I would like to see rebound as well.” As long as we remain optimistic and motivated, we can save much of our remaining biodiversity before it’s too late. Anton encapsulates, “The reason you [preserve biodiversity] is to be able to say that we are cooperative participants in the maintenance of our own future as an organism ourselves. Because as our naturally functioning systems go, we go with them.”

Operation Teen Safe Driving By Reema Patel ’14 Staff Writer The Glenbard West Students for Students Club was awarded a $2000 grant to participate in the 2013-14 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program sponsored by The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Allstate Foundation. Since 2007, the goal of Operation Teen Safe Driving has been to reduce teen fatalities and injuries by utilizing the creativity of peer to peer teaching.   At the completion of the three month campaign schools can receive additional cash prizes to be used at their post-prom events in amounts from $500 to $2,500.  SFS students identified significant traffic safety issues within their communities, including driving distracted, unbuckled, and impaired. They have organized their efforts to combat these problems and increase awareness on responsible driving habits. Last year SFS was able to secure an additional $2000 grant to benefit post prom.  SFS remains committed to a strong OTSD campaign in order to step the tide of teen fatalities due to speeding, and distracted and drunk driving.   This year, our theme is Don’t Let Poor Choice Steer Your Life.

Did you know the average person gets 432 haircuts in the span of his or her lifetime?


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News You Can Use: The dangers of genetically modified organisms

By Abbey Burgess ’15 Columnist

Recently, a new villain has become infamous in the nutrition world, and it even has a deadly acronym to go with it: GMO. GMOs have been getting a bad rap recently, but what are they and why is it important to avoid them? In case you were wondering, GMOS does not stand for Groupie Moms Of Sherlock (of the Benedict Cumberbatch variety). GMOs are genetically modified organisms, or organisms that have been altered with different DNA from other organisms like plants, animals, or bacteria. It basically involves turning certain genes on and off in foods. Companies that use them say genemodified crops help farmers be more productive. They also say studies show the foods from these crops are safe. However, critics say there are hundreds of studies showing that GMO crops are not safe for people and the animals who consume them. They also say the crops create environmental problems by encouraging more use of certain agrochemicals. This has recently become a hot political debate, as over two dozen states are introducing legislation to require labeling of GMO foods. Those fighting for labeling are in for a major battle,

however, as many of the biggest food manufacturers in the US are spending millions to fight the labeling. Interestingly, these same corporations are abandoning genetically engineered foods in their European markets, where consumer safety is a bigger political issue. Do these corporations figure that consumers in the US do not deserve the same level of safety, or do they assume we don’t care? One couple, Mira and Jayson Calton, are trying to change the way we eat and think about food. They learned firsthand the dangers of a diet heavy in GMOs and other unnatural foods. In their book Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate G r o c e r y Shopping System, they begin with the story of Mira. As a young woman, she basically ate only low-fat, prepackaged foods that she felt wouldn’t cause her to gain weight. By the time Mira was 30, she had a bone density of an 88 year old woman and was diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis. Doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to lead a normal

functioning life unless she made major changes in her diet, namely eating real foods, cutting out genetically modified organisms, and restoring healthy fats to her diet. By making these changes, Mira was able to reverse her diagnosis, and went on to become a registered nutritionist. Now, she and her husband, who has a doctorate in nutrition, are trying to educate the public on the importance of eating real, non-altered foods. So how do we start eliminating these potentially dangerous GMOs from our diet? Calton says soy, corn, canola, 55 percent of sugar, papaya, zucchini, and squash are all GMO crops. When we are shopping, we need to learn what the derivatives of these foods are and buy these organic. And I know the first thing everyone thinks of when they hear “organic” is how expensive it is (Whole Foods, anyone?). However, Calton advises that in order to cut down cost and stay healthy you stick to the Fab 14: Don’t buy the organic, but instead purchase the conventionally grown produce for these 14 vegetables:

onions, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, asparagus, mango, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, eggplant, sweet peas, and mushrooms. Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my! Produce is an extremely common GMO, and whether you are at the farmer’s market or the grocery store, simply ask if any genetically modified seeds are used before you buy anything Also, understand the significance of an item’s label: Believe it or not, the little stickers on produce have a purpose other than being put on your forehead, and can actually tell you something about the product. Conventional produce has a 4 digit label, but organic produce has a 5 digit label often starting with the number 9. GMOs often have labels with 5 digits starting with the number 8, so you want to avoid those. GMOs can clearly have negative consequences on your health, and you should make every effort to avoid them. However, by just being conscious and aware of what is in the products you buy will help make sure what you buy not only tastes good, but is without modifications. And according the Institute for Responsible Technology, if just 5% of us start buying only GMO free foods, those big corporations are likely to abandon the use of them in the states and not just in Europe.

Photo courtesy of saynotogmos.org.

Recipe Review: Homemade pesto pizazz Health Hotline: Get

out of the winter blues

By Madison Chandler '14 Columnist

I was inspired by the green theme associated with March when choosing a recipe for this month, but I struggled to come up with something that wasn’t artificially dyed or a simple vegetable. Luckily, a recent visit to my favorite restaurant, Antico Posto, reminded me of the tasty Italian pesto sauce. Pesto is a simple mixture of a few ingredients like basil, oil, and cheese. It goes great on pasta, chicken, shrimp, and more. To my surprise, it’s actually a very simple recipe. After a series of trials and errors, I found the perfect pesto recipe to spice up your month! I tried many different recipes and this one from the Food Network turned out the best. The ingredients you should use are as followed: • 2 cups of packed fresh basil leaves • 2 garlic cloves • 1/4 cup pine nuts • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided, • Kosher salt • freshly ground black

By Alex Levin '14 Columnist

pepper • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese. Begin by combining the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor. If you have a Magic Bullet, this is the perfect time to use it . Once the mixture appears to be decently “chopped” up, add only a 1/2 cup of the oil. Then continue to mix the pesto with the food processor until the oil is fully incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Finally, I recommend that you season your sauce with a dash of salt and pepper If you plan to add the pesto to your meal immediately, add

the remaining oil as you did with the first half. Then, transfer the pesto into a large serving bowl and stir in the cheese. If you would like to save it for another time, I recommend freezing your pesto. Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and drizzle the remaining oil over the top. You can freeze it like this for up to three months. When you would like to serve it, simply thaw out the pesto and stir in cheese. Enjoy! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/foodnetwork-kitchens/basil-pesto-recipe2.html. Photo courtesy of The Food Network.

I do not need to tell you that this has been one long and miserable winter, which is not going to end any time soon. During a winter like this one, it is extremely easy to feel the winter blues. According to Columbia University psychology professor, Michael Terman, people who work indoors receive a meager half hour of bright light during the winter days, in comparison to an hour and a half during the summer days. This is because the sun rises later in the winter and thus our circadian rhythms and sleep cycles shift. This shift tells our bodies to go to bed and wake up earlier than what feels natural. On occasion this shift can be a formula for depression, unless you fight it! No matter how severe your case of winter blues is, these tips will bring on a brighter state of being – no matter what happening outside. Although this may seem a bit crazy,

studies suggest that being outdoors encourages mood-boosting behaviors like socializing and exercising. Try bundling up and building a bonfire or head down to the nearest ice rink and go iceskating! If you aren’t up for those activities just go on a short walk. The cold air will wake you up and make you feel more alive! The next tip is for those of you who can’t seem to stop hitting the snooze button! Try starting your day with an illuminating lamp. Beginning your day in darkness does not allow the brain to fully receive the message that it is time to switch off your bodies sleep hormones (melatonin). The best way to wake up is to sit in front of a light box for about 30 minutes. Now most of us do not have that kind of time in the morning, so even five minutes makes a difference. Shop for a lamp that d e l i v e r s 10,000 lux of white illumination. Once you wake up, switch it on, and let the light brighten your day!

Did you know that in the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventionally processed food?

The Happy Light, seen to the left, uses “Natural Spectrum daylight,” which is supposed to combat the effects of seasonal change. Image from daavlin.com.

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Bang for Your Buck: Spending Spotlight:

How to control the urge to ‘Shop Til’ You Drop’

By Katie Karp ’16 Columnist

Although you might have seen the likes of it on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, excessive shopping is more than a high budget “Oops!” Compulsive and impulsive shopping are major issues that are sweeping the nation, lead by our generation. The New York Times states in a January article that these high statistics have been brought on by media’s larger role in consumers’ lives and young adults’ lack of self-control. Dr. Donald Black, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, explains that our generation has sent a surge in the statistics of this issue. Anyone might think about an expensive pair

of jeans he or she has been wanting the past month, but someone with an impulsive shopping habit will buy them on a whim without thinking about the consequences. Black explains that those who impulse shop, often shop until they literally drop; maxing out debit cards, leading themselves into financial or family issues are typical results. Black warns that once past this phase, shoppers realize what they are doing. Then they continue compulsively shopping. They seek out the excessive buying as a “pickme-up” and plan to go shopping when they feel bad. Dr. Black explains that at this point, regret and embarrassment will also be worn by the shopper with their new pur-

chases. Dr. Terrence Shulman, Founder of the Shulman Center, explains that compulsive shoppers’ reasons for shopping vary. Some do it to raise their self-esteem, while others do it to impress. These shoppers may pick up the tab, or buy expensive cars when they know they cannot afford it. Shulman also explains that bargain hunters are in the

mix. These types of shoppers do it for the chase. Dr. Shulman explains that all of these shoppers are fraught with guilt over these purchases. Luckily, the Columbia Institute of Psychology offers answers on how to end the issue. They explain that paying in cash, writing a shopping list, and avoiding triggers (i.e. online deals) can all help compulsive shoppers stop their problem. They also explain that scheduling “window shopping” without your wallet is a good idea. Most of all they suggest finding someone who you can talk to when you feel the urge to hit the stores. The best way to avoid compulsive shopping is by avoiding impulsive buying in the first place. Good habits cannot be beat! Even though too much is never a good thing, always remember that shopping should be fun!

Oscar’s 2014 Best Picture goes to: 12 Years a Slave By Olivia Mullenax ’17 Staff Writer Just in time for the upcoming Oscars, its time to review some of the films that have made a stunning debut. Out of the 9 Best Picture noms, 12 Years a Slave offers a brutal perspective at a heartbreaking true story. Unlike the visual spectacle Gravity or cautionary tale in the Wolf of Wall Street, this true story personifies the brutality of slavery in the United States. Adapted from the book 12 Years a Slave, it is the story of Solomon Northup who was abducted as a free man and sold into slavery. A successful man with a family, Northup was taken against his will and forced into slave labor. As seen in the film, Solomon sees the brutal underbelly of slave dealings and labor in his twelve years before rescue. With intense scenes

of violence and labor, it is almost a challenge to sit through. The film is perfectly scored by the iconic composer, Hanz Zimmer. The movie is filled with unparalleled melodies and undertones that add to the serious and intense mood. The cast is stellar, featuring talented actors such as Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Lupita Nyong’o who portray their characters with genuine fervor. Michael Fassbender’s character, the cruel Edwin Epps, is the central adversary as the plantation owner. Fassbender earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but ended up losing to Jared Leto in Dallas Buyer’s Club. Lupita Nyong’o won in her category for Best Supporting Actress. Director Steve McQueen has made his best effort to make the

audience feel the pain and struggle the characters on screen experience. Long camera angles that focused in on a particular action helped create a focal point of significance for the audience.

Watching as every piece of McQueen’s film came together makes it obvious why 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar’s 2014 Best Picture category.

Did you know during a lifetime a woman spends 25,184 hours and 53 minutes shopping?


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College Interviews: Off the paper and in the flesh By Bailey Bystry Columnist Your college correspondent apologizes for her resent hiatus. I was a bit preoccupied by—you guessed it—college applications. However, I’ve come out on the other side of it with a greater understanding of the process and a lot of information I can’t wait to share with you guys! Up first, interviewing. On November 17th, despite torrential down pour and local tornado warnings, I made the drive up to Winnetka for my first college interview with George Washington University. After a week of outfit selection, mock-interviews, and crippling anxiety, there I was: dumbfounded, shaking hands with a woman merely four years my senior. The next hour consisted of coffee, laughs, shared interests, and discussion of my aspirations. I walked out of my interview slightly confused, mainly, because I just had fun. The Big College Interview has been glamorized as a scary make-orbreak moment by our culture. From Blair’s sabotaging stunt on Gossip Girl to Woody Deanne’s out-of-thebox comeback in It’s a Boy Girl Thing, we’ve been taught that the college interview is an intense interrogation by an aging, stone-faced alum who only wants to see you go down in tonguetied flames. Luckily for us, reality begs to differ. THE BASICS—Timeliness and professionalism should go unstated. Give a firm hand shake. Thank your interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Make eye contact. Don’t fidget. And for God’s sake, look the part. Dress a step up from business casual: loafers or heels, cardigans or blazers, slacks or pencil skirts and tights, brushed hair, and a statement necklace or collar that draws attention to your face. Also, feel free to add a little quirk: polka-dots, Gramma’s broach, or American flag socks. Be “the girl in the yellow blazer,” not “that one kid in cargo pants.” BE PREPARED—This interview is one big first impression, so put your best face forward and give a great interview! The best way to ensure this is by having a good idea of what your answers are going to be and what you want that interviewer to know about you after he or she leaves. This is easier than it sounds, considering that interview questions are fairly predictable: Why this school? Why this major? What challenges have you overcome? Where do you see yourself in five years? Who is your role model and why? What’s your favorite book? Your counselor is your greatest resource! He or she will give you information with example questions that you should practice with. Many interviewers open with “Tell me about yourself,” which is another way to say: “Narrow your entire life, personality and list of achievements

down into a couple minutes. GO!” Warning: this is harder than it seems. When prepping for this near-inevitable question, think of a main aspect of your identity (arts, sports, family) and tell how it has influenced your life in other areas and what it’s taught you. “I’m Bailey. I’m a senior at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn. I love stand-up comedy, the New York Times, egg rolls, long walks on the beach, and currently my life is dominated by Forensics.” Just be honest, engaging and short— no long-winded tangents about how that reminds you of this one Does the sight of this application send shivers up your back? Relax, we’re here to help! time when you and so and so did entire point of these interviews is for it is.” this and that at that place by the Sarah agreed, “Be comfortable and place with that thing… what was the your interviewer to get to know you beyond the laundry list of activities confident.” question again? Interviews are about showing The other hardest question is and accolades in your application. As Erin said, “They want you to do who you are and that you care about definitely, “What is a weakness of well and give good answers so that your application to this school. Your yours?” Wait, you mean I have to stop they can get a better understanding of attendance already shows that you are flattering myself now?! This question is a tricky balancing who you are and what you bring to the willing to give up a Saturday afternoon act with a fine line between too honest table. That’s their job.” They’re not and put in that much more effort than and too fake. You don’t want to give the going to try to scare you or contradict thousands of other kids who applied. wrong impression and say something you. So breathe, smile, laugh, crack Congratulations, you’re on the short like that you’re a huge procrastinator, a joke, and enjoy yourself! This is all list! Afterwards, follow up with a thank totally irresponsible and sometimes about you. Above all “Relax,” said Madison, you email to show again how you care. leave the stove on at home just for fun; “It’s not as make-or-break as you think but you also don’t want to say something cheesy like, “I care too much.” Senior Sarah Park interviewed at Princeton and University of Michigan (and got into both!) and came across this question too, saying, “I talked about things I knew were my weaknesses, but also how I had goals to improve them.” You want to put a positive spin on your weakness and show that you are always trying to be the best you can be. There are a plethora of other questions to be asked. For example, Madison Chandler’s Georgetown interviewer wanted to know how she would use her education to excel after graduation. Erin Spiech’s Wake Forrest University interview partially consisted of fun hypotheticals regarding her most desired superpower. My interviewer asked if I had any questions for her. Think before you speak, do a couple practice interviews with your friends, family and counselor, be honest, and have fun! How often do you just get to sit and talk about yourself and how great you are for 30 minutes straight?! BE YOURSELF—The

Did you know Harvard College is the oldest institution of higher education in the US?

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Polar vortex v. global warming? Are we ‘Frozen’ or a snowman in summer? By Lauren Crowe ’15 Staff Writer One of my new favorite recent films, Frozen starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, discusses all things a princess movie should but with fabulous songs. Since the queen, Elsa, is born with a curse she can’t control, she accidentally freezes the whole world of Arendelle. Her sister, Anna, must go try and get her to reverse the frozen land that has cut Arendelle off from the rest of the world. Strangely enough, this movie has a lot more to do with the environment then you’d think. As students, we have been struggling to get through this winter and the frigid weather, four polar vortex days, and immense cups of hot chocolate. Everyone seems to ask what is different this year compared to others? Our precipitation levels and number of days below zero degrees are some of the highest in Chicagoland history showing the extremes of this cold weather. There was an Arctic cold front that was tracked across Canada and the United States and the reaction to the front was unprecedented low temperature levels. While we don’t have Elsa freezing over the world with her powerful curse, these fronts were able to cause lots of panic and situations that much of the Midwest was not ready to handle. Something I wanted to learn was about why these lower temperatures were occurring when everyone is talking of global warming. Understanding the difference between climate and weather is necessary when

discussing global warming. Weather is the condition for an area forecasted hour to hour or week to week while climate is the average of weather over specific time periods. In my AP Environmental Science class we have been discussing water issues all over the world and a major one can be seen even as close as Lake Erie. As one of the Great Lakes, it is a vital resource many people depend on, but in the winter of 2006, the lake did not freeze, which was the first time in its recorded history. While this may not seem like a bad thing, if the lake doesn’t freeze, then the sunlight is absorbed in the water instead of being reflected. This results in more water evaporation and then more available precipitation. The reason why this winter cannot be a sign as an end to global warming is that nations all over the world are still contributing to the environment and global warming by consuming more fossil fuel, which causes carbon dioxide to go into the air. Fictional Arendelle may be able to be unfrozen through love. And maybe through our love and concern for the environment, we can help create a sturdier climate which could allow for fewer weather extremes. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” If so, do your part and take care of the environment allowing for winters generations to come. Picture courtesy of www.imdb.com

Under 18? New state law keeps you out of tanning beds By Kelsey Lentz ’16 Staff Writer

Almost every woman desires a bronze and summery tan glow to her skin, especially teenage girls and girls from the cold windy city of Chicago. As the fall fades to winter, and summer becomes a mere memory, that perfect tan turns into a dull and dry winter pale. With negativedegree weather, tons of snow, and not nearly enough sun, achieving this sought-after look is next to impossible. Some popular solutions for this issue can be spray tans, and at home tanning products, but the most popular option has become tanning beds and salons. Most girls, not wanting skin color to look artificial or splotchy, prefer to go to tanning salons to attain a natural looking tan color. However, as of January 1, 2014, the the use of tanning beds by people under the age of eighteen has become illegal in Illinois. Due to intense exposure to ultraviolet rays and radiation when using indoor tanning facilities, State legislatures created laws prohibiting a minor’s access to these tanning salons.

Health officer at Cancer Research UK, Yinka Ebo, says that, “The risk of skin cancer is six times higher from a tanning bed, compared to direct natural sunlight exposure.” In the opinion of many doctors and health physicians, accomplishing that certain look that is coveted in society is not worth the chance of being diagnosed with Carcinoma or Melanoma skin cancer. Dermatologist Nina Goad agrees with new licensed tanning stating, “Product safety standards are there to protect the public and the government needs to step up its regulation of the [tanning] industry.” When it comes to keeping up with trends and looking one’s best, it is understandable why some people feel they need to go to such lengths as tanning. People don’t always see past the short-term and realize they could be creating long-term damage by harming themselves. As government has taken a stand, limiting people under the age of eighteen from tanning beds, some feel people will turn to spray tanning. Whatever the case may be, people need to be aware of the short-term and long-term effects tanning (both in tanning beds and under the sun) can do to your body. Photo courtesy of www.ed101.bu.edu.

Our flight to Neverland By Lauren Crowe ’15 Emma Goebbert ’16 Staff Writers

After months of preparation combining memorization of lines, character development, stage combat rehearsals, repeatedly performing fight calls, days of flight training, technological behind the scenes work from props to building, and the creations of fantastical creatures through extravagant costumes and makeup, Peter Pan debuted on the stage on February 13, 14, and 15. O n Wednesday, February 12, P e t e r P a n

performed for groups of third, fourth, and fifth graders from local elementary schools. Cast members came down to the set-shop beaming, saying how the children were roaring with laughter when Hook and Smee were running around on stage. The fairies danced with the children before the show and gave pixie dust, allowing for the magic of Peter Pan to become interactive with the audience. The promotion for the production of Peter Pan allowed the winter play to break teh record of most seats sold. Senior Anthony Corrado, who played Captain Hook, was performing in his second winter play. Corrado explained that he “had no idea h o w

challenging fight choreography with the swords would be, but [I] eventually got the hang of it.” Corrado continued, saying that his favorite part of the show was, “Bringing smiles to so many faces. Over the course of the weekend, I was able to make over 1,000 people laugh. Knowing I brought joy into that many lives, even if it was only for a moment, creates such an amazing feeling in my heart.” Tricia Markby performed as Wendy Darling. This was her first theater production that wasn’t a musical. Markby said, “There is nothing more rewarding than being able to breathe magic into the hearts of the audience, especially the kids [..] and [the show] has taught me to enjoy every ounce of childhood.” Abbey Pasterz, who

played Peter Pan, was actually starring in her first Glenbard West stage performance. Pasterz said she “Loves everyone involved [in the production] and couldn’t be happier that [she] tried out” and how the “incredible experience let [her] make a bunch of new friends and definitely helped [her] grow as a person.” This show took an army of workers to create the immense magic portrayed on the stag. As makeup co-heads (Emma and Lauren) both of us had the time of our life creating these fantastical creatures. We are so pleased with the success of Peter Pan and are so appreciative of everyone who came out to see the magical show.

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(Part Two) How to: Finding a job By Peter Smith ’14 Staff Writer Editorial

Getting a job is hard. As we all know, the job market has been tough ever since Mitt Romney literally used ancient Republican sorcery to endow corporations with the gift of humanity. It doesn’t have to be, though. In fact, looking for a job can be a fun process if you do it right. There are a few surefire tips, tricks, and hacks to the process that will make your jobhunting easier. Follow my pointers, and you will enter the life of uppermiddle class bliss enjoyed by men who match their belts to their loafers and women who do yoga on their lunch breaks. The first thing that you have to put together when applying for a job is your résumé. This is sometimes the only thing potential employers see that represents you, so you should make sure that it highlights your best qualities. Are you an experienced graphic designer? Show it by making your resume pop! Did you have an internship while you were abroad in London? Talk it up! Are you graduating with a liberal arts degree? Pretend you have work experience! Don’t forget that employers will be looking at many resumes, so you need to make sure

yours stands out from the rest. Spray it with rhinoceros pheromones to entice the hiring recruiter with that unmistakable animal magnetism, or print it on a pillowcase and say that you will understand if he or she needs to “sleep on it.” Trust me, employers love these kinds of gags! Heck, even write it in Windings or Chiller font! What could possibly go wrong?

more than just carbon dating” and end with an emphatic wink. Always end with an emphatic wink — otherwise people might not know that you are flirting. If you don’t think you’re getting into your potential employer’s head, then get into his or her house. In our technological age, you can find out anything ­— from someone’s Domino’s order to his or her social security number. Check your potential employer’s Facebook and Twitter or even Snapchat for hints at things he or she cares about, then exploit them. If he is an animal lover, do something creative like writing “Hire Me” on his front lawn using beanie babies of his favorite furry critter! What a novel idea! The waiting period after the interview is a painstaking, agonizing period of time. If you begin to feel discouraged or bored, just give your potential employer a quick call telling him or her to hurry up with the decision. Just be patient, put effort into these tips, and you’re guaranteed to succeed in the job market. Good luck!


Be careful what you tweet…

“If you don’t think you’re getting into your potential employer’s head, then get into his or her house.”

The next step in the process is the dreaded interview. A little-known fact about the interview, however, is that employers typically hire based only on the physical attractiveness of the candidate. This calls for a few tips on what to wear to the interview. A popular option for interviews is “business casual” attire. This means shorts and a t-shirt. Cute jokes are also a great way to show Peter Smith’s article is a satire. Don’t break the recruiter that you are fun and flirty. If you are applying to do research in chemistry, into anyone’s home or do anything illegal. maybe try, “I would plan on doing a little

...you never know how someone may perceive your tweets.

Do you think before you tweet?


Photos courtesy of Maddie Giffin. Collage courtesy of Emma Goebbert.

Graphics courtesy of www.scratch.mit.edu, www. Prca.cobbcountyga.gov.

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Ukraine stirs over uncertain future

By Joshua Leone ’15 Columnist

Simply put, Ukraine has been a very unstable nation for a long time. It hasn’t yet recovered very well from the global depression, it is running out of money, and even the population itself is shrinking dramatically. One overreaching and obvious cause of turmoil and protest has been the issue of Ukraine’s admission to the European Union, which the Russian Federation strongly opposes. This has led to the government going back and forth on the issue and the people of Ukraine becoming more and more irritable. Back in February of last year, the EU gave Ukraine a deadline to achieve the requirements to be admitted to the EU, and President Viktor F. Yanukovich claimed they could meet these demands by November of last year. While Ukraine was beginning to make these changes, such as releasing political prisoners, Russia began a complete stoppage of Ukrainian imports in August. While this was lifted after a week, it was warned it could become permanent if

Ukraine signed on with the EU. This harsh treatment led the Ukrainian government in November to announce that it had suspended its plan to reach an agreement with the EU. Instead of working on joining the EU, they said they would create new allies with the competing trade region of former Soviet states. Many European leaders were outraged, as were the people of Ukraine as they protested in Kiev. Although the Prime Minister tried to place blame elsewhere for their non-inclusion into the EU, such as their economy holding them back and A protester attacks police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Sergei Grits. a deal with the EU; however, Even now, protests are still Europe to end corruption. Russia the International Monetary Fund’s demanding and overtly later December, the EU said occurring as both the EU and countered with an accusation of difficult terms to get a stimulus they officially were suspending Russia vie for Ukraine, with the the EU and US having doublewith Ukraine recent summit in Munich having standards in regards to support of package, nonetheless the people negotiations still took to the streets in great regarding a trade agreement. With both sides continually disagreeing. the protests. tensions still high and the recent European Council President The Ukrainian people have said protest. Protests continued throughout gathering of the annual security Herman Van Rompuy commented they protest for a more democratic November, growing in violence conference, an event to discuss that “the future of Ukraine nation and closer ties to the EU, and occupation of buildings, and political and military affairs, it belongs to the EU” and Secretary but whether this will come into support peaked to the tens of still shows that the fight for EU of State John Kerry spoke of an fruition remains to be seen in the overreaching want of Eastern coming months. thousands in December for making admittance is far from over.

Key Events of Ukrainian Protests November 30: Police attack a group of protesters, stopping a group of 35. Images of injured protesters circulate; activists seize Kiev City Hall. December 17: Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds; Russian president Putin and Ukrainian prime minister Yanukovych deny attached conditions. January 22: The first two protestor deaths occur. January 28: The prime minister resigns; parliament gets rid of the harsh anti-protest laws that sparked violence a week earlier. February 16: Occupation of Kiev City Hall ends when all 234 jailed protesters are released; this is seen as a step towards peaceful resolution February 18: At least 26 people, including 10 police officers, die in street fights; hundreds are injured. February 20: A truce is announced, but hours later, police and protesters are clashing again. Information courtesy of Yahoo! news.

Did you know the third most visited McDonald’s in the world is located in Kiev?


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Woofin’ & Hoofin’s annual Puppy Palooza Woofin’ and Hoofin’, a nonprofit organization, is different than most of its kind. The club was formed by a group of Glenbard West students and continues today under the supervision and direction of a board of juniors and seniors in high school. United by a common love for animals and giving back to their community, the Woofin’ and Hoofin’ club is continuing their annual Puppy Palooza event where all proceeds go to the DuPage Animal Shelter. Awesome, local, high school bands play sets all throughout the night, and there is a break where attendees are able to play with puppies from the DuPage animal shelter. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 7pm to 10 in the Glen Ellyn Civic Center gym. All proceeds from the event go back to the shelter to help in their efforts to stay kill-free. Last year’s Puppy Palooza was held at Glen Ellyn’s Gearhead Garage on Saturday, February 2. Sets performed by Driveway, Finch, and DJ Ki lured high schoolers, family members, and their pets to come watch the concerts. Under the direction of President Danny Motz, the night was a success—raising money for local animals in need.

The club traditionally holds two main events each year—Puppy Palooza in the spring and the Woofin’ and Hoofin’ 5K race in the summer. Both events are welcoming both humans and canines alike. The current Senior board consists of Mary and Hannah Ladesic, Michael Bianchini, Drew Carlson, Maddie Lupori, Connor Schrauth, Laina Hortatsos, and David Tews. Each year a new board of juniors is chosen to ensure strong leadership for the following year. These juniors include Katy Ludington, Ethan Ellis, Grace D’Orazio, Aminah Bilal, Parker Swartz, Ryan Condon, Samuel Ferrone, Marty Motz, and Grace Frazer. All united with a common love for animals and giving back to the community, the Woofin and Hoofin’ board invites you to the annual Puppy Palooza event. With music, puppies, food and fun, this event is sure not to disappoint.

Photos courtesy of Colleen Luczak

Press Start: Hidden gems from 2013 Benjamin Buchnat ’15 Columnist

Alas, we have made it into the vast new year of gaming, 2014. Surely the hardware quality and quantity of games for the next gen systems will go up as the older systems fade away. Although 2013 was another fantastic year for gaming (GTA V, The Last of Us, Bioshock, the list goes on), there definitely was some games you missed due to crowed calendars, jadedness, or just plain did not hear about it. Here are my favorite three. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, PC Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, DS) Wow. This game is by far one of the most fun games I have played in a very long time. Everything about it just screams pure joy. The Lego games have always had solid gameplay

and nothing much has changed if you have played any of the other recent games. The best part of the game is the humor. The highlights of the humor are Deadpool’s excellent narrations of the side missions and the various references to other Marvel properties. Overall this is a great family game loaded with fun for everyone! Poker Night 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS) A solid poker game, this game’s strength lies in its humor. Bringing classic characters from movies (Ash from Evil Dead), TV (The Venture Bro’s Brock Samson), and video games (Sam from Sam and Max, Claptrap from Borderlands). With only two game modes though, the game can get repetitive after a while. The humor keeps it strong, GLaDOS from Portal dealing is a delight, and it fully

justifies its very cheap price point. A great pick up if you want to play some poker with a lot of laughs. Project X Zone (3DS) This RPG could make this list on the character selections alone. Combing characters from Capcom, Sega, and Namco Bandai, the list is pretty much a greatest hits collection of these companies’ properties. Seeing Chris from Resident Evil with Ulala from Space Channel 5 just makes me happy inside. The gameplay is incredible as well. This is one of the best portable RPG’s on the market right now. In a year filled with fantastic 3DS games (Zelda, Fire Emblem, Pokemon) it is understandable if you missed this. However, if you are a 3DS owner you should pick this up ASAP.

Did you know LEGO is an abbreviation of the Danish words “leg godt,” meaning “play well”?


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Glenbard West’s production of Peter Pan, February 2014.

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Glenbard West’s production of Peter Pan, February 2014.

Glenbard West Blood Drive 2014.

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(Left to right) Drew Menzel, Elizabeth Ficarella and Hannah Paterakis are all smiles at Heart Hop ’14 when they come together!

Glenbard West Blood Drive 2014. GW’s Dodgeball Tournament 2014.

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Rachel Aubrey and Keegan Holmes dance the night away at Heart Hop 2014!

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(Left to Right) Wynne Prickett, Hailey Gorski, Jack Dodillet, Katie Streiker, and Michelle Sullivan strike a pose at Heart Hop 2014.

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One man’s trash bears another’s treasures? By Tristan Schramer ’14 Staff Writer Trash and I have a love-hate relationship. Mother Nature is fine and all, but Trash is just—well… DIRTY! I must admit that I use Trash from time to time to bring Mother Nature a little closer to me, but sometimes this eats away at my soul, for Trash is an adulterer. I remember, specifically, that one time Trash did all of the work for me, and all I had to do was peek underneath for snakes. What? Snakes? Yes, I spend much of my free time looking snakes… is that so strange? Okay. It’s strange. But, I’m the volunteer Herpetofauna Monitor at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory—it’s what I do (and enjoy doing for that matter). The thing is, every time I see Trash strewn about in our remaining natural areas, a little bit of adrenaline kicks in and I start to wonder what could be hidden beneath the littered refuse of humanity. At the same time, however, I can’t help but get that sick-to-my-stomach feeling – that slight heartburn, like when you throw up in your mouth a little bit – when I see people wantonly dumping their rubbish into the last pieces of undeveloped land left in the region. This is where I’m torn. Reptiles and amphibians are ectothermic, meaning they need to use their surroundings to regulate their body temperatures. The microhabitats provided by corrugated sheet metal, black felt, and plywood are often wonderful sources of shelter and thermoregulation for these animals. Therefore, they are extremely attracted to these “unwanted” objects in the environment,

making them much easier to locate. In fact, these objects are preferred for surveying these ectotherms professionally. More snakes, less work, and a better time—what more could one ask for? Oh yeah. Maybe clean and healthy ecosystems would be nice? A few months ago, as I surveyed one of my favorite stomping grounds (an old prairie remnant next to a railroad yard), I came across a blatantly, deliberately, disgustingly dumped pile of plastic goods in a diverse marsh adjacent to the railroad. SERIOUSLY? There is a whole, garbage sprinkled railroad yard to dispose of your waste and you choose the most biodiverse fragment of land in sight to destroy… Sometimes I forget why I don’t like people. I realize it might sound a little hypocritical of me to say this, but there is one key component to examine here: is the trash helping or hurting the dumpsite? The best spots to find snakes are in peripheral zones in between their preferred habitat and a developed (trashed) area, hidden beneath scattered pieces of artificial cover. These zones may actually benefit from the microhabitats created by the debris because they are not healthy enough to provide these aspects on their own. I guess the moral of the story is: if you must pollute the treasured environment, do so responsibly. Dumping Trash right in front of Mother Nature is low, even for you. Nature’s in enough pain as it is and does not need Trash to burden her with another one of her sob stories. Photo by Tristan Schramer ’14.

Paranormal Activity: America’s love affair with the unknown By Christine Pallon ’14 Staff Writer

In an age where more Americans believe in ghosts than approve of Congress, the paranormal seems to possess the hearts and minds of the nation. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2009, 29 percent of Americans felt that they had been in touch with someone who had already died.  18 percent believed that they had been in the presence of a ghost. In 1996 those numbers were at 18 percent and 9 percent, respectively.       “I’m not surprised by the increase,” said Glendale Heights resident Hugo Garcia. “I think that our culture as a whole is very influenced by ghost-related movies and TV shows and I suppose this is the result.” While it’s true that shows like Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters and Celebrity Ghost Stories have increased in numbers over the past few years, a belief in the paranormal isn’t exclusive to the digital age, as a group of women discovered in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts.   Still, times have changed and so do our beliefs.  Witches aren’t burned at the stake in today’s America.  Now, it’s ghosts that have our attention. English and American Studies teacher Mr. Wiersum says that this trend can be observed in literature and art. “It started in the 1950s with the rise of postmodernism,” Mr. Wiersum said. “Post-modernism encouraged embracing the unknown, which I think made us more open-minded to the ‘other side’ as a result.” Unlike the witch trials, our post-modern-fueled fascination with ghosts appears to provide comfort rather than hysteria.     In an article for Psychology Today, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, Ph.D. writes that believing in ghosts and spirits gives hope and continuity to our lives and is beneficial to one’s overall mental health. Especially, she notes, when grieving or suffering from depression. “We live in a time of uncertainty where people have

Ghost Adventures appears on The Travel Channel. Photo courtesy of The Travel Channel.

begun mistrusting a lot of their institutions,” said Ms. Bertane, psychology teacher. “Believing in the paranormal can offer comfort and hope.” Still, for some, there’s a stigma attached to believing in ghosts. Psychosis, schizophrenia, and even severe cases of depression can cause hallucinations that are often

mistaken for ghosts, says Schurman-Kauflin. “Personally, if I saw a ghost I would think that I was crazy,” said sophomore Leah Carter. “I would need scientific evidence to convince me of anything.” Carter brings up a relevant point - even with ever changing technology, the existence of ghosts has still yet to be proven.    For most, though, scientific proof doesn’t seem to be a factor in their beliefs. For example, a 2006 study from the University of Oklahoma City found that a belief in the paranormal increases throughout college. In the study, 23 percent of freshman believed in the paranormal (such as psychics and ghosts) while that number increased to 34 percent among graduate students. Although junior Julia Sakach is unsure of the existence of ghosts, scientific evidence wouldn’t be necessary to convince her. “For me, I wouldn’t need scientific evidence because having my own experience would be more important,” said Sakach. Maybe science doesn’t factor into this issue because it doesn’t have a place here. Emotion does. Whether through a dream, a knock on the door, or a burst of cool air, paranormal experiences are profoundly personal and emotional in nature. In her article called “Longing for Ghostly Encounters,” professor Krystine Batcho, Ph.D writes that ghostly encounters satisfy a desire for emotional connections. Senior Derek Long also felt that emotional evidence was more important than scientific evidence and said, “I’d rather have my own experience, even if there’s no way to ‘prove’ it. It would have a bigger effect on me if I was in the presence of a dead person.” While we can blame the media for sensationalizing it, hope to rationalize it with science and numbers, or not believe in it altogether, the paranormal all comes down to one’s personal experience.

Did you know poltergeist is a German word for “noisy spirit”?


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Missouri’s man: Sam I Am Luke Domask ’14 Staff Writer

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. The Texas Western Miners (known as UTEP today) were the first basketball team to start five black players in the 1966 NCAA Championship game. Title IX allows women equal rights in sports in school. We have come a long way in social equality and have used sports as a catalyst to move forward. That, once again, has proven to be true. All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam, of the Missouri Tigers, is the first openly gay professional football player. Sam told his teammates he was gay in August, 2013, which would be the eve of the Tigers’ historic season including reaching the SEC Championship game in just their second year in the SEC and a Cotton Bowl victory. Sam told the public in February, 2014. According to The New York Times, Sam said, “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to

tell it. I just want to own my truth.” died in infancy. His second oldest team in May. Coach Gary Pinkel said, “Michael brother went missing when he was Sports Illustrated interviewed is a great example of just how young and Sam was the last to see executives and coaches and promised anonymity of SI.com. According to SI, an NFL player personnel assistant said, “I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet.” Regardless, it will be an uphill battle for the Defensive end who has received support across the country from the White House, to other professional athletes and maybe most importantly of all, his alma mater, the University of Missouri, who has stood with him through this entire process. Michael Sam realizes the pressures that have come along with his announcement, yet he hopes for a day where this isn’t news, because Photo courtesy of nbcnews.com society accepts those beyond one’s important it is to be respectful of him. Sam’s two other brothers are sexuality. others.” Coaches and teammates did currently in jail and have been in and Personally, it doesn’t matter what not talk publicly about Sam’s sexual out since he was in 8th grade. your sexuality is or who you are orientation. Michael Sam has witnessed and attracted to. If you can play at a In an interview with ESPN, Sam been through things that break high level in any game, I’ll take explained how being gay was not a people down to the core, yet he you on my team any day. Michael worry for him, considering what he became a dominant Defensive end in Sam is a pioneer and his bravery is had to deal with growing up. College Football’s pound-for-pound something we should all learn from. Sam watched his older brother die best conference. Congratulations Mr. Sam, best of from a gunshot wound and he never Sam still has plenty of obstacles luck in the NFL. met his older sister because she ahead of him before he lands with a

March Madness: Questions Answered By Luke Domask ’14 Staff Writer and Zach Myers ’14 Assitant Editor-in-Chief In a week or two, the sports world will soon be taken over by the most dramatic tournament in athletics, March Madness. Throughout the month of March, sixty-eight of College Basketball’s finest will try to play their way into Cowboy Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas for the Final Four, where the eventual champion will be crowned. Until that happens, anything can and will happen. There are questions to be answered before the ‘Big Dance’ kicks off, here’s what our writers think: Which top team is most likely to be upset? Luke Domask: Kansas - Although they certainly have the top five draft pick talent with Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, they have lacked offensive consistency (as a team) at times throughout the season and have been shut down by defensive-oriented teams like San Diego State and Villanova. Zach Myers: Arizona, no doubt. After losing forward Brandon Ashley for the year, the Wildcats have had trouble replacing Ashley, who, at 6 foot 8, was able to complement their star freshman Aaron Gordon. Even though their defense is ranked 5th in points allowed per game, they have lost to mediocre teams like Cal and Arizona State. If the Cats are going to avoid being upset in the tourney, they might need to look toward Aaron Gordon for leadership on the court and hope he can make plays down the stretch. Potential “Cinderella Story” team? LD: Southern Methodist (SMU) - Former NBA Coach Larry Brown has won a lot of games in the NBA and

even a few championships. He has done an outstanding job with this SMU who are led by Sophomore Markus Kennedy avg. 18 points per game and 8th in the country in field goal percentage as a team. They are poised, collected and balanced team which bodes well for tournament play.

ZM: Overshadowed by their in-state rival, K-State is most poised to make a run as a “Cinderella.” Led by forward freshman, Marcus Foster, who averages 15 points per game, he brings excitement and intensity to the court. K-State has the ability to overthrow the elite teams in their region. The thing that is also appealing from the Wildcats is their 31st ranked defense in points allowed per game. If you want to win in the tournament, win it with defense. Which team from a year ago will make it back to the Final Four? LD: Wichita State - Having part of the lineup back from last year’s Final Four run will play a huge role in getting back their again. Senior Cleanthony Early has done it all for the Shockers this season who’ve basically done one thing all season, win. Being in the top ten nearly all season isn’t because they don’t play highcaliber teams, it’s because they can flat out play, don’t be surprised to see them in Cowboys Stadium. ZM: Syracuse - With both Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair, the Orange is looking like a solid pick to go to Dallas this year. C.J. Fair is one of the best players in the game right now and has led ‘Cuse with 16.6 points per game and has the tourney experience as a senior. Syracuse has even replaced Michael Carter Williams with freshman, Tyler Ennis. Ennis is cool, calm, and clutch. Even with these two players, Syracuse has the right formula to go

back to the Final Four, and I haven’t even mentioned 3-point magician Trevor Cooney. With a lineup like that, how can you not fear the Orange. Top player to watch? LD: Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State. Coming off his suspension for pushing a fan in a heated Texas Tech game, Smart will be even more motivated to lead his Cowboys in the tournament. Ok. State was upset in the first round last year by Oregon and Smart (who was a possible No. 1 pick in last year’s NBA draft) decided to return to school to make a deeper run in the tournament. Avg. 17.5 points per game, Smart does it all for the Cowboys and is once again a Top pick in this year’s draft. ZM: The new theme song for the NCAA tournament should obviously be “Jump Around” by the phenomenal House of Pain. Why is that you ask? Well who else is going to be the player to watch this March? The answer is Michigan State’s senior forward Adrian Payne, who is going to bring the pain to opposing teams in the tournament. With a fervor unmatched by any other player in the league, Payne will be jumping around the place as he averages 16.3 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Playing in the toughest conference in the nation for four years, Payne can lead Sparty to a championship and then the IZZONE can Jump Around as much as they want. Writers Final Four Predictions: Luke Domask: Arizona, Michigan State, Wichita State and Florida Zach Myers: Michigan St., Syracuse, North Carolina, Wisconsin

Did you know that Warren Buffet is offering $1 Billion to a fan who fills out a perfect bracket?


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Let it snow: winter for the record books By Maddie Lupori ’14 Editor-in-Chief

March is finally among us, yet the winter weather still prevails. The United States as a whole has experienced higher-than-normal temperatures this winter, however Chicagoans would tell you differently. From the city to the suburbs, it is safe to say that this winter was a blistery one. With four “cold-days” off of school, and shoveling back pain from the seemingly continuous snowfall, headlines of “Snowpocalypse,” “Flurry Worry,” and “Giant snow shark” grazed across newsstands across the country. As the snow banks grew higher, most of our blissful winter spirits fell lower and lower. A Lake Forest Academy senior, Michelle Whitehead, wrote in her college-diary blog that her college-decision was surprisingly based on the weather after having experienced a too-cold Chicago winter. “South Carolina and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill are both looking like good options at the moment,” Whitehead explained. Amidst the unbearable cold, however, there were many times where I thought to myself, now

that we have endured the cold, why not stick it out for a little longer? Why not be put down in history as Chicago’s coldest winter yet? According The Chicago Tribune, the National Weather Service rated this winter as the fourth with the most days with the mercury below zero. But that’s when we should play with the numbers. Once you add in days when the temperature sunk


banks outside the frosted window in despair and all I could think of was the glorious phrase: spring break. I daydreamed of the sandy Caribbean beaches and prayed that my ticket to paradise would come quicker, merci. While I had low 2013-2014 points this winter, I ultimately wanted Editorial Staff to stick it out Maddie Lupori ’14 and be able to Editor-in-Chief say, years from now, “I lived Gabriella Bower ’14 though, and Zach Myers trekked up the Assistant Editors-in-Chief stairs to the castle, in Chicago’s Erik Barillari ’14 coldest winter Advertisement Manager to date.” When the Alex Levin ’14 groundhog said Graphic Designer six more weeks of winter, it Steven Hanna ’15 Front Page Editor should’ve come as no surprise. But now we Madison Chandler ’14 Centerspread Editor can look back and brag about Bailey Bystry ’14 that one winter Entertainment Editor where we had the most days of zero and subLauren Crowe ’15 zero temperatures, ran Features Editor out of salt, had four cold days, and a hopeAndrew Roberts ’14 fully, a long, hot sumSports Editor mer to come.

Chicago has had inches of snow so far this season, the fourth-most since 1884. to exactly zero, we take the number one spot. “It looks like overall this winter has had the most zero or below,” said weather service meteorologist Richard Castro. “So it’s not just perception that it’s felt particularly brutal this year. The numbers say it.” There was one day in particular that I recall sitting in first period French class, as my eyelids hung heavily like a wet leaf. I gazed at the snow

Extracurriculars essential for success

As college application season has come to an end, juniors are pressing to hear what the seniors wrote their essays about, what their various standardized test scores were, or what were their cumulative GPAs. And there is nothing wrong with that! In fact it is encouraged because it makes the seniors feel knowledgeable about something they more or less went into not knowing much about. However, what the juniors fail to ask the seniors is “What activities were you involved in?” which is in fact a very important component of a college application that will distinguish one applicant from another. But if said junior is headed into their senior year with a 5.8 GPA, are extracurriculars really necessary? The answer is yes. Let’s look at it this way. If a student has a 5.8 GPA and great ACT score, what is the harm in also having a part time job and one or two clubs to add to the resume? In the eyes of college

admissions officers, that student appears to be responsible, to have time management skills, and have personality. Let’s look at another scenario. A student has a 4.7 GPA, an ok ACT score, but is involved in a few clubs that they have leadership positions. Maybe he or she even has another passion they commit to outside of school. This student will appear to be driven, have time management skills, and leadership potential to bring to the university. However, do not be fooled. Just because a student might have an excessive list of clubs they are “involved” in, that does not mean a student can have awful grades and still be admitted to the college of his or her choice. Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, a writer for the Huffington Post wrote, “No matter the activity, colleges look for quality of involvement rather than quantity of activities. In other words, it is better to be consistently involved in one, two, or three activities and/or sports over a number of years, than superficially involved in eight, 10 or 12 for

shorter periods of time. [...] “Maximize the time you spend in extracurricular activities by trying things that interest you and then choosing special ones you want to focus on. Plan around how your activities, academic interests, talents and skills come together and make sense in terms of who you are.” Simply stated, a student’s extracurriculars allow for the admissions officers to see a student’s personality in a few bullet points rather than in the 500 word essay. Admissions goes through tens of thousands of applications every year, so what is easier for them...the essay or the brief resume on the Common Application? Think about it. Now, freshman and sophomores, it would be wise to start thinking about college. Time flies. Freshman year is the year to experiment and find what best suits you. But with so many options, where do you begin? Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University, says, “My usual advice in this area is simply do

things that you truly enjoy in high school, rather than trying to outguess an admissions committee. Why? Because what you truly enjoy, you’re probably going to be good at, and you’re probably going to get better at.” Brenzel then goes on to say, “The important thing is: are you getting something out of it? Are you enjoying it? Are you learning how to do it better? Has it taken you some places that you wouldn’t otherwise have gone? If so, you’re fine; because that’s what you’re going to talk about in one of your college essays.” Andrew Flagel, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment at Brandeis University, wants to encourage every student to pursue their passions when it comes to the extracurriculars and he often “wonders why anyone would encourage a student to quit something they love.” His advice — and that of most college admissions directors and high school counselors — is “to do what you love.” When reading this, whether you are a freshman,

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sophomore, or junior, it is in the hopes of the seniors that you listen to this sage advice and GET INVOLVED. There is no fool-proof formula for how to get into college but there is a definite consensus that extracurriculars never hurt anybody. Furthermore, what makes the long hours of studying and killer exams worth it are the afterschool activities, the friends you make while at those activities, and the contribution, small or large, you make to the school community.

Did you know... the biggest snowflake ever recorded was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick?


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Taylor Langtry signs Bucknell By Maddie Howard ’16 Columnist

This year has proven to be an impressive one for individuals involved in Glenbard West athletics. Several students have received sports scholarships for their unbridling talent on and off the field. One athlete who recently celebrated a collegiate commitment is senior, Taylor Langtry. This September, Langtry, softball player, accepted an offer from Bucknell University, located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The school is widely known for its prestigious academics as well as athletic programs. “It was a really good way to start senior year,” says Langtry. Langtry will enter Bucknell as an undecided major. However, she is highly considering economics with a minor in Spanish. The liberal arts school will provide her with a variety of options as well as the time to determine her area of study. Bucknell has a very selective acceptance policy, and Taylor explained how she took part

in the application process. “I had to send in my transcripts and I had to [be accepted] before I could commit there because it is a really hard school to get in to. I had to clear my academics first,” says Langtry. A four-year varsity starter, Taylor owes much of her success to West coaches, Ms. McGrane and Ms. Persinger. “She talked to Bucknell, and they have just always had confidence in me since I was a freshman,” says Langtry. Langtry will join her coaches again this spring as the softball 2014 season begins. “Taylor found a school that fits her academic and athletic needs and it’s a credit to all of her hard work. She will make a tremendous addition to the Bucknell softball program and I’m excited and looking forward to having one more season with Taylor on the Photo courtesy of senior, Taylor Langtry, who says, “Hard work always pays off.” mound for us,” says Coach McGrane. organization is dedicated to an elite style of Langtry has dedicated her life to both school Langtry says she looks forward to becoming a leader for the younger girls on West’s team play, and their efforts have signed players to and softball. Her efforts have finally paid off. many prestigious universities such as Yale and For those who are looking to pursue college this year. Cornell. athletics, Taylor offers a piece of advice. “It was really hard being a freshman on This higher level of softball leaves Langtry “Hard work always pays off,” she says. varsity, there was a great group of seniors that were always there for me. I’ve made a lot of with the challenging task of juggling both “Always believe in your abilities.” Congratulations Taylor, and Glenbard West great friends and had a lot of great experiences,” athletics and school work. “Basically you just have to be comfortable Commends you on your recent accomplishment. says Langtry. Along with the Glenbard West team, with staying up late, [in order to finish Langtry plays club for the Illinois Chill. The homework],” says Taylor.

Baseball is back: MLB 2014 By Alec Lukins ’14 Columnist

Photography by Zach Myers ’14 Assistant Editor-in-Chief

I have good news: your baseball withdrawal symptoms will soon be remedied. No more watching the 1983 World Series or recaps of the 1957 season. Spring Training has officially begun and everyone has headed down to Arizona and Florida. So, what happened over the winter and what can we expect this year in the MLB? It was a busy offseason in the MLB not only in terms of free agent signings but also rules. If you haven’t heard, the MLB has officially entered the 21st century and adopted instant replay (this isn’t necessarily a good thing but that is a conversation for a different time). Along with the adoption of replay, many free agents signed with new teams this offseason. Robinson Cano, the best second baseman and free agent in this class, signed a 10-year $240 million deal with the Mariners. Grant Balfour signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and Bronson Arroyo signed with the Diamondbacks. Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson all signed with the New York Yankees along with Masahiro Tanaka, the prized Japanese pitcher. These signings should make for an interesting season. Starting with the AL East, the Boston Red Sox look to defend their title. They are primed for a deep run and will probably be playing in October despite the losses of Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Stephen Drew. The Red Sox did sign A.J. Pierzynski and expect Jackie Bradley and Xander Bogaerts to replace Ellsbury and Drew. The Yankees had a huge offseason putting to rest the notion that they would stay under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. The Rays will be competitive like always with their unusual cast of characters. Evan Longoria should be in for a big year. The Orioles had a great

year last year, but without Manny Machado for the first half of the season and no closer after trading Jim Johnson to the A’s, it is going to be hard for the Orioles to compete in a loaded division. The Blue Jays will most likely be at the bottom of the division again despite having a good team. Pitching is the biggest question mark for the Blue Jays which makes it hard to do well. I see the Yankees and Red Sox coming out of this division to play in October. The AL Central is looking at the Tigers to lose once again. The Tigers traded Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler and lost Jhonny Peralta to the Cardinals. The Indians and Royals are talented teams, but will not compete this year. The White Sox and Twins are both in rebuilding mode and will be at the bottom of the division once again. The AL West will be one of the more interesting divisions this year. With the exception of the Astros, anybody could win this division. The Astros are looking at another terrible season. They will fight to simply stay under 100 losses this year. The Angels have the talent to win a world series; however, they are lacking pitching. With no pitching, I simply cannot see the Angels winning the division. The Mariners added Robinson Cano and have King Felix to hold down the rotation. If they can get some good production from Taijuan Walker and some of the other batters surrounding Cano, the Mariners could overachieve this year. Despite this, the Mariners don’t have enough to make the playoffs this year. That leaves the A’s and the Rangers, the classic AL West showdown. This year I see it turning out a little differently. The Rangers will win this division with the addition of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo. They have bolstered their lineup and finally replaced the offense they lost from Josh Hamilton.

The A’s have collected a bunch of misfits, but somehow always manage to be there at the end. Never count out Billy Beane. I see both the A’s and the Rangers making the playoff this year. The NL East doesn’t look like much of a contest this year. The Braves lost a lot with the departures of Brian McCann and Tim Hudson. The Nationals look to run away with this division. With a healthy Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals could easily be standing there at the end of November as World Champs. The Nationals have the talent and the depth to make a deep run. The Philadelphia Phillies have talent, but they’re old and a little run down. I just don’t see it coming together this year for them. The Marlins and Mets will be battling for last place. Both teams are incredibly young and building for the future. In the end, only the Nationals will be playing in October. The NL Central will not see much change this year either. The Cardinals added depth and solid shortstop in Jhonny Peralta. They lost Carlos Beltran to the Yankees; however, Oscar Taveras looks to fill the void and have a huge rookie year. The Cardinals are also loaded with arms and have enough pitching to go deep into the playoffs again this year. The Pirates really didn’t do much this offseason but look to compete after making their first playoff appearance since the early 90s. The Reds lost Shin-Soo Choo and are asking a lot of rookie Billy Hamilton who has not proven that he can hit consistently. They also lost Bronson Arroyo, one of their top line starters. The Reds should be middle of the pack. The Brewers added Matt Garza and have some good pitching, but they simply do not have the talent to compete this year.

The Cubs are waiting on their talent to develop and don’t expect to compete for another few years. The Cubs will probably finish in last place once again. The Cardinals are the clear favorite in this league, but I think the Pirates can make the playoffs out of this division as well. The NL West will be very interesting this year. The Dodgers are the clear favorite, with all the talent in the world. They will get a healthy Matt Kemp and another solid year from Clayton Kershaw which should put them in the playoffs again. The Giants made a couple small moves adding Tim Hudson and some role players. The Giants vastly underachieved last year and look to compete this year in the NL West. I really like the Giants this year. The Diamondbacks have added some talent to their team including Mark Trumbo and Bronson Arroyo. They should be a good team this year, but I don’t see them being able to win the division this year. The Padres and Rockies look to be much improved this year, but will still be towards the bottom of the division. The Padres added a couple free agents while the Rockies hope to have a healthy Troy Tulowitzki for a whole season. The Giants and Dodgers will probably be representing the West in October. This is one of those years where there are a bunch of teams that look good on paper and could win it all. My World Series prediction is the New York Yankees defeating the San Francisco Giants. Isn’t that why we love baseball? We’re in for a great season and best of luck to your team this year, which ever team that may be.

Did you know the first softballs were made out of rolled up leather ?

Profile for The Glen Bard

March 2014  

The Glen Bard's March 2014 issue.

March 2014  

The Glen Bard's March 2014 issue.