The iPad phenomenon: is it worth it? By Lydia Smith ’11 Staff Writer The newest Apple toy hit the market on April 3rd causing lines to form down the block in front of each store. It’s shiny, it’s sleek, and it has thousands of people vying for it. The iPad is the newest gadget to cross the path of the technology world. But this attention is no new thing for Apple. The iPhone caused the same type of uproar just three years ago. Following the success of the iPhone, Apple has yet again pushed the envelope in inventing a cross between a laptop and the acclaimed smartphone. What is so different about the iPad? Its touch screen and sleek design simply make everyone curious. What confuses most people is the category of technology that it belongs in. It is not a phone but at the same time it is not a laptop. The 9.56 by 7.47 inched device cannot fit in a pocket but can fit in a purse. It can be read like a book, has internet, is an ipod, and has iwork (Apple’s version of Microsoft Office). The infamous millions of apps, or applications, that can be downloaded and used on it are also not to be forgotten. These range from Pandora (a customized internet radio station) to a cleverly designed data system about the elements simply named “The Elements.” The iPad can best summed up as a device that combines all of its predecessors, only slightly less powerful and specific. It is a bridge of Apple products. Commenters have been quick to point out many
of the iPads flaws. Unlike the iPhone or even the Macbook, it does not have a camera. It also cannot multitask, which means it is unable to run multiple apps at once such as Pandora and Pages. It also does not have Flash and needs adaptors for almost everything. So far it does not have extendable memory which causes its own problems. Other critics point out that the iPad is an Apple product and therefore
controlled by Apple. Because trends have shown that there will be a consumer market for the product no matter what, it has become a closed system or “walled garden.” Despite these flaws, many take note that this is only the first generation of the iPad. As with the iPod, Macbook, and iPhone, there are surely more versions to come. At the same time, many have only good things to say. Its design, interface,
portability, apps, battery life, and capability make other gadgets envious. The price of the iPad is somewhat surprising. Starting at $499 and going up to $829, the starting price for the tablet is $100 more expensive that the priciest iPod and $500 less than the cheapest laptop. However, in some ways one may look at the iPad as Apple’s
Time will only tell whether the iPad is all that it has been made up to be. iPad’s currently range from $499 to $829. Picture courtesy of apple.com.
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alternative to the mini netbook which can be as low as $999. Although a standard PC laptop can be purchased for $499, this price makes more people able to get their hands on apple products. The main concern of the iPad is its target audience. Would high school students even find it useful? The iPad is intended for people who want a device better than an iPhone but don’t need the complexities that a laptop would offer. The iPad can by no means replace a laptop for school needs but can merely act as a supplement. For this reason, may students may find the iPad less desirable because it cannot address all needs they may have for school. For many, using a smartphone and a computer is purely a better system. The same audience that would buy a Kindle or a net-book is targeted for the iPad. For the person that is an avid user of Twitter and Facebook but wishes to have access to books, music, and movies at the same time, their dream product has arrived. The best advice for students is to wait. This is not the end of the iPad, it is only the beginning. The chances for its improvement are unlimited and its impressive debut only can further its credibility. The strong line of Apple fans can debate about the product endlessly, but ultimately Steve Jobs and all the others at Apple merely care that their product is being bought. Approximately 200,000 or more iPads have been sold so far. Even for those who do not own one themselves or are waiting for a better version, the hype and debate about the product has been satisfying enough.
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Ramblings for readers: hello summer Casey Nighbor ’11 Staff Editor
Staff Playlist: - “This Could be Love” Alkaline Trio - “Wolf Like Me” TV on the Radio - “Xavia” The Submarines - “Just (You Do It to Yourself)” Radiohead - “Ragged Wood” Fleet Foxes Weird WordLollapaloosa- Something outstandingly good of its kind Five movies coming out soon 1. Iron Man 2 - May 7th 2.
Inception- July 16th
The A-Team- June 11th
Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeMay 28th
Eclipse- June 30
Learn a Word in…. Gaelic! Samhradhsummer Recipe of the Month Key Lime Pie Ingredients: - 1 ready-tofill cookie crumb or graham cracker crumb crust - 1 tablespoon plain gelatin - 1/3 cup fresh lime juice or key lime
- 1 cup boiling water - 1/4 cup sugar - 13 ounce can cold evaporated skim milk - 1/4 cup cold water
- 4-serving package instant vanilla pudding - dash of lime zest, optional - whipped topping - thin lime slices for
with lime slices, if desired.
Random List of the Month: In a blender, combine plain Top Ten Reasons to Love gelatin and fresh lime juice. Summer Wait one minute until softened, then 1. No School! add boiling water. 2. Lollapalooza/PitchCover and blend on fork high speed until all gelatin granules 3. Flip-flops and are dissolved. shorts Add sugar substitute, 4. Driving with the evaporated skim windows down milk, water, pudding mix and lime zest. 5. Getting a tan Cover and blend smooth. 6. Staying out late on Chill in the refrigerator a Tuesday for about 20 minutes until mixture begins to set. 7. Sleeping until noon Spoon into prepared pie shell and chill 8. The pool several hours until firm. 9. Green grass Top with dollops of whipped topping and garnish 10. Popsicles
Read it and weep: summer By Chris Baron ’11 Columnist So it is the end of the year. Seniors, I bid you adieu with a recap of some of the books you may have read in English class over the course of your lovely time here. Hopefully you actually read them in class. I left out the ones I haven’t. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Lord of the Flies by William Golding The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald I hate Charles Dickens with every fiber of my being. Everything about Great Expectations bothered the living daylights out of me. His lengthy, overly didactic tone and pathetically overdrawn plotline is nothing short of obnoxious, much like this sentence. His plotline is equally annoying. I don’t care how “classic” this novel is; there is absolutely no need to draw out the simple fact that Pip is poor. I don’t need forty ways of saying it to realize and fully comprehend that Pip is, in fact, very poor. Similarly, I cannot stand the way he tortured Pip in the storyline. I realize it is a tragic love story, but come on Charlie, give the boy a break. Don’t just make the boy miserable. If you had not already figured it out, I’m giving this book a poor rating. D. Not a total failure, for there were some moments that were not insufferable, but overall an annoying piece of “literature” that I will hate for the rest of my life. Sorry, Ms. Mohr. Finally, onto something good. Lord of the Flies by William Golding has been one of my favorite reads in high school English, with the exception of one other. Golding masterfully portrays to the readers the innate flaws in human nature that appear when no restrictions exist. He also uses the
boys to show human nature’s tendency towards savagery and the implications of lawlessness on society. That literary stuff said, I loved this book, plain and simple. Golding’s writing style was bright and illuminating while still maintaining the dark nature of his book. The storyline also kept me reading, and not just the Sparknotes edition; the progression from tragedy to tragedy and issue to issue was entrancing and in some cases prevented me from putting the book down. I truly enjoyed this very modernist piece of literature. B+. Now to the one exception: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. I don’t know why I love the Twenties so much. Maybe it’s the radically vibrant society; maybe it’s the development of black culture during the Harlem Renaissance; I truly don’t know. But I do. I love expatriate literature along the lines of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Stein. Gatsby is no exception. Fitzgerald’s critique of the flaws of “old money” and the terrible effects brought on by those who abuse money were far ahead of their time. He criticized the obscenity of overindulgent wealth and attacked the vast differences in lifestyle between the wealthy and those who are not and how this vast difference caused the Depression. Again, all the literary mumbo jumbo aside, I really enjoyed this book. As much as I did not want to put LOTF down, Gatsby was one hundred times harder to put down. Entrancing characters, an exceptionally written plotline, and breathtaking prose all contributed to my love for this book. I think you get the picture. A. Have a nice summer, kids. I’m reading Atlas Shrugged. I hope I don’t die.
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Health care reform: change is here By Eric Peterman ’11 Staff Writer After nearly a year of debate, Congress answered President Obama’s call to create a comprehensive health care reform package with the goal to ensure coverage for an additional thirty-two million people. The official title is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and it first passed the Senate with one vote on December 24 of last year. After much debate over the means to pass the bill, the House of Representatives finally decided upon the method of reconciliation. The House could pass the Senate form of the bill and later add their amendments through the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. The two bills were officially merged on March 25, and it was signed into law on March 30. The Congressional support for the bills was only made up of Democrats, while the opposition included all Republicans with several Democrats. The law is comprised of 2,700 pages of complex legal language and contains several major provisions that go into effect on various dates from now through 2018. Starting on September 23 of this year, children are allowed to remain on their parent’s insurance until their twenty-sixth birthday. Also, insurance companies must disclose details about all expenditures and indoor tanning salons will pay a 10% service tax. By January 1, 2014, health insurance providers cannot discriminate against patients based on pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid will be expanded to cover more income brackets. Also, businesses with over fifty employees who do not provide health insurance to their fulltime employees will receive a $2000 tax. Most importantly, health care exchanges
will be established to subsidize insurance for those earning as much yearly income as $90,100. A 2.9% excise tax will also be placed on medical equipment. Finally by 2018, so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans will receive a 40% excise tax. Overall, the Congressional Budget Office has determined the cost of the law to be $940 billion during the first decade. However, the CBO estimates that revenue will make up for these costs and that it will actually reduce the deficit by $138 billion during the
Nancy Pelosi and State Representatives announce the new Health Care plan. Photo courtesy of democraticleader.house.gov
first decade. Opinions over the new legislation are mixed with 59% of Americans opposed to it and 39% in support of it based on a CNN poll conducted on March 16. Those who support it argue that 32 million additional Americans will be covered by 2019 and health care costs will decrease significantly. They believe that the current system is broken and that high health care costs are unsustainable. The United States is arguably the only industrialized nation to not have some sort of universal health care system, so Democrats want the United States to finally catch up and ensure health care as a right for the American people. According to them, the insurance pool created in 2014
will lower costs and insure more Americans. Those who support it are generally liberal and vote with the Democratic Party. Those who do not support the new measure include most Republicans and moderate Democrats. The argument is that requiring all Americans to own health insurance is an infringement upon the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. According to them, requiring millions to purchase insurance would cause health care costs to necessarily skyrocket which would inevitably depress the economy. They also cite the British and Canadian health care systems, where rationing care is a commonly reported occurrence. It is also argued that creating a huge new government bureaucracy with so much complicated legal language would lead to more corruption. Money that is poured into the system would not necessarily go into health care, and more and more money would be required to fund the program. Therefore its cost would have to be much higher. For example, Medicare expenditures were $3.1 billion in 1965 as compared to the $599 billion in 2008. The opponents of health care disagree with taxing “Cadillac” insurance plans as means to pay for the law for it hurts the rich who provide jobs for the lower and middle classes. It is believed by the opponents that although the current system needs reform, the best way to do it would be to expand competition as opposed to creating more government red tape. There are also some opponents who think it does not go far enough to insure Americans, such as Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich. Although the debate over the health care reform package will never be resolved, both sides believe that the United States health care system will be changed dramatically.
Keep clean, stay healthy By Natalie Salo ’12 Staff Writer
When the janitors in an average high school pass by the thousands of students on an average day, they are rarely thanked or praised for the hard work they do to make the school a better learning environment. They do much more than just pick up after the entire school eats lunch in the cafeteria. Their job is to make a safe, sanitary, and uncontaminated setting for the future of our society to learn. With the many scares of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), also known as a Staph infection, or also the most recent phenomenon, swine flu, schools across the nation have amplified their security against these viruses that have the ability to bench an entire athletic team in less than forty-eight hours. But janitors can only do so much to prevent these extremely serious diseases. Therefore, it all comes back to you. Here are some tips that will be helpful to know on a daily basis in order to not only protect yourself, but your fellow students. The simplest way to prevent a disease from spreading is to simply wash your hands multiple times a day. Whether it’s after using the restroom, before eating lunch, or just simply after getting ink on your hands, washing your hands is ineffective unless it is completed correctly. Always use warm water if it is available, and never just run your hands under water without using an antibacterial soap and think
AIDS awareness: protect yourself , others By Katie Berens ’13 Staff Writer There comes a time in life when AIDS is first presented into person’s vocabulary, whether it is in junior high health class, in a commercial, or read in a magazine. At this moment, the person gains some knowledge and awareness of this incurable and most often fatal disease. But to what extent are people truly aware of this horrific and very serious condition? AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is a permanent and most often fatal disease. Although many medications have been developed to lessen the symptoms and effects of the disease, there is no cure. AIDS begins as HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus. This virus is transmitted through bodily fluids and can be contracted from sharing of needles, unprotected sexual contact, and from mother to child during pregnancy. A person who has transmitted HIV will most likely develop flulike symptoms within a short period after the time of infection. As stated previously, this disease is incurable and severely life-changing. Once a person is infected, there is no going back. In order to prevent the spread of this disease, it is very important to abstain from using and sharing needles, and to consistently practice either abstinence or protected sex. The effects of this tragic disease are devastating, and health officials are
all of the organisms are off of your hands. A recent study at American University shows that one in every four people do not wash their hands after using a public restroom and half of the people who actually do make the attempt to wash their hands do not use soap, but simply run their hands under the water for an entire ten to twenty seconds. There are also the obvious tips, like cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Without covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, you emit disease and illness into the air. Every year, over 164 million cumulative days of school are missed by students in the United States due to diseases caught through the air. Having high or low susceptibility to these diseases plays a great role as well. Increasing the sustainability of your immune system can greatly keep you happy and healthy. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables with multiple vitamins can keep your immune system strong. Overall, the way to stay illness-free is to continually take care of yourself. Washing your hands often and not coughing or sneezing directly into the air may sound quite elementary, but these are more important than you think. Janitors do their job as well as they possibly can, but there are some things they cannot do: wash your hands for you and cover your mouth. So do it yourself!
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striving to make information such as this available to the public in all ways possible, in order to lower the number of cases and stop this vicious ailment from spreading. The spread of this condition in countries all over the world is so shocking that many celebrities are getting involved and joining the fight. On the night of the Oscars, Elton John held the 18th annual party as a fundraiser for EJAF, or the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Rihanna, My Chemical Romance, and many other musicians are involved in a new clothing line at available at H&M known as “Fashion Against AIDS.” 25% of all sales from this clothing line will go to worldwide HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns. Likewise, Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper have teamed up and are selling a new line of MAC lipstick, where 100% of all proceeds go to AIDS foundations. Another opportunity to donate to the AIDS foundation is through the RED clothing line, which is available at Gap stores. The purpose of this line is to raise awareness, and 50% of all proceeds go to funding for medicine to treat men and women suffering from AIDS in Africa. Overall, AIDS awareness is not just buying a T-shirt or making a bracelet; it means that you are dedicated to protecting yourself against the disease and strive to spread the word for the greater good of all people.
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Anatomy and Physiology: hands-on science By Jigar Patel ’11 Staff Writer
Who says beauty is only skin deep? The skin is only the cover to the most beautiful object in the world, the human body. This complex network of coordinated organ systems, tissues and liquids all comes together in an intricate and marvelous system to display one of the most inspiring of all creations from evolution: ourselves. Glenbard West High School’s very own Anatomy and Physiology class, taught by Ms. Kim Sammarco, explores this very idea: how structure meets function in the human body. As Ms. Sammarco states, “The format of Anatomy and Physiology at West is purposely set up to be non-intimidating for even the least enthusiastic of science students. We learn
about seven different body DuPage County coroner’s School of Nursing even systems over the course of office and the cadaver lab provided individuals from one semester and students at the University of Health their school and in the field Chamberlain for instructive lectures. benefit from many hands- Sciences. on activities Junior Anna that involve the Ulyanenkova says, dissection of things “My favorite part was like pigs’ feet, cow the field trip to the femurs, pig hearts, cadaver lab because you normally do not and of course, cats.” get the experience of seeing a real cadaver Junior Cassie Powers recalls, and seeing [human] “Anatomy has intestines, brain, and really allowed other organs.” me to understand This class is a musttake for individuals easier how the body works with handsinterested in science, medicine and other on cat dissections and activities health related fields. The class even helps throughout the course.” those who want a more Along with in-depth analysis of body systems as a the engaging labs comes the way to prepare for AP Biology. entertaining and always interesting S c i e n c e Department Chair Mr. field trips. This past year’s trips Students enjoying pig foot dissection. Photo courtesy of Ms. Bruce Basak says, included: the Sammarco, Anatomy and Physiology teacher. “Having a daughter-
New lizard discovered... in 2010? By Natalie Nesteruk ’10 Staff Writer Varanus bitatawa - a new species of monitor lizard is discovered in the mountainous regions of the Philippines. What’s so unique about it though? This lizard is not only sixand-a-half-feet long, which is longer than the average height of a man, but is also believed to be related to the Komodo dragon. The fruit-eater’s distinguishing characteristics are that of yellow spots, a banded tail, slitted nostrils, its six-and-a-half-foot length, and oddly enough for males, they are equipped with a double set of genitals. When, in 2004, the creature was captured and photographed, the biologist and author of A Little Book of Monitor Lizards, Daniel Bennett, happened to come across the photos. He found the species “very strange” and headed to Luzon, Philippines to investigate the lizard. Once in the Philippines, Bennet embarked on a twelve hour trip to the Sierra Madre Mountains where the lizard was previously seen, and discovered the creature by clusters of seedlings on the forest floor which “couldn’t have come from anywhere else but the feces of a giant lizard,” Bennet said. Next, Bennet shared a new photo of his findings of the lizard to all the taxonomists of monitor
lizards whom he knew, and while not all of them seemed certain as to what species it was, a majority of them came to the conclusion that the lizard was quite unique indeed. The question of whether the lizard was a new species or not was procured from a dead sample of the lizard given to a Filipino scientist Roldan Dugay by a hunter, and and then given to the National Museum of the Philippines. DNA samples of the dead lizard were then extracted from researchers at the University of Kansas. In the April 10th issue of the Biology Letters, Bennet, Dugay, and University of Kansas Herpetologist Rafe Brown, (along with several others) stated that this newly discovered species was an “unprecedented surprise.” This discovery proves so exciting to scientists because it suggests that more giant vertebrates may still be discovered in this day and age. As the Biology Papers also states, “Here, we report on the discovery of a spectacular new species of giant, secretive, frugivorous forest monitor lizard.” A six- and-a-half-foot lizard might seem hard to miss, but this leads to many curious thoughts as to what other exotic creatures will turn up that may have been hiding right under our noses.
in-law who just graduated from medical school and a son who is in his fifth year of an eight year MD-PhD program, I am quite aware of the amount of anatomy and physiology that is required in the first two years of medical school. “This course provides an opportunity for students at a young age to gain exposure to the information that is taught in a typical anatomy/ physiology course. Students gain a certain amount of insight that may help them decide what type of career they may want to pursue in the future.” Get ready for a fun and information-filled class in an exciting and booming field as a possible elective. If you want to find out awesome facts, like that the femur is actually stronger than concrete, then sign up for Anatomy and Physiology next year!
Education suffers with latest budget cuts By Urooba Nizami ’12 Staff Writer
With an increasing unemployment rate and failures in major industries, a variety of services, including education, are taking a hard hit. Known budget cuts in K-12 Education and Childhood Education Programs have been instituted nationwide. Illinois is one of the many states that has faced budget cuts on educational programs and school funding. Recently, Illinois has reduced funding for early childhood programs, like preschool, by 10 percent. With this cut, more than 10,000 children will be affected. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn called for these budget changes at a costly two billion dollars. Due to the cuts, education will suffer greatly. Elementary and high school spending will lose a reported $922 million and another $400 million from public colleges and
universities. In addition to losing money, staff will be cut as well. More than 17,000 teachers and aides are expected to be laid off statewide. Many colleges and universities as well as other degrees of higher education are also seeing a cut in the state’s education funding and financial aid. Consequently, in order to operate and provide some forms of aid, many universities and colleges have also raised their tuition. Stanley Ikenberry, the president of the University of Illinois said, “If the University of Illinois and the rest of higher education in this state are disrupted, if we are no longer high quality and dependable, if our operations are damaged or disrupted, the harm to individuals, communities, job creation, innovation, quality of life and future prospects in this State will be incalculable.” He says that the tuition at U of I
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could raise form $9,484 to $11,191. Students, who are the top priority, are feeling great unrest about their education because of the recent budget changes. Students at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago protested against budget cuts and said that there are other ways that universities can manage them. Students are aware that their education will suffer if something is not done immediately. More locally, the Phillip J. Rock School in Glen Ellyn faces a permanent school closing. This school offers educational and recreational programs for children ages 7-21 who are disabled. If schools and programs continue to see such cuts, many beneficial institutions will close down and will cause great strife in many communities. With the recent cuts in education funds, schools, teachers, and students are paying the ultimate price: their education and their jobs.
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Many thanks and an invitation to South Africa By Nare Matlala ’10 Staff Writer
Dear Glenbard West, It feels like yesterday when I first came here; time passed so quickly but it was a marvelous year. This was the best year of school and it’s all because of you. Thank you very much for everything; to the principal of the school, all my teachers, classmates, and friends, thank you for opening your hearts to me. I learned a lot about you, myself, and how to work hard. I can now speak fluent English, but
there was a time when I in January. I am not my family the best, thought I couldn’t handle sure yet which school I most comfortable life this place because Mr. will attend, but I would they could ever have. I would like to remind McCluskey was the only like to major in finance person who knew my and work for one of people how I managed to language. Memories are the biggest banks in come here. It all started twelve years ago forever and when one of the you all will not staff members, be forgotten. Mr. McCluskey, I will be stayed with us leaving the for two and United States a half years on the 27th of with the Peace June. When Corps. Since I arrive then he has been back home coming to visit I will keep myself busy Nare before Heart Hop with his friends. Photo courtesy of my family every two years during by working, Nare Matlala ’10. summertime. He catching up with my South Africa (FNB). friends and family, and My main goal from always brings his friends applying to a university here on is to give (like Miss Mohr, Mr.
Hezlett, and Mr. Matz) and anyone who would like a trip of a lifetime. I assure you all that it would be a life-changing trip if you came to my village! What I am saying is, “Please come visit some day and have a different view of life!” Keep up the West Way and please tell me to have a safe trip when you see me in the hall. My people have a saying, “Although mountains do not move, their shadows are able to meet.” Just like us, we will meet again someday.
Music offers teens much-needed escape By Holt Jones ’12 Staff Writer
your identity, getting along with parents and teachers, or applying to college. This amount of pressure on any teen creates a need to
your childhood innocence, no longer is when being friends with someone meant Whether it be Elvis in the you enjoyed hanging out 50s, The Beatles in the 60s, together on the playground, disco in the early 70s, where homework was new wave rock in the virtually non-existent 80s, Grunge Rock in or when applying to the 90s, or Lil’ Wayne college seemed like of the current era, it wouldn’t happen there will always be for an eternity. “current” music fads We escape pressure with which people by living in this will choose to identify. fantasy world that pop Teenagers are stars have created. notorious for identifying Lil’ Wayne bombards with pop stars of the his listeners with era. And no matter how messages of “living life eccentric the lyrics, in the fast lane,” and the fashion trends, or acts as if money, power, the lifestyles of these sex, drugs and alcohol Lil’ Wayne is one example of the kind of contemporary popular artists, teens bring happiness. music some parents “don’t understand.” will inevitably follow Some teenagers strive the lead and often times find an escape from it all. to re-create this fantasy Teenagers use this music world, in order to postpone model their lives after them. Why is it that we identify so to regain control in their the realities of the real world. much with these music stars? lives. It is something their So the next time you Why does Lil’ Wayne have parents do not understand, walk in the house with your Glen Ellyn teens thinking so teens feel it is way to jeans just below your waist he is the second coming? rebel during these incredibly screaming out “Imma pick These are questions that hectic and difficult years. the world up and imma drop it Not only do teens see it as a on your…..” and your parents parents of teens have been asking themselves ever since way to regain control but also act as though your pants are the days of Elvis. These as an opportunity to live in at your ankles and you’re genres and artists undoubtedly somewhat of a fantasy world. being brainwashed, tell As a teen, you are faced them to “stop hatin” because provide an escape for teens, from extracurricular with the realities of the real it is for your own sanity. activities, school, finding world, no longer do you have
Warning: ‘Idol’ not what it used to be By Milica Krstic ’13 Staff Writer Opinion Everyone has heard of American Idol and most of us have watched it at one point or another, but is it actually worth watching? This season is said to be the best but many of the contestants have very limited singing ability. Contestants such as Tim Urban have rarely been praised but are continuously passing eliminations. Not only have the contestants gotten weaker, but the overall show has weakened as well. It has been proven that Idol is slowly falling behind in its ratings and viewers. A few weeks ago “Dancing with the Stars” had more viewers tune in than the record-breaking
“Idol,” so we may be looking at a final season in the near future. Speaking of final seasons, it is Simon Cowell’s last season. The strongly opinionated judge is leaving “Idol” behind in order to work on his new show “The X Factor,” which is coming to Fox in the fall of 2011. The British judge is one of the show’s best features and with him leaving many viewers are bound to leave as well. Although the contestants have weakened the show is still pretty interesting especially when Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell decide to share their opinions with one another. If you don’t have anything better to do on a Tuesday or Wednesday tune in to episode of “American Idol.”
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...Here’s the Class of 2010! Conor Owens Katie Rimmel Nathan Rix Ian Smith Chris Thompson DePauw Will Calderwood Maddie Lee Christine Webster University of Indiana – Bloomington Lisa Bent Eric Boockford Hannah Flood Megan Gitter Jeffery Jensen Chris Kennedy Brian Lemenager Kristen Los Will Main
International UNISA- South Africa Nare Matala Iowa University of Iowa Amber Wilfong Garret Hookham Will Caspers Sean Fagan Haley Carroll Audrey Butler Caitlin Harris Kelsey Marshall Deanna Roselli Wartburg College Andrew Allen Iowa State University Mitch Motsinger Melanie Waidanz Robyn Glaza Leigh Pomnitz
Harvard University Connor Loftus Mass. Institute of Technology Erin Kenney Wellesley College Quinn Refer
North Carolina Elon University Kelsey Eppen
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Ohio Bowling Green State Nick Telander
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Cleveland Institute of Art Nick Brazeal
Michigan State University Eleanor Doyle Abbie Reifel University of Michigan Scott Lembitz Allyse McGrath
Minnesota Bethel University Elise Wetherell University of Minnesota Mallory Carter Claire Meyers
Mississippi University of Mississippi Olivia Rearick
Loras College Peter Long
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University of Louisville Stacy Rosch
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Undecided Craig Anderson Eliza Hinton Ashley Scott Alex Stockewell Kevin Yun
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Features Features - Page 9
West alumna runs across USA Katie Visco, 24, achieves her dream of running from coast to coast
By Lauren Berry ’10 Staff writer
About a year ago, on March 29, 2009, Katie Visco, 24, stepped foot in Somerville, near Boston, Massachusetts, to begin her run to the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California. This would be her run across America. Through nine pairs of running shoes, a hurt knee, and 11,000 dollars raised, Visco ran about 3,132 miles. With the idea in her mind since she was a freshman at Glenbard West High School, Visco always wanted to do something big, something that would make a difference. While living in Boston, Visco worked for a year doing community service with an Americorps program called City Year. She worked with high school students and she constantly would ask them, “What are your passions and dreams?” Students would give inspiring answers and thank her for asking them such a question they have never been asked before. She shockingly thought, this is one of the most important questions of life, how could they not be asked this before? Visco knew at this point that it was time to turn her dream and passion into a reality. Visco and her friend set out to begin
the nine month journey. Before March 29, 2009, Visco had never run more than 14 miles in one day before. The people Visco met throughout the different states were excited to help and contribute. While running approximately 18 miles per day, sometimes with people in the communities as well, Visco stayed with 85 host families along the way. Although Visco suffered a knee injury 300 miles shy of her destination, the thought of giving up did not enter her mind. Although she had to walk for part of her journey to build up more strength, she kept going. It was not only about running. Visco explains that her run was more than just for herself. “It’s not just running. It’s a metaphor and an action to inspire people to take what they love to do and do something bold with it and to also give back at the same time,” said. Visco. She ran for Girls on the Run, a non-profit charity that focuses on helping young girls gain self esteem through running. While running across America, Visco spoke at many churches, schools and running clubs to share her story and influence others to make their dreams come true. After her 276 day journey, Visco is now the second youngest woman to run across the country and now spends
her time writing an upcoming book and traveling on a four-month speaking tour. As a motivational speaker, Visco plans to spread the word about making
your dreams and passions come to life. She explains that even though people thought she was crazy and would end up not going through with her plan,
everyone needs to share their goals and make them happen no matter the circumstances or setbacks.
After running 3,132 miles, Katie Visco, former West student, reaches the Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of Visco’s website paveyourlane.com.
Obama reads 10 citizens’ letters every day
By John Bleed ’13
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington DC 20500. This address is possibly the most famous and well known in all of America. It is the address of the White House, the home of the President of the United States. Like any other house and home in the United States, it receives mail. But the amount of letters the White House and the First Family receive is so large it takes an entire department of the White House to handle it. The White House receives around 65,000 paper letters sent to the President every week. On top of that, it gets around 100,000 emails, almost 4,000 phone calls, and 1,000 faxes every day according to Mike Kelleher, Director of the Office of Correspondence in the White House via whitehouse.gov. The Correspondence Office tries to respond to all of them “[S]o they know that the President is listening” says Kelleher. The department sorts and categorizes all of the mail
received and chooses ten that are sent to President Obama himself – who reads ten every day so he can stay connected with what is going on in the nation. The President replies to about 20 per week with a hand-written note. President Obama says in a video on the White House website that the letters can be humorous, frustrating, sad and even angry. The President also says that many are “heartbreaking.” However, some letters are stories of encouragement to him as president. Obama says, “It really gives you a sense of what’s best about America. It makes you want to work that much harder to make sure that that spirit is reflected in our government.” If you decide to write a
letter and mail it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, send an email, fax or call the White House, chances are they won’t be seen or heard by the President himself. However, someone at the White House will see it and maybe, just maybe it will be sent to the Presidential desk in the Oval Office.
Lacrosse storms field, ready for action By Mitch Anderson ’11
Paisley shorts, mid-high socks, and sleeveless pennies. What does this mean? The lacrosse season has returned to West by storm. The 2010 season brings with it an unprecedented amount of new faces and lofty goals. In only its second year as a school sponsored sport, the team has made enormous strides. Coached by Carl Landi and led by captains Tim Hollowed, James Raveret, Billy O’Donnell, and Joey Busch, the varsity team (3-1 ) looks to improve upon their heartbreaking loss in quarterfinals of the state playoffs from last year. Senior player James Reveret believes, “This year we have the athletic ability, we just need more teamwork. I’d predict this year we’ll do better.” Other members of the lineup include freshman Eric Strittmater, sophomore Johnny Caspers, and seniors Spencer Douglas, Mitch Meyer, Steve Hadden and Jon Kefaloukos. If the team continues the way they’ve been playing, they may be contenders for the state title.
Did you know... The New York Yankees once held spring training in Bermuda?
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Features May 2010 - Page 10
Missing school: dreadful effect of too many abscences By Abby Quaid `13 Staff Writer Opinion
You’re sitting in class, staring at the minute hand as it slowly ticks toward the time that will release you from the cinderblock walls and linoleum flooring enclosure some like to call a classroom. Most likely all that is running through your mind is, “I wish I didn’t have to be at school,” right? How great does it sound to not be in school for three weeks? Most of you are probably
thinking that that would be excellent, a perfect escape from the world of textbooks and scantrons. Picture this: home alone all day, just you, the television, and no hectic school work. Seems like an oasis, correct? Wrong. In theory, this is the perfect scenario. The truth is that when you are truly homebound for two and a half weeks and aren’t able to go to school, see your friends, and all of your plans are cancelled, it is not fun at all. First off, daytime television
is awful, unless you happen to be a major soap opera fan. There is nothing to watch and what is on is either extremely old repeats of episodes you have seen a thousand times or shows that are so boring that staring at the wall is more interesting. After a few days you will have all of the shows’ programming schedules memorized and you will be wishing to get some variety in your now lonesome life. Slowly a sense of anxiety begins to invade your body as you realize that while you
sit on your couch, watching yet another whiney teenage show, the rest of the world is moving forward without you. Classes continue to move onward giving tests, papers, and other assignments and the pile of unfinished work grows into a mountain of confusing papers. The solitude of your new life begins to eat away at your conscious and the thought of going to school seems better and better each day. The mountain of assignments mocks you as it towers over your spinning head.
This mixture of boredom and homework anxiety topped with a large dollop of missing society becomes the sundae of your life. After personally experiencing being out of school for about three weeks, I can honestly say I would not wish it upon anyone. When, in speculation, a three week excused leave from school would have been the best thing a student could wish for. Yet in reality, it is a truly dreadful experience.
By Ellen Smid ’13
33 ways to add fun to your summer By Samantha Moriarty `13 and Lindsie Green `13 1. Go to the Zoo 2. Go to a museum 3. Bike Ride 4. Go to a drive in 5. Write with sidewalk chalk 6. Have a Picnic outdoors or indoors 7. Take a hike 8. Jump on a trampoline 9. Go swimming in a lake or pool 10. Visit an arcade 11. Go to a theme park or water park 12. Play some air hockey 13. Play sports 14. Have a BBQ 15. Bake something 16. Make a video 17.Camp in your yard, or
house 18. Take a walk 19. Go shopping at a mall or your local stores 20. Watch home movies 21. Watch a sunset 22. Have a luau 23. Test out your old hulahoop 24. Have a fiesta 25. Have a Silly String/ Whip Cream Fight 26. Water fight with balloons and water guns 27. Walk everywhere for a day 28. Volunteer 29. Go to the Arboretum 30. Have a bonfire 31. Go to different towns 32. Throw a party 33. Go to a sporting event (preferably the Cubs)
Did you know.. There are only two days in a year in which there are no pro sports games?
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Editorial May 2010 - Page 11
2009-2010 Editorial Staff Taylor Conway ’10 Editor-in-Chief
Casey Nighbor ’11
Elizabeth Ellis ’10 Features Editor
Kelly Molloy ’11
Chris Baron ’11
Katie Howell ’10
Photographer Kamil Radziszewski ’11 Design Editor
Sophia Conforti ’12 Natalie Salo ’12 Emily Molloy ’13 Abby Quaid ’13 Staff Editors Brendan Byrne ’13 Did You Know Facts
Ms. Mohr Ms. Slowinski
The Glen Bard is published eight times a year by the students, for the students. The mission of The Glen Bard is to provide a public forum to inform, fairly convey issues and to entertain. All members of the Glenbard West community are invited to submit articles, cartoons or opinions. Letters to the editor, signed and less than 300 words, are subject to editing without changing the content. Each month, The Glen Bard takes on a topic in its unsigned editorial. This editorial represents the majority opinion of The Glen Bard’s editorial board.
West fosters community, self By Taylor Conway ’10 Editor-in-Chief
With less than a month left of school, I cannot help but sit in class daydreaming of summer and how much my life will change within the next six months. While I love my family and friends, I’m ready to live in a new environment with new people. Like most seniors, I think it’s safe to say that I’m just ready for change. Don’t get me wrong though. Although I’m ready for change, that does not mean that I disliked my time at West. Of course I would like to change some things about it, like the never-ending stairs and the bathrooms on the second floor by the lunchroom, but when it comes down to it, this school means more to me now than I ever thought it would as I walked up the stairs on the first day of freshman year. I didn’t really know what to expect in those first few days. I’m the oldest in my family so I had no preconceived notions, and after my experience at Hadley I had very low expectations for West. I’ll admit that the group of frantically cheering seniors on that first day creepily
frightened me. I legitimately thought I was entering an insane asylum with crazy people who enjoyed clapping their hands obnoxiously at freshmen. Looking back now, I can’t help but laugh seeing that I became one of those crazy, clapping seniors. Within the first few weeks of class, it became apparent to me that I enjoyed high school. I loved that fact that I could leave campus for lunch, although I rarely ever did, I loved Saturday football games, even if our team was less than stellar back then, and I loved taking diverse classes like Intro to Theatre, where I met people like “basketball Becky” and “mysterious Moran.” One of my favorite things about West though was the countless amount of clubs and sports it provided. Of course there were some clubs that I joined, and quickly un-joined. But for the most part, I loved the fact that every person in the school, regardless of their distinct personalities, could find a club they enjoyed and could dedicate time to. Over time, my feelings about West never changed, only faded. Perhaps those feelings
were affected by struggling friendships, outside time commitments, and excessive amounts of homework thanks to one of my favorites, Mr. Fornaciari. Regardless, I’ve been excited for high school to end and college to begin. While I’m still excited for college, just the other day I was reminded as to why, deepdown, I love this place that I have spent my last four years. I was sitting in Spanish class last period, pretending, like usual, to speak with my partner, when a pass came for me. Like most students, I was excited because it most likely meant that I could get out of class for something. Unlike most passes however, this one was hand delivered by two students who never run passes. And written on this note was my name, the date, and a time of “NOW.” Possibly one of the sketchy passes ever created. Nevertheless, my teacher reluctantly accepted it and I left class with the two students in tow. I soon found out that I was pulled out of class because I was involved in newspaper. As we walked down the hall, they quickly informed me that The Today Show was coming to do a
feature on the Glenbard Parent Series and that they wanted me there to write an article about it. Although I never ended up writing an article, the experience, which lasted less than an hour, was fun, to say the least. Sure I got to skip class and take some pictures. And I’ll be the first admit that it’s pretty cool that The Today Show did a feature on a program presented by our school. But more importantly, the events of that day reminded me that I enjoyed my time at West because of the sense of belonging that envelops it. Thanks to activities like newspaper, I developed friendships and other relationships that provided me with the opportunities to meet crew members from NBC, opportunities that ultimately made me a part of West and West a part of me. That being said, to the seniors, I wish you happiness and success in all of your future endeavors. And to the underclassman, may you find those activities that you enjoy, make them your own, and experience all that West has to offer, for without even knowing it, our school truly does offer a lot.
Thank You West Retirees
Mr. Clutter Mr. Timpanaro
Did you know... that in Pittsburg all the professional teams use the same colors-gold and black?
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May 2010 - Page 12
Have a Great Summer!
Did you know... Jackie Robinson lettered in 4 sports at UCLA, the only person to ever do so.