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Midterm elections loom: could divide Congress, shape next two years By Jacob Fuerst ’11 Staff Writer

The upcoming November elections could do more than just shake things up. America and its students have the chance to voice their opinions. The November elections could determine what happens in Obama’s second two years. A divided House, if won by Republicans, may spell disaster for many of Obama’s plans. Whatever his plans may be, it’s safe to say that being grid-locked in the House will gain him even less support. “It’s hard to say if Obama is doing enough,” says Claire Fey, senior. “I think history will be the true judge of his economic efforts.” Where the Democrats are doing everything they can to rally support for November, it’s the Tea Party that could either win it big for Republicans or split the Republican party entirely. The Tea Party, according to teapartypatriots.org, is a current right -wing movement that favors smaller government, lower taxes, and “adherence to the personal liberty of the individual.” “The vast majority of politicians have to abandon moderation because that doesn’t make good TV,” says Fey, who states that the Tea Party is dividing Republicans. “You can’t bring a party together with

extremism.” “The actions Obama has taken to combat the failing economy have thus far been in fact unhelpful,” claims Julia Berg, senior. “However, [the Tea Party] must be wary of how conservative it presents itself, for it could easily scare away moderate Republicans.” Local Tea Party chapters are all over the country. Growing disenchantment with the Obama administration is giving the party more momentum. A rally by Glenn Beck in August to “restore honor” may prove just how powerful Republicans are come November. The rally, which drew hundreds of thousands of people, further garnered right wing support. “[Right-wing extremism] shows are no longer just entertainment, they’re a political cancer to

o u r country,” states Fey, who’s opinions are a popular backlash to such conservatism. Others believe that the Tea Party is preserving the Constitution. “Part of me

feels like we’ve forgotten the foundation of [the Constitution] of this country,” said Evan Franklin, college senior, whose views are shared by an increasing amount of Americans. Obama recognizes the weight of the Tea Party, and how it could cost him the House, the Senate, or both. “Buck up, stop whining, and get to work,” Obama said to Democrats. Obama stated that it is “inexcusable” to “sit on the sidelines” because it could dash democratic plans. Democrats are staging counter rallies, like Jon

Stewart and Stephen Colberts’ rally to “restore sanity.” A comedic rebuttal to Beck’s rally, the event was, in fact, backed by Obama, who said that it will showcase voices that he claims are “really important.” Many Americans have

supported both rallies. “I’m through a divided Congress, going to Stewart’s rally – I people will blame him, and want to show the Demo- he’s probably right,” said Sanders. “We can’t let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn’t care enough to fight,” s a i d Obama. His administr a tion fears that the GOP will attempt to undo everything that has been done. Yet some Democratic strategists worry that Obama’s recent rallies cratic influence as well,” will contradict his uplifting image. Others believe that said Jill Sanders, parent. “This nation needs to stop Obama will not be able to one-upping each other, and recover from a rocky first get back to the basics,” said two years in office. It’s this opinion that Laurie Sanderson, another drives the Tea Party, who is parent. “Rallies are just as much a stunt as they are a looking to halt the administration’s actions by winning tactic.” Obama, too, is engag- the midterms. Many people ing in a change of tactics. feel that unemployment “When you run on hope has gotten worse and that and change and then tell Obama has no place in tellyour party that hope isn’t ing people to stop whining. Whatever the case, the going to save them now, it midterm elections will be a seems hypocritical,” says Fey. “Obama’s tough love decidedly passionate time. Tea Party enthusiasm could seems a little fake.” Fake or not, Obama’s swing the vote either way, new “tough love” approach and Obama’s efforts to save is a stab at getting Demo- the Democratic vote may crats to the voting booths. not be enough. However, Without them, impassioned Obama may find himself in Republicans may reclaim a better political position . Student vote may be an imCongress. “I’m sure he’s afraid that portant influence on both if he can’t get anything parties. Photos courtesy of library.duke.edu

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PostSecret author explains the importance of sharing our secrets, more importantly letting them go By Emily Molloy ’13 Staff Writer We all have secrets. Secrets that make us feel ashamed, or make us laugh, or some we won’t even admit to ourselves. But when those secrets become a burden, who do you tell? Trusted friends? Family? What about a complete stranger? Known as the most trusted stranger in America, Frank Warren began PostSecret as an art project six years ago. He began by sending out 3,000 postcards, inviting people to send him their deepest, truest, and dearest secrets, any secret, on a postcard as long as it was true. Immediately, he got a response and, over the course of the next year, Frank received 20,000 postcards holding the secrets of people across the country. Now, in 2010, PostSecret has grown and Frank has collected nearly 500,000 secrets from people all over the globe, including China, Australia, and Afghanistan. Since the creation of PostSecret, Frank Warren has published five extraordinary books, the most recent one, Confessions on Life, Death, and God, reached #1 on

The New York Times’ best-sellers is really keeping us.” By relating computer screen in his home list. With nearly 1,000 postcards to the confessions of complete in Maryland. Constantly, Frank coming each week, not all can be strangers, many have admitted travels across the country to published in the books. However, their lives have been changed or openly address the community about how Post Secret came to be since the first week of and his favorite secrets PostSecret’s creation, and stories. He even Frank has regularly gives the audience a posted new secrets on his chance to stand up in blog each Sunday and front of a crowd with a has appropriately named microphone and share the site Sunday Secrets. their secrets publicly. But, what started out I recently attended as a mere art project one of Frank Warren’s has developed into a presentations at the world wide symbol College of DuPage in for hope. In 2008, early October and was PostSecret and Hopeline completely ecstatic (1-800-SUICIDE) when he walked onto teamed up to fight the stage. During his depression and speech, he shared with encourage suicide us his favorite secrets awareness and and some secrets that prevention. Many avid were banned from being PostSecret followers published in his books. have contacted Frank, He told us stories that explaining their stories tugged at every emotion and how Hopeline and and at the conclusion the secrets of other of his presentation he people have helped them cope with their Examples of secrets sent in to Frank Warren. Photos cour- invited the audience to share their secrets. own problems. Several tesy of www.postsecret.com. Instantly, a line formed have been able to behind the microphone as one even saved by the weekly updates. attest to Frank’s statement, person after another told their But Frank Warren’s work does “Sometimes we think we are dearest secrets. They ranged not derive solely in front of a keeping a secret, when the secret

‘Due Date,’ ‘Harry Potter’ hit silver screen, excite moviegoers in November By Urooba Nizami ’12 Staff Writer With so much accomplished last month, and with the start of a new quarter, it’s a good idea to take a breath and a break from all the work and drama in your life. The best way to uplift your mood and have some fun hands down is watching a new movie. So, here are some upcoming movies that are sure to get you up and relaxed. Grab some friends and popcorn, and get ready for some pleasing releases this November and December. November brings you Client 9, Due Date, and Megamind hitting screens November 5th, Unstoppable, Skyline, and Morning Glory coming out on November 12th, The Next Three Days, Made in Dagenham, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 coming near you on November 19th, and The King’s Speech and Love and Drugs coming to your theaters on November 24th. Due Date is about Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) who is an first-time expectant father whose wife’s due date is a mere five days away. He is in a rush to catch a flight from Atlanta to be with his wife during this special moment. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when circumstances forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan Tremblay (Zack Galifianakis)–which will turn out to

be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, many friendships, and Peter’s last nerve. For the sci-fi lovers, Skyline is about strange lights descending upon Los Angeles, drawing people outside to where an extraterrestrial force

Due Date comes out on November 5th. Photo courtesy of filmofilia.gov.

threatens to swallow and destroy the entire human population off earth. Harry Potter fans will be delighted to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, which begins with Harry, Ron, and Hermione who are out on a dangerous mission to track and destroy the secrets to Voldemort’s destruction and immortality (the Horcruxes). Without Dumbledore’s protection or the guidance of their

professors and friends, these three depend on each other more than ever before. They will face dark forces that lurk and threaten to tear them apart. Harry is unaware that his future has been predetermined in the past, when he first became. “The Boy Who Lived.” Potter is getting even closer to the dreadful task: his battle with Voldemort. For the romantic in you, Love and Drugs stars Anne Hathaway who plays the role of Maggie, a free spirit who doesn’t let anything get her down. But she ends up meeting her match in Jamie, whose infallible charm makes him a ladies’ man, in the world of pharmaceutical sales. Both are equally surprised with their new relationship and find themselves well beneath the intensity and power of a drug known as love. For some December fun, keep your eye out for, Black Swan releasing on December 1st, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Company Men, and The Tourist out on December 10th, How Do You Know, Green Lantern, and Tron Legacy coming out December 17th, Gulliver’s Travels and Little Fockers releasing near you on December 22nd, True Grit coming out on December 25th, The Hobbit (release date not yet determined), and Blue Valentine out on December 31st. For more reviews, trailers, and dates visit www.comingsoon. net or www.casenet.com.

from one man expressing his wish to become Spider-Man to a sixteen year-old boy admitting his five suicide attempts, each secret unique in it’s own way. I want my words to be as monumental as Frank’s actions, however I could never meet the same standards as this extraordinary man and his amazing idea. Following in his footsteps, I am inviting you, all of you, students and faculty, everyone in this school, to send in your secrets. The newspaper staff and I will choose several of your secrets to be published in the December issue of The Glen Bard. The criteria that must be followed a) Do not put your name on your secret; they are to be anonymous b) Please deliver to the “PostSecret Box” located in the main office c) If you want your secret to be published, please keep the content school appropriate d) Be creative! Secrets can be funny or sad, sarcastic or honest, written in the style of a postcard or on any other scannable surface. Anything is acceptable! For inspiration visit www.postsecret.com. My secret: I desperately wish for the possibility of time travel.

Zombie apocalypse:

Do you have what it takes to survive a potential zombie invasion? By Rachel Simmons ’13 Staff Writer

With video-games like Dead Rising, Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, and movies such as Zombieland and I Am Legend, it’s inevitable that the zombie apocalypse is going to happen. So, you can either follow the trend of the games that have the name “dead” in it and die, or you can fight until the end and potentially live. Step 1: Find out where you have to go and how you have to get there. You can’t expect to survive just hanging out in your house with the windows all boarded up, can you? Step 2: Get objects you can protect yourself with and that you can easily carry. You are going to have to kill them. Sorry. Step 3: If you’re not a carrier (someone who has been bitten by a zombie but is immune), then you better get some sort of outfit to protect yourself. Gas masks, body suits, whatever is light and can help you avoid getting bitten. Step 4: Plan places you can find supplies. It’s really not that important at this point, but water is crucial. Step 5: Get over the fact that zombies are gross looking

and are trying to kill you. You’re not going to survive with that attitude. No one is going to want to save a whiner. Step 6: Take anything of importance that you might want. It shouldn’t be too heavy though, so no Xboxes (do you really need one? You’re practically in a video game), and no makeup/ toiletries. You’re going to probably smell, but at least you’re not dead, yet, and the zombies are still probably worse. Step 7: Leave. Get out. Go wherever you have to go and just run. Shoot the zombies that get too close and don’t waste too much ammo. If you have bad aim, you better stay in front of whomever you’re with because friendly fire is uncool. This is real life, if you shoot your friend and he dies, he won’t respawn in 20 seconds or when you find him in a closet or anything with a door. Step 8: Follow these steps quickly as possible. And, hopefully you’re rescued after a short amount. And if you are, it’s best to listen to whomever’s in charge. Good luck!

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Rambling for readers: Pumpkin Pie, Turkey leftovers By Casey Nighbor ’11 Columnist Staff Playlist: “Love like Woe” The Ready Set “Microphone” Coconut Records “Off I Go” Greg Laswell “I’ve Got Your Number” Passion Pit “We R Who We R” Ke$ha Weird WordGazooks- an exclamation of surprise Learn a Word in…. German! Sonnig- sunny Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Pie For the dough: 1/4 cup pecans 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for shaping dough 6 tablespoons butter, ice cold 2 to 3 tablespoons ice cold water For the filling: 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk 1/2 cup dark corn syrup 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup canned pumpkin filling 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup pecans, chopped plus 24 halves for garnish Special equipment: 2 (12cup) mini muffin tins Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottoms and sides of the mini muffin tins with cooking spray. For the dough: In a food processor, pulse pecans with

the sugar, salt, and flour, the crusts are very golden. until the nuts are ground Check periodically to make and the ingredients are sure they don’t get too brown. Meanwhile, make the combined. Add in butter and filling: In a medium bowl, pulse until dough resembles coarse meal. Slowly pour whisk the egg and yolk in ice water through the with the corn syrup, sugar, pumpkin filling and vanilla. feed tube, pulsing, until the dough comes together. Remove from processor bowl onto clean work surface sprinkled with flour. Form dough into a ball and divide evenly into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and evenly press Delicious turkey! Courtesy of fda.gov into each cup, until the bottom is covered. Stir in the chopped pecans. Remove dough from oven If the dough is sticky, dip and spoon 1 tablespoon of your finger in flour first. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until the filling into each cup. Top

Read it and weep: seriously satirical By Chris Baron ’11 Columnist I’m not going to lie to you. I didn’t finish reading anything new this month to review. Sorry to all of my (cough) loyal readers. However, I have prepared for you a review of one of my favorite books of all time, Duluth by Gore Vidal. If you are one of my close friends, I’m sorry you have to sit through another time of me talking about this book. It really is one of my favorites. Gore Vidal has had a rather interesting career spanning decades, beginning with the war novel Williwaw. He has also written novels far ahead of his time; his novel The City and the Pillar was highly criticized because of the presentation of homosexuality. He has written historical novels as well, including Burr, a novel about the famous traitor Aaron Burr and his role in American history. His novel Duluth is an absurdist satire on American life in the 1970s. The novel takes place in Duluth, Minnesota, but in a Duluth just north of the

Mexican border and south of Michigan. The novel opens with Beryl and Edna driving into a snow bank, where both women die. However, their roles in the novel do not end there; people who die in Duluth end up in the Redbook series novel The Rogue Duke or in the serious law drama “Duluth.” It’s confusing, I know, but while actually reading the novel, makes it make sense, I swear! The dead characters communicate throughout the novel with living characters in Duluth. The closest thing to a main character in the novel is Darlene Ecks, a rogue cop bent on harassing Mexican immigrants. I took Darlene’s corruption and racism as a criticism of the corruption of police forces across the nation. Vidal also portrays the corruption in government through Duluth Mayor Mayor (his first name is Mayor) Herridge and his rigged election to the Mayoral position. Vidal also satirizes big government through the many presidents that are elected in Duluth’s America; the countless presidents

are identified by their appearance. The fat one, the bald one, the old one; these are just three of numerous “presidents.” Vidal masterfully satirizes the wealthy in the seventies through Bellamy II and Chloris Craig, who run the city’s social elite from their perch in Garfield Heights, and their obsession with the new owner of the local casino’s mysterious identity. And all this is just the beginning While my description may leave you confused, Vidal’s writing flows masterfully, conveying his absurdist satire with a grace that few can top. Vidal possesses an amazing grasp on the English language and uses outrageous wordplay to aid his points. Vidal is one of the most under-appreciated writers of our time and honestly, I need to read more of his works. But then again, I say that all the time. A+++++++++ I love this book so much. I seriously talk about it all the time. It is rather bad how much I refer to it, now that I think about it…

each with 1 pretty pecan half. Return the pans to the oven and continue baking, for 12 to 15 minutes more, until the pumpkin filling is set. Allow to cool before removing from the pans. Random List of the Month: Top Ten Things to Do with Leftover Turkey 10. Turkey Sandwiches 9. Turkey Pot Pie 8. Creamed Turkey on Toast 7. Turkey Tortilla Soup 6. Turkey Enchiladas 5. Turkey Noodle Casserole 4. Turkey Chili 3. Turkey Cranberry Rollup 2. Turkey Tacos 1. Turkey Stir-Fry

Run for a cause: Turkey Trot By Kate Marxkors ’14 Staff Writer Brrrrr!! It’s November which means when you’re out getting gloves and a scarf, get some running shoes. The 33rd Turkey Trot is here! If you’re not much of a runner, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. It’s also an enjoyable walk. After the Trot in the city they have the Plymouth Rock Ramble for little siblings. This is for kids aged 2-12 who want to run 50 yards to ½ mile. The trot itself is an 8K so bring some friends to pass the time. It starts at 9 o’ clock. You can wait until the day of the trot to register, or you can plan ahead. Though the run takes place at many locations, the closest national one for most of us is Lincoln Park. If you do the run here, the start is on Cannon Drive, North of Fullerton. Go online to https://www.signmeup.com/ site/reg/register.aspx?fid=VT2V1K7n to register and see a map of the course. The run itself cost $30, but parking is another $17. The run is

also a fund raiser for The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Last year they raised over 10,000 lbs. of food!. They’re going to try to raise even more this year. Bring a donation. Here is the schedule for the big morning: 7:00 is last minute registration and packet pickup; 9:00 is the Turkey Trot; 10:00 is the Plymouth Rock Ramble; 10:15 is raffle and awards. After the run you can purchase a T-shirt to remember the day. They also have gear check available. While you do need to stay warm, Kailey Henderson, freshman, says that a lot of people dress up in costumes. “There are some people dressed for the day with turkey and pilgrim costumes, but others dress like Elvis!” So get registered, reuse your Halloween costume, bring some food and take off for the Turkey Trot! Glenbard West also hosts a Turkey Trot, too, which will take place on November 23rd on the track. See you all there!

West students take part in the Jack Marston Run in October. Your chance to get involved again is coming up with the Turkey Trot. Meet on the track on November 23. Photo by Grant Karolich.

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Teens express individuality through body ink By Julia Buckton ’12 Staff Writer

Tattoos are seen on the typical surfer or skater, but tattoos are becoming more popular among teenagers. To many teens, tattoos have become a way to show feelings and emotions and represent the life they had or the life they plan to have. Whether it is for a tragedy or just self-expression, teens are looking to tattoos for self-expression. Tattoos are applied by using an electrically powered handheld device that moves in and out of the skin from 50 to 3000 times a minute. Tattooing is a very painful process, but that hasn’t stopped people given that the tattoo rate has increased from 4.5% to 14% over the last 10 years.

Senior Kaitlyn Miller has her own opinion about tattoos, “I think that if done well and appropriately they can look good. Generally speaking, though, I feel like the images [and] words people tattoo can look sort of trashy.” In the state of Illinois, the legal age to get a tattoo is eighteen. Many people question if eighteen is an appropriate age because some teens may turn eighteen and feel they should rush to get a tattoo. Tattoos are a very big decision and it is important that students

make the right choice if her way of self-expression. they are getting a tattoo. “Some people look down “Tattoos need to be a upon tattoos, but until decision made over time, not someone really experiences getting one, they will never know what it means to get one,” says Hayes. Some students feel tattooing is a way to embrace t h e i r Shanice Hayes shows two tattoos that hold a special place in heritage, her heart. The tattoo on the left represents the memory of her grandparents, emotions, the one on the right is in memory of or hobbies. former Glenbard West studnet Pierre Washington Steel. Pictures courtesy of It can Abby Quaid’13. even be j u s t an art, with the person a rapid using skin as the easel. ‘I just turned eighteen “Tattoos to me mean a and need to do this now’ new adrenaline rush, a new thing,” says Kaitlyn Miller. project,” says Hayes, “I know Tattoos have many different it’s said all the time, but my meanings for people. Senior body is like a blank canvas.” Shanice Hayes loves her Tattooss should not just be tattoos and feels no one can a phase in teens’ lives. Teens stop her from using them as must be sure tattoos are the

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right thing for them. It’s important to consider these tips before getting a tattoo. 1. Make sure immunization shots (especially hepatitis and tetanus) are up to date. 2. For people with illnesses that affect the immune system, it’s important to talk to a doctor before getting a tattoo about special concerns that should be noted. 3. Make sure the tattoo studio is clean and sterile and the tools they will be using are cleaned. 4. Be sure the tattoo artist is a licensed practitioner and that they are prepared for the tattoo. Tattoos are more than just ink on the skin; they have become art and meaningful. The person getting the tattoo, however, must be ready for their permanent body marking.

Harmful consequences of cyber bullying By Samantha Moriarty ’13 Jacklyn Tyburk ’13 Staff Writer Cyber bullying has been a muchdebated topic among students and faculty. Though cyber bullying has been on the news multiple times because of its huge impact on teens, West students have different views on how big of a problem it is causing at our high school. Tracy Flood, sophomore, feels strongly against the subject and admits that she has heard of many arguments brought on by cyber bullying; “It’s very unfortunate that because of our technology people have a better chance of being bullied or harassed. I believe that cyber bullies are people who are just afraid to say something to someone’s face. It’s not fair for the people who are being cyber bullied,” says Flood. Forty-two percent of teens have been bullied online and one in four has had it happen more than once. Some young teens have committed suicide because of online bullying. Now kids don’t have to say things to kids’ faces or say who they are to insult and harass people. This allows kids to say disturbing things to people and not be affected at all by what they say to them. “I think it’s a really petty way of getting at someone, if you’re going to bully, have the decency to do it to their face because you wouldn’t say some of

the things in person,” says Erika Harris, senior. “It’s bad that our technology, which is supposed to benefit us, is hurting kids,” says Kelly Bortamen, junior. Others at West feel that cyber bullying isn’t really a problem here. “Here at Glenbard West, cyber bullying is not as common or serious as you hear about on the news,” says Patrick Kelly, sophomore. “The media has completely overblown cyber bullying, any bullying is a bad thing, but the school has no place in dealing with cyber bullying. What goes online should not be a school issue,” said a student who wishes to stay anonymous. Glenbard West may not have a very noticeable problem to most students, but others have noticed multiple bullies online. “Cyber bullying is a vicious habit that can lead to destroying kids’ lives,” says Ben Ruby, sophomore. “People have to realize that when posting inappropriate pictures, comments, etc., nothing leaves the internet. Not only are they bullying someone, they are ruining their chances of getting into a good college or a good job; so not only does it affect the victim short term, it damages the bully forever,” says Stephanie Aubuchon, junior. Cyber bullying isn’t any better than bullying in person, and anyone can see it; your family, peers, even future schools or jobs, it lasts forever. If you or someone you know is being bullied, tell someone.

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Choose your experience: ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ By Mylo Reyes ’11 Staff Writer Theatre students plan to thrill audiences in this fall’s musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, taking place on November 11th through the 13th. The Mystery of Edwin Drood will bear out to stand apart from your run-of-themill high-school production through heavy involvement of audience interaction and a script that walks the line of a play-within-a-play. “I think this show will really be set apart from the rest, just remembering the first day of auditions,” says Director Mr. Fox. The audience members will be able to choose the plot as the musical progresses, eventually reworking the story of the production as they see fit. “With hundreds

of different shows and outcomes, I think after the first time someone sees the show, they’ll consider seeing it again,” Fox tosses in. Additionally, The Mystery of Edwin Drood follows

story of The Mystery of Edwin Drood follows the production inside itself more so than anything else.” The story of The Mystery of Edwin Drood connects back to the untimely death

Theatre members take a moment to pose from their daily rehearsal. Picture by Lauren Estes ’13.

a play-within-a-play, a concept familiar to West. “The performance itself is in fact a performance,” student director Nicole Tauster states. “And the

of Charles Dickens. Dickens began penning a mystery, which followed the life of a fictional character, Edwin Drood, his fiancée Rosa Bud, and the masses of green-eyed

bachelors who intended to seize the hand of Rosa Bud. The Mystery was a paperback publication released in episodes and left unfinished after Dickens’ sudden stroke. In the musical, a theatre company aims to resolve the mystery of Edwin Drood through performing what is currently known of the mystery. Thereafter, “The unfinished novel by Charles Dickens gets solved, considering the audience votes,” Tauster says. The play will appear on stage on the dates of November 11th through the 13th. Each performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., along with a Saturday afternoon matinee performance. Tickets are available through phone order and at the box office the day of the performance.

Those working on the production are very eager to put the show on. “Drood will be challenging considering how many different endings the cast has to pick [from],” says Tauster. “The technical aspect too, will be one heck of a job to set-up compared to previous shows,” student technical director, Olivia McCarten, says. All in all, The Mystery of Edwin Drood hopes to be a show-stopper. Holding all these differences, the average student might be able to enjoy musical theatre more than ever before. “Some musicals come off, stuffy, they take themselves too seriously,” laughs Fox. “I was asked why I did such a different show. And I just said, ‘Why not?’”

Dice It Up: make friends, discover the joy of games By Karl Hildner ’11 Staff Writer If you are interested in some friendly competition, then stop by for an enthusiastic welcome from the members of Dice It Up Games Club. Dice It Up is held in Room 317 in the science hallway every Wednesday after school. “Dice It Up is club for people who want to play games away from the computer,” said Mr. Medic, club sponsor and physics teacher “All types of games are played

here,” continued Mr. Medic. When I attend Dice It Up, the watching games in action and “People play board games, room is full of excited energy. contemplating whether to try card games, or Role Playing People split off into groups and them. If you drift through the Games. Popular games right start their own games and others groups and don’t find a game now are Apples to Apples continue from where they left you like, Dice It Up has an and Dungeons and Dragons.” off last week. Occasionally excellent collection of games “To me, the appeal of Games people drift between games, stashed in the back cabinets. If you venture inside and Club is meeting find one you like, people new gamers,” stated are always willing Chase Carnevale, to start a new game. senior. “I know a few “If I had to choose upperclassmen who my favorite game,” said are big gamers, but Bill Swanson, senior, when freshmen and “I would choose Rush sophomores join, you ‘n’ Crush. It’s a sciget a chance to meet new, cool gamers.” Dice It Up Games Club meets Wednesdays in room 317. Photo by Mr. Medic. fi racing game, and

it’s cool when you have a lot of people playing at once.” While some games like Rush ‘n’ Crush and Apples to Apples can be replayed each week, some games are ongoing from week to week. “Dice It Up is very informal,” said Mr. Medic. “You can drop in and out as you please. If you want to join up after you’ve finished a sport or other activity, you’re welcome at any time.” The year is in full swing, and Dice It Up has been running for a while, but don’t let coming late discourage you from joining.

Glenbard Gives Books Project - make your mark for literacy October 13th was literacy. Glenbard District thousand books collected to ensure that this year’s exceed all expectations. a significant day for 87 students sorted ten by a drive. It was the finale effort would, yet again, Pictures courtesy of Ms. Ross. of the Glenbard Gives Books Project – Make Your Mark For Literacy, which will benefit Chicago Public Schools, as well as children and adults served by local nonprofit organizations. Special thanks go to the Glenbard West Girls Field Hockey Team, and Students for Students Club. Special thanks also go to the many parent volunteers and staff members throughout the Glenbard district who worked tirelessly

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Foods for which to be thankful

By Emma Wilgenbusch ’14 Staff Writer

Directions: Cook sweet potatoes until tender. Drain, cool and peel potatoes. Cut in half-inch slices crosswise and arrange in greased 8 x 11 inch baking dish. Combine salt, flour, sugar and sprinkle over potatoes. Dot with butter. Add marshmallows and nuts. Pour cream over all. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes.

Everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions, from where the celebration is held to which football team to root for. But the over-arching element of Thanksgiving that is always present is the food. The food on the table is what brings families back together every year. People are able to catch up over the favorite pan of potatoes and put aside differences while eating a piece of pumpkin pie. Food has a special place during Thanksgiving and it is especially important in my family. My grandma is known all over her small country town as a wonderful cook. She collected all her recipes and now has her own Pumpkin Bars cookbook. Here are some of my favorite recipes that she Ingredients: makes every Thanksgiving: Bar: 4 eggs Scalloped Potatoes 1 cup salad oil 2 cups sugar Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin (1.15 oz Potatoes: can) Topping: 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 bag southern-style 2 teaspoons cinnamon hash browns (2 pounds) 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups crumbled cornflakes 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 can cream of 2 cups floor chicken soup Frosting: 2 tablespoons melted 3 ounces of cream cheese margarine 3/4 stick of butter 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1 tablespoon cream 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup melted margarine 1 small container sour Directions: cream Mix up bar ingredients and Minced onion spread evenly over jelly-roll pan (11 x 15 inches). Bake Directions: at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes. Mix potatoes ingredients Let bars cool for two hours and put in 9 x 13 inch pan. before frosting. Mix up topping ingredients Mix up frosting ingredients and sprinkle on top. Bake at and spread evenly over 350° for 1 hour. bars. Caramel Sweet Potatoes Ingredients: 5 medium sweet potatoes 1 teaspoon of salt 1 cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup miniature marshmallows ½ cup chopped nuts 1 cup thin cream

Pumpkin Pie Crust Ingredients: Part 1: 4 cups flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1¾ cups Crisco Part 2: 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1/2 cup cold water 1 large egg Directions: Mix up part 1 ingredients with a fork. Add and cut in 1¾ cups Crisco with pastry blender. Beat part 2 ingredients with a fork. Combine with part 1 and mix with fork until moistened. Divide into five portions. Shape each portion into a flat, round patty ready for rolling. Wrap in wax paper and chill a half hour before rolling (may freeze, will keep in refrigerator for a couple of days). Bake at 400° for 5 to 8 minutes. Makes two doublecrusts and one single-crust. Filling Ingredients: 2 cups pumpkin ½ cup white sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 or 2 eggs, slightly beaten ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup scalded milk 1 tablespoon flour Directions: Mix flour, sugar, spices, eggs, and slightly beaten pumpkin. Add milk and vanilla. Pour into crust. Bake at 450° for 10 to 15 minutes, then 350° for 40 to 50 minutes.

Gobble Gobble G Thanksgiving’s journey: From Plymouth to Central Square By Elisabeth Filmer ’14 Staff Writer Each Thanksgiving, Americans consume an average of 45 million turkeys. Millions of families gather to cook, feast, celebrate, and of course watch football. However, Thanksgiving was not like this thirty or even twenty years ago. It has evolved in many ways to get to the point it is at today. According to the History Channel, the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated in 1621. On this date, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians gathered and shared autumn harvest with one another. However, the menu in the 1620’s was much different than our typical Turkey Day meal. The colonists and Indians did not even eat turkey. The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians enjoyed a meal consisting of a roasted goose, corn, cod fish, and lobster. The Puritans of New England adopted Thanksgiving as a religious holiday. Eventually

Thanksgiving was celebrated to acknowledge joyous aspects in life, such as a plentiful harvest, drought ending rainfall, or winning a battle. Due to this, it became a holiday that was celebrated several times throughout the course of a year, but it held no constant date. Finally, in 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday of every November to be Thanksgiving. Since then, great traditions have been started. In 1920, the Detroit Lions began the beloved tradition of a Thanksgiving Day football game. Then, in 1924, Macys began its famous parade in New York, which after 82 years has recently changed its route. The Turkey Trot is another beloved Thanksgiving festivity that has been in existence for 42 years now, not to mention the numerous family traditions people have made. It can easily be said that Thanksgiving has come a long way from the days of the Puritans and the Wampanoag Indians.


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Vegetarian thanksgiving: Plethora of possibilities

entree for a meal.Alittle more By Michaela Hrbacek Staff Writer of a complex dish would be As much as people try a spanakopta, which is a to avoid it, there is always sort of spinach-cheese pie. One other option would a way to eat healthier. One easy way is to go be to take veggie burgers, vegetarian-for a day, or even and combine them to make a a lifetime. A good day to try veggie loaf, which is a meat this could be Thanksgiving. loaf, but with veggie burgers. Side dishes to these There are many specialties that are not that different from meals can be like a regular a regular thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving. Cranberry Ella Zurawski, freshman, sauce, mashed potatoes, g r a v y, s a y s “ W h e n “It is not hard to find a buttermilk being a good tasting meal that will rolls, corn vegetarian, make Thanksgiving a bet- bread, and you save ter day than it already is.” s t u f f i n g are great innocent lives and stay healthy at the side dishes to try. A type of same time. Isn’t that what vegetarian stuffing could everyone should want?” be apples and walnuts. A good idea for a Deserts are also something Thanksgiving day appetizer that does not change. The could be squash, potato, or classics like apple pie french onion soup. These and pumpkin pie do not are all meat free, and have to change. Some nothing out of the norm. other yummy dishes are Another option for an cheese cake and pear jello. There are many choices appetizer could be just a regular salad. A delicious when eating a vegetarian main dish could be a diet, and it is not hard to vegetarian lasagna. Easy find a good tasting meal that to make, and good tasting, will make Thanksgiving a a lasagna can be a perfect better day than it already is.

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Thanksgiving: noblest of all virtues By Rafeeq Feroze Faculty member Editorial Are we showing enough gratitude for all that we have? Most people are ungrateful. If we were to count our blessings, we would not be able to enumerate them. We should be grateful for the bounties bestowed upon us. There are so many people, places, and things for which we should be grateful of. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enable us to count our blessings,” said Eric Hoffer. Ideally thanksgiving should be every second of man’s life. We all have been granted

numerous blessings in spite of many wrongdoings only with gratitude our life become rich. When you’re grateful, you feel great and happier. The quality your life will change beyond vision. It follows us on the positive aspect of life and makes us physically and mentally healthier. People who practice gratitude are more balanced and have peace. When you wake up in the morning, give thanks for life, for your food and for all conceivable luxuries of life. After we receive blessings, very few of us send back acknowledgements. According to the email, “What Happens in Heaven,” “If we have food, clothes to wear, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. “If you have money in the bank, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealth. “If you own a computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity. “If you wake up this morning with more health

than illness, you are more blessed than many who will not even survive this day. “If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pain of starvation you are ahead of 700 million people in the world. “If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.” We have all experienced times when our focus is on what we lack rather than on our blessings. Greek philosopher Epictetus once said, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has”. On examining third world countries, one will come to realize that in spite of hard labor all day long, millions of the unprivileged do not even get an adequate meal, clean water, or a place to sleep. Cats and dogs in America live better than the majority of the people. We are so fortunate to enjoy all the comforts of life in addition to our needs. It is said that a thankful person is thankful under

all circumstances and an ungrateful person complains even if he lives in paradise. We often take for granted the very people who most deserve our gratitude, parents who love their children, teachers who teach, and friends who care about us, let us not wait until it is too late. A grateful heart expresses gratitude towards God for his blessings and to those around them for all that they bring into their lives. Be grateful to your parents, thanksgiving and an acknowledgement of debt and gratitude are our prime duty. All parents have made sacrifices for their children. All mankind owes the greatest obligation to their parents for extraordinary sacrifice, unconditional love, and deep affection they bestowed upon us. Our hearts should be filled with reverence and gratitude. Show gratitude towards those who are responsible for our education. Zaire Alescandra once said, “The teacher is to the student what the rain is to the field.” What greater or better gift can teachers offer? They teach not only academics but also

in things, students will use in later life. Few realize what the teachers work day is really like. They stay late, work at night, on weekends and are always on the lookout for ways to enrich their student’s education. Family and friends make life beautiful by acting as supporters on the journey of life. Express gratitude by sending a card or a quick email or a smile to those who serve us. Say words of praise, thanks and joy when meeting with family and friends. When you express your feeling of gratitude, you will feel wonderful and it will mean the world to the receiver. Nurturing gratitude is the journey towards health, well being and inner peace. A grateful heart is a happy heart. A noble person is mindful and grateful when they receive favors from others. Someone has said that, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Be reminded that thanksgiving is our greatest virtue.


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Political involvement now, more likely to vote later

Studies show students who participate in mock elections in school are more likely to vote as adults By Ally Leffel ’13 Staff Writer

they are voting. The year after its ratification, The fact is, once teens over 50% of the age group 18-24 went to the polls reach the age of 18 and and voted. During Glenbard West held are legally allowed to vote, the year 2000, a mock election for however, only 42% students to get involved of eligible voters in local politics. Students in this age group could vote for some of the upcoming voted. Students in candidates for the Arizona took November election. a 10-question It was a quick and fun way to mock U.S. citizenship test take a look at the candidates who administered by the U.S. Citizenship parents and fellow teens will be voting for come and Immigration Services. According to election time. many Over 1,000 students k e e p statistics from statepress. com, out of the 1,134 participated in the mock from the election this past week. polls due to lack of political Arizona public school students who completed the Studies show that by doing knowledge. th so, students are more willing The 26 amendment, survey, not a single student to vote as adults and pay ratified in 1971, grants 18 answered more than seven more attention for whom year-olds the right to vote. correctly, equating a failure

rate of more than 96%. enough to vote, they should If teens get involved in be educated in politics in politics now, future voters order to help them make may have more informed important decisions that can perspectives on important affect the future. things like the environment, education, Facts about Teen Voters health care, and things -Since 2004, young women have led that will affect the turnout at the polls in the 18-24 age communities, group category. cities, or the -Compared to 2000, young voters have country in more than doubled their turnout in the the future. 2008 primaries and caucuses. This includes s o c i a l -Compared to other minorities, young security and African-Americans voters are more paying back likely to vote regularly, donate money to the federal candidates, and display a campaign butdeficit of this ton or signs. country. Although Photo and facts courtesy of library. duke.edu and dosomething.org teens under 18 are not old

Sugar substitute may not be worth long-term risks By Lauren Estes ‘13 Staff Writer

NutraSweet, Equal, and Splenda have become synonymous as a solution to sugar in modern society. Many think that using these sugar substitutes may help contribute to weight loss; however, they fail to realize they may be putting toxins into

their bodies in the process. Aspartame is a sugar substitute comprised of three major chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. It’s found in most common foods and drinks, like a diet soda. Dr. Mercola, a leading specialist in the field, says that too much aspartame in the brain allows calcium

to influx in cells, which could excite, stimulate, and damage neuron cells. Teenage brains are even more vulnerable to this damage because their blood brain barrier, which blocks excess aspartame, is not fully developed. Similarly, methanol, a chemical in aspartame, may trigger blindness. The Department of

Health and Human Services agrees that a larger aspartame intake has been known to trigger some common symptoms which include headaches and migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, among others symptoms. Furthermore, aspartame accounts for over seventyfive percent of adverse

reactions to food additives. The consumption of four diet sodas a day over a long period of time may result in serious heart problems. Many people are uninformed of the risk they take by subjecting their bodies to the complex, artificial ingredients like aspartame. Regulate your Aspartame intake.

New planet in ‘Goldilocks zone’ may support life By Scott Moore ’13 Staff Writer

A group of astronomers declare that a new planet outside our solar system, which they are calling Gliese 581g, may be able to support life. According to CNN.com, Gliese 581g is in an area scientists have dubbed the “Goldilocks zone,” where the temperatures of the planets are ideal for life The Goldilocks zone contains other rock and gas planets, all with the perfect temperature, but lacking two things: water and atmosphere. Only one planet has been found to have everything that is needed to support life: sunlight, liquid water, the right surface temperature, and an atmosphere. The rocky planet, Gliese 581g, has been monitored by scientists from the University

of California and the Carnegie Institute of Washington for about eleven years. They are now saying this could be a new Earth. “The chances for life on this planet are 100 percent,” says Steven Vogt, professor in astronomy and astrophysics, “I have almost no doubt about it.” Gliese 581g is about three times the size of Earth, but has the same gravitational force. It’s also much closer to the sun than Earth is, creating a 37-day year, compared to the 365-day year Earth has. Scientists say the average temperature on the planet is 10 degrees Fahrenheit and that the planet only has one side facing the sun, meaning that one side of the planet is hotter than the other. If there is water, that would be the first sign of life. Gliese 581g is approximately twenty light-years away from

Earth, which is about 120 trillion miles away, making it impossible to travel to and explore. If

humans were to ever actually get there to see the supposed life, we might only find bacteria

and microscopic things. Big or small, though, life on another planet is valuable to scientists.

According to USA Today, the discovery of a “Goldilocks” planet is in the middle of a “habitable zone” of the nearby star. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

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College Comparison What do they have to offer?

The differences between COD, Wheaton College By Erik Barillari `14 Staff Writer

Wheaton College has a Graduate school and COD does not, because it is a community college, the level It can be said that over the years of possible education is different beThe College of DuPage and Wheaton tween the two. COD (with specific College have had sweeping effects exceptions for programs like nurson their respective communities, ing) requires only a high school difaculty, and students. Although they ploma for enrollment qualification; both are places of higher education, whereas Wheaton is a competitive Wheaton College and COD have admission college. very different processes and views Over one hundred programs exist of nearly everything they do. at COD to help further experience Since COD is the third-largest and practical learning, including single-campus community college many for kids and teens. Economiin the nation, and the second-largest cally, COD is tax supported, and institution of higher learning in Illi- will only run for $129 per credit nois, its size alone guarantees that it hour plus fees. This year, COD will have a large impact on its com- spent a record amount of nearly $2 munity. million replanting and sprucing up Wheaton, on the other hand, has its landscaping as well as leaving a the benefits of 150 years of experi- professional and polished exterior ence, low class sizes (surprisingly for the admiration of students and COD competes favorably with rel- passerby’s. The landscaping project atively small will cap off a class sizes) $200 million with plenty of and decade full-time faclong building ulty and a high program. attraction to Wheaton, students seekbeing a priing a Christian vate college, education. has much If you are higher pricwondering es, averagwhich college is ing around “better,” there $30,000is no answer. It $36,000 for strictly depends total expenson what you are es per year. seeking. For that you If you were will get, deto go to COD, pending on according to what you COD’s official choose of website, you Photo courtesy of usa.blog.gov course, tuwould start by ition, room joining the 30,000 students who at- and board, books, personal transtend the college per semester. portation, and living expenses. AcLarge numbers of certificate pro- cording to ezinearticles.com, this grams and degrees for occupational price is almost exactly $10,000 and technical careers are offered, more than the national average, but in addition to seven associate’s de- fairly standard for the type of school grees in fifty-nine occupational and that Wheaton is. forty-five transfer pre-baccalaureate Recently, the college’s new programs. Nearly twenty percent 134,000-square-foot science cenof students attending COD have a ter was dedicated and opened. The bachelor’s degree or higher. An am- Dean of Natural and Social Sciencple supply of books, general media, es, Dr. Dorothy Chappell said, “This clubs, and organizations are kept in building will accelerate achievecirculation. ment in the sciences, mathematics, If you were to look at Wheaton, computer science and general eduthe numbers are surprisingly differ- cation for the glory of God, while ent. For the undergrad portion of attracting and cultivating students Wheaton College, approximately for future careers.” 2,400 students, according to the of- Whichever way you see it, both ficial Wheaton College website, are COD and Wheaton College are currently enrolled, plus another 520 two very different schools and are students are in graduate programs. not compared easily since each has It offers several different bache- its own purpose. Wheaton is a prilor’s degrees in forty majors, which vate, strongly religious, liberal arts include the six Conservatory of Mu- college, whereas COD is a secular sic programs. The Wheaton Gradu- institution, providing many variate School offers two graduate cer- ous, affordable, occupational and tificate programs, twelve Master’s practical degrees in a wide range of and two Doctoral programs. Since subjects.

Flight of the Dormant Avenger

By Abby Palmsiano `13 Staff Writer

The church bell struck, echoing four consecutive booms across Lynmae. I looked up into the grey, cloud splattered sky, thinking a thought that seemed entirely foreign. “Remember when there was sun?” Noah Rendrak, looking a bit surprised yet still his typical nonchalant self, nodded. “Yup, remember when there was school?” This makes me laugh, “Yeah, but I don’t miss it as much as I miss the sun. Come on, I bet Delany’s waiting for you.” Noah began to swing his crutches, his left leg dragging along in a bulky, black cast. Though it had been three whole weeks since the accident, he still hadn’t gotten the hang of the crutches. “I hate acorns! They make ‘walking’ miserable.” I smiled. “I bet the trees do it on purpose. I bet they hate you so they make sure there are acorns wherever you go and they send out squirrels to throw acorns at you. And then, they laugh.” Noah just grinned. “You know when I get better I’m going to throw one thousand and one acorns at you.” “Why one thousand and one?” “One thousand because you deserve it and one for luck.” The one-story Rendrak house is made of different colored bricks, has red shutters framing the facade of the windows, and a red front door that welcomes whoever sees it. The front was covered with emerald vines, and decorated with lilies and hydrangeas across the lawn. Overall, it had a very comfortable and homey feel. “Noah!” Delany, Noah’s eleven year old sister, ran over to hug him. Despite the typical Rendrak family resemblance of light blond hair, deep green eyes, and a pinch of freckles on their faces, Delany had dark brown hair and pale blue eyes. Her face, however, held fast to Rendrak way and she was very good looking for a fifth grader. “Oh, hi Claire! Hey guys guess what? The powers back on!” Delany excitedly exclaimed. “I guess so,” I reply while giving the little girl a

hug. “I wonder how long they’ll stay on this time. How was school?” She frowned. “Horrible! Starting next week they’re combining the elementary school kids with the middle school kids! They said that they needed to because the town officials needed Johnson Elementary School to be used for ‘better purposes’ but I think they’re straight up liars.” “Yeah, probably,” Noah said as he dropped onto the coach. “Just like how Lynmae North High School is going through a routine ‘bigenerational’ check…for three weeks. As well as examining how the power shortage is due to the weather when there hasn’t been a storm for three years. Not to mention how my-and all the other kidsinjuries were due to irresponsible and flighty behavior. They’re probably liars.” Delany and I exchanged glances. Three weeks ago, Noah Rendrak, freshman Stephanie Vanjer, juniors Mitchell Finnlake and Jack Nowrens, and senior Chrissy Stone were found unconscious in the middle of the park. All had horrible and inexplicable injuries. The last thing any of them can remember is leaving school. This has been a rough spot for Noah, but I agreed with him wholly. “Let’s check it out,” I find myself saying. “Huh?” Noah asked, still in his little pity party. “If you’re so annoyed let’s check it out ourselves! We’ll start by sneaking in North and looking around to try and find out what’s going on. Maybe we’ll even get a clue to what happened the day you guys were injured. Don’t look at me like that! It’s a good idea!” Noah stood up. “I’m not saying it’s a bad ideait’s really good. I just was unaware that Claire Rogers was one to break the rules.” “Well I am!” Suddenly, a widespread, mischievous grin spread across Noah’s face. “Alright let’s do it,” he said as he began to open the front door. And all of a sudden I found myself walking down the street with my best friend, about to break the law. Stay tuned next month for the next installment of “Flight of the Dormant Avenger.”

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Editorial

November 2010- Page 10

Formspring leads to hate mail

By Corinne Loftus ’13 Staff Writer

turned into a way for people to write hate messages and offensive comments on a The internet sensation person’s “wall.” formspring.com has swept It is well known among the World Wide Web, and teenagers that Formspring is currently increasing the is not exactly a self-esteem number of members every booster, yet they continue day. But why? to sign up for accounts and Formspring is a site where answer the “questions.” people can anonymously In order to relate to other ask someone else a question. people with Formsprings, The idea itself is fun and I signed up for an account interesting; however in myself. I am against the execution, that is not the whole site, and getting an case. account only supported Instead of anonymous my earlier judgments. My questions, the site has experience, in a nutshell,

was aggravating. Although there were no hate messages posted on my wall (besides a few threats from my sister) I was asked some extremely weird questions and was practically harassed with the same comment over and over again. I gathered feedback from sophomores Alishan Gaglani and Cailyn Janisch. Gaglani said, “[I was] originally nervous about getting one, but realizing that it was better to know the truth about what people think about you.”

Janisch commented on ‘hate’ posts saying, “Whenever they come up in my questions section, I just delete them, but I always feel a little bad when I read them.” Although most people do not receive mean comments, some who do may take extreme measures. Recently in national news, Alexis Pilkington, a 17 year-old from Long Island, committed suicide because of the comments and cyber bullying on her Formspring.

To bring awareness to the problems of Formspring and the death of Pilkington, many people are warning of the dangers on the Facebook group ‘Help fight against Formspring!’ Some argue, though, that they would rather know the truth no matter what people say. It really worth having your self-esteem plummet because some stranger thought they weren’t hurting your feelings when they wrote that mean comment?

L i k e s

Mass transit: Honestly, United States, we need to get on this more. Trains are wonderful, cheap ways to get places quickly. There are high speed trains everywhere in Europe and China (one in China goes seventy three miles in thirty minutes, talk about efficient travel) and they are so much more fun that driving. Edamame: soybeans in the pod. Sounds disgusting, I know, but it’s actually quite delicious. They are just like snap peas only I like them more. Yum. Yellow lights: I love the uncertainty; the thrill of not knowing whether to accelerate pumps so much adrenaline! I’m just a daredevil, I guess. By Chris Baron ’11

G r i p e s

Likes and gripes: bringing our opinions to you Yellow Lights- I always get a mini heart attack when I see a yellow light. The uncertainty just freaks me out. Should I brake? Or slam on the gas? Tangled Headphones- How’d they get like that anyway? Even worse, looking like a dork sitting there, trying to untangle the darn thing... The word ‘maybe’- A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ would suffice. Again, the uncertainty freaks me out. By Kelly Molloy ’11

Sudoku Did you know... Lincoln used to store things in his hat, including letters and other documents?


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Editorial

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2010-2011 Editorial Staff

Casey Nighbor ’11 Editor-in-Chief

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Assistant Editor -in -Chief

Chris Baron ’11

Entertainment Editor

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Sophia Conforti ’12 Centerspread Editor

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Design Editor Samantha Moriarty ‘13 Staff Editor

Abby Quaid ’13 Staff Editor

Jacklyn Tyburk ’13 Staff Editor

Scott Moore ’13 Staff Editor

Kate Marxkors ’14 Staff Editor

Elisabeth Filmer ’14 Staff Editor

Brendan Byrne ’13

Acts of kindness need to extend beyond the month of giving As everyone knows, November is the month of giving thanks, and being grateful for all the blessings we have received. When thinking back to the Pilgrims and Native Americans, our society has created a vision of cooperation and being kind to strangers. Even though such a simple label has been correlated to this month, people still have the ability to spread unsolicited kindness to their fellow man at any time and in any situation. A prime example of these gestures of kindness and being thankful is the thirty-three Chilean miners who were trapped in a cave for seventy days. Not only were these men challenged to survive harsh conditions but also

to form a brotherhood that would ultimately get them through such a terrible endeavor. The miners were not the only ones who bonded during those seventy days, but the many family members of the miners s h o w e d compassion a n d cooperation to each other when it was most needed, even though it wasn’t necessarily asked for. It was truly amazing to see different groups of people with different backgrounds and stories bond together to make a devastating situation

seem less tragic. Similarly, the newly implemented West Way system is another way to spread kindness throughout t h e school year, but students shouldn’t limit their random acts of respect or compassion to the Glenbard West community or for the sole purpose of receiving a prize. As students, we should not only be kind because of incentives, but we should work to extend that kindness throughout

the year. Just because you are respectful, involved and successful at school does not mean you should stop when you’re outside West’s walls. Instead of a reward, one should be kind just for the sake of being a good human being. This world could use more random acts of kindness. With so much devastation and grief in the news, we should all strive to not only make November a month of kindness, but make the whole year a time to be compassionate towards other human beings. Even if there isn’t rhyme or reason, people have an obligation to treat their friends, family, and even strangers with the kindness that they would want to receive.

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Technology: double-edged sword for all of humanity If every computer answers they need. Most stopped working people no longer even open a book to do tomorrow, many research Laptops, cell phones, and iPods and calculators if were all designed to make our lives easier and more effective. Battles against biology, computers didn’t chemistry and physics exist would you even problems can be solved know what book to with a simple Google check out? Over the search. English paper next ten years, some research takes mere believe books minutes rather than will continue to hours. Communication be phased out with most people in your as more and more life no longer requires people turn playing phone tag or even to electronic talking on a phone at all. devices, such No one can deny that as the Kindle, technology makes most access literature. s t u d e n t s to things much simpler than People constantly whip they have ever been, but would find themselves in a out their cell phone’s is technology actually state of panic. They would making us dumber? not know where to find the tip calculators when it By Casey Nighbor’11 Editor-in-Chief

only takes simple mental math to calculate. Many students can barely add and subtract in their heads. Nothing is ever more than a click or text message away, and technology has allowed us to constantly cut corners. Technology has undoubtedly given humans knowledge that has never been obtainable before but it also allows us to not use our brains to their full potential. Maybe next time you come across a math problem, try doing the problem without your calculator or opening a book for English criticism. You would be surprised at how much you can do without the help of technology.

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Bears players, fans looking for better November By John Bleed ’13 Staff Writer Without a doubt, the first few weeks of the 2010 NFL season for the Chicago Bears have been surprising, and questionable. After a disappointing 7-9 season last year, the Monsters of the Midway have rocketed to a 4-1 start through week five of this season. This record has given the Bears a first place lead in the NFC North division and a share in a four-way tie for the league’s best record through week five. Questions surround the team as they trek on through their season. Most notably, a key issue is the Bears’ offensive line, and their struggles. According to Sports Illustrated, in a

game on October 3, the New York Giants sacked Bears’ quarterbacks tenty times throughout the game - nine of which occurred in the first half. The onslaught knocked starter Jay Cutler out with a concussion, and also sent backup Todd Collins to the sideline. Through week five, the Bears have yet to score a touchdown from the opponent’s one-yard line, being stopped on all nine attempts so far. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz says, “The goal-line has been a real frustration for us. We have to continue to address that and make sure we’re doing the right things.” While the offensive line has drawn much criticism, it played well in week five against the Carolina

Panthers. During this game, running back Matt Forte ran for a career high 166 yards and two touchdowns, according to chicagobears.com writer Larry Mayer. While the lead in the division has turned some heads, quarterback Jay Cutler thinks there is more to come, “We’re playing good football. Are we playing our best football? No, I don’t think anybody is. I don’t think you really want to be playing your best football right now. That’s November and December when you really start peaking.” This month proves to be a tough month in the Bears’ schedule, in which they start out with a game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on November 7th.

The next week the team heads home to Soldier Field in Chicago for a tough divisional matchup against

Finally, the Chicago Bears are actually playing how they were predicted to, despite previous slump years, and are now winning and playing like a playoff- ready team. On the opposite end of things, the New Orleans Saints have had a bit of a struggle in the beginning of this season, making people wonder if they are in the dreaded Super Bowl slump, winning the big game then not playing as well afterwards. The Dallas Cowboys have spent millions of dollars on their team, but have little to show for it. Others are still questioning the Minnesota Vikings and quarter back Brett Favre, whether or not the team will be as good as last year, or if Favre will quit again. The duo of wide receivers Ochocinco and Terrell Owens on the Cincinnati Bengals were expected to produce a winning back season, but instead the Peyton team is struggling to win. Manning The surprise of the season knows how to has been the Kansas City perform under pressure. Chiefs, who in the last

few years have not had a winning season, but this year they are currently upsetting all assumptions and are winning games. All of our predictions

certainly eager for another great season, and hope that this year proves to be their year of glory. As the

Drawings above and bottom left by Lauren Estes

the Minnesota Vikings. season progresses the race On the 28th, Chicago for entry into the playoffs will play an extremely heats up. What will happen? competitive game against Only time will tell. the NFC East powerhouse Philadelphia Eagles. Chicago fans are

NFL preview: major contenders, rough starts By Katherine Ehninger ’13

Staff Writer

As the NFL season progresses, more shockers and surprising games keep popping up, as well as playoff contenders showing themselves. The Washington Redskins’ quarter back Donovan McNabb, who was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles, has been winning games, and

proving his team to be a contender for this year’s playoffs.

Other major contenders for the playoffs are the New York Jets, with the help of running back LaDainian Tomlinson and quarter back Mark Sanchez. The Indianapolis Colts, despite a rough start to the season, have now found their groove and are becoming the powerhouse football team that they truly are. Quarter

about this year’s NFL playoff teams can change weekly because of new surprises and upsets that completely change statistics and opinions.

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