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Steady drop in child mortality rates:

Medical advancements and philanthropic organizations prove to be the key in saving young lives from contracting malaria by providing them Children can help further lower the with mosquito netting. child mortality rate.” The project for this Stone also went on to say that West organization for the year is to prevent students have the opportunity to learn children from becoming young soldiers in Imagine, on average, 150 of your about infant mortality, as well as other regions such as North Africa. Glenbard Global Giving gave a practice 1,000 Facebook friends never even international issues, in Human Geography making it to age five. Children in underdeveloped areas, such as West and Central Africa, carry the greatest numbers in child mortality, with 150 out of every 1,000 children dying before age five. Even though the international child death rate has decreased dramatically from 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010, over 21,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Children aged five and under have experienced a substantial drop in mortality rates over the past twenty years. Internationally, health standards have risen in response to advancements Children in Africa play under mosquito netting that helps to prevent malaria. in medicine. Growing awareness from Picture courtesy of organizations and charities have also contributed. ACT on October 22 By establishing campaigns against AP. to help raise money measles and malaria, along with the Students in the aid of improving economies, there has West community Number of children who die each for the Invisible Children project. By been a trial and error method to prevent may not realize the day from preventable diseases. participating in their worldwide children mortality rates. advantage they have future fund-raisers, you can help this cause. Rita Stone, social studies teacher, said over many in the rest of the world. Mr. Zander, health teacher, says that the that The Gates Foundation and Bono, American students have more technology from the band U2, have been among than the rest of the world, but other countries topic of child mortality often comes up in those who raise awareness and bring “need kids to be a part of their workforce,” his classes. It is brought up due to general aid to Africa. She also said, “[Many] Stone said. This means that children are discussions about preventable diseases, such as malnutrition. organizations have been passing out needed to support the economy. Mr. Zander has been especially interested mosquito netting.” Organizations such How can students at West help? as Netting Nations and His Nets have Charlotte Karp, President of Glenbard in the situation of children and child made it their goal to prevent children Global Giving, said, “Groups like Invisible mortality since he has adopted two of his By Emma Manning ’12 and Shauna Kaske ’12 Staff Writer

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own children from Africa. He is aware that “Sub-Sahara Africa is a place where child mortality rates have not dropped.” Zander also says there are steps being taken for positive changes, especially in war-torn countries. There has been a special emphasis on developing HIV vaccines and preventing malaria in third world countries. According to the L.A. Times, the U.S. actually lags behind most other industrial countries with lowering its child mortality rates. This lag is attributed to high rates of diabetes and pneumonia in children. Some students may be unaware of the drop in child mortality. Michaela Busch admitted that she is “too busy to watch the news” but that she would be interested in helping to further lower the death rate. Becca Folan said she “cares about the children of the world,” but she has not learned of the drop in international child mortality. Folan also believes that she would be attracted to helping with the issue. Although, there has been a recent drop in international child mortality rates, there are still the 21,000 children that die every day. The major killers of children are diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, pre-term birth complications, birth asphyxia, and malnutrition. The sweeping drop of death rates is evidence that recent efforts to bring health standards up have clearly been working. Therefore, by donating money to various medical research funds, participating in GGG fund-raisers, and coming up with your own fund-raisers, you can help to drop this rate even further.

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By John Bleed ’13 Columnist Debit cards are quick, they’re simple, and can be a great way to be light on the go and still have cash to spend. They have become so popular nowadays that it seems as though everyone you talk to has one, or will be getting one once they have enough money. But after the recent headlines of what’s happening in the banking industry, that statement might not hold true much longer. Banks are now beginning to raise typical, everyday fees by the bunches. But why is this happening?? It all started

after Congress passed a huge financial reform bill in July, 2010. US Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois proposed a last minute “add-on” to the bill that dealt with banks charging too much for interchange fees. Hold on a second, what’s an interchange fee? Basically, an interchange fee, also known as a “swipe fee,” is a fee that banks charge stores and retailers every time someone swipes a debit or credit card in that place. This is done in order to pay for the costs of processing the purchase and paying for fraud prevention. According to the Federal Reserve, it SHOULD only cost banks about 8 cents to pay for a debit purchase when a pin number is used – but until recently, this wasn’t regulated and banks were charging an average of 24 cents a swipe (USA Today). The “Durbin Amendment” wanted the Federal Reserve to set a “cap” on the price of debit card swipe fees. According to US News and World Report Money, the bill finally took effect on October 1, 2011 – just one month ago, and a swipe fee “cap” of 21 cents was set, plus .05% of the purchase. So, you’re probably thinking, “Why does this matter and what does this mean for me?” Actually, it means quite a lot for anyone with a debit card. Banks are losing

money from revenue they were gaining from swipe fees and are now relying on consumers to pay the difference. Banking costs across the map are rising, and it seems very clearly like the “Durbin Amendment” is coming back to bite voters and consumers. More expensive checking accounts, higher minimum balance requirements, and shutting down debit rewards programs are all examples of how banks now are affecting the average person. According to USA Today, Bank of America recently attached a $5 per month fee on debit card holders. That’s $60 per year!! Banks are also pushing people towards credit and away from debit with higher fees such as Bank of America’s, and more credit rewards programs. These recent acts and the sudden shift away from debit cards affects people like you and how you manage your money. It may mean switching banks, and it may mean simply spending less money. It also may mean it’s time to get a job (ever heard that before?). I would pay attention from now on to see what new fees your bank is charging. Remember, even the big issues in Congress come down and affect all of us. Picture courtesy of images/OB-MU185_SBdebi_D_20110228124922.jpg

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Recapping 13, the musical By Julia Dorn ’14 and Lindsay Dalghren ’14 Staff Writers

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” What are some main character roles? “Evan, who is a Jewish boy from New York, had his life turned around when his parents got divorced and moved to Indiana. Kendra is the head cheerleader while Lucy is devious and in love with Brett, star quarterback. Malcolm, me, and Eddie are Brett’s followers and will do

13, Glenbard West’s fall production, preformed on October 27th through the 29th, amazing the entire school. Did you miss out on this great opportunity to see Glenbard’s best thespians performing? Don’t fret, we have the scoop for you! We interviewed one of the leads, Kyle Dahlgren, student, and sorted through the highlights. When asked what was expected from the musical, Dahlgren Photo Courtesy of Glenbard West r e s p o n d s , “Comedy- lots of comedy, anything to please him.” younger- young new jokes, 13 Being 13 is a challenge we year olds.” have all gone through and our What is the play about? very own have demonstrated “It’s about 13 year olds and how to truly find yourself at their struggles through school that rough age. Our theatre and just how being that age is has some serious guts to flash terrible.” back to that dreaded age of 13. What overall message can And go see the next play… we take from the musical? trust us, it will be good.

‘Crazy For You’: Play along

By Rachel Warren ’14 Staff Writer This summer, I had the opportunity to see three musicals, one of which, Crazy For You, I will review here. Crazy For You was performed by Overshadowed Theatrical Productions, a familyfriendly community theater in Itasca, and directed by Reba Hervas. Crazy For You is a remake of George and Ira Gershwin’s musical Girl Crazy, originally written in 1930. In 1992, Mike Ockrent revised the show and directed Crazy For You which follows the same plot and uses some of the same songs, but also uses songs from other Gershwin shows. In the middle of the Great Depression, Bobby Child, a young banker whose dream is to dance and be on stage

Sweet as honey: The Night Circus By Lauren Estes ’13 Columnist The ice garden. The cloud maze. The fortune-teller. The contortionist. The great bonfire. The acrobat tent. Feats of illustrious illusion. The wishing tree. For as long as Celia can remember there has been magic. Magic was extraordinary and wonderful, but often went hand-in-hand with suffering. Marco was raised with a similar lovehate relationship towards magic. Both have always been aware of “the game,” a game where they are mere chess pieces in an unknown magical competition. Marco and Celia were bound together before they even met until finally the competition begins. The venue is the Night Circus, le Cirque de Rêves (“the Circus of Dreams” in French), and it will change

more than just their own lives. Imagine a life with magic. A life where your dreams have no barriers—no limitations. A life where virtually anything you desire can happen with a flick of the hand or a swirl of the pen. This idea, this life, enthralled me and drew me to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. While this novel vividly describes a world with no creative barriers, it also delves into the one exception—love. The Night Circus is a cleverly narrated and ingenious novel where every time you think you have the plot figured out, some critical detail changes and the whole story takes on a new light. I count myself as a pretty clever girl, but up until the very last page I was surprised. Though the books differ in genre, I would liken The Night Circus to

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Christie’s vast collection of books will keep you on your toes till the very end, even the greatest detectives are always surprised by her wit. The Night Circus is one of those rare novels that takes you away; away from worrying about your next history test, away from the latest drama, away from headaches and into a land completely unique and whimsical. It makes you question whether anything is as it seems, what is real, and what even matters. And the whole novel begs the reader to absorb every moment with all five senses and never fear to love. Every individual has the power to be an illusionist and create a le Cirque de Rêves of our own if we only believe in our own magic. Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book. ~John Ruskin

is sent to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on the Gaiety Theater. When he arrives in Deadrock, he is amazed at the theatrical talent of the town’s cowboys and one woman. Bobby falls in love with the town and decides to save the theater by putting

on a show…in the middle of the desert! Famous songs include “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “I Can’t be Bothered Now,” and “Embraceable You.” Thirty-two cast members of a wide range of ages and eleven orchestra members led by Tim White (and featuring yours truly) rehearsed for about a month and a

half and performed for four weekends. When asked if there were any new obstacles to overcome, Hervas answered, “The tap dancing.” She also said, “It is the first play I have ever directed that came entirely from my imagination. Usually there is a movie or something that you can watch a reference video of.” Neither Girl Crazy or Crazy For You has been made into a movie, unlike other Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady or The King and I. This was one of my favorite musicals because, well, I was a part of it, but also because it was packed with energy and laughter. The music was fun, the dancing was phenomenal, and the comedy was pure classic. Photo courtesy of

Sound bytes: November playlist By Corinne Loftus ’13 Columnist 1. “Mind Your Manners”Chiddy Bang 2. “Fade Into Darkness”Avicii 3. “Dirty Night Clowns”- Chris Garnaeu 4. “Bass Head”- Bassnectar 5. “Schoolin’ Life”- Beyoncé 6. “Headlines”- Drake 7. “Tin Man”- Future Islands 8. “5 Years Time”- Noah and the Whale 9. “Getting Jiggy With it”Will Smith 10. “Lightspeed”- Dev 11. “Wavin’ Flag”- K’naan 12. “The Light”- Album Leaf 13. “Smile Back”- Mac Miller 14. “Stereo Hearts”- Gym Class Hereos feat. Adam Levine 15. “We Sing In Time”The Lonely Forest 16. “Raise Your Weapon”deadmau5

17. “All In White”- The Vaccines 18. “Civilization”- Justice 19. “Quelqu’un M’a Dit”Carla Bruni 20. “Brooklyn Blurs”- The Paper Raincoat 21. “November Rain”Guns N’Roses 22. “Abra Cadaver”- The Hives I can assure you, “Getting Jiggy With it” was recommended by someone else. However, I do have a soft spot for Will Smith. In fact, most of these songs were recommended by other people, which in all honesty is the point of these playlists. When people commented on the first playlist, they kept saying, “I’ve never heard any of these,” which was weird, because I was surprised people even read the column. Anyways, if there’s a song you want to be featured here, feel free to tell me or send an email on FirstClass. I doubt it will happen, but it’s worth a shot.

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Pumpkins, turkey, and...TV? By Viridiana Hernández ’12 Staff Writer

Have you recently found yourself bored by the television shows that are airing? Feel like a repeat? Why try one of the new shows that has premiered this fall? Two new shows, “The Secret Circle” and “Ringer” are on the CW. Premiering with three million viewers, “The Secret Circle” stars Britt Robertson, Phoebe Tonkin, Shelley Hennig, and Thomas Dekker. When 16 year-old Cassie Blake’s (Robertson) mother has a horrible accident causing her death, she is forced to move from California to Chance Harbor, Washington to live with her grandmother. Once there, she meets Adam Conant, (Dekker) and feels an attraction towards him, not

knowing that he is dating Diana Meade (Hennig) the girl she befriends on her first day of school. This causes drama to occur along with a secret the town has. Cassie notices strangeness among the elite students at school, and soon finds out that they are witches. On top of that, she learns that she too is a witch. With her in town, the circle of witches is complete, allowing them more power and strength. However, they must keep it a secret, and the town cannot know that they are practicing witchcraft. Secrets, power, and mystery surround this town and The Secret Circle. If witches and spells aren’t your thing and you prefer more realistic shows, then Ringer is your way to go. Ringer stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Zoey Deutch, and Kristoffer Polaha and had

2.7 million viewers watch the premiere. The show starts with Bridget (Gellar), who is six months sober and trying to get her life back on track, but becomes a witness to a professional hit and must flee to New York. Telling no one, she goes to New York and reunites with her twin sister, Siobhan, also played by Gellar. Unlike Bridget, Siobhan is wealthy, pampered and seemingly happily married, but, when they take a boat trip together, Siobhan suddenly disappears overboard. Not knowing what happened to her sister, Bridget decides to take her sister’s identity. While undercover, she discovers shocking secrets about her sister and her marriage, and soon realizes that she is no safer as her sister than she is as herself.

Since school isn’t stressful: Reasons to freak out at school By Abby Weeks ’14 Staff Writer School can be pretty ridiculous when it comes to stress. When was asked what the number one stress is, most teenagers reply with school! Here are some typical, but hilarious, reasons why students freak out in school.

•You realize you came to school in your underwear, and it’s not a dream. •You bring in cookies for your class not knowing someone’s allergic to nuts. •Your teacher doesn’t believe that your dog actually ate your homework. •You see the person you creatively said “no” to for homecoming.

•The girl rumored to hate you is wearing the same shirt as you. •The dean is coming and he’s holding a paper with your name on it. •The bell has just rung and school security is chasing you with the Plascotrac system. •Someone’s pants are hanging a little too low.

Dance, romance and muppets: Catch up on recently premiered films By Kailey Henderson ’14 Staff Writer Footloose Rated: Not Yet Rated Release Date: 10/14/2011 Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller Synopsis: In the small town of Bomont, Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves in from Boston to find that the Reverend and local councilmen have banned loud music and dancing from the town. Ren quickly decides that this rule must change, and also manages to win the heart of the Reverend’s daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough).

Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough in Footloose. Photo courtesy of:

Like Crazy Rated: PG-13 Release Date: 10/28/2011 Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston Synopsis: A young American guy (Anton Yelchin) and a young British girl (Felicity Jones) meet in college and fall in love. Unfortunately, she must leave the country, which tests the relationship of the two young lovers. The Muppets Rated: PG Release Date: 11/23/2011 Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones Synopsis: Gary and Mary (Jason Segel and Amy Adams) are huge Muppet fans who go on vacation to Los Angeles only to find out that oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) plans to tear down the Muppet Theater and drill for oil discovered underneath the stage. In order to raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Gary and Mary reunite the Muppets and plan The-GreatestMuppet-Telethon-Ever.

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Honoring voices of veterans By Rhianna Stepien ’12 and Brooke Kochevar ’12 Staff Writers

“We’re giving students an opportunity to connect with living history,” states Social Studies Department Chair, Kristin Brandt. On November 10th, the Social Studies Department holds the “Veteran Voices Program” to pay tribute to United States Veterans. Meanwhile, West’s Key Club will collect donations to send past master military men and women on the Honor Flight from November 7th to November 11th. The Veteran Voices Program is when veterans come to the library to give their firsthand experiences from their military service to the United States. “We hope that students will have a greater appreciation for the concept of serving our country and the sacrifices that veterans made,” says Paul Hezlett, social studies teacher. Mrs. Brandt says, “There are several purposes for this program. One of them is to honor those that serve the nation.” For the third year, there will be a panel discussion. Veterans will come to West and share their experiences with students and teachers. This event will take place all day in the library. “We chose the library because it is a more intimate setting than the auditorium,” says Brandt. This program will be the day before Veterans Day so that students can learn and reflect with their Social Studies teacher the next day on what they heard and thought of the program. Students will come to the library to hear these retired, heroic soldiers speak during Social Studies classes, depending on each class’s curriculum. Shortly after this event, the Social Studies Department will follow with a brief curriculum on the Medal of Honor. West connects with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association to find veterans to talk; West also will contact former West graduates and friends of the faculty to connect with war veterans. The VFW Association is another nonprofit organization for the veterans of the United States. According to Mrs. Brandt, the planning for this event is still in its early stages. Currently, they are

thinking of having around ten of these experienced soldiers coming in to speak. Emma Manning, senior, states, “It’s important to have this program because [veterans] risked their lives for our country and it’s important to recognize them for their deeds.” Inspired by this program and the idea of helping veterans, Key Club is raising money and collecting donations to send veterans on the Honor Flight. “The Honor Flight sends World War II and other retired soldiers to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial for the war they fought in,” explains Athanasia Sotiropoulos, Key Club sponsor and math teacher. Students and faculty are encouraged to donate outside the cafeteria during the week, where they will also receive a pin for helping the cause. The Honor Flight Network relies solely on donations to send war veterans from all across the nation to Washington D.C. to be honored. “Our goal is to raise $1,000. That would let two veterans go on the Honor Flight,” says Megan Freiler, Key Club board member. The Honor Flight currently focuses on sending World War II veterans to their memorial, but is starting to send Korean and Vietnam War veterans to their memorials as well. This Honor Flight is currently in its seventh year of sending the veterans on this special trip. Key Club also held the first ever Dodgeball Tournament against Glenbard South last year in order to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which also supports war veterans. Key Club plans on holding the tournament again this year, they say they hope to have it in December, to continue supporting the foundation and cause. Emma Manning said, “What Key Club is doing for veterans is really commendable and I really hope that they can reach their goal.” Key Club and the Social Studies Department hope to achieve this goal with the participation and support of West students and faculty. Come listen to the veterans speak on November 10th and hear firsthand accounts of those who fought for our country. Also, donate from November 7th to the 11th to help send veterans on the Honor Flight.

This run’s for Jack: Run for life By Brendan Byrne ’13 Staff Writer

mission statement, according to the website, is as follows: “We envision a world where every adult and child is aware of the risks of melanoma and takes preventative measures;

This Run’s for Jack has been a mainstay in Glen Ellyn since its inception in 2004. This tradition continued on Sunday, October 16th, 2011, when the 8th annual This Run’s for Jack took place. In the past, the race has been very p o p u l a r, with at least a thousand people running the five kilometer race each year. Jack H. Marston, to whom the race is dedicated, was devoted to his family as well as numerous children he coached. Unfortunately, Jack H. Marston passed away from melanoma at age 47. The Jack H. Marston fund, established in honor of Mr. Marston, is dedicated to preventing the spread of melanoma. The

where those who suffer from melanoma receive comfort and healing; and ultimately, where every case of melanoma will be completely curable.” Every year, since 2004, the Jack H. Marston fund has raised thousands of dollars for melanoma research and prevention. The biggest event is This Run’s for Jack, in honor of Mr. Marston’s passion for running. At the race site (Ackerman Park), dermatologists are present to check race participants for skin cancer. Also provided

are various sunscreens and protecting creams, promoting melanoma prevention. There is a melanoma family tent at the race, in which families affected by melanoma can eat and talk with other families affected by this disease. Va r i o u s sponsors and providers also appear at the race site, offering food among other things to participants. The goal of the Jack H. Marston fund is to raise awareness of melanoma; however, they cannot do it alone. This Run’s for Jack is a great opportunity to have some fun, get some exercise, spend time with friends and family, and most importantly, help the Jack H. Marston fund their mission. Check out the website for next year’s run! Image and info from

Trotting to stop starvation

By Emma Manning ’12 and Chris Burdett ’12 Staff Writers

On November 22 at 2:45pm, the Glenbard West Track will be packed with students and faculty, making an effort to support the hungry, in the annual Turkey Trot. This event has been a tradition for at least 30 years and is run by West’s Student Council. The Turkey Trot is always held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The race consists of a lap around the lake and a portion of the track. The race concludes on the track and your time is recorded. One very unique variation to this race is how students and faculty can participate together. You can either be run or walk as a team with your friends, or individually. “The Turkey Trot is a fun and short event in which students and staff are all able to get together,” says Student Council advisor, Mrs. Bertane, who has helped set up this event for several years. Senior, Coco Lederhouse, has participated in this event for the past three years. She loves the fact that it is enjoyable and does not take much time to do. Lederhouse recommends that “If anyone’s trying to decide if they should do it or not, do it. It’s

fun and easy.” The Turkey Trot is not your typical race. You can run, jog, walk, or even skip around Lake Ellyn. The goal is not to get the fastest time, but to get as close to the time that you estimated that you would get before the race. There is a good turnout every year and last year over 100 people participated. After giving an enthusiastic response to the Turkey Trot, special events representative of Student Council, Claire Byrne said, “The Turkey Trot is really fun and people always come back.” “I’ve participated in it every year since I’ve been here which is around seventeen years,” said Mr. Monaghan, Assistant Principal for Student Services. He also disclosed that he has come out of the race victorious in previous years. The winners of the Turkey Trot receive an additional shirt and a whole Turkey. Plus, after the race, there are refreshments and raffles in the cafeteria. The first 100 participants get free Turkey Trot T-shirts. Along with getting involved and having a lot of fun, the Turkey Trot is also a fund-raiser for the hungry. Participants can donate a can of food and/or $1. The food

goes to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, and the money will go either to the food pantry or Sarah’s Circle, which is a Women’s shelter in Chicago. According to the Executive Director for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, Susan Papierski, donations are greatly appreciated and in much need throughout the holidays to help those who are less fortunate. The Glen Ellyn food pantry serves residents of Glen Ellyn and surrounding neighborhoods. It is important to not only get involved with school activities, but also with community service and the Turkey Trot is an easy way to get involved with both. Around Thanksgiving, it is important to be thankful for the things that you have, such as shelter and food. Therefore, it is a perfect time to provide less fortunate people with food by participating in the Turkey Trot. Most participants will come back year after year to have a good time. Kids and clubs, come out to enjoy a great time down by the track. We hope to see you there.

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Our worst enemy: How to put a damper on anger

By Rafeeq Feroze GW Faculty Member Editorial

Do you often feel angry and fight with your family and friends? We are usually nice to strangers, but can very easily get angry and pick fights with our parents, siblings, and other loved ones. It is quite insulting that we sometimes care more about the feelings of strangers than those of our own families. When we are mad, the people closest to us have to deal with it, as we often explode at them—even though they may not be at fault. After an explosion, we may feel temporarily better but, truly, this relief is fleeting. Angry people not only hurt others when they lash out, but they also hurt themselves. At first, we may not even realize how much energy we have wasted and how much we have damaged ourselves. Anger is just one letter short of danger. One of the most common reasons that people give for being angry is “it isn’t fair” or “it’s not right.” What creates the anger is a combination of circumstances and how a person views them. Anger is also a result of many different conditions, like frustration, ego, self-centered behavior, fear, mental stress or a feeling of insecurity. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty

seconds of peace of mind.” Anger is considered a basic reason for destruction, which robs our inner peace. Once it has erupted, it is difficult to control. The immediate source of anger is unhappiness. Things do not usually

“Think about the damage caused by anger before expressing it.” happen the way we want and even people do not behave the way we think they should. We think that anger is the only way to escape or avoid feeling sad and hurt. When there are imperfections in our lives, we try to find someone other than ourselves to blame. We never take responsibility for our actions and feelings. Think about the damage caused by anger before expressing it. We need to realize how important it is to be a good role model. Anger in humans is a learned expression. As children, we witness angry people. Children learn to express anger from observing their parents, teachers, and peers. Try to avoid expressing your anger around children. They tend to get a lot angrier because they have many restrictions, including the ability to walk and talk. We need to

teach our children to apologize and to accept an apology as well. Arguments clearly drive people apart. Teens get angry because they feel parents do not respect them and do not let them do what they want. Parents always intend to protect their children and to keep them safe, no matter how o l d they are. We should show them that we care through our actions, and words, supporting t h e m whenever they need us. This will help them deal with their anger. When you are in a relationship, difficult situations can lead to angry actions. If we do not control our anger, it can bring many bitter feelings and damages to the relationship. When you are angry, try to remain silent. If you speak, it hurts the other person, and he or she may retaliate negatively and worsen the situation. If your partner criticizes you, stay calm. Do not react to it, for after a while, your partner will start feeling guilty. Never forget to focus on the positives of your relationship. Whenever anger rises, think of the consequences. We may simply vent anger rather than find ways to correct a problem. From an early age, we

have been taught to nurture, to care, and to be kind and patient. If we are angry, we are failing because we are destroying our soul by malicious gossip, revenge, and hatred. The Dalai Lama states, “Anger is a real destroyer of our good h u m a n qualities, an enemy with a weapon cannot destroy these qualities, but anger can. Anger is our real enemy.” It’s really up to us to decide if we want to have a happy or a miserable life. Anger is our worst enemy, for w e lose our capacity to think, we lose our mental balance, and our speech is not controlled. It is so powerful, and that is cognizant of why it is so hard to control. Anger is a normal emotion, what is important is how well we can handle it. Every one of us can change, but only when we want to. We need to control our anger before the anger controls us. Anger never just happens. There are always warning signs; we have to stay alert for them. It is

natural to be impatient, and that is why we quickly blow up at ourselves and others when we are frustrated. Getting angry is not the solution to the problem and we actually create many more problems than we solve. Whatever begins in anger ends in shame. When you are a mad, stand before a mirror and examine yourself, the expression of your face is not appealing or presentable. Anger robs your normal composure. The more you think, the more powerful will be your anger; try to counter anger by bringing thoughts of love to the forefront of your mind. Think about the happy moments and slowly your anger will subside. In all religions, anger is considered a serious vice. To have a peaceful life is to do away with anger. It overpowers our entire thought process; its impact is highly dangerous not only for the person concerned, but also for his surroundings. Everyone gets angry from time to time, but it becomes a problem when we lose control over it. Losing control of your anger can be devastating. This may lead to depression, relationship problems, self-destruction and a lower quality of life. We cannot get rid of or avoid the people that enrage us, nor can we change them, but we can learn to control our reactions. This is very difficult, but through practice we can learn to control our anger.

By Alexandra Levin `14 Staff Writer Editorial

Colleges want to see students challenging themselves in difficult classes throughout their high school career. Another benefit to taking AP classes is that students often feel more prepared for college having already

those challenging classes. Some students may look back on their high school years and think that they did not get involved in as many activities as they would have liked. Additionally, AP classes can have an effect on your other non-AP classes. Sometimes when students have too much AP work, they dismiss their other school work because they feel that the AP class is a priority. This takes away from the importance of other classes. Something to remember: while it is important to challenge yourself in school, it is also important to challenge yourself in what interests you. Through the pressure of the AP track, remember that you will get into college, you will have a bright future, and you will be just fine. Students find happiness and success with or without AP classes. It is always important to challenge yourself, but make sure the challenge is manageable. Photo courtesy of library.

Alphabet Soup: AP classes have pros, cons Thanksgiving By Emma Wilgenbusch ’14 Columnist Thanksgiving should be the first thing that c o m e s to mind when you ponder on the month of November. Besides getting a couple days off from school, Thanksgiving is a holiday of special family traditions and a lot of great food. Although Thanksgiving is celebrated in several countries, the holiday has significance for Americans due to the story of the Indians and Pilgrims. Time to get into that Thanksgiving spirit!

American holiday Bountiful harvest Celebrates all we have to

be thankful for Diverse traditions Enjoy the company of family and friends Finally, a few days off from school! Generosity Helping hands reach out to

others Indians and Pilgrims gathered to celebrate the First Thanksgiving Joyful time Keep the traditions alive Leaves on the trees are red, yellow, and gold Mark your calendars because this year is… November 24, 2011 Open the cookbook Pass the potatoes, please! Quite an array of food Recipes Salads and appetizers galore Turkey! Utter bliss of the Thanksgiving meal Vacation time Winter is approaching X-mas is coming up (but it is not here yet) Yawning starts after the Thanksgiving meal is finished Zzzz… time for a Thanksgiving nap

If your stress level has been rising about AP classes, college credit, and building a competitive college resume, you are most definitely not alone. Taking AP classes can make for both a valuable and an overwhelming school experience. AP classes are college level classes designed to prepare students to take the AP test for that certain subject at the end of the school year. The AP test consists of everything the class taught throughout the year. If a student scores a three, four or five on the AP test, they are eligible to receive college credit at certain colleges and universities. Getting college credit not only means a few thousand dollars less for your parents to spend on tuition, but it also allows for an open space in your schedule to take a different course of your choice. AP classes also add the rigor factor to your college resume.

gotten a taste of the difficulty of the classes. On the other hand, what many teachers, students and parents forget to address is that AP classes can consume students. For example, by consuming one’s schedule with several AP classes, students are left with hours of homework, leaving little time for extracurricular activities and most importantly, sleep. Although colleges like to see students taking rigorous classes such as AP, they also want to see a balance of extracurricular clubs and sports along with

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The Student Price Card Holiday season is just around the corner and many people have begun thinking about holiday shopping. Glenbard West student council has a useful tool to help lessen the stress during this time. The Student Board Class of 2014, has introduced a new discount card that is bound to take the school by storm. The Student Price Card, also known as the SPC, will bring less anxiety to many of the holiday shoppers. The Student Price Card is a discount card that gives 10 to 20 percent discounts to many popular stores such as Forever 21, Gap, American Eagle, and Banana Republic. You can find over 50 stores that offer you discounts with the card, and it is for a good cause. The profit of the purchase for the card goes directly to the Class of 2013 prom. The card is only five dollars, and does not expire until the end of 2012. Many students have already found fabulous prices by using the card! Furthermore, every time you buy one card, you are helping make the 2013 prom a night to remember. You can purchase an SPC card from any of the thirty members of the Sophomore Student Board including myself, Meg Maloney. Support Glenbard West and buy an SPC card today!

Medical research reaches breakthrough Synthetic veins mark progress for bypass surgery By Yatri Desai ’13 Staff Writer Human cells require oxygen to facilitate cellular respiration which in turn, provides energy for metabolic processes to occur in the body. As oxygen enters the lungs, pulmonary veins carry the oxygenated blood to the left chambers of the heart and it is pumped through the rest of the body via the aorta. The aorta branches and eventually becomes capillaries which are one cell thick and allow oxygen to easily diffuse to all of the body’s cells. All of the parts of the body, with the exception of the cornea, require continuous bloodsupplied oxygen. Unfortunately, at times, oxygen does not reach all of the body’s cells. A serious problem occurs when circulation of oxygen to the myocardium (heart muscle) is poor. As a result of plaque buildup in the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis can develop. A heart weakened by a lack of oxygen means that the

efficiency with which it supplies the rest of the body will decrease. Fortunately, a surgical procedure exists which resolves the problem of clogged arteries. Coronary artery bypass surgery, commonly known as simply bypass surgery, takes veins or arteries from other parts of a patient’s body and grafts them into the heart arteries to create a new pathway that bypasses the older, blocked pathway. Despite benefits of bypass surgery, the grafting of veins can contribute to complications. Grafted veins require an extra incision, may become infected, and can occlude a while after the surgery. On the bright side, there is a new future for bypass surgery. In laboratory experiments, scientists have been able to grow synthetic veins by using human and dog muscle cells. The synthetic veins have been t e s t e d on baboons and canines and seem to exhibit great results.

Although synthetic veins are very similar to natural veins, research shows that they may be even better. The process used to make the synthetic veins prevents them from provoking any sort of immune response. They also have exceptional potency, resist dilation (expansion of blood vessels) and calcification (hardening), and do not thicken. The use of synthetic veins in the surgery can make recovery quicker and prevent the drawbacks associated with bypass. Research is still at an early stage so it may take a couple more years to bring the remarkable discovery into the limelight. In the meantime, cardiologists will have to continue using authentic blood vessels.

Student turnout makes blood drive a success By Bridget Slone ’12 and Sarah Brennan ’12 Staff Writers West saw great improvement for the turnout at this year’s first blood drive and is hoping to encourage more students to take part in the experience. On Thursday, September 8, 2011, West hosted their biyearly Blood Drive in Biester gym with LifeSource. Roughly 250 people walked in, exceeding the 200 student goal predicted by nurse, Karen Kiernan, West nurse. “None of the other Glenbards collect like we do,” stated West nurse Janet Haas. In fact, twenty people donated two pints compared to the normal pint. “I want the Glen Ellyn Sun to come in next time to see how amazing our students, staff, and set up are,” Nurse Kiernan said. Students prepared beforehand by drinking many fluids and eating a nutritious meal. Only eight

students felt faint or passed out, and even then, they still said they enjoyed their experience. ”I would do it again because it’s such a simple thing to give and help,” said senior Natalie Salo, who was one of the few who passed out. The West health center and LifeSource created an environment that made donors want to come back. When walking into Biester gym, students and community members were first greeted at the checkin station. While waiting in line, all participants received a T-shirt for donating as well as a Vitamin Water. Donors were encouraged to drink an entire Vitamin Water before giving blood. Participants would then proceed to fill out medical history forms. Once completed, prospective donors received a mini-physical. Those who passed these tests were eligible to donate. However, if iron levels were too low, or temperature was too

high, then donors would get deferred from donating for a day. If eligible, the drawing of blood takes roughly twenty minutes per person. Once the student had completed their blood donation, the LifeSource staff then had each donor eat something from a wide variety of snacks. Junior Katherine Ehringer said that she “does not have a fear of needles” and “will definitely donate in the spring.” Junior Samantha Haiden shared the same feelings, also including that she, “is aiming for the Red Cord for graduation.” This is a red chord worn on top of the gown at graduation. It is an honor given to any student who donates blood four times over the course of their high school career. Although the blood drive was deemed a success this time around, Nurse Kiernan and assistant nurse Mrs. Haas addressed a few concerns. After

college-aged students, the amount of people who donate blood drops significantly. “If we can instill the courage to give in high school students, then they will give for a lifetime and that is our goal,” explained Mrs. Haas. Nurse Kiernan and Mrs. Haas are working with SFS and the physical education teachers to help promote donating blood, as members of the LifeSouce team explained. “This was the best year for sure and we had so much support. It’s my passion to do this,” Nurse Kiernan said with a smile. “I was so proud. [LifeSource] had never seen a more respectful school and they asked if they could take some of our strategies.” The call to donate blood

is greater than it ever has been before and all it takes is one pint to save three lives. The West staff and LifeSource have worked incredibly hard to put together the best and most comfortable blood drive for students, but it is ultimately in your hands to make it successful. Hopefully West students will keep with trend and exceed February’s goal of 225 students.

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Pass the turkey: healthy changes to your Thanksgiving meal By Elisabeth Filmer ’14 Staff Writer That special time of year is quickly approaching: the holiday season! What better way to kick it off then with the gathering of loved ones and a delicious meal on Thanksgiving? There is more to the holiday than you think…more calories that is. According to David Zinczenko, author of the popular Eat This, Not That series and editor of Men’s Health Magazine, the average American eats an astonishing 600 calories more than usual per day during the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year’s). Alarmingly, all those extra calories translate into a six pound weight gain in a short amount of time. The average American is supposed to consume around 2,000 calories and 30-50 grams of fat per day. However, after extensive research, David Zinczenko concluded that the

average American consumes 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat just on Thanksgiving. Do the math: 3,500 calories is the equivalent to one pound of fat gain. If you eat the average 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving, you can expect to gain at least a pound (probably more) by black Friday. But have no fear, because there are easy ways to make Thanksgiving a wholesome, healthy holiday. You don’t have to give up your favorite treats to get the holiday started off right. There are tips and simple swaps that can help you enjoy a healthier Thanksgiving. Let’s get straight to the good stuff: pie. Just thinking about the smell of sweet fruits and spices cooking is mouthwatering, not to mention the light, flaky crust associated with pie. Pie is a Thanksgiving classic. Unfortunately for pie lovers, the holiday staple can have disastrous effects on efforts to maintain healthy

habits. Men’s Health Magazine reports that one slice of pecan pie has 450 calories, 21 grams of fat, and 70 grams of sugar per slice. That’s triple the amount of sugar that should be consumed in a day. Don’t want to give up your beloved pie? Don’t stress. Try replacing pecan pie with apple or pumpkin pie, and topping it with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. These easy swaps will save you nearly 200 calories. Other easy swaps include trading out dark turkey meat (legs, wings) for white meat turkey (turkey breast) which will save you over 300 calories. Make stuffing healthier by cooking it in a dish instead of inside the turkey, where the bird’s fat melts and is absorbed into the stuffing while being cooked. When preparing mashed potatoes, ask whoever the cook is to use heavy cream instead of whole milk to prepare them, which will cut 168 calories off the side-dish, according

to Shape Magazine. Replace starchy, sugary, and gluttonous corn bread and butter with an equally delicious dinner roll with butter. This simple swap will result in a reduction of 70 calories, according to Shape Magazine. These food substitutions are all super convenient, and I guarantee that you will not even miss the excess calories, fat, sugar, and carbs associated with their less healthy counterparts. Plus, you can take comfort in knowing that if you take part in these simple changes, your Thanksgiving meal will be about 1,198 calories! Don’t think that these swaps will make it on to your dinner table come Thanksgiving Day? Relax. While swapping out high calorie foods for their lower calorie, equally delicious counterparts is the easiest way to cut calories, exercise can be a very effective tool in negating the calories consumed on an overindulgent holiday. Cardio activity is highly

effective and burns calories. To get the most out of your Thanksgiving day cardio session, try interval training: alternating periods of quick, high intensity cardio for a minute or two and then a minute long recovering period. Combined with strength training, your metabolism will be revved all day, so no matter how much you eat, you’ll burn off some of the calories without any extra efforts. Check popular healthyliving websites for workout moves. Around the holiday season especially, magazines will partner with experts in diet and fitness to help readers maintain their healthy lifestyles during the holiday season. For example, Shape Magazine partnered with Gold’s Gym to compile a fitness routine to help readers stay healthy during the holidays. Check it out at and keep these healthy tips in mind while enjoying the fun associated with this time of year.

The first step to preventing depression is only as far as your coffee pot

How the consumption of caffeine can help reduce your chances of experiencing symptoms of depression By Urooba Niazami ’12 Staff Writer

Depression is a severe condition that affects twice as many women as men in the United States. Many people consult therapists, psychiatrists, and try homeopathic remedies to relieve the severe condition. Symptoms of depression range from difficulty working, sleeping, extreme sadness, loss of energy, fatigue, and hopelessness. Some people may experience a few of the symptoms or, those with chronic depression, can experience a combination of them.

According to Rick Nauert, Ph.D., since the medical field has seen an increase in depression-related suicides, the health sector has made it a top priority to expand research to prevent these occurrences. This growing epidemic affects nearly one of every five U.S. women during their life. In new clinical studies, officials and investigators focused their attention on the consumption of caffeine and caffeinated beverages in women. Approximately 50,739 women in the U.S. participated in a national health study. These women had an average age of 63 and showed no signs

of depression in 1996. They were consulted until mid2006. The researchers began the extensive study with surveys and questionnaires completed between May 1980 and April 2004. Since the past 12 months, the study measured caffeine consumption and the frequency that soft drinks, carbonated beverages, nonherbal tea, low-calorie caffeinated drinks, chocolate, and caffeinated coffee were consumed by the participants. After the research was completed, researchers discovered that there was a correlation between the decreased risk, about 20

percent, for depression among women who consumed four or more cups of caffeinated drinks a day. There was a 15 percent correlation in the decrease in those who drank two to three cups. However, participants who consumed decaffeinated coffee saw no decrease in the risk of depression. According to Michel Lucas, Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, “In this large prospective cohort of older women free of clinical depression or severe depressive symptoms at baseline, risk of depression decreased in a dose-dependent manner with increasing

consumption of caffeinated coffee.” However, researchers note that the study “cannot prove that caffeine or caffeinated coffee reduces the risk of depression but only suggests the possibility of such a protective effect.” Therefore, officials and researchers are looking forward to further investigating the results of the study, in order to ultimately determine if consumption of caffeinated coffee could lead to the treatment or possible prevention of depression in women and possibly men in the near future.

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Misconceptions, consequences for teenagers abusing substances

By Maddie Scott ’12 and Samantha Moriarty ’13 Staff Writers

“Teens know what they want for their future and how to get there; they need to focus on that,” said Officer Campbell, school police officer, in response to how students should lead a healthy and substance-free lifestyle. Many teens have the misconception that everyone drinks, which may cause some adolescents to disregard the real dangers of alcohol and other drugs. The media and peers tend to imply that this behavior is the social norm. In reality, this is a misconception and ehich is affecting teens in our community. Becca Dugan, senior, said, “It’s preconceived that [drinking] is the only way to have fun, when it’s not.” The number one reason most teens feel the need to drink is peer pressure. Along with this,

kids try to self-medicate stress and depression by numbing themselves with illegal substances. This is a problem and teens need to become aware of the true risks by listening to the advice and information the adults around them give them, and by really thinking about their actions before they happen. If teens are still depressing and contemplate self-mediacating, they should tell a parent, teacher, or other professional and not struggle through this alone. Ms. Ross, sponsor for Students for Students, advocates positive peer pressure amongst teens. The organization empowers teens to feel that they can influence the school’s culture while in a classroom full of kids with similar values. “We [all] have goals, and [illegal substances] has a way of derailing one’s plans; it can create problems with parents, friends, and the law,” comments Ross. “It’s a constant problem,

not a new problem. Social media’s influence has created a more challenging situation for SFS,” says Ross. “These are stressful times for teens, but self-medicating only creates more problems than it solves,” Ross comments. Although stress in teens is normal, it’s still an important concern. Parents have to be aware of their role as role models and create a united front for their child when their child faces problems. Alcohol and other drugs can have life-long effects on teen brains, which are still developing until the mid twenties Teens are unfortunately beginning to experiment earlier and earlier. “Our bodies aren’t mature enough yet to be handling those types of things [drugs],” stated Dugan. Alcohol and marijuana are in fact equally harmful, and are both a great concern. Ross has seen the effects of both of them, and knows that they can crowd out a student’s

commitment, which is an important implication to who the student is going to be. If a student is heavily involved in these sorts of activities early on, they can eventually lead to disastrous things like crime, sexual abuse, and DUI’s. School sponsored activities, such as the annual Homecoming dance, have had problems in the past with students abusing alcohol and other drugs prior to arrival. Dean Kain comments, “We are not out to get teens in trouble. We want students to be participating in activities at West, but it’s [teen substance abuse] a reality, and we’re going to deal with that.” Teens need to learn to put their best interests first; all students have the capability of making good decisions, but it comes down to being responsible for ones actions. In the end, making the wrong decisions could be harmful or even detrimental. When it comes down to

it, it’s all about the choices students make and their desire to better their own future selves. “Some students make bad decisions. Students are made aware of the school rules [Castle Keys, announcements, etc.] and that all school rules are indeed in effect. They are told that the dances are a Glenbard West sponsored, drug and alcohol free event,” comments Mrs. Bertane, teacher and student council sponsor. She also discussed how the school is trying to take charge in handling these situations. “We try to meet and talk to all the students as they enter the dance, and we also have parents/chaperones in the dance and at the doors”. Teens, while being positively encouraged by their peers, teachers, and parents, need to become aware of the dangers and consequences of this type of lifestyle, and take charge of their futures- for their health, relationships, brain, and themselves.

somewhere far away from home, keep in mind that you may not be able to come home for every vacation, depending on the circumstances and distance. By staying home, you may not have the dorm experience, but you will save money. 3. Would you prefer a smaller intimate college experience, or a larger, often more diverse one? A small college allows you to have close ties with a significant portion of the students and teachers at the school, while a larger school gives you the opportunity to take initiative individually by finding out about activities and getting to know people. 4. Do you want to go to a place that offers a variety of courses and programs, or one with a specific specialized interest? If you are not exactly sure what one thing you would like to pursue, you should probably consider a college with

many different opportunities. If you do have one goal that you know you want to study in college, maybe you should focus on schools

percentage of students are involved in sororities and fraternities. 6. Do you want off-campus opportunities –such as volunteering, museums, concerts, and transportationto be involved with the community, or do you value the non-curricular opportunities within the college itself more? In the bestcase scenario you will have many opportunities both on and off campus, but Photo courtesy of Grant Karolich ’14. know that sometimes that offer that specific major, and you will not, so you should probably have a strong program for that area. decide which is more important to you. 5. Do you want to be in a sorority 7. Are you interested in studying or fraternity, or would you rather abroad during college? If this really stay away from those? If you feel a is important to you, make sure the certain way about that, find out what college you focus on has options

for studying abroad during the year.. 8. Do you want to graduate in four years, or do you plan on staying longer? Find out what percentage of the student body graduates after four years, so you’ll have an idea of what that college’s focus is in this area, and you can look at the right ones for your plans. Hopefully these basic questions can help you in getting started with thinking about college. Remember that there are many more things to consider when narrowing down the types of schools and that there are great places for everyone. Don’t worry if you haven’t started thinking about the process much either -don’t stress out over it- just keep what matters most to you in perspective, be patient and proactive.

By Maddie Lupori ‘14 Columnist When people make lists of what they want to complete before they die, giving to the community in some way, big or small, local or nationwide is usually mentioned. The next item that can now be checked off my bucket list is community service. Every third Sunday of the month, a group of my friends and I volunteer at P.A.D.S., or Public Action to Deliver Shelter. This organization is located at many places in the DuPage area including right here in Glen Ellyn. Homeless individuals and families come for the night to be fed and are given a place to stay when there is no other option for them. Many people are needed for this operation to run smoothly each week and P.A.D.S. is appreciative of each individual who comes willing to lend a hand. People in need gather outside of the church while volunteers inside prepare food, make beds, and

mark in the community by helping end hunger and homelessness. There are countless ways to contribute through service, and P.A.D.S. is only one of them. The girls tennis team, for example, spent one afternoon at Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit organization committed to feeding starving people across the world. When volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, you and a group put together different ingredients which make a nutritious meal and send it to a needy family. Other amazing service organizations include the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Opening the World through Literacy (commonly known as OWL), Alden Village, and WDSRA, just to name a few. Getting involved by participating in community service can be fun and rewarding. It can be easy for us to overlook the conditions in which some people are living. Grab a group of your friends and go out and serve! **Have ideas for my bucket list? Email me on firstclass!

Finding your way through the college process By Frances Smith ’13 Staff Writer

When beginning the college searching process, keep in mind that it can be simpler than you may imagine. By thinking about the following questions, you can begin to narrow down what types of schools you are interested in and you’ll be able to look for schools that accommodate your personal preferences. 1. Which type of environment do you imagine working better for you- a city, or a smaller setting? Cities usually offer many accommodations, from educational resources to entertainment. Smaller areas like suburbs or rural places tend to not have as many attractions, and are usually quieter. 2. Do you want to go far from home, stay close to home, or feel neutral? If you want to attend college

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My bucket list of high school: Service clean tables. Many of the younger volunteers rush out to the serving tables where large dishes full of the night’s dinner are placed. When the doors open, people file in with their few belonging, set them down, and go right to the food table. At that moment, you can see just how grateful they are. Their faces light up at the sight of the tables full of food and all the people taking time to come and serve those who don’t have money or resources to buy food or have proper shelter. After dinner, people shower and shortly after, the crowd of usually sixty people, becomes sixty snoozing people. In the morning, when the sounds of a busy kitchen wake them, breakfast is served and the few young children go off to school while the rest went to work or to search for jobs. Homelessness is a worldwide problem and P.A.D.S. is a local opportunity for anyone to make a difference. This organization opens your eyes and welcomes any willing volunteers, so go out and make your

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By Chris Burdett ’12 Staff Writer

“My life changed when I went to a GPS program,” said a District 87 parent who attended a Glenbard Parent Series meeting. GPS is a program where parents get together roughly once a month to hear important speakers discuss important issues regarding teens. Speakers come from all over to address issues such as teen drinking, drug use, and how to better manage stress. Doug Petit, a local speaker against drugs and alcohol, said that other prevalent topics are cyber bullying, addiction, and overall improved communication between teens and their parents. Six years ago, Cebrine Goodman died of a drug overdose. Her grandfather Larry Goodman set up a foundation in her honor. According to Mrs. Ross, the Student and Community Project Organizer, Larry Goodman stated, “This

tragedy should never happen to anyone else’s family.” The Cebrine Goodman Center came to be in 2007. It is an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation, which aims to “support organizations that support children and their families,” which is stated on their website. According to the website, their goal is to “spare families the pain of losing a loved one by educating teens, parents, and communities about substance abuse and other challenges teens face today.” Goodman wanted to give money to organizations committed to prevention. Glenbard West was lucky enough to participate. Mr. Goodman wrote a grant to start SFS (Students for Students) groups in many areas. Three years ago Goodman gave District 87 schools $92,600. This money started SFS clubs and also went into creating parent programs. This was how

GPS was created. According to Mike Elkins, the executive director of the Cebrine Goodman Center who was involved with the determining what programs receive grants, GPS is “a monthly series of outstanding speakers who can be authors or experts for parents.” Because of the Goodman grant, these meetings are free and open to all parents. Before the grant and GPS, there was only one speaker every semester or year. Now, almost every month sought-out experts on parenting are available to the community for free. These meetings are open to all parents with kids in public or private schools. Meetings typically start off with a pre-meeting where parents offer support and solutions for each other. Then a speaker gives a message that appeals to important issues such as drug prevention, how to manage stress, and the dangers of alcohol. Afterwards, parents can give advice or personal experiences to

Who killed Kennedy?

Nearly 50 years later, the truth still lingers By Natalie Salo ’12 and Tommy Schutt ’12 Staff Writers

The Presidential limousine arrived at the plaza, crawled leisurely along Houston Street, and then proceeded to take a left turn right in front of the Texas School Book Depository building. It was thirty minutes past noon. The President was waving to the mass of his supporters, but suddenly his hand dropped down and became motionless. This much is certain: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, struck by two bullets- one in the head, one in the neck - while riding in an opentopped limo through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was found guilty of the assassination by Justice Earl Warren and was said to have acted alone. But, for some reason, some in the American public have yet to be satisfied with this conclusion. Some conspiracy theories include the possibility of multiple gunmen, involvement with the Cuban exiles, and government secrecy. Evan Bayless, senior, says, “I believe Kennedy’s assassination was not the work of a lone shooter. The bullet’s trajectory from Oswald’s building does not make sense, as well as the amazing accuracy Oswald had firing two shots from a bolt action rifle.” On the contrary, Mrs. Cerabona, head librarian, expresses, “There is no bigger conspiracy. Lee Oswald killed Kennedy alone.” Some researchers have evidence that proves there could have been more than one shooter. The first shot missed the car entirely, the second

shot hit Kennedy’s shoulder, and the third bullet fatally hit him. However, after the third shot, his upper body appeared to jolt backwards, leaving an indication that a shot was fired from the front. But the rest of the bullets came from behind, according to his autopsy. Another theory that is popular with some is that either the CIA or FBI tampered with evidence and information regarding Oswald before and after the assassination. “The government’s covert operations around the world and focus on secrecy only compounded the conspiracy theories and runaway suspicions,” said Bayless. Going along with this, librarian Mrs. Roberts agreed about the government’s secrecy, saying, “I wouldn’t be surprised if the government tried to cover something up.” Some question the security that Kennedy had along the parade route. “No buildings along parade routes are left unchecked,” says senior Joseph Lanzillo, “It was so easy for Oswald to get a shot that it had to have been a deliberate move by the secret service to allow him in.” Lanzillo continued on and stated that “it was too big of a mistake to be a mistake.” No one has yet to find proof of a government agent who could have orchestrated Oswald’s access to a sniper spot. Whether or not the government hid evidence, Mr. Fornaciari, social studies

teacher, said that after Kennedy died, “it was an example of how our government works. We continued to function as a democracy and didn’t cease to operate.” President Kennedy came into power at the height of the Cold War, in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, and the beginnings of Vietnam. These domestic and foreign policy issues split both the country and the Kennedy administration. There were many individuals and groups people believe that would have motives to kill Kennedy - Cuban exiles, mob figures, virulent racists, CIA, and Pentagon hardliners - with a motive for murder. The question remains with no solidified answer: which of these, if any, turned into an actual murder plot against Kennedy? The truth has yet to satisfy all. Photo courtesy of

each other. When speakers come to present they are amazed to see the turnout along with the year’s schedule. One speaker said, “There is not another school in the country that can come close to touching the lineup of the GPS.” GPS exemplifies great dedication to the community by offering meetings in both Spanish and English. One of the many goals of GPS is to involve as many parents and students as they can. According to Mrs. Ross, it is very important that parents understand and prepare for what their kids will go through. The GPS is open to all parents from elementary level all the way to

high school. GPS is community oriented. Guest speakers can stay at the Holiday Inn for free and the Glen Ellyn Public Library offers book discussions to help prepare for the meetings. The Meadows of Glen Ellyn donates 600 cookies for each meeting. This semester, there are two more opportunities to hear GPS and become informed. On November 15, Dr. Dan Siegel will be discussing his book Parenting From the Inside Out and the Mindful Brain. Dr. Eboo Patel will be discussing Acts of Faith on December 8th. Come learn about making responsible decisions and learn from these world-class speakers.

Global warming: Our responsibility

By Molly Hennessy ’13 and Will Stephan ’13 Staff Writers

In 2007, Earth was thought to be showing m a n y signs of a dramatic worldwide c l i m a t e change . Average temperatures have climbed more than one degree Fahrenheit since the 1980s. Many scientists believe that humans are the cause of most of the warming by releasing gases that trap heat as we try to modernize as much as possible. Their reasoning is that as the Earth spins, new heat enters picking up moisture and changing the climate in other areas as a result. Sea levels are rising, according to National Geographic, and wildlife is scrambling to keep up with its pace. Animal lovers are also worried about this global warming epidemic. The Arctic is feeling the effects of the heat the most. Ice in these cold regions is melting rapidly and causing animals such as the polar bear and the penguin to struggle for survival. Although they are underwater, coral reefs are even suffering from small climate changes. It may be hard to believe, but it is expected that the Arctic could possibly have a glacier free summer by the year 2040. The greenhouse effect is defined as the warming that

happens when certain gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap heat- similar to a greenhouse. E a r t h ’s surface absorbs the heat and then releases a gas that is then trapped inside our atmosphere. I bet you’re wondering how that has anything to do with us. Well, Earth’s temperature has remained constant for thousands of years, even with the greenhouse effect in action. Humans are contributing to the effect, though, with our intense burning of fossil fuels and an addition of significant carbon dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere. Now our climate is unpredictable and more extreme. In recent years, people have referred to “going green” as a healthy and positive way to keep our Earth in tip top condition- reduce, reuse, recycle. Keeping our planet free of pollution is a key part in helping slow the process of global warming. Professor Ian Lowe wrote in his book on global warming, “The future is not somewhere we are going. It is something we are creating. Every day we do things that make some futures more probable and others less likely.” Our future is up to us, so do everything in your power to keep this planet alive!

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Read between the hemLines: The history behind the HUNTER

for every woman’s wardrobe. Today, Hunters are sold everywhere The fall of 2011 has from Nordstrom to been an extremely rainy Zappos. They are one; however, this is not a seen on the feet of weather column, so why celebrities to high the sudden interest in school students such Mother Nature’s fascination as ourselves. with rain these past few What sets these weeks? Well because of the galoshes apart from footwear required to stay the others? Perhaps dry, of course! it’s their eye The Wellington Boot and catching colors or the brand name Hunter are the infamous logo synonymous with the phrase with the red border. rain boot. However, when Henry Lee Norris arrived in The Wellington rain boots are in style this autumn. Photo No, what sets the Hunter Wellington Scotland in 1856, he never courtesy of apart from other rain expected his galoshes made associated with women and boots is their effortlessly for practicality to become a fashion. major fashion statement. Mr. Norris should have chic “je ne sais qoui,” or the In the early to mid-1900s, thanked England’s royalty ability to make a statement the Hunter boot was worn and socially elite women while still being practical. by men in the military for their free advertisement Practicality is the foundation during both world wars. It because it wasn’t until they on which Henry Lee Norris wasn’t until the 1980s that started wearing the label patented his boot and what the Hunter boot became did it become an essential the company strives for.


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By Gabriella Bower ’14 Staff writer

Did you know...A turducken is a turkey, stuffed with a duck, which is stuffed with a small chicken, which is stuffed with seasoned breadcrumbs?

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2011-2012 Editorial Staff Sophia Conforti ’12 Editor-in-Chief

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Overpopulation is within our control Staff Editorial

Humans are asphyxiating from the gases of our own self-importance. The way we walk around like we own the planet, destroying, creating, and exploiting resources, is honestly quite embarrassing. There have been so many people who are making progress towards saving the earth, but their main obstacle is that humanity continues to manipulate the earth without limits or consequences. Do not think otherwise, because each and every one of us is guilty. Contrary to popular belief, humans cannot have control over everything. And for those of you who think Tom Skilling and his colleagues can come up with some sort of complex machine to halt detriments like Hurricane Katrina, dream on. But there are things we can regulate, like our own population.

Despite our incredible ability to think, humankind remains and will always remain two things: vulnerable and mortal. There is no zoo if the zookeeper kills all the animals; there is no garden if the gardener kills all the plants. And you cannot refute that everything on the planet is interrelated. What troubles the planet in turn jeopardizes humanity. But for some reason, our numbers continue to grow. All this talk about global warming, the world ending in 2012, and how terrible humans treat the Earth is contradictory to how many babies we allow to be born on a daily basis. Why are we purposely, and sometimes accidentally, placing additional humans on the planet to follow in our footsteps if we are not content with our footsteps as it is? Overpopulation is a facet of society that can be controlled, but as a united front, humanity

is failing to do so. The constantly increasing birth rate is left unchecked, and there are no regulations. As tyrannical as it may sound, there should be a limit on the amount of children a family can have. China and India, combined, account for one-third of the world’s population. Since 1979, the One Child Policy has been in effect in China. This policy officially confines married, urban couples to having only one child, while allowing exemptions for numerous cases, some including rural couples and ethnic subgroups. The One Child Policy Committee has said that only about 36% of China’s population is subject to the one child restriction, but 76% of the population supports the plan. The committee also claims that since its existence, the policy has prevented anywhere from 250 to 300

million births in China. The truth is, China cannot attempt to curb world population. itself. It is not like every country should be practicing the One Child Policy, but at this rate, something extra needs to be done. Whether it be the One Child Policy or a system to regulate and analyze birth patterns around the world, our globe is being drowned by humans. In many ways, contemporary human beings act as a parasite might. A parasite is considered to be any organism in nature that reproduces rapidly while draining the resources of its host, taking but giving nothing back in return. Once the host is slurped dry, the parasite either dies off along with it or is forced to go in search of a new host. Unless humanity rethinks its present arrogance, this too shall be our destiny.

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There is no ‘ideal,’ enjoy skin you’re in By Sophia Conforti ’12 Editor-in-Chief For years, girls have been perplexed by the concept of the “perfect figure” that seems to be the epitome of success, happiness, and love. Girls of all ages, sizes, and heights have been literally killing themselves in attempt to grasp that ideal body, when it may not even exist. Even at a young age, girls everywhere are getting the message that being beautiful is equivalent to being thin. According to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, half of girls between ages 10 and 13 see themselves as being overweight and 80% of thirteen year olds have attempted to lose weight. Nearly 10 million women and girls develop eating disorders to acquire their dream figures; many starving themselves or binging and

purging. In the long run, those who turn to eating disorders are only hurting themselves. Around 40% never recover from an eating disorder. Many people blame the media for sending out this contorted view of the female body. “A lot of celebrities have a picture-perfect frame with lavish lifestyles,” says COD student Sarah Ehrhardt. “Sometimes it seems like if you have that body, you can achieve everything they have.” Others feel by obtaining a model body that they will in turn be beautiful, accepted, well-liked, or loved. Some desire it to fill a void. Whatever the reason, too much time is squandered pondering about what is or is not best for the female figure. “When it comes down to it, the ‘perfect’ figure all depends on personal

preference,” says one senior at West. “People should learn to feel comfortable in their own skin; it’s then that they will radiate the beauty that they’re striving for.” For many, the picturesque figure still remains in Barbie. Her perfect body is said

t o contribute to her perfect life with Ken in their “Barbie Dream House.” Yet on the eve of her 50th birthday, the iconic Barbie Doll’s measurements were calculated. If Barbie was to exist in real life, she’d be around 6 feet tall at

an alarming 100 pounds wearing a size 4 with the measurements 39”/19”/33.” Some argue that with dimensions like that, Barbie would be so disproportionate that she wouldn’t be able to stand and would have to resort to crawling as a means of getting around. Even Barbie can’t obtain her own predicted measurements. Being thin is not necessarily linked to being pretty or well-liked; the words are not synonymous for each other. Beauty is up to the eye of the beholder, it is not what society drives us to believe. While many females feel pressured to procure the ideal body, it’s not necessary. The only ‘ideal’ any woman needs to fill is the one they owe to themselves: self-gratification for being themselves and loving who they are in their own skin. Barbie and her “magic dream house.” Photo courtesy of

Did you know... fresh cranberries are ideal for cranberry sauce? Cranberries of the highest quality will always bounce.

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Ricketts yearning for a Cubs turnaround By Alec Lukins ’14 Staff Writer

Since the Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009, the Cubs have been making strides to becoming a better franchise. Considering the long documented playoff woes, Tom Ricketts has made many efforts to entice fans and build excitement. Great ideas include continuing an open house day for season ticket holders where they could meet and greet all of the Cubs front office personnel including Tom Ricketts himself. This year, the Cubs opened Wrigley Field with this day and season ticket holders could walk on the field, play catch, meander through the dugouts and clubhouses, even take batting practice in their tunnel. The event was very successful for exciting Cubs fans.

Now the Cubs are beginning to turn it around on the field. The Cubs have cleared around $50 million to spend on free agents this year according to ESPN. Before they can sign any players, however, they needed a GM after firing Jim Hendry midway through the season this year. The Cubs

have now hired Theo Epstein from the Boston Red Sox for a reported $20 million, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Epstein, however, inherits a deplorable Cubs team finishing ten games below a .500 percent win total. Among the many problems include Alfonso Soriano’s $60 million contract with three years remaining on it and Carlos Zambrano’s $19 million contract. The Cubs also have a $125 million payroll, which is very high for a team with such a poor record. As the Cubs begin to rebuild, they do have young players to build around including their star shortstop Starlin Castro, starting pitcher Matt Garza, and c l o s e r C a r l o s Marmol, all of whom are in their twenties. Now the Cubs can

How will Tom Ricketts ensure a strong 2012 Cubs team? Photos courtesy of,zimbo.

Girls Volleyball looks forward to success in sectional competition By Bailey Bystry ’14 Staff Writer

Ending last year's season with the best record since 1983, Girls’ Volleyball is not about to slow down anytime soon. The team will head into sectionals with an amazing varsity record of 24-3. "It's an unbelievable year," says Coach Mastandrea. "We might be looking at the best team I've seen since I started coaching." This surreal season did not come easily with many of last year's starters graduating. Senior varsity captain Charlotte Karp said, "We knew we'd be having a young team this year and [our success] was kind of unexpected." Karp's fellow captains, Amanda Perry and Caleigh Ryan, agree as the team moves forward in this successful season, and the sophomore (22-2) and freshman (7-11-3) teams follow in varsity's winning footsteps. This year's sophomore team, lead by captains Caroline Jenkins and Sarah Park, is possibly looking at the first conference championship for GBWGV since 1983. Though the hard work of this year's Girl's Volleyball, the program is sure to do exceedingly well in rest of the season.

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sign new players to surround these stars-in-the-making. One of their primary needs is their pitching rotation along with first base. Last year the Cubs signed Carlos Peña to a one year deal knowing Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals could be free agents. Both play in the same division as the Cubs, making an interesting sub-plot next season if the Cubs were to sign one of them. Some other free agents the Cubs might consider include Carlos Beltran, Michael Cuddyer, Cody Ross, or Johnny Damon. Roy Oswalt, C.J. Wilson, and C.C. Sabathia could be among the starting pitchers available this year. The Cubs will have some steep competition for these coveted arms, however, as the Yankees have publicly stated, they will be targeting the improvement of their pitching rotation again this offseason. The Cubs face their own

free agency risks. Possible free agents could be the Cubs’ Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood. The departure of Ramirez and Dempster could hurt the team’s performance, but would open up some salary cap room to make a big acquisition. The Cubs have the money to sign some of these free agents, and the Ricketts family is willing to spend money to grow a better team. The Cubs have the opportunity to become a force to be reckoned with; however, they may still be a few years away from seeing a return to the playoffs. The Cubs have the resources to sign good players and develop some prospects. Could we be seeing the Cubs in the World Series in the next five years? Could they finally break the curse of the Billy Goat? (And yes I knocked on wood).

Running into fun this fall: A closer look at West’s Girls Cross Country team

By Kailey Henderson ’14 Staff Writer

Girls Cross Country is a great opportunity to get into shape and still have a good time. According to Mr. Hass, head coach, “Girls Cross Country is a great team experience. You become closer with your teammates, and you have a lot of fun.” Although Girls Cross Country is known to be a team, the great thing about this sport is that you compete against yourself. Mr. Hass explains that everyone has the same position; everyone is going for the same thing. This helps create a strong bond between the team members and makes the sport enjoyable. Just like any other sport, cross country has team goals that they work to achieve. Mr. Hass only asks that team members aim to improve every time they run and try their hardest. Mr. Hass says “We’re out there to support each other and do our very best.” So far this season, Girls Cross Country has placed third at the Hornet Red Devil Invite and second at the Lake Park Invite. The Frosh/Soph team came home with trophies as well.. Of this season’s team, Mr. Hass says,“This team is very dedicated and committed, and that’s why we are so successful.” Keep up the good work, Girls Cross Country! Photo courtesy of

Did you know... turkeys have heart attacks? When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.

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