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September 2014

Yaks from students & teachers


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“[Yik Yak] has the potential to be harmful, but in a high school setting, it seems pretty useless.” “It’s what you would expect from an anonymous posting service. It has good things and bad.” “It’s a really, really, really good platform for cyberbullying.” “I don’t even know what it is.” “It’s a place where people go to point out others’ insecurities.” “The only reason I go on there is to flag inappropriate posts.”

Yak Attack: The cyber bullying needs to stop By Anonymous Staff Writer Yik Yak, available in the App Store since last November, has created quite the hype around almost every high school and college in these past few months. According to CNN, the app’s description goes something like this: “Yik Yak acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you. It allows anyone to connect and share information with others without having to know them. News, funny experiences, shout outs, jokes spread faster than ever through Yik Yak’s tight-knit community.” The real question: Is Yik Yak used for the lighthearted jokes and shout outs it was intended for? I can tell you first hand: no. Sure, there is a post every once in a while that is genuinely funny. But I can also tell you first hand that the cyber bullying that takes place on Yik Yak is both prevalent and hurtful. Anonymous social media are popping up left and right as the generation of technology users grows up. These apps provide a platform for bullying peers without even revealing your name. The people who use these apps for negative purposes are cowardly bullies. Posting hurtful messages on these types of apps will not solve any problems. If you truly

This message is displayed through Yik Yak at Glenbard West High School. Yik Yak is intended for teens and adults above the age of 17.

feel that passionate that you are going to write something and post it, attach your name. If you have ever used one of these apps to make someone else feel bad about him or herself, you should re-evaluate your decision. Hiding behind the computer screen makes it that much easier to say something you would

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never say in person. But in times like these, it is important to remember what your parents always told you, “If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” So what everyone is probably wondering is, what can we, as a student body, do to change this? The first step is easy: Delete the app. But what makes deleting the app easier is if you know that everyone else is deleting it too. If nobody is posting on Yik Yak, what’s there to read? Nothing. Secondly, since the chances of a similar app coming out are very high, don’t fall into the trap of downloading it. And lastly if you don’t delete the app, don’t participate or allow cyber bullying to take place; report the incident immediately. With the help of the Glen Ellyn Police Department and the school, efforts to stop Yik Yak in Glen Ellyn are in progress. Surprisingly enough, Yik Yak was intended for college students to discuss where the party is tonight and what the Psychology discussion was about in a non-threatening manner. In fact, you technically have to be seventeen years of age to use this app. I will leave you wondering who wrote this article, just as you wonder who made the hurtful comment about your peer, sibling, school, or best friend behind the screen. Yik Yak yak image and screen shot courtesy of Yik Yak.


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Catwalk to Class: Fashion meets philanthropy By Emma Goebbert ’16 Shay Kiker ‘16 Columnists

CATWALK: We decided to kick off this year’s Catwalk to Class by viewing a different, more philanthropic side of fashion. Many people see fashion purely on the surface, and they fail to see that fashion is power. It has the power to do everything from empowering women across the globe to advocating for organizations whose goal it is to improve society

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worldwide. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Giorgio Armani have used their international platforms to support charities all over, and they are creating a big impact not only in the fashion industry, but in other people’s lives as well. Ralph Lauren is the founder of his very own charity called the Pink Pony Fund. It is an organization based of donating twenty five percent of the purchase price of Pink Pony products to benefit the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation. This money goes into breast cancer support by aiding in screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research, and patient navigation. Oscar de la Renta is a proud advocate of the program New Yorkers for Children. He donates money to help develop programs that aid young New Yorkers by creating college

scholarships, tutoring programs, job training, and networking opportunities. Diane Von Furstenberg is an active board member and advocate for the program Vital Voices. This charity supports women globally by helping to bring them political stability, economic empowerment, and human rights to their communities. She has helped in mentoring over 10,000 women leaders in 127 countries. Giorgio Armani launched an Emporio Armani (PRODUCT) RED collection in London during his One Night Only event in 2006, giving a fraction of his profits back into the (RED) organization which supports AIDS programs in Africa. Armani continued after that event to create products whose profits contributed the $250 million that went into the organization’s current fund.

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“Breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s issue — it affects all of us: brothers, husbands, fathers, children, friends. Too many Americans suffer disproportionately from cancer because they lack access to basic, quality health care. The Pink Pony campaign is our effort to bring adequate care to underserved communities.”

“All women are strong. I have yet to meet one who isn’t. They simply don’t exist. When I first heard about Vital Voices and its mission, I knew I’d found an organization that believes in what I believe: that women worldwide should be given the tools and resources they need to be successful on their own.”

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“Every child deserves a proper education and the support of a family — whether it is the family that they are born into or the one that finds them. New Yorkers for Children finds these young people and gives them a family.”

“I am convinced that ethics and profits can coexist. RED is an initiative that rises above the concept of charity into the realm of ethical business, introducing a system of financial redistribution aimed at solving — at least in part — one of the greatest scourges of Africa, AIDS.

By Meghan Loftus ’15 Columnist

Don’t be afraid to raid your brother’s, dad’s, and boyfriend’s closets this fall! Menswear on women is in; from oversized flannels to boyfriend jeans. The trickiest part to this back to school style is finding that balance between tacky and trendy. Making these outfits chic is difficult, but it can be done! Try pairing a flannel with leather skinny’s and booties or with a fringe bag. For fall, think neutrals with splashes of deep purples and reds…maybe even on the lips! Let’s say you’re more of a prepster and less of a hipster. In this case, the schoolgirl trend is for you. As we transition into fall, the Vineyard Vines and Johnnie-O may have to g-O. This fall, it is time to get rid of those prep-school classics and take a new spin on everything a preppy gal feels comfortable in. Let’s start by adding more colors and a little less navy. Pastels: Teen Vogue preaches pastels for the trendy ’60’s inspired schoolgirl in 2014. In addition to the pastels, more chambray collared shirts. Basically, the preppy girl needs to

CLASS: The Glenbard West Fashion Club is an opportunity at our school for girls who are passionate about Fashion and want to give back to the community. The club was founded by alumni Dana Daggett, Gabriella Bower, and Michaela Deegan and has been passed on to club presidents Meghan Loftus and Bridget Caffery. The club is open to anyone who would like to join. Although the Fashion Club meets on a regular basis and has many club fundamentals, the group is primarily based around an event called fif. or Frosted in Fashion. Each year in the middle of the snowy season, these girls put on a fashion show to benefit charitable causes. It is a pretty simple idea with high yield. The club asks local boutiques and shops to borrow clothing for guys and girls. These high end pieces are

“I’m very excited to be Co-President of Fashion Club this year and continue the club’s involvement with fundraising for a cause in our own community, Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center. The best part about this club is that all of the members share a love for two things: fashion and helping others!”

Bridget Caffrey

“I do Fashion Club because I believe everyone has their own unique style, and it’s their way of self-expression. It is an accepting club that celebrates everyone’s personal style, and we have fun while putting together the fashion show that helps others live a more successful life.”

then modeled down the runway. While each piece of clothing is returned to the shops, the event makes a profit mainly from ticket sales and silent auction. It is a high cost event as decorations, appearance, and quality of the show are all taken into account. The Glen Ellyn community has been generous though and the event raised an impressive $5,000 last year. The fashion club is off and running for yet another year but would love to have each and every student that is interested attend the club meetings or be a part of the runway show. To hear about fashion club or learn more details, feel free to talk to Profe Krol, the club sponsor. The Fashion Club would love students who are not only enthralled in fashion but love to make a difference as well!

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“I believe that Fashion Club is a great outlet for people who want to combine their love for fashion with philanthropy that makes a huge impact on a local charity. We have a blast putting together the fashion show, and it is so fulfilling to see our talents be put to use in an event that benefits the whole community!”

Shay Kiker

“I love being a part of Fashion Club because it gives me personally the opportunity to invest in underclassman, work in philanthropy, and pursue fashion all in the same space!”

Trending on Top: Fall Favorites

A new school year means a new you, a fresh start, a chance to reinvent yourself in every aspect, if you please. For me, my favorite way to do this is a new wardrobe. I submerged myself into pop culture throughout the whole summer, gathering information on my favorite celebrities, designers, magazine editors and journalists. I trend watched, with the help of InStyle and Teen Vogue of course. I read books, pool side, about Coco Chanel, Anna Wintour and other famous fashion icons. I caught up on some of my favorite TV shows to see how directors are dressing the actresses. With all that being said I have come up with the best back-toclass fashion finds for you!

let a little looser and lose some of those classic colors but hold onto the styles. My personal favorite trend this fall is the London-inspired chunky knits, fur jackets, leather skirts, and rose gold anything and everything. While these items are definitely not as comfortable as your boyfriend jeans, the leopard print asymmetrical skort is sure to make a lasting impression. This might seem a little heavy for the current weather, so we’ll stick to the tank dresses with a cool open back for now. But once that chilly breeze blows through, you start to layer, layer, layer! In my opinion, the bigger the better because that means warmer walks to school! With all these trends in mind, pick the new you and try something different. As for my must have fall item, the 2014 Suede, Desert Wedge High Toms Bootie. These are the perfect height and super comfortable and look great with skinnies. What more could a girl ask for? Oh yeah, another pair!

Did you know an item of clothing is considered vintage only if it dates back from 1920 to 1960?


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Press Start: A Story For The Ages By Ben Buchnat ’15 Columnist

Hey gamers! I hope you all had a great summer and played some great games. Although the summer was filled with very few new releases, I was able to pick up an underrated gem that turned into the single most powerful experience I have ever had playing a video game. That game is called Spec Ops: The Line and it was released for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 in 2012. It gained critical acclaim by many respected game journalists including James Portnow of Extra Credits who stated that the game’s developers “created the first true triple-A drama, where we’re engaged through the

exploration of a mental state rather than simply satisfied by achieving a goal.” The game is able to simultaneously be not fun and still be engaging to the player. It is an experience that is akin to watching a Shakespearian tragedy: it is depressing and dark, but it still invests the player into the experience. Without going into spoilers, you lead a squad of men into Dubai after a major catastrophe. While goal at the start is to confirm the status of military leader Joseph Konrad, you and your crew spiral down deeper into the madness that is the city of Dubai and the lead character’s mind. Again, without going into spoilers (I really want you all to play this one), there is a major twist at the end of the story and it left me shocked and ashamed of my actions. This

was the first time a game’s story had left me in that state. Sure, I have been wowed by amazing fire-fights or beautiful visuals but never by the strength of a narrative. Also this was the first time I have felt bad for doing what the game tells me to do. If you are a regular reader of my column or know me in real life, you know my love for violent and destructive video games like Grand Theft Auto and Battlefield. Not once in those games did I feel any remorse for the chaos I caused. However, this game changed that. It made me realize how ridiculous the power fantasies of the modern military shooter really are. A particular line saying to the player “that you’re here because you want to feel like something you’re not. A hero.” The point of Call Of Duty is to be the hero and that temporary satisfaction

is gone. After I finished Spec Ops, I could not just go back to my routine of Battlefield 4. I couldn’t get over the senseless violence a game like that promotes. Don’t worry I was able to go back and enjoy those games, but Spec Ops really showed that all the Call of Duties and Battlefields of the world are have major issues with their moral ideologies. With real people dying because of warfare every day, the game made me take a step back and think, something a video game has not been able to do to me in a very long time. It is really something all gamers should play if they could handle some of the more shocking scenes. I was truly amazed by both the narrative and the way they effectively told through game-play.

Disclaimer: This game is rated M for mature and is intended for ages 17+. Seriously I think everyone should play it, but this game is super intense and is rated M for good reason.

Walker contemplates his actions. Photo courtesy of Yager Development.

Beat on the Street: Lollapalooza 2014 By Avery Kiker ’17 Columnist For any music lover, a concert sounds good any time of year, but something about long, lazy summer days makes live music even more appealing. Lucky for us at Glenbard West, living so close to the city of Chicago means we have plenty of options for a good venue. Though there are an incredible amount of choices, one that shouldn’t be missed is Lollapalooza, a high-energy music festival that in-and-of-itself provides countless concerts to attend within the three days during which it’s held. Because of the many options, however, it can be difficult to decide who to see over the course of the festival. Although I couldn’t be there myself, I recruited friends Maddie Giffin, Mary Nevins, and Eric Shanahan to give a little review of their favorite sets. To kick off the weekend, the Scottish trio, Chvrches, gave a stellar performance, showcasing their contagious energy and musical skill. Their simplistic stage arrangement made for minimal distraction, allowing the music to be the main focus. As Mary so eloquently pointed out, “you could tell they were so grateful to be there,” which made their performance all the more endearing. According to an interview from Pitchfork, all three members of the band come from very different musical backgrounds. Lauren Mayberry used to sing for indie band Blue Sky Archives, Martin Doherty toured with rock band Twilight Sad, and Iain Cook played for post-rock band Aereogramme. The simple reason these vastly different musicians clicked was

because of their “love for classic songwriting.” Doherty says, “These days you hear so many interesting production ideas, but the melody’s always hidden somewhere in the back...It’s all about songwriting, is it not?” On Saturday, the musically talented Benjamin Booker graced the Lolla crowd with his unique and intriguing voice. His passionate energy started the day off on the right foot, although, he may have gotten a little too amped up when he threw his Stratocaster guitar into the crowd, hitting a fan in the face. ATO Records describes this boisterous singer-songwriter as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues.” His one-ofa-kind style is surely a force to be reckoned with. I had never heard of the NewOrleans based musician until writing this article, and was surprised to discover that he has yet to release his first album. It shocked me most that a musician with such little exposure was performing at a major festival like Lollapalooza. This didn’t seem to hinder any part of his performance, though. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Booker “sang with the raspy bite of an old soul three times his age,” his “set became a sprint where nothing was restrained, yet Booker maintained full control.” No doubt his audience will be looking forward to his album dropping on August 19th. On the final day of Lollapalooza, the title of best act was tied between Chance the Rapper and Cage the Elephant, two groups with entirely different vibes, but both with an extremely high value on meaningful lyricism, contagious energy, and instrumental depth. These characteristics make their songs incredibly interesting on the first listen, as well as every other time after that, because there’s always

something new to listen for. Chance brought the stage to life when R. Kelly made a surprise appearance, combining each artist’s best qualities into an oddly brilliant collaboration. The young rapper starting his musical career at only 17--is a passionate musician, and though I don’t always agree with his lyrics, I have to appreciate his confidence, gumption, and drive to do what he loves. His set was easily one of the greatest anticipated by the Lolla attendees, and surely one of the most highly acclaimed after the fact. Cage the Elephant, the creative, loveable, and energetic group of visionaries, had a lively performance. They, like Chvrches, seemed incredibly grateful to be playing at Lolla, and even seemed to be having their own fun, including an on-stage photo-op and a crowd surfing session. In an interview for Rolling Stone, lead singer Matthew Shultz confessed that although the band usually gets as much inspiration as possible from other artists, their process for the album Melophobia was a bit different; they “stopped listening to recorded order to avoid influences seeping in.” Schultz said, “This record…[allowed] our own inherent style to come through”. Lollapalooza is made up of an eclectic group of artists, passionate and real about their work. All the groups seem grounded in their musicianship, relying on it as a way to express themselves, while simultaneously entertaining millions. All artists mentioned are songwriters with the intent of relating to others, and also sticking true to themselves, a difficult balance to maintain. They are undoubtedly here to stay, and certainly groups to keep your eye/ear out for. Photos courtesy of the artists’ respective websites.

The Bones of What You Believe Chvrches, 2014 Tracks: “Mother We Share,” “We Sink”

Melophobia Cage The Elephant, 2014 Track: “Cigarette Daydreams”

Chocolate Factory R. Kelly, 2013 Track: “Ignition” (Remix)

Thank You, Happy Birthday Cage The Elephant, 2011 Track: “Shake Me Down”

Social Experiment Chance The Rapper, 2014 Track: “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur Theme Song”

Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker, 2014 Tracks: “Violent Shiver,” “Have You Seen My Son”

Did you know that Riot Fest and Lollapalooza both have been in Chicago for 10 years?


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Last Chance Chicago: Riot Fest 2014 Summer has ended and most of the major music festivals are gone until next year. With one huge exception. Riot Fest is hitting Humboldt Park in Chicago from September 12th to the 14th.

tual music will be played, given the recent events in Ukraine, this should be an informative and interesting chat. A definite must see to those interested in world politics.

By Ben Buchnat ’15 Columnist If you are a fan of punk, emo, metal, indie, or even rap there are many artists that are well respected in these genres. All three days of the festival are stacked and these are my picks for the bands you should see. Best Reason to Miss School to Get There Early: Radkey These Missouri brothers are relatively new on the punk scene and are quickly proving to be a live favorite. Although some members are still in their teens, they are veterans of Riot Fest and should have an improved show of high-energy rock and socially conscious lyrics. Recommended Tracks: “Start Freaking Out,” “Romance Dawn,and Feed My Brain.” Most Politically Important Set: Panel with Nadya Tolokonikova & Masha Alekhina These ladies of a certain jailed Russian band with an unprintable name will be participating in a panel discussion with topics including Putin’s regime, censorship, and life in modern-day Russia. Although no ac-

Best Reason To Shout “Whoa”: The Offspring Part of the chorus in their monster hit “Self Esteem,” this punk act have been known to use whoa and other similar techniques in their song choruses. Some people think that is a bad thing, but the Offspring own it. The band will be playing their hit album Smash which is the highest-selling independent album of all time. To many in the punk community, it is a classic and the Offspring are known to put on a fantastic live show. Recommended Tracks: “Self Esteem,” “Come Out and Play,” “Gotta Get Away,” and “Bad Habit.” Other Cool Bands: Rise Against, NOFX, Senses Fail, ALL, and Title Fight Best Reason to Arrive Early: The Pizza Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band is a delight to watch. It is very absurd and quite odd, but still a fun experience. They play Velvet Underground songs but with lyrics written about pizza. Kinda odd, but I like it. They are also known to give out free pizza during their performances, making the set a must-see for fans of free food. Recommended Tracks: “All Pizza Parties,” and “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice.”

Best Excuse to Cry: Dashboard Confessional Dashboard Confessional brings their style of emo to Riot Fest and it will be a very sad but enjoyable affair. The band is known for its emotional live performances and you can cry along with all the strangers you will be seeing the band with. Crying is ok and it will be abundant during Dashboard’s set. Also Dashboard playing live is a rarity right now, so it might be awhile before they come back around. Recommended Tracks: “Hands Down,” “Vindicated,” and “Stolen.” Best Set to Lose Your Voice To: Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday returns to Riot Fest for a second year in a row, and their set promises to be full of energy. Their brand of emo-punk has sprouted memorable songs with extremely quotable lines. This will be a set where people will be singing every word of every song. With such memorable lines like “You’re a touch overrated, you’re a lush and I hate it.” I know I will be! Recommended Tracks: “Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team),” “Timberwolves at New Jersey,” and “A Decade Under The Influence.” Most Likely Miley Cyrus Sighting: The Flaming Lips Miley and the lead singer of this band are BFF’s now. It would be surprising if she shows up, but who knows? Weirder things have happened at Riot Fest. Even without

Miley, The Flaming Lips still boast an extensive catalog of psychedelic rock and are always are great live act to see. Recommended Tracks: “She Don’t Use Jelly,” and “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1” Other Cool Bands: The National, Descendents, Wu-Tang Clan, The Orwells, Anti-Flag, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Best Reason To Arrive Early: Modern Baseball Modern Baseball’s 2014 release, You’re Gonna Miss It All, is my favorite album of the year so far, and I don’t think anyone is going to be able to top it. The indie-punks from Pennsylvania wear their hearts on their sleeves and it really shows in the incredible lyrics the band writes. They don’t rhyme, but it isn’t necessary because the vocalists flow makes the songs work. Should be a super fun set with a lot of sing-a-longs. Recommended Tracks: “Your Graduation,” “The Weekend,” “Tears Over Bears,” and “Fine Great.” Best Reason To Party On A Sunday Afternoon: Andrew W.K. The self-proclaimed “King of Partying” will be hitting Riot Fest on Sunday afternoon, generally not a typical party time. However, Andrew W.K. does not care and will go all out with a frantic and energetic set. Although more recently known for his column for Village Voice, he still makes and performs music. All he wants is for everyone to have a good

time at his show. Should provide an excellent boost to fans still tired from the two days before. Recommended Tracks: “Party Hard,” “It’s Time To Party,” and “She Is Beautiful.” Best Reason To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In September: Dropkick Murphys These Celtic punk rockers were the highlight of my Riot Fest 2012 experience, so the bar is set pretty high for the group. However, the Dropkick Murphys are consistently one of the best live bands in the business (seen them multiple times, they never disappoint.) All the Chicagoland Irish will be rocking out and music is so good that you’ll want to be Irish too! Recommended Tracks: “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” “Worker’s Song,” and “The State of Massachusetts.” Most Appropriate Place To Wear A Sweater: Weezer Weezer will be playing their seminal album The Blue Album at Riot Fest and it is my most anticipated set of the entire weekend. Weezer is one of my favorite bands and The Blue Album is one of my all-time favorite albums. With hits like “The Sweater Song” and “Say It Ain’t So,” the set will be filled to the brim with classic songs. Weezer is excellent live and I cannot wait for them to play this album. Recommended Tracks: “Say It Ain’t So,” “My Name Is Jonas,” “Surf Wax America,” and “The Sweater.” Other Cool Bands: The Cure, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick, New Found Glory, and The Menzingers.

Novel Idea: Virtual reality with real peril

By Hailey Ardell ’17 Columnist Much of popular culture today centers around the advances made in modern technology. In the first book in the new Mortality Doctrine series by The Maze Runner author James Dashner, the futuristic society has developed a virtual reality game that mimics real life, right down to virtual food with real nutrients and in-game injuries that take their toll on players in the real world. The Eye of Minds is set in a futuristic universe where it is

common for people to spend very little time interacting in the real world and most of their time on the VirtNet. The VirtNet is a network that allows one to play total immersion video games, allowing players to go on adventures not possible in real life. The most popular game, “Lifeblood,” simulates real life, with the added benefits that come along with being able to hack into the system: free food, new adventures, and more. The story is told from the point of view of Michael, a hacker who enjoys hanging with friends in “Lifeblood” and strives to earn as many experience points as possible. His life changes after his attempt to prevent a fellow gamer’s ingame suicide reveals the existence of Kaine, a fellow gamer with a history of cyberterrorism. Kaine has been blamed for trapping people

within “Lifeblood,” not allowing them to logout and return to the real world. Kaine’s actions have resulted in permanent brain damage or death for several gamers, catching the attention of the game’s police force, the Virtual Network Security team, or VNS. The VNS tasks Michael and his friends, being young and better at coding than most, with tracking down Kaine and bringing an end to his crimes. Suddenly, the group finds themselves facing seemingly impossible odds and incredibly difficult challenges, even for expert hackers like themselves, as they journey to the limits of virtual gaming. In order to succeed in catching this computer criminal, Michael and his friends must risk their safety and their lives. This futuristic thriller kept me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages

to find out what would happen next. Dashner succeeds in describing his created universe well enough for the reader to quickly understand the terminology and events of the universe within The Eye of Minds and of the VirtNet. There are many clues scattered across the course of the novel, but they are spread out in a way for the final conclusion to retain its shock value. I would recommend this book for any fan of science fiction and action stories.

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Did you know virtual reality devices are being used for medical student demonstrations?


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He-Said, She-Said: On catcallers

By Erin Delany ’16 Columnist

confronted when accompanied by a man. Perpetrators often choose to make physical advances on their targets when they are in an area with limited escape routes, such as a bus or a subway car. All in all, these acts are deliberate and often intended to put a Many women experience women in a position where she catcalling on a daily basis. This is powerless. derogatory form of attention While many onlookers ranges from wolf whistles, to shouts out a car window, to comments about a woman’s body, even men simply telling a woman to smile when she is walking down the street. When men give a woman this form of attention, it reduces that woman to a piece of public property, subjecting her body to the scrutiny of peers who see her as little more than an object. These unwanted comments and advances herald back to a time when women were viewed as lesser than their male peers. Although females have been pushing against this view for decades, catcalls have the power to put women back into a helpless, or even a dangerous, situation. Victims are often approached agree that catcalling is wrong, when they are alone in public a myriad of women state that places, or in groups with other they have received unwanted women. They are seldom stares, advances, and

comments on the street. “I feel uncomfortable,” confessed Christina Sedall, a junior. “In our society, women have been objectified and some men feel that it’s okay to treat us like that.” Christina isn’t alone. The internet is littered with tweets, blog posts, and newspaper articles documenting this increasingly publicized issue.

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when asked why men catcall women. “Maybe they think it makes them feel better about themselves, or maybe to insult [women]?” Natalie Geballe, sophomore, questioned. “I really don’t know.” Natalie’s answer was far clearer when asked if she thought the perpetrators get results when they publicly objectify their target. “Does it work? No. Not at all.” The confusing motives behind this inappropriate behavior may be furthered by societal norms: a conclusion that “boys will be boys” and that a woman may somehow be “asking for it” based on her choices in clothing or her body language. “We need to take the blame away from the victim, and put it on the people who are putting these [women] in this situation,” stated Patrick O’Connall, a member of Glenbard West’s Andy Frain staff. “I don’t think that it is being taught that it is wrong to catcall, so much as it is taught that boys will be boys; a wrong philosophy in my opinion.” Despite the negative connotations catcalling harbors, references towards this practice are common in

pop culture, normalizing and solidifying its place in our society. Songs on the radio often describe attempts to pick up women from cars and street corners, and artwork such as Ruth Orkin’s iconic photograph An American Girl in Italy demonstrate that this problem transcends even national borders. Although this behavior seems ingrained in our culture today, Glenbard West students expressed interest in creating change, starting within their school environment. Sara Krstic, freshman, suggests, “We can give more lessons to kids, and teach them to respect their surroundings.” Brandon Molina, a senior, discussed how one can respond when he or she sees a man catcalling a woman on the street. “I would tell him to stop, or to back off. No one is someone else’s property.” Creating a culture of respect at West is the first step to ending street harassment. Recognizing that catcalling is not attractive or effective, as well as acknowledging a woman’s worth as more than an object, will lead to a safer atmosphere for women in the future.

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6- September - 2014

Small changes that make a big difference By Abbey Matre ’15 Columnist

We do not live sustainable lives. That’s the truth, and the Earth cannot sustain it much longer. Most everyone has heard of many of the basic threats the planet faces today such as: global warming, deforestation, overfishing, and many more. However, these problems seem out of reach and like something only some genius scientist can fix. That is not the case. Small changes in our daily lives can have a huge impact on saving water, limiting CO2 emissions, and reducing the amount of fossil fuels being used on a daily basis. By altering a few of our daily habits to be easier on the environment, we can help shrink our green footprint! 1. Buy local. “Food miles” is the distance it takes for a food product to get from where it is grown or made to the supermarket where it will be sold. Often, outof-season produce is imported from across the world, using substantial amounts of gas and

nonrenewable resources to get it there. By buying local, you are not only helping reduce the amount of energy it takes for the food to get to the supermarket, but also promoting local businesses within the United States. 2. Use biodegradable or non-toxic cleaning products. Often times, the products used to clean our homes can have serious health effects for humans and also contaminate water supplies, fish and wildlife if they are disposed down drains or go through ventilation systems. Environmentally friendly products are able to cut down or even eliminate these issues. 3. Go meatless one day a week. While switching to a vegetarian diet may be too much of a lifestyle change for some, cutting out meat one day a week can have a significant impact on your carbon footprint and help slow deforestation. It has been estimated that up to 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with animal product consumption. Animals need lots of space to live in, so in order to meet the demands of animals needed for food, there has been a great amount of deforestation and destruction of the rainforest to meet these demands.

4. Use less water. By only running dishwashers and washing machines when they are full you can save between 300 to 800 gallons of water a month! Also, a 20 minute shower with an older shower head can use up to 160 gallons of water. Cutting down shower times to five minutes can reduce water usage significantly. 5. RECYCLE! This is probably one of the easiest changes we can make in our everyday lives in order to help lessen our carbon dioxide footprint. Recycling waste can have substantial impacts on lower space needed for landfills, reducing the demands for raw materials, and lessening air and water pollution. It is estimated that recycling one metric ton of paper saves 17 trees! Also, it takes 4095% less energy to produce goods made with recycled aluminum, glass, plastic, or paper than it does to make them from raw materials. Now, don’t be afraid to go above and beyond this list of small lifestyle changes, because it is nowhere near complete. Riding your bike, using reusable water bottles/coffee mugs, or carpooling to sports practice can help make a huge difference. By making these simple changes, everyone can help contribute to living a healthier, greener lifestyle.

Quick Tips! 1. Buy local to help reduce the distance food has to travel from the place it was grown/processed to the supermarket.

4. Reduce your water usage by taking shorter showers and only running the washing machine/ dishwasher when full.

2. Use biodegradable or non-toxic cleaning products to eliminate hazardous wastes from running into streams and contanimating wildlife.

5. Recycle in order to lower the demand for raw materials and lessen the space needed for landfills.

3. Going meatless one day a week can help lower your carbon footprint significantly.

6. Unplug all of your electrical chords! Even though your hairdryer or your laptop may not be running, they still use energy just by being plugged in! Photo courtesy of Maddie Giffin.

International Travel: Exploring Fiji By Maddie Giffin ’16 Columnist

Whether you’re soaking in the sun on white sand beaches, adventuring in the fluorescent coral reefs, or even absorbing their rich and indigenous culture, it’s hard to believe that a small island like Fiji can offer you such a life changing experience! Located north of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is home to multiple cultures which spread over the three hundred islands that this country possess. I was fortunate enough to find myself traveling the fourteen hours it takes to fly from Chicago to Fiji to take part in a Marine Biology course that specializes in shark biology. While the is not only home to it’s diverse people, it’s also home to a wide variety of sharks. Some people spend a week devoted to learning more about sharks and their behavior

by watching “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel, but the Fijians have adopted sharks into their everyday culture- and even religion! These animals have gained the utmost respect from the Fijians, just as they should to the rest of the world. To share their passion for sharks, Beqa Adventure Divers offers tourists, researchers, and students the opportunity to dive amongst sharks in their natural habitat for educational and thrilling experiences. Located in Pacific Harbor, Fiji, Beqa Adventure Divers send their divers to a marine reserve called the Shark Reef Marine Reserve which is protected by the Fijian government. Sharks are in abundance in this particular area where they come to feed. This has also made Beqa Adventure Divers very successful with tourists that are impressed by the increasing number of sharks that are found at the dive site.

With Fiji’s impressive marine life, I wouldn’t be shocked if anyone found themselves traveling fifteen hours just for the fish! Besides its sharks and captivating blue waters, Fiji i s also known for it’s warm, smiling people and rich history. Fiji has adopted cultures such as Indian and Asian as well as some European influences from early explorers t o f o r m t h e country it is today. The country as a whole focuses on simple living. This basically means they sustain themselves through the resources that are made available to them on their own land. I was able to visit an island for

a weekend called, Beqa, just off on the island as well as share the coast of the mainland. my own stories from America. As we approached the I was even able to partake in island I could start to traditional Kava ceremony which view some of the is a daily event that includes islanders waving drinking ground up kava root their hands and that is served in coconut shells. chanting, Kava is a crop in the West “Bula!” Pacific area and the plant contains which is sedative properties which tend to make your tongue numb and tingly. Fijian The taste may not be great, f o r but the stories that are shared “Hello.’” amongst the circle of people A l o n g make it all worth while. the water, It’s amazing how so colorful houses many people can be brought decorated the together to share a passion for island and sat educating themselves on the in front of dense, world around them regardless green jungles. of where they come from. It almost looked With such picturesque views, as if it belonged on a a bountiful ocean life, and an postcard. With the time overall enthralling cultural I had spent on Beqa, I experiences, I don’t see why was able to interact any traveler wouldn’t add Fiji with some of the to their top list of destinations! Fijian’s and learn Photos courtesy of Maddie Giffin. stories about their life Taken in Pacific Harbor, Fiji.

Did you know that if fisherman continue fishing at the increasing rate they are today, there will be no fish left in the ocean by 2048?


7 - September - 2014

West welcomes new staff with open arms

New faculty members include: (first row) Melanie Allred, Bryan Delcid, Tina Shah, Jaclyn Schwartz, Chris Rehfield, Sharon Ruff, (back row) Nicole Glynn, Kelli Doty, Bridget Looby, Sean Tyree, Jesse Farder, Dan Kim, Tad Keely, Ryan Maita. Not pictured: Justine Schmeski, Radomir Niewrzol, Wade Hardtke, Ryan Royer, and Rebecca Gemkow. Photo courtesy of Leonardo Aviles.

Byron Delcid - Drivers Education / PE / Health: Where have you worked before? West Chicago High School What are your career / personal goals five years from now: I eventually want to become an administrator. There are a lot of opportunities here at West that I can take advantage of. Jesse Farder - Special Education: Why did you choose this profession? I have had some inspiring teachers in my life, and I want to give back. What was your favorite course in college and why? Political Science because it allowed me to go in depth about U.S. Politics for the first time Dan Kim - Science: Where have you worked before? Kaneland High School What was your favorite course in college and why? Chem. 202 - I had an awesome, crazy, but inspiring professor. What are you excited about this year To be part of the community here at West, growing as a professional, and learning from other teachers and students. Ryan Maita - Dean: Where have you worked before? I worked as a police officer What are your career / personal goals five years from now: I hope for a leadership role and a role in administration. Glenbard West presents many opportunities for me. Sharon Ruff - Dean: Why did you choose this profession? I love working with students. I always cared about making a difference, and the best way to do that is to start with kids. Where have you worked before?

Waubonsie Valley High School What five words would you use to describe yourself? Personable, committed, caring, dedicated, proactive, passionate Chris Rehfield - Social Studies: Where have you worked before? Naperville North High School What are your career / personal goals five years from now: Personally, I want to continue to be a good dad. Additionally, I want to embed myself within the Glenbard West community, both inside and outside of the classroom. Jaclyn Schwartz - Special Education: Where have you worked before? Oswego East High School What are your career / personal goals five years from now: I would love to continue working here. I want to become as involved as I can in the building. Tina Shah - English: Why did you choose this profession? I was initially a journalist, but I wanted to bring together the skill of journalism and the fun in teaching. Where have you worked before? SG2 (Health Care Consulting) Sean Tyree - Special Education: Where have you worked before? Matea Valley High School What was your favorite course in college and why? Jazz and Rock - I loved learning about Rock and Roll in college. Ryan Royer - World Languages: Why did you choose your profession? I chose to be a teacher because of the great mentors I had as a student. I wanted to become someone who could directly help and

change lives. Where have you worked before? I spent my first year as a teacher during the 20132014 school year at Glenbard North. What are you most excited about for this school year? I am most excited to meet a whole new group of students and do my best to contribute to an awesome school. Justine Schmeski - Math: Where have you worked before? I have been in this school district for 6 years: 3.5 years at South and 1.5 years at North. What was your favorite course in college and why? My favorite course was Abstract Algebra. Not only were the concepts very interesting and challenging, but I had a great professor who made a point to get to know each student and made learning very intense topics exciting. What are you most excited about for this school year? I am really excited to begin working with a new group of people as well as teaching new courses. Bridget Looby- Social Worker: Why did you choose this profession? I began taking an interest in social work during my time in high school while serving in a variety of volunteer experiences in my community and internationally. I feel privileged to work with students and young people to help strengthen social and emotional skills and to help advocate on their behalf. Schools are magical places, where energy is contagious. I am thrilled to be here at GBW working with students and staff members! Where have you worked before? Previously I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador working with People Living with HIV/Aids. Last year, I completed a social work internship at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, IL.

Did you know between 2007 and 2008, 76% of teachers were female ?

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What are you looking forward to this year?

Senior Nostalgia: The year of lasts By Lauren Crowe ’15 Columnist

When walking the freshmen around during their orientation, I realized how well I know this school. I know exactly how long it takes to walk to Biester gymnasium, where you can find different teachers at different hours of the day, and yet I have no idea what life beyond the castle will be like. Nostalgic messages tend to be lost in emotions both of happiness and sadness. As sentimental as I get, I want to focus on the specifics of why this school has such an impact on so many students. Nearing the end to a four year era, I realize that every year there have been tradi-

tions I’ve done that won’t happen after I graduate Glenbard West. At college (wherever that may be) or future careers, there won’t be mandatory physical education every day, no more homecoming football games where the teammates are my age, no more Plasco system, and no more high school. There are also a lot of firsts and lasts combined. This year will be the first time I can sit right in the front of the fan section, but also the last time. It’ll be the first time I can see my friends receive ‘most likely’ awards or prom king and queen, but again also the last time. Wrapping my head around what this year means not only gives me a headache, it makes me want to take a nice long nap. There’s excitement in the seniors, there’s sadness as some of our best friends a year older than us embark on their college experience, and there are thoughts of complete denial, “I’m going

to fail school so I can repeat the twelfth grade, then I can be in the musical again next year, then I can take finals again.” Well maybe not the last one… We will be trading in our Hilltopper pride for a chance to discover our own lives and instead of us being a part of a school; we will live our lives with Glenbard West being a part of us. After completing the senior march, the real-

ization of this year kicks into overdrive. We make it fun by dressing crazy and going through town, but again it is our first time living in pure adrenaline and excitement and our last time being fully sure of what each day will bring. This last year will take its toll on all of us, I know there will be random times where I most likely will start crying even walking up from

the field house eating a Biester cookie thinking how next year I won’t have it anymore. While we may be trading our Biester cookies for diplomas and our high school achievements for a blank college slate, we can only take every moment we have and make sure that we are grateful for the life we’ve been given on the hill and anywhere life takes us.

Calling All Volunteers—We Need YOU!

Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Saturday, September 13 11 AM-9 PM

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity? The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ needs your help! Enjoy a day of BBQ, raffles, free concerts and more while helping your community. Sign up for volunteer shifts at We’ll see you there! Each volunteer gets a $10 meal voucher.

All event proceeds support homeless families served by Bridge Communities.

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365 Everyday Numbers: The 73 Days of Summer By Shay Kiker ’16 Columnist

The year consists of four seasons, yet only twenty percent of the school year is considered summer break. This year, a total of seventy-three days made up the summer and hundreds of memories fill those 1,752 hours. Some people spend their summers in far-flung places, while others hunker down at home. Ten highlights this summer stand out nationally and locally, many happening in the heart of Chicago.

1. Lollapalooza

2. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Lollapalooza’s iconic 3 day pass. Three days, that’s it. Lollapalooza is one of the most popular music festivals in the nation and happens right in our backyard. Grant Park hosts a stacked line-up at the beginning of August annually and this year was no different. Even a little bit of rain didn’t hinder the crowds.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been all the rave this year on social media. While many videos of ice, friends, and freezing water prove to be wildly entertaining, the charity has also benefited from the contagious challenge. ALS raised $5,000,000 in a 21 day period at one point this summer.

3. Country Thunder

4. Taste of Chicago

For those who wished they lived in the south, there is an annual opportunity to kick it in the cowboy boots. Country thunder attracted nearly 100,000 people this summer. While it happens in Wisconsin, it has as much spirit as any Texas concert would.

The Taste of Chicago is a large happening, compared to the taste of Glen Ellyn, attracting crowds from miles away. It’s famous food, music, and events bring people from the city, suburbs, and surroundings to take part in the fun. This year, colossal rain cancelled a day of the festivities for the first time in 34 years. The crowds came streaming in the next day in hopes of catching up from the day they missed.

5. Robin Williams Tragedy struck as well-loved Robin Williams passed away. Many couldn’t understand his death after watching him laugh on and off the screen. Millions celebrated his 63 years of life and work by re-watching films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Good Will Hunting. Known to be good-humored and great at loving people, he will be remembered and missed.

6. Chicago Beaches A favorite stop for any Glen Ellyn resident is a trip to the city. Chicago is home to an array of things, one of which are it’s unique lake beaches. Chicago prides itself in 26 miles of sandy fun along the clean shore of Lake Michigan. The beach is a site to see any day, with post-work naps, swim workouts, and three-year old sandcastles.

7. Arlington Race Track

8. Chicago Concerts

The Arlington Race Track has been open for 87 years and is a great visit to take. Classic horse races and a beautiful track make for a memorable outing. It is a great summer stop with the whole family or just a few friends. Dressing casually, or finding your favorite prints and floppy hats.

The Chicago concerts this summer were innumerable, but a few top picks would include 3 major headliners: Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Miley Cyrus. Cyrus’s Bangerz Tour continued with wild dancing and quirky costumes. Jack Johnson was a carefree feeling of happy-go-lucky music, friends, and outdoor fun. Dave Matthews appeared in July, perfect timing, for another concert at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on another great day.

9. Young Life Camp All across the country, many kids went to camps, clinics, and summer jobs. Another major summer event were trips to Young Life camps. Young Life is a Christian organization, but is also known for it’s motto and now hashtag “bestweekofyourlife,” With 31 camps across the country they are giving kids a place to spend some time away from home. A week without the distractions of peer pressure, athletic pressure, and academic pressure. No matter the affiliation, retreats and camps this summer proved to be the source of relaxation and refreshment for Glenbard West students.

10. Iggy Azalea An important number for the summer would have to be the number of hits Iggy Azalea’s song “Fancy” scored on YouTube. Coming in at 7,090,995, the controversial female rapper phenomenon is proving to be more popular than once thought. Iggy does have some flair and a unique personality and her tracks are being played at full blast as staples to students’ summer soundtracks.


10- September- 2014

News You Can Use: The perils of social networking By Abbey Burgess ’15 Columnist Alright, I’ll admit, a f t e r changing my profile picture to the one of Daniel Radcliffe and me outside the stage door at his play, The Cripple of Inishmaan, (where we looked super coupley, I might add) I eagerly awaited the Internet explosion. And kept track of the number of likes, along with other people’s super jealous comments. When the picture quickly accumulated over ONE HUNDRED LIKES (OMG!), I’ll also admit I was pleased and gave myself a hearty high five. This was sad for a number of reasons. First off, I missed. But secondly, I cared just a little too much about the reaction I was getting from social media. This is obviously not uncommon behavior, but recent

studies show that the emphasis placed on, and the subsequent pressure from, social media (Facebook in particular) is much more damaging than previously realized, especially in regards to teenage girls. In a survey released exclusively to Time Magazine by the social networking website We Heart It, it became evident that social media, especially Facebook, has become a negative and esteemshattering experience for many girls, instead of facilitating connections and relationships as it should do. Call me an optimist, but the whole premise originally was to make staying connected with people you might not see every day easier. Unfortunately, many girls describe their experience on social media as mostly negative, saying things like, “No one understands me,” or or “Sometimes I just feel like I don’t exist, like I’m invisible to everyone, I pretend it’s okay, but it hurts.”

In further research conducted 32% on Twitter, and 30% on the amount of bullying and by the site, many other young Instagram. Part of this has to negatively, placing an emphasis instead on what users find inspiring. Regardless of which site is worse, the statistics of negative experiences are alarming. While this topic has been addressed again and again, the problem is clearly not going away. And while, in the grand scheme of things, there are obviously more serious and important problems throughout the world, there is no denying that for the teens affected, this can destroy their whole world. We need to find a way to reverse the bullying Social media makes those mean comments hard to ignore . and intense social pressure that accompanies social media. women had similar sentiments, do with the nature of the beast. The bottom line is, words showing social media to be Because Facebook allows for have incredible power that many isolating and hurtful. longer posts, it makes sense that people fail to comprehend. They Some sites, however, are conflict may be easier to spark. can and are often used as highly clearly worse than others. The Even though they say a destructive and personalized research showed 66% of the picture is worth a thousand weapons. But they can also be people surveyed reported being words, on social media pictures a force for a hugely positive bullied on Facebook, versus may do more harm than good. impact and change. 19% on Twitter and only 9% This has resulted in some sites, What words will you choose? on Instagram. 59% said they such as We Heart It, adopting a didn’t fit in on Facebook, no-comment feature to reduce Image courtesy of Jessica Gale .

The Professional Jokester I am

not a great storyteller. As I reach the punch lines the jokes fall faster than noise in the room. Straight-faced audiences reply, “What is your point?” Let me be clear, I did not leave out a detail from the original story or change the series of events, so how did I manage to kill an audience, almost, while the another speaker successfully made people laugh. Stories are not just a concept of the past but rather everyday life. Stories are current events, whether it be an arising conflict within a Kelsey Neumann ‘15 country or your best friend. But before television and timelines Columnist on Facebook, there were people, like Homer, who traveled from place to place and shared stories. But telling a story so it is noticed and well-received is the tricky part. So let this be a journey for all of us to find the best way to share our stories (and for our college application essays, this maybe is something on which we all need some guidance.) So I asked Dean Elger, School Board Secretary of District 41 and locally famous for his passionate and hilarious campfire stories, “How do you tell jokes and stories?”


“I use a lot of self-deprecating humor because it’s a great ice-breaker,” said Elger. “You can’t really make fun of something or someone without knowing if you are going to offend them. Especially someone you just met. When you make fun of yourself, it shows that you are human and you have a sense of humor. Life is one big disaster and I like finding the funny parts in those moments.”


“The most important part of story-telling is knowing where you are going to end,” Elger said. “And knowing what must be said for the ending to make sense.” Yes, of course, you must know the story but all too often we forget the point of what we were saying. The thesis, yes I dare use that word, the thesis defines the point and where the attention you gain from the audience should go and then you restate the thesis at the end to bring the topic full circle. Elger continued, “Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg are all amazing speakers who get the audience’s attention through humor but then use a strong thesis as a transition to the main point and always bring focus after a joke.”


Most of the time, people listen to you because they know you. We all are going to tell a story differently, so embrace it and avoid reading off a script. This honesty creates a connection to the audience, eases all stiffness of a situation, and draws in attention.


Colleges are not looking for sad, teenage heartbreak stories anymore. They want to know more about you as a person and proof that you can write an essay. Make sure to always stick to your main focus in your essay because then your essay is organized. A great essay can make an idea go full circle similar to how comedians end with an add-on to a previous joke. When talking about yourself, do not list off characteristics or create pity for yourself. Instead, laugh it off! Describe a moment in your life when you really understood yourself. In fact, Elger’s daughter’s college essay was titled, “I am really a 40 year-old man” in which she pointed out her obsession and passion being a football fan. She wanted to be taken seriously as an adult but laughed at the fact that she sees this side of her when watching football. Elger said, “Schools want to know more about your personality. So be genuine.” Voice is key. Adding personal thoughts to the simple event of waking up in the morning can turn a normal routine into a hilarious essay.

Image courtesy of Lilly Stachowiak.

Did you know before becoming a musician, Joe Jonas aspired to be a stand-up comedian?


11 - September - 2014

A Proactive Summer: Getting a head start on the future By Kelsey Lentz ’16 Columnist

Wake up at noon Eat Watch tv Eat Sleep some more Go to work Watch more tv Hangout with friends Possibly start working on summer homework. This is a quick glance of what a summer schedule usually looks like for a high school student on summer break. For the average teenager, summer consists mainly of relaxation, laziness, and no stress, but for a few students, this summer was used as a proactive jump start to what they can possibly see themselves doing in the future. For these ambitious kids, summer was filled with great opportunities to pursue their passions and create amazing experiences that will help dictate their future. “Through the program I attended this summer, I learned how to develope a sense of place by getting to know my environment and practicing sustainability as well as caring for the environment,” said student of

The Island School in Eluethera, Bahamas, Maddy Burt, West junior. “I also learned what jobs you can do when you study this, and some of the possible college courses you can take that involve ecology and conservation.” “Spending my summer scubadiving and swimming with sharks was so fun as well as beneficial because it taught me how important it is to be able to identify different types of sharks and fish in the ocean if you want to be a marine biologist,” said Maddie Giffin, junior, who took part in the BroadReach program in Fiji this summer. Giffin said, “Examining the myths that surround sharks, and becoming a certified diver as well as underwater naturalist will definitely help me in the future if Abby Moody Instagram’d one day’s events while at the National Youth I continue this as a career.” Leadership Conference at UCLA. Photo courtesy of Abby Moody. Attending a program with a much about the field. After a week specific focus not only looks good on college applications, but these of listening to speakers and having programs can help students explore discussions in med groups though, I what a specific major has to offer and had a better idea of what I wanted to be help narrow down the tricky process when I am older.” “Fashion camp made me aware of of picking a major or career path that how rigorous and hard it is to be a interests them. “Learning about careers in medicine, fashion major,” said Samantha Iverson, talking to doctors, and getting real senior, attendee of Fashion Design at life experiences was awesome,” said SAIC. “It was such a great experience Abby Moody, junior, who went to the because it opened my eyes to how often National Youth Leadership Forum on you have to sketch and what its like medicine at UCLA. “I’ve always taken to be a fashion designer. It helped me an interest in medicine but never knew figure out that this is something I am

willing to commit to and really want to continue working at.” Many of these opportunities also give students a taste of what college will be like. Although these programs were academically challenging, provided tight deadlines, and at times came with a huge workload, it taught these students many important skills and work ethic that will be important during college. These camps also prepared students for going off on their own and increased their independence. “I loved getting to experience a little bit of college through the lectures I listened to, problem-based learning, and dorm activities,” said Moody. “I even got to see the campus of UCLA and figure out if it fit me.” “The Emerson College Summer Journalism Institute exposed me to a facet of the industry that I wasn’t acquainted with before, it kept me on par with college level instruction and helped with my future career in journalism,” said junior Erin Delaney. As fun and relaxing as summer is, the hard work and busy schedules was worth it for these students. Getting to talk to professionals and advisors, watching fashion shows, sitting in on live surgeries, scuba-diving, and even swimming with sharks all helped these students figure out what direction they would like to go in for college, while also creating a memorable summer and teaching them skills that will last a lifetime.

The “I’m Sorry” Epidemic: Apologizing for everyone else By Lauren Crowe ’15 Columnist

When I was in 6th grade, my friends would tease me all the time for being clumsy or eating funny and then one day they said to me, “Lauren you say I’m sorry too many times. Every time you say it today you owe us 10 cents.” While they eventually forgot how much I owed them, I didn’t. I owed them $2.65. In the span of one day of play I said the phrase “I’m sorry” twenty six times for things that don’t even make sense. The five cents comes from one of the times when I didn’t have the dress my friend wanted to borrow and replied, “I’m sorry I guess.” I felt like I needed an excuse for every single time I messed up or to prevent a fight or an issue. In early June I read an article in Times Magazine called “I’m Sorry, but Women Really Need to Stop Apologizing” and decided that in nine words this article had

the potential to make me feel stronger and less apologetic. In the article, journalist Jessica Bennett quoted Rachel Simmons, author of The Curse of the Good Girl, ‘“Women know they have to be likable to get ahead. Apologizing is one way to make yourself more accessible and less threatening. Apologizing is one way of being deemed more likable.”’ Psh I don’t worry about being likeable… right? One example that my best friend, Mary Nevins, who has put up with over ten years of me apologizing for others noticed that after I braid girls’ hair I will always say, “I’m sorry can I have your hair tie?” She tried to explain to me how I was doing her a service and instead needed to say, “I need your hair tie” because this situation required no apology. My inner monologue consists of, “Well sure she can just tell him he’s wrong, but if

I do it they’ll hate me” or other ridiculous ideas. I have been known to apologize to teachers after turning in an assignment first and saying, “I’m sorry is it okay to give you this?” No more apologies for others, yes I will still

sorry allows me just to put my opinion out into the open because my thoughts and ideas are just as valued as the next person. Apologizing for an idea or apologizing for helping others is something that just seems wrong. I recognize that this process is something ingrained in a lot of women’s brains after years of work, but being aware of it can make all the difference. I’m not saying men don’t apologize, in a study in 2010, “researchers determined that men are just as likely to apologize if they think they’ve committed some transgression, but men and women can easily disagree on what kinds of things require an apology.” Today, as you walk around the school, listen to a teacher, or work outside of school, take some time to be aware of people saying that constantly misused phrase of destruction, “I’m sorry.” You will be surprised by amount you will hear it throughout the day, hopefully not $2.65 worth but enough to make you realize that women need to be strong about statements and leave the apologies for limited situations. Apologize for yourself and ONLY when you are in the wrong. Don’t allow “I’m sorry” to be part of your constant vocabulary when you can instead voice words of confidence and success.

apologize when I am in the wrong, have made a mistake, but apologizing to allow myself a sense of relief is no one to live my life. As Student Council President this year, I’ve realized that if I’m apologizing to everyone who is helping me, not only will they be extremely frustrated, but they also will think I do not have confidence in myself. I learned that not constantly saying Photo courtesy of Lilly Stachowiak ’16.

Did you know that women have an apology rate of 81%?


12 - September- 2014

iPad Reviews

The freshman class is piloting iPads as new learning tools this year. These interviews are opinions about the new program and how various people feel about this new way of learning.

“It’s cool but it might backfire. It is useful but [may be] hard for teachers to monitor [students’ actions],” said Liam Griffin, a freshman.

“We rented our iPad and we don’t have to pay for it if we lose because we have insurance on our iPad. Even though we have an iPad we still need to get a few textbooks that aren’t available digitally,” said Wendy Griffin, a parent of a freshman.

“ It’s alright. I don’t really like it, but I wouldn’t want to have textbooks instead,” said Mya Kral, a freshman.

“ It is too much at once. Kids at registration are stressed, and the iPads are adding more stress. The freshmen have to attend two hours of training and find their classes all in one day, so far it is creating a lot of chaos,” said Victoria Ehninger, a senior.

“It is exciting and I can use it in different places like the library or Starbucks. I have a keyboard for my iPad that the school provided me with. I have to attend two and an half hours of iPad training. I feel like most schools are going to be left out, not everyone has access to a computer,” said Geraldine Kelderhouse, a freshman.

“It’s cool.” - Lora Kral, a sophomore.

By Kelsey Neumann ’15 Alyssa Springer ’17 Staff Writers

Did you know Singapore is the most iPad friendly country in the world?


13 - September - 2014

Best Buddies chapter starts for West

By Abbey Burgess ’15 Assistant Editor-in-Chief

in a family or group,” Simon said. “They only do something with their buddies about once a month.” Another example of the power Simon goes on to describe the and impact of students other type of helping other students will be seen throughout the hallways at West starting this fall. Best Buddies, an international o rg a n i z a t i o n with almost 1,700 chapters, has a new chapter starting here. The mission of Best Best Buddies can create life-long friendships. Buddies, according to their website, is to develop one-on-one buddy, which is called a friendships, as well as leadership peer buddy. and employment opportunities, for Peer buddies require a people who have intellectual or larger time commitment developmental disabilities. (and have to go through There are two different levels of an interview process) involvement for the Glenbard West because there are only chapter, one is being an associate two peer buddies for buddy, and the other is being a peer every student. buddy. “The peer buddies talk Abbey Simon, one of the with [their buddy] every presidents of the chapter, described day and do something the different positions as needing with them every week or different time commitments, but every other week,” Simon both as being incredibly important explained. “It doesn’t to the buddies program. have to be a big activity, “The associate buddies are put it can be something small

like eating lunch with them or going to a football game.” Simon and the rest of the students involved in Best Buddies want to make sure these students are an active part of the Glenbard West community and that they get to enjoy the entire experience high school has to offer. They want to make the high school transition as seamless and easy as possible. But more importantly, they hope to build long-lasting connections and friendships.

“Best Buddies isn’t really a club,” Simon said. “It’s a lifestyle.” The first meeting for Best Buddies will take place September 10th after school, a more specific time and place will be posted in the upcoming announcements. There will be meetings once a month. If you want more information or have any questions, you can contact presidents Abbey Simon and Allie Roule, or the club’s sponsor Mrs. Tranchita.

Photo credit to: Best Buddies International (Logo).

Join Best Buddies! The first meeting will be September 10! Listen to the announcements for more specific information regarding meeting details. Contact Abbey Simon and Allie Roule with any questions.

Did you know Best Buddies programs positively impact nearly 800,000 people worldwide?


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(n.) a powerful person who initiates events & influences people

Samantha Lanciloti

By Molly Hughes ’16 Kelsey Lentz ’16 Columnists

Incorporating what we love to do into the everyday lifestyle of a student can be difficult. Being busy with schoolwork, sports, and a variety of extracurricular activities can definitely become an obstacle, and we tend to forget that fulfilling a passion is just as important as these ordinary matters. West junior, Sam Lanciloti, has shown us that it is possible to make a difference

while balancing the stress of high school. Sam has taken her role in this community to the next level by volunteering at Dupage County Animal Care and Control, a local animal shelter, as well as fostering the pets until they find homes willing to adopt them. With the pets normally being cats or dogs, they vary in breed and Sam can always expect a new, wonderful surprise as to which kind she gets next. Depending on when the animals are ready to be adopted, Sam can foster them up to one or two months. Although it can be lots of fun hosting these adorable visitors, it’s also a huge

commitment and requires a lot of maintenance and time from her already busy schedule. “It’s hard work sometimes, you have to be willing to take on the responsibilities of keeping up with these pets,” says Lanciloti. But her hard work pays off in the end; she is rewarded with the opportunity to do something she loves and to become more involved within her town. “I’ve always loved animals. When I heard about the opportunity to foster I thought it would be a great way to get involved with something I have a passion for,” says Lanciloti. She plans on continuing this hobby for

as long as possible, and also hopes to pursue a career in this area in the future. Sam is an inspiration to students by showing that you are never too young to be proactive and pursue your passion. Even with our

hectic lives, it’s still important to find time to do something different. The best time to be a mover and shaker is now, while young and ambitious.

Various animals from the DCACC, many of which are fostered in homes such as Samantha’s. Visit the DCACC website for more information. Photo courtesy of Dupage County Animal Care and Control. Artwork by Lily Stachowiak’ 16.

Did you know that only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home?

EDITORIAL 2014-2015

Editorial Staff Maddie Howard ’16 Editor-in-Chief Abbey Burgess ’15 Assistant Editor-in-Chief Steven Hanna ’15 Assistant Editor-in-Chief Lauren Crowe ’15 Front Page Editor Kelsey Neumann ’15 Advertisement Manager Shay Kiker ’16 Emma Goebbert ’16 Fashion Editors Joshua Leone ’15 Centerspread Editor Kelsey Lentz ’16 Entertainment Editor Meghan Loftus ’15 Features Editor Alyssa Springer ’16 Molly Hughes ’16 Avery Kiker ’17 Hailey Ardell ’17 Owen Loftus ’16 Abbey Matre ’15 Ben Buchnat ’15 Erin Delany ’16 Page Editors Maddie Giffin ’16 Staff Photographer Lily Stachowiak ’16 Graphic Designer

Mrs. Fritts Mrs. Kammes-Bumm

Faculty Advisers

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

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Athletes should honor code, face consequences By Maddie Howard Editor-in-Chief According to the Glenbard West Athletic Code and the law, athletes are forbidden from any drug or alcohol use throughout the entire year. The Code also states that an athlete is not allowed to be in the presence of underage drinking or illegal substances. Due to violation of these rules, about thirty students were disciplined this summer with suspensions ranging from sitting out twenty percent of games to entire seasons. Many parents and students attended the District 87 board meeting on Monday, August 11 to discuss the situation. I entered board meeting with an open mind and I listened to what each speaker had to say. Some Glenbard West parents were angered by the punishments, claiming they were unfair and that the Athletic Code needed to be reviewed. They expressed the importance of senior year and how hard these kids have worked in order to earn a spot on the team. “It is wrong to take away twenty percent of something [student athletes] have worked their entire life for, starting with Golden Eagles football, with the ultimate goal of being able to run onto Duchon Field as a senior,” said one parent.

If a student has a dream to play at school and wants to continue that dream by playing at the collegiate level, he or she should not make a decision that would put his or her future in jeopardy. If you are willing to risk all your hard work for a high school party, you should be prepared to suffer the consequences if you are caught. If you are caught, do not partake in another party after your first offense, if you were

code, the school holds athletes to a higher standard. They are expected to prove every day that they are worthy of representing Glenbard West on and off the field. There comes a point as teens when we must ask ourselves “How is my character perceived by others?” When students signed their names to the Athletic Code, they gave their word that they would adhere to the code. If there was any question of

It is irrelevant whether you think the punishment is fair. The right thing to do is accept it because you signed a contract and agreed to follow it. drinking or not drinking, if playing really means that much to you. For some, the initial warning was not taken seriously. For the students who already had first offenses, the school had already given them another chance to prove their dedication to the sport and the team. Perhaps more importantly than your ability to participate in sports is the value of your name. It is a privilege that West provides us with so many opportunities to showcase our abilities and talents. Students must prove to others that they are deserving of such chances to shine. By implementing the

fairness, it should have been addressed prior to signing. There was only an issue with the code when students were called out for violating what they promised to uphold. This does not reflect positively on one’s character. Ultimately, it is like saying that the agreement was meaningless or that enforcing the rules is unfair. If students have the expectation of breaking the code from the beginning, signing it has no purpose. Whether you agree with the code or not, it was in place at the time of the party where students were caught. Students made the decision to attend

Lauren Crowe, Student Council President, opened up about her own experience with depression. “I’ve suffered with depression my whole life, not getting treatment medically until the summer after my freshman year, and really it just is crazy knowing how much people need help,” Crowe said. “Depression is not something to be ashamed of.” More than just feeling sad, one of the most common symptoms of depression is having “empty” or apathetic feelings. Despite all that we do know about its effects, one of the biggest problems is we still don’t know exactly what causes depression. One of the oldest and most commonly known theories is that neurotransmitters in the brain are out of balance, but it is now suspected to be caused by a combination of psychological, genetic, environmental, and biological factors. Depression may be linked to other serious illnesses, addictions, or traumatic events. There are a variety of treatments for depression from medication, to cognitive behavior therapy, and in extreme cases ECT. The biggest

issue with these treatments is that they may not always offer an immediate sense of relief. Antidepressants take from four to six weeks to reach their full effect, and psychotherapy takes time to prevent symptoms as well, though studies have shown they are both effective in the long term, especially in reducing reoccurrences. The truth is that there is no easy answer. Mental illness is one of the health issues we know the least about, and one that is largely stigmatized by our society. However, a CDC study reveals that one in ten adults now report depression, and leading mental health expert Dr. Harold Koplewicz reports that nearly 5,000 young people will commit suicide this year, with depression being the leading cause. We have come a long way in our understanding of mental health issues, but we still have a long way to go. Depression is a chronic disease, and can be a constant and exhausting fight for those dealing with it. Calling people cowards when they commit suicide shows an ignorance of this debilitating disease. While the symptoms

and therefore must face the consequences of their conduct. It is irrelevant whether you think the punishment is fair. The right thing to do is accept it because you signed a contract and agreed to follow it. By choosing to argue against the suspensions, students are saying they should not be held accountable for their actions. When we make a promise with no intention of keeping it, our word means nothing. This applies in both athletics and life. How do you want to be viewed by your coaches and teammates? If they cannot trust you to make good decisions off the field, you fail to prove that you are deserving of their respect and a place on the team. As we approach adult-hood, we will be held accountable for our every action by the law. In a way, the code prepares us for our future, the difference being there are very few second chances when it comes to broken rules as we grow older. Therefore, we must use this situation as a learning experience. Take pride in your actions and when you give someone your word make sure you plan to honor it. You can guarantee there will be more parties this year, and this school is full of student athletes. It is now your turn to make a decision. Choose wisely.

Unspoken “D”: a silent battle for many In the wake of Robin Williams’ sudden and shocking death, as well as the polarizing responses it provoked, many of us have been forced to ponder a topic we generally have the luxury of avoiding: depression. It is heartbreaking to imagine that a man who brought so many people joy and a sense of escape, and who seemed to live his own life so joyously, would be battling such dark demons internally. Despite ongoing controversy, according to the National Institute of Health, depression is an illness. This can be difficult for people to understand who have neither had depression nor have had a loved one suffer from it. We all comprehend, at least on a conceptual level, that depression is different from sadness. But what is often overlooked is how disabling depression is and how completely it interferes with a person’s ability to function normally. This depends, like any illness, on the severity and type, which can range from major depression to minor depression to psychotic depression to manic depressive disorder (bipolar disorder), etc.

of depression may manifest as “emotional issues,” the roots of this disease are neurological, and its victims can’t help being sick. Instead of blame, let’s show patience, kindness, and support for those who are suffering and for their families (because it also hurts to watch so much pain from the outside). And most importantly, if someone in your life is suffering from depression, let them know that there is hope in the form of help and treatment, and that to win this battle, they may not be able to do it alone. Here at West, Student Services is a great resource to use if you or someone you know is struggling. In cases where self-harm or harm of others seems like a possibility, remember that the Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is available 24/7, and should be called in emergencies. If we are truly going to make progress against this illness, we need to work together and support each other. It is time for us all to stand on our desks and look at depression with a more understanding and educated perspective.

Did you know more people die of suicide than in car accidents or of breast cancer each year?


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West-South Swim Team Earns District Funding By Maddie Howard ’16 Editor-in-Chief The West-South Swim team Co-Op has made great strides since it first began in 2009. “We’ve been competing as an official sport with South as a Co-Op for the last five years for the girls and the last four years for the boys. It started as a club, not as a sport,” says Mr.

Kain, West Athletic Director. Due to piqued interest and growing participation numbers, swim has now been recognized as an official sport for girls. The boys hope to be officially recognized by the district as of next year. Both boys and girls’ home meets and practices will be held at the College of

Dupage facilities, which just underwent a $24 million renovation in 2013. “I think that over time, you are going to see our participation numbers continue to grow. I know that our community has a strong following of swimmers, for both boys and girls, and we anticipate giving the opportunity to more freshman

and swimmers as they want to get involved,” says Mr. Kain. The boys season is in the winter, usually beginning the week before Thanksgiving. Girls compete in the fall and start training in August. Their first meet will be on September 11th vs. Bartlett. “I think the season is going to go really well, we have a lot of seniors that seem like they

are pretty fast, and we might have a lot of state qualifiers this year so it is looking good,” says Annie Meyers, Girls Swim member. It should be an exciting year for swim as they gain more recognition from the school and district. Come out and show your support! Photo courtesy of Timo Curtis, sophomore.

Race to the finish line: Girls Cross Country Owen Loftus ’16 Staff Writer

Glenbard West’s Girls Cross Country capped off an astonishing season with a state championship last year, the first in school history. According to returning varsity runner Megan Ozog, excitement remains high for this season. Ozog says, “We have pretty high expectations after winning state last year. We only lost one of our runners and we have a lot of amazing girls on the team.” The confidence the Girl’s Cross Country team possesses will help them greatly this year. While the loss of graduating senior, Madeline Perez, may hurt, Coach Paul Hass and Coach Mark Staron have returning athletes striving to run their fastest times.

Julia Kochert, senior runner, says, “We have fantastic coaches who do everything they can to prepare us to run our best. I can already tell that this year will be just as good if not better in regards to both the running aspect as well as the bond we have as a team!” Both Coach Hass and Coach Staron have successfully implemented a team aspect in what seems to be an individual sport, which is a difficult task. Members of the Girl’s Cross Country team have hardly had a relaxing summer, training daily for this fall season. Megan Ozog says she ran nearly 360 miles this summer. These girls know the hard work and dedication that comes with achieving a second state title, and with their training, they have put themselves in a good position

to go far this season. With two practices a day and the work the team puts in on their own, a second state championship may very well become a reality. Numerous members of Girls’ Cross Country commented on how having a small team, like the one at Glenbard West, benefits them substantially. Grace Rogers, a returning member of the state championship team, says, “Glenbard West has a rather small team which is actually really beneficial. We all have gotten to know each other on a personal level”. The bonds that are made in Cross Country have proven to help the girls both on and off the course. The girls first meet takes place on September 6th at Hinsdale Central.

Did you know elephants can swim as many as 20 miles a day?

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