Mustard Seeds of Faith Save a True Hoban Knight
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The Scalf Story:
Archbishop Hoban High School ◆ One Holy Cross Blvd. ◆ Akron, Ohio 44306 ◆ Issue No. 4 ◆ October 22, 2009
◆ Staff Editorials
Buses blockade lots and cause major delays
tudents often catch rides to school with their friends or simply let their parents drive them, but still, hundreds of students must rely on the school buses for daily rides to and from school. Lately, the school buses have been catching the attention of many students, whether or not they actually ride the bus. Traditionally, the school buses parked in the express-lane parking lot to wait for students after school. However, several of the bus drivers were unhappy with the congestion and limited maneuverability space in the express-lanes and also displeased with the rush of students that left from that side of the parking lots. This year, the bus drivers have been appeased with a new parking station in the middle of the students’ parking lot behind the gymnasiums. Students that park in the vicinity of the buses have become subject to their dominance and are forced to wait until the buses have departed before they can file out. On average, the buses do not leave their parking spots until 3:15 P.M., which has consequences for students. Student-athletes risk being late for their practices and employed students may have to rush to work immediately after school. Because of the buses’ new parking system, these students are victimized and the parking spots in that area of the lots are no longer desirable. The traffic on that side of the parking lot is also a possible safety hazard because students
attempt to sneak out of the parking lot around the buses. However, students have to walk in between the buses and around other cars just to get to the doors of the bus and are usually dodging cars of the students. It is nearly impossible to have complete safety for all students when the buses are parked in an area where cars are buzzing through every free space. The situation is bleak because the buses have already established themselves. Moreover, the fall sports season is coming to a close and soon athletes will no longer need to worry about getting to the fields on time. The dilemma has not gone unnoticed by both students and faculty. The school administration understands the issue, but also understands that the buses are a crucial means of transportation for a majority of Hoban students – especially underclassmen. The former parking station for the buses was generally accepted by the students. This new parking lot fiasco, although good in theory, has proven costly in application. The likelihood of granting special parking spaces for studentathletes or employed students is low, and many students may see that as segregation. Thus, it may be favorable to relocate the buses to another section of the parking lots, where fewer students will be affected. For now, students that drive will simply have to avoid the buses if they hope to be punctual for practice or to clock-in on time at work. u
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize premature
any were shocked when the Nobel Peace Prize Committee announced President Barack Obama as the
winner. Many think President Obama did not deserve this prestigious award. While Obama may show potential in promoting peace and accomplishing harmony in the future, the committee acted prematurely. Nomination deadlines were in February. That means Obama had only been in office for one month by the time he was nominated. Due to our government’s system of checks and balances, which requires a lot of time in order for changes to be made, it is virtually impossible for any president to accomplish anything in one month that would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. It is awfully presumptuous to award someone for actions he claims to take in the future. Perhaps the committee would have done better
to wait to award Obama until after he had done something particularly worthy of this award. The award is given annually. Holding out on the Obama nomination until 2010, giving him a little more time to prove himself, would have been a wise decision. America has high expectations for Obama. Many expect him to build bridges of peace between nations, something Obama has promised to do, yet which has not been fulfilled. This is not to say that Obama will never bring peace among nations. He very well may. However, no bridges have been built yet and certainly none were built in February when he was nominated. Nobel Peace Prizes should not be handed out without deep thought and consideration about the essence of the award. The Prize may even lose its worth if it is given prematurely too many times. Men should not be awarded for work yet to be accomplished. u
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On the cover u Scott Scalf revisits the scene of his life-changing brain attack with confidence and tranquility.
The Visor ◆ October 22, 2009
◆ Opinion & Commentary
Trick or treating experiences change, but remain enjoyable
alloween is approaching fast, and I’m in a panic. I’ve nearly finished my college applications, but I still can’t think of a costume. However, I know for sure that along with Halloween comes the candy-filled adventure of trick or treating. Nobody can deny that while growing up, Halloween was a favorite among holidays simply because of the amount of candy that one could attain in a single night. Costumes and attempting to scare others were both important factors to the celebration, but the heart and soul of Halloween was in the experience of trick or treating. I remember one year during grade school – I dressed as a football player for the Browns so that I could wear tennis shoes. I figured that if I had good running shoes on, I could run from house to house and end up with the most candy out of all of my friends. During my grade school years, I pined for the moment when I could dump out my pillow case of candy and tally my treasures. I continued to uphold the traditions of trick or treating in middle school. During both my 7th and 8th grade years, I followed along with my neighborhood friends and collected candy as usual. However, I started to realize some of the finer qualities of Halloween. I stopped and
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cided to pass out candy with my parents for the night. Little did I know, but about 60 seconds into the experience, I was secretly wishing to be out with the rest of the adventurers, chanting “Trick or treat!” and thanking my neighbors for their generosity. I filled the longing in my heart by eating roughly half of the candy stash that I was supposed to be giving to the children of my neighborhood. If I had to guess, I would say I ate around two hundred rolls of Smarties that year. In retrospect, I think that trick or treating will always be the high point of Halloween. I may not get butterflies in my stomach like I used to, but I still believe trick or treating is an enjoyable experience, because we can let go of our inhibitions and act like kids again. Who knows, I might even dress up like a middle school student this year and attempt to relive the glory days of costumes, candy and celebration. u
Gather cans for 2009 Canned Food Drive Nov. 7 at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. u STUDENT AMBASSADORS will be leading tours at the open house on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. u SOPHOMORES WILL TAKE the college readiness PLAN test Wednesday, Nov. 11. u KAIROS RETREAT is Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15. u THE KNIGHTS PLAY NCL RIVAL PADUA at Dowed Field on Friday, Oct. 23. This game marks the last home football game for the season unless the Knights host in the playoffs. Also, Project HOPE will be accepting donations of blankets or other clothing at the game. u PROJECT HOPE will be feeding the homeless every Wednesday after school in downtown
Akron. See Mr. Milo or Mr. Horinger if you are interested in joining. u JULIANNA LIBERTIN WAS CROWNED QUEEN for the 2009 Homecoming dance. Libertin appreciates all those who voted for her and also wants to congratulate all members of the 2009 Homecoming court. “I've never had a moment like that, and it feels good," Libertin said. "It's a great memory and made my senior year more special. It added to the excitement of the dance and it was definitely the best." Congratulations, Jules. u CHECK OUT WWW.HOBANVISOR.COM for more up-to-date stories, including an in-depth feature on Libertin. Also, color pictures and videos such as "Grind My Gears" with Ben Edwards and "Knights of the Round Table" with Evan Shaub and Ryland Parnell are added weekly.
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STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED EARLY today, Thursday, Oct. 22, for parent-teacher conferences. u NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, Oct. 23. u OHIO GRADUATION TESTS will be administered Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30, for all sophomore students. u THE ALUMNI PHONATHON begins Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Advancement Office. u THE FIGHT FOR THE GOLDEN CAN begins Tuesday, Nov. 3, the first official day of the canned food drive. Students are asked to bring in cans and non-perishable food items through Monday, Nov. 23. u OLIVER TWIST will be performed in Hoban’s Barry Gym Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 P.M., Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 P.M., and Saturday,
talked to several of my neighbors for a little bit longer than most children, who chanted “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!” I also took more enjoyment out of seeing the creative costumes that some of my friends invented. For instance, I still laugh when I think about the year that my friend and I dressed as a hot dog and a banana, and we had a contest to see who liked which food better. Needless to say, I lost that competition handily. When high school rolled around, I was unsure how to approach Halloween. During my freshman year, I took the high road: I found some suspenders and a pocket-dictionary, dressed up as a nerd, and walked around with my brother and sister (both 11 years old at the time). I thought it would be mature of me to not actually trick or treat, but I still accepted candy that was offered to me. I simply ate the candy on the walk from one house to the next. By the end of that Halloween, I had an inordinate amount of wrappers in my pockets. After that, I thought that I had grown out of trick or treating. I was Robin during my sophomore year, but my Batman counterpart resided in Fairlawn and I had no wingman to trick or treat with me in my neighborhood. So, I de-
◆ Local Features
The Corral serves 'em up to generations on Akron's Arlington Rd.
Corral cook Lisa Trout said. The drive-in also hosted car shows and was regularly packed full of hungry customers. "My best friend and I used to work here, and there would be 5 rows of cars outside,” Frye said. Though it is not quite as busy nowadays, there is still no need u The Nitemare, onion rings and shake sit in the foreground of the Corral for advertising Sandwich Shop, located just a mile from Hoban on Arlington Rd. since the locals lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup, relish and keep coming. a huge slice of onion on a toasted bun. “Everybody knows it’s here,” Frye said. “They put it [the Nitemare] together and “It’s a landmark.” tried to name it,” Simons said. “Someone said Continuing its legacy of quality food, Corral that if they ate it they would have a nightmare, still makes its milkshakes the old-fashioned so that's what they called it.” way and its sauce, onion rings, sausage gravy, With its quality homemade food like the soups and chilis from scratch. The most popuNitemare and classic drive-in atmosphere, lar items prove to be the onion rings, foot-long Corral Sandwich Shop is a secret too good to coney dogs, chocolate milkshakes and famous be kept. u Nitemares: burgers with cheese, lunchmeat,
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By Lindsay Huth hough many people flock to Skyway and Swenson’s, few know about the other historic drive-in in Akron: Corral Sandwich Shop. Less than five minutes from Hoban, the 72-year-old landmark is still serving up classic diner food for its faithful customers. “It’s been an adventure,” 29-year Corral employee Jeanie Frye said. “It’s changed so much since I started working here.” The restaurant was born to a man named George Jackson in 1937, a time when drive-ins were not common. Jackson sold it to Jim Still who also ran the Spotless Spot, the burger joint across the street. When he retired, he sold it to his general manager, Celesta Simons. Although Simons later sold it to her son, she still comes in twice a day to make her soups and chilis from scratch. “It gives me something to get up for,” Simons said. “It keeps me younger.” The 84-year-old started her Corral career as a curb girl at the age of 18 on February 2, 1951. “When I started working here, hamburgers were 10 cents, hot dogs were 15 cents and fries were 7 cents,” Simons said. Over the years, more than just the prices have changed, however. “We used to pluck the chickens ourselves,”
Project HOPE gives poor of Akron both food and friendship By Lindsay Huth hile most people avert their eyes from the ragged homeless people begging for pennies, some Hoban students spend their Wednesday evenings searching them out. Members of Project H.O.P.E., which stands for Hoban Outreach for Peace and Equality, travel with campus minister Jason Horinger and history teacher Greg Milo to distribute food and clothing and befriend the poor of Akron. “I heard about Walsh’s program and went with them one Monday,” Horinger said. “I started talking to Mr. Milo, and we came up with some ideas.” The group starts the evening by spending 45 minutes to an hour preparing food in the kitchen and making bags with sandwiches, chips and cookies. “Once we get the food prepared, we go up to the chapel for reflection,” Milo said. “The
main thing is that we’re not there to just give them food: we’re there to embrace them and present them as people.” At the conclusion of the prayer service, the members climb into a van and scour the streets of Akron for needy people. They encounter them walking along the road as well as at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Grace Park and Canal Park. “We’ve given out jackets, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves my wife made and conversation, which is what they really want,” Milo said. The group tries to bond with the people they meet and have compassion for them. “It’s been a really humbling experience,” sophomore Julianna Blischak said. “We meet people who are worse off than most could imagine, but we don’t just hand out the food, go home and feel sorry for them. We talk to them, share stories and laugh.”
The stories the people share and the time spent together have impacted both teachers and students alike. “At St. Bernard’s we met Jess, who is just the sweetest,” Blischak said. “She told me that her birthday was the next Monday and asked me to bring her something. When we were there the next Wednesday, I gave her one of my bracelets. It was special because she told me she’d never take it off.” Milo was also greatly affected by the influential experience. “I was floored the first time we went when our students embraced these people so joyfully,” Milo said. “It changed my outlook on the abilities of our students.” All in all, Project HOPE has proven to be eye-opening and touching for many involved. “More than anything, this is raw,” Horinger said. “This is life as it happens with people in dire circumstances.” u
The Visor ◆ October 22, 2009
◆ School Features
Kelvington's soul power boosts music department
Justin Bieber: I'll tell you one time to YouTube him
Lady Gaga: Case in point - her VMA performance
Finding solidarity at Glenmary retreat
One shower all week at Glenmary retreat
Gay Games: Coming to Cleveland in 2014
Ban on gays in the military
Confirmed cases of swine flu at Hoban
Feeding the homeless with Milo and Horinger
Man purses and lumberjack shirts by Milo and Horinger
Hoban's health and physical education departments
Senior Student Council president Jessica Contrera enrolled in freshman gym class
Peyton Manning: 1645 passing yards in 5 games thus far Not being breathalized at Homecoming Florida Gators: Tim Tebow remains undefeated, despite concussion Fantasticks, Alligator Boss in the tour of A Muskrat Lullaby, John and Fred in Riverwind, Melchoir in Amal and the Night Visitors, The Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Hoffman in a production of Tales of Hoffman, The Prince in the children’s operetta Extract of Opera,
30 dropped passes since '07 plus 1 punch thrown equals a dismissal from Cleveland
Wearing animal print dresses to Homecoming Compiled by Nikki Bowser
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By Victoria Grieshammer ew music teacher Kyle Kelvington aspires to be the next Luciano Pavarotti. Kelvington is working three jobs and prefers to spend his time hanging out in Highland Square, while his favorite bands include Imogen Heap, Postal Service, Sigur Ros and Bjork. He hopes to eventually professionally perform opera. Needless to say, he is not an average Hoban teacher. His music concentration led him to teach Introduction to Piano, Electronic Music and Gospel Choir. Also, he will be directing this year’s spring musical Les Miserable. Before coming to Hoban, Kelvington attended Springfield High School and the University of Akron where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Music History. Staying true to his roots and his love for classical music, Kelvington likes to support the University’s music program by attending concerts at Akron’s Guzzetta Hall. “I work three jobs,” Kelvington said. “I sing at the Historic first Congregational Church of Akron, I teach a few classes here at Hoban and I teach private lessons at the Jam Session music school. In fact, Jam Session music school is partly owned by Hoban’s new guitar teacher Kurt Reed.” Not only does Kelvington work tirelessly, he is quite the hit with the students. “He makes first period fun,” senior and Intro to Piano student Megan Norris said. “I took Piano completely at random, but now I love it." Although Kelvington teaches some instrumental classes, his true passion lies in vocals. He started performing in the second grade and continues to do so even today. Thanks to his dedication to music, he has had the opportunity to perform in such fantastically famous venues as the Canterbury Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Honolulu Convention Center, St. Peter’s Basilica Rome and the steps of the Duomo in Florence. Along with the places he has performed, he has worked in some productions as well. He has starred as Papagueno in the production of The Magic Flute, Matt in The
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Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, and Sam in Street Scene. He has also performed the role of Kaspar in Amal and the Night Visitors in venues in Canton. All in all, Kelvington has proven himself to be a bright new star at Hoban and will hopefully be going great places. u
◆ Cover Story
Tragedy of a Hoban coach, dad, fan and frien By Jessica Contrera and Nikki Bowser
lifting a dead body out of there.” This horrific scene was the beginning of a tragedy that has rocked the world of the softball team, the Scalf family and the entire Hoban community. And e thought it was a joke. Scalf was always it all occurred in less than an hour. “We just had coffee together,” said Valerie Scalf, laughing and messing around…but we who works in Hoban’s central office as anoffice quickly realized how serious it was.” Hoban graduate Katie Gross and senior Lauren manager. “Next thing I know, it’s 10:34 A.M. and I McNeil were leaving practice on Saturday, May 9, get a call from my son, Jimmy, saying ‘Dad collapsed when they heard someone banging on the porta- at the field, you need to get down there.’” Meanwhile, Coach Adkinson, a registered nurse, potty near the field. They thought it was their coach, Scott Scalf, playing a joke. But what they really heard instructed Gross to gather medical supplies and a blanket from her car. Coach and physical education was a man’s frantic cry for help. Realizing the urgency of the situation, Gross teacher Wagner remembers how impressed he was ran to open the door of the porta-potty. Finding it with the way the girls on the team acted. “I was shocked by the maturity level and comlocked, she sprinted for help. When coaches Mitch Wagner, Scott Robinson and Rebecca Adkison finally posure of my players during the accident,” Wagner managed to get the door open, Gross was shocked said. “Everyone down there was scared and didn’t really know what was happening, but the girls were by what she saw. “Scalf was on the floor of the porta-potty, with ready to do anything they could to help.” Unfortunately, the help that could be given by his head leaning against the floor,” Gross said. “His body was completely limp. It was like they were someone other than a medical professional was limited at that time. “He kept saying he didn’t know what happened. He said he was dizzy, and the next thing he knew he woke up on the ground,” Gross said. Scalf’s face was completely white and he had lost all of his strength. He could not even hold his head up on his own. The team had nothing to do but pray and wait for the ambulance to come. “Time stopped; everyone was frozen,” McNeil said. “No one really knew exactly what was going on.” The paramedics soon arrived and began to check Scalf for consciousness while preparing him for transportation to the hospital. “They kept asking him his name and what hospital he preferred. He said Akron General, I don’t know why,” Valarie said. “Then they took him in the ambulance but I wasn’t allowed in with him. I thought he just had a concussion or something.” Those nearby felt both confusion and fear. “When the paramedics did come, they lifted his limp body and told us he would be okay. But I knew better,” Gross said. u Scott Scalf stands with his wife Valarie after Scalf was taken immediately to Akron General’s recieving the friend of Hoban award. Scalf's CAT-Scan Lab, where it was discovered that he had suffered an massive brain hemorage last spring suffered a massive brain hemorrhage due to an
Photo courtesy of Valerie Scalf
and is still recovering.
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Photo courtesy of Valerie Scalf
u Scott Scalf greets his dog outside the hospital
a few days after his emergency brain surgery.
Arteriovenous Malformation. In other words, an abnormal connection between veins and arteries, formed at birth, which formed a nest in the brain that in rare situations can burst. Scalf was one of those rare situations. “At the hospital, the neurosurgeon called me out to the hall and he told me that he [Scalf] had a massive hemorrhage in his brain and that he didn’t expect a good outcome,” Valerie said. “And I said ‘Well, what do we need to do?’ and he said ‘I’m taking him in for surgery, but you need to prepare yourself and your family.” This news was not easy to hear. “I kind of fell down when I heard. I didn’t know what to do but we called for a priest to come anoint Scott and then they took him to surgery,” Valarie said. “It’s hard to remember much after that. Jimmy and my daughter Kristina…they took it so hard.” “My dad is my best friend,” said Jimmy, who graduated from Hoban in 2008. “I just couldn’t believe it was happening.” A few hours later, the neurosurgeon informed the family that Scalf had survived, but anything could happen in the next 72 hours. “When we heard, Jimmy, Kristi and I just hugged and cried,” Valerie said. Scalf stayed in the Intensive Care Unit for six
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nd shows community the reality of miracles days on a ventilator, drifting in and out of consciousness. “The first time he woke up, the nurse gave him a pen and a piece of paper to see if he could write,” Valerie said. “He wrote ‘I WANT TO C VAL,’ and fell back asleep.” After the ICU, Scalf was moved to a regular hospital room for four days and then transferred to Edwin Shaw where he stayed for three and a half weeks.
ome say dwelling on what-ifs is a waste of time. But the circumstances surrounding Scalf’s collapse and recovery are more than what-ifs or coincidences. They are miracles. On the day of the accident, Scalf, the head coach of the junior varsity softball team, was scheduled to coach a double header at Hoban. When he arrived, the rainy weather conditions were unfit to play in. Still, the two coaches decided to wait-it-out to see if the rain would pass. If they had decided to cancel the game, Scalf would have been driving himself home when he collapsed. While the JV team was waiting and warming up around the practice soccer fields, the varsity team held batting practice. Around the same time that practice ended, Scalf felt a headache. After sitting down in his car for a few minutes, he began to feel nauseous and went to the porta-potty. The varsity softball girls were already by their cars and the JV team was out on the field, but Gross and McNeil were running late. Had they not walked by the porta-potty on the way to their cars at the time they did, no one would have heard Scalf collapse. Coach Adkison, an R.N., happened to have medical supplies and a blood pressure cuff that assisted Scalf before the paramedics arrived. These events could be called lucky coincidences, but those that followed were indisputable miracles. When the paramedics asked Scalf what hospital he preferred, he answered Akron General. “He had no reason to say General,” Valerie said. “He has no preference to any hospital and Akron City is only two minutes away, so I wanted them to take him there. But they listened to him instead, thank goodness.” She is referring to the fact that Akron General was unusually ready on that day for a tragedy like Scalf’s. First, the CAT-Scan lab is usually not (continued on page 8)
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◆ Cover Story, continued
Scalf's miracle story teaches lesson to Hoban community (Continued from page 7) staffed or open on weekends. On this particular Saturday, however, a lab technician was leaving the hospital when he heard the ambulance and decided to stay for a few minutes just in case he was needed. Furthermore, a neurosurgeon was working that day at Akron General; there was no neurosurgeon at Akron City. “We truly believe it was the Holy Spirit working through him when he said General,” Valarie said. “We are so blessed. “ Even the doctors who have helped Scalf to recovery are amazed by his story. “We still see the neurosurgeon and every time he walks in he just shakes his head and tells us what a miracle it all is,” Valerie said. “Because he really thought Scott was not going to make it.”
Photo courtesy of Kristina Scalf
lives the values associated with Hoban graduates. “He isn’t just a coach to us, he really has our best interests in mind,” McNeil said. “He holds us all together with his positive attitude and passion.” Scalf’s dedication to Hoban was returned to him and his family during this time of tragedy. “When Scott u A poster showing the softball team's support hangs on the fence of the went in for surgery, feild. The team also made writsbands engraved with Scalf's initials. I went to the waiting would have been much more difficult tp be strong room with the rest Scalf’s collapse affected more than just the JV of my family,” Valerie said. “Then they told me enough to pull through. “Through all of this I have had to grow up so softball team, who had to cancel their game, and they had to take me to a larger room, and when the Scalf family, who will feel the aftermath of the I got there the entire softball team, Brother Ken, quickly,” Jimmy said. “It took a lot to get my dad injury for years to come. The effects of Scalf’s Father McCann and Father Pahler were there. through this summer. But Hoban helped. I’ve collapse and amazing recovery were felt all over The entire room was filled with Hoban families. learned that Hoban will always be your family, even after you leave. They will always be there We just prayed together.” the Hoban community. The support Valerie felt from Hoban was over- for you.” Scalf is not only the JV softball coach, but Scalf’s road to recovery is long and not yet has been a part of Hoban for years. He attended whelming and continued throughout Scalf’s entire completed, but his improvements show how school here and became a Hoban dad again when hospitalization and even after his release. “The support was immeasurable. Not that fortunate he was. Kristi enrolled as a freshman. Last March he re“When I prayed about it, I just wanted him to ceived the “Hoban Knight” award, which is given this is the only time Hoban unity can be seen, to someone who has had a tremendous impact on but especially in light of a tragedy, the unity re- survive,” Valerie said. “But once he did, I thought: the lives of Hoban students and alumni and who ally shines,” Valerie said. “I can’t even explain ‘What if he doesn’t remember me? What if he it. Our parents sat there and doesn’t remember the kids? What if he loses his watched all of these Hoban personality?’ These are all things that could have people come: the kids, the happened, but they didn’t. “So while we don’t know why this happened, parents, the students, the administration, all of my friends we know he survived for a reason.” Kristina Scalf agrees. from Hoban who brought “My dad is a miricale and my hero. God only food and did whatever we needed. Our parents could puts the strongest people through the toughest not believe the outpuring of struggles,” she said. Scalf is hoping to return as a softball coach love and support.” Scalf also received nu- in the spring and as a scorekeeper at basketball merous cards and messages games this season. Currently, he is talking with from the Hoban community the former Hoban basketball coach Jacki Windon that he feels helped him re- who works for the University of Akron on the cover. His appreciation for this development of a leadership program for high support is shown in his letter school students. The entire Scalf family feels as though there to the Hoban community (see is much that everyone can learn from their situpage 7). The consequences of ation. “The one thing it taught us is to trust in God. Scalf’s collapse were brutal. uScalf coaches the JV softball team last spring. He hopes to The entire Scalf family felt Not that we didn’t before, but sometimes you just that without Hoban’s support it take things for granted.” u return to coaching this season.
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◆ National News
Pentagon considering lifting ban on homosexuals in military
(JFQ) by Om Prakash, in which Prakash openly criticized DADT because of its cost to the military. If a soldier ever volunteers a statement of homosexuality or is found committing a homosexual act, the soldier is discharged from the military. This cripples the military severely: there have been about 12,500 soldiers discharged because of sexual orientation so far. The effect of the ban on homosexuals serving u A protester pleads for the government to lift the gay ban in the in the military has cost military. The Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy went into effect in 1993. roughly a battalion However, the issue has been raised (10,000 soldiers) of again, and this time new evidence will be soldiers. During his campaign, President Barack used, pro-ban and anti- ban lift. One of the Obama promised to overturn DADT. So why most compelling studies has undoubtedly hasn’t President Obama simply picked up a been the 2006 Zogby poll. This poll showed pen and written an executive order like Truman that 73 percent of all troops felt comfortable did with the desegregation of the military? with homosexual serving in the military, Unfortunately, during Clinton’s second term while only five percent reported being “very” he attempted to overturn the ban with an uncomfortable in the presence of a homosexual executive order, but Congress enacted a clause soldier. No doubt in the future the military written within the bill that gave Congress the will publish further findings that Congress will consider in their decision on the future of sole right to change the DADT policy. homosexuals serving in the military. u
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By Jay Hillery and Nikki Bowser or some men and women, keeping a secret means keepings their jobs. For nearly two decades, homosexuals serving in the military have had to sacrifice their self-identity. The Clinton administration implemented the DADT Policy in 1993: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This policy was an effort by former President Bill Clinton to keep his campaign promise of repealing the ban on homosexuals serving within the military. Clinton’s attempt to change the social workings of the military was met with strong opposition. Both the Pentagon and Congress resented the President’s meddling in the workings of the military. The President and Congress eventually came to a compromise about the policy on homosexuals serving in the military when Congress passed 10 United States Code 654. This code allowed homosexuals to serve in the U.S. military, but there was a catch: they could not admit their sexual orientation. The stated purpose of the law was to protect unit cohesion and combat effectiveness but its effectiveness was never proven by scientific studies or evidence. Many have argued that this policy is blatantly homophobic and not based on any actual fact. Nonetheless, no president has tried to overturn DADT since its creation, until now. There may be a light at the end of the tunnel for homosexual activists, however. Recently an editorial came out from the Joint Force Quarterly
Voices in the Crowd
Q: Do you support the Pentagon's ban of homosexuals in the military?
A: "No. I believe Barry Goldwater said it best: 'You don't have to be straight to shoot straight.'"
The Visor ◆ October 22, 2009
Shamir Brice '11
A: "No. Any person willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for his or her country, regardless of sexuality, should be able to do so."
David Sutter '10
A: "No, I do not support the gay ban. Gays should have the same rights as everyone else." — Carly Bowser '12
Compiled by Nikki Bowser
A: "Yes. I firmly support former President Clinton's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. There should not be openly gay men or women in the military." — Scott Kopp, Campus Minister
◆ Varsity Sports
Football team suffers loss, must regroup Golfers conclude successful seasons By Nick Pelini fter a 17-0 loss Saturday to Mentor Lake Catholic, the football team currently finds itself in the ninth spot of the Division 3 Region 9 rankings – one spot out of contention for the playoffs. After Lake Catholic shut down Hoban’s offense in week seven, the team cannot afford to dwell on the loss with the Padua Bruins looming tomorrow night. Padua currently resides in the third position in Region 9, so key computer points are up for grabs. A playoff win gives a specific number of points depending on the division of the opponent with higher divisions giving more points. Level two points are then awarded depending on how many wins the defeated team has. So, with 6-2 Padua and 5-3 NDCL left on the schedule, the Knights can earn enough points to jump into one of the top eight spots. Of course good records mean tough foes. The NDCL game has proven tough in the past partly due to an hour and a half bus ride.
This week the Knights have been working to cut down on penalties that have been plaguing them all season. The lost yards hurt the Knights again against Lake Catholic as 60 yards in penalties stopped drives and even led to the ejection of one player. “We need to work on keeping our composure and not letting one bad thing snowball into a bunch of bad things,” junior quarterback Dan Hinton said. “All we have left is two games. If we win those we are definitely in the playoffs. We have to run the table like last year,” senior safety Norm Jesser said. Hinton is thinking about the playoffs too, but is looking only at Padua for now. “We always have the playoffs in the back of our mind, but as any good team, we take it one game at a time and focus on the team we are playing this week,” Hinton said. With two games remaining, even one win could push the team into the playoffs but two wins should leave no doubt. u
Diesel looks to fuel the Cavs season
haquille O’Neal has been known by many names: Shaq Daddy, The Big Aristotle, The Diesel and Superman but now he is known by another name — a Cleveland Cavalier. “The time has come for the Cavs to go big or go home,” junior Robby Sheeks said. With Lebron James’ contract winding down, much speculation is circulating that he will leave for a bigger market organization such as New York if the Cavs do not win the NBA championship. “The Cavs can settle for nothing less than an NBA championship,” Sheeks said. Loyal Cleveland sports fans have been disappointed over and over again through a professional sport championship drought that has lasted more than 45 years. Shaq is well aware of this drought as he looks to plant the seeds of a winning organization. “I want to win a ring for the King,” O’Neal said in a statement to ESPN. In their pre-season debut against the Charlotte Bobcats, the high profile duo looked sharp. They ran the pick and roll, connected on some alley-oops and Shaq actually made his first free throw. “Me and Shaq played pretty well to-
gether,” James said in a statement to ESPN. “It shouldn’t be hard for either one of us. We know how to play basketball and we want to win.” Hopefully, the recent distraction caused by Delonte West will not obstruct that goal. West, a life-long sufferer of bipolar disorder, was arrested last month on weapons charges in Maryland after police found him carrying three loaded guns while riding a three-wheel motorcycle. One of these guns was a semiautomatic shotgun that he was holding in a guitar case strapped to his back. The Cavs sealed their first victory as a team and hope to continue the winning ways throughout the season. Cavs fans are banking on Shaq and James to make the season successful. Shaq feels likewise. “He’s a great player and I have a lot of experience playing with great, younger players such as him,” O’Neal said. “It’s just my job here to fill the five spot. I’m not looking to take 20 or 30 shots a game. I’m just looking to fit in.” Cavs fans can watch Shaq’s 7’1’’, 325 pound frame “fit” into Quicken Loans Arena for the season opener as the Cavs tangle with the Boston Celtics on Oct. 27 at 7:30 P.M. u
By Peter DelM edico he boys followed an impressive sectional championship win with a relatively disappointing district tournament showing. They shot a 338 as a team with a strong contribution from senior Tommy Arison, who shot a team low 79. Though they will not be moving on this season, their successes are comfort enough. “The boys showed their true passion by not once giving up,” head coach John Baranek said. Much of the success is credited to senior leadership from Chris Brady, Tommy Arison and Nick Junk. However, supportive performances by the team’s youngsters, such as Jimmy Bott and Marcus Carano, solidified the squad. “The biggest accomplishment was definitely finishing first in sectionals,” Baranek said. The team won with an impressive score of 314. Although this season is finished, the success of the younger players make the future bright on the greens. u
nveloped in a newly formed league of tough teams, the girls’ bags had some added weight that did not stop them from winning their league. Keeping up with teams such as Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Green and Tallmadge was no walk on the fairway. “We worked really hard to win, especially on our home course,” sophomore Abbey Dankoff said. Hats and visors were tipped to firstyear head coach Tom Karg for utilizing the team’s talent in extraordinary fashion. The remainder of praise was attributed to the team unity. “Everyone pushed themselves and each other to do better,” Dankoff said. The team had a just-over-par performance at sectionals on Oct. 6 and did not advance any further. Nevertheless, they are keeping their heads high and already looking forward to summer tournaments. u
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Sport: Boys Cross Country Year: Senior Data: 3rd year letter winner, 1st Team NCL Quote: "We are coming together as a team and we are looking to make a run to states."
Sport: Girls Golf Year: Sophomore Data: 2nd year letter winner, All-League, All District Quote: "The team really stepped it up this year and we are very proud."
Browns nadir not even close to the troubles faced in Detroit By Evan Shaub fter a year and a half, Washington finally bailed out Detroit. No, not with any $800 billion checks, or seemingly endless bills. The Washington Redskins vs. the Detroit Lions football game that took place a month ago on Sept. 27 brought new life and excitement to the Motor City. If we think we have it bad as Cleveland fans, maybe we need to look 170 miles northwest to Detroit. Detroit, once the “motor capital of the world,” has hit alltime highs in the number of jobless and homeless people in the area. But, one of the most staggering statistics is that the city’s decline has occurred in a relatively short time, notably, the last 10 years. Since 2000, the population of Detroit and its surrounding suburbs has decreased by a stunning 8.4% according to the U.S Census Bureau, making a formerly vibrant
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city slowly seem almost vacant by comparison. With the dropping population comes dropping attendance rates at sporting events. Last year, during the beginning of the recession, the Lions failed to sell out six different times leading to four blacked-out
"We not only got the monkey off our back, we got King Kong off our back." - Lions owner William Ford games on local TV, an 0-16 record and a lack of support for a team and a city that so desperately needed it. So when the Lions finally won a game after more than a year and half, the feeling in the city could only be described as
euphoric. “We not only got the monkey off our back, we got King Kong off our back,” Lions owner William Ford said after the game. It was obvious that this was not just a regular season battle between two lessthan-mediocre teams; it was more than any box score or obscure statistic could show. It was the rebirth of a team, of a city and of a franchise that once seemed dead. So next time fans watch the Browns lose, watch the Indians closer blow a save or watch both of them trade their teams away, just remember the Lions, and that no matter how bad its gets for a Cleveland sports, that some people have it worse. Mant thought the Browns could possibly lose 20 games in a row. Well, not after a pathetic 6-3 win over the struggling Buffalo Bills. But does that really make fans feel better, or is it simply a band-aid for more lesions and lacerations soon to come? u
◆ Sports and Opinion
Another year and another disappointment for lowly Indians
he leaves are changing, the weather is colder and the days are shortening. For most, this means football season. But for die-hard baseball fans, it’s post-season time. Sadly, Cleveland Indians fans, you’ll need to sit down, root on a new team and enjoy the post season without too much stress, because the Indians didn’t make the post season, again. But don’t worry; you’ll be able to find one of your former favorite Indians players now competing for the World Series. For people who know me, I’m a Cleveland Indians fan, and I always have been. I have posters, autographs and pictures with players. I attend as many games as possible, sit on the couch screaming at the television when Andy Marte makes an error at third and dance around the living room when Travis Hafner hits a grand slam. But every year it’s like deja vu all over again– another disappointing season. Welcome to Cleveland. I’ve been following the team in depth for five years now and have hoped and prayed that this could be the year. Over the past five years, this has been the worst by far. Personally, I’m sick and tired of hearing
the banter at the beginning of each season: “We’re building for next year.” I’ve never understood how the Cleveland staff could even think about next year when the season has barely started. For the 2009 season, the team was supposed to be a potential playoff club, but sadly it ended with a 65-95 recorded, with the Tribe 21.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins, Central Division champs. Cleveland fans can blame this horrendous record on the coaching staff, but there is only so much a coach can do. Manager Eric Wedge was placed in difficult situations trying to work with new players and losing starting ones. It’s hard to bounce back when four key players are traded in one year. Ryan Garko, Mark DeRosa, Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez were all victims in trades and were all doing well. Wedge even commented on this saying, “If you look at some of the teams in the playoffs, some of our guys are leaders on those teams.” Trading and receiving new players isn’t bad, it’s a way of the game. While trading good players for AA players may help the organization, it doesn’t do anything for the
team at the time. The Indians are a prime example of that. From being such a strong and respectable team in 2007, the Cleveland organization has fallen to an all-time low. Players don’t know if they will be returning, injuries are still being looked at and, well, there’s no coaching staff. Wedge was told he wouldn’t be returning for next year on Oct. 3, a day before the final game of the season. General Manager Mark Shapiro and the MLB organization started looking for a new staff right after the final game of the season. I want the best for the Indians. I believe they deserve a championship ring. But until everything is back in order, take off your baseball hats, hang up your jerseys and let the bitter taste of the season soak in. But remember, there’s always next year. u
Boys soccer team makes history with remarkable season
winning states,” Jendrisak said. and set foot on the field we play with heart and With an overall record of 12-1-3 the boys confidence knowing that we are all playing for look to make some noise in the postseason and each other,” Naragon said. senior captain Zach Christensen is ready. Jendrisak feels that the team can leave a “We have had a great year so far, but we lasting legacy. are going to take one game at the time and see “I feel that this year we will surpass all other where that takes us,” Christensen said. Hoban teams before and make school history,” On Saturday, the boys tangled with rival Jendrisak said. Walsh Jesuit and steamrolled the Warriors by The squad will look to add to its legacy in the a score of 3-0. Juniors Matt Gebacz, Peter opening round of the playoffs Saturday against DelMedico and Evan Pannell scored goals, Norton at 3 P.M. on Dowed Field. u with assists from sophomore Michael Reaves, junior Dillon Parsons and Jendrisak. The Knights defense, led by seniors Alec Hyde and Alex Naragon, pitched a shutout. “Its been such a fun and successful season playing with my teammates,” Naragon said. Naragon feels that the family atmosphere of the team will be the key to making a deep playoff run. u Seniors Alex Naragon and Alec Hyde control the defense “When we lace up our cleats for the historic 2009 boys soccer squad.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ted Shaub
By Evan Luse or the first time in over a decade, the boys soccer team is in the conversation as one of the top teams in the state. Currently ranked second in their district and tenth in the state for Division II, the boys will face off against seventh seed Norton, who the Knights already upended 6-1 just weeks ago. “This year we have been way more skilled than ever before,” senior captain Mitch Jendrisak said. “We are also very strong hearted and I feel that’s what has taken us so far and helped us do so well.” The team has done more than well, going undefeated in the NCL, boasting a record of 7-0-0, and capturing the team’s first ever NCL championship. The team’s only loss of the season came after facing off against perennial powerhouse Lakewood St. Ed’s in a 2-1 match. The squad tied with Highland, CVCA, and Bishop McNamara: all capable of contending for a state championship. For the first time ever, the boys team is in the conversation for title contention. “I feel this year we have a good chance of
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