Hoban Dress Code Through the years
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Also In This Issue: Knights for Life, pg 4 New guitar teacher, pg 5 VMA controversy, pg 9 Cross country steps up, pg 12
Archbishop Hoban High School ◆ One Holy Cross Blvd. ◆ Akron, Ohio 44306 ◆ Issue No. 3 ◆ October 1, 2009
◆ Staff Editorials
Seniors must show responsibility at dance
s seniors, many of us may feel that we have done our time at Hoban and now deserve to reap the benefits. Three years of studying and hard work have hopefully paid off, and we can enjoy our final year with our friends. However, it is important that we enjoy this year in a responsible way. Despite the fact that we are now seniors, our behavior is still a reflection of our character. As students, we are responsible for making decisions that represent Hoban in a positive light and classy way. Past events have transpired that do not necessarily parallel the image Hoban hopes to
Student-Athlete responds to Senior Security Scandal
fter reading the article “Senior Security shirts do not include all” in the early September issue of Hoban’s Visor, I was troubled and even slightly angered by the argument presented and felt the need to express my opinion. In the article, the argument is presented that the Senior Security shirts exclude a vast majority of the senior class and that this “exclusion” ruins the unity of Mum Day. However, following the columnist’s argument, if the shirts ruin the unity of the senior class, then does the senior lock-in ruin the unity of the school and need to be changed to include all Hoban students? Should freshmen than be allowed to stand outside on Mum Day? Should everyone be forced to wear the exact same shirt? I think not. If the belief is that the design on a t-shirt is the determining factor of the unity of our class, I am afraid that the columnist has missed the deeper meaning of Mum Day. Mum Day is the epitome of a Hoban tradition; it has thrived at Hoban for longer than I have been alive. I feel myself honored and privileged to be a part of such an outstanding tradition. However, the columnist argues that Senior Security shirts are a tradition that creates a division that says our school is “all about sports.” I could not disagree more. I will not resort to the argument that the sole reason for the existence of Spirit Week and Mum Day is a sporting event (the Hoban-St. V-M football game) because I, like the author of the article, believe the tradition runs much deeper than simply a football game. Mum Day is a tradition that every student has the privilege to be a part of. The columnist is right in her belief that Mum Day is a day for Hoban to come together as a family. But like a family, every person has a role to play in order for it to work. In my family, I do not pay bills or file for taxes- that is simply not
project. Behavior at dances, at JAM and at football games has not always been “classy.” However, the majority of Hoban students are not only respectful but also concerned with being seen as upstanding. With the homecoming dance approaching, it is imperative that students keep in mind that activities such as dances are privileges and we are not entitled to them. Our behavior at the dance on Oct. 10 will ultimately determine which privileges we seniors will enjoy during our last year at Hoban. Seniors must set the behavior bar for underclassmen. u
my role. Like a family, the role of those with the Senior Security shirts is just as important as the role of those not wearing the shirt. The claim is made that all seniors should be recognized for their hard work, not just athletes. To that I respond that Mum Day has never been, nor will it ever be a day for personal glory or celebration of the individual, rather it is a day to showcase the school-wide pride we have in the tradition. The author’s argument in one paragraph calls for the shirts to include all athletes involved in a fall sport and members of Hoban clubs. However, it is the columnist who later states that “it should either be football players or all of the senior class” who receive the shirts. It is this very contradiction that the columnist presents in her article that has created the controversy over who should get Senior Security shirts. As was stated, the role of Senior Security used to be reserved for senior football players because they cannot attend the lock-in. However, the mentality that the shirts are meant to exclude or set apart more deserving individuals has forced the tradition to be altered to include student council and fall sports captains. Now the columnist is calling for all seniors to wear the shirt so no one’s feelings are hurt. Where do we stop with this? I am afraid if we continue down this road that the rich traditions of Mum Day will be further diluted to cater to each person’s individual longings, rather than the school as a whole. My hope is that when my son or daughter attends his or her final Mum Day, they will have the privilege to experience the richness of this great tradition. I hope that they will, like myself, be able to look forward to being a part of the senior lock-in, to standing outside, and if their role so requires - to don the beloved senior security shirt. u -David Sutter, '10
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Editor-in-chief Joseph C. Easton Managing Editor Jessica Contrera Features Editor Nikki Bowser Media Editor Victoria Grieshammer Sports Editor Evan Luse Exchange Editor Danielle Hale Copy Editor Marie Hofer Photo Editor Julian Smith Staff Reporters Jules Libertin, Ryland Parnell, Alex Salamon, Evan Shaub, Amy Yakubowski, Johanna Breiding, Peter DelMedico, Ben Edwards, Jay Hillery, Lindsay Huth, Allison Jackson, Nick Pelini, Carmine Sberna Adviser T. K. Griffith
On the cover u A Hoban student from the 1960's poses in front of the school with the dress of the era.
The Visor ◆ October 1, 2009
◆ Opinion & Commentary
Unconventional service experiences change perspectives
very day on my way home from school, I pass at least three people standing on the side of the road, with worn out clothes, tired faces and signs that read, in childlike handwriting something along the lines of “Need food, money, clothing for my family. Anything will help.” Sometimes, if I have some of my lunch left over I will lock my doors, roll down my window and toss it to them with a pretty awkward smile. But my charity pretty much stops there. Raised to know the value of hard work, I admittedly always think to myself, “What are you doing standing on the road, waiting for other people to help you out? Go get a job.” That all changed for me last Tuesday. I attended the currently unnamed program, started by the Peace and Justice Club and Campus Ministry, that takes a different approach to helping the needy. We simply went out looking for those in need. It works like this: ten students, including myself along with teachers Mr. Milo and Mr. Horinger, collected food, drinks and clothing and packed them into a van. We then roamed the roads of Akron and pulled over whenever
we saw someone who looked like they could benefit from something to eat. Then, we didn’t just give them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and go on our way; we introduced ourselves and heard their stories. This is the part that had such a drastic effect on me. Sure, we met the “typical” drunk, homeless guy who can’t hold a job and admittedly messed up his life for himself. But then there were the others. We met a woman named Rose, who is homeless because she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and can’t pay her medical bills. We met Jess, who lost custody of her son to her rapist husband, and can’t afford to take him to court. We met Bill, who spends the little money he has on taking in those with drug and alcohol problems, trying to get them clean. And we met countless others who day after day search for a bit of work that they are often underpaid for, in the midst of trying to find food, shelter and hope. These weren’t Donations of clothpeople presented ing to be taken to the hometo us as speakers less of Akron can be brought to the campus ministry office at about the hard any time. times they have
faced. They are the people you see sleeping in Grace Park, the ones on the steps of St. Bernard’s waiting for food and the ones on the side of the road with cardboard signs. I would estimate that on Tuesday night, our group provided around 75 people with food, clothes and our company. It breaks my heart to think of all the people we didn’t help and how quickly hunger would return to the ones we did. It is only the lessons I learned on this excursion that can last infinitely. But in the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero, “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.” u
Children should not be put on leashes and treated like animals
nimal Cruelty is a Class C felony. I see no difference between dragging an animal on a leash and dragging a child. They’re both wrong and the mother who made national news recently for dragging her child around should be charged with a felony. I find it disgusting when parents use leashes and the kids are just tagging along behind. Kids are not toys. If you cannot handle being a parent, there are so many people who would love to adopt your kid. Now what has me angry is not just a toddler on a leash, it’s a toddler being pulled behind his mother on his back. I’m talking about the mother who dragged her four-year old little boy across
the floor of a Verizon store. She says he would not get up and told her to pull him. She also said it was a game that her son played with her husband at home and she cannot understand why after the video showed up on YouTube everyone now thinks she is a bad mother. I do not envy her position. Neither do I think she is a bad person. But I believe she forgot to think because, I am sorry, but I cannot see how this is ever acceptable. Millions of people have walked through that public store with dirty shoes. Pulling a child around a corner without looking back just screams neglect to me. I honestly do not understand how anyone could drag a child across a nasty public floor like that. Parents should be in charge and in control. Granted, kids get out of hand
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sometimes. I baby-sit all the time so I understand to a point, but I could never imagine dragging my kid or anyone else’s kid. Ever. It’s not a game and even if parents play games like that at home, she easily could have prevented the entire debacle. Of course, people in public are going to react with outrage. All they know is what they see and read. Dr. Phil had her on his show last week and defended her. His rationale was that no one can judge someone’s parenting skills based on a 17 second clip. He then showed the clip. I would not like to be judged by just 17 seconds of my life, but people must think when in public and realize some actions are just not appropriate. u
◆ School News
Growing club, Knights for Life, promotes the sanctity of life By Amy Yakabowski osters, t-shirts and announcements. These are some of the numerous ways the Knights for Life pro-life group is spreading the word about the beauty of life. Last year, The Knights for Life began when several students approached Mrs. Bulgrin to start a group supporting Pro-Life. “I told them that I would moderate it for them, but it was up to them to initiate the group. They wrote a letter to Dr. Beiting and 25 students signed it,” religion teacher Mary Bulgrin said. Many students responded to this group and participated in a Youth Rally for Life in Cleveland. Students also traveled to Washington D.C. to protest outside the Supreme Court Building. This year, the group wants to do more. Knights for Life is dedicating itself to prayer and fasting for the 40
days for life campaign. It began on Sept. 23, and will last until Nov. 1, All Saints Day. Students were asked to set aside one extra hour a week to read scripture and pray, attend one extra mass each week, pray one rosary each week, fast one day each week, or offer up lunch money one day per week for a local pregn a n c y c a r e c e n t e r. A handful of students met in the summer to discuss the activities the club will carry out this school year. “We discussed our plans for the school year, our objective and how to get the pro-life message out,”
elected president of the group Dan Redle said. “We also elected officers, decided on our group symbol and discussed pro-life issues.” Today, Bishop Lennon held a mass at the Cathedral in Cleveland for respect for life month. A f t e r mass, students will be joining other students from 18 other Catholic high schools for a rally at Public Square. The group’s mission statement unquestionably defines the group and what they want to promote. It claims "The primary focus of our group is to promote and support life-giving alternatives that
are spiritually and emotionally healthy. We challenge all those who believe that life is sacred to work cooperatively to promote a consistent ethic of life.” Signs displaying this mission statement have been posted around the school. “The group participation has been great, but we still have a lot to do,” Redle said. Anyone interested in the prolife group can join at any time. Just listen to the announcements for the times of meetings or join the group on Facebook. Currently, there are 187 members and over 100 have been to at least one meeting. “I hope that students recognize the importance of this message and as a result, will support and join our efforts,” Redle said. The Knights for Life are always looking for new members who will join in and celebrate the beauty and gift of life. u
Anderson brings history lessons to life in Hoban's backyard
can history that is too often overlooked,” Anderson said. As classes left Hoban’s back door, instead of entering the musty Akron air, the distinctive smell of a campfire seemed to be out of place, along with the sight of a white canvas tent pitched next to the towering school building. The tent was then opened up to reveal a cornucopia of revolutionary war equipment. The small wooden table in the center of the tent was the first item to catch student’s attention, which on top laid a map of the colonies, a compass, several old war orders, and what Mr. Anderson described as the world’s earliest version of a mechanical pencil. A dark brown wooden chest, called a document case, was used to stow maps and war orders a general would need to run their army on a daily basis. These canvas tents served as a general’s living room, office, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, kitchen, and meeting
room. Living here for eight years would be no easy task After the tent tour, students were encouraged to sip the coffee, cook and serve revolutionary style. The tin roasted black coffee was served into a large tin cup and passed around, to the brewer's dismay; the participant’s faces showed the taste. “Blackest coffee u History teacher Jason Anderson leads his I’ve ever had. It was class in a Revolution reenactment. can imagine war now, let alone very strong and bitter, definitely not something you would back then,” Nelson said. For many students, this was get from Starbucks today,” junior a once in a lifetime experience and Grace Foote said. for a brief period of time they lived After the coffee, it was time to as their forefathers did. drill. Anderson had students gather “By looking at what these men in ranks with the color guard in went through and how they lived front. He then marched his class we can better appreciate what we up and down the parking lot. have today,” Anderson said. u “I really don’t think any of us
Photo by Ben Edwards
By Ben Edwards raditionally, history class is taught with a hefty textbook and a blackboard scribble of irrelevant dates. This montage of past events can easily turn a person away from history. One man, though, stands to defy this trend of keeping history in the past by bringing it to Hoban’s backyard. Every year, history teacher Jason Anderson takes his U.S. world history class on a field trip to the past by recreating the camp of an American Revolution general on school grounds. “When you take students out of the classroom they tend to pay more attention,” junior Stephanie Nelson said. Dressed in a full general’s attire, wig and sword included, Anderson took his class to the camp for lessons on Revolutionary life. “The American Revolution is such an important part of Ameri-
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◆ School News
New guitar teacher strums up interest for school music community
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from the 90’s,” Reed said. Reed’s favorite tune to work on at the moment is “Come When I Call,” by John Mayer. However, his favorite song is “Thickfreakness,” by the Black Keys. Reed is a devoted guitarist and his biggest guitar hero by far is John Scofield. Not only does Reed appreciate a talented guitarist but also the look. “Guitarists tend to be known as space cadets,” Reed said, “but as I have heard, everyone loves a sharp dressed man.” Reed is preparing for a successful school year and the input of energy and time can be grueling. “I love seeing students succeed and thrive in their academics and extracurricular, and this continues to be an inspiration to me,” Reed said. u
u Guitar wizard Kurt Reed shares his wisdom with the period two guitar class. He may soon play as part of a teacher band.
Tailor your outfits for Homecoming 2009 EIGHTH GRADERS WILL TAKE the Placement and Scholarship Test At 8:30 AM on Saturday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 17. u THE ALUMNI MEMORIAL MASS will take place at 4:00 PM on Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Showers Activity Center. u THE HOMECOMING DANCE is Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8:00 - 11:00 PM in the Barry Gym. u SIX FOOT SENIOR KELSEY Schultz and the girls volleyball team will take on the St. V-M Fighting Irish at home on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 PM in the Barry Gym. u FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS will take the PSAT Wednesday, Oct. 14. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. Seniors
are encouraged to use this day to make college visits. u THE FIRST QUARTER ENDS Friday, Oct. 16. u PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES are today, Thursday, Oct. 22. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 PM. u SAT TEST DATES for the remainder of 2009 include Oct. 10, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. u ACT TEST DATES for the remainder of 2009 include Oct. 24 and Dec. 4. u NO SCHOOL Friday, Oct. 23. u HOMECOMING TICKETS will be sold this week.
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TAKE A TOUR of Hoban Sunday, Oct. 4, at the open house sponsored by Admissions. u STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS will attend the Endowed Scholarship Luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 AM in the Holy Cross Room. u FRESHMAN RETREAT days are Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Barry Gym and Holy Cross Room. u CHRISTIAN SERVICE APPLICATIONS are due Friday, Oct. 9, to Campus Ministry. u COME HOME TO HOBAN for Alumni Reunion Weekend Friday, Oct. 9, to Sunday, Oct. 11. u THE HOMECOMING ASSEMBLY will be held Friday, Oct. 9 at 8:00 AM.
Not only has Reed excelled as a student and teacher, he has the experience to show for it. “I have always been involved in bands and classical guitar competitions,” Reed said. “I most recently placed in the James Stroud Classical Guitar competition 2008 and continue to gig with two bands, Vinyl Replay and The Furbys.” Currently, Reed is teaching beginning guitar and will be teaching advanced guitar in the spring. “I hope to expand the guitar program and offer classes every semester for beginners, intermediate and advanced,” Reed said. “I also hope to bring some of the concepts that I offer at Jam Session Rock School in Kent, including an annual battle of the bands.” Reed is excited to be a part of the Hoban community– possibly finding his niche by joining or making a teacher band. “I keep hearing of these faculty bands and have even heard that Cindi Kinnan can sing a pretty mean Pat Benatar? Who knows, maybe there will be a Cindi fronted band at the next talent show?” Reed said. Perhaps Reed’s musical taste will influence the movement of the band. “I was in high school when grunge and the Seattle sound was especially relevant, and although I love electric blues, my favorite type of music is still grunge style alternative rock
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By Alexander Salamon lthough many cosmetic changes have been made to Hoban, the addition of teachers proves to be the essence of the new improvements. New faculty and staff members always offer fresh outlooks and positive reinforcement to the learning environment. Among new faculty members is Kurt Reed, Hoban’s newest addition to the music department. Reed is enthusiastic about his post as guitar teacher. “I came to Hoban because the school had an existing guitar program. When the opportunity was offered to me I gladly accepted,” Reed said regarding his move to the highest point in Summit County. Reed started taking guitar lessons at age nine after finding a collection of Elvis records at his grandpa’s house in 1989. As far as qualifications go, Reed is undoubtedly the man for the job. “I graduated from Black River High School, in Sullivan, Ohio, in 1999 and the University of Akron Music School where I majored in Classical Guitar performance in December of 2008,” Reed said. “I have been teaching since 2000 and have taught at Akron Music Center, Wadsworth Music, Wolf School of Music, Aurora School of Music and currently teach at Jam Session Music School in Kent,” Reed said.
◆ Cover Story
AllA history About the Hoban Dress Code of the dress code– from ties and suit coats to polos and sneakers
By Victoria Grieshammer and Allison Jackson s seen through the everpopular Mum Day, tradition is a vital part of life at Hoban. The oldest tradition at the school is one of constant criticism and change – the dress code. Before the dress code of colorful polos and khaki pants was introduced, a different school uniform was in place at Hoban. This set of rules has morphed as much as society itself through the 50’s, 60’s 70’s, and beyond. In Hoban’s early years as an all boys school, the dress code was significantly more formal than now. “When it [Hoban] was all boys, the dress code consisted basically of casual pants or dockers with a dress shirt, tie and suit jacket,” Chemistry teacher Brother Edward Libbers said. History teacher and 1966 Hoban graduate Robert Yanko agrees. “All of us (all boys) wore sport coats and ties,” Yanko said. With the introduction of girls
that ensued in 1974, the rules began to give a little slack. Boys were still expected to wear docker style pants, but rather than the formerly mandatory dress shirts, ties and jackets, they were permitted to wear any kind of Hoban t-shirts (any day) and any shirt with a collar. “We wore a dress top and dress pants. No jeans or tennis shoes,” 1978 Hoban graduate Colette Libertin said. “My brothers, who went to Hoban from 1970-1974, had to wear suit coats.” The 80's were different. “I wore a dress shirt or golf shirt and dress pants,” 1986 Hoban graduate Tom Bauer said. The transition to the Hoban polos, which rule the hallways today, came about as a result of immodesty. “Modesty was a very big problem with the girls,” Libbers said. “Sometimes it was just plain embarrassing the things they would wear to school.” “I never remember challenging it like sometimes my kids do today.
The dress was not as provocative as it is now. For instance, no low rise pants anywhere. It was strict business attire,” Libertin said. Mary Bulgrin, a 1983 graduate of Hoban and current Hoban religion teacher, agrees. “I think they [the changes] are a sign of the times,” Bulgrin said. “If you walk around on a college campus today, you will see that young people do not think it is necessary to wear much clothing.” The Hoban dress code has also changed in the way of how strictly enforced it is. “The dress code was way more strictly enforced in the 60’s,” Yanko said. Another difference between the Hoban dress code of today and years past is the absence of dress down days. “Dress down days? No… never,” Yanko said. “But some days, when I felt rebellious, I didn’t wear undergarments.” However, in the 80’s the dress code was altered once again with
the inclusion of dress down days. “We had dress down days, so we could wear jeans every once in a while,” Bauer said. Bauer also recalls a different tradition in dress for football players on the day of a game. “We wore our football jerseys to school on Friday before a game.” This is opposed to the dress shirt and tie worn by football players today. When asked if they would rather wear the Hoban polos of today or the old Hoban uniform, all alumni would rather wear the polos. “The polos make it easier. It keeps everyone in the same and uniform,” Libertin said. “The collared shirts take all the competing for who dresses nicer out of the equation,” Bauer said. “Well, I guess the polos would be better, because girls wouldn’t look very good in gross sport coats that hadn’t been washed in four years, with four years of lunch food stains on their ties,” Yanko said. u
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Timeline of the Dress Code
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Hoban vs. The Rest– dress code compared to other Catholic schools in Akron
u Students from St V-M.
to dress themselves carefully. “Any violation of dress code will result in a detention,” Elms junior Leah Oldfield said. More and more, teenagu Students from Walsh Jesuit. ers’ interests become competitive on categories in social progression are eclipsing the educa- such as sports, academics, cheers, tional vitality of high school. If spirit days and now– uniforms. students could have absolute free- Subsequently, after every stitch is dom on their daily attire, it would counted, Hoban’s uniform policy be simply another distraction from prevails with flying colors. u learning. Also, the simplicity of a uniform cuts dressing time in half. “It takes me longer to eat my Apple Jacks than it does to find an outfit and get dressed,” freshmen Tim Delaney said. The Catholic schools in the Akron area have u Students from Our Lady of the Elms.
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mere five colors and Walsh with a generous eight. Hoban leads with over 13 color platforms that nearly cover the spectrum. Long sleeve polos have recently surfaced as another option for Hoban, St. V-M and Walsh. When it comes to pants, Walsh and Hoban allow any color, whereas St. V-M tolerates only khaki, brown or black dress pants. The Elms girls must where a plaid skirt and knee socks or tights at all times. No jeans are acceptable for any school. Students at each school have found alternative ways to let their style shine through the rigid dress code. For example, Walsh is permitted to wear a dress shirt and tie as a substitution for a polo. Hoban students, unlike the other three, are allowed to wear any style or color of shoe. Students under the golden dome take pride in this and actively use their feet as portraits of their personality. All the dress codes enforced by a discipline code. “Kids are always getting caught for having their shirts untucked,” Walsh junior Bryan Kirkpatrick said. The Elms girls especially have
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By Peter DelMedico ast forward into 2009. Catholic school uniforms have been stretched from standardized clothing to a palette of disciplined styles. Hoban’s not the only school with uniforms. Walsh, St VincentSt. Mary and Our Lady of the Elms are all have dress codes. Each school has a unique style of polo, with a wide array of colors. The girls at the Elms are only able to choose from four colors. St. V-M follows with a
Voices in the Crowd
Q: What would you change about the Hoban dress code?
— Kyle Alexander '10
A: "Boots with the fur."
— Jen Kalbus '10
A: "I wish we could wear hoodies from anywhere, not just ones from Hoban."
— Bean Melhus '11
A: "I wish that we could wear nice shirts, something classy, along with the Hoban polos." — Artie Dobbins '13
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A: "I'd like to wear expensive polos that are fashion-forward and awesome."
◆ News and Entertainment
Highland Square: a hidden gem of beauty on the near west side
By Peter DelMedico o many, Highland Square is just a place to pick up some Chipotle or a last minute prescription. However, to the residents surrounding the square it’s the platform of their social life. Akronites have become accustomed to making the pilgrimage to Montrose for entertainment on a Friday night. Little do they
know of the vivacious strip in their own back yard. Highland Square, located on West Market St., perpendicular to Portage Path, has been a major part of Akron for several decades. Many would consider the Highland Theatre, built in 1938, the heart of the square. It has supported this title in the last few years since its renovation. “It brings a lot more character to Highland square now that we have a contemporary theatre,” Highland square resident and senior Tyler Cothren said. The single feature theatre seats 1,000 people. However, a full house is a rare occasion on a Saturday night. “The inside is unlike other theatres and a ticket is around seven dollars,” junior Jacob u Highland Square is a scene of both beauty and suburban lifestyle. Carothers said. Going hungry is From the ancient theater to modern restaurants such as Metro difficult because the Burger, Highland Square exemplifies the history of Akron.
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Square contains ten restaurants: Capri Pizza and Wings, Chipotle, Metro Burger, Mary Coyle and Platinum Dragon– to name a few. Albrecht Inc. threw Highland Square a life raft by building a new strip and giving the square much-needed plastic surgery. Here a 12,000 square foot library and a small strip give a new face to the neighborhood. Chipotle, Giorgio’s Pizza, The Market Path, Metro Burger and a Verizon Wireless store are all current inhabitants to the new strip. “You can get a quick dinner at Chipotle or Metro Burger then swing by Walgreens for some cheap movie candy and end at the theatre for a seven dollar show,” Carothers said. Locals still feel the square is missing its fourth edge: a grocery store. The new additions lie on top of the former Sparkle Market. After its demolition, locals have struggled to find convenient places to shop for food. Rumors have been circulating that a nearby vacant building will become a new grocery store. Albrecht Inc. has quietly dismissed these rumors. Nevertheless, Highland Square has recently found its step on the podium of Akron hot spots, next to Montrose and The Valley. Years of progress and vigorous local support have finally come full square. u
New Jersey plans to tag young drivers with license plate stickers By Carmine Sberna very community across America has been rocked in one way or another by tragedy. In the community of Long Valley, New Jersey, perhaps the most tragic incident was the death of Kyleigh D'Alessio, a well-known high school student and athlete. On December 21, 2006, Kyleigh's friend Tanner was driving a car that carried four people, including Kyleigh herself, when he lost control and struck a tree. The crash killed both Tanner and Kyleigh. Devastated by the tragedy, her mother, Donna Weeks, and other members of the community came together to make a change in the law so that incidents such as this were easier to prevent. “When we teach our children how to swim, we give them a life preserver,” her mother told the Star Ledger, a local New Jersey newspaper. “When we teach them how to ride a bicycle, we give them train-
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u The New Jersey state legislation has proposed a decal for all drivers under 21 in the center of license plates. ing wheels. Yet, we’re handing over the deadliest weapon of all -- a set of car keys -- with no protection whatsoever.” The fruit of their efforts was Kyleigh’s law. The basis of the law, which will become effective on May 1, 2010, in the state of New Jersey, is that drivers under the age of 21 will be required to display a reflective decal on their front and rear license plate. This gives law enforcement the ability to judge from a distance if younger drivers are
obeying all the terms of their license. “Late at night, it can be extremely difficult to determine whether a driver is too young to be out on the road alone. This bill isn’t about profiling or discriminating against young drivers," Sen. Fred H. Madden told the Star Ledger. "Instead, it seeks to ensure that parents, young drivers and police officers are able to take an active role in protecting our roadways." This concept of tagging younger drivers is already being used in Japan, but New Jersey is the first state to pass a law of this kind. “Just because a driver is under 21 doesn’t always mean that they are a bad driver,” junior Mikey Sokol said. “Age doesn’t always define skill level.” If statistics show that the decal is effective, more states may consider adopting their own version of Kyleigh’s law, which means more strict driving laws for teens and those under 21. u
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Superstar and local resident LeBron James shines in new book
By Nick Pelini cDonald’s High School All-American, three-time Ohio Mr. Basketball, MVP of the National Basketball Association and now an author. LeBron James and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger team up to depict James and his teammates from childhood through high school in Shooting Stars. Told by Bissinger in James’ first person voice, the book chronicles the life of James and his four friends: Sian Cotton, Willie McGee, Dru Joyce III and Romeo Travis, better known as the Fab Five in their high school years at St. Vincent-St. Mary. Winning the state title every year but junior year, the Fab Five’s basketball accomplishments are told in the book but more importantly, their friendship and journey from childhood to adulthood is featured. Shooting Stars starts out with the background information of the group to show that most of the friends came from dire situations in terrible areas. James, for example, moved 12 times between the ages of five and eight,
and McGee moved from Chicago to Akron with his brother after his mom could not take care of him due to drug abuse. This stark contrast to the men’s future success makes their feats even more impressive. Also presented in the book is James’ muchmaligned junior year. After he appeared on the covers of Sporting News and ESPN the Magazine, national media attention followed. James said the instant superstardom negatively affected him and his teammates whom he said grew inflated egos. During this year, James even admits to smoking marijuana with his teammates in a hotel room in Akron. While many have been quick to condemn James because he is supposed to be a role model, the intense pressure to win and to live up to the hype of “The Chosen One” would have caused many teenagers to succumb to the stress. He said that all the attention amounted to too much pressure. “No one in high school deserves to be compared to Michael Jordan,” James writes. “And no one in high school could be expected to
withstand the pressure of such comparisons.” After the media firestorm, St. V-M capitalized on the attention and moved all home games to the University of Akron’s James A. Rhoades Arena and increased prices from $6 to $12 a ticket. St. V-M clearly did not mind the attention as, according to ESPN, they turned a $490,851 profit for James’ junior and senior seasons. Also, the team scheduled highly ranked teams from all over the country and made trips to California, New York, and North Carolina to play high school basketball, eventually finishing as USA Today’s National Champions. Since then, OHSAA has limited travel for games to only the states surrounding Ohio because traveling around the country simply is too much for high school students. Shooting Stars gives an open and honest view into the lives of the Fab Five that makes for an inspirational and emotional story. Overcoming adversity is preached often in locker rooms across America, and LeBron James’ story is the quintessential example. u
Video Music Awards cause controversy between West and Swift By Johanna Breiding unday, Sept. 13 at 9 PM– this was the night New York City was taken over. The streets of Manhattan were flooded as celebrities, musicians and crazed fans flocked to the Radio City Music Hall for a night of music. Pre-show interviews set the tone for the night as celebrities arrived in odd but entertaining ways. Lady Gaga, the iconic pop star, showed up in
department pump truck. The princess of country, Taylor Swift, arrived in a horse drawn carriage with a few of her close friends. Once partygoers took their seats the lights went out. A single spotlight hit the stage on 52-year-old Madonna. Alone on stage with mic in hand she uttered one name that caused an eruption of applause. Michael Jackson. It took a few moments for the crowd to calm down before Madonna gave her memorial for the deceased ‘King of Pop’ that segwayed into a tribute performance by Janet Jackson. The Moon Man is as significant to a musical artist as a Grammy is to an actor. The small platinum astronaut is what most music stars work towards attaining throughout their careers. The First Moon Man of u Rapper Kanye West takes the microphone from country star Taylor Swift at the Video Music Awards. Fans were disappointed the evening, Best Female Video became the hot topic about West's rude interruption of Swifts' acceptance speech. of the night. The nominees, unique fashion with her date Kermit the Frog, while Pink, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, wearing some kind of French neck brace. PunkBeyonce and Taylor Swift, held their breath in rock diva, Pink, rolled up to the party escorted by suspense. none other than New York’s finest, atop a NYC fire The crowd broke out in cries of shock and
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cheers as Taylor Swift's name was called. The look on her face showed that she had no intention of winning against the other powerful nominees. Everyone was happy except for one disgruntled rapper. Kanye West, a popular rapper known for his angry outbursts, jumped on stage and took the mic from a confused Swift. “Yo Taylor I’m really happy for you and I’m going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” West said to the astonishment of the crowd. Kanye’s outburst drew controversy nationwide as fans and celebrities alike voiced their opinions, rallying behind Swift. Katy Perry Tweeted, “It is like you stepped on a kitten Kanye!” After the incident Green Day won the Moon Man for Best Rock Video, for their song “21 Guns” and Swift bounced back for her performance of the night. She left the stage and sang her hit “You Belong With Me” in the New York subway with her fans. After an acrobatic, high-flying show from Pink, and Lady Gaga stole the Moon Man for Best New Artist, the award for Video of the Year was next. As predicted by many, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” took it home, but instead of simply taking the award, and basking in her win she gave up her moment, and called Swift back to the stage. The night ended with respect and raised the bar for 2010. u
◆ Varsity Sports
Horattas and company lead girls tennis Zack Christensen: double agent By Lindsey Huth hough it has faced some tough competition, this year’s girls tennis team has proved to be a talented one. Coming off of a successful season, the girls are excited to make their mark in the tournaments. “I think all the girls are going to do really well,” senior first doubles player Sara Felden said. The team is especially looking forward to the North Coast League (NCL) and sectional tournaments as great opportunities for their hard work and dedication to pay off. This year, they are switching the lineup in hopes of improving their odds of winning. “Me and Maggie Data are going to be a doubles team, so I think we’ll do really well like that,” senior first singles player Sophia Horattas said.
The team will face tough competition in the tournaments, especially from powerhouse Elyria Catholic, the two-year reigning champion of the NCL tournament. “I think it’s going to be a battle between us and Elyria Catholic, but hopefully we’ll have the edge over them,” coach Dean Morse said. As only Sophia Horattas went on to the district tournament last year, the team is hoping for a more successful run in the tournaments. With the addition of a new head coach, Dean Morse, things seem to be looking up. “Dean has really inspired the girls and has been backing us all the way,” sophomore JV first singles and varsity alternate Ileana Horattas said. The girls will compete in the NCL tournament this Saturday and the sectional tournament on October 6th. u
Wynn provides quickness in backfield By Evan Shaub tanding at just 5 feet 7 inches tall, senior running back Lawrence Wynn is not the most intimidating looking person on the football field; but in his case, looks can be decieving. “I actually see my height as an advantage,” Wynn said. “Because it helps me to hide behind my lineman.” Wynn has used this u Senior runningback Lawrence Wynn dodges defenders. He surprising advantage to have recently rushed 284 yards against Warrensville Heights. a successful start to the seahead coach Ralph Orsini said. son. He’s also drawn the attention of col“I feel my best game was definitely last leges. week against Warrensville Heights,” Wynn “I’m getting looked at by Cincinnati, said of last weeks game in which he rushed Dayton, Youngstown St. and Miami of Ohio,” 284 yards and 4 touchdowns.”My O line; TraWynn said. “I wouldn’t mind playing football in vis Howe, Kyle Brett, Jon Duckworth, Ryland college, but most of my offers are for track.” Parnell, Fred McCain and Allen Hopson did a Wynn has received track offers from MAC great job opening holes for me.” schools such as Cincinnati, Akron and Kent He rushed for 143 yards on 26 attempts St and Big East schools such as Villanova against St V-M, and has two other 100 plus and Pitt. rushing yard games including 142 yards on But as for the rest of the season, Wynn is 27 attempts against Garfield, and 161 yards in confident. 29 attempts against Walsh-numbers that have “The team is going to take care of all of our not gone unnoticed by the coaches. mistakes and do well.” Wynn said. “I think “Lawrence has been a pleasant surprise, we have a great chance of going all the way he’s been key to us moving the football and this year.” he’s been a catalyst for the team as a whole,” The Knights continue their playoff pursuit
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By Ryland Parnell t Hoban, where the student athletes are at a premium, there is one senior with a unique situation. Zack Christensen spends his summers training and preparing for two fall sports. Christensen has been playing soccer since he was four years old. “I’ve been playing soccer almost my whole life,” Christensen said. “I center a lot of my time around my soccer schedules.” Christensen is a leading force on this year’s soccer team. The younger teammates look to Christensen not just for skill but the passion, determination and leadership he has for the boys soccer campaign of 2009. “Soccer has helped me with my work ethic in school by teaching me the importance of managing my time and completing an assignment,” Christensen said. Christensen has split his time since he was a freshman between football and soccer. In the off-season Christensen also plays in different indoor soccer leagues to improve his game. “When I played soccer in middle school, a lot of my friends on the team played football and they always said that I should kick for the [football] team. When I got to high school, I decided to try it,” Christensen said. He has worked hard to be a versatile kicker for this year’s football team. Christensen has additionally been taking on the responsibility as punter this year. Christensen’s longest field goal for the 2009 season so far is 47 yards long and he is 100 percent in points after touchdown. He also has dominated as goalie with seven shutouts this year as of Sept. 28. Christensen has the opportunity to play either football or soccer in college. “I haven’t decided what sport I will be playing in college,” Christensen said. “I have received letters from Division I and also Division III programs.” As a junior, Christensen played a crucial role on the soccer team– making it to the district-semifinal game and on the football team– making it to the final four of the state competition. “It takes a lot of hard work and determination but I love doing it,” Christensen said. Christensen is one of many student athletes who sacrifice their summer vacation to make sure their season is a success. u
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Girls Tennis Senior 4th year letter winner, 1st team doubles, 2nd Team All-NCL Quote: "The only love we see on the court is between our team."
Sport: Boys Golf Year: Senior Data: 2nd year letter winner, Honorable Mention All-NCL Quote: "We have talented guys who have made this season one of the best in Hoban golf history."
Infocision Stadium sparks and transforms university campus By Evan Shaub & Ryland Parnell oise makers, tailgating and a sea of blue and gold was the scene Saturday, Sept. 12. No, we were not in Michigan; we were in Akron. Exchange Street officially transformed Akron into Roo Town after a resounding 41-0 victory over Morgan State. “It was incredible, everything that happened on Saturday completely changed this city. It took me a while to actually comprehend that I was in Akron,” 2008 H o b a n alum and University of Akron cheerleader u Fans pack Infocision stadium. Kyle Shaub
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said. This is due to the new 61.6$ million Infocision stadium. “The new stadium has brought the Akron campus to life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. It feels like a college now and it’s never felt like that before,” Shaub said. The record setting crowd of 27,881 seemed to agree. Infocision is the brainchild of The University of Akron director of architectural design and construction, Frank Horn, the vice president for capital planning and facilities management, Ted Curtis, and The University of Akron president Luis Proenza, who has made significant changes to Akrons campus during his 10 year tenure as President. Infocision includes many stunning features that the Rubber Bowl lacked such as 172 new open air loge seats, 21 heated restrooms, 10 concessions stands four at the Rubber Bowl, a state of the art scoreboard, capacity to hold
30,000 people and even classrooms and labs for the school’s astromony department. The significance of all of these new changes can be seen just by driving through Akron on game day; houses that previously looked abandoned have now come to life with the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs a previous rarity on Akron’s campus. “I’ve never seen Akron come alive like that, It’s never been this exciting before. People are tailgaiting and having fun, It feels like a new city,” former UA cheerleader, and current UA student Matt Warmus said. After a 38-21 loss against Indiana, the Zips hope to rebound at home saturday, Oct. 10th, against rival Ohio University. The new stadium is not only bringing in revenue, but is also helping to draw in recruits. “Before I didn’t think I would want to go to Akron to play football, now if I got an offer I would go in a heartbeat,” senior tight end Kyle Brett said. u
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Boys cross country seniors provide experience and maturity By Jules Libertin oban boy’s cross country is not well known, but the boys are determined to be known and feared. With four out of five top runners returning, the boy’s crosscountry team has its mind on the state meet. Key runners this season are seniors Ryan Spear, Jason Green, Chris Alto, Jake Frego and Jake Craine along with sophomore Steven Wilson and freshman James Axson. “Our goal is to be the best team we can be. We believe we can make it to states,” senior Photo courtesy of Tricia Easton
u Senior Jake Frego sizes up his competition before a race.
captain Ryan Spear said. Even though competition began when school started, the boys have been training since the beginning of spring. “Most of the runners ran track to keep in great running shape and several runners did daily workouts over the summer to prepare for the season,” senior Jason Green said. The summer workouts would add up to about 50 miles a week for some. Besides running the boys also lifted daily to reach maximum fitness for the season. “The team is extremely motivated. Everyone encourages and pushes one another to the next level,” Spear said. These harsh workouts in the summer prepared the runners well. The boys have been dropping times and competing with the best at meets. They placed second at the Dick Malloy and Walsh Invitations while placing third at the Villa-Angela Saint Joseph Invitational. The mind-set in pre-season carried over
into the season. A majority of the boys are running up to 45 miles a week, which is 15 more miles than last year. They practice each day for two hours or more, and some boys even run in the morning on their own for the extra workout. “Our motto on our team is to improve 1% each day. The workload has increased this year, but everyone has stepped it up so we can improve as a team,” Green said. New coach Andrea Hoffman, who ran at Bowling Green University, has seen the difference in this year compared to other years. “Ever since last year when the team did not make it out of districts they have been motivated to get out this year. They have been working hard all summer, spring, and fall,” Hoffman said. The boys will race this Saturday at the Woodridge Invitational, where the will race against powerhouse Woodridge High School. u
Steelers' Palamalu haunted by infamous Madden curse
our back hurts, you’re tired, and you’ve memorized the tones between classes. It is undoubtedly the seventh week of school. As the year presses on, remember this: keep it lusey goosey. Don’t stress out about that next test or big game. Instead, relax, enjoy your year and maybe watch some football games with your friends. One player you won’t be watching is star defensive back Troy Palamalu of the Pittsburg Steelers. Palamalu suffered a knee injury in his first game of the season and is likely to miss three to six weeks. This would be a shocker to most people, unless you have heard about the Madden curse. Every single player who has graced the cover of the popular video game Madden NFL has suffered an injury or sub-par season. The Madden curse has been in full effect for over a decade, and shows no signs of slowing. Palamalu graced the cover of the 2010 version along with Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald, and true to the curse, then suffered an injury that will cost him a large portion of his season. The curse began with the release of Madden 1999, as Garrison Hearst became the first player to appear on the cover other than legendary football personality John Madden. Hearst was a hot name in the NFL at that time
and would lead the San Francisco 49ers to a second round playoff game. However, Hearst went down with a knee injury and would not play again until 2001. The curse was born. Following the release of the next game, hall-of-fame running back Barry Sanders, who appeared as a faded silhouette behind Madden, would unexpectedly retire before the season began. Good move, Barry. His replacement on the cover, standout running back Dorsey Levens, was then hampered by a knee injury and never returned to top form. Over the next years, players such as the Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper fell victim to the curse as they witnessed their bright careers fade away. Other football icons, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk and Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander also had their cover seasons plagued by injuries. After rookie sensation Vince Young was depicted on the cover, he then missed his first career game and threw 17 costly interceptions. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis would not record an interception for the first time in his career, be sidelined for the final
game and watch his team miss the playoffs. Most memorably, in 2004 Michael Vick suffered a broken leg in the pre-season just four days after the games release and would be sidelined for 11 games. Later the star would be involved in an infamous dog-fighting scandal and serve jail time. Flash forward to 2009 and I am not surprised that Palamalu has been injured. This curse is real. Palamalu shares this year’s cover with superstar Larry Fitzgerald, but nothing has happened to him—yet. “I didn’t think about the curse,” Fitzgerald said in a statement to Time Magazine. What a bold faced lie. There is no way Fitzgerald hasn’t thought about the curse when players who have appeared on the cover drop like flies. Larry Fitzgerald, wear your lucky socks, avoid walking under ladders and hold your breath as you pass cemeteries. You need all the help you can get. u
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