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Underclassmen lack spiritual programs


oban prides itself in educating both the hearts and minds of its students. With a strong academic program and various spiritual opportunities, most students graduate with a strong intellect rooted in the Catholic faith. However, many students do not get the chance to develop spiritually until late in their high school careers. From the moment students enter the Hoban community, they are encouraged to achieve to the best of their academic ability Hoban is also a faith-filled environment with mandatory religion classes, service hours and class retreats that encourage students to develop their spirituality. On the other hand, opportunities for additional religious growth often do not become apparent until a student’s third or fourth year of high school. Retreats such as Kairos are only available to juniors and seniors. Such retreats are withheld until this age so that the students participating have had time to mature in a high school environment. While this is a valid point, many young students cannot help but feel excluded from Hoban’s spiritual

programs. The retreats provide a break from the monotony of high school life and a chance to rejuvenate one’s life in Christ. Yet, is it fair to assume a freshman or sophomore is not in need of this type of break from the Hoban norm? Many freshman and sophomores struggle with the adjustment to life in high school. With these added pressures, a religious retreat would undoubtedly help them renew their faith in God and feel support in their time of transition. A solution to include the underclassmen may not lie in lowering the age for Kairos. The creation of a new religious retreat for underclassmen, however, would solve the problem of keeping freshmen and sophomores separated from additional spiritual cultivation at Hoban. This would not only benefit the younger students, but also the entire Hoban community. By providing equal opportunities for religious retreats to all students, Hoban would more closely adhere to their mission statement of educating both the hearts of the minds for all four years. n

Americans urged to protect journalist


hough the idea of religious freedom is largely accepted in the U.S. today, numerous other countries continue to force particular religious regulations upon their citizens. One such country is Saudi Arabia, a kingdom centered on “Islam, which is the basis of the legal system and of government,” according to the nation’s official Royal Embassy webpage. The site also describes Saudi Arabia as an “Islamic state based on principles prescribed by the Qur'an (Islam's Holy Book) and the Shari'ah (Islamic law).” This fact is unfortunate for Saudi journalist-turned-blogger Hamza Kashgari, who spouted controversial comments on Twitter concerning the prophet Muhammad, whom Muslims hail as God’s greatest prophet. Kashgari created an imaginary conversation between himself and the prophet in which he defiantly said that while he admired the prophet’s rebellious spirit, he would not pray for him and would treat him as a peer rather than a deity. “I shall not kiss your hand, rather, I will shake it as equals do … I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.” said Kashgari. Kashgari apologized publicly for the trio of tweets, deleted his Twitter account and fled to Malaysia following outrage over the comments, which were published in the Saudi newspaper Kashgari had been fired from weeks before. Kashgari was intercepted en-route to Malaysia and now faces death in Saudi Arabia because of his “blasphemous” commentary. Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House, among others, seek Kashgari’s extra-

dition. Saudi officials have not revoked his sentence of capital punishment, nor have they released additional information about his condition since Feb. 14. The journalist has not been seen or heard from since then. The idea of promoting strong moral principles in a nation is commendable. However, the obligatory nature of Islam in Saudi Arabia and consequence that has followed in Kashgari’s case is distressing to say the least. As Catholics and as ethical citizens of the world,we must embrace the principle of solidarity by responding to the suffering and persecution of Kashgari as we would to the suffering of a family member and encourage media pressure to keep Kashgari alive. As principled people, we should heed the words of Pope Benedict when he addressed the German parliament on an unrelated issue: “It is evident that...[in] issues of law, in which the dignity of man and of humanity is at stake, the majority principle is not enough: everyone in a position of responsibility must personally seek out the criteria to be followed when framing laws.” Today, we as Americans must embrace our responsibility to support religious freedom and freedom of the press. We can do this by encouraging legislation which allows each person to express their moral and ethical beliefs as dictated by their conscience, whether they are writer or not. This means liberating journalists from government mandates which sensor their writing and freeing citizens from persecution, stigmas or death sentences which today often follow voicing a dissenting religious opinion. n


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Men and women both at fault for the death of chivalry


hough courtship was initially a thirteenth century response to unwelcome arranged marriages, it quickly developed into a prerequisite for all medieval romances. As history progressed, so did the idea of “courting,” and what originally involved knights giving long serenades and dedicating deeds of valor to ladies transformed into men paying and holding doors open for women. Unfortunately today, for various reasons, much of the basic courtesy and respect once shown to women by men has become a custom of the past. There isn’t a specific date in history, listed on timelines in social studies textbooks, that marks the extinction of courtship. The disappearance of chivalry has been gradual, most likely beginning with the silly, male idea that men who show any sign of sensitivity or politeness toward a woman somehow compromise a part of their masculinity. While a man singing outside of a girl’s window would be taking courting to the extreme and more than a little creepy, the thought that a boy can never reveal a hint of softness without forfeiting his manliness is simply not true.

Fear that chivalry is not “cool” is not the only reason for its decreasing popularity; in addition, it seems as though many men have simply succumbed to laziness. When given the choice between having to work to “court” girls they hold in high esteem and settling for girls with lower standards, guys oftentimes choose the latter. While it is easy to place all of the blame on men for the lack of modern “courting,” women are almost as much at fault as they are. When the feminist movement washed over the United States, it swept away some of the last traces of modernz courtship still in existence. Women protesting unequal opportunity in ways as extreme as burning undergarments could hardly expect to be fawned over by men. These women’s fight for equal opportunity, when done in the right ways, was worthy of admiration. That said, the women of the time were foolish to expect to evoke feelings of courtship in men by labeling even the simplest gestures, such as a man paying for dinner, as inequitable. Also, women only deserve as much respect as they show themselves. If all women in today’s society would live by this maxim,

men wouldn’t have the option of choosing the easier catches over respectable girls. Instead, however, many women choose to advertise themselves in a way that almost demands less than they deserve. Women doing this while also maintaining low standards for men should not expect to be treated, or courted, like they are worthy of admiration. By no means do most women expect to be coddled or pampered to the point of being suffocated—nor do we want to be. It would be nice, however, to witness men more frequently making use of general principles of courtship, like respect, courtesy and diligence, when pursuing women. The truth is, chivalry is only dead if men today

Social morality must be legislated to ensure justice


onsider the late 1800s. Regulation was nonexistent, and within an unregulated capitalist system, the lower class was worked into the ground. Thousands lived packed like sardines in tenant buildings and children worked until they passed out. When the workers united and sought reform, the government was called in to trounce the workers’ calls. According to Yahoo Finance, corporate profits are at a 50-year high when the unemployment rate is also at the highest rate in half a decade. It is imperative that we as a nation transform social morality into legislation that requires citizens to protect the financial dignity and the rights of citizens in this country. In a society as advanced as the United States, people should not have to suffer from lack of food, unavailability of health care or homelessness. To address these social inequalities, I believe morality must be transformed into legislation and an elimination of tax exemptions that require citizens to fulfil their role of paying for this country. It is outrageous to assume that those with the resources that make it possible to improve the lives of the poor or disadvantaged and advance U.S. society will share those resources most of the time. Although we call the main motivation in a capitalist world “profit motive”, that is, the pursuit

of making more money, this concept can be quickly warped into something I like to refer to as “greed.” Donations to nonprofit organizations by the rich totaling 2.6 billion dollars in 2011 pale in comparison to the widespread good done through an implementation of required contribution. For example, Warren Buffet’s pleas for the richest Americans to give at least 50% of their income has received only 67 pledges. As a liberal, I would like to propose a different brand of thinking, one that originates from the comic book Spiderman. I call it the Uncle Ben morality: with great power, or wealth, comes great responsibility. Those with more money receive greater benefit. The graduated income tax established in this country uses the idea that those who benefit more from society must assume a greater share of its cost. But this standard has been warped by billions of dollars in tax exemptions for those who should be paying higher rates. I hear Hoban students say that taxes are the government’s way of taking away the money that a person rightfully earns. Yet the only reason that a person is paid, as well as the only reason that the money with which they are paid carries any value, is because it exists within a society complete with taxes, welfare programs, infrastructure and government regulation of

business. In the United States, leaving those who have no other means to support themselves or their families to fend for themselves against a trickle-down economy where executives would rather hold on to profits than share them is barbaric. Similar to progressives in the early 1900s, I believe that there is always more possible when humans come together and form a society. Citizens who identify as conservatives and view government as the man with his hand in the cookie jar need to step back and examine their logic. A refusal to respond as a society to the injustices still present within this country is wrong, and an individual refusal to embrace one’s advantaged position and reject his or her role as an impetus for reform is greed. n



Social studies, English and religious studies departments expand curriculum options by lexi smith


ear by year schools strive to improve their academic well being to interest and invoke students. New changes will be seen in the upcoming 2012-2013 school curriculum at Hoban. The social studies, English and religious studies departments are all being altered in some way, and the new innovative changes are hoped to bring nothing but beneficial outcomes. These changes have provided a vision for a refreshing educational refinement that will benefit a multitude of Hoban students. The first of the three course changes occurring next year will be the revision of and addition to the social studies curriculum. After multiple meetings and lots of consideration, members of the social studies department decided it was time to alter their system in order for students to better understand the myriad of career opportunities available in this field. To do this, teachers began to make current courses more applicable. Department members met to alter the current course of world cultures, a requirement for either freshman or sophomores. The changes are minimal; with the first semesters focusing on the western civilizations and the second taking a deeper look at eastern civilizations such as China and Egypt. Perhaps the greatest change in the department will be the addition of archaeology as an elective for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Jason Anderson, who will be teaching the class, has already begun preparing the curriculum for the course. Unlike other electives at Hoban, archaeology will be very student-oriented. “The class is very hands on, while students are being exposed to lectures at the same time. They need to experience what real archaeologists are doing.” Anderson said. The first quarter of the class will consist of the basics of archaeology, including the study of how it is currently performed in Europe. The second quarter will focus on North American archaeology. The course will also of fer many opportunities for experiments, such as students traveling to various local dig sites. “We are currently in cooperation with the University of Akron’s archaeology class, which will provide us with great insight and digging opportunities. Also, we are currently planning a dig at [George Washington’s estate,] Mount Vernon” Anderson said about the classes’ unique opportunities. Anderson could not be more excited for the upcoming changes. “I’m looking forward to the class because it encompasses almost every discipline in a school; it isn’t just a social studies class.”

Another change in Hoban’s curriculum for the 2012-2013 school year will be the addition of an Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition course. This course will replace the current Honors 11 World Literature class for juniors. Current English teachers Mrs. Cheryl Erdman, Brother Philip Smith, Ms. Jamice Adaway and Ms. Natalie Meyer met as Honors English teachers to discuss what would be the best option for the Honors students. Along with the administration, they decided to replace the class to provide another AP option for students. This addition, they hope, will better prepare the juniors for their senior AP British Literature and Composition course, while also giving them the opportunity to test out of College Prep English. The course will also allow for more freedom and flexibility in the juniors’ overall schedules, giving them an option to help space out all of their AP courses between two years. The dif ferences between the former Honors World Literature and upcoming AP Language courses are quite drastic. Much of the curriculum will be changed but Meyer, the future teacher of the class, is planning to incorporate as much world literature as possible. Still, much of the class will be focused on non-fiction, a literary focus unique among Hoban English courses. “The class primarily approaches English in a new way that Hoban has not seen yet. I believe the uniqueness of the class fits in well with the uniqueness of junior year.” Meyer said. The rigorous course differs also from the AP British Literature course for seniors. The AP Language class asks: “What is the writer saying and how are they saying it?”, while the Brit Lit course asks: “What is the writer saying and what does it mean?” The class will focus on rhetoric and argument, rather than the deep analysis of the AP British Literature course. Meyer comments on her expectations for the class, saying, “Anytime you can offer more of a good thing, you’re setting yourself up to be more successful. That’s what we want for our students, to figure out what’s best for them.”

The third and final curriculum change will be taking place in the Religious Studies Department. The changes resulted from a 2008 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting that met to write a new curriculum framework for high school religion. This new framework includes six core classes with several optional electives. These changes are mandated by the bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Richard Lennon, and will occur in every high school in the diocese next year. With these changes, schools in the diocese will all be teaching the same courses at the same time. All four years of religion courses will be split into semester classes. Freshman will take Holy Cross Core Values and Sacred Scripture, and sophomores will take Who Is Jesus Christ? and The Mission of Jesus Christ. Juniors will be taking Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues of the Church (a Church history class) and Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ. Seniors will take Life in Jesus Christ (Morality) and Social Justice. Because of the conflict with the upperclassman’s current and future course order, next year both juniors and seniors will be taking Sacraments. Spirituality, a current option for senior religion, will now be an elective offered every other year; alternating with Philosophy. Mrs. Mar y Bulgrin, the Religious Studies Department Chair, is looking forward to teaching the new classes. “Anytime a curriculum is revised, it brings fresh insight and new energy to our teaching and our classes,” Bulgrin said. This new, creative design of the curriculum allows room for new projects and learning experiences. Students and parents can expect the same high caliber religious education, simply in a new and improved format. The upcoming changes promise to bring improvements to Hoban’s curriculum. The invigorating new approaches to learning are hoped to attract students’ attention. The riveting and unique content matter should excite students for what is to come. n



New source of aquatic entertainment splashes Cleveland by katie cottrill


n Jan. 21, a new $33 million attraction graced Cleveland with a source of enter tainment and environmental awareness. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is the only freestanding aquarium in the state of Ohio. It contains one million gallons of water in 40 tanks and consists of 5,000 marine animals an embodiment of over 100 species. The aquarium covers approximately 45,000 square feet of the former First Energy Powerhouse, which powered Cleveland’s electric railway and streetcar system until 1926. Because theold building is on the National Register of Historic Places, builders were not able to reconstruct the original structure. Old smokestacks and arched windows are not only historic, but give the aquarium a vintage look. “It’s kind of quirky that you can see the brick around the tanks,” Nicholas Traviss, the aquarium’s design director said to Regina Garcia Cano, a writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We preserved its historical integrity, and the building is a surrealistic scene.” Marinescape NZ Ltd., the New Zealandbased developing company, has built over 20 aquariums in places around the world including Europe, Asia and Australia. However, Cleveland’s new attraction is the first aquarium this company has built in the United States. Cleveland was chosen because of its locationthe new aquarium is surrounded by several buildings that could potentially be converted to aquariums in the future. Marinescape plans to build other aquariums nearby depending on the popularity of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium in the coming year. Over 5000 annual passes have already

been sold, but passes do not The Greater Cleveland Aquarium need to be purchased in order to visit the powerhouse-turnedopened Jan. 21 in the former aquarium. With adult tickets First Energy building. priced at $21.95 and children’s tickets priced at $15.95, the price may seem high. However, there is a lot to do for these costs, including a sit down café-diner inside the building. Upon entering the aquarium, visitors can travel through a 150 ft. tunnel and stand right next to marine specimens that, as of late, were native to the waters off the coast of Key West. Some were even bought from local breeders. Mike Hutchinson, who has been in the fish keeping business for 24 years, was hired to select the species for the tanks. The first exhibit contains fish and other aquatic species from Ohio’s waters. These fish include dar ters, sunfish and minnows, among others. As they move along, visitors come across two American alligators in an exhibit which was designed to resemble the Everglades. Moving along, there is a tank suspended overhead. It contains numerous saltwater animals. lobsters and is lit from the top so The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is open that the shadows of the animals are projected daily from 10 am to 6 pm. The new attraction is on the floor of the old smokestack. available to rent for birthday parties, banquets “The smokestack is kind of like the break and other gatherings. For more information between fresh and salt water fish,” Traviss said. about the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, visit In the saltwater tanks are sharks, octopus, n stingrays, lobsters, starfish and many other

Class rankings eliminated for class of 2013 and beyond by mackenna swing


ver the past few school years, a shocking trend has quietly swept over high schools across the nation: the elimination of a class ranking system. Class rank is eliminated in hope of giving students a higher chance of admission to more competitive and prestigious colleges. It has been suggested that many students with immense potential are overlooked by colleges during the admission process and not rewarded scholarships due to the high concentration some schools place on class rank. By simply reviewing numbers, many students are not given a fair chance because the admission staff has been trained to simply review numbers. Starting next school year with the Class of 2013, Archbishop Hoban will no longer publish class rank. Hoban will continue to acknowledge the valedictorian and salutatorian for each grade

level, but the rest of the class rankings will not be published. “Our goal by eliminating class rank is give students the chance to be reviewed by colleges fairly,” Dr. Mary Anne Beiting said. “The rigor of some of our classes definitely impacts students’ grades, and we want them to have a fair chance when being reviewed.” Many students at Hoban participating in honors courses or AP classes are faced with much more enduring and strenuous work. While these students may not be able to consistently maintain A’s in these courses, they are better preparing themselves for education at the next level. Senior and junior counselor Daniel Weiss went before the Academic Council last year in hope of eliminating the class rank. “As a more competitive school, we want colleges to spend more time looking at student’s curriculum’s as opposed to their ranking,”

Weiss said. The junior class as a whole displays academic excellence, the class median being a 3.286 GPA. The top twenty percent consists of those with a 3.74 GPA and higher, opposed to a public school whose top twenty percent is most likely much lower. To be in the top ten percent, the juniors must have a 4.057 GPA or higher. The selective ranking gives students not in the prestigious “top twenty-five percent” a lower acceptance rank into many schools. Many other schools in the area, such as Walsh Jesuit High School, have also eliminated the publishing of class rank in order for their students to be presented equal opportunity to excel in college through admission and scholarships. By eliminating class rank, Hoban administrators aim to give all students better opportunities in the college admissions process. n



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Staff member picks nominees worthy of Academy Awards by kevin ritenauer

BEST PICTURE NOMINEES Moneyball, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, War Horse, The Artist, The Help, The Descendants

My pick for best picture is Hugo. This was definitely the hardest choice I had to make considering the amount of very well-done movies nominated. Mixed with great cinematography, an incredible score and an amazing performance on the part of Asa Butterfield (Hugo Cabret), who I feel was snubbed for best Actor, this proves to be a very wonderful film. The movie also acts as an homage to the forefathers of cinema, which only adds to the magnificence of the film.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE NOMINEES Demian Bichir - A Better Life, George Clooney - The Descendants, Jean Dujard - The Artist, Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Brad Pitt Moneyball

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Davis delivers a very powerful performance as a maid during the Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs, civil rights movement. Davis is the Viola Davis - The Help, first of the maids to share her story, Rooney Mara - The Girl With which will later be published and the the Dragon Tattoo, Meryl injustices done to her will be delivered Streep - The Iron Lady, Michelle to the world. Davis has a hand in Williams- My Week With Marilyn making The Help a very good movie.


CINEMATOGROPHY For cinematography, The Tree of Life is a big front-runner. With it’s unique camera The Artist - Guillaume views and up-close shots, The Tree of Life, Schiffman, The Girl With proves to be a movie that you can easily find the Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth, Hugo - Robert yourself becoming a part of. Included is a long montage of the birth of this universe, Richardson, The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki, Emmanuel Lubezki made great choices in War Horse - Janusz Kaminski how to shoot this film. The cinematography makes this piece a truly beautiful movie.


George Clooney does a fantastic job playing the role of a husband whose wife is in a permanent coma. While his wife is in this coma, Clooney finds out she has cheated on him. Clooney captures all the emotions of a man on the edge of breaking down, but having to stay strong for his family around him. The subtleties in his performance were breathtaking.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Jonah Hill shows a whole different facet of his talent in Moneyball. An Kenneth Branaugh - My Week actor who is normally in physical With Marilyn, Jonah Hill comedies such as Superbad, Hill Moneyball, Nick Nolte - Warrior, comes out of his shell to deliver Christopher Plummer - Beginners, a great performance as Billy Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud Beane’s (Brad Pitt) assistant and Incredibly Close general manager.


MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) As The Artist is a silent film, the music acts as the dialogue and must depict The Adventures of Tintin all the emotion in the movie. This was - John Williams, The a movie that I heavily considered for Artist - Ludovic Bource, Best Picture with Hugo, and I think that Hugo - Howard Shore, says a lot Bource’s score. The score was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy very impressive, purveying complex - Alberto Iglesias, War emotion as well as staying within realm of Horse - John Williams quintessential 1920s and 1930s music.




New art class exposes students to screenprinting process by max moore


Senior Ana Horattas prepares a screen to print her concert poster in the newly formed art class. Kraus during class has made learning much easier,” Tomin said. This class is, as of now, a senior-only class and is not necessarily for every student in the school. Much time is time to work on projects. With a concert poster project followed almost immediately by a completely different printing style, the class can be challenging. Besides those challenges, the cost of the

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dvanced Screenprinting is an experimental after-school class that takes place two days a week for two hours and explores the art of screenprinting. Only six students are enrolled in this class taught by art department chair Micah Kraus. The small size provides a teaching environment that is unlike any other course offered because there is the opportunity for more teacher-student interaction. “With so much more room in the class we are able to get more accomplished,” Kraus said. “Having a class after school is something that has proved to be a real advantage as well.” The students are able to work in Kraus’ room and in art teacher Jill Fortman’s room if the need for extra space is required. Also, the Mac lab in the basement is always available for work on new designs. “I love having so much space for the kids to be able to get quality work done with a focus on creativity instead of having a crowded room just trying to get projects finished,” Kraus said. Many are learning as they go and have very little experience with screenprinting. In fact, half of the class has never taken a printmaking class, like senior Kellie Tomin. “Learning all this as I go has been difficult, but with the support of the others and the ability to have more one-on-one interaction with Mr.

class is a consideration. At 650 dollars the class is for serious students, but this includes a trip to New York City in the spring. The trip includes visits to several print shops as well as museums and visits to local artist hot spots. Advanced Screenprinting is the first in a series of new classes that will soon to be offered at Hoban. n

Chilean exchange students experience life in the US by micaela gutlove


uring the months of January and February, two students from Santiago, Chile, Daniela Ortiz and Pamela Merill, have been visiting the United States to experience the American culture. Ortiz and Merill are among ten Chilean students from Saint George’s College to attend the Holy Cross exchange program. The students were assigned to different Holy Cross high schools around the country such as Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City, Missouri and, of course, Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio.

Daniela Ortiz

Q: Is this your first time to the US? A: No. I have been to New York, Orlando and Miami for family trips. When we went to New York, my family visited Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building and Times Square, which was my favorite place in the city. In Orlando, we went to Disney. It was amazing and I had a lot of fun. Q: What is the difference between Hoban and the school you attend, Saint George’s College?

A: Well first off, we start the day at eight o’clock in the morning and end around four in the afternoon. The classes are for about fourtyfive minutes long with occasional breaks in between for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Also, we have the same classmates for every class/period. In Chile, our lunch break is an hour long. Q: Describe a typical Chilean meal. A: We eat something called an empanada. It is a bread filled with different meats, onions, eggs and raisins. We also eat a lot of rice with our meals. For dessert, a popular thing to drink during the summer is mote con huesilos. It is like dried peaches with cinnamon and cooked wheat. Q: What is the currency in Chile? A: Pesos. We have six different coins. For example, 500 pesos usually equals one dollar.

Pamela Merill

Q: What has been your favorite experience thus far? A: The whole trip has been a great experience for me but one specific time where I really had an adventure was the the night Daniela and I were stuck in the Chicago airport before coming to Akron. We had to spend the night in

the airport because our flight got cancelled. It was scary but at the same time we learned a lot about independence and taking care of our ourselves. Q: Does your school (Saint George’s College) have any traditions? If so what are they? A: Every year, we have a week where we celebrate our school called Georgian Week. Everyone participates in different contests and games. It is really fun. Also, we have Chilean day where we have a big sports competition between other schools. However, before the competition, we have a big pep rally where we burn the other schools logo. This prepares us for the friendly competition. Q: What privileges do you have when you turn 18 in Chile? A: Well, you are considered an adult, just like here. You can vote, consume alcohol legally and things like that, however, you can’t get your license until you turn eighteen. Q: Describe the typical music heard in Chile? A: The traditional music and dance of Chile is called cueca but today, very few people listen or dance to it. We mostly listen to a big variety of international songs. n


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by latroy lewis


ver wonder what The Visor staff is eating in their spare time? With food varying from homemade Italian entrees to mouth-watering ribs, they are worth driving over 400 miles to New York to taste. With a collection of contrasting taste-buds, find out what your school news staff enjoys to feast on.

abbey dankoff // features editor

kristin brennan // managing editor

Where: Miller’s Alehouse, Fort Meyers,

Where: Craft Restaurant, New York City,

What: Capt’n Jack’s Buried Treasure Consists of: homemade ice cream cake

What: Appetizer: Lobster Agnolotti



with Oreo crust, caramel, hot fudge and heath candy bar crunch “This cake will change your life.”

Dinner: Braised short ribs with chive potato puree Dessert: plum and peach crisp with salted butterscotch ice cream “[Chef] Tom Colicchio knows food. Period.”

max moore // website editor Where: Lamp Post Restaurant in Ellet What: The He-man Consists of: two pancakes; three

pieces each of bacon, sausage and ham; biscuits and gravy; three eggs and double hashbrowns “I love it because it has every breakfast food imaginable.”

katie caprez // copy editor Where: Italy What: Risotto w/ wild mushrooms (that

you need a license to harvest) “The best part of this dish was that the mushrooms had been harvested by my great uncle and the dish was made by my great aunt. It was a love-filled meal.”

lindsay huth // editor-in-chief Where: Cunetto’s House of Pasta, St. Louis, MO

What: Cavatelli con Pomodoro and Insalata Cunetto

Consists of: Cavatelli pasta with a sauce of butter, cream, mushrooms and fresh tomato and a garden salad with aged Parmesean dressing “It’s the only time I’ve ever craved salad.”

nick corbett // sports editor Where: Home What: my mom’s spaghetti and

meatballs “There’s nothing like spaghetti made by my mommy. Classic.”



Hoban hoops hopes rekindle flame against Warriors by nick corbett


arrying an 8-2 record entering into the rivalr y game against Walsh Jesuit, the boys basketball team was on fire. Unfor tunately the Warriors extinguished their flame after a 12-point victory. That was the first of many challenges that the boys had to overcome in a span of just a week. Injuries of both DeAllen Jackson and Jaelen Hollinger, which occurred later that weekend, made the next few games difficult for the team. Jackson suffered an unfortunate eye injury that required surger y and a mask, and Hollinger broke his wrist. The injuries caused both to miss three games, two of which were against inter-league teams. Though they caused the team some difficulty, the injuries of Jackson and Hollinger opened space for seniors Sean Robbins and Jimmy Bott to take the lead for the Knights. They were not the only ones to step up for the boys. Juniors Sean Merle and Joey Clark also Senior Sean Robbins dribbles down the court in the boys made a positive impact for the team basketball game against Springfield on Tuesday. coming off the bench. given moment, opening up an opportunity record, defeating Northwest, Benedictine “You know, it was really great being for a player who usually does not get into and NDCL. With one game left in the able to come into a game and getting a the rotation. regular season, the boys have one shot at chance to step up and rise to the occasion,” “We bench players really have stuck redemption against the Warriors of Walsh junior guard Sean Merle said. “I live for it. together building a bond that allows us to Jesuit. Tip-off is tonight at 7:30 P.M. in the We all do!” believe in each other,” junior guard Joey Barry Gymnasium. Come support the boys A high school basketball team’s bench Clark said. as they attempt to rekindle their flame and must be composed of a very talented group Since their first game against Walsh, defeat the Warriors. n of players. Any starter can get hurt at any the boys have maintained a winning

Catholic school sports face off with public counterparts by jordan cook


hether it is to continue a family legacy, to seek better educational opportunities, or simply to have the comfort of a Catholic school environment, each and ever y player has a reason for deciding to be a part of a team at a Catholic high school. This personal motive creates a melting pot of physical and intellectual talent. That combination often outmatches a public school opponent, even though many public school teams boast athletes who have played most of their athletic careers together. Whether an athlete is white or black, rich or poor, Catholic or not, his or her willingness to be a part of a rich tradition of excellence on the field and in the classroom creates a superior team and student body. This heated competition between the two distinct systems is perhaps most

evident in athletics. As an athlete at a Catholic school, I have witnessed the usual dominance of such teams in all facets of high school sports, which is due to a number of factors that make Catholic schools more appealing institutions. First, Catholic schools have tradition. Church-run high schools are very distinct from one another; Archbishop Hoban, St. Vincent-St. Mary, St. Ignatius and St. Edward have all developed rituals that create an ever-growing sense of community within the respective schools. Many area public schools do not have such traditions, because the sense of community is less emphasized. Historically, Catholic schools have also provided a high-level, refined education not often paralleled in public schools. This environment creates students who are well-prepared for higher education, which colleges notice. The quality of lear ning and the

oppor tunity to continue into college is attractive to not only the eighth grader who is deciding on high school, but also the student’s parents who are look further ahead to their child’s future. Attracting responsible parents translates into attracting high-caliber students, both academically and athletically. Perhaps the most crucial element that makes a Catholic athletic team superior to its public school counterpart is that each and every player on the team chooses the school. Unlike many public schools, where athletes are required to attend one school either because of their geographic location or financial situation, Catholic schools offer a choice for the prospective high school athlete to make. This freely-made decision is what binds a team, and a school, together. Every team member has a personal reason for attending and playing. n



Senior Knight explores club hockey beyond Hoban by connor lynch


hree years ago, hockey players walked the hallways of Hoban high school in approved hooded sweatshirts bearing the Hoban hockey logo. Now, hockey players such as senior Bobby Macom, a right wing for Medina, must pursue their passion in club programs for other schools. Macom plays for the Medina Bees club hockey team, sponsored through the Medina city school district. Although many Medina students play on the team, participation in the program is a hefty cost, totaling between 1300 and 1400 dollars for a winter session. The high price is not a surprise to members of the hockey community, as ice time is limited and expensive. As a result, hockey athletes must strive to use practice and game time to its full potential. “Hockey is a highly anaerobic sport,” senior Bobby Macom said. “An ideal shift change leaves players on the ice for 45 seconds to a minute.” For this reason, Macom’s team consists of twenty-seven players. At any given time, five are out competing on the ice. Due to the high intensity of exertion on the ice, athletes need rest after only a few seconds. Shift changes become a major part of each game, and oftentimes the teams with the cleanest shift changes achieve the winning score. Macom practices twice a week from 7:30 to 11:00 P.M.,leaving him with sore muscles and drooping eyes. In addition to regular practices, Macom competes in an average of two games per weekend, which can be anywhere from an hour and a half to

two hours in length. “It’s painful after the game, hits make you sore.” Macom said. The physical aspect of the game is part fun, part annoyance for the Medina Bees athlete. “Hockey at the high school level is a lot of hitting, I would say that I hit more often than the average player,” Macom said, “When I get home, I eat a lot of food and go to bed.” In addition to the late nights, long weekends and per vasive soreness that comes from extreme p h y s i c a l i t y, M a c o m must tr y to improve his technical skills. Improving passing accuracy, shooting and communication is a constant pursuit of the high school hockey player. With one goal scored so far this season, Macombis h u n g r y for mor e. The Medina Bees have a 6-1 record entering the final weeks of the season. Records and goals aside, Senior Bobby Macom prepares for his Macom’s main motivation hockey game. Macom plays club hockey is visceral. for the Medina Bees team. “I’m a crazy person, so Macom’s drive despite recognition it’s fun to act like a psycho for his sport truly outlines his love for the for two hours--letting loose on the ice,” game. n Macom said.

Hall of fame tradition honors past Hoban athletes by nick corbett


he honor and praise that one receives when inducted into the Hoban Athletic Hall of Fame may not seem to be that big of a deal to some. However, being inducted leaves a mark on our school’s history that can never be taken away. Hoban is now in its sixth decade of existence, meaning that there are thousands of past athletes who have worn the blue and gold uniform as a Knight. To think that a singular athlete can be put above some other great athletes after his or her tenure at Hoban is a feat hard to imagine. Every two years, the athletic board, a group of 11 Hoban alumni, induct at least five past athletes, coaches or managers into the

hall of fame. Anyone can be honored after five years of time away from Hoban. Any athlete or manager must have graduated at least five years ago to be elected to such high honor. Currently, 61 active members make up Hoban Athletic Hall of Fame. Tyrell and Tony Sutton, Jeff Owens and Clem Caraboolad are just a few of these members. Nominations can be made by alumni, coaches, Booster Club members, Trustee board members, the nominating committee or other concerned parties. The nominating committee is made of one graduate from the 1950s, three graduates from the 1960s, three graduates from the 1970s and two graduates from the 1980s. As need arises, more members will be added. The members of the Hall of Fame are

not just those who earned the most varsity letters while at Hoban.They are also athletes being recognized for having high morals and values on and off of the field. Every year, soon after the inductions, Hoban affiliates suggest nominees for the next induction. The selection committee consists of the Athletic Director, two Booster club members, four members of the Alumni Association, one faculty member and an associate of St. Joseph representative, consider each nominee for induction. After being inducted into the Hall of Fame members’ names gain a permanent spot outside the Barry Gym and in Hoban history. The once-renowned student athletes will be remembered forever in the Hoban community. n

Visor Issue 8  

Hoban Visor Issue 8

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