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February 2014 | Volume XXVIII | Issue IV

Homecoming Regrets Some advice to underclassmen about why homecoming IS a big deal Page 6

Bye Bye Birdie Page 7

Get a Date! Pages 11-12

Viking Journal @VikingJournal @VikingJournal @Viking_Journal Editors-in-Chief Andrew Merica Kierra Fillwock Managing Editor Jalen Alexander Design Editor Taylor Martinez Entertainment Editor Brady Swathwood

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Staff Writers Jessica Akey Morgan Altergott April Anderson Lauren Douglass Taylor Hibberd Aubrey Koebel Aimee Ortiz Adviser Marilyn Klimek Co-Adviser Abby Sandmann Printer Berrien Career Tech Graphics at Niles High School

A True Niles Viking Photo credit: Niles High School Class of 1974

By Jeff Upton Athletic Director, Friend


Tom Bonner 1955-2014

hen I think of when I came to Niles, I always remember the warm reception I had from the many people who help work the games. This all begins with Tom Bonner. Tom has been the clock operator for Niles basketball, football and wrestling for more than 10 years. He is at the school almost every night during the fall and winter seasons. Tom was always early, and always willing to do more than asked. Tom would be there because he loved Niles athletics and because he knew I needed him. There were times when I would try to help Tom by running the play clock in football--but I would get distracted and Tom would end up running both clocks, because that is what was most accurate for running the game. Last year, we bought a new scoreboard for the football games. The clock was delivered a few days prior to the game, and Tom came by the field to discuss the score-

board with the installers. Tom knew this was his to learn, and his to run. He took the manual home to study so that he ran the game properly. Tom was honest, loyal and a true Niles Viking. He never wanted anyone to question his integrity in running the game--and it never was questioned. Many nights I spent with Tom in the press box watching football, and we would end up discussing Niles teams from the past. With my limited history of Niles sports, Tom would be the one to tell me the rest of the story--the story behind the story. Tom has also been an assistant baseball coach for more than 15 years. Tom would take special care of the infield--he would drag the field until it was perfect for the teams. Tom loved the sport of baseball, and he loved his family. Long after the games would end, I would see Tom looking at the pic-

tures of the Niles graduating classes of the past, looking to point out his sons to me--or one of the ballplayers he helped during his time at Niles High School. During one of my visits to the hospital to see Tom, he was in great pain with all his treatments. I updated Tom on the belief that Niles was robbed of a basketball victory the prior night because of the referees. I saw that Tom Bonner smile come through the pain---another victory taken away from our Vikings. Last fall there was a football game that ended early on a Thursday night, and Tom and I went to have some chicken wings--we didn’t have enough of those special nights. Tom is a true friend. It seems hard to have these games without him here. There is a void at our scorers table. One of the true members of the Niles team has moved on, and he will be missed at Niles High School.

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TEEN MOM The harsh reality that is often over-glamorized on television Jessica Akey & Taylor Hibberd | Staff Writers


he scowling stares, the blank expressions, the bitter misunderstanding: Sometimes life takes a turn down an unexpected path, and as much as you may want to turn around and relive the past, you just have to accept the present and move forward in a positive light. This is exactly what teen mom Elizabeth Goble, 17, does as she toughs out her new life of being pregnant. As for Kenzie Green, 18, the pregnancy stages are over, yet the long road ahead of being a young mother still continues to consume her life. It’s hard to ignore when someone stares at you, let alone when you are enduring one of the hardest moments of your life. “Yes, it makes me upset,” Elizabeth said of the stares she so frequently receives in public. “But I knew from the beginning when I made the choice to take on the responsibility of being a teen parent that people were going to look down on me. “I just have to look past it and prove to them that I will be a great mother. Their looks just motivate me even more to do everything I have to do in order to raise my daughter.” On top of the stares, name calling is another issue that is difficult to overcome. “I learned a long time ago, way before I was pregnant, that people

are always going to talk about you no matter the situation,” Elizabeth said. “Everyone judges everyone, and that’s the biggest problem in high school.” When you take on the huge responsibility of being a teen mother on top of everyday activities such as school, sports, going out on Friday night, having a normal high school experience--all of those privileges are taken away because now you have other priorities. Now you have a living, breathing, human being whose life depends on you. “All of my priorities changed,” said Elizabeth. “Before, I would spend all my money on myself, but now all my money goes to my daughter.” Kenzie Green explained the major change in her social life. “To be honest, I basically lost all my friends,” said Kenzie. “I only have Tyler, my boyfriend. They acted like they were going to be there for me and help me, but in the end, it’s just broken promises.” It is amazing how drastically your life is changed based on one decision when you are young. As a teen mom, it is difficult to get the support and love you need. “My parents and (my boyfriend’s) parents are my biggest support,” said Elizabeth about the support and help she receives from those closest to her. “They give us

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advice and help us out with everything. “My dad gets me everything I need and saves money for me to give me for the weekends, but now all the money goes towards the baby, which was my decision. It is different for every mom: Some moms may not have the support financially and emotionally. I was lucky to get both.” Kenzie had a more difficult time opening up to her family and friends about the baby. “I did not want to tell them at all; I was kind of just hoping they’d figure it out instead of me saying something,” Kenzie said. “I didn’t want anyone to be disappointed in me and think I wanted a child at a young age, like I did it on purpose.” Elizabeth’s advice for teens who are sexually active is to just wait. “Many things come unexpectedly, but for a reason,” she said. “I just hope that if anyone chooses to keep this gift, that they think over everything, and if they don’t think that they can do it and are just going to continue partying or push their child off onto other people, they should consider adoption instead of abortion.” No matter what, teen pregnancy has a lasting impact on everyone’s life.

Cyberbullying Lauren Douglass | Staff Writer


hat is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is the use of Internet, cellphones, or other electronic communication devices to spread harmful or embarrassing information about another person. This information can be in the form of text, photos or videos. Cyberbullying affects a large percentage of children and teenagers all across the nation. The side effects of cyberbullying have just as great of an effect as if you were to be bullied in person. Cyberbul-

What happens on the dark side of Twitter


s everyone has seen, there was a twitter account called “Niles Confessions.” The purpose of this account was to call out Niles High School students by name and insult them--all anonymously. I personally think this account was wrong. No one wants to be publicly humiliated. I don’t understand what goes through people’s mind when they do such hateful things like this, but no one can control what others do. According to the name, Niles Confessions was made for confessions. Yet, there was very little confessing. It was more of bashing. There were a few nice tweets, but with all of the disrespectful tweets, no one wanted to read the nice ones. The majority of the tweets were either secrets or rumors. Whether

lying, unlike verbal bullying, can take place any time of the day, not just during school hours. It invades your home life and your personal space making you feel unsafe anywhere you are. The side effects of cyberbullying can be extremely serious it undermines your confidence and can leave you very stressed out. In some cases in can lead to suicide. The worst thing you can do is to not speak up for yourself or for someone who is being bullied on-

Why standing up for yourself and others can make a difference

line. According to The Michigan Penal code 750.411s, if you send a message causing someone to feel terrorized, threatened, intimidated, or harassed, it can be punished by law. You can get up to a 5-year sentence and up to a fine of $10,000. Cyberbullying won’t stop until more people stand up for each other and just block the bully out. As John Heywood once wrote, “Out of sight out of mind.” The most important thing is to not give the bully the attention that they are seeking.

Niles Confessions Aubrey Koebel | Staff Writer

they were true or not, they weren’t appropriate in any way. Obviously, no one has or will have the guts to come out and admit they made the account. No one will come out and admit that they fed that account information, either. No one knows who sent the “confessions” in because they were anonymous, and that is one of the worst parts about this thing. Individuals who sent these are not known, and they are lucky. Although some people weren’t upset, others were. Senior Olivia Jordan said, “I wasn’t extremely upset, but I was more upset by the fact that it wasn’t true.” Being in high school, almost everyone knows what it’s liked to be judged and looked at in a negative way, and this account was purely negative. You’d think people would respect each other more and be

mature. All high school anymore is rumors and negative judgements. It’s understood that it is cyber bullying and I totally agree, but I don’t think people should let it bother them. What people do with their free time is no one’s business, but theirs. You know what’s true and you know what’s false. You know yourself more than anyone else knows you. I wouldn’t let an opinion or an unnecessary judgement bother you, especially an anonymous one. I also would suggest that people should probably give the account no attention. Don’t send it stuff, don’t favorite its tweets, don’t do anything. That way, with the attention not there, they will have nothing to talk about.

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Pulling Their Weight

Examination of exactly which classes receive weighted grades and which do not Morgan Altergott | Staff Writer


here are many classes and programs that students can take at Niles High School. Students have different varieties of interests in those classes. The Berrien County Math and Science Center provides math, science, computer classes, and more (if you are an upperclassman) to high school students across the county. Lake Michigan College offers history and language classes to juniors and seniors. Niles High School even offers AP classes for those who score well and want to take more challenging classes. Although there are many classes offered, only some are weighted. A weighted class is one that is graded on a 5 point GPA scale rather than the traditional 4 point GPA. That means that, essentially, your grade is one letter higher than what you earn: If you get a B or an A-, the score on your report card will say you have an A. LMC and AP classes are both weighted, yet despite having Academic Honors designated courses, the Math and Science Center (MSC) classes are not. Many MSC kids feel that their program should be, too. “It is the freshmen through seniors [at MSC],” said sophomore MSC student Gigi Goshorn. “[Classes] should be [weighted] because there is a lot to put on [the students’] plate[s]. At LMC, classes are weighted on a 5 point scale. It is juniors and seniors only, so they have a little more experience with all the work.” At the end of the school year, MSC kids have a ceremony at Andrews University for all their hard work and dedication to the center. Students can earn awards and celebrate with

friends and family because of how hard the students have worked. The seniors all sit at the front, as the ceremony is mostly for them. Last year, it was announced that only one out of 20 seniors was in the top ten at their high school. Everyone was shocked and jaws dropped. They felt that if they were picked out of the entire county as the top students, their scores should be at the top at their high schools, as well. “By the time you get to senior year, and there is a top ten, MSC students pretty much have no chance at that,” said Gigi. “[T]he LMC students have been there for two years, while MSC kids have been working really hard for four years, and we don’t have the [GPA] boost to make the list.” Because classes are not weighted for MSC students, kids who take easier weighted courses or AP courses have a higher GPA and therefore a higher ranking for the class. Colleges look at where you ranked at your high school and whether or not you made the top ten. This means that when some classes are weighted, and some are not, those who were in the weighted classes have an advantage over the others. A junior at LMC, Megan McKeel said, “Our weighting has gone from a 4.0 to 4.18. I think it’s beneficial in getting students to challenge themselves by taking harder classes.” The eighth graders that are wanting to join the Math and Science Center might take into account that the classes are not weighted, and therefore not apply to the center. Would you?

Homecoming Regrets


Advice to underclassmen about how to embrace Viking Pride Kierra Fillwock | Editor-in-Chief

y last homecoming. Ever. It didn’t really hit me until I began to write this article. Last spirit week. Last pep rally. Last homecoming. I’m not going to lie though, I wasn’t as spirited as I’d like to admit this last homecoming. I only dressed up for one day during spirit week. I didn’t even make it to my last pep rally. And to top it off, I didn’t show up to my last homecoming game until the last quarter of the basketball game. I’m regretting those decisions the more I write.

As the years went on from freshman to senior year, my “spirit” seemed to fade. I’m not sure whether it has anything to do with how I’ve matured, or if I’m just using that as an excuse. Okay, lets be real. I’m just using that as an excuse. If I have any advice to my fellow high schoolers, it would be to take advantage of all of the events happening during high school. Time flies to say the least. My last semester of high school has begun, and it startles me that it’s finally here. In a couple of months I’ll be graduating from high school and it’s bittersweet.

I know I’ll look back and regret not participating as much as I would have liked to. But I can only blame myself. I’ve never regretted participating in an event at the high schoo,l and I wish I would have taken more advantage of those things. Enjoy it, guys. High school is the last chance to enjoy being a kid. No more homecoming weeks for me. No more pep rallies for me. No more homecoming games for me. It’s been real Niles High School, and I’ll be sure to enjoy the next few months I spend here.

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No, Bye Bye Birdie isn’t a tribute to Flappy Bird


Jalen Alexander | Managing Editor

hen you begin a new commitment, you have to give up something else. Marina Thornton has to sacrifice being away from The Sims to be in Bye Bye Birdie. Hannah Davis has to sacrifice sleep. They believe it’s worth it, as long as there is music and acting. Bye Bye Birdie is a play set in the 1950s, centered around Conrad Birdie (Elijah Ernsperger). Birdie is an Elvis-type rock and roll artist who gets drafted into the Vietnam War. His manager, Albert (Danny Grimes,) and his manager’s secretary, Rosie (Danielle Villa), come up with the idea to send Birdie off by having him sing to one of his fan members and give her a kiss on national television. The lucky girl that gets to kiss Birdie is Kim MacAfee (Abby Rzepka), however she’ll first have to convince her boyfriend, Hugo Peabody (Ryan

Roberts), that her kissing Birdie is a good idea. The play is well renowned, in part due to its focus on different relationships, such as those between Albert and Rosie and between Hugo and Kim. You’ll hear about how disobedient children can be in the song “Kids,” and you’ll also learn how young people have “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” in that song. There are many other musical numbers that comment on different aspects of relationships and pop culture, as well. The play is directed and choreographed by Mrs. Bartlett. Mr. Hunckler is the music director, and Tiffani Williams is the assistant student director. The two showtime dates and times are Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 23 at 2:30 pm. The show will take place in the Niles High School Auditorium. The cost to enter is $7.

Paying Homage

A preview of our Jazz Band’s upcoming performance for Black History Month


April Anderson | Staff Writer

ebruary is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States. On February 28, Niles High School will hold a Black History assembly to pay respects to some of the most influential black Americans our country’s history. As part of this assembly, the

Niles High School Viking Jazz Band will be performing “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles and “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock. Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock were two extremely influential black musicians that had enormous contributions to the development of music in

Ray Charles was born Sept. 23, 1930, and he passed away at the age of 73. He was completely blind at the age of 7, but that did not stop him from playing piano and composing music. Most of his songs were gospel and rock.

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America. “Jazz music, in itself, has many traits that come from African American culture,” explained jazz band director Joshua C. Doe. Last year’s assembly was a fantastic tribute, and this year’s should be as well.

Herbie Hancock is a composer and pianist. He was born in the 1940’s and is still alive. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace music synthesizers (electric instruments) and funk music.

The Transition A sit down with Miss Carrie Rinehart, a first year Niles New Tech facilitator Brady Swathwood | Entertainment Editor Photo credit: Andrew Merica In previous years, you have only taught in a traditional setting. What was the transition to project based learning at Niles New Tech like? Was it easy at first? The process of creating and implementing PBL has been the biggest transition. It’s not been a teaching strategy I was trained in prior to this past summer. It’s also not an easy transition because rather than working with one subject’s standards, I need to be sure to consider history standards as well. Further, I am partnering with another teacher and that requires a lot of brainstorming, discussion, and compromising time on both our parts. What is it about New Tech that fascinates you the most in both the character aspect and teaching aspect? In terms of the character, I’m fascinated by the effort to be a strong team/staff on behalf of the teachers, directors, and learners. There is a clear support for communicating amongst all levels, and I think that will be what continues to allow for NT to grow and improve. In terms of teaching, I like being able to have a daily conversation with another professional about where we can go in order to help our kids work with material and truly be challenged and learn. In which environment do you believe students have a more difficult and challenging time learning? NNT or NHS? Again, kids are kids or students are students or learners are learners. I think it depends on what area a student may struggle in, regardless of the teaching method, that would determine the difficulty. If writing is a challenge, it doesn’t seem to matter if you’re doing it as part of a project or an assignment to practice for ACT within NHS; it’s a skill that is difficult for some and will be in either environment. Also, I can see distraction making things challenging for students. In Global Studies, we have about 50 kids in groups working on projects. This can be loud while learners are researching, reading, discussing, etc. However, at NHS, in my English 10 class, for example, I

have 33 students that need reminders to be quiet while their peers are trying to read, write, think, etc. It’s school. Some subjects are more challenging than others. Distractions are all around in any environment. I think the key is truly knowing how you learn best because we have an amazing gift to offer our 8th graders that seriously look at the options. Hopefully they know which would lessen the difficulty and challenge for themselves as it will be different for each kid. Likes and dislikes of both NNT and NHS? I like sharing stories. Hearing stories. Knowing my students goals, successes, funny happenings, etc. So, I like when I have enough of a relationship within my classroom that my kids and I are all laughing, enjoying, and learning. I like when we have enough of a relationship that the class knows when to buckle down and get to work, too. I dislike when I feel like time isn’t being used to move the learning forward. Or when some students struggle having any truly hard working, get busy time. In short, I dislike wasted time and excuses. What works better in New Tech? What works better in the High School? It depends on the student and teacher. I think this is such an individual based question. Kids are flourishing, as they always have, in the traditional setting. I think about NHS and I know students feel they are clear on expectations, challenged by their assignments, and know their teachers believe in their ability to succeed. The same is true for the learners and facilitators at NNT. Teachers want to set their kids up for success. It’s the reason we go to school for the opportunity to teach. The methods to do this are what we will continue to research, practice and try out so we continue to do this better and better regardless of the environment. Differentiating is key for both NHS and NNT.

What made you interested in New Tech (if anything), and how did you become a New Tech Facilitator? Again, PBL is something new for me in how to approach helping kids learn. I was interested in New Tech because I see it as a professional learning opportunity to improve the art of teaching for all my kids, and I get to know more students! So now “my kids” are both NNT and NHS, and I love that part of it. There is nothing better than watching student’s realize what they are capable of understanding and achieving. There are a variety of ways that teachers are able to make this happen for their students; PBL is now offered “in my backyard” so I wanted to be a part of the process. I’m continuing to train as a New Tech facilitator as I attend our weekly meetings and have conversations with my directors and partner as well as from experiencing it daily. The training began this past summer as I was part of the week long professional development at NNT after school was out and again when I had the opportunity to attend NTAC in New Orleans with the purpose of learning the PBL process. Your days are normally split with both NNT and NHS classes. What’s it like having to still teach both traditional and PBL? The shifting from New Tech mornings to NHS in the afternoon is actually easier than I thought. The biggest reminder was that kids are kids. Because of the emphasis on the different teaching methods, I thought it’d be a difficult transition. However, my students are more similar than different. They all know that they are to be treated with respect and do the same for others around them. I expect them to be responsible and do their work, ask questions, and advocate for themselves regardless of being NHS or NNT. Moreover, it was imperative that I be able to still teach at NHS and have the opportunity to learn a new method to help students learn was also extremely exciting to me. In short, having the chance to have the transition was key for me in making any change.

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Turn down for what? Seriously, what the heck happened at last month’s Winter Formal Dance?


ast month’s Winter Formal Dance was a dance of firsts. It was the first time the Class of 2017 went to a Winter Formal, the first time the dance was held at the Hilton Gillespie Center, and our first time using that DJ. It was also the first time the dance was abruptly stopped three-quarters of the way through. The dance was going great. Everyone was having a fantastic time. Some were hanging around the drinks area, some were in the free photo booth, and some were right in the center of the giant, chaotic mass that was dancing and jumping and fist pumping and dougie-ing and wobbling (but certainly not grinding). The DJ was playing great music with a fantastic light show and a fog machine that contributed heavily to the party atmosphere.

Then, at 10:15 P.M., the music stopped. The lights went out. The room froze. Everyone stopped dancing and jumping and wobbling, and stood still in mass confusion. Some started booing. Others simply looked at their friends with confused faces. The room lights over the DJ came on, as it was apparent that the DJ was having some sort of technical difficulties. Everyone stood there confused, some starting to get irritated with the abrupt stop to the party. But others noticed something: The lights on the fire alarms located all around the room were flashing in unison. As it appeared, the fire alarm was going off. The DJ got his microphone working again, and informed par-

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Andrew Merica | Editor-in-Chief

tiers that the fire alarm had gone off, the fire department was coming, there was no real fire, and we all had to evacuate the dancefloor. Girls rushed to the far side of the room to gather their shoes. Guys rushed to the far side of the room to gather their girls. Everyone cleared the dancefloor and headed into the hallway, all standing confusedly. No one knew whether to simply stand in the hallway or if complete evacuation outside (to the extremely cold temperatures) was necessary. Finally, administrators and teachers instructed that complete building evacuation was necessary, and that there was no time for anyone to grab their coats. Everyone had to exit. Everyone had to stand outside in the freezing cold. Everyone wanted to know who pulled the fire alarm.

Someone drove up and started blasting music from their car in an attempt to continue the party outside. Unfortunately, they were instructed not to do so by an administrator (as they could not park there), and the idea of an outside party died as quickly as it had started. Everyone was outside. Everyone was cold. Everyone was confused. “We don’t know any parameters around it,” said College and Career counselor Mrs. Josie Dejong, amidst the chaos. “It could have been somebody pulled it--anyone in the hotel.” New Tech Assistant Director Mr. Mike Vota was similarly perplexed. “No, we don’t [know who did this],” he said. “I know about as much as you do. It’s hard to tell.” After standing out in the cold for about 10 minutes, Assistant Principal Mr. Chris Porter finally offered new information. “There was no pull of the fire alarm,” he said. “The DJ came out and told Mr. Knoester that it was, in fact, the fog machine, even though he was told by [hotel] management that there would be no issues with it.” “It looks like [the fire department has] a machine in there to try to get the fog out so they can reset

the alarm and then we’ll be able to get in,” he continued. “It wasn’t a prank. It was the fog.” If it had been a prank and someone had, in fact, pulled a false alarm, the consequences would have been extremely dire. “That’s something akin to calling a bomb threat,” said Mr. Porter. “It would have been a code of conduct [infraction] and possible expulsion,” he stated. “They probably would have suffered legal consequences, [as] I’m sure the City of South Bend would have had something to say to them, as well.” So if someone had pulled it, would we ever have a winter formal again? “It’s a tradition that we’re gonna have them, but it’s my guess that this place wouldn’t have us back,” Mr. Porter explained. “This is our first year here.” And shortly after Mr. Porter said that, Mr. Tim Knoester, Student Council Adviser, walked outside and yelled, “Let’s go inside where it’s warm in the foyer. Just the foyer.” Mr. Porter and Mr. Knoester had just enough time to get into the building before the mass, which was decidedly smaller in size, rushed the doors. Soon, everyone was back in-

side, packed together, still unable to continue dancing. Firefighters were standing in the dance floor area with industrial-sized fans in hopes to dissipate any remaining smoke. As the students were defrosting, Mr. Knoester was able to summarize exactly what happened. “It’s the hotel’s fault that the fire alarm went off,” he said. “They knew we were coming with fog. They’ve had fog before. They just didn’t realize their system wouldn’t be able to handle it.” He continued, “All the power that was going out with the DJ was [the hotel’s] fault, also.” The hotel apologized for all of the issues, as well as the lack of a coat room. In a further attempt to make amends, the hotel paid for the $500 worth of drinks that were consumed. “This venue is three times as expensive as Waterford Estates,” said Mr. Knoester. “Would the students like to come back here next year?” Soon, the fire department began to carry their equipment off the dancefloor and back on to the trucks. The lights went off, the students went in, and the DJ went on--his first song, “Fire Burning” by Sean Kingston.

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Academy Award Predictions Who will win which Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards Brady Swathwood | Entertainment Editor

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

Best Actor

Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”)

Best Actress Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”)

Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Foreign Language Film: “The Hunt” (Denmark) Adapted Screenplay: “12 Years a Slave” (John Ridley) Original Screenplay: “American Hustle” (Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell) Production Design: “12 Years a Slave” Cinematography: “Gravity”

Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”)

Sound Mixing: “Gravity” Sound Editing: “Gravity” Original Score: “Gravity” (Steven Price) Original Song: “Let it Go” from “Frozen” (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) Costume Design: “12 Years a Slave”

Best Directing (Alfonso Curaón)

Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom” Documentary Short Subject: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Film Editing: “Gravity” Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club” Animated Short Film: “Feral” Live Action Short Film: “Helium” Visual Effects: “Gravity”

The 86th Academy Awards will be held March 2, 2014 at 7pm on ABC.

Best Animated Feature Film

Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)

5 Movies Your Boyfriend (Secretly) Likes Brady Swathwood | Entertainment Editor Titanic Boys and girls, if your boyfriend ever tells you that he doesn’t have time to sit and watch Titanic with you, he is a liar. If he has time to sit through a baseball or football game, he has time to watch Titanic with you. After he finally decides to watch it, he will more than likely be very glad that he took the time to do so. Even though it may be a one-and-done type thing, most boys cannot deny that it was actually pretty great. They might be bored at first, depending on their personality, but once the Titanic goes Titanic, they are hooked with no escape.

This film is arguably one of the greatest films in history, but it also provides many valuable lessons, as well as a few priceless laughs and adventures. Even though this may not be the most romantic movie in the world, it still provides a great deal of memories that will last for a while. Check this out.

(500) Days of Summer An off beat romantic comedy about a lady who doesn’t believe in true love and the man who actually loves her doesn’t exactly sound like a movie a guy would like, until they actually watch it. It’s not your typical rom-com; it’s one that gives high emotionality. It’s a good story about what happens when only one person falls in love and features two of the The Notebook If you want your boyfriend to watch this movie, best, most underrated actors in the business. The film also contains a high dose of tips for boys, not make him. It is your typical romance movie, truthfully... to mention, so your boyfriend may not only laugh, nothing comedic about it (maybe the carnival but get teary eyed as well. scene)--straight up love, and there is nothing Warm Bodies wrong with that. Even though Warm Bodies is newer to romantic But this movie can get to some guys’ hearts (not all, though). The dedication and passion this film scene, it still made a huge impression after makputs into creating and building the relationship is ing it’s huge, unexpected release last year. Believe it or not, it was actually pretty good. a rare gem. What is more romantic that a zombie ComeIf any lesson is to come out of the film, your boyfriend will love it because it will make him realize dy? Guys love zombies. If you want a good time to how lucky he is to be in the relationship. The only cuddle up on the couch and relax with your partcatch is, more than likely, once your boyfriend ner and he is very picky, this is the one you want watches this, he won’t do it again, so use your one to rent. Combining a fabulous mix of both childish horchance wisely. ror and lovely comedy, Warm Bodies is a film to not be missed in both the film aspect and the roThe Princess Bride With swordfights, giants, an evil prince, a gor- mantic comedy point of view. geous princess, you will more than likely have your boyfriend’s attention. What’s is their not to love?

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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE An in-depth look at the four different kinds of love

Aimee Ortiz | Staff Writer


ove is powerful. Love is the essence and true common core of what we are all comprised. Without which, there’s no purpose for anything, really. In reality, it is a word often tossed around to describe your affection for almost everything. “I love my new shirt.” “I love tacos.” “I love my job” “I love my boyfriend/girlfriend.” “I love every song from Frozen” “I love...” now you finish the sentence. Love |luhv| noun 1 an intense feeling of deep affection: That is the first definition of love. Other definitions apply to our endearment to objects, trivial things, and also a term for a bad tennis score. I understand, the spirit of Valentine is in our midst, and a lot of us want our grim relationship to hold out until then, maybe we just lost our Valentine, maybe we’re hopelessly in love with our Valentine, maybe we don’t want/have one. Now, love is a word and emotion tossed by wind. Also know that true love is complicated to understand. In ancient Greece, they knew this. That’s why they interpreted love four different ways to describe any intimacy, passion, or infatuation. Philia (fa-lee-uh) That natural affection you have for your friends and the affection you should have for all other people--is philia.

This is more with friendship, but it is also a “practical love.” This type of love is used to describe our affection towards friends, acquaintances and the community. You are responsible for giving this type of love to everyone. I mean, everyone. We weren’t born to hate. We were born to love one another. Including the woman who cut you in line at Starbucks, the one always spitting out racist jokes, and the one who has spread rumors about you. Philia is only a love of kindness. Everyone is a victim of something, and you have no idea what someone is facing; love is the basis of all understanding. Now think about the love you have towards your friends. They know you. No matter where they’re from, how often you talk, we cannot live without friends. Studies show that not having friends has equivalent health risks to smoking. We need each other. Having a friend allows us to connect to others and tell them we love them-we philia them...I know, it sounds silly. Storge (store-gaye) Storge means that even when you’re arguing, bickering, rebelling, crying, or laughing, you’re parents love you and you love them. Almost like “ohana,” which, as we all may know, means: family. And family means no one gets left behind. You’ve probably heard your parents tell you that the minute you came into their lives, the minute they saw you, the minute they held you in their arms, they were in love with you. All your life, they

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watched you grow up and mess up, but no matter what they never stopped loving you. Storge is unconditional. Though, if you’re anything like a teenager, times arrive when you feel like this isn’t always true. There are times when storge is missing: times when you’re so angry at your parents, you swear you hate them and times when you swear they hate you. But you know this is never true--or at least you should. Storge is always present. Storge is also love within family in general. A lot of us have siblings. We’re known to often not get along so graciously with them. However, keep in mind: because we have a sibling, we always have a friend. It’s your choice whether or not you make them one. Eros (air-oh-s) Like all of these types of love, eros is powerful. Eros is a true, passionate, emotional type of love without the balance of logic. Again, without logic. This can be used to describe romantic relationships. Eros makes you feel like you’re on cloud nine, an adrenaline rush, if you will. Also known as, “stupid love,” but you can’t argue that it is a truly terrible feeling, because it’s not. Being in a relationship may deceive you into thinking that you’re in love, when you just might be in eros. It’s not enough to just be in eros with someone. Without all these other types of love, eros won’t last. Like storge, eros doesn’t mean unconditional. You have to make eros unconditional. Here we have two love birds: lover boy is desperately infatuated

with lover girl, and she with him as well. Watch this, they create a long-lasting, romantic relationship--two years. Eventually, he proposes, they get married, and have kids. Over time, eros fades. Then what? What do you do when you no longer feel the romance between you and the one you thought you loved? Is it possible to go through your entire life with someone only to watch the intimate flame burn out? When that flame burns out, you go out and find a flame with someone else. This is why people cheat. This is why people get divorced. That is only because love can be so vain. Eros is hungry and needs to be fed often to keep a relationship going. Eros requires another special component: agape. Agape (ah-gah-pay) Agape is unconditional. This is the most important of all types of love. Agape was so rare and so inconceivable to humans that it was given to the gods to spread. However, agape has been shown to exist beyond the Greek gods. It exists in humans and very prominently at times, however, not very common. To love unconditionally is to love beyond someone’s appearance, actions, experience, fears, inter-

est, situations. In essence, without conditions. To be loved unconditionally is a great thing and to give it is even better. You are not responsible for giving agape to everyone, but there are people who walk into your life and no matter what they’ve done and who they are, you love them with everything in you. Agape is eros, philia, and storge taken to another level. Agape is selfless and does not ask for anything in return. It doesn’t stop loving. That’s what makes it unconditional. It is is patient and kind--it is not proud or boastful. Agape is infinite. When you truly love someone the way agape loves, it will last forever. If it doesn’t, it wasn’t there in the first place. This is the type of love we’re all after. Since agape is the most important of all, it is important that all love begins with yourself. Before you expect anyone else to accept you, love you, or care for you--you must believe that much of yourself. Bottom line, you can’t expect anything from anyone if you don’t expect it of yourself. I said all of that to say this: We are all in search for love... What kind of love are you searching for?

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DEPRESSION What it’s really like inside the minds of the depressed--and what YOU can do to help

Taylor Martinez | Design Editor


eople assume that saying you’re depressed is crying, sadness, and a call for attention. In some ways, yes, it is. You can cry quite frequently and feel sad a lot, but sadness is temporary; you can mourn, but eventually the sadness will pass. Depression is constant in your life. We crave attention from people we care about to let them know how we’re feeling. At that very moment, we want them to understand how miserable, lonely, trapped and empty we feel. We want them to help us--to pull us out of this dark hole that we’re in for God-knows-what-reason. You think you want to die, but, in reality, you just want to be saved. Depression is the constant sense of being numb--numb to emotions, actions, or motivation. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. Famous clinical psychologist and professor of psychology Martha Manning said, “Depression is such a cruel punishment. There are no fevers, no rashes… it is essentially a solitary experience; a room with only your name on the door.” Some people don’t understand what depression feels like or looks like. They don’t comprehend what

we’re brought upon, or that if someone’s answer to everything is “I’m just tired” or “I’m fine” could be a sign of depression. If you can’t feel this, then you have no right to judge someone who does. On bad days, your first thoughts in the morning when you wake up are “I can’t do this anymore,” “I don’t want to exist,” or “I wish I could go somewhere--somewhere I can’t feel.” Every thought is a battle, every breath is a war. You don’t look forward to days that are good: You already have this idea that they’re going to be bad. When silence occurs, you’re stuck with your own thoughts, and it feels as if you’re flustered in your own conscience. Sometimes, it even seems for instance that you’re drowning. The depression is pulling you under water. You’re drowning, except you can see everyone around you breathing. The water filling up in your lungs as you fight to swim your way back up to the surface. You’re drowning and the thing that is drowning you, is yourself. Days aren’t really days anymore, they’ve just become annoying obstacles--obstacles that need to be faced. How do you face them? How do you run away from things that are in your head?

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Through self harm, pretending everything’s okay, addictions, medication, or even abuse of alcohol and drugs. Things you should not turn to, but choose to, only because you think that’s the only way out. If you resort to these kinds of things, the effects will be devastating. You could be addicted to drugs or pills that could kill you in an instant. You could suffer from alcohol poisoning. You could be putting others in danger while you’re choosing to go through these disastrous choices. In the end, you’re just coating the pain you’re in, but when everything you were doing wears off, the problem will still be there at the end of the day. Scary, isn’t it? How chemicals in your brain release into something that could potentially harm the way you live your life day-byday. You forget how to smile at the little things, so now you put on a mask so it seems you smile at everything. A mask to hide the pain at 3 in the morning when you have no more tears to drain. A mask to say to the world “I’m okay,” when you’re really not. No one asks for depression--it just comes along in a dark rain cloud. It floats over you, making your sunny thoughts go dark. It’s like the weather.

Despite all of this, despite all of the pain and the darkness and the sadness that you have gone through, there is something you must always know and fully understand. Depression is a flaw in chemistry, NOT character. Depression is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you’ve been strong for too long. Everything gets better in the end. If things aren’t better, then it’s not the end yet. So many things can get you through this funk you’re in. Turn to music, a friend, family, art, dance, sports...anything you love. Just channel all of your sadness into an activity, and turn it into something beautiful. You have the strength to keep going. How do I know? How does anyone know? Because we’re still here. You and I are still here, leading on our lives. Fight for your happiness, climb yourself out of that hole--no matter what it takes.

Now, when you step back, you’re out of depression, and you get better; you look at life in a new perspective. After experiencing all of this darkness, there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel. That light could hold so many opportunities in the future. You might want to tell your story to others about how you conquered this mess called depression, or be the person that someone comes to if they’re depressed. The possibilities are endless! If you hadn’t gone through this situation, you wouldn’t be the person you are to this very second, and you should be proud of who you are. That’s how most people look at it. Not one other human being is just like you, you are unique in every way. You learn new things after going through depression: what your body can and can’t handle, the things you do and don’t like, and the knowledge you’ve retained through all of this evil journey. You might even find out who was and

wasn’t a true friend after your encounter with depression. Some stick around, some leave. And that’s okay, you deserve to have the truly best people in your life, not ones that will leave when things get rough. If you know someone who is depressed, do not resort to asking what is wrong. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation. Just be there for them and let them vent to you for hours at a time. Even if it’s about the same things over and over again, let them speak. They only ever want to be heard, but are never given the time. They will appreciate that you took the time out of your own life to just listen. They will feel accepted by you, they won’t feel as if they’re being attacked by the world. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who has depression, but it is one of the kindest, most noble, and best things you will ever do for them.

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Recycled Words Society is starting to give new meaning to old words--and some belong in the trash Jessica Akey | Staff Writer

This article contains brief strong language. Niles Community Schools does not condone or tolerate the usage of hateful language in any capacity. t has come to the point where we describe things determines volved the Niles Confessions acsociety gets joy from putting how we understand them. count. These slanderous words down others. Basically, we are taking simple were being thrown at people for Words lose their true meaning words and twisting them until no reason, and nothing was huand get twisted into vulgar lan- they have a negative meaning. morous about it. It’s sad to think guage. These words are used to The problem with society is that someone in our school bash others simply because they that new trends develop, and finds it funny and hides behind are different from you. suddenly everyone is doing the a screen to lash on people. This Some people believe that say- same thing, speaking the same, kind of thing needs to stop. As ing these things will build them and following in one another’s a school and a community, we into a better person, when in footsteps. need to respect one another reality, they are making themAs these new trends arise and enough and have the decency selves look like a fool for feeding things happen throughout time, to keep thoughts to ourselves. off of an innocent person’s sad- language evolves as well, and Ignorance and bullying does no ness. language is a powerful thing. good, and doesn’t get you anyIt’s all fun and games until it’s It can move people to do great where in life. you that is being taunted and things, as well as leave everlastPeople need to understand verbally abused. ing scars on someone. that there is no reason to threat“That’s so gay!” Not only are these words slan- en and mutilate someone’s al“Stop being such a faggot.” derous, but they are completely ready low self esteem. “What are you, retarded?!” and utterly disrespectful, offenAre you really gaining someThese phrases are just a few sive, immoral, and damaging to a thing from putting down others? of the terms that are too easily person’s well-being. In the end, you have no tossed around. You may not realize the effect clue what someone’s life is like “Homo,” “ratchet,” “ghetto,” and offense that these words outside of school and what they “nigga,” etc. are becoming a part have on someone, but you should are going through. School is of everyday vocabulary for the have enough common sense to supposed to be a safe place and youth. Even “killing” and “rape” know what your actions are im- a safe environment to learn in. get tossed around as if the sub- plementing. Stereotypes are a Students shouldn’t be afraid and jects aren’t serious matters. common issue in high school, worried about being taunted by These words are loosely and these offensive terms and their peers as soon as they step tossed around causing racial names just keep adding to these foot into the building. problems, fights, and miscon- problems. Think before you speak beception. Some theorists, several There was a predicament just cause words stick with you for a in fact, would say that the way recently on Twitter that in- lifetime.


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14 Prom Tips for Prom 2K14 A list to take into consideration for a big night in your high school life Taylor Martinez | Design Editor

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-Make time for pictures before eating in case there is a spill -Make reservations for dinner -Check the weather so you can be

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-Have a Plan B for a ride home -Leave the drama at home -Make extra time in your schedule so if plans run a bit late, you’re not late to prom

-Bring a purse if you plan on having personal belongings with you -Wear a dress you feel comfortable to dance in -Make sure you’re matching with your date, and if you don’t have a date, you get down and match with your bad self! -If you’re going alone, try to get a group of friends to have a good time with -Make it a night

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February 2014  

The February 2014 Edition of Niles High School's monthly publication.

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