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					   TAFT TODAY
TAC ranks top ten in Illinois
                           By Michelle
                                                                                                                              Issue 2
                                                                                                                          November 22,
                                                                                                                              2008
                                                                                                                         Volume 19 No. 2
                                                                                                                                                         Hey seniors! Like hoodies?
                                                                                                                                                                                By Michelle
                                                                                                                                                                                Francisco
                                                                                                                                                                                      This year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                  senior spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                  apparel will
                                                                                                                                                                                  not be t-shirts
                                                                                                                                                                                  like those
                                                                                                                                                                                  of previous
                                                                                                                                                                                  years. Sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                  Barbara Lynch
                                                                                                                                                                                                    teresting choices,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    said Lynch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seniors will
                                                                                                                                                                                                    vote on two differ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ent designs: one for
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the ladies and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    other for the guys.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    They are asked to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    make designs that
                           Francisco                                                                                                                                                                are appropriate and
                                                                                                                                                         and the Senior Committee decided           not ambiguous un-
                             The                                                                                                                         on sweatshirts to represent the class      like last year’s. The
                         Chicago Sun-                                                                                                                    of ‘09.                                    designs should be
                         Times ranked                                                                                                                         For years, seniors have shown         creative and fit for
                         Taft’s Aca-                                                                                                                     their seniority through t-shirts. But      the class of ‘09.
                         demic Center                                                                                                                    this year, seniors will show that              Margaret Nolan
                         (TAC) as one                                                                                                                                                                                            The senior committee brainstorming on possible ideas.
                                                                                                                                                         it is their last year of high school       (Div. 912) said, “This
                         of the top                                                                                                                      through sweatshirts.                       year, we are trying to make the           better than great. And also I really
                         ten middle                                                                                                                           “It’s a good idea to change from                                                             the seniors
                                                                                                                                                                                                    senior Hoodies original because we hope thatof the hoodswill like the
schools in Illinois. To no astonish-
ment, the Academic Center has
                                                                                                                                                         t-shirts to hoodies,” said Roselin                                                   outcome
                                                                                                                                                                                                    want the class of ‘09 to be remem- whenever they come,”and buy them    said Michae-
                                                                                                                                                         Cruz, Div. 962.                            bered.”
ranked accordingly for the past                                                                                                                               World literature teachers have            Designs are due Friday, Dec.          la Folvarska, Div. 956.
five or six years.                                                                                                                                       announced information about the            5, which can be turned in to Ms.               Each sweatshirt will be within
     “It’s not a surprise…Also we                                                                                                                        sweatshirts and seniors are asked to       Lynch in the library. Seniors are         the price range of $25 to $30 but
all try to fill the shoes of the eighth                                                                                                                  design what will be on the clothing.       greatly encouraged to submit their        the senior whose design is chosen
graders before us. We’ve worked                                                                                                                          The designs will be sent to the Total      designs but they are also encour-         will receive their sweatshirt for
hard for this,” said Kristen Heile-                                                                                                                      Promotions Inc. who will print the         aged to submit ideas if they have         free. The distribution date is pre-
mann, Div. 312.                                                                                                                                          designs on the sweatshirts and send        one, but feel that they lack artistic     sumed to be some time in January.
     The Sun-times based their                                                                                                                           them to Taft’s seniors.                    ability.                                       For more information on the
rankings on 2008 state test scores.                                                                                                                           “I know there’s a lot of interest-                                              sweatshirts, contact a member of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “I really hope that the hoods are the senior committee, some of
Statewide, the Times released the                                                                                                                        ing kids and I hope there will be in-
analysis placing the academic
center rank 8 with a percentile
of 85.14. The percentile indicates
the amount of students throughout
Illinois who scored the same as or
                                                         The Taft Academic Center is consistently proving itself as a top middle school.
                                                 Throughout the ten years, the small
                                                 program has given students the
                                                                                                     bra, and environmental science.
                                                                                                                                                         Hello new instruments! By Angelina         money for this,” said Newman.           of the judges and scored in Division
worse than the average TAC stu-                                                                          2006 TAC Graduate Sean                                                 Warden
dent. In 2007, they ranked 7 in the              attention they need to prepare for                  Tierney (Div 010) said, “Gradu-                                                                    With his help, Dr. Tarvardian       3 which is equal to good on a scale
                                                                                                                                                                                   For the          set up funds to raise money for new of 1-5 (1 being equal to superior).
analysis.                                        high school.                                        ating from the Academic Center                                            past few years,
     When asked about the slight                     Asvos said, “We are happy to                    with all the credits really sets you                                                           instruments. The newer instruments Expect to see them performing this
                                                                                                                                                                               Taft’s band          go to the more experienced, the         year, following the rules this time
drop, Head Teacher of TAC Maria                  be acknowledged but the work goes                   apart from the crowd. You have an                                         hasn’t had
Asvos said, “Every year varies.                  on.”                                                ‘edge’.”                                                                                       Wind Ensemble. Since the Wind           of course.
                                                                                                                                                                               good instru-         Ensemble is the most experienced            Annual performances from the
There are probably many reasons.”                    With the recognition, 7th and 8th                   To rank higher for the upcom-                                         ments but now
     Taft’s administration started               graders continue their hard work.                   ing years, they are assisted by their                                                          out of the 3 groups (Concert, Band, Wind Ensemble will be expected on
                                                                                                                                                                               they are up-         and Wind Ensemble)
TAC 10 years ago. Each student                   Unlike other middle schools, TAC                    after school tutoring opportunities.                                      grading. Soon,
accepted into the program is se-                 offers high school credit to its stu-               TAC also relies on parents to help                                                             their level is only
                                                                                                                                                         band members will have the chance          growing higher and
lected through an application and                dents. With the credit, the students                with homework and learning out of                   to play their music on higher quali-
test process. Students are selected              can take advanced classes when                      school and at home.                                                                            that calls for instru-
                                                                                                                                                         ties.                                      ments in higher quali-
according to their attendance in                 entering high school. These classes                     “The serious intent of the stu-                     “Previously, Taft’s band class
elementary school, test scores such              include survey lit., computer info.                 dents focus on concentration and                                                               ties.
                                                                                                                                                         had consisted of only about 12                 “Now the better
as those from ISAT, and stanine.                 tech., Spanish 1, U.S. history, alge-               parental participation that the stu-                students a few years ago. Now,             instruments can be
TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                                                                        band class has enlarged to about           put into hands of the
SENIOR HOODIES.......................PAGE 2      WHAT TO WATCH........................PAGE 8         CHANGE IS IN THE AIR............PAGE 15             70 students,” said James Newman,           better players,” said
NEW INSTRUMENTS..................PAGE 2          STAFF BOX..................................PAGE 8   STUDENT DROP OUT RATE....PAGE 15                    band class teacher.                        Newman.
TURKEY TROT.............................PAGE 3   TAFT SONG POPULARITY.......PAGE 9                   KLAXONS...................................PAGE 16       With all the new musically                 Until last year,
ELECTION JUDGES.....................PAGE 3       GIVE THANKS............................PAGE 9       IN THE SEASON 17...................PAGE 17          talented students, Taft can barely         Taft hasn’t attended
MUSIC OF THE SEASON.............PAGE 4           TEEN DRIVING..........................PAGE 10       WORD SEARCH.........................PAGE 18         provide enough instruments. In fact,       the music festival
TAFT’S MUSICAL........................PAGE 4     COLLEEN’S MEDLEY...............PAGE 11              HOLIDAY SHOPPING...............PAGE 18              with only 45-50 instruments, old           in at least 20 years.
HISPANIC HERITAGE .................PAGE 5        UNDERAGE DRINKING...........PAGE 12                 TIME MANAGEMENT..............PAGE 19                instruments need to be repaired to         Without knowing
TAFT COLLEGE FAIR.................PAGE 6         DRINKING AGE LIMIT.............PAGE 13              COLLEGE APPLICATIONS......PAGE 19                   keep students playing.
SENIOR HALL OF FAME............PAGE 6            FACEBOOK VS MYSPACE...PAGE 13/14                    FALL SPORTS............................PAGE 20                                                 what to expect, Taft’s    The Wind Ensemble will grow in musicality with the coming
                                                                                                                                                             “It’s hard to come up with             band performed in front                    of new instruments.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF...............PAGE 7        COMMUNITY SERVICE............PAGE 14                WINTER SPORTS.......................PAGE 20

                                                                   News 1                                                                                                                                         News 2
                     Fun run for a cause
                     By Joanna Wudarczyk
                                                                                                                        ‘Tis the season        By Joanna                Each night’s concert will be
                                                                                                                                               Wudarczyk                                                    available at the door.
                           Before the   an organization that is dedicated to                                                                                        different. On Tues. Dec. 16 the             “I can’t wait until the winter
                                                                                                                                                  The holi-         performers will include Advance
                       Thanksgiving     enriching the lives of people with                                                                    day season is                                                 concert. It is going to be a lot of
                       dinner gets      disabilities. They offer a home, em-                                                                                        Chorus and the Symphonic Band,          fun and I can’t wait to show people
                                                                                                                                              approaching           which has Jazz Band and Concert
                       served, con-     ployment, programs for 560 people,                                                                    quickly and                                                   what I got,” said Jacob Ochwat,
                       sider partici-   and assistance so people maximize                                                                                           Band joined together; then on Wed.      Div. 114.
                                                                                                                                              the Taft Music        Dec. 17 and Thurs. Dec.18 Chorus
                       pating in the    their level of independence and                                                                       Department is                                                     Don’t be a scrooge! Come out
                       12th Annual      self-determination. Misericordia                                                                                            will present.
                                                                                                                                              getting into the          “We will be performing
                       Edison Park      promotes development of natural                                                                       spirit. It will
                       Turkey Trot      family and community support,                                                                                               not so familiar songs like
                                                                                                                                              be hosting the        Cradle Hymn and foreign
which will take place on Nov. 27 at     community awareness, education,                                                 Music of the Season concert that
9:30 a.m.                               and advocacy.*                                                                                                              language songs like King
                                                                                                                        will run from Dec. 16 – 18.                 Glockchen, a German winter-
    “This is an Edison Park tradi-          “We are looking for Taft stu-                                                   “This is something new, a win-
tion on Thanksgiving morning to         dents to come out in their sports                                                                                           time song,” said Gabon.
                                                                                                                        ter and holiday concert combined.               The program for the
run or walk 5 kilometers,” said         wear,” said Farrell.                                                            In previous years we just had a
Counselor Jennifer Farrell.                 The race will begin at the Edi-                                                                                         concerts has a variety of
                                                                                                                        holiday concert,” said Music De-            songs that also includes more
    The Edison Park Turkey Trot is      son Park Fieldhouse southeast to                                                partment Teacher James Newman.
a 5K (3.1 mile) fun run or walk for     Oketo Ave., where it will wind its                                                                                          well-known carols like Santa
                                                                                to sign up online, they could still         Over 400 students from Concert          Claus Is Coming to Town and
charity. It is a time when the com-     way north through the residential                                               Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, Wind En-
munity comes together on a day to       streets of Edison Park. The admis-      register on the day of the race but                                                 Where Are You Christmas.
                                                                                are not guaranteed a T-shirt and the    semble, and Advanced Chorus will                “The concert will be
give thanks and to raise money for      sion for adults is $20 if registered                                            be the stars of the show performing
a good cause.                           before Nov. 23 and children under       registration fee changes to $25.                                                    unique. It’s Christmas songs
                                                                                    “I have done it every year, ex-     songs of the season.                        with a twist,” said Jade Ivy,
    Each year the Turkey Trot spon-     the age of 12 are $10.                                                              “The new show choir started
sors a different organization. This         Students can register online        cept last year. The years I have ran                                                Div. 114.
                                                                                were really fun,” said Farrell.         this year will also be performing,”             The performances will
year’s race proceeds will benefit       at active.com. However, online                                                  said Music Department Teacher
Misericordia Heart of Mercy.            registration will close on Nov. 23 at       Come out and help this great                                                    begin at 7p.m. each night.
                                                                                cause. Show our school spirit! Just     Anita Gabor.                                Tickets will be $5 each and
    Misericordia Heart of Mercy is      10 p.m. If students miss the chance


Students count ’08 election ballots                                                                                     You’re a good man Charlie Brown!
                     By Michelle      Studies Teacher Alma Martinez.            ing place from their house, election
                     Francisco            The students were excused from        judges were required to arrive at 5                            By Angelina
                          Taft stu-                                                                                                            Warden               six main characters, Mrs. Gabor          cal will be in the auditorium at Taft
                                      their classes on Election Day to          a.m., an hour before polls opened.                                   This year      is choreographing a musical that         on March 5 through 7. Tickets are
                      dents partici-  help those registered through the         As election judges, the students                                                    will include 30 to 40 students. Next $4 for students and $5 for adults.
                      pated in 2008’s voting process. For their contribu-       helped voters through various jobs.                             is the first year
                      elections by                                                                                                              since 2004’s        year, they plan to
                                      tion, they were paid $50 for their            “Overall it wasn’t bad besides                              “Grease”            have a huge musical
                      working as      completion of the online training         the fact that it was a long day. It’s                                               with around 60 to
                      election judg- and $120 for the day and received          not hard work but I had to pay at-                              where Taft is
                      es. On Nov. 4, service learning hours.                                                                                    directing a mu-     70 students partici-
                                                                                tention to keep track of every voter                            sical. “You’re      pating.
28 juniors and seniors contributed        Assigned to the nearest poll-         and make sure everything was cor-                                                       Auditions will
their Tuesday to the decision of                                                  rect,” said Danylo Hirnyj, Div.                               a good man,
our next president.                                                                                                     Charlie Brown!” will be directed by         be held Dec. 11
                                                                                  910.                                  Drama Teacher William Skar.                 and 12 right after
    The opportunity originated                                                         At their assigned precinct,                                                  school in room 187.
from the Mikva Challenge or-                                                      election judges set up and helped         “You’re a good man, Charlie
ganization and was announced                                                                                            Brown!” is an original musical              You should have 16
                                                                                  voters before they completed          about a bunch of kids and their ev-         measures of a song,
through PA announcements,                                                         their ballots by verifying their                                                  or just half a song,
and social studies teachers. The                                                  name and address, giving the          ery day lives. There are a few comic
Mikva Challenge is a nonprofit                                                                                          bits but it’s also very heartwarming.       ready to be sung
                                                                                  application for ballot, and dem-          “This is a great opportunity for        and comfortable
organization that encourages                                                      onstrating how to correctly fill                                                  clothes to move
civic participation and aware-                                                    one out. By 7 p.m., the judges an-    students to participate in school
ness to Chicago’s high school                                                                                           functions and to get to know people         around in. If you
                                                                                  nounced the polls closing, closed     to gain long lasting friendships,”          need help getting
students. Citywide, 2800 stu-                                                     their polling place and counted                                                   prepared for these
dents participated as election                                                    the ballots.                          said Mr. Skar.
judges compared to last year’s                                                                                              With other options like “Into the       auditions, attending
                                                                                       “Being an election judge         woods” and “Hello Dolly”, Charlie           “How to audition
1800.                                                                             taught me how much is involved                                                    workshop” on Dec.
    “The students who liked it                                                    in the voting process. It was         Brown came out feeling like a good
would be more civically en-                                                                                             starting point since there hasn’t           5 in room 187 will
                                                                                  a good experience but all the         been a musical in a while.                  help.
gaged in the future,” said Social                                                 people I was working with were                                                        The actual musi-
                                                                                                                            With a double cast and about                                           Mr. Scar talking about the upcoming events.

                                                     News 3                                                                                                                       News 4
Students excel in essay competitions                                                                                                 Students plan for their future
                        By Krago                                                                                                                             By
                        Barjaktarevic                                                                                                                        Joanna                                                                         very resourceful and help-
                           A total                                                                                                                                                                                                          ful. It had many colleges to
                       of 5 Taft                                                                                                                                                                                                            look at and the ones I was
                       students                                                                                                                                                                                                             interested in, which was
                       won essay                                                                                                                                                                                                            a plus. Also, the college
                       competitions                                                                                                                                                                                                         fair is a great opportunity
                       hosted by                                                                                                                                                                                                            if you are unsure where to
                       two different                                                                                                                                                                                                        go. I’d definitely recom-
                       organizations                                                                                                                                                                                                        mend going to it,” said
                                                                                                                                     Wudarczyk                                                                                              Alex DeFranco, Div. 042.
– Roosevelt University (RU) and
CBS 2 Chicago – in relation to                                                                                                           Over 800 people took                                                                                    Students filled out
Hispanic Heritage Month. Both                                                                                                        advantage of Taft’s College–                                                                           cards with their mailing
institutions worked in conjunction                                                                                                   Career Fair in the school                                                                              address to schools from
with Chicago Public Schools.                                                                                                         lunchroom on Oct. 30.                                                                                  which they wished to
                                                                                                                                         Students along with their                                                                          receive further information
      Roosevelt University Essay                                                                                                     parents attended the Thurs-                                                                            on upcoming events. They
             Competition                                                                                                             day evening’s event to learn                                                                           also asked the representa-
     Both Sarah Real (Div. 911) and                                                                                                  about college opportunities.                                                                           tives questions about deal-
Jacqueline Ovalle (Div. 211) won                                                                                                     More than 100 institutions                                                                             ing with college expenses
prizes for the essay hosted by RU.                                                                                                   were invited to participate                                                                            and finding the right col-
                                                                                                                                     in Taft’s event. Over 80            Taft students learning from a presenter in the College Fair.
Sarah received the Grand Prize and                                                                                                                                                                                                        lege for their desired major.
was awarded a Laptop computer                      Dr.Travardian with Roosevelt Essay winners Jacqueline (left) and Sarah (right).   institutions—colleges, mili-                                                                              “Representatives said
and printer while Jacqueline Ovalle                                                                                                  tary, universities and trade                  Since Americans are facing                             that Taft students were well
won 2nd place and was given a Digi-       prompt with how the military is                Grand High School on Nov. 6.                schools—came and set up informa- great economic hardships, the Il-                         prepared with questions,” said
tal Camera and printer.                   much stronger due to the number                                                            tion tables, where students were         linois Student Assistance Commis- Ehret.
     Taft was also acknowledged by        of Hispanics enrolled, especially                                                          able to get brochures, flyers and        sion (ISAC) and the Tax Assistance                      The college fair had positive
a $5000 scholarship for being the         focusing on Angela Salinas, who                        CBS 2 Chicago Essay                 information cards.                       Program (TAP) informed students                   results. It attracted many students,
school of the Grand Prize winner.         was a Brigadier General for the US                          Competition                        “The main goal of the college        about financial aid and ways to                   especially that many teachers gave
Furthermore, Taft Spanish Teacher         army that went from humble begin-                  While the essays for this com-          fair was to get students pumped          lighten their tuition for college.                extra credit to students who at-
Della Deme received a $100 gift           nings to the strong title she cur-             petition were submitted last May,           about college, to get them started       TAP gave three half hour presen-                  tended it.
certificate for each of the awarded       rently displays.                               the awards were given in the begin-         looking at different colleges and        tations to make sure that all, who                      “I thought it was excellent,”
students.                                     “She impacted my life by break-            ning of this year. Rebecca Fernan-          bring parents into the process,” said participated in the college fair, had                said Ehret.
     The essay topic was on how           ing out of the mold of her family              dez, (Graduated) Monserrat Herrera          Counselor and College Fair Orga-         an opportunity to get information.                      As students are getting ready to
Hispanics of the present or past          standards and the expectations of              (Graduated) and Susana Ramirez              nizer Phyllis Ehret.                          “I myself found the college fair head out for college this following
impacted our society and personal         her ethnicity,” said Sarah.                    (Div. 911) all won the prize for their
life today. Sarah answered this               The award banquet for this                 grade section.                                                           SENIOR HALL OF FAME RESULTS
                                          competition was held at North-                     Winning seniors received a
                                                                                         $500 check and juniors a $300.
                                                                                         The competition awarded 2 students
                                                                                         from each grade, and the award
                                                                                         ceremony was hosted at the Palmer
                                                                                         House Hilton.
                                                                                             “It just makes me feel very
                                                                                         good to see the students accomplish
                                                                                         something that makes them feel
                                                                                         proud,” said Deme.
                                                                                             The essay challenged participat-
                                                                                         ing students to “Provide an Immi-
                                                                                         gration Plan” for the U.S. Deme
                                                                                         assigned the essay to her Spanish
                                                                                         classes, which contributed to the
                                                                                         900 students that participated.
                                                                                             “It gave me confidence in my
                                                                                         writing,” said Susana.
                                                                                             Congratulations to the winners
                                                                                         and may they encourage the rest of
                                                                                         us to follow in their footsteps.
       Rebecca Fernandez, Monserrate Herrera, Susana Ramirez and Mrs. Deme.                   “Dreams can be accomplished
                                                                                         not based on ethnicity but on cour-
                                                           News 5                                                                                                                                News 6
                                        FEATURES                                                                        What are you watching?
                    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF....
                                                                                                                                          By Gadeer Ihmud
                                                                                                                                               So you’re          barrassed to admit that I still watch    Girl through the commercials but
                                                                                                                                           bored and don’t        Spongebob Squarepants with my            through my friend Maddy,” said
                                                                                                                                           know what to do.       little brothers. He is so funny and      Polan.
                                                                                                                                           As the TV season       he always makes my day. My favor-            TV shows can also show differ-
                                                                                                                                           kicks into high        ite episode has to be when he lost       ent emotions for its viewers. Com-

A Security Guard By Jessica Spurgeon
                                                                                                                                           gear, lets recap our
                                                                                                                                           favorite TV shows:
                                                                                                                        Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Desper-
                                                                                                                        ate Housewives, and much more.
                                                                                                                                                                  his identity,” said Bayan Abad, Div.
                                                                                                                                                                  947.
                                                                                                                                                                       But what makes children and
                                                                                                                                                                  teens start watching whatever TV
                                                                                                                                                                                                           edies such as Two and A Half Men,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Simpsons, and Family Guy can
                                                                                                                                                                                                           always make the audience laugh.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Other shows can make the
                       “Take off that   students about their sweaters. “Why and sometimes four minutes, going                America voted West Beverley          show it is they watch? Is it the per-    viewers cry or become sad. It all
                   sweater.” “Put on    me? What about that person?” is       to your locker and making it to your      Hill’s “90210” its #1 TV show             suasive commercials, friends and         depends on what you watch.
                   your ID.” “Where     also another common saying.           class on time just isn’t enough.          series of 2008. The award for best        family, or newspapers and maga-              “Family Guy always makes me
                   are you supposed         “We can’t be everywhere. We            “I allow at least one minute         comedy went to “Two and a Half            zines?                                   laugh so hard. I love that show,”
                   to be?” Those                                                 after the bell rings for students to   Men”, best drama went to “House”,              TV show series Desper-              said Zied Hassan, Div. 242.
                   are the every-                                                make it to their class, but wan-       the best new TV show award went           ate Housewives spent a total of              Next time you feel like smiling
                   day, recurring                                                dering the halls ten minutes pass      to “Pushing Daisies”, while the           $400,000 for a 30 second commer-         just grab the remote and see what’s
statements Taft security has to                                                  the bell is unacceptable,” said        worst new TV show award went to           cial, while Grey’s Anatomy spent         on!
tell students.                                                                   Nelson                                 “Caveman”, and finally best Disney        $434,792 for a 30 second commer-
     “I have to tell almost the                                                       During the passing periods        Channel TV show award went to             cial. So with all that money that’s
same kid to do the same thing                                                    between first and fifth periods,       “Hannah Montana.”                         used on these commercials, it really
over and over again,” said Secu-                                                 I took a tally on just how many             We wanted to check and see           attracts the
rity Guard Dale Morano.                                                          times security has to repeat them-     what Taft students considered their       viewers to
     The job of a security guard                                                 selves, telling students to take       favorite TV shows to be.                  a particular
at Taft is to protect the students                                               off their out of uniform sweaters           “My favorite TV show definite-       show.
and the staff. They have to make                                                 or put on their IDs, the numbers       ly has to be Gossip Girl. There is so          “I was
sure that everything going on in                                                 were ridiculous.                       much drama in it and not to men-          flipping
the building is safe, that students                                                   Between the first and second      tion all the cute guys,” said Barbara     through
are where they are supposed to                                                   passing period, Nelson had to tell     Polan, Div. 147.                          the TV and
be, and that the students who are                                                97 students to put on their IDs             “I’d choose One Tree Hill. I re-     the com-
in the building are, who they say                                                and 17 students to get in dress        ally like how this show talks about       mercial for
they are.                                                                        code. Remember, this is just in        everyday lives that we could relate       One Tree
     In order to become a security                                               a four minute span. During the         to,” said Maggie Glodek, Div. 147.        Hill really
guard, you must have some type                                                   second and third passing period             Of course with all the diverse       caught my
of security background for a few                                                 195 students were told to put on       students at Taft, some prefer to          attention. It
years and a high school diploma.                                                 their IDs and 40 were told to get      watch something in their own home         looks like
You are required to go through                                                   into dress code. Both Nelson and       language.                                 plenty effort
some type of training and fin-                                                   Assistant Principle Susan Gross             “Well I watch a Turkish TV           was put
ger analysis, which checks your                                                  were on the second floor taking        show that’s translated in Arabic.         into it and
criminal background.                                                             sweaters and bringing them down        It’s called ‘No Place No Country’.        the show
     “I have been doing security                                                 to the main entrance to be picked      It’s about a family that abandons         looked en-
on and off since the early 80’s,”                                                up at the end of the day.              their daughter after she has brought      tertaining,”
said Security Guard Nancy Nel-                                                        During fourth period lunch, I     shame on them by becoming preg-           said Manal
son.                                    can’t get every student and we’re     sat in on Morano and watched him          nant before marriage,” said Asra          Kharwish,
     Both Morano and Nelson love        not trying to single you out,” said   at work, he walked around tell-           Hassan, Div. 964.                         Div. 147.
being security at Taft. Nelson said,    Nelson                                ing 15 students to put on their IDs            And who said that by going to             “I
“Students are great; we have a very         Spending a good fraction of the and 10 students were caught out of          high school we become too old for         didn’t find
skilled staff that really cares about   school day with two of Taft’s secu- dress code and told to do garbage           Nickelodeon and Disney Channel?           out about
the students.”                          rity guards really gave me a great    duty, a form of punishment for be-             “I’m a senior but I’m not em-        Gossip
     One major responsibility of a
Taft security guard is that everyone
                                        view on just how tiring their job
                                        really is. By the end of the day, I
                                                                              ing out of dress code in the lunch-
                                                                              room. During the passing period           STAFF BOX                                                                                                      Advisor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Patrick T. Levins.
is treated equally and with respect.    was so exhausted and my feet were between fourth and fifth period, 30
     “They’re supposed to be treated    hurting because of all the walk-      students were told to once again put
equally, both students and staff,”      ing and patrolling. Security had to   on those IDs.
said Nelson.                            repeat themselves over a thousand          If we all just followed the
     We hear it everyday, “put your     times to students about their IDs,    school policies, security wouldn’t
ID on,” “take off that green sweat-     about the dress code or getting to    have to repeat themselves everyday.
er,” but how many times is it really    class on time.                        It’s not part of their job description
said? “I wear this everyday,” Nel-          Security understands that there and as students let’s not make it
son says is a common saying from        are a lot of students in the building their job.                                   News Editor         Feature Editor      Editorial Editor Entertainment Editor     Sports Editor       Graphic Editor
                                                                                                                        Krago Barjaktarevic   Angelika Wardach     Sylwia Dakowicz     Justyna Blando        Anna Soltysiak       Grace Pisula

                                                     Feature 7                                                                                                                Feature 8
What are you listening to?                                                                                                                     How’s my driving?By Gadeer Ihmud
                      By Jennifer Kurotobi
                      According to a Div. 134                                                       “Crush” because it is so touching.”                               I’m sure we       of car accidents. Some drivers         not to wear them. Seat belts save
                  recent poll taken at                “I chose the fill in and put                  Justine Velada, Div. 226                                      have all seen those   steer with their pinkies while their   14,000 lives every year. In May and
                  Taft High School, “Heartless” by Kanye West instead                                   Brittany Pegues of Div. 911                               bumper stickers       thumbs do the typing. Others use       June of 2000 the City of Chicago
                  on hot new music, because it’s one of Kanye’s new                                 says she chose the song “So What”                             that say “How’s       their knees to guide them on the       made a campaign called “Click It
                  T.I.’s song “What- hits and he introduces hip-hop to                              because she thinks “The beat is                               My Driving?” Bad      road, freeing their hands to tap out   Or Ticket.” Since then, seat belt us-
                  ever You Like” is new types of lyrics and beats.”                                 awesome!”                                                     driving habits have   a quick e-mail. Though we know its     age has gone up 85% in Chicago.
                 the most popular                  Bruno Paixao, Div.043                                                                                          become a major        wrong we still do it.                       “I never go out in my car
new hit. Twenty                                                                                                                     Saman-     issue in America.                            “I know it’s wrong to text while   without wearing my seat belt first.
students from                                                                                                                  tha Burke            On average, 10 teens die every      driving but I still do it anyway. I    It doesn’t matter if you’re a good
each year and                                                                                                                  of Div. 160     day in vehicles driven by them-          realized that it’s dangerous and I’m   driver. There are still some crazy
                                                     Top Hits                                       "So What" by Pink                          selves or other teens. Fatal acci-       starting to stop. But sometimes you    people on the road that aren’t,” said
twenty teachers                                                                                                                filled in her
were given vari-                              other                                                                            own song        dents for 16- and 17-year-old driv-      feel like you have to send an impor-   Kareema Awadallah, Div.924.
                                                                                                    "Whatever You Like" by                     ers jumped 20% in July and August,       tant message even though nothing
ous new songs                                  19%
                                                                                                                               ‘Ambitions                                                                                           One of the most common
                                                                                                    T.I.                                       making them the deadliest months         should be more important than your
from different                                                  "So What" Pink                      "Viva La Vida" by          of a Hustla’                                                                                    known disaster teens do is drink-
genres. Accord-           "Rock 'n' Roll Train"
                                                                     11%
                                                                                                    Coldplay                   by Young        for teen drivers because school is       own life,” said Bayan Abad, Div.       ing while driving. In 2007 alone a
ing to the data                  Ac/Dc                                                              "Disturbia" by Rhianna     Jeezy           out and summer vacation starts. It’s     947.                                   total of 13,000 people were killed
hip-hop seems                     7%
                                                                                                                               because         not the same routine of just driving         Driving with friends in the car    because of drunk driving. Although
to be the most                                                                                      "Crush" by David           “the other      from school to home to work. There       is another leading cause of serious    the number of crashes that are
popular type of                                                              s                      Archiletta                 songs are       are road trips, parties, and more        car accidents. Teen drivers become     alcohol-related has dropped, there
music Taft stu-      Love Story" Taylor Swift
                               2%                                        "Whatever You Like" T.I.   "Decode" by Paramore       garbage.”       social activities.                                                                        are still far too many pre-
dents listen to.                                                                 40%                                                                The National Highway                                                                 ventable accidents.
                            "Decode" Paramore                                                       "Love Story" by Taylor                     Traffic Safety Administra-                                                                    So what are the driving
    “Pink knows
                                   3%
                                                                                                    Swift                      “My             tion (NHTSA) estimates                                                                    habits of students at Taft?
what’s up, she
                             "Crush" David Archiletta                                                                     choice
                                                                                                    "Rock 'n' Roll Train" by                   the cost of car accidents                                                                     “I like to have the
                                      4%
always comes                                                                                        Ac/Dc                 of song              involving 15-20 year old                                                                  music on really loud while
up with creative                                                                                    other                 [‘Whatever           drivers is over $40 billion                                                               I’m driving,” said Thabit
                           "Disturbia" Rhianna
song that can re-                   5%
                                                   "Viva La Vida" Coldplay                                                You Like’]           per year.                                                                                 Abad, Div. 032.
                                                             9%
late to her fans.”                                                                                                        is just what              A recent survey that                                                                     “I always forget to put
Mary Linnane,                                                                                                             I listen and         was taken by the American                                                                 my seatbelt on but I’m try-
Div. 011                                                                                                                  actually             Automobile Association                                                                    ing my best to remember,”
                                                                                                    dance to.” Henry Palomo, Div. 143          (AAA) in March of 2008                                                                   said Taleb Hassan, Div. 908.
   Rebecca Dietrich of Div. 010                              Jessica Hernandez of Div. 131                                                     showed that 61% of teens admitted        distracted when their friends are           “I know it’s bad, but some-
chose Pink’s song ‘So What’ be-                         says “All the other songs are lame,              Terry Bercovitz, science teach-       to risky driving habits, nearly 50%      with them by talking, laughing, or     times I talk on my cellphone,” said
cause “This is my jam to drive to!”                     except ‘Whatever You Like,’ and             er, listens to 2 Live crew “Daisy          said they text message while driv-       fixing their make-up. They forget      Khrawish.
                                                        though this song is a little old it’s       Dukes” and states “I like my old           ing, 51% talk on cellphones, 58%         that they’re on the road and forget         With teens doing these bad hab-
    “‘Whatever you like’ is a good                      still the best.”                            school hip-hop. Booyah!”                   say they drive with their friends in     the danger at hand.                    its, an accident is bound to happen
tune to jam to.” Nina DeFransisco,                                                                                                             the car even though having other              “I always go out in the car       at one point or another.
                                                                                                       “I chose Pink’s song ‘So what’          teens in a car can dramatically          with my friends to the movies or            “My friend and I were going to
                                                            “‘Whatever you like’ may be
What are                                                the most overplayed song in the
                                                        whole world, but its still amazing.”
                                                        Lauren Fohlmeister Div. 134
                                                                                                    because I am a Rock star!” Michael
                                                                                                    Bakula, science teacher.
                                                                                                        Christie Ware of Div. 011
                                                                                                                                               increase the chance of an accident,
                                                                                                                                               40% say they speed, 20% say they
                                                                                                                                               don’t wear their seat belts, and 11%
                                                                                                                                                                                        the mall. We do talk but we never
                                                                                                                                                                                        keep our eyes off the road and we
                                                                                                                                                                                        always have our seatbelts on,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the mall and I was making a turn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               when a speeding car came in from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               behind me. It was so scary but I was

you thankful                                                  “I like David Archuleta’s song
                                                                                                    chose “Crush” by David Archuleta
                                                                                                    because “He’s a new singer and
                                                                                                    already has a great song!”
                                                                                                                                               say they drink or use drugs before
                                                                                                                                               driving.
                                                                                                                                                    Students at Taft should be ask-
                                                                                                                                               ing themselves these very important
                                                                                                                                                                                        Ghadeer Khrawish, Div.029.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Another bad driving habit teens
                                                                                                                                                                                        have is speeding. Everyone knows
                                                                                                                                                                                        it’s cool to go over the speeding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               so happy that my friend and I had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               our seat belts on. Nothing serious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               happened and no one was hurt but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               both my car and the other driver’s
for?
By Gadeer Ihmud and Jessica Spurgeon
    “I thank God for everything
                                                            “I’m thankful for a new presi-
                                                        dent.” Todd Finkel
                                                                                                        “I’m thankful for being inde-
                                                                                                    pendent.” Fotiny Diamantis Div.
                                                                                                                                               questions every time they get in the
                                                                                                                                               car. How is my driving? Am I being
                                                                                                                                               careful and following all the rules?
                                                                                                                                                                                        limit but do you know that 35% of
                                                                                                                                                                                        driving teens die every year due to
                                                                                                                                                                                        speeding. According to the Insur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               car were damaged,” said Abad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Next time you get in your car
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to go to the movies, the mall, or
                                                            “That I have a job I enjoy and          937                                             “I think I’m a safe driver. I got   ance Institute for Highway Safety      school, remember that your life is
good and bad. I also thank God for                                                                                                             my license in January of 2008 and        speeding kills an average of 1,000     very important. Follow the rules,
happiness. Everything is a trial so                     it pays the bills. My health and the            “I am thankful for my wonder-
                                                        improving camaraderie in the Taft           ful counseling department and how          since then I’ve been taking it with      Americans each month.                  wear your seat belt and don’t use
we need to learn from everything                                                                                                               me every time I get in the car. I al-        “ I have to admit, sometimes       any electronics while you’re driv-
good and bad that happens to us.”                       science department.” Peet Singh             they make me look good everyday.”
                                                            “I’m thankful for my friends,           Phyliss Ehret                              ways wear my seat belt and follow        I do speed, like when I’m late for     ing. Driving needs to be taken seri-
Theresa Wong                                                                                                                                   all the signs on the road because I      work, but most of the time I do        ously especially by teens, because
    “I’m grateful my children are                       my family, and my Palestinian                   “For living in Chicago because
                                                        background.” Wejdan Awadallah               I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the stuff      know what will happen to me or           stay along the range of the speed      there is nothing funny about a life
doing well and I still enjoy teach-                                                                                                            anyone else if I don’t,” said Tamam      limit signs on the road,” said Najeh   sentence in prison for driving under
ing.” Christie Crosh                                    Div. 236                                    in Chicago.” Blake Garble Div. 236
                                                            “I’m thankful for being inde-               “I’m thankful for what I have          Deeb, Div. 960.                          Awad, Div. 964.                        the influence and killing someone.
    “I’m thankful for my dog and                                                                                                                    Texting and talking on cell-             Many teens believe that seat
my new job at Taft.” Christine                          pendent.” Fotiny Diamantis Div.             right now and for the support from
                                                        937                                         my family.” Tuyen Tran, Div. 236           phones are one of the main causes        belts aren’t important and decide
Eischen
                                                                             Feature 9                                                                                                               Feature 10
Scholarships ahoy!                                                                Articles on this page by
                                                                                  Colleen Murphy
                                                                                                                            Are you involved in underage
    Freaking out about the price of
college? Think college tuition is
too much for you to afford? Don’t
stress out, apply for some scholar-
                                          in the counseling office, located in
                                          the lunchroom, or on Taft’s website.
                                          Scholarships outside of school can
                                          be found at your local community
                                                                                   winning a scholar-
                                                                                   ship!” said Ms.
                                                                                   Phyliss Ehret.
                                                                                       All seniors interested in earn-
                                                                                                                                 drinking?    By Jennifer Kurotobi
ships.                                    center, your church, your par-           ing scholarships should complete                                What are you      youth who start using alcohol be-
    There are all types of scholar-       ents work place, and even online.        the Free Application for Federal                                                                                           of violent crime; they become more
                                                                                                                                              up to this week-       fore they are 15 years old are more      vulnerable because of the drunken
ships out there ranging from aca-         Fastweb.com is the largest and most      Student Assistance (FAFSA). The                            end? Going to a        likely to become alcoholics than
demic scholarships to scholarships        complete source of scholarships          FAFSA is necessary to get scholar-                                                                                         state they are in. These assaults
                                                                                                                                              party where alco-      those who start at age 21.***            include rape, robbery and simple
for tall people! Millions of dollars      available and they give out $1,000       ships from a university.                                   hol is provided?            -Underage drinkers account for
in scholarship money go to waste          in scholarship money a week.                  All Taft seniors are invited to                                                                                       assaults.
                                                                                                                                              This may not be        20% of total alcohol consumption             *http://www.alcoholpolicy.
every year and scholarship oppor-             “Apply to as many scholarships       a Financial Aid night in the audi-                        your best option.       in the U.S.
tunities are available at Taft. These     as possible; the more you apply          torium on Tuesday, January 13th at                                                                                         niaaa.nih.gov/stateprofiles/index.
                                                                                                                                 The law states: Anyone under             -Excessive drinking can cause       asp
Scholarship applications are located      for, the more chances you have at        6:30pm, so come check it out.            the age of 21 will lose their driving    “difficulty concentrating, memory            ** http://www.illinoisaap.org/

Going green is the new black                                                                                                privileges if found guilty or have
                                                                                                                            court supervision for violating laws
                                                                                                                            regarding consumption, posses-
                                                                                                                            sion, or purchase of alcohol. For
                                                                                                                                                                     lapses, mood changes, and other
                                                                                                                                                                     problems that affect your day-
                                                                                                                                                                     to-day
                                                                                                                                                                     life.”****
                                                                                                                                                                                                              alcoholminutes.doc


     You can’t go anywhere without        really help decrease the pollution in    son has an environmentally friendly      first time offenders the suspension      The more
hearing about going green. So what        the air.*                                product line. **                         is usually 3 months, depending on        you drink
exactly is going green?                        And stop throwing away batter-           “I really think going green is      the judge the minimum suspension         and the lon-
     Going green is the act of be-        ies, batteries contain many haz-         important because of environment         is 0 days and the maximum is 365         ger you drink
coming environmentally friendly.          ardous materials, which leak into        is in danger and we need to fix it, I    days.*                                   can cause
This includes recycling, using gas        landfills when batteries are thrown      have been recycling for a long time           So whether or not you’re            shortened
efficient cars or not using cars at       away. Many libraries contain a bat-      and I try my best to go green,” Jes-     driving, or a vehicle is not at all      memory
all, and buying eco-friendly prod-        tery collection bin, including Taft’s    sica Nieves Div. 031.                    involved, if you are caught with         and learning
ucts.                                     local library; Roden.                         Even Taft is starting to go         anything alcohol related, and are        problems.***
     Some easy ways to start going             Buying a hybrid car is also a       green. All classrooms have a re-         underage, you can lose your license      It can also
green are changing your standard          way to go green. Hybrid cars help        cycling bin, which you can take          for a minimum of three months. Is        cause you
light bulbs to a compact fluorescent      the environment because they are         advantage of. If you are interested      it really worth the risk?                social prob-
one; you will get more light for less     smaller and more gas friendly.           in going green, Taft also has an              One Taft student says “Most         lems includ-
money and save a lot of energy. *              Buying eco-friendly products        ecology club run by Mr. Mulligan.        people need to drink and be drunk        ing Depres-
     Close your refrigerator door;        is a great way to go green. Some              It’s your earth and your decade,    to have fun at parties and with          sion, suicidal
even by leaving it open for a few         everyday cleaning products may           only you can make a difference.          friends. I don’t need liquor to have     thoughts and
extra seconds you are wasting a lot       be hazardous to you and the earth.            *http://www.geocities.com/          fun. Drinking can ruin my figure         violence.****                                ***www.illinoisaap.org/alco-
of energy.*                               Start by removing all hazardous          RainForest/Vines/4990/                   and get in the way of school work.”            -30% of 9-12 graders binge         hol.htm
      Ride your bike! Not only is rid-    cleaning products (any product with           **http://www.scjohnson.com/              You drink because you want to       drink, which means they consume              ****http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/
ing your bike better for you, it can      a poison warning label). SC John-                                                 have fun; you’re bored, stressed,        at least 5 drinks in one sitting.**      publications/MakeADiff_HTML/

To clique or not to clique?                                                                                                 or frustrated. There are some cases
                                                                                                                            where people can’t even remember
                                                                                                                            what happened the night that they
                                                                                                                            drank. How is that fun? How does
                                                                                                                            that help you? You need to find a
                                                                                                                                                                          -Drinking alcohol can be very
                                                                                                                                                                     harmful to your health, especially
                                                                                                                                                                     when it comes to binge drinking.
                                                                                                                                                                     Binge drinking can make you sick
                                                                                                                                                                     and give you a horrible hang over.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              makediff.htm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chart analysis:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  100 students were asked to par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ticipate in a poll on underage drink-
     Clique, an exclusive group of        clique problem. It’s not your typi-       Melissa Granados, Div. 032.             safe activity to do. You think all the         -Half of all teen automobile ac-   ing. Two questions were given:
people who share interests, views,        cal cliques, its more racial cliques.         “I don’t think Taft has a bad       cool kids are doing it? Not every-       cidents are alcohol related. ***             Do you go to parties where
purposes, patterns of behavior,           Only kids of the same nationality         clique problem, I think there are       one drinks. It does not make you              -Alcohol impairs your judg-         alcohol beverages are provided?
or ethnicity. We have all heard of        are friends and it’s sad because          much worse cliques outside of           cool.                                    ment. The safest thing to do is not          When do you drink?
cliques before, or maybe even been        being in a racially diverse school        school,” said Sara Stoll, Div 228.           People make stupid choices          drink! And if you ever do (not say-          Results were as follows: 48%
in one, but the question is does Taft     you would think everyone would                “Taft does not have a clique        while they’re drunk, others can          ing you should) you need to make         of the students don’t drink or go to
have a clique problem?                    have diverse friends,” said Amelia        problem, everyone here has diverse      lose respect for you. This weekend,      sure you have a designated driver        parties; 15% said they go to parties
     Some people think there kind of      Bernauer, Div. 011.                       friends, and it’s a very diverse        make a smart decision, find a safe       and no one drives drunk. Driving         but don’t drink. Those students who
is a clique problem.                          While some people think that          school,” said Jaroslaw Dabrowski,       activity. Next time you’re offered a     drunk can cause harm to you and          don’t go to parties where alcohol
     “I think Taft kind of has a clique   Taft has a clique problem, there are      Div. 024.                               drink: don’t make excuses, say how       other people. You don’t want to          is provided still admitted to drink-
problem. In my classes I have             plenty of others who do not feel the          “Taft does not have a clique        you feel, stand up for yourself, and     be responsible for someone else’s        ing alcohol, just not on a regular
noticed that students only hang           same way.                                 problem, everyone at Taft has di-       don’t drink.                             death.                                   basis. 71% of the students admitted
out with the other students in their          “I do not think Taft has a clique     verse friends, especially the fresh-                                                  -Violent crime is now the           to going to parties where alcohol
grade. Taft is definitely a diverse       problem. It just seems like there         man because we are new here we              Did you know?:                       number one cost of underage drink-       is provided. 44% of those admitted
school, and some people have              are cliques because there are some        don’t know the cliques yet,” said           -In Illinois 35% of 9th graders      ing**                                    to drinking on a weekly basis, 1 or
diverse friends, but not all,” said       groups that are too shy to talk to        Blake Garbie, Div. 236                  consume alcohol beverages before              -Alcohol is linked to 2/3 of all    more times a week. Some of the
Music Teacher Todd Finkel.                other groups of people, but if they           So does Taft really have a clique   the age of 13?**                         sexual assaults.*** People who           students who go to parties drink just
     “I think Taft kind of has a          did, they would all get along,” said      problem? You decide.                        -Not only is that illegal but        drink are more likely to be victims      once a month or 1-4 times a year.

                                                       Feature 11                                                                                                               Feature 12
                                EDITORIALS                                                                                Is community service forced volunteerism?
                                                                                                                          By Elizabeth Gallo
                                                                                                                                   Every Chicago high school
                                                                                                                                                                        There are so many things you
                                                                                                                                                                    can do to help your community and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Taft is one of the thirteen schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                            that does this. *

Lower the drinking age for the better?                                                                                    student is required to complete a
                                                                                                                          total of 40 hours of community
                                                                                                                          service. Chicago high schoolers are
                                                                                                                          required to complete 10 hours every
                                                                                                                                                                    if you think about it spending 10
                                                                                                                                                                    hours a year is not that much. There
                                                                                                                                                                    are opportunities were you can
                                                                                                                                                                    volunteer by doing something you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “What this program does is
                                                                                                                                                                                                            encourages teachers to put service
                                                                                                                                                                                                            learning projects into their curricu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            lum,” said Keith Scherdt, Commu-
By Bryce Machain                               “It is dangerous [to lower the     something illegal or prohibited is                                                love. Also, if you put a lot of time    nity Service Coordinator.
                                                                                                                          year to move onto the next grade
    The U.S. has the highest na-          drinking age] because it allows col-    enticing to the person to break,        level.*                                   into serving your community, there          To get more information on
tional minimum legal drinking age         lege kids to drink freely and with-     referring to college or high school          “I don’t mind helping out in my      are many scholarship opportunities.     this program go see Mr. Scherdt or
(21) in the world, yet a person can       out care even more now that they        drinking.** That’s why people           community but I hate the fact were            Thirteen CPS high schools           any of the other community service
serve and die in the armed forces at      are fully capable of purchasing it,”    who have alcohol available to them      forced to do it,” said Megan Martin,      are currently participating in the      counselors in the counselors office
the age of 18.                            said Tom Halvorsen, Div. 224.           casually and at such young ages         Div. 142.                                 Service-Learning Strategic Consor-      room 303. If you are looking for
    Dr. John McCardell, the Presi-            In Cambodia there is no drink-      don’t drink as escessive as Ameri-           Students should be forced to         tium. These schools have a track        community service projects there is
dent Emeritus of Middlebury Col-          ing age, while in parts of Canada       cans. Technically, other countries      do community service projects             record of engaging teachers in lead-    a bulletin board in the hallway by
lege says, “State legislators, many       the drinking age is 19. Globally,       like New Zealand have lowered the       for school because if they weren’t        ing service-learning projects with      the library that has information on
of whom will admit the law                                                             drinking age to reduce the risk.   forced, many teenagers would not          their students. All projects are tied   upcoming projects.
is bad, are held hostage by                                                                 “The law doesn’t mean         volunteer during their free time.         to classroom curriculum and project         *www.servicelearning.cps.k12.
the denial of federal highway                                                          anything since it can only be            “I don’t see the point of do-       positive academic, social, and civic    il.us
funds if they reduce the drink-                                                        enforced so much. It’s very        ing community service projects, it        outcomes among
ing age. . . Colleges should be                                                        hard to get caught drinking and    is such a waste of time,” said Erin       students. Thirteen
given the chance to educate                                                            most teenagers do it anyway so     Swenie, Div. 227.                         Strategic Consortium
students, who in all other re-                                                         why bother,” said Jesus Gomez,          Service learning is an opportu-      schools are organiz-
spects are adults, in the appro-                                                       Div. 245.                          nity for students to learn skills, gain   ing service-learning
priate use of alcohol, within                                                              As dangerous as it may         knowledge about their community           projects through
campus boundaries and out in                                                           seem, lowering the drinking        and also give you an opportunity to       academic depart-
the open.”                                                                             age might actually be for the      let you address issues that matter to     ments so that each
    The legal alcohol age is                                                           better. But, the point to low-     you.                                      student is able to
one of the most controversial                                                          ering the drinking would be             We never help our community          earn service-learning
topics among state legislators.                                                        relevance. Even legislators and    that’s why service learning projects      credit through active
First, the actual intentions of                                                        professors don’t agree with the    are a great way to give a little to our   classroom and com-
the drinking age are probably                                                         high age limit. Our law mak-        communities.                              munity participation.
far from what you imagine. While          the average age to purchase or          ers and designated individuals who
appearing as a way to create and          consume liquor is 18. A quarter of      are selected to enforce the drinking
promote safety, states only enforce       a million people in the U.S. have       age are for the legal drinking age          _____________________________________________
the asked age by the government           died in the past 10 years due to        of 21 for the sole purpose of creat-
to receive funds for maintenance          an alcohol-related incident, while      ing revenue for high way projects,
of highways. After all those “Kids        in England, a well-known alco-          not taxes. Isn’t it a wasted rule for       Continued from pg. 9
Can’t Drink” ads and countless            hol consuming country, has only         the wrong reasons, thus serving no
warnings of the dangers that are          fifty-thousand deaths in a ten-year     purpose intended?                                                                       like and
                                                                                                                                                                          lets people know each             employed is quite valuable because
supposed to be perceived as con-          span.* So why is it that statistically,     *http://news.sg.msn.com/                                                                                              it lets people join together more so
cerned politicians, in reality the real   these countries such as England         lifestyle/article.aspx?cp-documen-                                                      other better through the
                                                                                                                                                                          Facebook Chat, News-              than Myspace.
reason is completely different. The       have a lower percentage of alcohol- tid=1681548                                                                                                                        Overall, Facebook is becoming
government even goes so far as to         related incidents but allow younger         **http://www.alcoholalert.com/                                                      feed and Network,” said
                                                                                                                                                                          Halvorson.                        the newest craze for a reason: it’s
put alcohol and drugs in the same         people to consume alcohol? The          drunk-driving-statistics-2003.html                                                                                        better. It is a much more navigat-
category to try to create a disinter-     answer is “the restricted effect”.                                                                                                  While both networks
                                                                                                                                                                          allow you to have many            able and has a professional element
est for underage consumers.                  “The “restricted effect” is when                                                                                                                               that can be used long after high
                                                                                                                              “If you know how to use your                friends on it, Facebook
                                                                                                                                                                                                            school and into college, which it

  Facebook vs. MySpace               and allows people to see everything
                                                                                       _____________________

                                                                                 easily accessible and neater Face-
                                                                                                                          MySpace, you can put any video or keeps it more personal and has
                                                                                                                          song you want on your page,” said
                                                                                                                          Jihad Zanarek Div. 145.
                                                                                                                              Myspace narrowly has an
                                                                                                                                                              programs such as groups and
                                                                                                                                                              events that create a private envi-
                                                                                                                                                              ronment. Also, while both have a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            was originally for. MySpace has
                                                                                                                                                                                                            become a lost cause for the main
                                                                                                                                                                                                            reason that it’s outdated and is not
                                                                                                                                                                                                            as technologically advanced as
By Bryce Machain                                                                 book clearly is more helpful and         advantage regarding media such as current news informer, Facebook                 Facebook.
    Facebook and MySpace are the everyone does easily,” said Tom                 simpler to operate. Facebook wins        music and videos. While on Face-    has a more sophisticated version
most popular social networks in the Halvorson, Div. 229.                         the battle between customization         book you can add things such as the called Newsfeed that
world. It’s fair to assume that most         Organization is critical in         and layout mainly because of its         ILike where music can be uploaded keeps everyone cur-
people have either a Facebook or a both of these two social networks.            easily operable design and main-         or videos but it does not compare   rent and up to date
MySpace. While MySpace used to MySpace is noticeably more cus-                   tenance along with the different         to MySpace’s ability to embed each with all events while
be the most popular social network, tomized and colorful and can re-             options allowed to decorate your         media device. Every band can advo- MySpace requires
Facebook’s popularity has risen      flect each user’s personality, while        page through ways such as “bumper        cate that MySpace’s media relations a little digging to
substantially. That has brought upon Facebook is more professional.              stickers”.                               are more beneficial and expressive get the information.
a debate, which is better?           Although MySpace appears to be                                                       than Facebook’s.                    The network system
     “Facebook is more organized     more detailed and decorated, the                Continued on pg 10                       “Facebook is more business-     that Facebook has

                                                     Editorial 13                                                                                                              Editorial 14
Change is in the air                                                                                                       Do you control your thoughts?
                                                                                                                                abeth
                                                                                                                         By Elizabeth Gallo                                              y then regu
                                                                                                                                                                                             he regular
                                                                                                                                                                                              e
                                                                                                                                                                          more money then a reg lar pair?                    fects that the media put on us.
                                                                                                                              “They [the media] figured out a
                                                                                                                                 hey                                                               eens
                                                                                                                                                                                Why it that teens in our
                                                                                                                                                                                Why is it that teens in our                        All those hundreds of TV ch       chan-
By Kara Lacefield                                                                                                                 me
                                                                                                                         long time ago that it is much easier     si
                                                                                                                                                                   i
                                                                                                                                                               easier     scho l
                                                                                                                                                                          school
                                                                                                                                                                          school all love Obama? Is it be-       be-         nels may lead you to believe th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             nels                                   that
        Barack Obama has so much           “I think he should tackle the taxes                                           to control people when were all
                                                                                                                                 trol                        e all                        oved
                                                                                                                                                                          cause they loved all his plan and
                                                                                                                                                                                      ey loved all his planslans             there’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ere’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             there’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             there’s a true diversity and vari    variety
on his plate since becoming our         because they are too high,” Julie                                                         ng
                                                                                                                         watching the same the same TV   a
                                                                                                                                                       same TV            what he sta d for was because
                                                                                                                                                                          what he stands f or was it because
                                                                                                                                                                                      stands              a       ecauause   in today’s television … but you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    day’s e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 today’s television                you’d
president elect and he made a great     Krienman, Div. 032.                                                                                          e same
                                                                                                                         shows, listening to the sam radio          o     he was the popular choice? I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                              u
                                                                                                                                                                                           opul h
                                                                                                                                                                                         popular choice?                          wrong. Only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             be wrong. Only 6 large companies compan
array of promises during his cam-                                                                                                 s,              he same movies,
                                                                                                                                                       a
                                                                                                                         stations, going to the same movies    ovies
                                                                                                                                                                   es,           som students paid attentio
                                                                                                                                                                          sure some stud ts paid attentio
                                                                                                                                                                               e some stud
                                                                                                                                                                                  ome udent ai attention
                                                                                                                                                                                                       aid tention           control pretty muc everything you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ontro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             contro rol       y muc uch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 much
paign. What is the first major issue        “I think Obama should start with                                                     g
                                                                                                                         looking at the same billboards eat-
                                                                                                                                             same b        ards
                                                                                                                                                m billboards,
                                                                                                                                                           ards,          to the electoral race and really
                                                                                                                                                                              the electoral rac and
                                                                                                                                                                                         or race
                                                                                                                                                                                         oral ace                                     ear,        eaa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             see, hear, and read every day. F
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hear, and read every             For
he should approach regarding his        the immigration reform that way                                                                     ood
                                                                                                                         ing the same food and speaking the
                                                                                                                                            oo
                                                                                                                                           food              k
                                                                                                                                                         peaki
                                                                                                                                                       speaking the           nt
                                                                                                                                                                          wanted Oba to win, but I talk d
                                                                                                                                                                              nted bama
                                                                                                                                                                          wanted Obama win, but tal  i            alke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                talked       exa ple G.E. ne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             example G.E (General Electric)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             exam e G.E.(General
upcoming presidency?                    people would have jobs and be able to                                                    anguage,”ge,”         ello afra
                                                                                                                         same language,” said Jello Biafra,
                                                                                                                                                      Jello Biafra,             lot of peop and most them
                                                                                                                                                                          to a lot of people and most of them
                                                                                                                                                                                           ople           ost
                                                                                                                                                                                        people                      hem        w
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             owns every NBC chann includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             owns every NB channel, inclu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            y           hann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hannel,
                                        spend money to help the economy,”                                                        d sing  in
                                                                                                                                         ing        e ba the Dead
                                                                                                                         he used to sing in the band the Dead
                                                                                                                                                      band                didn’t know how to answ r which
                                                                                                                                                                          didn’t know how ans
                                                                                                                                                                          d n           w               nswe which
                                                                                                                                                                                                      answer whic            i
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing all their news outlets and sta-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing all th new outlets and st le s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lets
                                        Jocelyn Sanchez, Div. 111.                                                               dys, but w works
                                                                                                                         Kennedys, but now works as a poli-        oli-
                                                                                                                                                                  poli-      ndid
                                                                                                                                                                          candidate they wanted to be pr si-
                                                                                                                                                                          cand date they wanted be pres
                                                                                                                                                                          cand ate              ante
                                                                                                                                                                                              wanted            presi-       tion such the H r c
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tions such as the History chann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tion u
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ons                   History channel,
    “Barack Obama should start                                                                                           tician in Cali
                                                                                                                                  n Cali lifornia.
                                                                                                                                      California.a                        dent. Samantha Olson (Div. 156)
                                                                                                                                                                          dent Samantha Olson (Di 156
                                                                                                                                                                          d nt. Samantha lson (Div. 156)
                                                                                                                                                                                      mant                Div. 56)           A&E, nd Biograp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A&E, and Biography; this e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                &E                 raphy; this esse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              h essential
with the economy because it is go-                                                                                                            meb
                                                                                                                                  w can somebody really
                                                                                                                              How can somebody really
                                                                                                                                              me y e y                                         nted
                                                                                                                                                                                  hat
                                                                                                                                                                          said that she wanted “Obama and
                                                                                                                                                                                           wanted Obam and
                                                                                                                                                                          said that she want “Obama a       ama              means that t one company is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ans                n
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             means at this one company         pany
ing down every day,” Paris Daven-           “He should work on the war                   “I think that Obama should                     e m            ou
                                                                                                                                 se freedom of thought w n
                                                                                                                         exercise freedom o thoug t when
                                                                                                                                                       ough when          that girl [Sarah Palin] to win.” She
                                                                                                                                                                          that gir [Sar Palin] win She
                                                                                                                                                                                  irl arah alin
                                                                                                                                                                                girl [Sarah Palin] win.”      in.”           responsi e for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             res ons ble fo e informa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             responsible for the in mation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         information
port, Div. 243.                         and how to get our troops out                start with the economy and                      a dictates what w can and
                                                                                                                                  dia d        e
                                                                                                                         the media dictates what we can and
                                                                                                                                               es a            a n              rly dn’t
                                                                                                                                                                          clearly didn pay attenti to the
                                                                                                                                                                          clearly didn’t pay attention to the
                                                                                                                                                                           learl didn’t y attention ttention                 you receive on 39 “d
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             you rece o
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               o eceive                          nt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “different” c
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 n
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “different” cable
                                        of Iraq,” Joan O’Grady, Div.                 tackle the job loss issues to                  ee
                                                                                                                                    e         he
                                                                                                                                              h
                                                                                                                                   see? When y express
                                                                                                                         cannot see? When they express        re
                                                                                                                                                               e           lect on.        s girl
                                                                                                                                                                                              irl       roof that e
                                                                                                                                                                          election. This gir s proof tha teens
                                                                                                                                                                          election. This girl is proof that teens
                                                                                                                                                                                                               hat           and satellite television netwo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and sate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               n       tellite television networks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                e si   s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       te                        work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wo
      “I believe he needs to bring      032.                                         help people that are losing                 pinions nd
                                                                                                                                     no
                                                                                                                         their opinions and shun out al of
                                                                                                                                                      n out all f         m                ecis
                                                                                                                                                                                    heir decisions a
                                                                                                                                                                          make their decisions based on wha
                                                                                                                                                                          make their de i o s based on what
                                                                                                                                                                                           ec                                  i
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Time Warner, the Walt Disney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              r
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              r,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Time Warner, the Walt Disney        n
  the troops back and fix the econo-                                                 their homes,” Sarah Wilson,                    h d
                                                                                                                                 who disagree have differ-
                                                                                                                         those who disagree or ha dif r-
                                                                                                                                               r e             iffer-     they see and hear on SNL Kiss
                                                                                                                                                                          they see and hea
                                                                                                                                                                           h                  a
                                                                                                                                                                                           hear SNL Kiss NL,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       SNL,                  Company, ews or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Company, New Corporation, C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Com an News Corporation, CBS,
  my,” Maribel Carrasco, Div. 120.                  “I think Obama should            Div. 248.                                    ws.
                                                                                                                         ent views.  s.                                   FM, and Red Eye
                                                                                                                                                                          FM, and Red Eye.                                   and Via om o the likes of CN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Viac m own he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Viacom                          CNN,
                                            help with school funding                                                                  ti
                                                                                                                                      time
                                                                                                                                 metim s seems like you
                                                                                                                                                  eems ike o
                                                                                                                              Sometimes it see lik you                                 Christianit
                                                                                                                                                                                Also Christianity is negatively
                                                                                                                                                                                Also Christianity negatively
                                                                                                                                                                                         hristianity        egativ y
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ive        HBO, The CW, ABC,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             H                 W BC,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             HBO, The CW, ABC ESPN, CBS,             C
                                            because our books are falling                                                don’t even have an op ion of mak
                                                                                                                                          a
                                                                                                                                         have n opt n o mak-
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                                                                                                                                                                  ak-     looked upon today’s society.
                                                                                                                                                                          look
                                                                                                                                                                          looked upon in today s society
                                                                                                                                                                             oked pon today’s ociety.
                                                                                                                                                                                                oday          iety           Showtime, M V, VH1, and own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Showt me, MTV VH1,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             S owti e MTV,                          ow
        “I think that Obama                 apart,” Ally Lesniewicz, Div.            “We should have a free heath                ur wn op nions. you o
                                                                                                                         ing your own opinions. If you go to
                                                                                                                                                   ons
                                                                                                                                            opi ons.                      Today much of society ridicules and
                                                                                                                                                                          Toda
                                                                                                                                                                          Today much of society ridi ule and
                                                                                                                                                                              day                  i        dicules
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ciety ridicules n            nothe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             anoth r 183 networks, w
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             another 183 networks, which on          once
should start with the economy, if           155.                                 care system. Fixing that would                   ll,        store elells
                                                                                                                                           h sto sells the same
                                                                                                                         the mall, each st re sells the sam     ame       mocks those who are seriou about
                                                                                                                                                                          mocks thos who e serious about
                                                                                                                                                                          m cks those ho                  riou
                                                                                                                                                                                                        serious bout         was owned by hundreds of diff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wa owne y hundreds different
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wned          u
he doesn’t start right now it can                                                help the United States so much,”        select styles. Why does the media
                                                                                                                                           Why           the media
                                                                                                                                                                 di
                                                                                                                                                                 dia      thei
                                                                                                                                                                          their fa h Americas only respe d
                                                                                                                                                                          their faith. Americas ly respected
                                                                                                                                                                             eir               rica
                                                                                                                                                                                           mericas             espe
                                                                                                                                                                                                             respected       networks.** these networks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             networks.** If these 6 network are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  work
get worse. He should start by                                                    Brian Strauch, Div, 055.                want us all to be the same?
                                                                                                                                  s           e the        ?              fo            gotr        igot
                                                                                                                                                                          form of bigotry is bigotry against
                                                                                                                                                                                    f bigotry bigotry against
                                                                                                                                                                                      bigotry bigotry              in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    n          ontrorolling everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             contro g eve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             controlling everything we see a          and
getting more jobs and so many                   “I believe Barack Obama                                                       If you think about i a lot of th
                                                                                                                                               about it, ot of the
                                                                                                                                                 bo
                                                                                                                                                 bout                      eligious people.*
                                                                                                                                                                          religious p p
                                                                                                                                                                               giou
                                                                                                                                                                          religious people.*                                 hear its no wonder everyone is fol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             he          no wwonder
houses back to their owners,”           should take all the troops out of           “He should protect our               things they want us to foll w don’t
                                                                                                                                                       fol
                                                                                                                                                        ollo
                                                                                                                                                       follow don’tn’t
                                                                                                                                                                   n’                television, indecent expo-
                                                                                                                                                                                      elevisio
                                                                                                                                                                                     televisi n nde
                                                                                                                                                                                On television, indecent expo-      po-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   po               ng the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lowing the same trends.
Kevin Delgado, Div. 024.                Iraq and fix the economy and           nature from other things like             even make sense. Like some o theo
                                                                                                                                                        some of           sure is ce
                                                                                                                                                                          sure is celebrated by all ages. Th  es.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    y all ages There
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ages.                   * “What really ails America by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “W                     America”
                                        gas prices,” Edwin Abrahamsen,         littering and wild fires,” Maciej         main fashion trends such as ripped
                                                                                                                                 ashion                         pped
                                                                                                                                                              ripp
                                                                                                                                                              ripped      was a time when personal failures,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     rson l
                                                                                                                                                                                            hen personal
                                                                                                                                                                                   time when personal failures,         ,    William J Bennett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Will lliam
                                        Div. 221.                              Sroka, Div. 223.                          jeans, that whole trend makes no         o       subl
                                                                                                                                                                          sub iminal
                                                                                                                                                                          subliminal desires, and perverse    verse
                                                                                                                                                                                                          perverse                 ** http://www.neatorama.
                                                                                                                         sense; why would someone go out                  tast were accompanied
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                                                                                                                                                                          tastes were accompanied by guilt           i
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  Student drop out rate                                                             ______________________               and buy a pair of ripped jeans for
                                                                                                                                  y

                                                                                                                          Listen to the Klaxons!
                                                                                                                                                                          or at least silence*. These are all af-
                                                                                                                                                                                         i
                                                                                                                                                                                        silence*.*                           on-television/?%2F


  By Elizabeth Gallo                    place. The completion of high            make it to their senior year. Taft is   By Damaris Sanchez                                   In 2006 the band signed to
     Over a million of the students     school is required for accessing         one of the 55 schools with a 57%                           Do you like                   Polydor records and their first
                                                                                 drop out rate. *****                                                                                                                        was released January 29, 2007.
  who enter ninth grade each fall       post-secondary education and is                                                                 English rock bands?               single, “Magick”, was released Oc-                         After their first tour they
  fail to graduate with their peers     a minimum requirement for most                Although Taft has a high drop                     If so you probably                tober 30, 2006. It reached number
                                                                                 out rate compared to other schools                                                                                                          started working on their follow-up
  four years later. In fact, about      jobs.***                                                                                        already know about                29 in the UK Top 40 the following                  album in October 2007. They have
  seven thousand students drop out          “I plan to get my GED and go         in Illinois our percentage of stu-                     the Klaxons.                      week.
                                                                                 dents who drop out of Taft has gone                                                                                                         won the Mercury Prize, an annual
  every school day in the U.S.*         to Wright College,” said Smith.                                                                          The Klax-                         The band released their                   music prize awarded for the best
       Chicago has the third largest        The Manhattan Institute says         down. 15% of students dropped                          ons are a band from               debut album after the success of
                                                                                 out during the year 2000-2001. In                                                                                                           album from the United Kingdom or
  school system in the country, and     students who fail to graduate on                                                 London, England. The Klaxons are                 their singles “Magick” and “Golden                 Ireland, in 2007.
  has a 52 percent graduation rate.     time, even if they go on to earn         2006-2007 the percentage has de-        put in the genres dance-punk, indie              Skans”. The album was named
                                                                                 creased to 4%. In the past 7 years                                                                                                                  “I am curious to hear their
  The University of Chicago re-         a GED, do not do nearly as well                                                  rock, new rave, and psychedelic                  Myths of the Near Future and                       next album and see if they can
  ported that this year 54 percent of   in the job market as students who        the enrollment number has gone          pop. So I guess everyone has their
                                                                                 up and the drop out percentage has                                                                                                          remain as good as they are” said
  Chicago Public school freshman        finish high school on time. High                                                 own opinion about what type of                                                                      general music teacher Tod Finkel.
  received a diploma. **                school dropouts are far more likely      gone down, though we have made          music this band would be catego-
                                                                                 improvements over the past several                                                                                                          I personally don’t like that much
       “I just want to be done with     to end up in poverty than are high                                               rized as.                                                                                           rock music but I did like their song
  high school and move on with          school graduates. ****                   years we need to strive to do better.           The band consists of bass
                                                                                      *http://www.all4ed.org/                                                                                                                “Magick” because of the catchy
  my life, I feel like I have learned        Over the course of their life a                                             player Jamie Reynolds, keyboard                                                                     rhythm.
  everything that I need to know,”      high school drop out student makes            **Usr.chicago.edu/news_cita-       player James Righton, guitarist
                                                                                 tions/070506_chicagotribune.html                                                                                                                    If you’re bored of the same
  said Dana Smith Div. 918.             $250,000 less then a high school                                                 Simon Taylor-Davis, and drummer                                                                     old music you should definitely
       Young people who drop out        graduate.*                                    ***http://www.childtrendsdata-     Steffan Halperin. The word klaxon
                                                                                 bank.org/                                                                                                                                   check out the Klaxons.
  of high school are unlikely to            Johns Hopkins University                                                     is taken from the Greek verb klazo,
  have the minimum skills and           researchers identified 55 Illinois            ****http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/      which means “to shriek”, and
  credentials necessary to function     schools as “dropout factories”                ***** http://www.dailyherald.      refers to sirens or other warning
  in today’s increasingly complex       because no more than 60 percent of       com/story/?id=66970&src=109             systems.
  society and technological work-       the students who start as freshmen
                                                                                                                                                                                    Entertainment 16
                                                  Editorial 15
                             ENTERTAINMENT                                                                                                             Let the crazy holiday shopping
                                                                                                                                                                            By: Karolina

Enjoy Thanksgiving a little differently
                   By Maciej Leszczynski
                                                                                                                                                                                  Many
                                                                                                                                                                              people con-
                                                                                                                                                                              sider Black
                                                                                                                                                                                              going on there’s possibly no way
                                                                                                                                                                                              of going wrong at Woodfield Mall
                                                                                                                                                                                              this Black Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   deals at expensive stores, but you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have to arrive at the outlet malls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by midnight otherwise all the
                                                                                                                                                                              Friday to be         November 28, Woodfield          good stuff is gone.”
                                                                                                                                                                              the busiest     Mall opens 4 AM, and doesn’t                  Right across the street
                     There is more to                                   from 8:30                   candy on Thanksgiving. They are                                           retail shop-    close till 11 PM! Sales go on all    there is a Best Buy which will be
                 Thanksgiving than               a.m. to 11 a.m. If you want to stay                actually Asian fruit chews in melon                                       ping day of     day, but you definitely need to      having major sales on all elec-
                 eating a big dinner             home, there is also the Macy’s                     flavor,” said Hsung.                               the year. With so many sales and       arrive early to get anything worth   tronics, CDs, and DVDs. Some of
                 with your family and            Thanksgiving Day Parade on T.V.                            If you have smaller siblings,              great deals going on there’s no        buying. Customers usually arrive     the highlights of the sale will be
watching a football game.                        which is live in New York from 9                   cousins or nephews and nieces, you                 surprise for all the hectic shop-      before the mall even opens just to    the Toshiba AMD Turion 64 X2
         “My family eats pork and                a.m. to noon on Nov. 27 on NBC.                    could plan a special day for them.                 ping.                                  make sure they don’t miss out on      Dual-Core Notebook Computer
chicken instead of turkey. We don’t                      There are great things to                  With a stack of construction paper,                    Woodsfield Mall located on 5       these special deals.                  w/3GB Memory and 160GB
really like the taste of turkey. Also,           do besides watching the parades.                   a few pairs of safety scissors, a                  Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg                   Stores like JIMMYZ, Aber-     Hard Drive for $379.99 and the
we make it very spicy,” said David               You could pop some popcorn and                     glue-stick and some pencils; you                   right off of route 58 exit Wood-       crombie & Fitch, Urban Outfitters,    Panasonic Viera 50” 720p Plasma
Hsung, Div. 933.                                 watch a movie with your fam-                       could show them how to make hand                   field, is one of the greatest places   Zumiez etc all have major sales       HDTV for only $899.99.
         Our school does give us                 ily or take some friends out for a                 shaped turkeys or help improve the                 to visit on Black Friday but also      ranging from 10-50% off every-                        Black Friday is a
two days to celebrate Thanksgiv-                 movie. There is also a James Bond                  dinner table centerpiece. Just make                one of the busiest.                    thing in the store.                    hectic day, and if you do decide
ing and we usually use one day. So,              marathon on the Spike TV channel                   sure to look after them so they don’t                   With about 189 stores to               Science teacher, Preet Singh      to go shopping make sure to ar-
are there other ways to enjoy the                starting Wednesday to Sunday on                    get hurt.                                          choose from and so many sales          also says “[There are] awesome         rive early, and wear comfortable
holiday? One could relax and enjoy               the week of Thanksgiving. They                             So besides the food and the
the company of your family. A good               appear between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.                   football, you can enjoy your lazy
suggestion is to visit the Chicago               ET/PT, and most of the day Satur-                  long weekend in many other cre-
Thanksgiving Day Parade between                  day and Sunday.                                    ative ways.
Congress and Randolph along State                        “My mom also buys me

Have fun with seasonal arts and crafts
                                                                                        Leaf Stamps
       Turkey Hat                                                                                    Materials:
                                                                                        *3 leaves that have not yet fallen
     Materials:                                                                         *Heavy, thick book
 *Scissors                                                                              *Construction paper
 *Brown paper bags                                                                      *Glue
 *Cardboard                                                                             *Paint brush
 *Glue                                                                                  *Acrylic paint in yellow, tan and red
 *Colored construction                                                                  *White paper or construction paper
  paper                                                                                              Directions:
 *Cotton balls
                                                                           1. Find leaves that aren’t completely dried out (one leave for each paint
 *Black permanent marker                                             color you will be using. Try this project with an assortment of different leaf
                                                                     shapes and a variety of colors.
                             jasfamilyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts         2. Press the leaves in the pages of a heavy book. Leave for at least an
                                                                   hour.
                       Directions:                                      Remove leaves from the book when they are flattened.
        1. From the brown paper bags, cut a circle                    3. Fold a piece of construction paper
   3 1/2 inches in diameter for the turkey’s head.               in half.
   Next, cut a 3-inch-wide band to fit around your                    4. Glue the front side of the leaf to
   head.                                                         the construction paper so that the under-
        2. From the cardboard, cut a strip 5 by 1 1/2            side is facing up. (The underside has the
   inches to use for a neck. Fold it three times ac-             veins and lines of the leaf, the front side
   cordion style, then glue one end to the back of the           is smooth)
   paper circle.                                                      5. Using a paint brush, paint the
        3. For a beak, fold yellow construction paper            underside of the leaf with an abundant
   and cut out a small double triangle (1 1/2 inches             amount of paint.
   along the fold). Cut a rounded L from red paper                    6. Using the leaf as a stamp, press it
   for the turkey’s wattle.                                      down carefully onto the white paper. Hold
        4. To create eyes, draw a black circle on each           it in place and gently rub the construc-
   cotton ball with the marker. Glue the eyes, wattle            tion paper so that all areas hit the white
   and one side of the beak to the head. Let them                paper.
   dry. Then, glue the loose end of the neck to the                   7. Carefully remove the stamp and
   center of the headband. 5. Staple the headband                repeat this process with your other leaves
   so that if fits on your head.                                 and colors.
        6. Glue on construction paper feathers and                    8. Allow your painting to dry and
                                                                                                                  crafts.kaboose.com/leaf-stamps.
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                                                                                                                                            Fall sports wrap-up 2008
Time Management: After school                                                                                                               By Lindsay Conrad

                                                                                                                                                                     Girls               Girls Tennis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    representatives of the school. I am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thankful for being part of the program.”


activities vs. hours of homework                                                                                                                                     Volleyball
                                                                                                                                                                     Season record:
                                                                                                                                                                     14-4
                                                                                                                                                                     Coach’s
                                                                                                                                                                                         Season record: 0-7
                                                                                                                                                                                         Coach Mcdade’s perspective: “Even
                                                                                                                                                                                         though we had a losing season, the
                                                                                                                                                                                         girls tried and played extremely hard.
                                                                                                                                                                                         They made my 1st year as a varsity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Season record: 5-4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coach Walsh’s perspective: “We had a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    great start to the season but couldn’t finish
                           By Viviane              Not only does practice take up quite         grades in every class in order to join a                             Perspective:
                           Almazan                                                                                                                                   “We had             coach enjoyable. I wish they could have    well enough to advance in playoffs. Look
                                                some time, but it is very tiring. After prac-   sport. Their grades determine whether                                                                                               forward to a young team next year.”
                                         Time                                                                                                                        great senior        experienced a win, but they played like
                                                                                                or not they can participate. If they fail
                           management                                                                                                                                leadership from     champs even though they didn’t win.”
                                                                                                 to do so, students can be dropped from                                                                                             Girls Golf
                           skills are es-                                                                                                                            all four seniors:   Boys Soccer
                                                                                                 these sport activities.                                                                                                            Season record: 5-1, 2nd place in City
                           sential skills for                                                                                               Liz Loper (Div. 912), Andrea Roediger        Season record: 20-2-1
                                                                                                      “As a member of the soccer team, I                                                                                            Championship
                           juggling several                                                                                                 (Div. 911), Christina Christopher (Div.      Coach Medunycia’s perspective: “It was
                                                                                                 have practice every day for an hour and                                                                                            Coaches Wilson’s perspective: “We had a
                           responsibilities                                                                                                 964), and Alicia Hynes (Div. 937).           a great season. I couldn’t have imagined
                                                                                                 a half and three hours of homework.                                                                                                great year. We had some big wins against
                           and hobbies at                                                                                                                                                having a better season outcome.”
                                                                                                 But because I am on the team, I am
once, such as homework, extracurricular                                                          required to do my homework to keep         Girls Swimming
activities, and even after school jobs.                                                                                                     Season record: 3-3, 6th place in city        16’ Softball
                                                                                                 my grades decent. Sometimes I miss a
     However, for student athletes, find-                                                                                                   relay with 26 participants, 7th place in     Season record: 15-6
                                                                                                 couple homework assignments, because
ing time to do homework and partici-                                                                                                        city championships, 14 qualified girls       Coach Vidas’ perspective: “We won
                                                                                                 I get home very tired from practice and
pating in after school activities can be                                                                                                    for varsity prelims, 14 girls went to        conference and made it to city final
                                                                                                 I feel as if I cannot complete my home-
difficult and almost impossible. For most                                                                                                   varsity finals                               four then lost to Lane Tech. Winning
                                                                                                 work” says Patrick Laspinas (Div. 032).
students, priorities come first, whether it                                                                                                 Coach Klock’s perspective: “I learned a      in conference was an achievement for
                                                                                                           Although managing after
is education or athletics.                                                                                                                  lot as a first year coach and I think we     us. Overall, this was a great group of
                                                                                                 school activities and time for education
          Generally, a typical day of                                                                                                       had a great season.”                         kids who loved playing and were great
                                                                                                 can be difficult, it can be very helpful
practice for a Taft sport can range from
two to four hours which is necessary to
improve skills and receive game time.
However, students also must have time           tice, students are too tired and exhausted
                                                                                                 by teaching time management skills.
                                                                                                 Some ways to manage time include
                                                                                                 developing blocks of study time,
                                                                                                prioritizing assignments and activities,
                                                                                                                                            Winter Sports Preview
                                                                                                                                            By Jessica Viola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lady Eagles Golf Team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Northside College Prep and Whitney

to complete their homework. Practice for        to finish their homework, which results in      using a daily or weekly planner to write                                                 have we. I expect us to be much more       in 2008, I expect the level of intensity for
sports as well as homework takes up an          incomplete assignments leading to low-          down due dates and events, and most                                   Girls Varsity      composed and poised which will result in   the program to increase as well.”
ample amount of time each day. There-           ered or even failing grades.                    importantly using your time wisely.                                  Basketball          more victories for us.”                    Girls Varsity Bowling
fore, students feel that it is difficult to          Taft students must have passing            Time management allows you to gain                                   Head Coach:                                                    Head Coach: Andrea Reed
complete both.                                                                                                                                                       Kirk Vidas          Boys Varsity Bowling                       Key Returning Players: Ashley Salbeck
                                                                                                                                                                     Key Returning       Head Coach: Patrick Levins                 (Div. 134)
                                                                                                                                                                     Players: Gwen       Key Returning Players: Nick Babicz         Coach’s perspective: “The number one

Should teens take on more?                                                                                                                                           Anderson (Div.
                                                                                                                                                                     912), Cynthia
                                                                                                                                                                     Schlueter
                                                                                                                                            (Div. 056), Aleksandra Szlinger (Div.
                                                                                                                                                                                         (Div. 043), Kevin Cason (Div. 042),
                                                                                                                                                                                         Mike Cuttonaro (Div. 932), and Chris
                                                                                                                                                                                         Gulbransen (Div. 932)
                                                                                                                                                                                         Coach’s perspective: “We have an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goal is always to improve. The second
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goal is that I would like to at least do what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we did last year. We came in first in our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    section and fourth in the city. Hopefully,
                          By Jessica Viola      involved in athletics goes beyond physical      application. *Quality trumps quantity.      062), Lisa Brogaard (Div. 015), Ashley       experienced solid group of bowlers.        we’ll push that up to at least third.”
                                                fitness and health.                             By joining a sport team, one not only       Borzewski (Div. 043), and Kristyn            I fully expect our team to repeat as
                                                     Many important qualities that you          learns time management and respon-          Manis (Div. 037)                             Conference Champs. Anything less will be   Boys Varsity Swimming
                                With col-                                                                                                   Coach’s perspective: “We have some           disappointing.”                            Head Coach: William Mayfield
                           lege application     will need in life are learned and gained        sibility, but the ability to be a team
                                                through sports. College life is rigorous.       player.                                     experience and height. If we play good                                                  Key Returning Players: Alex Antolak (Div.
                           deadlines right                                                                                                  defense, we can have a good season.”         Boys Varsity Wrestling                     910), Alejandro Diaz (Div. 947), Jose
                           around the cor-      The skills obtained from sports, such as             *What schools do want to see is a
                                                teamwork, leadership and endurance, will        student who has been involved in one                                                     Head Coach: Michael Bakula                 Serra (Div. 960), Marek Mrowca (Div.
                           ner, students are                                                                                                Boys Varsity Basketball                      Key Returning Players: Captain Laith       953), Gabe Charabik (Div. 014), Chris
                           pondering what       help you succeed in college. Sports mold        organization for all or most of high
                                                students into better individuals.               school. A student who can do this dem-      Head Coach: Brett Nishibayashi               Mufeed (Div. 910) at 130-lbs, Rick Young   Owsiany (Div. 037), Donald Welz (Div.
else could fill the space on their applica-                                                                                                 Key Returning Players: Ryan Aitelhadj        (Div. 010) at 135-lbs, Captain Khattab     012), Jonathan Almoradie (Div. 142),
tions. There is usually room left over for           “College admissions representatives        onstrates commitment and maturity.
                                                look for good students who not only meet             These are qualities that admissions    (Div. 943), Darko Raskovic (Div. 962),       Iwainat (Div. 962) at 140-lbs, Marvin      Joshua Banicki (Div. 160), Willam Barrios
sports and extra curricular activities that                                                                                                 Samuil Tsekov (Div. 054), Anthony            Martinez (Div. 056) at 145-lbs, Jonathan   (Div. 134), Michael Jelesnianski (Div.
would make an application stand out.            their admissions requirements, but also         officers seek because they are markers
                                                have a history of involvement in high           of future college success.                  Hardeman (Div. 020), and Obieze Agbo         Lattanzio (Div. 054) at 160-lbs, Captain   142), Alex Milbrandt (Div. 111) and Chris
     Colleges do not only look for                                                                                                          (Div. 910)                                   Roy Norman (Div. 932) at 171-lbs, Gerald   Stauton (Div. 142)
academically successful students, but           school activities and sports,” said coun-            It is not too late to get involved,
                                                selor Phyllis Ehret.                            so next time you are thinking about         Coach’s perspective: “This year              Alban (Div. 145) at 215-lbs, and Robbie    Coach’s perspective: “The boys had a lot
well rounded ones as well. If you have a                                                                                                    should be productive and much                Garcia (Div. 937) at 215-lbs.              of energy last year and did a great job. I
history of playing sports in high school,            What colleges aren’t looking for is        joining a sport, go for it. Not only will
                                                a student who joins every sport, every          it feel good to participate and stay in     more successful than last year. The          Coach’s perspective: “With enrollment      expect the same outcome as last year and
you will stand out when your application                                                                                                    competition has improved but so              numbers increasing from 16 in 2007 to 52   hope to see around 40 boys try out.”
is being reviewed. The benefits of being        season just to have more to write on their      shape, it will definitely look good on

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