TAC ranks top ten in Illinois
Volume 19 No. 2
Hey seniors! Like hoodies?
not be t-shirts
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
“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.
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"
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
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
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
song that can re- 5%
"Viva La Vida" Coldplay You Like’] per year. Abad, Div. 032.
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
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
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
Feature 9 Feature 10
Scholarships ahoy! Articles on this page by
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.
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-
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.
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?
By Elizabeth Gallo y then regu
more money then a reg lar pair? fects that the media put on us.
“They [the media] figured out a
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
easier scho l
school all love Obama? Is it be- be- nels may lead you to believe th
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
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
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
popular choice? wrong. Only
be wrong. Only 6 large companies compan
array of promises during his cam- s, he same movies,
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
contro rol y muc uch
paign. What is the first major issue “I think Obama should start with g
looking at the same billboards eat-
same b ards
ards, to the electoral race and really
the electoral rac and
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
speaking the nt
wanted Oba to win, but I talk d
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
people hem w
owns every NBC chann includ-
owns every NB channel, inclu
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
Jocelyn Sanchez, Div. 111. dys, but w works
Kennedys, but now works as a poli- oli-
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
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
with the economy because it is go- meb
w can somebody really
How can somebody really
me y e y nted
said that she wanted “Obama and
wanted Obam and
said that she want “Obama a ama means that t one company is
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
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
of Iraq,” Joan O’Grady, Div. tackle the job loss issues to ee
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
n tellite television networks.
e si s
“I believe he needs to bring 032. help people that are losing pinions nd
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
Time Warner, the Walt Disney
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
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
help with school funding ti
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
have n opt n o mak-
ak- looked upon today’s society.
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
opi ons. Today much of society ridicules and
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
he doesn’t start right now it can help the United States so much,” select styles. Why does the media
Why the media
their fa h Americas only respe d
their faith. Americas ly respected
respected networks.** these networks
networks.** If these 6 network are
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
bout eligious people.*
religious p p
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
n’ television, indecent expo-
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
gas prices,” Edwin Abrahamsen, littering and wild fires,” Maciej main fashion trends such as ripped
ripped was a time when personal failures,
time when personal failures, , William J Bennett
Div. 221. Sroka, Div. 223. jeans, that whole trend makes no o subl
subliminal desires, and perverse verse
perverse ** http://www.neatorama.
sense; why would someone go out tast were accompanied
tastes wer accompanied
stes ere companie
tastes were accompanied by guilt i
Student drop out rate ______________________ and buy a pair of ripped jeans for
Listen to the Klaxons!
or at least silence*. These are all af-
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,
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ENTERTAINMENT Let the crazy holiday shopping
Enjoy Thanksgiving a little differently
By Maciej Leszczynski
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
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
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
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
wings. you’re done! html
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EAGLE ATHLETICS CONTINUED
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: 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
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.
(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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