Volume 9, Issue 1 Porter Press October, 2010 CAD students got ‘skills’ 3D computerized images. Their knowledge Two LTHS students of the software and creative animation of a earn silver medals superhero’s hideout earned them a second place at the national contest. In addition to in 3D animation at receiving their medals, Wolcott and Cison received 3D Design & animation software national skills packages, gift cards and scholarships at the closing ceremony. Both students plan to competition continue their education in the animation and game development fields. The remaining four students, Justin By Frankie Onesto Vrba, Kyle Bak, Angelica Garcia and Lei- H anne Maugeri, competed in entrepreneur- ave you ever wondered if your ship. Although they did not place at the future career might involve national level, they did win the state contest designing video games or other to qualify for the national competition. animations? Some students at Lockport has offered the 3D design and LTHS are already making great strides animation course for over fifteen years now. toward such a career. Six students from In the classroom students use a variety of the Class of 2010 at Lockport Township Photo courtesy of Jeff Brown tools and programs to plan, design, and High School recently competed in the 46th The Great Debate: Michael Cison (far left) and Richard Wolcott (2nd render their very own animations. Creating annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and from left) receive their silver medal awards for 3D animation at the a virtual walk-through, generating a short Skills Conference (NLSC). The SkillsUSA Championships were held at the H. Roe Skills USA competition. animation film, and designing an entire city blocks are only a few of many projects Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium in and test competencies are set by industry. skills and creative abilities – including visual that the students will complete throughout Kansas City from June 20 to June 25. More This contest allows students to step into development and storyboarding. This was the year. Wolcott and Cison each had three than 5,600 career and technical education a real world 3D production environment also a great opportunity for the students to years of experience in the classroom lead- students—all state contest winners—com- where creative output must be accom- receive feedback from high-profile judges ing up to the competition. They also took peted hands-on in 96 different trade, techni- plished with specific tools and resources. with successful careers in 3D animation and classes such as Computer Aided Drafting, cal and leadership fields. Students work The contestants also had to complete their game development. Engineering, and Graphic Communications. against the clock and each other, proving animation within specific time frames, Two Lockport students, Richard Wolcott These courses helped the two prepare for their expertise in areas such as electronics, and design constraints. This two-person and Michael Cison, were awarded silver the national competition, and all their hard animation, computer-aided drafting, auto- team event includes a preliminary writ- medals in 3D Visualization & Animation work paid off in the end. This is a great ac- motive, construction, and entrepreneurship. ten exam. The exam evaluates students contest. The contestants produced high complishment for themselves and Lockport Contests are run with the help of industry, on their technical knowledge, production quality images and an animated short using Township High School. trade associations, and labor organizations, Recent fights carry consequences By Ryan Kendziora remotely hidden from the student other offense (not necessarily an- Editor-in-Chief body. The Discipline Code found in the Porter Planner (that little note- other fighting offense) can warrant a recommendation for expulsion. It From the Editor-In-Chief “Why can’t we be friends?” asked the 70s funk group, War. With so many book distributed to every student at is important to note that a second fights already this year, the administration has been strongly enforcing the LTHS So far this school year at LTHS, the time of registration) considers instance of fighting from the same disciplinary code to try and stem the number of fistfights in the hallways. So the there has been a rash of fistfights. instigation of and participation in a student throughout the school year question begs to be asked: What is the point of fighting in school? And, to be In the month of September alone, fight to be one and the same thing. is an automatic recommendation honest, I don’t really know. If you’ve read the Porter Planner or listened to the there were five fights in the halls The punishment for such an for expulsion. Bystanders, too, Principal Hicks on the PA system or on the automated phone message, you’d of LTHS at both campuses, with offense is a 5-day external suspen- are not immune from discipline, know that there is absolutely no tolerance for fighting in the hallways. There is three of those occurring in one sion, plus a 90-day social suspen- either. A failure to leave the scene a policy in place that will not have mercy on you, now or anytime soon. Five week, according to a Southtown sion (meaning: no football games, of a fight can mean an assignment days out of school, 90 days out of any extracurricular events, and halfway to an Star article that was published on no dances, no school functions to BIC or an external suspension. expulsion from LTHS seems like a horrible price to pay for “getting even” or Sept. 29. Six arrests were made or activities of any kind for you), “I do not tolerate any fighting whatever other reason you might have for picking a fight. in connection with the fights. plus a notification to the police, whatsoever from anyone in the build- I can assure anyone thinking about fighting that throwing a punch does not Although the reason for all of along with charges possibly being ing… that kind of decision making make you a hero. Sure, people around school will talk about you for the five the aggression is unknown, such a brought against the combatants. just doesn’t go with a school.”, said days that you’re suspended, but that’s not the kind of attention you want. Kids large number of fights represents Contrary to what some may think, LTHS East Campus Principal Dennis don’t care about which person was in the right; they only talk about how much a problem for the school. How- a 16- or 17-year-old can be charged Hicks, “What we try to do is promote hair was pulled out or the amount of blood on the floor. There is no chivalrous ever, something is being done to as an adult in cases of fighting, a safe learning environment,[where violence, no honorable aggression. Your reputation and the reputation of your discourage senseless violence and making any police charges that you have] an opportunity to get the school are tarnished when the fists fly, and you’ll be remembered in the same preserve the integrity of LTHS. much more serious. In addition, best education you can receive, based negative way. A person is defined by the choices they make, and these choices To achieve this, the administra- “upon return to school, [the] stu- on your efforts…We’re here for you; are ultimately what others will see in you. Remember that there are always tion has stressed a no-tolerance dent [that fought] may be placed we’re here for the students to do consequences for your decisions, that there is a reaction for every action. You crackdown on fighting. Though the on Final Warning”. Final Warning well here for Lockport, for them- determine what your life is, and you determine what your future will be. firm approach may surprise some, is exactly what it sounds like: any selves, at Lockport High School.” in reality the policy was never even See page 6 for the “Lizard King” See pages See page 7 for a 4 and 5 for “Scott Pilgrim” Homecoming review 2 October 2010 News Lockport Township High School Oil leak hits close to home By Devin Polaczek But what happens when an oil each time passing inspection. chemicals have yet been found. ont and ExxonMobil near Joliet. Staff Writer pipeline ruptures near a city? Around 12,100 barrels of an While nowhere near to the size The pipeline is owned by En- T On September 9th a tiny oil and water mixture have been of the oil spill in the Gulf, the bridge Energy, and this isn’t the he recent oil leak in two-inch hole caused a leak in recovered at a pond at Rome- Lockport area is feeling the ef- company’s first slip up. They the Gulf of Mexico a pipeline in Romeoville, caus- oville’s wastewater treatment fects of this local spill. Gas pric- had 89 reported oil spills in 2009 killed eleven people, ing 250,000 gallons of oil to plant. Benzene, a colorless and es in the Midwest rose 20 cents alone, and in July another one harmed thousands of leak out before the hole had extremely flammable liquid that in the week following the leak, as of their pipelines ruptured in animals and plants that live in been blocked and plugged up. is known to be a carcinogen, the pipeline serves most of the Michigan, resulting in one mil- and along the ocean and caused The pipeline had been inspected was found in some water near Chicago area including some lo- lion gallons of oil leaking into major damage to the economy. four times in the last ten years, the spill. No other harmful cal refineries like Citgo in Lem- Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Push for the popular vote By Ryan Kendziora in 2000 by over half a million called “faithless”; but despite be tricked? Easily. The Con- The first state to enact the editor in chief votes (543,895). Strange as it the nasty name-calling, there’s stitution states that the states National Popular vote legisla- may seem, the current system not much to stop them from have complete power over tion was Maryland, on April Are you tired of your sin- of presidential elections is voting the way they want to. In how to delegate their Elec- 10, 2007. Since then, three gle vote not counting? Hate based on the Electoral College American history there have toral votes, and may change other states, Illinois, New Jer- it how “the Man” in his Elec- method. The system awards been 17 elections with faith- the method of casting those sey, and Hawaii, all in 2008, toral College is trying to the presidency to the candidate less electors (88 total faithless votes at any time. The leaders have signed the bill into law. bring you down? Do you be- who gets the majority (270 or electors). So, in a nutshell, you of the organization drafted a The four-state total for elec- lieve in the true voice of the more) of the nation’s electoral don’t elect the president, the bill that formed the basis of toral votes is 73 of the 270 American people being heard? votes. In essence, the citizens 538 electors (around .00001% an interstate compact (basi- necessary. Though the bill is Then here’s the bill for you. of each state vote to tell their of the American people) do. cally, an agreement among the still dormant and does not yet There have been several state’s electors (the voters of In 2006, the National Popu- states). The compact states influence the presidential elec- times throughout American the Electoral College) who lar Vote Organization released that, in a presidential election, tion, support for such novel history in which the president to vote for president. Usu- its book called Every Vote whichever candidate wins the legislation shows great prom- of the U.S. was elected by hav- ally, whichever candidate gets Equal: A State-Based Plan national popular vote wins the ise. Perhaps in the next decade, ing less votes than the other the most votes from a state’s for Electing the President by electoral votes of any states candidates will be campaign- guy. Rutherford B. Hayes, who citizens gets all of the state’s National Popular Vote. Over participating in the compact. ing for the votes of all of the traded the Democrats for the electoral votes, but that’s not the course of its 620 pages, The one catch to it, though, is American people, and not just presidency by ending Recon- always the case. Each individu- it details a plan in which the that the bill is only “activated” the good country people of struction and leaving the freed al’s vote is essentially a sugges- current system of presidential when there are enough states Texas (which has 34 electoral slaves out to dry, lost the pop- tion to their elector; in some elections is reformed to en- in the compact that their com- votes, one of the larger states) ular vote. George W. Bush, the states, an elector doesn’t even sure that the candidate with bined electoral total is 270 or the local liberals of Cali- master of “misunderestima- have to follow his or her state’s the most popular votes wins. or more (the magic number fornia (a whopping 55 votes). tion”, lost the popular vote decision. These electors are How can the U.S. Constitution needed to win the presidency). VISIT RMU and choose your future! 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Staff writers Irene Lee and Andrew Kropfl weighed in on the divisive issue in a point/counterpoint debate. Quit complaining Required volunteer and suck it up! work - a paradox By Irene Lee this, “Did you do your Want to become a doc- By Andrew Kropfl lives out of the classroom it angers me the most about Staff Writer hours yet?” “No, ugh tor? Volunteer at the Staff Writer gives them a type of power this it that I called a large why did they have to hospital and you’ll get that is usually associated with number of these agencies at Community service? make that stupid rule?” the experience and feel This year, Lockport has tyrants. I find it cowardly that 2:00 P.M on a weekday. The Do you mean work- “I know right? They’re of what it’s like to work implemented a new policy the administration and school school is truly making this ing for free?! just making us do more there. I love kids so I regarding community service. board have the audacity to call more difficult than it should Yeah right! work.” Blah. Blah. Blah. volunteered to teach Now, in order to graduate, all this slave labor “volunteering” be. Our school should take What? I’m a fellow student at Sunday School. Then students must complete ten when we are being forced to note of what other types of You were serious? Lockport and do you guess what? I put that hours per year of mandatory work in order to graduate. community service systems NOOOOOO!! know what I say? SUCK down on my job appli- volunteer work. I find it com- Besides the fact that this other public high schools are This is going to take IT UP. Do your hours cation and I got hired pletely ironic that in a society completely goes against implementing. For example, my time away from be- and get on with your to work at a retirement that thrives on having the right American ideology, students at Lemont Township High ing lazy! life. If you were to do, home. My boss told me to choose that such a policy are now forced to find more School, there is a system in I need my beauty two hours a day, then by that since I helped out would be voted through. The time for school and less time place that allows for students sleep! the fifth day you’d have with kids, she saw that I most important idea regard- for themselves. Students usu- to sign up for specific events OMG this is ruining ten hours. That’s less was patient and caring, ing the community service re- ally have to deal with things and the school will transport my life! than a week! I find it qualities that are impor- quirement is that it completely such as getting good grades, you to them. Okay, I was being ri- very pathetic that teen- tant for where I work. redefines the phrase volun- working a job, and participat- I am still unable to com- diculously dramatic, but agers would rather sit in Bosses love looking at teer work to mandatory work. ing in extracurricular activities, prehend how a society that c’mon it’s truth. No- front of the computer volunteer work because The whole idea of doing vol- but now they will also have to calls out for less government body likes being forced or TV rather than doing it shows that you care. unteer work is to help other deal with mindless, tedious and less authority believes to do something they something that’ll keep If you’ve never had a people because you want to, community service. Not only that it is ok to force their don’t want to. Ever since us active while know- job before, volunteer not because you are forced to is the work boring but it is al- children to do something Lockport implemented ing that you’re making a work obviously looks in order to graduate. By forc- most impossible to reach any that gives our school more the new rule that every difference in your com- better than no work ex- ing students to do volunteer of the agencies listed as “vol- authority over us. I hope that student must complete munity. perience. Many schools work, Lockport is not only unteer friendly” by the admin- one day Lockport will realize ten hours of community The list for volun- already require commu- violating the right to choose istration. I forged through an how such a policy intrudes on service, many are, to say teering is long and var- nity service. Why should but it is also destroying the endless sea of phone num- our right to choose. Admin- the least, whiny. A typi- ied. Are you an animal we be any different? Do boundary between in-school bers only to be rejected by istrators and board members cal conversation I hear lover? Then go help out your hours and move and out-of-school work. By automated messages saying should reconsider their deci- all the time goes like at an animal shelter. on. It’s that simple. allowing LTHS to dictate our that they were closed. What sion and repeal this new rule. Porter Press Staff Box “The Porter Press is a limited forum publication that embraces the rights of a free press. The Porter Press is a student led and student produced publication with the intent of appealing to the student population. The mission of the Porter Press is to deliver news and enter- tainment accurately and without bias. Students are responsible for content decisions with input from advisers and the school community at large. The editorial board makes all final content decisions. The Porter Press wishes to provide a wide range of story topics and present a variety of views on diverse issues to facilitate discussion among the student population.” Editors-In-chief Eric Kwak Editorial Policy Blake Vodicka Student editors are selected by the Porter Press advis- Personal commentary/columns offer the perspective of Ryan Kendziora Devin Polaczek ers. They make up the newspaper’s editorial or planning individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the views Ashley Zborek Irene Lee board, which makes decisions on content, coverage, of the rest of the staff. scope and treatment of news, features, sports, entertain- Managing editors ment, and opinion articles as they interest and concern LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Photographers their primary audience of Lockport Township High All signed submissions by students, parents, or other Kyle Fesmire - News School students. Editorial Board members will also members of the community are welcome. Please include Les Arp - Opinions Safah Haleem discuss and deal with production challenges, including address and phone number so authenticity can be veri- Andrea Cronberg - Sarah Wasilewski deadlines, publishing costs and work performances of fied. However, The Porter Press reserves the right to edit Entertainment Elliott White individual staff members. The advisers serve as resources all letters to the editor. Limit letters to a maximum of for the editorial board in instances when advice is needed. 250 words. John Heniff - Sports Emilija Rasinskaite CONTENT CORRECTION OF ERRORS Staff Writers Cartoonist The views and opinions expressed in The Porter Press In the instance of a factual error, a correction may be Chelsea Traynor are the opinions of The Porter Press staff and do not made for the readers’ clarification in the next issue of Andrew Kropfl necessarily reflect the views of the student body, school, The Porter Press. A correction column will be included Alex Huber Layout staff, and community. The editorial board, comprised of on the opinion page and will be clearly identified. Minor Gloria Paris student editors, makes decisions regarding content, depth spelling errors or the correction in spelling of names Nicole Grippo Zachary Green (Di- of coverage, and treatment of news, features, sports, will not be worthy of correction space unless clarifica- Katherine Bosek rector) entertainment, and opinion articles, in addition to setting tion is needed for understanding. The newspaper staff Jessica Miller Jamie Schuh deadlines for publication. Editors will strive to cover will make every effort to be accurate and credible to its controversial topics by seeking multiple sources, so that readers. Matt Davis information can be verified and both sides are covered. 4 October 2010 FEATU 2 We would like to thank and staff that made Ho memorable. We hope under the “Big Top” w Special thanks to Mrs. all of the pictures! Photo #1: Boom Entertainment’s DJ kept the music flowing with fresh tunes all night long, much to the delight of students who attendended the dance. Photo #1: The junior class was well-represented at the Homecoming assembly to cheer on their class in the assembly competition. Photo #3: The Homecoming court was paraded around the track on floats all decorated with the circus theme for the dance. Photo #4: Large numbers of students took advantage of the Homecoming week dress-up days to get out of the routine school outfits and clown around instead. Photo #5: Students kept up the energy on the dance floor with various dances, including the all-too-popu- lar fist pump. Boom is BACK! By Jessica Oliver 1 Staff Writer Homecoming is the one dance everybody looks forward to. The great outfits, the big theme, the late night out, what else is miss- ing? Great music! Thanks to Boom Entertainment, we got exactly what we wanted. The first dance Boom sponsored for LTHS was Twirp 2010 and it was a huge success and they came back to play at homecoming 2010. Boom was the talk of the school before the dance, and they were still the talk after homecoming was over, as “All we do is win win win”: The class of 2012 won the Powd they did not disappoint us. Students thought the 2010 homecom- night, the freshmen defeated the seniors by a score of 25-24. ing was better than any other homecoming before it. Boom played initially, so the two teams were required to play an additiona the songs and hits that the whole school wanted to hear. Every- Then the sophomores and juniors faced each other, with the body was dancing and it was a great time. game. With tough play and one ejection from each team th between the freshmen and juniors. In the end the Juniors be Picture on left: (left to right) - Emma Nunley, Julie Divita, A URES Lockport Township High School 5 3 4 k all of the students omecoming 2010 your experience was as good as ours! . Martinez for taking Build the beat into a fist pump By Eric Kwak man named Bruce who looked me dents together. In my opinion, we Staff Writer straight in the face and said, need to fist pump more often. Take it “Hey man, you looked good out outside of the dance halls and into the there.”… streets. The fist pump is no longer a Baby, I like it. I like to fist pump. Bruce has been my best friend ever dance move; it’s a way of life. It’s empowering. (That’s an understate- since. ment.) Sure I’m almost considered It’s amazing how something so an adult, but what’s better than jumping simple can bring a body of stu- around in a room full of sweaty students pumping your arm up and down? Nothing, that’s what’s better, nothing. When you’re fist pumping, you belong. You 5 don’t think about how ri- diculous you may look or how wet your under- arms are. (You might, however, think about the scene in Rocky where he celebrates at Photo on left courtesy of Andrea Cronberg the top of the stairs.) You think about how der Puff games for the second year in a row. To start off the much fun you’re hav- . There was controversy concerning the freshman victory ing with people you’ve al five minutes, with the freshmen still coming out on top. never seen before. e juniors winning 12-6, putting them in the championship Take, for example, the he championship game turned out to be an exciting battle night of the dance. As eat the Freshman 28-6. I was leaving, I was ap- proached by a young Andrea Cronberg, and Liz Wahl 6 October 2010 Opinions Lockport Township High School Teenage Waking up, Wasteland for Dummies By Les Arp exposure from these deadly fumes the influence are putting not only By Gloria Paris Shower in the morning. It Opinions Editor for their lungs. (National Institute themselves but other drivers in Staff Writer has the same effect as drink- on Drug Abuse). danger. The consequences of ing cold water (if you take a Teenagers don’t understand or Another drug that teenagers drinking and driving under the age Waking up in the morning cold shower), and it is even realize what drugs and alcohol can abuse without considering the of 21 are loss of driving privi- is the hardest part of every more refreshing. Plus nobody do to their lives. Teenagers who consequences is alcohol. Alcohol leges for a minimum of two years, teenager’s day. Whether you likes a smelly kid. use drugs on a more than occa- is used by more teenagers in the possible imprisonment, and fines. wake up at four or eight you 5. No Caffeine sional basis often end up becom- United States than any other illicit (Centers for Disease Control and always feel as if you haven’t Your body starts to become ing addicted. It starts to become a drug or even tobacco. There is a Prevention). had enough sleep. Your bed immune to the effects of it habit for many users and they feel reason why the drinking age is 21: In all, many teenagers think calls your name, but you must if you drink it every day. It is that there are no long term effects. teenagers don’t know how to con- little of what they are doing. resist! I have researched ex- best to just save the caffeine, Studies show that marijuana trol their alcohol usage. Excessive These people only think of the pert opinions from these sites whether it is coffee or energy can be a gateway drug for other alcohol consumption is related to present. They don’t worry about http://www.sleepnet.com and drinks, for emergencies. For harder drugs such as heroin and more than 75,000 deaths per year. what could happen to them in the h t t p : / / w w w. t h e d a i l y m i n d . example, if you stayed up all cocaine. Some of the kids in Long-term use of alcohol can lead future if they continue to carry com and have compiled some night, drinking a cup of cof- high school who smoke mari- to liver disease, cancer, cardio- drugs or continue to use drugs. tips to help you shake that ex- fee in the morning is definite- juana don’t realize that smoking vascular disease, and neurological Some of these people don’t realize treme sluggish feeling. ly a good idea. marijuana and carrying marijuana damage. Depression, anxiety, and how drugs and alcohol abuse can 1. Consistency 6. Alarm clocks on them has more downfalls than antisocial personality disorder are damage their potential to succeed People think you must have Most people use an alarm they know of. Marijuana is illegal often symptoms of alcohol abuse. in the future. Their chances of eight hours of sleep. Howev- clock to wake up in the morn- and dealers and users who carry (Centers for Diseases and Control disease and incarceration skyrock- er, it is more important to go ing. Most people also put the it on their person run the risk of Prevention). et if they lead lives surrounded by to bed at the same time every clock right next to their bed. being caught. Numerous studies In 2008, about 3,500 teens in drugs. The people that use drugs the United States aged 15-19 were should learn that their actions night and wake up at the same If you put your alarm clock have shown that marijuana smoke killed and more than 350,000 were not only affect themselves but time every day. further away form your bed contains 50-70 percent more carcinogens-something that causes treated in emergency depart- the people who care about them. 2. Water you will actually have to get cancer- than smoking tobacco. ments for injuries suffered in Teenagers have so many opportu- Drink cold water right up to make it stop. You will Marijuana smokers inhale their motor vehicle crashes relating to nities to succeed and using drugs when you wake up. The cold already be out of bed, so you smoke and hold it in their lungs drug and/or alcohol abuse while wastes those valuable opportuni- temperature helps refresh the might as well start getting longer, so they are letting more driving. People who drive under ties. senses. Not only does it help ready for your day. you to feel awake, but it also 7. Cinnamon There are several places to go at LTHS if you, or someone wakes up your digestive sys- Sprinkle cinnamon on your tem. Now your stomach will cereal, or just keep a stick of you know, has a problem with alcohol or drugs. Students be able to handle eating much it by your bed. The smell of should talk to their counselor or the school social worker sooner, so there is no excuse cinnamon will help alert your for skipping breakfast. senses. if they are being affected by drugs or alcohol in their life. 3. Breakfast 8. Get Up! Clubs such as S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Deci- You always hear how break- Do not put the pillow over fast is the most important your head, do not turn over, sions) and Snowball are opportunities for students at LTHS meal of the day. It’s true. It and do not hit snooze. Get to be activists against drugs and alcohol or to discuss fuels your body for the day, up as soon as you hear your kick starts your brain, and gets alarm. Don’t give yourself problems with drugs and/or alcohol. your metabolism going. time to think. 4. Shower The Once and Future Lizard King Say hello to the Porter Press’ new ongoing comic strip, The Lizard King (or The Once and Future Lizard King as it is known on deviantART and Facebook). It’s a slice-of-life comic following the misadventures of would- be world conquering lizard-creature Rex and his unimpressed and good-natured roommate Joey. According to the author, the strip is heavily influenced by Invader Zim, Pinky and the Brain, and Lilo and Stitch creator Chris Sanders’ comic strip Kiskaloo, and the humor mixes edge, naiveté, and slapstick. The strip is written and drawn by LTHS senior Chelsea Traynor, who hopes to attend the California Institute of the Arts next fall. October 2010 Entertainment Lockport Township High School 7 Scott Pilgrim - Hottest show a cult classic? on Earth By Ashley Zborek By Chelsea Traynor he has a super-cute High School girl-effects and groundbreaking camera- friend (Ellen Wong as the delightfully work. Not only that, but the fights Editor-In-Chief STAFF WRITER over-reactive Knives Chau), and he’s (as well as the very written-sounding S platonically rooming with his gay best dialogue and witty captions, reminis- KISS just wrapped up their 2010 tour through Europe and North cott Pilgrim vs. the World America, dubbed “The Hottest Show on Earth.” Boy, is that name cent of Colbert’s The Word segment) friend Wallace (played by the hilarious, is the best movie you didn’t accurate. They may be in their late 50’s now but I’d say they are better scene-stealing Kieran Culkin, who are extremely funny. Between the al- see. Some of you may have than ever! The music was close to flawless, the show sensational, with is in fact the brother of the Home most endless laughs are obvious video heard that the film, directed the combination of pyrotechnics, Gene Simmons spitting up blood and Alone star). But his world is rocked game references, central to the movie’s by Edgar Wright and starring Michael smashing his guitar, Eric Singer’s levitating drum solo, and Paul Stanley by literal dream-girl Ramona Flowers plot and unique aesthetic. Granted, Cera as the titular character, has taken flying over the crowd. This was not just any concert. It was a life experi- (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a deadpan the movie can be a bit overwhelm- a beating at the box office. In fact, a ence. The boys didn’t miss a beat! ultra-cool American with a dark past.ing for some, like having a headache lot of you might have been turned The fans contributed too, creating a wonderful atmosphere by in a bright, noisy arcade. And truth And that past catches up to Scott, who off by the film’s over -the-top action packing the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater on Sept. 3 with tons of must defeat Ramona’a seven evil exes be told, Ramona isn’t portrayed as an and quirky, offbeat premise. Well I’m enthusiastic, face painted, leather wearing, high heel-clad followers. The (not all boyfriends, mind you) beforeappealing character- she’s quite aloof telling you that you seriously need to set list was the only downfall, consisting of equal parts of old and new he can date her. The ‘Scott vs. Exes’and sometimes downright mean, and reconsider skipping over this flick, music. Even though I myself am a fan of the classics, it was easy to fol- one might question Scott’s motivations fights are epic battles with explosive because Scott Pilgrim is destined low along with the less familiar music off of KISS’s latest album Sonic for falling head over heels for her. to be a cult classic. The effects Boom. Overall I would consider the show to have been an unforgettable But the laugh-out-loud moments, are eye-popping, the laughs performance that just proves that some things do get better with age. exaggerated action, and charm- keep coming, and the acting is ing cast make up for it in spades. extremely impressive. The whole Scott Pilgrim vs. the World film is uproariously hilarious and is one of those movies that extremely fun and energetic, people just don’t know what to and it’s a crying shame that it make of. It’s crazy, different, fell under the radar like it did. and a bit difficult to wrap your The movie centers around head around. But those are the 23-year-old Scott (Michael exact qualities that will someday Cera), who (in his mind, at least) elevate it to cult hit status. And is on top of the world. He’s if the stellar acting is any indica- in an awesome Canadian ga- tion, this could be ‘the flick that rage band, The Sex Bob-ombs launched a dozen careers’, not (with Mark Webber as Scott’s unlike the John Hughes movies bandmate Stephen, Alison of the 80s. Keep Scott Pilgrim Pill as the freckled drummer on the brain, folks: this is one Kim, and Johnny Simmons Photo courtesy of scottpilgrimthemovie.com film you don’t want to pass on. as the adorkable Young Neil), Dress season brings new styles By Andrea Cronberg Entertainment Editor Calling all you ladies! The new dress season is finally here, which means it is time to find that special style. There are quite a few new trends on the market this season. A popular new trend this season is the one shoul- der dress, a mixture of that classy, but edgy look. Another style is long dresses. Most girls say that long dresses are for prom only, but now there are tons of long dresses with a split up the leg which can make your dress appropriate for both formal and informal occasions. Girls know that in crowded situations your dress can get extremely hot; to be comfortable you can go with a lighter fabric with movement and flow as opposed to a thicker fabric that is heavy and stays in one spot. Colors that are huge this season are pastels. “We have had more pastels sold this year than the previous year; normally we sell darker colors in the fall. Animal prints have also been very popular this season “says Lauren McKeague owner of PinkSlip Boutique in Mokena. For girls that like to keep things simple you can get a plain colored dress and a pair of neutral color shoes ,or you can spice things up by accessorizing. De- pending on your dress you can wear ear- rings that are big and extravagant with no necklace. You can also wear small stud earrings and a big necklace. Bracelets and rings are always acceptable. For shoes you can either wear a nice heel or simple flat. Lastly, you can’t forget about your hair. There are several popular hairstyles that are easy to do. These hairstyles are loose, tight, or medium curls, hair that is half up- half down, a side sweep with falling strands, loose pony tail, or even a low bn. Sports Volume 9, Issue 1 October, 2010 She’s goin’ the distance Big By Andrea Cronberg Entertainment Editor Ten The girls cross country team has had its ups and downs over the past few years. The team Shuffle had a rough year during the By John Heniff 2008 season and didn’t qualify I Sports Editor for state, but three individuals, Steph Houts, Megan O’Brien, and Stef Sanders made it out of n the past decade, the Big Ten’s college football pro- gram hasn’t been in the “ work we major spotlight since 2002, when the Ohio State Buckeyes won the national champion- The ship. However, this past year all put in over is the first time since 1990 that the Big Ten will be adding a the summer Photo on LTHS website new team (The Nebraska Corn- Team effort: The Lockport girls varsity cross country has been off to a promising start so far has really this season. huskers) to the conference ef- fective for the 2011 season. started to pay didn’t compete as well as they sure the success of this season. finish times that blew away With the addition of Ne- braska, the Big Ten will have off. would have liked with the ex- On the weekend of Septem- what they had previously run 12 teams. They announced on ception of Megan O’Brien who ber 11, 2010 the top twelve girls this season. Megan O’Brien, September 1st that the teams ” placed in the top 25, receiving (Megan O’Brien, Stef Sand- running a time of 17:19, took an all state award. So far this ers, Courtney Correa, Kelsey first, breaking the previous would be split into 2 divisions. season the girls have been run- Hahn, Bianca Wiemeyer, Sam course record. Stef Sanders One division will have Illinois, ning times faster at this point Stanley, Maddie Kozuch, Lexi (22), Courtney Correa (39), and Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, Junior Stef Sanders in the season than ever be- McDermid, Aubrey Elwood, Kelsey Hahn (43), all received fore. Their hopes are high as Kim Johnson, Andrea Bayless, medals for being in the top fifty. the season comes to an end. and Kristen Fisch) ran the Peo- “The work we all put in over There are only five weeks left ria Woodruff Invite. The team the summer has really started to sectionals and competed in the until the state meet in Peoria placed fourth overall. The girls pay off. I’m really excited to see state meet. In 2009, the girls and the girls are doing every- did great on an individual basis how the rest of the year plays cross country team qualified thing they can in order to en- as well. Many of them received out.” said junior Stef Sanders. for state. However, the girls New Brit on the block By Eric Kwak sports management. I moved there’s thousands and thou- hundred percent. I mean, Staff Writer over here in 2001. sands of young kids playing. there, it’s year round. In terms EK: What made you decide They’re going to become par- of MLS (Major League Soccer) I walked into gym class to a to come over here? ents, and they’re going to pass and Premier League (English choir of singing angels. MB: I left the university it onto their kids. That’s when Professional Soccer) the dif- This is where I first laid and decided to go and work the growth’s going to be. I ference is the state of passion. eyes on the man known as Mr. and travel, so I came over here think in another 10 or 20 years, Like I said before, it’s the cul- Beal. I had heard so much and got a coaching job. It was when these kids have all played ture. It’s all based on that. It’s about him. I had heard that he a year-long contract. I worked it, get the passion for it and a big, huge, multi-billion pound was British. I had heard that he here (Chicago) and over in take it on to their kids, that’s industry now and the soccer was a new gym teacher. I had New York. Then, I basically when there’s going to be a players are bigger celebrities heard that he once wrestled a got married and stayed here. boom. There’s already a boom. than everybody else. If you’re bear to the death. EK: Nice. How’s the team You can see it on T.V. now too. a soccer player, you’re the A- I had to get to the bottom this year? You are the varsity There only going to put it on list celebrity. of this myself. With butter- soccer coach right? if there’s demand for it, and EK: World Cup views? I Ohio State, and Penn State. flies in my gut, I marched over MB: Yeah, that’s right, head there’s obviously demand out know England didn’t do too Michigan, Michigan State, and introduced myself. boy’s coach. The boys look there. It’s a great game, it’s well. Iowa, Minnesota, Northwest- “Hi, my name is Eric Kwak. good; a lot of athleticism and an easy game. It’s so simple. MB: They were under so ern, and Nebraska are in the Can I interview you for The a lot of talent. There’s a good You just need a ball and get much pressure in the media other division. Each team will Porter Press?” mix of juniors, seniors, and out there and play. It’s a good in England. They looked like play every team in its division This was the start of a beau- sophomores. Were going to game for the kids to play. they didn’t want to be there. every year, with one permanent tiful friendship. try and hone that athletic tal- EK: How is soccer differ- They just folded for whatever “cross-over” game every year. ent and make a good attacking ent in England, like at a pre- reason. I think the dynamics In addition, there will be two Eric Kwak: I noticed your team out of it. I think they’re mier league game? From what of that group were just not other “cross-over games” that wonderful accent and was won- going to have a good season. I understand, it’s like a religion. good, I don’t know. The man- will be different each season. dering where you got it? EK: Any more room on the MB: In England it is a reli- ager can’t even speak English, With the new divisions, a Mr. Beal: I grew up in Eng- team, like maybe for an Eric gion. It’s a completely differ- which doesn’t help. But the championship game for the land. Kwak? ent passion, intensity, and soul. World Cup was good! I think two teams with the best record EK: Born and raised? MB: No! *laughs* It’s like a culture over there. it was bigger in America than in each division will be played MB: I was born and raised EK: Team manager maybe?! It’s even bigger than football any of the other World Cups. at the end of the year. The pro- in England, I lived there for MB: I’ve already got four is here. The things that annoyed me posed site for the champion- twenty- four years, went to girls! EK: How big are the stadi- were those stupid things… ship so far would be Lucas Oil school, went to college, went EK: Aw man, that’s alright. ums? EK: Vuvuzelas? Stadium in Indianapolis. With to the university. I played soc- *laughs* What do you think MB: The biggest one holds MB: They drove me nuts! the new changes, this will put cer in England. about the status of American like 80 thousand. That’s EK: *laughs* Did you the Big Ten back as one of the EK: Where at? soccer in general? I know because the whole country watch the whole game on most feared conferences in col- MB: I played soccer in a overseas it’s a completely dif- is based around soccer. Like mute? lege football. place called Sheffield in Eng- ferent story. here, it’s football, baseball, MB: *laughs* I thought it land. I played semi-profession- MB: I think it’s going to get hockey, basketball. There its was like a swarm of locusts the al soccer and got a degree in bigger. If you think about it, just soccer all the time, one whole time.
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