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					2                                                                             The Focus                                         March 5, 2010                                                  Opinions
                                       The Focus                                                                                Drama at the dance
                                                                                                                                            The real turnabout panic began in December. The halls were suddenly filled with girls
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                                  Edward R.. Zwirner, Editor-in-chief                                                           whispering about ways to ask someone while boys silently stood by, waiting for those seven words:
                                                                                                                                “will you go to turnabout with me?” As boys were getting asked, girls started to stress about the
                           Leah Roche, Moira Jorgenen, Kristina Chura                                                           dance even more. Freshman girls, and boys, put much thought into turnabout perhaps because it’s
                                    Staff Editorial Writers                                                                     usually there first high school dance.
                                                                                                                                                Although junior highs had dance parties and dance lessons, most freshmen have
                                                                                                                                never been to a real dance before. That could be the reason that there seems to be more drama

There’s always                                                                                                                  and excitement for turnabout. “I broke up with my boyfriend and I didn’t know who I was going
                                                                                                                                to go with,”
                                                                                                                                was worried
                                                                                                                                                As much as most
                                                                                                                                                                                           one freshman girl says after admitting she
                                                                                                                                                                                           about turnabout. Harry Kroll believes
                                                                                                                                                                                           stress “way too much” about turnabout.
                                                                                                                                                                                           hyped,” he says, as a freshman girl near
                                                                                                                                                boys enjoy school
next year...
                                                                                                                                him nods in                                                agreement. “People get way too excited
                                                                                                                                about it.”
                                                                                                                                                dances,      they                                         Asking someone to the dance
                                                                                                                                this year has
                                                                                                                                to      things
                                                                                                                                                rarely get caught                          included projects such as a simple poster
                                                                                                                                                                                           like skateboarding videos and a project
            ...and for once we’re not referring to the notoriously bad Chicago Cubs. On February 2,                             with rubber
                                                                                                                                at        New
                                                                                                                                                up in the hype as                          ducks. There seems to be an competition
                                                                                                                                                                                           Trier which is asking in the flashiest way
the taxpayers of the New Trier school district voted to reject the proposed $174 million referendum.
The majority of voters made the wrong decision that Tuesday. The proposed renovations and                                       possible. “I
                                                                                                                                asked      her
                                                                                                                                                much as girls do.                          don’t like that,” Audrey Mang says, who
                                                                                                                                                                                           date face to face without anything extra. “It
construction jobs are necessary for
the good of New Trier students. In                                                                                              depends on                                                 how creative you are and how outspoken.
essence, voters rejected a number                                                                                               If a really                                                shy person doesn’t do something really
of necessary improvements.                                                                                                      extravagant it doesn’t mean you like them less.”
            The voters rejected                                                                                                                 One problem this year is that some students thought they were pressured to ask too
to make the Winnetka Campus                                                                                                     early. According to tradition, most students don’t ask their dates to turnabout until at least January.
handicap accessible, leaving it                                                                                                 This year the majority of people asked in December. “I asked near the end of December which is
with only one elevator to serve a                                                                                               kind of early,” Meryl Balusek says. However, most students would rather not have asked so early.
student body of 3,330 and a staff of                                                                                            “I was scared that all the guys would already be going with someone. I wouldn’t have asked so
474. With a number of ramps and                                                                                                 early if no one else had.”
staircases connecting the building,                                                                                                             Despite this year’s trend of asking “early” some girls still didn’t worry. “You can
it is less than fit for a person in a                                                                                            still have fun without a date,” Livia Albus points out, a fact that many girls seem to have forgotten.
wheel chair or on crutches.                                                                                                     With all the hype a lot of girls forgot exactly what turnabout was-a simple dance in one single
             The voters also rejected                                                                                           night. “You stress so much but it really isn’t a big deal,” Stephanie Wert says. “I stressed out but I
a much needed field house.                                                                                                       wish I hadn’t. It’s pointless.”
With a huge number of students                                                                                                                  New Trier boys have something say about turnabout too. “Earlier than a month before
participating in an after school sport and intramurals, the current “field house” is not able to                                 turnabout is too early,” Brian Walsh admits. Rubin Lee adds, “It’s pointless. We’re only freshmen
accommodate the needs of athletes.                                                                                              it’s not really a big deal.” Most boys interviewed didn’t seem overly emotional about turnabout. “I
            During the winter track and field season, as many as 200 athletes can be crammed into                                just wanted to know who I was going to go with,” Denver Freemen shrugs.
this facility. The rest of the athletes are either running outside or running up and down the stairs                                            As much as most boys enjoy school dances, they rarely get caught up in the hype
throughout the school.                                                                                                          as much as girls do. Guys spend time getting a suit and flowers, they don’t spend nearly as much
            But it isn’t necessarily the lack of space as much as the usage and design of the current                           time as girls do, getting nails and hair done, picking out dresses. All the extra work, plus the fact
field house. The turn radius of the track is far too tight for sprinting safety. Inside this track and also                      that girls, as one boy states it, “freak out more” can add a lot more time and stress to the dance.
surrounding it in some areas, are grimy weight and conditioning machines. The lack of machines
does not allow needed training and causes the teams to compete of them.
         The plan also proposed to make classrooms 290 sq. ft. bigger, going from around 610
sq. ft. to 900                                               sq. ft. Principal Tim Dohrer said this in                          Media linked to teen pregnancy?
response                                                     to a question regarding the advantages
of        more                                               classroom space, “While this arrangement
of        desks     Voters rejected                          [traditional straight rows] is useful in
                                                                                                                                    In a survey taken by The Focus, 25% students agreed that current media is turning teenage
                                                                                                                                pregnancy into a fashion more than an issue. Movies like Juno, the Pregnancy Pact, and television
lectures,                                                    when showing films, and in handing out
materials, it is    a number of                              not conducive to the kind of collaborative
                                                                                                                                series like Glee, all star beautiful teenage girls who are unexpectedly thrown into the world of
                                                                                                                                pregnancy. The movies use humor, talent, and fame to cover up the fact that teenage pregnancy is
environment                                                  featured in 21st century lesson plans and
classrooms.”        necessary                                Voters rejected an opportunity to make
                                                                                                                                nothing to be proud of.
                                                                                                                                    An article on about teenage pregnancy states that, “that there are ‘750,000
classrooms,                                                  the place students spend most of their
time, larger.       improvements.                                                                                               teen pregnancies annually. Eight in ten of these pregnancies are unintended and 81 percent are
                                                                                                                                to unmarried teens.’” Girls who become pregnant are more likely to drop out of high school and
            No                                               longer is the lecture lesson plan the most                         become and stay single parents. They also score lower on math and reading tests.
popular.                                                     Many teachers choose to have students                                  Teaching students about the use of contraceptives and birth control makes it more likely that
work in small                                                groups or have class discussions. The                              they will use them when they begin to have sex, however is does not change the age at which teens
ideal desk setup for a discussion is one where everyone can see each other’s faces and the not the                              begin to have sex. The reason for this is a mixed result of the media, the person they are with, and
back of someone’s head. With such little space, arranging the desks in different ways is impossible.                            their peers.
            And since most students bring their backpacks to class, the room becomes even more                                      Jasmine Troung said this in response to current media, “They’re showing all these girls that get
cramped. This makes it difficult for the teacher to circulate throughout the classroom to provide the                            pregnant and get a lot of publicity for it. Then their lives are great…If I got pregnant I wouldn’t
needed assistance to students. Two hundred and ninety more square feet would definitely be put to                                have a show about me, I’d be in huge trouble.”
good use.                                                                                                                           Teen Mom, a popular TV series on MTV displays the reality of how having a child really forces
            While $174 million may have seemed like a huge sum of money, the New Trier school                                   maturity onto you. Joanna Weiss a columnist for the Boston Globe says that, “The series ought to
district isn’t asking anyone to pay anywhere near that amount. The average amount would have                                    be required viewing for 13-year-olds nationwide, especially since a report released this week by the
been $400 a year to the average household.                                                                                      Guttmacher Institute showed a slight uptick in teen pregnancy rates after a decade-long drop.” The
            So if the taxpayers believe that chronic knee pain and shins splits aren’t worth a new field                         report then went on to say that the pregnancy rate among American teens rose 3 percent in 2006.
house, then fine. Or more advantages in class rooms for modern methods of teachings and simply                                       The Guttmacher Institute also agrees that another reason for the upswing of teenage pregnancy
more space person, that’s okay. Or even that a handicap person cannot access some crucial parts of                              is our nations abstinence-only sex education that people believe truly gets the message across to
the building, then it’s their decision. It just makes you wonder that if this facilities project didn’t get                     teens that sex should be avoided until marriage. However it is crystal clear that teenagers are having
passed, then what does it take for a facilities project to be passed?                                                           sex before marriage. Recently President Obama got rid of the abstinence-only sex education cur-
                                                                                                                                riculums and set up comprehensive sex education programs to prevent teen pregnancies as well as
                                                                                                                                STDs. However these programs where around                                                    through
                                                                                                                                the entire Bush administration, years before                                                 the up-
                                                                                                                                tick in 2006.
                                                                                                                                    Many teen moms are also shaded by the             Current media
                                                 New Trier                                                                      belief that their child’s father will be there for                                           them ev-
                                                                                                                                ery step of the way, but unlike the dream guy       is turning teenage                       that stars
                                  Freshman Focus                                                                                in movies and shows, most guys don’t want
                                                                                                                                to do with the baby. Peter Burlingame says, “It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             is my re-
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 ship High School, 7 Happ Rd, Northfield, Illinois 60093. Correspondence may be di-                                              sponsibility and I would somewhat help raise        pregnancy into                           the kid,
                                                                                                                                but I still have my life ahead of me to put to-                                              gether so
 rected to the Editor-in-chief.
                                                                                                                                I would encourage an adoption or abortion.”
                                                                                                                                    Teenage pregnancy is on the rise once
                                                                                                                                                                                    a fashion more
                                                                                                                                again, and the reality is, there are more things                                             out there
 Editor-in-chief............................................................................................Mr. Ed Zwirner      promoting it rather than stopping it. Directors     than an issue.                           can make
 New editors.......................................................................................................Nate Goss.   movies about how happily ever after Sally and                                                Bill lived
 Sports editors.....................................................................................Elizabeth Manhimer          together after their baby was born but in real-                                              ity how
 Features editors............................................................................................. Gabby Jones      could they have possibly live together happily                                               if in real-
 Service Editor..............................................................................................Marissa Ondra      ity Sally hasn’t even finished school yet and Bill isn’t even home half of the time. Life is no movie,
 Editorials editors..............................................................................................Leah Roche     and perception is reality. As the health teacher from Mean Girls would say, “Don’t have sex, or you
                                                                                                                                will get pregnant and die.”

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