Recognition Ceremony strikes a chord By Claire Wiesner the gym, and never is the student body more Staff Writer silent than when the slideshow begins to play. The respect the students show does not In 2010, ACC hosted its first annual Veter- go unnoticed. Both of my grandfathers have an’s Recognition Ceremony. Although it was attended the ceremony, and both of them a new event, it was immediately successful had only positive things to say about it. My and had a great turnout. ACC has hosted this “Papa Bill,” an Army Veteran, said the he felt ceremony every year since to recognize and honored simply to be there. He said that the honor the sacrifice and service of our veterans. whole event was very well-done, but what re- Events Anyone who has seen the ceremony’s pro- gram knows that behind the success of the Photo by Mrs. Grant ally got to him was the appreciation of the students. It meant a lot to him to be person- event are dozens of people who put a lot of ally thanked and to have his hand shaken by November 20, 2012 work into it. However, one person not found US Army Vietnam Veteran, (Mrs. Elgar’s hus- all the ACC students, especially because he in the program is SPC4 Mark Krebs, US band) also played a significant role in the de- didn’t know that “young people” even cared 7:30 - 7:50 AM Student Council Mtg. Army Veteran, our own Mr. Krebs. velopment of the event. He knew what things about what he did so long ago. My “Papa Mr. Krebs was the original mastermind are done at such events and what would be ap- Joe,” who served in the Air Force, attended November 21, 2012 propriate, so he helped organize the program. behind it all. When asked how he had the the ceremony this year. He really appreciated 8 AM - 12:16 PM Half Day Schedule, idea in the first place, he said that he had The school community has also contrib- the opportunity to talk to other veterans, but 12:16pm Dismissal been talking to his neighbor, CW4 Ty Sim- uted greatly to the event. Besides Home Ec. what really impressed him was the genuine mons, who was the key speaker at the very classes supplying refreshments, PE classes enthusiasm of the students; he said it was a 3 - 4 PM Chess Club first ceremony. They were talking about the decorating the school, Key Club members pleasant surprise to see how well-behaved November 22, 2012 Joe Foss Institute, and Simmons offered to setting up the breakfast, and NHS members the student body was. come to ACC and speak to the students. The greeting the veterans, the whole school com- Ceremonies like this one are not common in Thanksgiving No School idea evolved into what is now the Veteran’s munity has contributed friendly attitudes, en- high schools, and it speaks volumes about our November 23, 2012 Recognition Ceremony. thusiasm, and respect. Never do the students community here at ACC that our school can Along with Mr. Krebs, SPC4 James Elgar, applaud so loudly as when the veterans enter host this event successfully and respectfully! No School Thanksgiving Break November 27, 2012 7:30 - 7:50 AM Student Council Mtg. ‘RumoRs’ November 28, 2012 3 - 4 PM Chess Club November 29, 2012 7:40 - 7:55 AM Foreign Language Club Meeting The fall play was 3:45 - 5:30 PM Chess Match November 30, 2012 one not too miss End of Third Quarter, Fall Term By Viviana Maldonado Staff Writer T 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Blood Drive wo months of preparation, weekly practices that could last up to four hours, the ACC Drama Depart- ment finally opened its doors to the school community on November 2nd Photo by Julia Wright and 3rd. Rumors takes place in a suburb “40 min- wife, (Katelyn Liptrot). Together, the four Niemiec blew us away with their capabili- utes away from the city” of Sneden’s Land- couples try to prevent word of that eve- ties! The over-the-top personalities of their ing, New York, on Charley ( Kyle Wilk) and ning’s unexpected event from reaching the sarcastic, high strung, and unusual charac- Myra Brock’s (Morgan Scott) 10th wedding police and the media. ters kept the audience very entertained. This anniversary. However, this is no ordinary get The performance was absolutely out- was an excellent piece that Mr. Nohl chose together, Charley, New York City’s deputy standing! The storyline kept the audience for the fall play, for there was not one unsat- mayor, in an attempt of suicide, has shot engaged and enticed in trying to figure isfied face during and after the play! himself in the ear, and Myra is nowhere to out what could have possibly motivated A performance like this surely took a lot be found! The initial couples to arrive to the Charley to shoot himself in the ear. Should of time and committed effort. The efforts party are the successful attorney duo, Ken we believe the rumors? The mystery/comic of the drama department can be broken into (Justin Bush) and Chris (Liza Scheidler). elements this plot held were definitely the main stage actors, the ensemble, and They are the first to know, at least somewhat, supported through the characters’ personali- the technology crew. The main stage actors what has happened, and for the time being ties. Although there was a relatively small practiced three times a week for one and a try to keep it under wraps. Eventually, the cast, made up of eight lead roles and a total half hours, but during the last week prac- truth will be told to the next arriving couple, of twelve actors, the all-star talent these ticed every day-Monday and Tuesday for Lenny (John Mulloy), an accountant who has students had captured the essence of their four hours, Wednesday and Thursday for just crashed his new BMW, and his gossip characters so well, there was no struggle to three hours, and on Friday for approximately Check us frenzied wife, Claire (Ali Miller), who see right through Ken and Chris’s jumble of keep the audience’s attention. Much of the acting was coming from those who had 30 minutes. The ensemble, which performed the quirky welcoming act, intermission, and out online! nerves and notice the evidently missing host- ess and cook. The rest of the play continues years of experience in ACC Drama, but for some this was their first year. Take for instance, Ali Miller, Brian Allison, Justin the dance to Rumor Has It, met two days a week for one and half hours. The technol- ogy crew was in charge of the lighting and with the arrival of the two remaining spunky and odd couples. Ernie (Kyle Friedrich), a Bush, Katelyn Liptrot, and Kyle Friedrich. microphones during the play, but they also www.auroracentral.net psychiatrist, and his wife, Cookie (Melissa These are senior actors and actresses whom had the huge task of building the set that Mr. Niemiec), the star of her own cooking show, we now expect a great, amusing, and flaw- Nohl designed. are followed by Glenn (Brian Allison), an less performance from. But newbies such as Take a sigh of relief drama department, aspiring politician, and his insecure trophy John Mulloy, Liza Scheidler, and Melissa you all did a marvelous job! In This Issue . . . Giving Daddy Delicious thanks Daughter recipes – dance – Member, See – See National Scholastic page 2 See page 6 Press Association page 3 2 CENTRAL TIMES November, 2012 EditoRials Time for turkey By Lauren Heyboer colonists were living. In fact, each Staff Writer Thanksgiving Day, descendants of that tribe and others who don’t I magine yourself back in the year 1620 on a boat called the May- flower. After 66 days of weary trav- believe in the happy, harvest version of the story, gather together in a National Day of Mourning to honor eling, you find yourself in the New the Native Americans massacred by World. Expecting a new and peaceful the colonists. life, you don’t know there are already Either way, the colonists ate, people living here, and you are in but it certainly wasn’t what we eat for a struggle that may cost you your at our Thanksgiving dinners. The life. This is what the Pilgrims faced so colonists did not have pies and tons many years ago. of side dishes. Rather, they ate deer, The early settlers did not realize that corn, shellfish, potatoes, and pos- life would be so hard in the New World sibly lobster, seals, and swans. when they set out from Europe. They had trouble finding food and shelter, and they faced many diseases such as Even though most of us probably don’t celebrate the first harvest by eating seals with Indians, we do Football for scurvy (vitamin D deficiency). The set- tlers began having what were known as “days of fasting”, where they ate little have many other traditions. There is the football game that at least one person in our family can’t miss, and, females: a to no food. These days were occurring more and more frequently, until they came across Squanto. of course, the annual tradition of sit- ting down with your family to watch Snoopy try to cook a Thanksgiving complete Squanto was a Native American who taught the settlers how to harvest and plant corn and how to fish. Some say an alliance with a neighboring Indian tribe, the Wampanoags. This alliance is one of dinner. Family and close friends gather together somewhere to share a huge meal. girl’s guide that Squanto caused the first Thanksgiv- the only peaceful relationships the Pilgrims So whether you cheer for your favorite ing, since in most accounts Thanksgiving and the Indians ever had. In other accounts team, watch a parade, or just help yourself By Melissa Niemiec was the celebration of the first successful of the first Thanksgiving, the settlers were to one more slice of pumpkin pie, enjoy Staff Writer harvest as well as thanks for rain that had celebrating the safe return of the colonists Turkey Day. Give thanks for all your bless- come after a long drought. Squanto also helped the Pilgrims create who had gone and murdered 700 Native Americans from a tribe close to where the ings, and do what those early settlers did so long ago—eat! E very establishment that owns a TV is packed. Your boyfriend seems to have dropped off the face of the earth for all the attention he’s giving you, or lack thereof. The pantry is suspiciously empty of snacks. An air horn is needed to tear the male mem- When did Friday become black? bers of your family away from the screen. Commercials are the only way to snap them from their sport-induced trance. This is how you know it’s game day. By Haley O’Brien traditionally the beginning of the Christ- Black Friday all started in Philadelphia, In an effort to bond with their male Staff Writer mas shopping season. On this particular where it originally was used to describe counterparts (i.e. boyfriend, dad, brother day, a lot of major retailers open very the intense and disorderly pedestrians and etc.) a girl may try to watch football…and H ello fellow Black Friday shoppers! It’s that time of year again, and you all know that means…shopping! Now obvi- early, often at 5 a.m. or earlier, and have outrageous sales to start the Christmas shopping season with a bang. For many traffic which would always occur the day after Thanksgiving. Many people started to use the term Black Friday before 1961, and find out she doesn’t understand a thing the announcer says: can’t see the ball half the time, and feels as though she’s missing the ously we all know the best day to find the years, it was not uncommon for retailers to more and more people used it outside of point. perfect deals on everything from electron- open at about 6 a.m., but in the late 1990’s Philadelphia around the mid 1970’s. Later If someone happens to take the time to ics to clothing is Black Friday. If you want many businesses began to open as early as on, another explanation began to be used- teach you the basics, however, football is to purchase anything on Black Friday, four or five in the morning. The opening that Black Friday makes enough money to very entertaining. some helpful tips are waking up very early, time was taken to a new extreme in 2011 put businesses in the “black” ink, which In an attempt to assist my fellow females, getting to as close to the front of the line as when several retailers like Kohl’s, Target, means more profit. Red ink is when there I have put together a small rundown of the possible, and if someone says they found Best Buy, and Macy’s opened at midnight are losses in profit. game in what I hope to be an easy to under- something before you found it, just let them for the first time ever in America’s history As you can see, this is a huge day for stand way. have it; it’s not worth getting hurt over. of Black Friday shopping. business all over the U.S. People are Scoring: The point of football is to get the People are vicious on this day! Because Black Friday is not a legitimate swarming the malls like hungry animals, so ball to the opposing end zone, the rectangles Now where did this lovely day origi- holiday, most non-retail employers give be very careful out there! And hey, maybe at both ends of the field (usually painted in nate and how did it get its name? I am their staff the entire day off, which natu- while you’re waiting in line for three hours bold colors) while it is in the possession of here to give you all the history on this day rally increases the number of shoppers that next to a complete stranger, you can fill a player. shopaholics dream about. Black Friday day. It has annually been the busiest shop- them in on the history of this day. Happy This is a touchdown and counts for six is the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., ping day of the year since 2005. The term shopping, and happy holidays. points, but a field goal can be kicked for another point. Additional field goals count for three points. Offense: The quarterback is the guy who CEntRal timEs staff Corrections: throws the ball. He needs to throw the ball before the other team tackles him. The other players on offense are either Editor-in-Chief: Justine Clarke Megan Crabb, Natalie Droeske, n In October’s issue, the trying to keep the opposing team from tack- Website Manager: Luke Kearby Annabel Engelhardt, Lauren article, Art open house ling the quarterback, or running to catch the Heyboer, Viviana Maldonado, ball when the quarterback throws it. Section Editors & Melissa Niemiec, Haley O’Brien, listed Ms. Wascher as They want to get as close to the end zone Senior Staff Writers Lauren San Diego, Emily Perez the contact instead of Ms. as they can, so the team can get a touch Editorials: Leanne Hay and Eileen Witthoff. down before the ball goes to the other team. Schroeder-Sears. Arts & Entertainment: Justine Downs: When the player with the ball hits Clarke Advisor: Mrs. Una Goldie n In the sports article, the ground, it is called a down. A team gets Local & World News: Kyle four of them before they have to give the “Chargin’ to the playoffs!” ball to the other team. Friedrich Mission Statement: The Central School News: Jared Friedrich Times, a high school newspaper Justine Clarke was iden- However, if they advance a certain num- at Aurora Central Catholic High ber of yards, the team starts over with their Sports: Claire Wiesner tified as the staff writer downs. Layout & Design: Rebecca Price School, exists to provide the students news about the world instead of Erin Maurer. Defense: Keep the other team from ad- Advertising Manager: Oscar and their school. Our newspaper vancing across the field, plain and simple. Gomez also seeks to keep them n The Central Times There are more complex aspects of foot- Photographers: Julia Wright, culturally informed by letting regrets the errors and ball with fouls and different types of plays, Lauren Wiesbrook and them know of the latest in the but these are the basic points. Natalie Karafiat apologizes to the entertainment industry and Now if you’re thinking, “Wait, isn’t this Staff Writers: Jane Acevedo, providing editorials on various parties affected. just a bunch of guys throwing a ball and Jared Cebulski, Chloe Craft, topics. smashing into each other?” Well yes, yes it is, but that’s men for you. November, 2012 CENTRAL TIMES 3 sChool nEws Red, white and dad, too By Justine Clarke Staff Writer On November 10th, girls and their dads gathered in the ACC cafetorium for the annual Daddy-Daughter Night Out. Photo by Julia Wright This year’s theme was red, white, and true blue in honor of Veteran’s Math Honors Society Day. Girls and their dads battled it out in games such as musical chairs, balloon off to a brilliant start darts, bags and Bozo buckets. For every game, each winner in every class won a box of candy and a giftcard By Melissa Niemiec to Subway. Staff Writer There was also a plethora of raffles this year with chances to win ACC spirit The Math Honors Society, an ACC club, has wear and a turnabout bid. gotten off to a great start this year with 54 stu- Gift cards to places such as L.A. Tan, dents having applied. The club is planning to of- Target, Bath and Body Works, Star- fer math tutoring, and will release schedules and bucks, Speedway, Zi Za Nail Salon, Buf- information about that soon. Also for the first time falo Wild Wings, and more were given they will be competing with other schools in math away too. competitions; their first happening on November The end of the night was followed by 29th at North Central College. The Society is led court (like homecoming) in which each Photo by Julia Wright by Daniel Aguilera with his vice-president, Cin- class winner received a sash and a huge Mr. Konen, Kayla Konen, Emily Zeigler and Mr. Zeigler at the Daddy Daugh- thya Elizondo; treasurer, Derek Harris; and secre- candy dispenser of M&Ms. ter Dance. tary, Kari Hinterlong. Mr. Jim Parker is the teach- On a more personal note, I have at- er administrator. The Math Honors Society will be tended the last three Daddy-Daughter going there, it is actually pretty fun. out), because there are only so many op- celebrating Pi Day in March. Anyone interested in Nights Out with this being my last one. I highly encourage every girl to go portunities like this to bond with your joining must have taken Algebra II and passed with Even though you may feel a little dorky next year (and boys too on their nights family after high school. at least a B average. adviCE Do you have any advice on surviving this Thanksgiving and Black Friday? So you’ve probably already noticed, but Fall is officially here. The tell-tale signs include chang- ing leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, and the signature ugg/sweatshirt combo of every girl un- der 22. But even more than that, we can’t forget Thanksgiving. I know, it’s one of those holidays we’d rather sweep under the rug. Let’s just eat our hearts out and destress for a few days, right? Wrong. Most of you guys have that one crazy relative that you would do anything to avoid. Or in some cases, there’s only one sane relative. And with the holidays, chances are you’re going to run into them at parties, dinners, or reunions. Here’s some helpful hints to get through it. Kentaro Sashara Nice Okay Rohan Chitte 1. Just keep eating. If they ask you for the 5th Photos by Julia Wright time that evening about your “cute little boyfriend” ACC shares the American experience that you’ve been dating for two years, just shovel in another mouthful and shrug. Food is the end-all be-all for all awkward situations! 2. See those little 3-year-old cousins that usu- ally annoy you so much? How ‘bout you go play By Lauren San Diego guage, and maybe even the accent here Until they leave in June 2013, the with them to avoid awkward interactions with your Staff Writer at ACC. four will live in Illinois at a host fam- dreaded Aunt Sally. A few new things the international stu- ily’s home. Some classes they will take 3. If all else fails, enjoy the turkey and just try to Among the 200 freshmen and 20 dents have to adjust to are co-ed classes, are English, chemistry, art, and earth laugh off all awkward moments by realizing that transfer students, ACC welcomes once 90 minute periods, switching from class- science, and a few might take up sports it’ll make for great stories in the future! again several foreign exchange students. rooms to classrooms, and the weather. like tennis or baseball. Tatsuyo hopes to **************************************** Through the American Field Services’ “Otherwise I’m adjusting well,” Rohan gain a new and different American per- **************************************** Intercultural Programs, Kentaro Sashara says. Some American traditions shocked spective. For each of these students, this After eating a meal of champions, many people and Tatsuyo Kano from Japan, Rohan the newcomers. “I was surprised about school year will be an exciting way to choose to spend the rest of their night in a blood- Chitte from India, and Nice Okay from the toilet paper,” Kentaro comments learn about the United States, so let’s bath over the cheapest flat-screen. Black Friday Turkey will spend the 2012-2013 school about the trees’ homecoming decora- all make sure they feel welcome here at can be a vicious fight, but if you know what you’re year learning the American culture, lan- tions. “They don’t do that in Japan!” Charger Nation. doing, you can totally score. First off, do your re- search. A lot of stores offer deals over the Internet and especially on the upcoming Cyber Monday that allows shoppers to stay indoors rather than face the crowds and bad weather. If you unfortunately do have to face the weather, remember to dress ap- propriately. If you are in a Wal-Mart at 3 a.m., it Field trips: the exciting way of learning is automatically a judge-free zone. Everyone is in By Annabel Engelhardt CAD, which is really drafting, mechani- personal favorite, the Rookery. Students, the same boat and the last thing anyone is thinking Staff Writer cal drawing, architecture, and a little bit mainly upper level, upperclassmen with of is if their hair-tie matches their socks. Also, you of engineering graphics. good grades, study the Chicago architec- may want to pack a snack of some Thanksgiving Field trips with Mr. V. are an exciting His class, which studies how to make ture. leftovers. If you are going to wait in line for hours, way to experience the city of Chicago. drawings of blueprints used to make Mr. V’s favorite thing about going on you better have something to nosh on. Addition- One of the things everyone looks for- things, often takes exciting field trips field trips is, “Seeing the enjoyment of ally, before the doors open, if you notice someone ward to during the school year is a field to the city of Chicago. Destinations of- the students when they see something giving you a twitchy eye, head into the opposite trip. It is a chance to be out of uniform, ten include the Museum of Science and new.” For example, the Bean in Millen- direction. Hey, you might save a hundred or so hang out with your friends, and go some- Industry, the John Hancock Observatory, nium Park is always a cause of delight to dollars, but what is it worth when it’s compared to place new. A trip to someplace new is the Willis (Sears) Skydeck, architectural students, and it is something to look at having a dual to the death with a crazy? Overall, al- always an adventure, and a trip to some- boat tours, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and study from a new perspective. Over- though I would personally never take part waiting where you have been before sheds new the National History Museum, Shedd all, field trips in Mr. V’s AutoCAD class outside for Black Friday, you have to give props to light on a subject (or two). Aquarium, the State of Illinois Building, are comfy, easy trips that let you enjoy the people who do. Mr. Mel Vander Velde teaches Auto- Rock ‘N’ Roll McDonald’s, and Mr. V.’s the beauty of Chicago. 4 CENTRAL TIMES November, 2012 ChaRgER spoRts Cross country runs to State Finals By Claire Wiesner A week later, the teams competed at longo, Alviar, Patrick Lefevre, Justin Jerw- ing to a fantastic high school cross country Staff Writer Marmion Academy for the South Suburban ers, Daniel Aquino, and Gilberto Cervantes. career for Jenna Koerner! She said about the Conference, and with very successful results. On the girls’ side, Liz, Koerner, Crown, season, “This being my senior year, it was As the fall sports were finishing up their The boys took 2nd out of 12 teams, and the Emily Ziegler, Corinn Groom, Katie Marter, very bittersweet, but I am very honored to seasons, the cross country teams were run- girls took 5th. Myers was the SCC champion, Cinthya Elizondo, and Danielle Barerrio rep- have represented the team one last time!” ning their way to State Finals! In the begin- and earned All Conference honors along with resented. The boys’ team also competed very well ning of October, both the girls’ and the boys’ Matt Knapp, Javier Montelongo, and Adrian The ACC boys cross country team qualified downstate with Matt Myers running well teams competed at the annual Amboy Co- Alviar. for the IHSA class 2A State Finals, finishing even after being spiked at the beginning of lumbus Day Invitational. On the girls’ side of the program, Koerner, 5th overall at the Wheaton Academy Section- the race. The boys finished 6th overall out of 55 Liz, and Ceci Crown also received All Con- als. Koerner and Liz qualified as individuals While the cross country season is over, this teams, and the girls finished 9th. Senior Matt ference honors! to represent the girls’ team down State. isn’t the last ACC will see of these athletes Myers took 5th in the boys varsity race, while On October 27, the Chargers competed at At the State Finals, hosted on November 3 this year. In the words of Koerner, “ACC Karina Liz and Jenna Koerner took 13th and the Wheaton Academy Sectionals. The State at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Koerner and Liz needs to be ready for what’s going to go 18th, respectively. series teams included Myers, Knapp, Monte- took 49th and 51st places. It was a great end- down on the track this spring!” Photo by Coach Mark Fitzgerald Tradition never graduates Photo by Mrs. Buchner By Natalie Droeske team to do it, I think we’re The real deal behind cheerleading Staff Writer the team to do it,” says Coach Fitzgerald. The Aurora Central girls’ Needless to say the pro- varsity basketball team had gram has earned its 3A bump a very successful 2011-2012 in division but has a tough season, finishing 4th in state year ahead of them. There- By Jane Acevedo memorized. Who would want to see a halftime show in with a record of 25-8. After fore, like every good team, Staff Writer which half of the cheerleaders don’t know the routine? graduating seven seniors that Coach Fitzgerald thought it It is obvious that cheerleading is tough once you begin accounted for 57% of last crucial to set season team Cheerleading has been very successful this year during to see and think about all the work that they actually do. year’s scoring and 72% of goals, and set them high. the football season, especially because the boys went to What does it take to be an ACC cheerleader? “You its rebounding, many schools “Reach for the stars and the playoffs! The cheerleaders did an amazing job getting need to truly love ACC; I love this school and every- are thinking the girls’ trip even if you miss, you’re still the crowd cheering for the football team! thing about it! I love our blue and gold, or fight song, downstate was a fluke. This out of this world,” he said be- Many people do not consider cheerleading a sport. If everything! You need to have the heart of a Charger to in addition to being a younger fore the first practice of the you asked a cheerleader, they would definitely disagree. be a true ACC cheerleader!” said Alex Hayes, a senior team with four sophomores, season. Some say cheerleaders don’t do anything besides look varsity cheerleader. When asked what she likes and will four juniors, and five seniors, The team’s goals don’t so pretty and perform cheers, and in a way that is true. miss the most about cheerleading, she said, “I am going leaves the competition think- much focus on racking up They may not compete every weekend or play games, to miss the girls; we are a family. I love every single one ing ACC will return to its old points for themselves but but they do play a major role in the fun and atmosphere of the cheerleaders, and I am going to miss stunting. I days’ status quo. more on assists, steals and re- of either a football game or a basketball game. Can you like stunting the most because it makes me feel like I’m In the past, a game versus bounds. even imagine a game without them? They get the crowd strong and I can do anything, but I also love the big rival ACC was an easy win for an- “We have to rebound,” involved in cheers and get them pumped up! True, their games and cheering my heart out to a victory!” Just like other team. Therefore, many remarks Coach on the forty- practices do not include running stairs or even a couple of athletes in any other sport, the girls on the cheerleading schools were upset when they five rebounds per game goal yards, but they have to work on each and every little de- squad become very close and care for each other. Cheer- had to add to their loss col- the girls have set. “We’ve tail of every cheer until they get it down perfectly. They leading requires hard work and is a sport, even though it umn after playing ACC this lost 72% of our total rebound- also have to work on getting their halftime performance may not be always be treated or thought of as one. last year. ing power…and we need to This leaves a lot of hard replace that.” feelings to be dealt with in the In addition to these goals, upcoming season. Many anticipated games to come against Walther Luther- the team has also set a rather amusing one; they would like to force at least three Dance team heads to competition an, Immaculate Conception, OSTO (Oh Shoot Time Out) By Haley O’ Brien The junior varsity team brought two dances to com- and Montini are expected to s per game. This is a result of Staff Writer petition as well. Their hip-hop song, a mix of Michael be tough battles of revenge the aggressiveness and quick- Jackson songs definitely had the crowd dancing in their for the Lady Chargers. paced style of play this year’s What are three requirements for the ACC dance team? seats. After all, who doesn’t love the entire King of Pop’s A school that it seems has varsity will be exhibiting. Energy, precision, and facials! most popular songs put into one? taken its loss to heart is ACC’s Coach Fitzgerald sums it The ACC dance team had their first competition on From what many people were saying at the competi- very own rival, Rosary. With up perfectly: “I think that we November 11 at Grayslake North. Varsity brought two tion, everyone-parents and other teams, agreed that the a new coaching staff who are have [an] excellent opportu- dances to competition: hip-hop and lyrical. Their hip-hop junior varsity team is going to be a very strong one this trying to reestablish their pro- nity to continue the great mo- song isn’t an average, everyday song that one would ex- Junior varsity received 1st place in their hip-hop cate- gram, Rosary was scouting mentum we have established pect to hear, let alone watch a dance to. ‘Team Spirit’ by gory. Their other dance competitive performance, con- over the summer to prevent over the last two or three Nirvana is a very edgy and creepy song in a way, and it’s a sidered an “open dance” and is a sassy mix of jazz that a repeat. This and the girls’ years… this one [team] has different version than most parents would probably know the whole crowd loved, took 2nd place in the open dance game against Montini are said the athletic ability to do some because it’s a remix with only two cellos being played. category. to be the most anticipated of great things.” Varsity’s lyrical song for this year is ‘Georgia’ by Ray Coach Terri Varney and the varsity team are confi- the year. A win against Mon- This season is sure to be Charles. dent they will place very well at state. With this being tini would excite not only the filled with a lot of excitement The results of this first competition were exciting. Var- their first competition, the varsity and junior varsity team but Coach Fitzgerald as and the Chargers hope to see sity took 1st place in both lyrical and hip-hop, in addition dance team have until March to improve and make their well. “If there’s gonna be any the stands filled with support. to qualifying for state. dances the best they can be for state! November, 2012 CENTRAL TIMES 5 loCal & woRld nEws Education under fire 2012 election wraps up By Leanne Hay are upset because they believed that abor- By Oscar Gomez Staff Writer tion may have finally been outlawed under Staff Writer Romney. However, some people also were After many long months of waiting and pleased with Obama’s foreign policy and The Taliban has claimed responsibil- several grueling months of campaigning, were worried about what might happen if ity for the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, Barack Obama has been reelected president. Romney were to take over. Some political a 14 year old Pakistani girl who has been However, this election has many people irate. pundits suggest with all these differing opin- successful in bringing attention to the It even brings back memories of the 2000 ions and issues, picking one candidate could bleak situation that Pakistani women face election when Al Gore beat George W. Bush have been hard for the independent voters. when they try to peruse an education. On in the popular vote but lost the Electoral Col- On behalf of the Central Times, whatever her way back from school, in the town of lege. Many people believe that Romney won party one belongs to and whichever candidate Mingora, a Taliban gunman approached the popular vote but Obama won the Elector- some Republicans in an uproar, some claim- you supported, we should all be proud of our the bus that Malala was boarding and shot al College. However, Obama did in fact win ing it could have swung the vote enough to- country. Regardless of who our president is, her once in the head and again in the neck. both and America is still divided. wards Romney. The Department of Defense we all still exercise rights that many citizens One other girl was also wounded. Current- There has been a lot of controversy sur- has also come under fire for this, being at- of other countries could never dream of. We ly, Malala is in intensive care in a hospital rounding this election already. It has been tacked for not protecting many Americans’ all have the ability at age 18 to get out and in Britain, where she had been moved to suspected, although not proven, that U.S. rights to vote. vote, have our voices heard, and even change after receiving initial care in Pakistan. This soldiers deployed overseas, such as Afghani- Topics that greatly influenced this elec- the future of the country. So value that right attack has not gone unnoticed. stan, sent in their votes but they were not tion included Obama’s healthcare system, and value America! And next election, we The country’s top military officer, counted in time to be considered. This has abortion, foreign policy, etc. Many Catholics expect you to hit the polls! General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani released a statement saying, “In attacking Malala, the terrorists have failed to grasp that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage and hope who vindicates the great sacrifices that the people of Swat and the nation gave for wresting the valley from the scourge of terrorism.” Kayani refers Child’s game or demonic ritual? By Jared Cebulski There are many different versions of to the Swat Valley which, prior to 2007, Staff Writer this horrific legend. Another version is that was a well-known tourist site. After 2007, Mary Worth’s child was murdered and she the Taliban assumed control over most of The Bloody Mary test has long been con- was accused of being the murderess. She the region. Since the age of 11, Malala sidered a child’s game to prove bravery and was then hanged and her spirit entered the had been an anonymous blogger for the courage to one’s friends. However, is the world of mirrors to search out the real mur- BBC and she became public in 2009. As Bloody Mary test as innocent as it seems to derer. of now, Malala’s road to recovery will be be, or are there dark forces at work? The child’s game remained the same with a long one. The Bloody Mary Legend comes from a the exception that Mary is said to kill the time long ago. Mary Worth was a beautiful caller on the spot or choose to haunt the young woman who would spend hours of caller for the rest of his/her life. These are her time combing her hair and gazing into a perhaps the most well known versions of Locked out mirror at her reflection. Many people were the legend. jealous of Mary’s good looks and eventually Many people have reported seeing strange acted on this hatred. images in the mirror or in dark rooms after of the arena The jealous group broke into Mary’s bed- participating in the test. Is it possible the so room one night and viciously slashed her called test is really a demonic ritual used to face and body with a large knife. Mary died call upon an evil spirit? We may never know that night from loss of blood. Her spirit, how- the answer for certain, but it can be said with- By Megan Crabb ever, never left this world and after taking candle and spinning around while chanting out a doubt something happened long ago to Staff Writer horrible vengeance on her attackers, entered “Bloody Mary” three times. It is said that start this legend that it has lived on through- the world of mirrors to search for her beauti- Mary Worth’s disfigured reflection will ap- out the ages. Perhaps it is because an evil Hockey fans won’t be jumping up from ful reflection. pear. According to legend she will then try to spirit waits inside the world of mirrors for their couches anytime soon, that’s for sure. The child’s game consists of one of the drag the child into the mirror to be with her the next ignorant caller to becomes its next Arenas all around the country are waiting children going into a dark bathroom with a for all eternity. victim. with perfectly polished ice for the National Hockey League (NHL) to reach an agree- ment on a new contract. The NHL lock- out has forced teams to cancel 327 games Devastating hurricane hits East Coast from October 11th through November 30th, which is more than 25 percent of the regular hockey season. Many fear that if the lockout continues, the season will be cancelled all together. The owner of the By Eileen Witthoff NHL franchise, Gary Bettman, confirmed Staff Writer the lockout until a new agreement could be reached. The lockout was put into ef- Just as the election began to heat up be- fect after the players didn’t agree with the tween Romney and Obama, something other content of the new contract, such as reduc- than politics showed up on the news. News ing the players share of revenue from 57 of a hurricane began to strike fear into the percent to 46 percent and setting a maxi- people of the East Coast. Hurricane Sandy mum term to five years for new player had started as a category one storm, a seem- contracts. This dispute is very similar to ingly harmless storm that was destined to the 2004-05 NHL lockout that led to the hit the east coast. As the reports continued, cancellation of the entire season. As many however, it began to become a more power- would imagine, the players are not happy ful storm. There were rumors of this storm about this dispute. being comparable to Katrina and possibly “You always want to be positive and even worse. hope for the best. Hopefully they can fig- This news sparked fear into the citizens ure it out,” stated Chicago Blackhawks of the affected area, causing government of- center, Patrick Kane, “It’s tough saying ficials to start warning the citizens to start the same things over and over. We all want leaving the state and move out of the hur- to play hockey. Waiting’s not fun, but it’s ricane’s way. A little while before the hurri- really the only option we have right now.” cane hit the coast, the citizens that had not At the moment, the games are still on heeded the warnings and had decided to stay hold and the players are still anxious to get were already preparing for the worst. They out on the ice. “We recovered last time be- had stocked up on food and tools; sandbags cause we have the world’s greatest fans,” were in front of almost every house. They Bettman stated about the lockout. would be ready once the storm hit, or so they the worst hurricanes in history. The power of 100 deaths mounted. The hurricane’s ef- Trying to remain optimistic, the play- had thought. outages stretched across the coast, leaving fects continued to storm through the coast a ers are hoping for the best. A repeat of The remaining people, about 60 million, millions without power. week later, but calmed down and gradually the 2004-05 season is the last thing any of soon discovered how bad this hurricane had Flooding affected many buildings, caus- came to an end. the teams want. The fans will be grateful become. It was bigger than what they could ing schools and businesses to close until the Still, the damage that the storm caused will when the players are tearing up the arenas have imagined. Huge waves of 6 to 11 feet storm had passed and the damage caused by take a lot longer to recover from. Over a mil- once again. The season is set to open on were being predicted with winds up to 75 the flooding had been fixed. The hurricane lion people are still without power and there December 1st. miles per hour. It was predicted to be one of resulted in 41 deaths in New York and a total are many disruptions. 6 CENTRAL TIMES November, 2012 aRts & EntERtainmEnt ‘Skyfall’ meets expectations and more By Kyle Friedrich and Judi Dench continued to do a fantastic They included things such as Q and his Staff Writer job playing M. Javier Bardem’s Silva will inventions, Moneypenny (M’s secretary), undoubtedly be one of the most memorable and references to the older films, like the in- When people call Skyfall one of the best Bond villains, with his odd mannerisms and clusion of the original version of the James Bond films ever, they are entirely correct. distinctive characteristics. Bond theme from Dr. No and the Aston Mar- From the dramatic opening scene to the end, Sam Mendes, the director, had wanted to tin DB5 from Goldfinger. the movie grabs the viewer’s attention. The make the audience feel like they were watch- If you are a fan of the Bond movies, this is plot was brilliant and the action scenes were ing one of the original Bond films. one that you will especially enjoy. very well done. This was a goal that was very well pulled It has all that one can possibly hope for in Part of what made the movie so great off. While 007 is no longer fighting Cold War a Bond film, and will not leave you disap- was the incredible acting job. Daniel Craig enemies, many of the elements that were sta- pointed. I would highly recommend seeing it. returned with his unique version of 007, ples of Bond films returned. 5 out of 5 stars. ‘Safe Haven’ book review A wrecking success By Oscar Gomez By Emily Perez let her guard down with Alex and she finds Staff Writer Staff Writer out that Alex’s wife died of terminal cancer. Alex uses his criminal investigation skills that Wreck-It Ralph follows the adventure What would you do for love? he used in the military to find out more about of Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), an Safe Haven is about a mysterious young Katie and he knows that she is in an abusive arcade game character, who longs to be woman named Katie who moves to Southport, relationship. Alex is more than willing to help more than just a bad guy. In trying to be- North Carolina. She runs away from her abu- Katie because he started to love her and want- come a champ and earning his “Hero” sive husband, Kevin, to have a better life for ed her to be safe away from Kevin. medal, Ralph makes some interesting herself. Katie realizes that Kevin isn’t the same But as soon as everything is going good for friends in the process, such as Vanellope man that she used to know. She can’t call the Katie she realizes that Kevin has to be on the von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silver- police because Kevin works in the police de- hunt for her. He wasn’t going to stop looking man). Vanellope is a kid kart racer with partment and he would make sure that Katie even if it’s the last thing he would do. At this a glitch, who with the help of Ralph would never have him punished. All she could point Katie is now endangered and even put hopes to win her first race in the arcade do now is run away from her troubles. Alex’s family at risk. What Katie will do Alex game Sugar Rush. Unfortunately, Ralph Katie moves into a small house that she and his family will surprise you. What a per- and Vanellope are unaware of King Can- could barely afford because she doesn’t have son does for love is eye opening for anyone. dy’s (voiced by Alan Tudyk) evil plot to enough money and she has a low income job This book will make you change your point take over Sugar Rush. Other characters working as a waitress. She becomes friends of view on love and give you a new perspec- such as Fix-It-Felix (voiced by Jack Mc- with her neighbor, Jo. They soon begin to bond tive on life. This story will bring suspense, Brayer) and Sergeant Tamora (voiced and become better friends. Jo has become the butterflies in your stomach and maybe even a by Jane Lynch) try to save Sugar Rush closest thing to family to Katie since she ar- few tears at the end. It was one of the most and all the other games in the arcade rived to Southport. phenomenal books that Nicholas Sparks has from a growing evil that both Ralph and Disney to She soon meets Alex who is the manager written in my opinion. Safe Haven, written by Vanellope aren’t even aware of. Wreck- of a local small store. Alex is intrigued by this Nicholas Sparks, will be in theaters on Febru- It Ralph is filled with smart witty jokes young woman who always walks to his store. ary 8, 2013. Nicholas Sparks also wrote Dear that will appeal to all age groups and has make new Alex’s two children start talking to Katie be- John, The Last Song and The Notebook which its fair share of gaming classics such as cause they see her often when she goes to the are also now in major motion pictures. PAC-MAN and Mario too. store to pick up her groceries. She begins to 5/5 stars 5/5 stars ‘Star Wars’ Don’t sacrifice delicious film By Chloe Craft 2 c shredded non-dairy gluten- Staff Writer free cheese By Jared Friedrich 1/2 tsp sea salt Staff Writer Thanksgiving Day is unbelievably just 1/2 to 1 tsp gluten-free honey mustard around the corner. Nothing else can be more 1/4 tsp nutmeg A new Star Wars Trilogy is destined terrifying to someone with gluten or dairy 1 c gluten-free bread crumbs-for topping for theaters since the Walt Disney Co. an- allergies than a buttered up feast drowning 1/4 to 1/2 tsp paprika and/or dried basil nounced on October 30th that it was buy- in pools of gravies, broths, and marinades Halved grape or cherry tomatoes, op- ing Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion. The accompanied by endless baskets of bread. It tional deal also included Lucasfilm’s high-tech seems as though there are only two choices: Instructions: production companies and the rights to the 1/4 c tapioca starch/flour enjoy each succulent forkful of tradition, Bring a large pot of salted water to a roll- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder Indiana Jones franchise. only doomed to spend the next day downing ing boil and pre-cook the gluten-free penne 1 tsp baking soda The seventh movie or Episode 7 is due Pepto Bismol while suffering through gut just until it is al dente - tender, but still firm 1/2 tsp sea salt to be released in 2015, followed by Epi- wrenching agony, or spend this jovial meal to the bite. Drain the pasta in a colander and 1 tsp xanthan gum sodes 8 and 9. glaring at everyone else’s plates brimming rinse it quickly under cold water. Set aside. 1 tsp cinnamon The new trilogy will carry the story be- with flavor and variety as you have the In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over 1/2 tsp allspice yond Return of the Jedi, following the sto- privilege to force down a bland lump of so medium heat, and stir in the rice flour. Cook 1 c natural applesauce ry of Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke called “food.” and stir the flour for about 10 seconds, then 1/3 c light olive oil Skywalker. The trilogy is actually part of With a few modified recipes, Thanksgiv- slowly add in the almond milk, whisking to 1 c organic brown sugar-or 1/2 c raw a 12 episode series that was created before ing can be a relaxed and worry-free day for blend the flour paste and almond milk. agave nectar or more, to taste* the original movies were made. Disney everyone, despite any troublesome food Bring the mixture to a bubble (it will 2 tsp vanilla does plan to eventually make the last tril- allergies. Never be the victim of “a little thicken as it heats) then reduce the heat to 1 Tbs Ener-G Egg Replacer (for 2 large ogy (10-12), which would focus on a new bit can’t hurt” or (my personal favorite) low. Add the shredded vegan cheese, sea eggs) mixed with 1/4 c warm water cast, the offspring of the Luke, Leia, and “just eat around it” ever again-all it takes is salt, mustard, nutmeg, and stir. Continue 4 Tbs apple juice, more as needed Han Solo generation. trading a few ingredients and sometimes an stirring the sauce until the cheese melts, Instructions: The new film will supposedly be titled, extra stop at a specialty food store such as about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and Preheat the oven to 350º F. A New Dawn, and the trilogy will focus Fruitful Yield or Whole Foods. set aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the on the broken, but not destroyed Empire. With little research, thousands of recipes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. flours and dry ingredients (through spices). The trilogy will also have the tone of the obeying diets of all varieties can be found, In a 6-cup baking dish, combine the Beat in the wet ingredients and brown sugar/ original movies and will try to play on the recipes that do not sacrifice taste. Here is a cooked penne with the hot cheese sauce. agave until smooth. cultural significance of those first three beginning to a new food-loving path (com- Sprinkle the top of the casserole with gluten- Add more apple juice a tablespoon at a movies. pliments of Gluten-Free Goddess Recipes). free bread crumbs and paprika. Add toma- time, as needed to make a smooth batter. George Lucas will be serving as the cre- toes and dried basil, if desired. Stir in: ative consultant and will definitely help in Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 min- 1 1/2 c chopped fresh apple the process. Lucas will have a voice in the utes, until heated through and bubbling. 1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts, optional angle of the films, but will not have con- Mac ‘N Cheese Spoon the batter into twelve muffin cups. trol over them. Ingredients: Gluten- Free Cinnamon Sprinkle with raw sugar, if desired, for a It will be interesting to see how these 12 oz dry gluten-free penne, spirals or crunchy top. movies turn out. John Carter was the last Apple Muffins Bake in the center of a preheated oven un- macaroni pasta epic space fantasy that Disney created, 3 Tbs light olive oil Ingredients: til firm and golden- about 20 to 25 minutes and it was a huge flop. But with the right 3 Tbs sweet rice flour 3/4 c GF buckwheat flour or brown rice or so. Test with a wooden pick if you need director and the co-chairman of Lucasfilm 2 1/2 c plain non-dairy milk (ex: al- flour to. Remove the muffins from the pan and being the producer, maybe the Star Wars mond, soy) 1/2 c sorghum flour cool on a wire rack. franchise will be preserved and grow.
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