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Volume 40, Issue 3 The Voice of the Saint Viator High School community November 2005 Voices from the past: Ms. Benedict sits on historic jury SVHS parent and bookstore coordinator decides verdict of nationally publicized rape and murder trial To commemorate the 40th year of the he was present in the car during the piece, and we listened to detectives and has appropriate timing, with SVHS Viator Voice, the paper will feature a murder, though it was Chambers who videotaped confessions.” seniors spending the month of member of the Saint Viator community suffocated Davoodi with a pillow. The jurors were, of course, expected November learning about capital in the eight-part series, “Voices from Forensic experts, however, found to be both impartial and silent about punishment in ethics class. the past.” Part 3 of 8 evidence of both men’s DNA from the case. “Trying not to prejudge Normally it is the jury who decides semen while examining the body. wasn’t that hard. The hardest part of whether a convicted man will receive SAMANTHA GEITZ Reeves admitted to having had sexual that was trying not to think about death, but Reeves waived this right. EDITOR IN CHEIF contact with Davoodi but claims it was [Davoodi],” said Ms. Benedict. Cook Country Judge Joseph Urso will When Saint Viator High School consensual. “The prosecutors brought up how decide his and Chambers’ punishment. parent and Bookstore Coordinator Ms. A jury convicted Chambers of much she must have suffered and gone “His crime, as horrible as it was, Donna Benedict received a jury Davoodi’s murder in April. Reeves through, especially in the last part of should not warrant death,” said Ms. summons, she expected that, if she was PHOTO BY HEATHER HOLZER was found guilty of aggravated the case. Benedict. “There is no doubt in my picked, she would merely sit through Mrs. Benedict rings up a student in kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder “Keeping silent was harder. We had mind he was guilty. He kept changing her second civil trial. the bookstore on her first day back of the girl, as well as concealment of to swear an oath, and we couldn’t talk his story, and this definitely influenced She soon found out, however, that at work after serving on jury duty. homicide by burying the body. to anyone about the trial. Not family, my decision. But it was his first she would be on the jury at the trial of trapped by the actions of his friend So what was it like sitting through not the other jurors.” offense, and I don’t think he deserves Turner Reeves III, who was being Skylar Chambers, who was visiting the murder trial of a young girl? After the guilty verdict, defense death. To sit in prison for the rest of accused of kidnapping, sexually Chicago from California that weekend. “It wasn’t what you see on T.V.,” said attorney Leland Shalgos said, “Nice his life, yes, but not death. assaulting, and killing a Carol Stream Reeves admitted to giving Davoodi a Ms. Benedict. “It wasn’t as dramatic jury, wrong decision.” “The atmosphere would have been teenager named Nassim Davoodi. The ride after picking up his cousin, a as you see in movies . . . [Davoodi’s] According to Ms. Benedict, much different if we would have had nationally-publicized trial has become classmate of Davoodi, but his account mother testified first. That was sad. She “[Reeves] seemed like a normal 25- to decide whether he would live or die. a piece of Northwest Suburban history. of what happened afterwards kept was very emotional, very tearful. But year-old guy. He looks so different in I think a lot of [the jury] would have “I couldn’t believe it,” said Ms. changing. there were parts that were actually sort person than he does in his mugshot. had a much harder time with it.” Benedict, who works in the SVHS Reeves first told police that of boring. When some of the police I’m not sure why he did it. He had a Overall, Ms. Benedict felt bookstore. “I was shocked. [Being Chambers raped and killed Davoodi were testifying . . . that was boring, but job, a nice house. He had no violent participating in the trial was a good selected for the jury of a murder trial] alone, but he helped bury her body it was exciting when the medical criminal record.” experience. “I felt proud to be doing was the farthest thing from my mind.” because he was fearful of what his examiners testified. It wasn’t that Prosecutors are expected to seek the my civic duty,” she said. “It was a good Defense lawyers claim Reeves was friend would do. He later told police stressful. The trial unfolded piece-by- death penalty against both men. This learning experience. I have no regrets.” Bohdan Bilas usurped again as top seller Scanlan Center teaches LUKE FREY STAFF WRITER students how to learn “I was shocked because we don’t usually win anything,” said Wojciack. At the Saint Viator HIgh School Homecoming pep rally, After winning the car, Wojciak received many requests ELIZABETH SCHUETZ work one-on-one with their the winner of the Lion’s Pride Fundraiser was announced, from his classmates to drive the new car and/or take it from STAFF WRITER students and provide them with the along with the top sellers of tickets. him. Wojciak has not yet received the car. Ever wonder what’s really on the help they needed. The winner of the grand prize, a 2005 Honda Civic EX, Consistent with what Mr. Liedlich said, Wojciak did not third floor of Saint Viator High A class can range from three to was Mike Wojciak, ‘08. feel more encouraged to buy or sell tickets due to the car. School? Aside from offices and the 11 students, allowing the teachers The Lion’s Pride Fundraiser raised $119,280 this year, a Aside from the grand prize, other awards and prizes were Viatorians’ living quarters, the to get a chance to work with each 4% increase from last year. This year, the money will go to given at the Homecoming pep rally. The buyer of the third floor houses the Scanlan of them. new science labs instead of the parking lot as in years past. winning ticket received $5,000. Center, created to help students Scanlan Center students attend Another new incentive was the grand prize, a 2005 Honda As usual, the winning ticket was bought by the grand with diagnosed learning challenges Learning Strategies, a class where Civic EX donated to the school by Crystal Lake Honda. prize winner’s parents, the Wojciaks. and attention deficit. they are taught short lessons. The The car was meant to boost ticket sales this year; however, The highest salespersons each received $100: Bohdan The Scanlan Center was created goal of the class is to develop and it did not work as planned. Bilas, ’06, Donald Scrivner, ‘07, Jim Murphy, ‘08, and Ryan in 1993 in honor of Scott Scanlan, utilize strategies that incorporate “The car didn’t generate as much enthusiasm as we Trzaska, ‘09. $100 was also given to class homerooms with who attended SVHS and graduated their strengths, provide academic the highest percent of sales in their class. from the class of ’76. He died in support, and prepare them for thought it would,” said Mr. Liedlich, executive director of 1992 from neurofibromatosis, a college. the office of institutional advancement of student affairs at The winning homerooms were Ms. DeBelina, Ms. genetic disorder of the nervous Extra help is given if the student SVHS. It is still uncertain if the grand prize will be a car Englbrecht, Br. Tripamer, and Ms. Krestel. system. next year. The top three faculty salespersons were, in descending continued on page 2 A few years One student enthusiastic about the car was Wojciak. later, his continued on page 2 parents made a generous Viatribe Comedy Club busts guts donation to SVHS for the creation of the SARAH LAKOWSKE detentions, and dress code rules. Another is a spoof on Scanlan Center. ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR weddings,” said Ms. Costello. His parents felt The most overlooked show at Saint Viator is probably the Along with the pre-made dialogues, improvisation skits similar to the ones on improve shows such as “Who’s Line a program like funniest show, too. This year, the Viatribe Comedy Club will be better than last year’s. And last year. And the year before is it Anyway?” are crowd favorites. Ms. Costello is always this would have that. amazed at how Viatribe members feed off each other and been beneficial “We have new people and a fresh sense of humor this year,” can turn one subject into an entire story. for their son said Ms. Kate Costello, Viatribe’s director of five years. “It “The kids are so fast [with the improvising],” said Ms. during his years should be interesting.” Costello. At the weekly practices, it seems that the humor at SVHS. Although there is no set theme for the show, SVHS’s keeps growing, and the talent keeps getting better. When first cafeteria will be set as a nightclub, complete with candles, Besides the students’ talent with improvisation, there is a opened, the refreshments and, of course, comedy. Viatribe members have certain quirky flair that comes along with script and dialogue program was written few dialogues and are focusing on improvising. writing. Originality pours out of each written skit, and extra small compared “It’s all about being…clever,” said Ms. Costello. “The humor is added when the students add their own spurts of to its present humor is geared toward the students because they will get wit and hilarity. Most of the skits are just outlined; they’re size. There the spoofs on school rules.” completed through the audience’s response. were about 10 The show follows a general outline: games, skits, and “The kids make up the skits, but the suggestions [for the students and improvising. Each year varies slightly, but this year’s show skits] come from the audience,” said Ms. Costello. few teachers. is expected to raise the standard of high school humor. There This year’s show is expected to be the best Viatribe has The whole are new games and skits that will be performed, and each ever put on. With new humor and new acts, it will be a true point of the PHOTO BY DAVE RUHTER one brings a new sense of individuality and genuine humor. gut-buster. “We have two new skits. One is a spoof on school rules From the words of Ms. Costello, “Comedy rules. Comedy center was for Mr. Halle assists two students with an assignment in teachers to the Scanlan Center. where the students will make fun of the school’s regulations, is king.” Saint Viator High School 1213 E. Oakton St. Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (847) 392-4050 www.saintviator.com 2 NEWS Oktoberfest schmeckt gut! Raffle raises thousands continued from page 1 TORI LARDNER renowned beer festival in Germany. order, Mr. Lydon, Mr. Boeke, and to test my skills,” said Bilas. STAFF WRITER “The food was brought in by German club members “In a period of four to five hours Ms. Ruege. They received $100, $50, On Sunday, October 23, the Saint Viator German and their families because most of the members have going door to door, I would be lucky and $25 respectively for their efforts. Club hosted Oktoberfest in the Saint Viator cafeteria, close German relatives,” said Dr. Reaves. to sell 20 tickets.” Bilas sold a total The overall top student salesperson which had been transformed with German The food consisted of bratwurst, spatzel, sauerkraut, of 137 tickets. was Jim Murphy for the second year decorations. German potato salad, and many other delicious foods. “I can safely say I visited almost in a row. Festivities included traditional German folk There were also many German desserts brought by 1,000 houses. I went to Arlington Though Bilas, Murphy’s dancing, a German sing-a-long, a German raffle, and German Club families. Heights, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, competition for top sales, lost, he did authentic German food. A highlight of Oktoberfest was the German folk and Schaumburg.” manage to win the lifetime Oktoberfest dates back to the 1800s in Germany. It dancing performed by the Donaushwaben dance Murphy has a less complicated achievement award. started as a wedding celebration in Bavaria for the company. One dancer was also from the American “That was an great honor. It was approach to selling Lion’s Pride crowned prince. Aid Society dance company. tickets. very generous and something great,” The princeand his wife invited royalty to come as Most of the dancers attended SVHS, and they said Bilas. “I just go out and do it,” said well as thousand of commoners. The commoners performed three traditional German dances. The success of the Lion’s Pride Murphy. Though his strategy might loved the celebration so much that they continued Nina Meyer, ’07, one of the German folk dancers, Fundraiser is partly due to the efforts be simple, Murphy has managed to celebrating it every year. was actually Miss Donaushwaben 2004-2005. of Bilas and Murphy. Every year beat Bilas two years in a row. According to German Club moderator and German Music was a huge part of the event as well. The these students manage to sell a Bilas’s final words to Murphy and teacher Dr. Andrew Reaves, Oktoberfest is now a huge Walter Flechsig Orchestra played German music massive amount of tickets, but why the SVHS community are, “Not until carnival with an amusement park as well as a world- during the event. Popular German songs were sung and how do they do it? you get a sweat on your forehead or during the sing-a-long. “It’s my way to show my school a strain in your leg do you know the Each guest was provided with a spirit and determination. It’s a way meaning of the word perseverance.” music sheet so all could sing along. German Club members led the singing, and it was well received. Another aspect of the event was Mr. Caprio ignites the raffle. Each person at the event received three raffle tickets, and those people who wore German Friday Mass revival clothing received extra tickets. ALEC SIMPSON Don Caprio, this weekly service Some of the raffle prizes STAFF WRITER has been revived. consisted of German chocolate, For many years, 7:30 a.m. Friday “A few months ago Mr. Caprio stuffed animals, numerous gnome mass had been celebrated before approached me about this service items, and many more unique morning classes in the Saint Viator and explained how it had been prizes. Chapel. successful in the past, and I thought One of Dr. Reaves’ goals in It was open to faculty and it would be a great idea to continue German Club is to share the students as another way to foster it,” said SVHS President Father German culture with others. religion at SVHS. Robert Egan, C.S.V. Oktoberfest was a huge success Over the years, however, lack of Either Fr. Dan Hall, C.S.V., Fr. PHOTO BY HEATHER HOLZER available priests caused this for the German Club and a great Arnold Perham, C.S.V., or Fr. Egan Peter Grubbe, ‘06, sports a fashionable set of lederhosen and enjoys a plate of service to fall by the wayside. delicious German food. Dr. Reaves suggests a vegetarian alternative to learning experience for the SVHS leads the mass, which has been bratwurst, but Grubbe politely declines. community. But, thanks to SVHS teacher Mr. celebrated for most of the year at 7:30 a.m. on Friday mornings. read the Viator Voice online “I have said two of the masses this year,” said Fr. Egan, “both of which have been very small, short, www.saintviator.com peaceful services.” Although so far this year it has been mainly faculty attending the services, Mr. Caprio suspects that that is because not enough students are aware of the mass. There is an announcement at 7:25 a.m. reminding students of the mass, but many are not in the building that early. “The attendance so far this year attendance has been minimal,” says Mr. Caprio, “but I would like to see it continue into the second semester depending on priest availability.” Scanlan: Third floor secrets revealed continued from page 1 for their students. needs something explained in a different way Many incorrect beliefs exist about the Scanlan than what was taught in class. Center. It is a support program for students that Students who have trouble concentrating or need things explained a different way, but, staying on task can take tests in the Scanlan according to Ms. Rosean, “they are not lacking Center because it provides a quiet and relaxed any intelligence.” environment. It is open before and after school In fact, four seniors who utilized the Scanlan for students to come and receive help with their Center graduated last year as members of the homework or something taught in class. National Honors Society. Three classes are offered: Learning Strategies The Scanlan Center is not like an average I for freshmen, Learning Strategies II for classroom when it comes to the relationship sophomores, and Learning Strategies III for between the teachers and their students. The juniors. teachers in Scanlan are always laughing and Eighth period is open for seniors if they need joking around with the students but are also quick help with anything, but otherwise there is not to get them on task. a Learning Strategies class available to them. The hallways of the third floor are filled with Five teachers currently work in the Scanlan laughter, love, and support, which all contribute Center. Ms. Nancy Rosean and Ms. Ruth to the program’s success. Stonecipher are full-time teachers, and Ms. “We get to know the kids really well because Kathy Deger, Mr. Steve Halle and Mr. Ray we are with them for three years,” said Ms. Nowak work part time and teach regular classes Rosean. the rest of the day. The Scanlan Center is not only a program; it is Their dedication is strongly apparent; they a family that offers students the chance to explore arrive early before school and stay later after and understand themselves as learners. OPINION 3 Whom are you really meeting on Myspace? RYAN FLOOD available. When people request friendship, the Deans dish out STAFF WRITER opportunity to deny them is available. Myspace.com is the newest and trendiest way to communicate with the teenage community. It is a fun environment that gives you the ability to With this feature, only people deemed as a friend can view a user’s profile, keeping personal information private. detentions for droopy drawers make new friends with similar interests and qualities. The choice to use discretion while posting personal Myspace is a relaxed environment appealing to information is also present. Students who use thousands, many of whom walk down the halls here Myspace should keep in mind that this information at Saint Viator High School. is being viewed on the internet, so they should not However, many parents and faculty are concerned spill their innermost secrets. about the safety of their children on this website. The school administration expresses its concerns Myspace is an open forum for anyone to see personal about Myspace and similar websites by reprimanding information about the user. certain students whose content posted broke rules in Things such as the school the user attends and what the handbook or were otherwise inappropriate. town the user lives in is often openly displayed on This has often been a result of the student not using Myspace. discretion when posting information on the website, Any registered user has the ability to view posted and this cannot be blamed on anyone but the student. pictures, so he knows what users look like as well. Despite the worries that parents and faculty have, I understand these are risks that make parents and there are many SVHS students who have a Myspace. teachers nervous, but there are many safety “Myspace is a great way to meet new and different precautions that Myspace offers. people,” said Shauna Sevon, ‘06. “It gives you the For people who worried about safety, the feature of opportunity to develop some great friendships.” making a profile private (invited friends only) is Besides getting to know different kinds of people, Myspace makes it significantly easier to build friendships with people who have similar interests. The site makes socialization easier for shy or timid people because it allows the users to be themselves in a relaxed environment. For these kids, Myspace is a great tool. Fear and stress are eliminated because there is no pressure from social surroundings, ultimately creating the perfect environment for people who usually find themselves intimidated in a social setting. SVHS deans are cracking down on boys who Myspace is a great way for expose their underpants. Students should people to socialize, if the proper consider themselves warned. precautions are taken. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THANKSGIVING FOOD? EDITORIAL STAFF E DITOR IN CHIEF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S AMANTHA GEITZ NEWS EDITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALEXANDRA SOLIMENE O PINION E DITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E LAINE S IMPSON F EATURES E DITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J ENNY Z ELLER E NTERTAINMENT E DIT OR . . . . . . . . S ARAH L AKOWSKE S PORTS E DITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K EVIN K ALIN Joe Wagner, ‘06 John Sparks, ‘08 A RT E DITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K EVIN L OTA “I hate Thanksgiving- we “Gravy.” P HOTOGRAPHY E DITOR . . . . . . . . . . H EATHER H OLZER always go to Florida and M ODERATOR . . . . . . . . . . M S . L AUREN K ELLIHER end up ordering pizza.” STAFF WRITERS PHOTOGRAPHERS LAUREN CALDERON MAC KRZYZEWSKI DAVE RUHTER ANDREW DESIO TORI LARDNER ARTISTS WHITNEY FINK KATIE PIETRUCHA BARBARA BENAS LUKE FREY MICHELLE PRAXMARER JOHN DEGER RYAN FLOOD ELIZABETH SCHEUTZ DREW HOWER TOM GEITZ ALEC SIMPSON AMANDA LAPID Lucy Szleszynski, ‘09 Matt Nyman, ‘07 “Cornbread” “Turkey cookies” The Viator Voice Policy: The Viator Voice is a student-produced newspaper published by Saint Viator High School students. The opinions expressed are not necessarily the views shared by the Viator Voice editors or SVHS faculty and administration. Students, parents, faculty and staff are welcome to submit letters to the editor. The Viator Voice reserves the right to reject or edit letters for length, content, or grammatical correctness. All letters must be signed and mailed to the school, attn: Viator Voice, or emailed to LKelliher@SaintViator.com. Ms. Francis, Dr. Scerbicke, Dean The staff will only publish legally-protected speech following legal definitions for libel, Director of Student Activities of Students obscenity, and invasion of privacy. The Viator Voice accepts paid advertising. To advertise, call (847) 392-4050 x 294 or email LKelliher@saintviator.com. The Viator Voice has “Baked corn casserole” “My grandmother’s the right to reject any advertisement. stuffing receipe” 4 FEATURES Saint Viator students gain responsibility, cash KATIE PIETRUCHA AND “I absolutely hated it,” said Ms. Rullo. “Talk MICHELLE PRAXMARER about being taken advantage of! All I did was STAFF WRITERS clean pots and pans since my English wasn’t According to a recent survey prepared by good enough to allow me to work in front USA Today, 44% of teens ages 16-19 are with the customers.” included in the workforce as of 2004. Saint With every job comes difficulty, and in Ms. Viator High School students Liz Bartek, ‘08, Rullo’s case, it was not understanding the Lauren Andrijczak, ’07, Donna Cerabona, language sufficiently. ’07, Lauren Underys, ’06, and Brigitta “I later worked as a department store Metzinger, ’06, are all a part of this manager, and this woman was using the word percentage. ‘moron.’ I had no idea what the word meant. “Having a job is a really good experience; I don’t know if she called me a moron or what; it forces me to be responsible and prepares I was just so concentrated on what the word me for work or school situations later in life,” meant. That was embarrassing,” Ms. Rullo said Bartek, who works at Sir Nick’s Pizza in said. Hoffman Estates. With the bad memories come those that one Many people would agree with Bartek will remember for years to come. SVHS because having a job entails independence Spanish teacher Mr.Tomas Diaz-Lee has fun and responsibility. Common jobs among reminiscing. SVHS students include waiters/waitresses, He currently works at a Burberry boutique lifeguards, and employees at retail stores. on Michigan Avenue over winter break, but Most students work about 10 hours a week he used to work as an extra for opera and earn minimum wage or just above. With productions. He said that the job paid very rewarding jobs, however, sometimes come little, but that it was one of the most enjoyable catches. periods of his life. For some people, rude customers and PHOTO BY DAVE RUHTER “I remember a woman playing one of the unpleasant co-workers are part of the Liz Bartek, ‘08, prepares fresh salads for hungry customers at Sir Nick’s Pizza in main roles, who was very large, was supposed package. Andrijczak, who works at a Hoffman Estates. to kneel down,” he said. restaurant, has received her share of that some people think they are the only ones said. “I have heard her story at least four or Once she knelt down, Mr. Diaz-Lee said disagreeable customers. in the store and are, as she calls them, “queen five times.” that she had difficulty standing up. “One woman who regularly came in bees.” While some students find employment in “Everyone was laughing, even the audience, suspected that someone was smoking, even Although this can get frustrating, she just selling clothing items, one SVHS student but it was not supposed to be funny.” though there is no smoking allowed,” said smiles and acts politely. Even though works in designing clothing. Metzinger works These teachers do not regret the knowledge Andrijczak. annoying customers exist, most students enjoy at Waist Up in Arlington Heights designing and memories they gained through their “She claimed she couldn’t breathe and that their jobs and happily reap the benefits of and making t-shirts and running the front previous jobs. she could feel her lungs condensing. There responsibility and their own incomes. counter. Do teachers feel teenagers are responsible was obviously no one near the restaurant Underys works at the Luther Village in “We do silk screening and cad-cut for enough to handle the pressure of a job, a smoking. She yelled at my boss and myself Arlington Heights as a waitress. t-shirts and clothes. I write up orders and use social life, and school? Is the experience of a and left. We haven’t seen her since.” “There is one lady who comes in and tells the heat press,” she said. job worth the time and stress? Ms. Rullo and Cerabona, who works at Paint-N-Party, said her life history every time I serve her,” she “One time I was helping write up an order Mr. Diaz-Lee agree that it gives the students for t-shirt designs that Russel Simmons was a sense of accomplishment. supposedly going to wear.” “If the kids here bought their own Pradas It may seem that the rise in jobs for the instead of their parents buying them, they students at SVHS is recent, but many faculty would enjoy them and take care of them members also had jobs in high school and more,” said Mr. Diaz-Lee. college. While demanding a lot of time and SVHS Italian and Spanish teacher Ms. commitment, students and teachers at SVHS Mirella Rullo worked at an Italian pastry shop would agree that the experience and shortly after she arrived in the United States responsibility gained from holding down a job at the age of 18. will be beneficial to the student. PHOTO BY DAVE RUHTER Brigitta Metzinger, ‘06, designs and makes school and team t-shirts at her afterschool job at Waist Up in Arlington Heights. ENTERTAINMENT 5 Fashion Show fundraiser showcases student models LAUREN CALDERON Dick’s Sporting Goods, Erehwon, to celebrate Viator and include STAFF WRITER Marshall Fields, local bridal shops, everyone,” said Ms. Julie Baker, Models primp in the mirror and many others. chairperson of the fashion show. backstage as the audience waits to “Picking out the outfits from the Over 200 parents have volunteered see the latest teen fashions. store was one of my favorite parts for the show this year. “It is a great The music pounds as students strut of the fashion show,” said Bryanne way to meet other parents and have the runway wearing casual and Busato, ’08. a great time,” said Ms. Deborah afterschool outfits and dramatic This year’s theme is School Days. Schuetz, who has three daughters at formal gowns. The acts will go through the whole Saint Viator. No photographers line the catwalk, school year starting with outfits from “The Fashion Show is the biggest but the occasional mother snaps a meet the faculty night, the freshman fundraiser that the Parents’ Club shot of her son or daughter modeling “get to know you” barbecue, and organizes for the school. Last year in the Saint Viator High School freshman orientation. we made $30,000,” said Ms. Baker. Fashion Show. Homecoming and Turnabout Each ticket is $40; raffle tickets On Sunday, November 13, the semi-formal dresses will be modeled are $10 each or 3 for $25. The money SVHS Parents’ Club will host the by freshman, sophomores, and raised will go toward the scholarship 13th annual fashion show, which stars juniors. program, computers, and the athletic 192 student models. The climax will be the Senior department. All of the clothes worn by Saint Prom, where the seniors will wear The doors open at 11 a.m., and Viator students are donated by local formal dresses donated by bridal lunch is served at 12:30 in the Grand stores. shops. Ballroom of the Stonegate This year, students will be “We came up with this theme Conference Center on Higgins modeling clothing from Eddie through a lot of brainstorming, but Road, Hoffman Estates. Tickets are Bauer, Quick Silvers, Carson’s, we thought it would be a great way expected to sell out. Club corner • The Lacrosse team is selling potted poinsettias for the holidays. Place your order before November 15. Plants are $18 and will be available for pick up the first week of December. See any member of the Lacrosse team or contact Ms. Kathy Gallagher at (847) 749-2294 or Kag917@hotmail.com to place your order. • The sophomore class is selling delicious gourmet cookie dough and popcorn. Place your order by November 14 for pick up on December 8. Each item is $9. Contact Ms. Nancy Jensen at (847) 392-4050 x 306 or NJensen@saintviator.com for more info. • Place your special order for a varsity jacket by November 15 for Christmas delivery! • The Student Ministry Team is putting together finals week care packages for students. Reserve your $10 care package by contacting Ms. Betsy Fons at (847) 392-4050 x 268 or BFons@saintviator.com 6 ENTERTAINMENT David Gray releases Winter Arts Festival showcases talent another impressive CD MAC KRZYZEWSKI to the “Star of Wonder.” The best of these, as decided by the STAFF WRITER students and fine art teachers Mr. Matt Gruenfeld and Mr. The Saint Viator Winter Arts Festival is an annual showcase Bill Faltinoski, will be put on display by the front entrance of the arts hosted by the SVHS Arts Department. This year’s and in the auditorium. WHITNEY FINK edition includes the band, chorus, strings, Viatribe, andOrchesis The band, chorus, strings and Orchesis will all be hard at STAFF WRITER as well as individual entries from students in art classes this work with pieces that will relate to the theme. In between the It is not often that with in the semester. different sets, Viatribe will provide comic relief for the first 30 seconds of putting in a CD All of these participants will be trying to implement the theme audience you get chills, but Life in Slow “Star of Wonder.” This theme comes from the ancient mystery The concert and symphonic bands are combining to do three Motion by David Gray can be of the star that led the three wise men and their gifts to Bethlehem pieces,” said band director Mr. Tom Seaman. “They start out and baby Jesus. with a dark arrangement of ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ added to that short list of albums. “Our Fine Arts Festival is likewise an offering of gifts—not followed by a very soothing Appalachian folk song, ‘Jesus, Gray is most remembered for his of gold, frankincense and myrrh, but of song, drama, dance and Jesus Rest Your Head,’ and they finish with ‘Christmas 1998 hit Babylon from the album visual art,” said Ms. Christine Myers, the Choir and String Fanfares.’” White Ladder. In recent years he Ensemble Director. “In remembrance of the star that foretold The Saint Viator Winter Arts Festival takes place on Tuesday, has come out with two more CD’s the birth of Christ, we have chosen ‘Star of Wonder’ as this December 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. that were not up to par with his According to Gray’s website, year’s theme for the Festival.” On December 11 at 3 p.m., the bands will continue to past work, until he came out with In the art classes, students will be creating projects that relate entertain audiences at the Christmas Concert in the auditorium. “…it became far more about Life in Slow Motion. playing, and we realized this was In this disk are obvious our strong point, we can actually differences from White Ladder. play!” Gray experiments a great deal This is also the first disk Gray with different sounds and has created that is not techniques. autobiographical; instead, the It is impressive, with his lyrics are more abstract and less distinctive voice, Gray is able to narrated. He uses this new re-invent himself on each track. technique to experiment with Gray sees each song as written by different ways to express emotions different people in him, and and create moving pieces of sound claims this has been derived from not words. the concept of “The Talking The new album, Life in Slow Heads.” Motion, has heart, and in an It is not hard to hear those industry where the heart of songs differences, as each song has its is slowing dwindling away, this is own style and feel to it. However, a triumph. there is also a flow to the disk that David Gray accomplishes makes a smooth transition from something that seems often each song. forgotten by other contemporary This is the first CD Gray has had musicians: it is possible to strike produced by someone else. This emotion without whining and makes a large difference for the feeling sorry for himself. music because there are proper David Gray has a talent and recording sessions, fewer worries creativity that shines out in this about money, and more of a focus CD and should be heard by on the actual playing. everyone. SPORTS 7 Everyone’s a winner at Homecoming Games Day PHOTOS BY HEATHER HOLZER viator sports Football players eat competition in playoffs PHOTOS BY DAVE RUHTER Left: Anthony Bono, ‘06, Joe Sabatello, ‘06, Pat Etchingham, ‘06, Jon Peart, ‘06, Jared Funk, ‘06, Matt O’Connor, ‘06, Bobby Joyce, ‘06, and Casey Lynde ‘06, enjoy dinner before the November 6 playoff game. Front row: Jack Fleming, ‘06, Pat O’Brien, ‘06, John Chavez, ‘06, Pat McAvoy, ‘07, Mike Roberts, ‘06, Dan Carter, ‘06; back row: Matt O’Malley, ‘08, Andy McNulty, ‘06, gear up for the playoff game with a healthy dinner. TOM GEITZ relax,” said Head Football Coach And don’t forget the countless mother of Austin Szafranski, ’07. of other traditions. STAFF WRITER Chris Kirkpatrick. The night starts desserts, courtesy of the parents. “There’s a lot of involvement.” “We do mass every Friday before The Thursday night before every off with Coach Kirkpatrick thanking “The players love it,” said Coach This tradition has taken on a new games,” said Coach Kirkpatrick, game, the Varsity football players the parents. One of the players Kirkpatrick. light with the astounding success the “and when we get on the bus right gather for a dinner to bond and relax blesses the food, and then it’s time According to Matt O’Connor, ’06, team has had this year. It is a great before we leave the parking lot, we before the big game. This year, the to eat. “It really brings the whole Saint opportunity for the players to be able say a Hail Mary.” team has eaten more celebration The players and their parents can Viator community, as well as the to relax and talk, carrying the weight “We always eat in the parking lot meals than usual thanks to a few choose from chicken, ribs, potatoes, football team, together.” of neither the upcoming game nor before our games to get everyone playoff games. salads, pasta, and other tasty dishes “We were talking about how much their football gear—only the food focused,” said Jack Fleming, ‘06. “If “This is just a good time for us to provided by the Bucaro family, fun it is…because the parents are these big guys scarf down. we win, we always sing the school just step away from business and owners of the restaurant Giovanni’s. always here,” says Ms. Szafranski, The players also enjoy a number song on the bus ride home.” Students celebrate White Sox Championship KEVIN KALIN Sox flag at her house. She was happy to oblige enough to go to an ALDS game and game two of SPORTS EDITOR since she is also a huge fan—she even attended the World Series. Kinasz, however, was left at The White Sox are World Champions. After Game 2 of the World Series. home while her parents attended the games. spending 162 games in first place, the White Sox “That whole game was pretty much a roller “I cried,” said Genna Parise about witnessing wrapped up their unbelievable season in just 12 coaster. Up and down and up and down,” she said. Konerko’s grand slam. games in October. “When the bases were loaded, I said, ‘Oh my God, Students even showed their Sox pride during While some “fans” were jumping on the wouldn’t it be amazing if Paul Konerko hit a grand class. In Mr. Leitner’s seventh period college bandwagon during the playoffs, a small but slam?’ and he did. I was like, ‘Thank God.’” writing class, an interesting situation brewed dedicated group of Saint Viator High School Perhaps there was a little divine intervention that between Sox fan extremist Mike Chapman and students were celebrating a lifetime spent cheering night because Scott Podsednik hit his second passionate Cubs fan Mike Dettloff, ’06. for the Sox. homer of the season to clinch the win for the Sox. As playoffs rolled around, they formulated a Steve Biesiada, ’06, considers the World Series Even though Games 3 and 4 were played in friendly wager. For each round of the playoffs the win “the greatest moment in my life. Awesome, Houston, SVHS students still found a way to White Sox won, Dettloff would have to wear an just awesome.” celebrate the World Championship. article of Sox clothing. Only a few Sox fans display the black and sliver The White Sox returned as conquering heroes By the time the World Series started, Dettloff at SVHS. One student who has been a Sox fan his and were thrown a parade in their honor. Some was wearing a Konerko jersey and a retro ‘80s entire life and attends several games annually at students’ parents called them out of school to Sox hat. However, if the Sox won the World U.S. Cellular is Brendan Thornton, ‘06. witness the parade. Mike Chapman, ’06, and Frank Series, Dettloff would have to kneel down and “This was a great ride for all Sox fans, but it Fullone, ’06, witnessed one of the greatest say a pledge to Chapman in front of the whole [stinks] that all we’ve been hearing [from Cubs moments in Chicago history when they attended class. fans] are the negatives,” said Thornton, “To [heck] the October 28 rally downtown. “Congratulations to the 2005 World Series with all bandwagon hoppers. This one was for Fullone brought his little sister, Jennifer Fullone, Champions, Chicago White Sox. The White Sox Frank.” ’09, and picked her up so she could see over the are the epitome of excellence, a team that never It is sad that Frank Thomas, who has been with crowd to catch a glimpse of Jermaine Dye, Aaron stopped believing, a team that rolled thru the the Sox since his entry into the major leagues, had Rowand, and Scott Podsednik. postseason with an impressive 11-1 record. The to sit out in the post season. He said that when he “I couldn’t see because there were so may PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN MYERS Chicago Cubs are a total disgrace compared to was playing during the few weeks he was not people,” she said. “So my brother lifted me up, Lauren Myers, ‘06, Brendan Thorton, ‘06, the World Champion White Sox. The North Side injured, all he did was swing for the fence because and I got to see them. When the busses came by, I show their Sox pride in a portrait before the is forever in shame, a team with 98 years of if he did try to run he would probably hurt himself. was able to get pictures of all of the players.” Homecoming dance. pathetic ness. I am Mike Dettloff, a true Cubs Fan, Thornton isn’t alone in his dedication for the The Fullone’s not only attended the victory rally, a true loser. Sox are great.” Sox. He and his Homecoming date, Lauren Myers, but they were present at an ALDS game against Mike Chapman, ’06, and Pat Chapman, ’08, stood ’06, took their dance portraits in front of the White the Red Sox, an ALCS game against the Angels in line at Dick’s Sporting Goods at 1:30 a.m. the and game two of evening the Sox won the Series. They proudly the World Series. displayed their shirts under their uniform shirts They also cheered the next day at school. at dozens of Not every student wore a Sox shirt legally. Kate regular season Kinasz, 06, defiantly showed off her Sox gear over games. her uniform shirt. “It was insane. “One day I completely forgot my uniform and We were always just came to school in Sox clothes,” she confesses. standing, and we She says “it would have been worth it” to get a cheered for every detention if it meant she got to show her Sox pride. pitch,” she said Although Kinasz was happy to don a Sox shirt about the playoff after every win, she feels it was her lucky ring that games. led the team to victory. Commemorative “At the beginning of the year I knew there was merchandise was something special about this team,” said Kinasz, quickly being “but I knew they were going to win the World bought by the die- Series when I started wearing the ring.” hards as well as Genna Parise, ’06, agrees and believes in the PHOTO COURTESY OF GENNA AND JOE PARISE PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER AND FRANK FULLONE the fans who just power of the ring and the luck it brought to the Genna Parise, ‘06, and Joe Parise, ‘08, stay Jennifer Fullone, ‘09, and Frank Fullone, ‘06, cheered for their favorite wanted a piece of team throughout the season. dry in a skybox before Game 2 of the World players at the White Sox rally downtown after the World Series win. history. Brothers She and her brother Joe Parise, ’08, were lucky Series.