The Cub News December 21, 2007 Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Volume 89, Issue 3 Food, Poetry, and Black Jesus, Oh My! Sam Robinson ‘08 year before we could name the event It was nearly impossible not to schedules to support the Di-Verse-ify Staff Writer itself, eventually settling on “Di-Verse- be impressed with the performances effort: Dr. Elster, Mr. Hasset, Mrs. ify” thanks to our moderator, Mrs. that evening held. Despite certain Steele, Mr. Kinniebrew, Mr. Marando, Redigan. It was by her efforts that four setbacks, such as the Jazz Band being and the U of D maintenance staff, just It all began with a rag-tag phenomenal performers came to our unable to perform, the overall flow to name a few. Contributing to the collection of people brainstorming ideas school on Monday, November 19th to worked out better than any of us could overall message of Inscapes focus, in room 317 on a Monday afternoon, showcase their skills and light up the have expected; it was a true testament several clubs co-sponsored the event when most other students had gone darkened cafeteria with the power of to artistic power and cultural unity. No by bringing in necessary supplies for the home. From that simplistic scene, the the spoken word. topic was taboo as artists spoke on reception following artist performances editors of the 2008 Inscape formed Di- everything from poverty to politics, each including: B.A.S.E., Pax Christi, Verse-ify, one of the biggest culturally- Anyone present for that evening with a unique voice and the collective Diversity Club, and the U of D Human motivated events of the school year, can attest to the miracle that shook the drive to uphold the city of Detroit, our Rights Organization formerly known as bringing together the efforts of various U of D halls. Teachers and students country, and of course the world in its Amnesty International. Of course, not clubs throughout U of D in a celebration alike filled the cafeteria, entranced by entirety. a single piece of the miracle that went of the arts. the epic words of true artists. Starlett, down on the 19th of November could with her tough but passionate verse, set Emceeing for Di-Verse-ify was have been possible without Mrs. The plan was originally to the stage for a momentous three hours Rubin Quarcoopome who, through Redigan, who knows all of the Di- prepare an overall focus for Inscape’s of uninhibited freedom. Invincible tore personable speech and artistic tone, Verse-ify performers personally and revival this year. Our vision was to form down barriers and set hearts ablaze with kept the evening running smoothly, and toiled without end to make the evening a magazine that was not only more poetry the likes of which few of us had I would be remiss not to speak of the the success that it came to be. The unity inclusive, but to promote unity and ever heard. Karega, a brilliant table full of Inscape editors who sat near expressed in all that went on was recognition between the clubs and mastermind of the utmost fortitude, the door, keeping track of funds and precisely what Inscape hoped to students of U of D. In developing the wove the English language into his own lending assistance throughout the setup achieve, and even today, many of us multitude of ideas posed in our instrument through which every mind and teardown in the cafeteria. It was still experience the backlash from all the meetings, we came to decide upon a became captivated. Finally, the not only with student help but also emotion and creativity let loose that kickoff event to raise awareness about unrivaled Will Copeland aka Namaste generous adult support that Di-Verse- evening. It’s been decided that related Inscape and show in one evening a Brown returned to the high school of ify was a success. To Mr. Clancy, for Inscape-sponsored events should piece of what we want to accomplish his youth, taking the essence of the his organizational expertise, help in become annual, so look forward for through the magazine by the end of the vernacular and reshaping it into a transportation, and publicity of the many more surprises from the team that year. presentation of truth and mystifying event, Inscape owes a great deal of brought you Di-Verse-ify! It was no small task either! It beauty. gratitude. Other adults from around took several meetings into the school school also took time from their DJ Swydez Michael Aiello ‘08 dances and many more parties, he really few dances there. Through their work he puts an impressive amount of effort Managing Editor established himself in the eyes of the U at the school, they gained good into diversifying his music library, of D Jesuit community at November’s experience and solid references to frequenting a great variety of sources White Out. utilize in their hopes of expanding and collections where he can keep up After years of keeping his disc- interest and scheduling future events at with the latest and best in rap, techno, jockeying interests a little more on the Since his career was born in the summer other locations. rock music, and more. All this work is quiet side around school, U of D’s very of 2005, he has continued to search for worth it though, as he really enjoys what own Adam Swider ’08, or, DJ Swidez, ways to improve his skills and book With his share of the money they earned he does. has finally made a name for himself. He more gigs. Successfully, one could say, together, Adam bought his own sound has gone from renting sound equipment as Adam’s senior year has been his rig to use at dances and other events to Looking forward, DJ Swidez hopes to with partner Guy Rizzo for events in the busiest one to date with a number of come. His partner, however, did not act continue playing at dances and parties, summer of 2005 to now setting up his events already scheduled for the near on his interest in the same way, and already having lined up numerous gigs own gear for various parties and high future. eventually the two parted ways – Adam for the near future. He is available for school dances around the Detroit area. has been playing alone as DJ Swidez any dance or party, and for a reasonable His work as a DJ began in the early more often than in unison with his rate. He hopes to finish his senior year His most recent event, U of D’s “White months of summer 2005 with his partner, Guy, as Dynamite DJ’s. His strong and continue his work in college, Out” dance, was a tremendous success. passionate interest in music and a friend, company, Adam says, is still called if possible. Though he plans to invest He has heard from many what a great Guy Rizzo, who was willing to go into Dynamite DJ’s, though most people more time and effort into improving his job he did with the dance, and his business with him. Together, they recognize him as DJ Swidez, skills and knowledge, he has no plans success is truly reflected in the record- founded their company, Dynamite DJ’s, independent of the partnership that got to develop his disc-jockeying into a full breaking attendance that evening. About then rented equipment and went out in him started. time career. Adam maintains that the the White Out, DJ Swidez reflected that search of places that might be interested best part about his work is that for how he was generally pleased with his in hiring them for events. They soon With his break from that partnership much he enjoys what he does, “it really reception, excited to see that every time found a suitable venue in their old comes a great deal of work. Though to pays for itself” so it doesn’t require any he “looked out over the crowd, it was middle school, and approached the some playing music may seem like a extraordinary amount of sacrifice to packed to the walls”. He fed off this principle about any openings for the simple enough task, Adam has to keep keep going. He is excited about what energy and continued to play great type of work they hoped to do. They in mind the broad range of musical is shaping up to be a successful year music into the night. Though he has were received quite well, and made interests present in his audience. As he and will continue to play his music with DJ’ed about ten other high school arrangements to play the music for a aims to please everyone who hears him, passion. Page 2 The Cub News Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Academy Corner Jake Castle ‘13 Sports Academy Correspondent ACADEMY BASKETBALL #1 against St. Joan of Arc. The score was ACADEMY BASKETBALL #2 U OF D JESUIT FAMILY NIGHT With the Thanksgiving 42-35 in favor of the Cubs. As did the #1 team, the Cubs’s On Sunday, January 6th, U of D Jesuit is hosting a Family Night. There Tournament approaching, the Cubs On December 2, the Cubs #2 team participated in the St. Clare of are two basketball games during the were looking for a great start to their played Divine Child at home. The Montefalco Thanksgiving tourney. They day. THE ACADEMY SENATE season. The Cubs’s first game of the Cubs pulled off a victory with a 49-39 finished in third place, with a loss during PLANS FOR THIS DAY TO BE A season was played on Monday, win. Listed below are the December their second game. Their season opener November 19th at 8:30pm. The next games. was against Holy Redeemer. The Cubs MAROON OUT!!!!! WEAR game was played on Tuesday, won 46-35. Listed below are the MAROON!!!!!!!! November 20 th at 8:30pm. The @ Our Lady of Sorrows 12/9/07 December games. 3:15 pm- Our Lady of Sorrows* Tournament was played at St. Clare of Montefalco. The first game ended with Our Lady of La Salette 12/16/07 @ St. Bartholomew 12/15/07 2:00 pm- O.L. Queen of Peace** a 30-point difference, with the Cubs U of D Christmas Tourney 12/27/07 U of D Christmas Tourney 12/27/07 wining 62-32. The Cubs also won their *Academy #1 game on Tuesday. This game was a U of D Christmas Tourney 12/28/07* U of D Christmas Tourney 12/28/07* **Academy #2 complete blowout with a score of 55- 18 in favor of the Cubs. The U of D Christmas tourney 12/29/07* U of D Christmas Tourney 12/29/07* championship game was played Sunday *Depends on first game *Depends on first game Inside the Actor’s Studio with Brendan Moylan Joe Dimuzio ‘08 Entertainment Editor B: The script called it “pie-eating kid” Me: Did you have to dig pretty deep for that role? Me: Hello, Brendan. B: Earlier in my career, I didn’t have much experience, so I just went with Brendan: Hello Joe. (notices my pen) Did you go to Calligraphy Camp? what I thought. Me: No I didn’t but I wish I could have. How are you? Me: That’s good. Follow your heart, good. So what was next in the Moylan filmography? B: I’m fine. I have Manwell’s class off so it’s a good day. B: My friend called me up and told me he wanted to take his favorite Me: I really wish I had a tape recorder. I understand that you have some children’s book and turn it into a film, casting me in the lead role. experience in amateur film-making? Me: What was it? B: Sort of. My father has a masters in TV/news and radio, my mom was an executive producer and they got me involved in some small independent films. B: “The Grumpus Under the Rug” Me: Conscious choice? Me: Sum this up in three words. Three separate words. B: Yeah, a friend was a writer/director and he asked if I wanted to be the main B: “Childhood”…”Mischief” and “Monster” character in one of his films. Me: Give me three words that don’t describe it at all. Me: What can you tell me about your first movie? B: “Nonfiction”… (ponders for awhile)… “parents” and “rationality” B: Uh, the first film was… I was a very small role that like, provided insight. I Me: Sounds good. liked it a lot and asked if I could be in another. B: It was really only a short, like half an hour, forty minutes Me: Title? Me: and you played… B: “The Goals to Life” B: This small ten-year-old boy, Bobby or something. He is plagued by the Me: Sum it up in three words. Grumpus who lives under the rug. B: “Changes in life” Me: I wouldn’t have guessed. Me: I meant three separate words… B: (shrugs) B: I gave you my answer. Me: Did your director make any distinct stylistic motions or allusory homages? Me: Alright. So when was this? B: Since it was a young group of college kids, it contained a lot of jokes that B: Summer of 2004 weren’t necessarily for kids. Like, for example, in the book you never see the dad. In the movie, my character walks into a room torn apart by the grumpus, Me: Did they feed you? and rather than gasping like the kid in the book, my character asks his mom; B: It was really low budget, we just kind of “snacked around”. “Did dad come back?” Me: What was your character’s name? Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam The Cub News Page 3 The man, man, you’re the man. No one can ever do that again. You’re the only one. No one, no one, has the power to do that again. it constantly in hallways, in the cafeteria, in hushed whispers during class, does sex have a role in a place like this, U of D, an academic setting? supposed to be uniting, beautiful, etc., etc. So, why “nasty”? I bet there’s probably a hint of something more profound here. Going table to table in the cafeteria, attempting to simply Why the jump from the over- Gray Casper: Right. The way I see it, my begin discussions about sex, I was met outlook on the situation…It’s like simplification of sex to sex and U of D, with a great plethora of responses; getting fame, you know what I’m you ask? I believe that a great deal of some students tensed and avoided eye saying? Say you was to die tomorrow what we believe is shaped by what contact, while many laughed. A few right, fifty years from now all the virgins we’re taught in school. If males over- made me go away, but everyone simplify sex, perhaps the things we’re Box you ever had sex with are gonna responded in some kind of way. remember you. Right? They gonna tell taught are partially to blame. Do we talk There has got to be something more their grandkids about that… about it enough (if at all)? Is it something than mental images of super models appropriate for school discussion? A and girlfriends stirred when the topic Perhaps many people’s perceptions of quick trip through the cafeteria with my Jamal Jordan ‘08 sex are skewed by things like that, odd of sex is brought up. What makes notebook produced the following people so uncomfortable? Love? Self- Photo Editor notions about what a “normal” teen boy answers: “School’s a good place to talk thinks about sex. Going to a school full deprivation? Fear? When I think about sex, I think about it, ‘cause some parents aren’t up about rain. Or the color red. Or of teen boys, and having many friends to talking about it…School’s a place I won’t attempt to answer. chocolate. It depends on the day. But, from a school full of teen girls, I’ve heard to learn, and I would think talking about many interesting views on the role of it here would help people make better I’ve always wondered what I think about sex a lot. I’m not quite sex in a teenager’s life. Many girls I talk decisions…Sex is a part of our lives. forms our ideas about sex. TV and sure why. I think it’s just natural. to always make a point of telling me Discussions about sex are important, movies? Priests and grandmas? With Who’d have thought, sex as a part of that girls “have it harder” than boys: “A and should be done, as long as they all the different people telling us what a teenager’s natural state of mind? boy can have sex with as many girls as are done in a mature, respectful way.” to do with our loins, how should we When a lot of people think he wants and be considered a ‘pimp’ (Religion) textbook answers. Great. be expected to truly form our own, about sex, they think of or whatever the current in-word for genuine opinions about sex? promiscuousness, prostitution, sin, ‘male whore’ is. If a girl tries to do the There was an eighth grader same thing, she’s a slut.” walking through the commons as I left Standing in the cafeteria, still AIDS, nuclear weapons, the the cafeteria. Looking over my shoulder searching for the perfect, concise apocalypse, and things of that nature. I’m sure many people will agree at my scribbled notes for this article, he answer to all of my questions about I don’t know why. I’m reminded of a that, at least physically, girls “have it saw the word “sex” in big black letters teen boys and sex, a friend smiled at film I saw a few years ago, Kids, harder” than guys. But, on a deeper, at the top of a blank page. There were me. I asked him what role he thought directed by Larry Clark. It follows a more mental, emotional level, is this still stars drawn around it. sex played in the education of the day in the life of Telly, a 15 year-old the case? Many of my female friends everyday life of the average U of D New Yorker who believes that only think that males over-simplify sex. I “Sex is for people who are student. having sex with virgins will keep him don’t know what I think of that. Some married,” he began. “It’s in the Bible. from getting AIDS. Only, he already He gave me a thumbs-up has it. A conversation between Telly study somewhere said that males think Otherwise, it’s just nasty.” about sex every 27 seconds. While I’m with a smile. and his best friend, Casper, sticks out Nasty? Nasty…Nas-tay! I in my mind: sure that’s a gross overstatement, I am brought to a very important pointif love that word. It’s interesting that he’d Telly: But like, if you deflower a girl, guys think about sex so much, talk about use it to describe sex. I thought sex was Did You Know?! In America in 1977, the punishment for smuggling marijuana was 15 years less than the punishment for smuggling coffee! --nicefacts.com Have a story idea, question, or just want your thoughts heard? E-mail The Cub News! Each month The Cub News will select a few of these submissions to publish in the upcoming month’s issue. email@example.com Anthony Eggert ‘08 Philip Clark ‘08 Co-Copy Editor Sports Editor 2007-2008 Editorial Staff The Cub News welcomes all Ryan O’Laughlin ‘08 Joe Dimuzio ‘08 students who are interested in Allan Benedict ‘08 Entertainment Editor writing or photography. Co-Copy Editor Editor-In-Chief However, the editorial staff Jamal Jordan ‘08 Robert Lisiecki ‘09 Austin Kronig ‘08 reserves the right to edit the Photo Editor Layout Editor News Editor submissions to assure that they Daniel Spilker ‘93 fit in the overall message of the Michael Aiello ‘08 ManagingEditor Moderator publication. The editorial staff also reserves the right to “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” withhold any submisions that are submitted after the deadline. --Anne Bradstreet Page 4 The Cub News Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Entertainment Wu Tang Clan: “Keeping it Fresh Like Tupperware” A.K. Bennett ‘08 Wu-Tang Clan’s founding members, careers of any Clan member. He There were grumblings within the group Staff Writer collapsed and died while in the studio. became known across the globe that the end product would not be up “From the slums of Shaolin, the Autopsies discovered the cause of through his efforts with female singers to WU standards. Many wondered if Wu-Tang Clan strikes again. The RZA, death to be an accidental overdose of Mariah Carey (“Fantasy”) and Mya the group had drifted too far apart to the GZA, Ol’ Dirty B*****d, cocaine. From the moment the Wu- (“Ghetto Superstar”). bring it all together to create an album Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, Tang Clan burst on the scene, ODB was of quality close to that of their previous one of the most beloved members for If GZA is the cerebrum of the works. The answer is: don’t doubt the Masta Killa, U-God, Ghostface Killah, group, and Raekwon serves as the Clan. and the Method Man.” his unusual lyrical delivery. His style of rapping was described by rap critic advocate of the streets, Russell Jones Just under six years ago, they Steve Huey as “a distinctive, half- (ODB) was its flavor and light-hearted From the word go, rumors descended, brandishing an Iron Flag; rapped, half-sung style” and brought a side. The group waited to release a were flying about unrest amongst the now, one of hip-hop’s most innovative touch of the absurd and humor to the collective effort dedicated to their lost members regarding the creation of the and legendary groups is forming 8 dark, streetwise Clan. Several colleague until the recording of their album and its content. Ghostface Killah Diagrams. Unlike many of the great latest album, 8 Diagrams, which was was M.I.A for much of the early groups from the late 80’s through mid recording, and the RZA stated that 90’s, known as hip-hop’s “Golden “the group was prepared to move Age”, the Wu-Tang Clan hasn’t on without him.” No need to fear, disbanded or fallen off. Before Enter the Ironman brings his trademark the Wu-Tangwas released in 1993, energetic and hard-hitting stream of the music industry had never laid eyes consciousness flow on four of the first upon an assembly of such six tracks, but then disappears for remarkably diverse talent, and since the remainder of the album. Ghost then, no one, outside of OutKast, has and Raekwon, who is known for his come close to matching the Clan’s legendary debut album, Only Built impact on the innovation of hip-hop 4 Cuban Linx”, open up 8 music. Comprised of 9 unique Diagramswith “Campfire”. This emcees, the Clan possesses an track leads the album off with unrivaled power in numbers. Yet that traditional martial arts film dialogue, strength is becoming their greatest one of the mainstays of Wu-Tang weakness. Prior to 8 Diagrams, there members have attested to the true talent released on December 11th. albums. Unlike the skits of previous had not been a studio album from the of ODB, and Method Man has stated albums, this excerpt focuses on self- When word broke that the Wu- control, honesty, kindness, and faith, all entire group since Iron Flagin 2001. more than once that “there was no father Tang Clan was working on a new in the pursuit of becoming a good Tragedy suddenly struck the group on to his style”. The man was an album, there were many doubters. the afternoon of November 13, 2003. unpredictable loose cannon, yet he had Ol’ Dirty B*****d (ODB), one of the one of the most critically acclaimed Continued on page 5 . . . Fred Claus did not see this movie. The only reason owed some bookies or because he was to the North Pole or something, I have Anthony Eggert ‘08 I could see to spending good, American addicted to heroin). So he goes to his no idea. He needs money but Santa Co-Copy Editor money on this pile of trash was to get brother Santa Claus for some help. I won’t give it to him, which makes no Agent: Well Vince, Wedding Crashers the ticket sense because he is Santa was released two years ago. Not only stub, take a Claus, a man who gives did it make over $200 million at the box picture of stuff away easier than a office, it also got remarkably good me holding drunken Britney Spears. reviews. it, and use So he makes Fred work that photo as in his sweatshop for awhile Vince Vaughn: I know, I know. My m y and of course Fred causes senseless, sarcastic banter just keeps Facebook epic amounts of hi-jinks fillin’ the seats. I think I need to follow profile pic because he is tall and an this up with something that will open with the idiot. Somehow Kevin people’s eyes to the true essence of my caption Spacey comes in as an thespian being. “lolz”. I inspector of some sort WAS going and he closes down the Agent: Well I think you can trust my to see it, but factory or something like opinion. I mean, I did tell you to do a t that. This is when my The Break-Up, did I not? We have two Thanksgiving cousin had to leave choices: a gritty, mind-bending character my cousin, because he was going to study directed by Paul Thomas who literally the DIA grand opening Anderson or a Christmas movie where is in a gangsta rap group called “Words gathered from the previews that he is (which was amazing, by the way). So you play Santa Claus’ brother. Drop” (myspace.com/wordsdrop, played by the ever-confusing Paul this is what I assume will happen: Santa VV: Hahahaha. I’m Vince Vaughn! I check out the song Ice Cream Man; it Giamatti. Cinderella Man and Private somehow can’t do his thing. Fred Claus somehow dated Jennifer Aniston for will blow your mind), told me the entire Parts? Who do you think you are, does the Santa stuff and saves the day. awhile! Call me Mr. Christmas! plot of the story in around 3 minutes: Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines (look it up Santa comes back and says something Fred Claus is a moron who needs on Wikipedia, folks)? Fred then goes like “I had you wrong the whole time, And thus, Fred Claus was money for some reason (I don’t born. I’m going to be totally honest: I remember whether it was because he Continued on page 7. . . Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam The Cub News Page 5 Possibly Stiking Out Robert L. Lisiecki ‘09 well. “Angels and Demons” has had it’s strike. This answer is quite saddening, Illustrated, it is still something. Layout Editor production delayed indefinitely because especially if it is the former. People Magazines range from beauty to of the strike. The strike has lasted five would much rather watch TV that do building, sports to science. There is Ever felt that something seems to be repeating like a broken record? something to bound to be a magazine for you and Well, if you have not before, you will “stimulate your there might even be one that is out of soon. The writers of most of the major brain” like reading your comfort zone but is really television shows, Writers Guild of a book. Wait. interesting or informal. A simple read America, have been without a new “Did he just say of This Old House, for instance, could contract since November 1st. This will read a book?” give insightful ways to remodel a room cause many of our favorite shows to Yes, my friends, I or fix something without having to call start running reruns in early 2008. You did. I know it a mechanic who would get paid a ton better get used to watching episodes might be tough to for doing the same task. All that I am that, if you are a loyal fan of the show, chew on and even suggesting is that we could possibly find you have already seen two or three times tougher to something to do rather than sitting on already. It will be especially difficult swallow, but our bums watching the tube all of the for the people watching shows in the people really time; especially when we have seen it midst of the season; endlessly waiting should read books before or if it is some nonsense such as for what will happen next. Without more. We “American Idol” (no offense). weeks thus far and shows no sign of especially, as high school students, writers, nothing will happen next. This Only time will tell as to when ending within the next couple of weeks. rarely pick up a book to read just to strike does not only affect many sitcoms this strike will end. The shows might Many co-workers of the writers, such read. Most of the time, we will only and other recorded TV shows, but it become like an old, broken record, but as film and television production pick up a book for school related also affects many live shows, such as one thing will remain the same: people workers, joined by florists, caterers and reasons, if we even do that. I will be “The Daily Show” or the beloved across America will continue to watch dry cleaners, have started urging both the first to admit that I do not like “Colbert Report”. Luckily, these skillful it regardless of how horrible the show sides of the negotiation to agree on a reading and that I do not usually read a writers work diligently to keep ahead is. It is my hope that some can break contract. As they say, money is the root book for fun. However, instead of and numerous shows still have new out of their habits and break away from of all evil. waiting for what will happen next on a episodes previously recorded, so we the norms of society. Will you swim are in luck for now. However, these TV show, we could be seeing what Now comes a serious question happens next by just turning the page. upstream against the current, as difficult will not last forever and the seemingly that will probably get a shameful answer: Okay, so maybe reading a book is not as it might be, or will you just be another sluggish negotiations must shape up what will we do if shows start playing for everyone; there are other ways to number, another statistic, another dollar soon if a new episode will be shown reruns? As absurd as this question might read. Sometimes a book is unappealing going to already loaded producers who anytime in the near future. And if that sound, it is valid that I ask it. The answer because of its length; people would have nothing new to produce? does not get you worried, how do you for the majority will probably be either much rather read something short and feel about movies? This strike will be watch the reruns or find something else concise. If this is the case, then a affecting the production of movies as on TV that is not affected by the writers magazine is for you. Even if it is Sports Continuations “Wu Tang” from page 4 person. Maturity pervades 8 others have praised it as a progression an eyebrow. The last song is the best MCs on the album, and RZA Diagrams, and this is just the first in collaborative sound. Personally, the mediocre “Tar Pit.” The most enjoyable continues to solidify his place as one of instance of proof that this isn’t the Clan song is nothing short of average to me. portion of this track was the end which the top producers in history. The main of 1993. “Campfire” brings the murky The track doesn’t match the emotion features George Clinton delivering piece 8 Diagramsis missing is that sound that made the group what it is. or lyrical depth of similar WU pieces, comical joke-laden rhymes, similar to memorable song, such as the timeless There’s no time for let-up on the second such as “I Can’t Go To Sleep”. what Ol’ Dirty B***** gave the Clan. “C.R.E.A.M” or the famed posse cut song, “Take It Back”, which features Although not as earth-shattering of a 8 Diagramsisn’t totally devoid of the “Triumph”. production from Easy Mo Bee, and its combination, the next track, “Wolves”, Buddah Monk though. Right as the The Wu-Tang Clan is becoming obvious the WU can still bring it harder does feature the “Prime Minister of door is closing, Dirt McGirt sneaks in its own worst enemy, much later than than many of these new rappers. Many Funk”, George Clinton. “Starter” struck with “16thChamber”. A track once lost, most expected. The factions forming of the standout tracks on 8 me deep. I hated it, and still do. The it was discovered by Mathematics, a within the group are a sign of something Diagramscome in the first half of the only redeeming component of this song co-producer of the album. Method direr. The road for the Wu-Tang Clan, album, particularly “Rushing Elephants” for me was the beat, where RZA Man opens the track and then the final post 8 Diagrams, in uncharted, but not and “Unpredictable”. RZA shows us combines a bubbling guitar sample and verse ever from Ol’ Dirty leaves us totally unknown. Rumor has it the next why he is one of hip-hop’s ultimate a great kick drum. “Starter’s” hook is wanting more of those trademark album will be called Shaolin vs. Wu- producers with a mix of sounds that is as lame as it gets, and should be on a humorous sing-song rhymes. Tang, and will be a collective effort. truly unpredictable. The beat is 1995 R&B album, or better yet in a 8 Diagrams fails to hide the Raekwon has stated that he has guaranteed to draw your ear, and warehouse, never released. “Weak clash within the Clan. Raekwon and intentions on another project featuring Inspectah Deck, the group’s most Spot” is one of the most “Wu-like” Ghostface have publicly criticized RZA “The Clan” without RZA. It is unknown underrated lyricist, brings a 28 bar tracks on the album. GZA delivers a for the experimental approach he took whether this project is Shaolin vs. Wu- masterpiece. Following up verse of clever wordplay, and Raekwon with the album, calling him a “hip-hop Tang or if it will be a separate album. “Unpredictable” is the album’s most and RZA spit solid verses, bringing the hippie”. The wide spectrum of sounds My advice for the men from the slums discussed song, “The Heart Gently album to its most poignant moment. that is 8 Diagramsshow the feud of of Shaolin is that I doubt ODB would Weeps”, which is an interpolation of “Life Changes” is the tribute track to ideas amongst the members. As I said want his brothers slamming each other “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with deceased member ODB and fails to earlier, strength is in numbers. But in the media over ego trips. It will take instrumentals provided by Dhani sink into the proverbial “cry me a river” numbers also provide more separate time, but RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Harrison (son of Beatles’ member track. Beauty and sorrow meet as each entities, each with their own agenda. Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, George Harrison) and John Frusciante member raps about the loss of ODB, Although there are several faults, the Method Man, and Ghostface will sit (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), and with GZA and Inspectah Deck leaving album still rises above many releases down at the table and reconcile their vocals from Erykah Badu. There have the most touching verses. this year with ease. Method Man, creative differences. 8 Diagrams proves been several outcries against the use of Conspicuously, Ghostface doesn’t Inspectah Deck, and the GZA are the that Wu-Tang Clan Still “Ain’t Nothin the song by a rap group; however, appear on “Life Changes”, raising many To F*** With.” Page 6 The Cub News Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam A Cub’s Guide to Winter Austin Kronig ‘08 News Editor I received two e-mails last week that really sent me over the edge. The first e-mail: Breckenridge Ski Resort reporting a dumping of 21 inches of powder overnight. And the other, via Whistler Blackcomb: “We just got pounded today with 25 inches of snow; come visit!” You read news like this and you can’t help but think to yourself, “I’d much rather be skiing right now.” It literally sends chills down your spine. Well, with two full weeks of Christmas vacation in store this year, there is ample opportunity to get your big-mountain fix, whether it’s a few hours’ trek up north or a flight out west. If you really want to out-do yourself, you can always model the lifestyle of a Shaun White, who chases all the major snow happenings from coast to coast (from Utah to Japan to Norway to Italy) at the whim of text message. Remember that American Express commercial? —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— So what’s new out back at Michigan ski resorts? This year, it’s all about more snow, fewer big jumps, plus a new race track made with the snowboarder in mind. Details below. Over the past few winters, Michigan ski resorts have been burned by a dry spell. Since it’s so hard to rely on Michigan weather, many ski resorts have significantly upped their snow-making powers. Boyne, for example, has increased snow-making by 40%, Crystal Mountain by 30%, and Pine Knob by 15%. In other news, snowboarders will sadly discover that terrain park “tabletop” jumps have gone bye-bye this year at many Michigan ski resorts, including Nub’s Nob and Crystal Mountain. “What’s a tabletop, again?” A tabletop has an up-slope, a big flat section on top, a down-slope, and a landing area. To replace this aerial void, there will be a greater number of boxes, rails, and step-up jumps instead. Even jumps that still exist are on a much smaller scale. Why all the changes? One word – safety. The death knell for tabletops was a $14-million verdict awarded this year to a snowboarder in a tabletop-related paralysis lawsuit in Washington state. Consequently, ski resorts all over North America are scaling back on tabletops. For all you racing fans, Nub’s Nob has introduced Board/Skicross, which let’s skiers or snowboarders race each other – friend against friend – in the terrain park. Boyne Highlands will add it own course this year as well. This follows the trend set back in 2004, when Boardercross was given the nod as a competitive event at the Olympic Games in Park City, Utah. Ever since, the sport of boardercross has exploded across the globe and promises to become the giant slalom of snowboard racing. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— For those of you ready to step-up from the relative child’s play of Northern Michigan, it’s time you set your sights west. But where to? The following, courtesy of Powder magazine, is a rundown on the crème de la crème of big-mountain skiing. Feel free to choose you own crazy ski/board adventure. Go big or go home, right? Steamboat Springs, Colorado It’s no longer a secret that Steamboat has some of the best tree-skiing in the country, filled with its “champagne” trademark. The real trick is getting those coveted first tracks before they’re thoroughly inhaled. The fastest way to back-to-back face shots is all about timing the gondola line. Grab a coffee from nearby Market on the Mountain, and get there before 7:30 a.m. The new Christie Peak Express six-pack will be a quick alternative to avoid the Gondola Square chaos. Then it’s all about upper-mountain laps. Head up Storm Peak Express and take your pick. Closet and Shadows go quickly, so duck in the trees anywhere on Pioneer Ridge or around one o’clock and two o’clock in Priest Creek. The seemingly perfect spaces between the aspens and spruce go 2,000 feet. Jackson Hole, Wyoming Since opening in 1965-66, Jackson Hole has been synonymous with two things: powder and vert. Boasting an average ANNUAL SNOWFALL of 459 inches and 4,139 vertical feet, Jackson Hole is, and always will be, a prominent destination on any dedicated skier’s tick list. More than half the area’s inbounds terrain harbors expert runs and an open-gate policy offers access to 3,000-plus acres of some of the best skiing on the planet. Outside the resort’s boundaries, the dramatic backcountry is the ultimate playground. Despite its popularity, this terrain is dangerous, and it claims a few people every year. So be prepared and be smart. Sun Valley, Idaho From the world’s first chairlift in the 1930s, to Warren Miller camping out in the parking lot in the 40’s to the birth of Smith Optics in the 60’s and 70’s, Sun Valley has left an indelible mark on the skiing world. Once the place to ski, Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain can still dish out the goods despite its anemic ANNUAL SNOWFALL totals. Last season saw Bald Mountain dusted with a total of 145 inches (compared to a record 360 the year before), but thanks to a world-class snowmaking system, there were good turns all year long. Hit a steep run like Canyon when the snow guns are blasting and use your fatties to mach through the crystals. Other runs like Upper College and Flying Squirrel have mini spines where the groomer drops off on the side. For pure speed, drop down Warm Springs Face and feel the pull of 2,500 feet. With Baldy’s extensive network of high-speed lifts and non-existent lift lines, serious skiers can rack up 30,000 feet of vert in just a couple of hours. Jay Peak, Vermont Some resorts rely on fancy base lodges, extensive snowmaking, and high-speed lifts to attract skiers. Jay Peak has all of that plus the natural snow, which alone is Continued on Page 7. . . Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam The Cub News Page 7 Continuations “Winter Guide” from page 6 enough to draw people to this remote outpost near the Canadian border. In the East, there’s no better place for powder than the balding summit of Jay, where one year the snow total approached 600 inches. Even in “bad” years, Jay usually receives more snow than anywhere else in the East. All of that snow is falling onto a pair of 2,000-vertical-foot mountains, with an honest-to-goodness tram and terrain for every taste: semi-alpine steeps, dense glades, haul-ass cruisers and knee- crumpling bumps. At Jay it’s easy to forget which coast you’re on. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Ski Extra: The Must-See Ski-Movie of the Year: Steep (2007) – Movie Poster to be included Steep tells the story of big mountain skiing, a sport that barely existed 35 years ago. It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt ski descents so extreme that they appeared almost suicidal. Full of lush images of white slopes and mountain landscapes, director Mark Obenhaus traces the legacy of extreme skiing from its early pioneers to the daredevils of today. Steep was praised at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Release Date: December 21, 2007 (limited). Student/ Faculty Reviews Michael Aiello ‘08 David Cassleman ‘08 Jeff Harness’08 Mr. Vaughn Rowe (Faculty) Ski or board: Both Ski or board: Board (Ski Team Captain) Ski or board: I haven’t skied in 15 Favorite ski resort: Whistler/ Favorite ski resort: Heavenly/Squaw Ski or board: Ski years Blackcomb, British Columbia Valley, California Favorite Ski Resort: Aspen/ Favorite ski resort: Deer Valley, Utah Comments: “It’s…beautiful out Favorite run at Heavenly: Orion Snowmass, Colorado there?” (Sonny Bono died on this run) Comments: “Mrs. Rowe and I rode Favorite Run: Sneaky’s the chairlift with Danny DeVito. Did I Favorite run at Squaw: KT-22 mention that I love the on-mountain (Olympic downhill track) Comments: “The terrain is top, the backcountry is gnarly, and they food.” Comments: “Tahoe has a great variety groom nightly.” of terrain and the scenery is awe- inspiring). “Actor’s Studio” from page 2 “Fred Claus” from Me: That’s hilarious. So there were some unique artistic interpretations going on. page 4 B: Yeah, you could call it that. Fred”. And then Fred will go on some Me: I understand there was some CG involved. completely unfunny tangent because it’s B: Yeah, to make the grumpus real they had to use CG like in movies today. It was really interesting, like a 30-second Vince Vaughn and he does that in every clip of something walking takes like four hours. movie he has ever been in. One thing that completely confuses me is that Me: Where can we see these movies? Ludacris is not only in this movie, but B: I can get you the first one, but the second one… due to some rights issues, wasn’t published. he is an elf. How does he go from Chicken-N-Beer and Incognegro to Me: That blows. Fred Claus? That’s like Snoop Dogg B: It blows indeed. going from Soul Plane (“What goes up, Me: So what’s in store for the future? must get down…”) to being featured on Kenny G’s next Christmas album: it B: Well, I’ve discovered the stage. I was in “Rebel Without a Cause” and I’ll be trying out for next year’s play. We’ll just doesn’t work. see. The sky’s the limit. I don’t know how this “film” Me: I never really understood that phrase. went from some producer thinking B: Well, I like to think that if like, the sky is indeed limitless, then the sky has no limit. “How can we make some money during Me: That’s pretty rad. Christmas?” to a review saying that Fred Claus is “soulless concoction that’s a Pat Levandowski: (sits down and interrupts) Why are you interviewing him and not me? joy-sinkhole for the whole family”. Do B: (ignores him) I’ve been lucky to be in these films, and I’d like to be in more. me, yourself, and the entire world a favor and do not see this movie. If you want Me: I might as well end this like James Lipton, soo, what is your favorite word? to get into the holiday spirit, drink some B: “urban” eggnog, cozy up with a nice blanket, and watch Die Hard(it takes place Me: What is your favorite swear word? during Christmas and stars the fat guy B: The f-word. from “Family Matters”). The only way Me: What would you like to hear God say when he greets you at the gates of heaven? you could be dumber is if you see Alvin and the Chipmunks. Please don’t see B: “Allow me to shake your hand” Alvin and the Chipmunks. Me: Will you allow me? B: Yes, of course. (shakes my hand) Me: Thank you, Brendan. Do you want this pen? Page 8 The Cub News Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Sports Swimming Jack Holtgreive ‘10 Staff Writer BASKETBALL That first home stretch will include bouts Every day, a group of tired- with many league rivals, including the looking kids with bleached blonde hair Brother Rice Warriors, the Catholic trudges into school around seven forty- Central Blue Shamrocks (1/11), the De five. You may have heard them getting La Salle Purple Pilots (1/18), and the yelled at for sleeping in class, and they Philip Clark ‘08 Nevertheless, seniors Allen, Chapman, Divine Child Falcons (1/22). Let’s never seem to have their homework Sports Editor Ervin, Hill, and Johnson all provide an show them our inimitable enthusiasm— completely finished. This is your U of unparalleled presence of experience as in a respectable manner, of course— Head Coach Curt Rotter aims D swim team; a bunch of semi-crazy well as exemplary notions of hard work. when they’re in our house. to duplicate the basketball team’s individuals who seem to enjoy jumping Catholic League Championship The Cubs jumpstarted their into frigid (and I mean really cold— The Cubs seek to fulfill great appearance from a year ago—but with season with a 64-63 win in their season we’re pretty sure we saw an iceberg expectations, most notably the game on a better ending. Emphasizing defense, opener against Detroit Community last week) water at five thirty in the February 17. The basketball team has Assistant Coaches Keith Flourney and High School on December 4. Despite morning while wearing Speedos and not won the Catholic League Damiso Davis also run the team. a slow start in the first three quarters then practicing again after school. The Championship since the 1991-1992 Captains Da’Ron Allen ‘08, Gerald and a daunting fourteen-point deficit, swim team also consists of some of the season. (That’s a whopping sixteen Bridges ‘09, and returning All-Leaguer they rallied back in the fourth quarter hardest working students in the school; years for all of you math tenderfoots.) Jordan Morgan ’09 set their sights high due in large part to junior guard Jeff we have achieved an All State They hope to redecorate the gym with this season, hoping to live up to all the Jones who dropped a game-high 20 Academic ranking for the past four a 2007-08 addition to the basketball hype. points off the bench. The Cubs, getting years (meaning one of the top two team banner. Da’Ron Allen identifies St. back to fundamentals and cutting down GPAs in the state. We may be crazy, Pre-season rankings from the Mary’s, led by one familiar Dion Sims, on turnovers, regained their composure. but we’re smart). Detroit Free Press and and Divine Child as the Cubs’ biggest With seven seconds left, junior guard potential threats. Mike Wenderski maxsports.com predict the U of D Despite the loss of several state Blair Ramsey was sent to the foul line marks the games against the Eaglets on Jesuit basketball team as high as eighth qualifiers and one All American, the for two shots. After missing the first his calendar in particular. “We want to in the State and first in the Catholic season started out strong with the return with the score tied at 63, Ramsey recalls get them back for last year,” he says in League. Senior guard Darrick Ervin of Coach Jason Black and a third place the support of his team: “Some of my reference to last year’s league reveals, “Some of the guys are buying finish at the Eastern Michigan relay teammates told me just to calm down championship 68-51 defeat. The into that, but I’m not.” Junior big man meet. The team upheld the long and take my time.” Cool under League Championship remains a Mike Wenderski adds, “I’m just gonna tradition of good performances at this pressure, he proceeded to knock down stepping stone to the ultimate goal of play basketball.” The rankings simply meet. Led by Captain Rob Eckert, the the clutch free throw which put the Cubs the Michigan High School Athletic compliment and recognize the potential team was able to put up some of their on top for good. “When I shot the Association State Championship greatness and extraordinary depth of fastest swims ever. Over the next three second one, I knew that it was going though. “States, that’s number one,” the fairly young team. Ten of the fifteen months the team will continue to push in,” Ramsey continues. Surviving the proclaims Wenderski. Cub ballers do not graduate until 2009. themselves to the limit with their grueling nail-biter demonstrated the team’s poise The starters of the first game included ten-practice-a-week regimen. Senior and unity. U of D’s most spectator- lone senior Mark Johnson and juniors newcomer Michael Fisher will add even friendly sport has arrived, so come Blair Ramsey, Gerald Bridges, Jordan Their home opener will not more speed to a relatively young team enjoy your Cubs in action. And until Morgan, and Mike Wenderski. arrive until the new year—January 8. made up of mostly juniors: Tyler further notice, believe the hype. Tadian, Sam Foerg, Brendan Moylan Hockey and Paul Olexa. Sophomores include Jack Bernard, J-T Bujold, Matt Chris Eng ‘08 Kneiser, Tim Ponkowski, Nick Webber Staff Writer will probably prepare the team for a Sophomore goalie, Justin Evans has and this reporter. We also look forward long run into the state playoffs. to fast swims from freshman Akeem The end of fall sports and the already proven that he can shutdown Bryant, Michael Crowley, Jack Droze, beginning of winter means only one the best players in the state. His quick Although the young Cub Michael Goggins, Alter Jackson, thing: it’s hockey season. The Cub reactions and aggressive attitude have hockey team includes eleven rookies, Michael Janes and Justin Nance. hockey team looks to build off last saved the Cubs in many games already. the ten returning players provide great Sophomores Alex Palmer and John year’s performance in the state playoffs The Cub hockey team would not be leadership and knowledge to their Santeiu in particular propelled the diving in hopes of going to Compuware for complete without four-year varsity teammates. The junior class is team to a first place finish at the Eastern the Frozen Four. While only four seniors member Donte Jenkins and three-year exceptionally strong for the hockey Meet. return for the Cubs, eleven new players member Tommy Zelinski. Both combine to form a team that may have team. Junior captain Mike Yanis, Nick assistant captains provide the core of Despite the cold water and the the most skill in the program’s history. Gibbs, Mike Costello, and sophomore the Cubs defense and contribute many hard training, the swim team still Ian Monkman are key to the Cubs’ of the team’s goals. manages to have fun. Pre-Meet “Pass U of D competes in the most offense, providing both size and finesse. Michael Mackowski also returns on The Funk” routines, Wednesday trips difficult league in the state, the MIHL, The Cubs have already shown defense, adding size and strength to the signs of their potential through close to New York Bagel, and Bagel & Donut which will make the season one of Cub blue line. Even though the new games with Cranbrook, Catholic Fridays help to lighten the load. It is surprises and hopefully many wins. Cub hockey players are young, they Central, and Brother Rice. Although easier to swim four miles in a practice Teams from across the state compete have all played at a competitive level of each ended in a tough loss, the Cubs with the prospect of food to look each year to try and be a part of the hockey and have years of hockey will seek revenge against Catholic forward to. The team is also sure to coveted league. This year, the Cubs’s experience. Assistant captain Mac Central and Brother Rice when they keep up its reputation as the sexiest schedule is no less difficult than in Olson has already scored against play them again during the season. The team in the state with brand new previous years, including tough numerous MIHL goalies and is a major Cubs will also take the long ten-hour custom drag suits. competition from Brother Rice, Cranbrook, Catholic Central, St part of the Cub offense. Unfortunately, bus ride to Calumet, seeking to bring The swim team is hoping for a Mary’s, De La Salle, and Monroe St. junior Joe Fazzio suffered a severe knee back the coveted trophy known as the loud student section at their meets this Mary’s Catholic Central. They will also injury which has placed him on the “Miner Helmet.” Hopefully, the Cubs’s year. Come support us against our compete against Ohio’s finest hockey bench for the rest of the 2007-2008 season will be full of exciting, fun games bitter archrivals Grosse Point South on teams: Cleveland St. Ignatius, season. Evan and Matthew Moore in front of a packed house. January 24 at Grosse Point North High Cleveland St. Edwards, and St. John’s. were key additions to the team this year, School and against Brother Rice on The tough competition during the season aiding both the offense and defense. February 5 at Ferndale High School.