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Oct., 2008 Vol. 76, No. 2 T h e S tu d ent Newspaper of Fenwic k Hig h Sc h o o l , 505 W a s h in g t o n B l v d . O a k Pa r k I l l . H om e of the F r i a r s Senior class chooses McCain FEATURE: Local Flavors Ferrara Pan Candy Co. turns 100 By Sarah Mansur McCain with 18-29 year-olds, November 4th. Considering In a recent poll of Fenwick 59%-38%. Increased voter President Bush’s current By Brett Sassetti seniors, John McCain defeated turnout is even evidenced in approval rating of 23%, 2008 marks the 100th Barack Obama by a margin our mock election. Seniors according to an October 1st anniversary of many of seven votes. Of the took the mock ballots TIME magazine poll (23% noteworthy events in United 282 seniors who is the lowest States history. The following participated in the number ever are a few 1908 milestones: election, 129 voted found by At the famous Ford Piquette for Obama, 136 Abt/SRBI, voted for McCain, the company Avenue Plant in Detroit and four voted for that conducted Michigan, the ﬁrst production Ron Paul (who was the poll for Model T was built. In not on the ticket). TIME), and the Andrew’s Methodist Church The results this economic crisis Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach of Grafton, West Virginia, the year contrast with our nation is ﬁrst Mother’s Day service was the mock primary facing, American celebrated. William Taft defeated William Jennings Bryan in the United election from last voters may think States presidential election. And of course, on October 14, 1908, the year in which Obama that the solution Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in Game Five to win the World won by a landslide. lies in a change Series. The results of the in leadership. Certainly, 1908 is a memorable year for Chicagoans and all 2008 mock election While no one also contrast with the can be certain Americans; however, there is one U.S. achievement of which many general trend of the of the winner citizens are unaware. There is one landmark, one crucial milestone nation. According on November in United States history that so many never read about. This pivotal to an October 4th, one thing advancement in the history of our nation was the Ferrara Pan 1st national poll is for sure: this Candy Company’s founding here in Chicago, Illinois. This candy conducted by TIME election will manufacturing facility has been planted on the corner of Circle Avenue Magazine (which be a close race and Harrison Street, merely blocks from Fenwick High School, for 100 Graph by Wick Staff surveyed a sample of between two years. 1,133 registered voters over a seriously: 95% of the senior favorable candidates. When Fenwick ﬁrst opened its doors in 1929, Ferrara Pan had three-day period), Obama leads class selected one of the already been in operation for 21 years. The company began with only McCain 50%-43%. After three candidates on the ballot. This Top voter issue in the 2008 the production of sugar-coated candy almonds, otherwise known as debates, and with less than ﬁgure differs from last year’s Presidential Election two weeks to go before the primary when Mr. Groom The top voter issue this year “confetti.” By 1919, the Ferrara Bakery began creating a variety of election, Obama continues to (who was not on the ticket) is the economy. The relevance confections. And ten years later, Fenwick students were able to enjoy have the clear edge over John scored an alarming amount of of the economy has intensiﬁed an extensive selection of candy. Red Hots and Boston Baked Beans McCain. votes. High participation on since September 15th with were ﬁrst created in the early 1930s. Later, in 1954, came the Atomic An important factor in the this mock election shows that the extraordinary crisis on Fireball, Ferrara’s famous spicy candy. And eight years later, using the 2008 election is young voter the seniors have learned about Wall Street and deteriorating same method employed to produce Fireballs, Ferrara developed the sour turnout. Statistics show that the issues and are making an consumer conﬁdence. Gas Lemonhead candy. Another famous Ferrara invention was the original Obama will beneﬁt not only informed decision. prices, Iraq, healthcare, and jawbreaker, called the Jawbuster. Amazingly, it takes 14 – 19 days to from minority voters but also Though McCain had a terrorism remain important, but make a single Jawbuster. Also a product of Ferrara Pan was Black Forest from young voters. Polls slight lead in the Fenwick are taking a back seat to the Gummy Bears, as well as all other Black Forest candy products. from October 19th at Gallup. mock election, the Republican economy. com show that Obama leads Party may not be victorious on Please turn to “100 years of candy” on Page 6... Inside the Your vote may make history Youth vote potential decider in Presidential race By Katie Trucco Young voter turnout has increased on both Fenwick News....................................................p. 2 The Jonas Brothers are urging young people sides of the political spectrum during this elec- to vote. Yes, the NSYNC of the 21st century has tion, as young adults have made up a larger share • Student Formed Clubs been promoting the 2008 elections, trying to get of the vote this year in almost every primary and Beyond The Moat...........................................p. 3 as many members of its fan base that is able to vote to do so. Even caucus. On the Republican side, young voters in Oklahoma increased • Spotlight On Afghanistan though the boy band from 9 percent to 14 is joining the celeb- percent and from 10 rity trend of organiz- percent to 13 percent • Economic Analysis ing the youth vote, in Missouri. Simi- this year it does not larly, the youth vote Features.....................................................................p. 4 appear necessary. on the Democratic In a year in which side increased from • The Fenwick Maintenance Staff the election is more 11 percent to 18 Opinion.....................................................................p. 5 historical than ever before, the young percent in Georgia and in Iowa from 17 vote—made up of to 22 percent. Not • Last Arguments for Presidential Candidates 18-29 year olds—is only have young already making a people increased Arts and Entertainment..........................p. 6 tremendous differ- their participation in ence. Voter registra- the election pro- • Local Restaurant Reviews tion and participa- cess, but they have tion among young also become major Diversions...............................................................p. 7 adults is higher Forget about swing states; it’s the youth vote that Obama and McCain players in this year’s during this election are after. Left: Photo by Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT primary elections. • Tree Arrested for Public Indecency than it has been in Right: Photo by Ed Hille/Philadelphia Inquirer/ MCT A winning margin several years. among 18-29 year Sports...........................................................................p. 8 The youth represents 44 million votes, one-ﬁfth olds helped John McCain win the California pri- of the eligible voting population, and no matter mary, while support from 18-29 year olds pushed • Football Team Heads to Playoffs which ballot box they choose, they are going to Barack Obama to victory in the Iowa caucus. impact this country like never before. New student Open house greets future Friars clubs keep running little more about it too. “Once parents became more acquainted with the school and its mission, they became very enthusiastic,” said senior Hannah Ehlenbach. Overall, the open house was a success in that it taught By Katie Lopez others outside the Fenwick community what Fenwick is In the past few years several Fenwick students really about. have stepped up as leaders and have created their own clubs. They work hard to keep the clubs intact, to organize meetings, and to plan events. Three of Fenwick’s newest, student founded and student run clubs are: CAFE (Cultural Awareness for Everyone) started by senior Brooke Young, Sushi Club, started by senior Raquel Falk, and the Environmental Club, started by senior Sheila Canavan and junior Maggie Sundry. Students greet open house visitors. CAFE strives to Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach By Katie Lopez break cultural issues On Wednesday, October 22nd, Fenwick held its annual open house. Families from surrounding areas, who look to send their children to Fenwick, attended to see Fenwick up CAFÉ (Cultural Awareness for Everyone), one and close. of Fenwick’s newest clubs, was started by senior About 200 people attended the event and several faculty Mrs. Logas tells students about Debate Team. Brooke Young three years ago. members and students volunteered to help out. Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach Seniors Brooke Young, president, Garry The open house is a way for students in 7th and 8th Mitchell, vice president, Tierra Bradford, secretary, grade to see what Fenwick is like. Their parents learn a and junior Alexis Franklin, co-vice president, help to keep CAFÉ running and help to make all events a success. New Orleans mission trip Although the club “We want to is relatively new, it bring diversity has a lot of throughout and events activities to Fenwick in the schoolyear. For many different example, CAFÉ helped out in the Kiwanis ways through Club peanut drive in plans a return visit educating one September. By Anne Stohlquist Orleans to be reconstructed. The need remains severe in At the food drive, another on our volunteers stood out on In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in New residential areas. People are still living in dormitories Orleans. Three years later, parts of the city are still or trailers because their houses are not yet in living cultures.” the street, distributed devastated from the storm. condition. bags of Kiwanis salted In response to the ravaged portions peanuts, and accepted cash donations. of New Orleans, Fenwick High School Even “We had lots of people ofyears after the hurricane struck, the New Orleans can use all the help Another charity event CAFÉ is involved in is is sponsoring its second mission trip people thanking us possible to reclaim their lives. Toys for Tots. Since it was started at Fenwick, this event has been very popular. to help rebuild what was lost. The trip was initiated last year for comng down so The trip is being repeated this year because many of the students who went last year Also, during Letters for Santa, an event that by a student, Laura Enriquez, who and saying how im- said they wanted to go again. takes place around Christmas, children in need write down a few things they want for Christmas. has since graduated. She approached portant it was that Senior Deanna McElhattan, who was part Mr. John Paulett, who is a teacher at of the trip last year, said, “I’m really excited Fenwick students then receive these lists and buy Fenwick; He agreed to help her plan we were there.” for the opportunity to return. This year I think presents for the children. All students are able to the construction trip. we’ll have a lot more students—the more participate and buy Christmas presents for children It was expected that around ﬁve people willing to help, the more lives we can who might not otherwise receive any presents. students would be interested in attending, but they were change.” “We want to bring diversity to Fenwick in many overwhelmed when ﬁfty students participated. When asked if the work done last year was worthwhile, different ways through educating one another on our The group of Fenwick students travelled to New Paulett said, “It was tremendous. We learned so much cultures,” said Brooke Young when asked about the Orleans last December. Once they arrived, they spent about New Orleans. We had lots of people thanking us for club’s mission. three days de-rooﬁng and re-rooﬁng a church that had coming down and saying how important it was that we Young created this club when she was a freshman been underwater. The group also painted a new dormitory were there.” and still keeps it running today. that is being used to temporarily house evacuated people. This year’s trip takes place over Spring Break from The club meets twice a month, usually on When their work was done, the group visited April 13-18. Anyone interested in attending can talk to Wednesdays, after school. Any student who wants downtown New Orleans, as well as the 9th ward, where Mr. Paulett. to join is welcome. the heart of the hurricane hit. This part of the city is still Updates on events and meetings are stated during largely in the recovery process. the announcements and listed on the daily bulletin. It is estimated that it will take ten years for New Sushi Club explores new food Environmental Club: green is the new Sushi club, a club started by senior Raquel Falk, is one of Fenwick’s newest activities. As the name states, the club involves black and white members going out a few times a year to Fenwick’s environmental club was started just last year in the link,” said senior Sheila Canavan. different Sushi restaurants around the area. by senior Sheila Canavan and junior Maggie Sundry. The club encourages all people to recycle. Also, it looks Before each of these outings, organizational On Saturday, October 18th, three members of the club for help from people to help collect the bins they will be meetings are held throughout the year to plan the went on a ﬁeld trip to Silver Creek located in Melrose Park. purchasing and help to take the bins to a recycling place. events. “We picked up trash along the banks for about two “We promote an eco-friendly atmosphere at Fenwick,” On Wednesday, October 15th, the club held hours,” said senior Morgan Gallagher. Although not many said Canvan. its ﬁrst outing of the year. Eleven club members people from the Fenwick community attended, there was a Environmental club usually meets on Wednesdays or went out to eat at the Sushi House in Oak Park lot of involvement from the Melrose Park community. Thursdays after both tenth and eleventh period in room 16. for dinner. Last year, the Environmental Club, along with the AP More information can be heard on announcements or read “At outings, we enjoy the ﬁne Japanese Environmental Science class, hosted the lights out event. in the daily bulletin. Also, there is a Facebook group for tradition of sushi and the company of other sushi At Fenwick, all the lights were off for a day to see how the club. lovers,” said senior and founder Raquel Falk. much energy could be saved. “New members are ALWAYS welcomed and we would All students are encouraged and invited to The club also plans to start a recycling program at love to see anyone stop by and help out at least once!” said join, just contact Raquel Falk for details and Fenwick. “We will be collecting the papers in bins and will Canavan. information. be purchasing more recycling bins for plastic bottles to put Young voters to make the The economic crisis explained difference this election First installment in a Wick exclusive series continued from page 1 By Sam Murray What made it stop this month? An area that most The major issues of this election are some of the reasons why When a gamble goes badly people are economists agree must be addressed is the system of the youth vote is so strong. The economy, education, and War disappointed; when a sure thing goes wrong, they credit default swaps. CDS is a process that initially on Terror rank among young voters’ top concerns—and it makes get very, very mad. That was the situation when resembled insurance. If someone held a $300 share sense. With the recent ﬁnancial crisis and economic uncertainty Reserve Primary reported that they would only be in Disney, and they were afraid that corporation in the United States, some of the most affected citizens are those able to return 94 cents to the dollar on investors’ might bankrupt, they could pay a small fee to a third young adults trying to ﬁnd jobs right out of college. Education is deposits. Reserve Primary is a money-market party, in return for a guaranteed payoff if their share also a major issue, as college affordability has become a concern mutual fund, which is essentially a group that became worthless. They are, in essence, paying a and many times a struggle for millions. The wars in Iraq and collects people’s money, and invests it in low- little to make sure they do not lose a lot, which is Afghanistan especially affect young adults because many of them risk ways. The returns on these investments are safe but not proﬁtable. know people ﬁghting overseas. The young voters are seeing issues typically less emphatic, but that is acceptable to What if that person wanted to take out the same that affect investors because it is virtually impossible to lose policy on a share that they did not own? They their money in one of these funds. might agree to pay $6 a year if they were promised careers Reserve Primary was the ﬁrst such fund to “break $300 if Disney went under. At this point they are and the buck” in 14 years, which means that anyone essentially placing a bet on the company failing. futures who put their money in that fund now have less than The closer a company comes to defaulting, the more directly when they started. As a result of this catastrophe, expensive it becomes to buy CDS for it. As a result, and investor conﬁdence in those who bought CDS because all money-market funds Accordingly, nobody when it was cheap can of that are ﬂocking is shaken, and many have experienced the was watching this hedge their bet by selling more expensive CDS on to their equivalent of a run: happen, and nobody the same company. Maybe polling places in everybody wants their money back, now. refused to allow they can get $9 per year if they promise to pay off order to This is bad for the lenders to make loans $300 if Disney fails. Now have their economy because it that they could not they make $3 for doing say. dries up the amount of money available in loans afford. nothing each year, and if Disney goes down, they illustration by Liz Schorsch to businesses. One of have to pay $300, but that the main types of asset bought by money-market is acceptable because they are promised the same Technology is also playing a major role in encouraging the youth funds is commercial paper. Commercial paper is amount in their ﬁrst deal. Now try it with millions vote. Rockthevote.com, a website devoted solely to promoting a promissory note that companies with excellent of dollars – even if the rates are very low, the high elections among young people, uses popular musicians, actors, and credit can sell at a discount, if they promise to pay it initial sums guarantee high returns. other identiﬁable public ﬁgures to get their message across. The back after a short time. These loans fuel the market This idea seemed so proﬁtable that it caught on group’s mission is to educate the 44 million eligible young voters because companies often need to borrow money very quickly; soon there was $45 trillion worth of about the importance of voting and to register those young people to pay for inventory before they are able to make a CDS for only $4 trillion in actual assets. to vote. By March of this year, it had already registered more than proﬁt. The problem is that almost nobody actually 500,000 18 to 29 year olds—exponentially more than in any past The current economic crisis has created a has several million dollars liquid enough to election. situation in which commercial paper is nearly pay immediately. So if Disney goes down then Rockthevote calls the collection of young voters the impossible to sell, because nobody believes that everybody suddenly has to come up with enormous “Millennial Generation” and deﬁnes this generation as possessing they can get their money back on a loan. Reserve sums of money to pay the guarantees on their CDS, “a unique socially conscious world-view that has been shaped in Primary lost its money by selling a large amount of and all it takes is for one person to realize they do the wake of September 11th, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and commercial paper to Lehman Brothers right before not have that much and nobody can get paid. the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina.” they went bankrupt. That money was then lost, and When Lehman had to pay off a huge CDS debt, Along with this organization’s website, the ever popular investors in many other mutual funds started asking they did not have enough liquid capital. As a result, Facebook has now become a marketplace for opinions and ideas for their deposits back. they had to default and Reserve Primary lost its about the upcoming election. Over 500 groups on the site are Much like a bank, these funds make their proﬁts money. The credit default swap system clearly devoted to Barack Obama, and the same applies to groups for John by borrowing short term and lending long term. resembles insurance, but it did not qualify as an McCain. Earlier in the year during the primary debates, Facebook The people who put their money in the bank have insurance market legally, so it was not subject to users could even engage in online debates and discussions on the right to ask for it back immediately. If enough the regulations mandated for insurance agencies. particular issues with other users. people ask for their money right away, then the bank Accordingly, nobody was watching this happen, and YouTube has also debuted as a component to Decision 2008. cannot pay everybody and the government must step nobody refused to allow lenders to make loans that Some of the town hall style primary debates were sponsored and in. This situation is a result of the fact that in order they could not afford. presented by YouTube, and ordinary Americans could record to make more money, banks do not have 100% The key moving forward from this point is videos of questions that they wanted to ask the candidates. liquidity: they cannot get at all of their money right extending the same mandates that insurers work So now it is clear that young voters have numerous outlets away. The same problem occurs in mutual funds, with to CDS, to keep reckless lending practices in which to educate themselves on the issues and then make an which is why the government has now stepped in from dragging down the economy and freezing the informed choice on whom to vote for. Now the real question is, and promised $540 billion to buy the debts from credit system that is essential to modern capitalism. who are they voting for? Obama appears to have the lead with money-market mutual funds, and as a result give If none of this seems relevant, remember how much the youth, and has for a while, for many reasons. Obama’s age them the liquidity they need to pay everybody back. it costs to go to college or own a house. Anyone is attractive to many young voters, as they claim that he seems The hope is that if investors know that they could who does not have that kind of money in their “more in touch” with the latest trends and happenings; they can get their money if they needed it, they would no mattress will need to take out a loan or mortgage, relate to him. longer want to withdraw it. The less money that which is only possible if the credit system is robust But no matter who the young voters are backing, the point is is available to fuel the commercial paper market, enough for banks to feel safe giving out money. that they are turning out the vote to make this presidential election the harder it will be for the American economy Major government intervention is frightening even more historical than it already will be. They are a new to improve.The failure of the money markets is to many, but without it the market will ﬂounder generation of concerned and informed citizens, ready to make the evidence of deeper problems that must be addressed to regain the liquidity necessary for a return to step to have a say in their own country. to prevent another major crisis. The system works previous levels of credit availability. as long as everybody can pay back their loans. Desperation in Afghanistan: leaders negotiate with Taliban By Liz Schorsch Afghanistan, seeking to go back over what its objectives are and what it can achieve In Afghanistan, civilians are starving to death. Malnourished children overwhelm there. It is also calling for an increase in troops sent to the conﬂict. local hospitals, while livestock, crops, and water are low. The Taliban is returning to Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain have each outlined plans activity in many regions, and violence has been on the upturn. The reason: Afghanistan to add more troops to the military effort in Afghanistan, but they are pushing for much has been ravaged over the past 7 years from the US war and is now going through the larger additions than the current administration. Obama says he will add at least two worst drought in almost a generation. additional combat brigades to Afghanistan and would seek greater contributions from A combination of military operations and civilian development has been the US NATO allies. He wants to train Afghan security forces and support an Afghan judiciary, strategy in Afghanistan, but a lack of enough ground troops and a reliance on air strikes and he proposes an additional $1 billion in military assistance each year in Kabul and has led to a deterioration of security in the nation. Because of the frequent use of air Afghanistan’s provinces. strikes, civilians have suffered terrible blows. The Taliban is also gaining more power McCain says he would send three additional brigades to Afghanistan and double the in some regions because there are not enough troops to keep them completely at bay. size of the Afghan army to 160,000 troops. He would pay for this with an international Coupled with war-torn living conditions and decreasing security is the devastating trust fund ﬁnanced by the United States and its allies. He would also apply the counter- drought plaguing the people of Afghanistan. Livestock is constantly dying, crops are insurgency technique being used in Iraq to the war in Afghanistan. McCain says he only producing one-fourth their usual amount in several areas, and rivers are drying up would appoint an “Afghanistan czar” based in the White House who would report across the country. Afghans are in dire need of foreign aid, but most are not seeing any directly to the president. come their way, regardless of the billions of dollars pumped into the war effort there. Regardless of what is done in Afghanistan, all that is known is that the situation A solution is badly needed in Afghanistan. Many say that there needs to be a military is hinging on desperate, especially with new reports that there have been diplomatic victory before sufﬁcient aid can be devoted to civilians, but some ofﬁcials believe meetings with militants. In 2001, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared that it is hopeless. Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, commander of British forces, for a month into the conﬂict that victory would be non-negotiable. However, there have example, told a London newspaper that a military victory in Afghanistan is neither been recent reports of talks between the Taliban and representatives of President Hamid feasible nor supportable. Karzai’s government. In a move that would have seemed unthinkable earlier in the war, But despite the frustration and negativity coming from foreign leaders, the US is the leader of Afghanistan is negotiating with terrorists, urging them to lay down arms calling for an increase of troops in Afghanistan to hopefully control the security of and help rebuild their country. the nation once again. The Bush administration has ordered a review of its efforts in Obama reform not McCain economic gimmicky promise policy more than quick ﬁx marks, an independent watch group, fuels will keep prices of gas down, while a Taxpayers for Common Sense, esti- solution can be found. mated the cost of wasteful earmark spending at $18.3 billion. That sounds like too much money to waste, but in Iraq the scope of a $2.9 trillion dollar yearly Always, the most important issue in budget, a 0.6% inefﬁciency might selecting a Commander in Chief must be a not be as apocalyptic as Mr. McCain candidate’s foreign policy. How well can portrays it, especially in light of his he or she keep us safe. proposed $170 billion dollar annual Let’s look at John McCain’s history. corporate tax cut, including $3.8 billion From the onset of the war in Iraq, he per year for the 5 largest oil companies opposed our execution in this tough but in the country, ExxonMobil, Chevron, necessary affair. ConocoPhillips, Valero, and Marathon. Not surprisingly, the ﬁrst four years The method Mr. McCain postulates were nearly disastrous for both the US and for eliminating those pesky earmarks Iraq. However, since McCain’s call for a is vetoing “every spending bill” in his “surge” has been answered, success in the ﬁrst year. That will certainly cut off common goal of leaving Iraq quickly and funds to the Bridges to Nowhere, but with a stable democratic government looks it will also prevent appropriation from closer than ever. Senator Barack Obama smiles at a crowd of more than 8,000 people at the University of reaching such wasteful pet projects as In addition, he has shown to be brave, Nevada Reno’s William Peccole Park. Photo by repairing bridges and alternative energy thoughtful and decisive in diplomacy Josie Lepe/San Jose Mercury News/MCT. resources. through his dealings with hateful dictators, By Sam Murray The key to reform of government and the Georgian-Russian skirmish. Energy spending is not a gimmicky promise; it is a reasoned approach that takes into Government spending Senator John McCain waves to supporters with account the intricacies of a government wife Cindy during a “Joe The Plumber” rally. In 2007, the United States contained that has been run $10 trillion into debt. Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT an estimated 21 billion barrels of oil, Instead of renewing George Bush’s The current economic status in America some accessible and some not. In 2006 tax cuts for the wealthiest in the country calls for forthright leader with foresight. and 2007 combined, the United States and passing relief for oil corporations, By Killian Frailey Top economists almost invariably believe consumed 15.1 billion barrels, and the next president should close the loop- Energy that free markets are best for the economic demand has sharply risen in the last holes that allow corporations to dodge health of a nation. month. taxes and pass those savings on to the Other politicians may promise to keep Oil from new drilling would not hit 95% of the country that needs it most. John McCain’s energy policy: uniquely automobile jobs in America, and want to honest and realistic. He supports the use of the market for as long as ten years, and when it does, even if America found Iraq foreign sources of renewable energy, nota- bly sugar ethanol from Brazil, challenging install tariffs on South American goods. However, McCain’s beliefs, in line every drop of oil it would be less than After 4186 American deaths and $593 with those of the best economic minds in the amount consumed in three years. domestic intelligence to keep up. billion in Iraq, and 622 deaths and $172 America, rule using the implementation of Additionally, the closer the country Meanwhile, his opposition to subsidies billion in Operation Enduring Freedom such unnatural tactics. gets to accessing all of the oil, the more for Midwestern production of corn ethanol, in Afghanistan, the accusations that He recognizes that a quick ﬁx will only expensive it will be to ﬁnd it. Realisti- which has proven to be harmful to the en- Barack Obama would bring the foreign lead to more drastic consequences down cally the cost will become prohibitive vironment, may lose him the Iowa elector- policy towards diplomacy and engage the road. This may lose him votes from before relief can be seen. al votes, but keeps tax dollars in American in negotiations with foreign leaders ring certain Americans, but is in the best inter- Meanwhile, scientists will be unable pockets and ﬁghts false green products. est of America as a whole. hollow. to ﬁnd the real solution because there His call for domestic drilling for fossil That is exactly what he will do and will not be government spending. That, that is reason enough to vote for him. or Barack Obama will be president. For the skeptics, however, it should be noted that though Mr. Obama does The Wick Editors would appreciate feedback from any read- Government not have lengthy foreign policy experi- ence, he has surrounded himself with ers whose views support or conﬂict with the views expressed on this page. Please respond by emailing us at thewick@my. 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Editor Erin McInerney Diversions Editor Elizabeth Schorsch Photo Editor Hannah Ehlenbach Adviser Mr. Gerard Sullivan The Real Characters of Fenwick Maintenance staff has history, family at school By Louise Hahn employees of Fenwick High School, and are as much a part of the Fenwick family as Walking the halls of Fenwick High School on any given day, one is bound to the famous Gancer/Lattner clan. For some, like Garcia, have been working here for encounter the smiling face of Rafael Torres or Theresa Miller, or any other member almost thirty years. of the maintenance staff here at Fenwick High School, such as Theresa’s mother, Toni Besides building a lifetime connection with Fenwick, they have all seemed to Zvitkovits, Frank Krazanowski, or longtime employee Jose Garcia. All are dedicated develop a sort of familial relationship with each other. Indeed, merely take a trip down to the maintenance ofﬁce and talk to any one of them, and it becomes immediately evident that these people have spent much time together. Mother and daughter, husband and wife, brother and brother, even previous work colleagues, all represent the various teams working together. Toni Zvitkovits and Theresa Miller represent the mother-daughter team. They obviously have known each other for a long time (since Theresa was born, this reporter would guess), but it wasn’t until ﬁve months ago that Miller started working here with her mother, who has been working here for ﬁfteen years. The two are a comical pair, with one (Miller) a Chicago White Sox fan, and the other (Zvitkovits) a Chicago Cubs fan. There is absolutely no hesitation from the two when it comes to declaring their pride. In fact, Zvitkovits has a Cubs tattoo on her calf, and Miller has a White Sox tattoo on hers. But even though both may follow the sports teams, it seems that Miller enjoys to coach softball, while Zvitkovits rather prefers to knit and crochet while she prepares a delicious Italian meal. Before coming to Fenwick, Zvitkovits used to work with Frank Krzanowski at another school. Krzanowski, like Zvitkovits, is a diehard Chicago White Sox and Chicago bears fan, with the tattoos to prove it. He is the man who does so much here at Fenwick, labeled as a “jack of all trades”. Rafael Torres is nicknamed “The Mayor” because of his super friendly composure and smiling face – jokingly referred to as a means of acquiring followers. He is extremely involved with his church, and is said to have a “heart of gold”. Teachers, like Mr. Farran, know him for his ability to ﬁx the most complicated things with “just a little fooling around.” His wife also works with him part time. Jose Garcia, one of the longest maintenance staff employees here, came to the United States from Mexico in the 1960’s. It was also around that time that he began his lifelong passion of photography. He loves to take pictures, and will often spend his days off traversing around the city for places to click his camera away. At the recent Chicago marathon, he Rafael Torres, aka “The Mayor”, can always be seen in the Fenwick halls with a smiling face as he tackles could be found taking pictures of the runners for the City of Chicago. the day’s work. Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach Luo’s Peking House offers authentic Chinese Take a trip to New Orleans at Nola’s Cup By Catherine Latz budget, with most dishes costing By Alexandra Adeli Just south of the typical Lake around $7. For quick lunches on Ever tired of the same old, Street restaurants is a restaurant that Saturdays, or even during the week, same old Panera as a quick after is different and delicious. Located on they have lunch specials from 11:30 school snack? Ever looking for 113 N Marion Street, Luo’s Peking to 3 p.m. These specials include an somewhere new to go, but are House may blend in with the rest of entrée, egg roll, soup, fried rice, and unsure of where? Well, Oak the Marion Street shops, but don’t a fortune cookie, all for around ﬁve Park has many other cafe’s and pass it by. This is one of the few, dollars. eateries, many nearby Fenwick. authentic Chinese food restaurants left Luo’s Peking House carries many Located at 800 S. Oak Park Ave, in the area. favorite Chinese dishes, such as Sweet Nola’s Cup is the perfect cafe to Luo’s Peking House has great and Sour Chicken and Mongolian go to for breakfast, or even an Chinese food that won’t break the Beef, along with more interesting fare. after school snack. One of their distinguishing Inspired by the cuisine in dishes is the sizzling rice New Orleans and adorned with soup which comes in a big Mardi Gras beads, Nola’s has a bowl and can feed two to wide variety of breakfast meals, three people. and for the coffee-lover, various Luo’s will also deliver caffeinated drinks. Among to the Oak Park and River the popular options breakfast Forest area very quickly. foods are their beignets, which An order for pickup will are the French equivalent of a also usually be ready in donut and similar to a funnel about ten to ﬁfteen minutes, cake. The beignets are made to Visitors to Nola’s Cup take advantage of the eaterie’s atmo- depending on how busy order, making them warm and sphere, and enjoy a cup of coffee and the newspaper they are. And, they are mouthwatering by the time they Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach open until 9:30 p.m. on reach your table. In case you’re not in the mood to try something new, they also have eggs, Fridays and Saturdays, sausage, french toast, pancakes, and many other traditional breakfast foods. perfect for a late night In terms of coffee, they have a bottomless cup of coffee for the addict, and frothy drinks, snack. Even though it similar to what one would ﬁnd at a Starbucks. Among their specialties are the Banana’s Foster blends in, look a little and the White Mocha, both perfect for warming up on a cold day. They also carry a variety of Luo’s Peking House serves up authentic Chinese homemade sandwiches and soups, so there’s deﬁnitely something for everyone’s taste. food closer, and don’t pass by Luo’s Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach Peking House. Tasty Dog: a restaurant worth ﬁghting for By Haley Hudson When people tell the story of how a group of Oak Parkers rallied together to save a “hot dog stand” it sounds like the script from a feel good Disney movie. But, it is true; facing its demolition as part of a major Village renovation project, the Tasty Dog restaurant was saved when the Village caved into the wishes of the people and allowed the restaurant to be rebuilt across the street from its original location. Why the Herculean effort to save what is generally seen as nothing more than a hot dog stand? Some people would answer that question by saying Tasty Dog is much more than a hot dog stand. It is a place where students go to hang and it is a part of the history and tradition of the Village. Since the 1970’s, the citizens of Oak Park and River Forest would claim Tasty Dog to have “the best burgers and hot dogs in town” and they still do. Not only is Tasty Dog always ﬁlled with students, but Oak Park police ofﬁcers are always found picking up a quick meal there. Located at 701 Lake Street, Tasty Dog has everything from hot dogs to tacos. They are always adding new salads and burgers to their menu’s and have been recently adding several healthier choices, like fruit cups. They also have a wide variety of shakes and drinks. Tasty Dog is constantly handing out free hot dog and drink coupons to show their appreciation to the locals. It is not only the food people go there for, it is the atmosphere. Whether sitting at the counter with a group of friends or bumping into neighbors, Tasty Dog always offers a good time to those who go there. It is little kid friendly and the cooks always make an effort to thank customers for coming and be adamant about every patron’s order. Although it was almost closed down, Tasty Dog has perservered and is now a valued place for a quick meal. Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach Diner atmosphere draws loyals to Al’s Grill One hundred years of candy By Erin McInerney lunch options. Al’s Grill is small enough to give it a cozy Continued from page 1 the factory. As of 1996, Classic diners have been around for decades, serving look, yet is still large enough to ensure that the wait for a As one would there was a separate home-style food in a friendly atmosphere. Open seven days table is never too long. Many choose to sit at the counter expect, all of the attachment to the factory a week, Al’s Grill, located on 1100 W. Madison St. is a an with a newspaper, and engage in friendly conversation with company’s popular set aside speciﬁcally to inexpensive, tasty diner in Oak Park, perfect for enjoying a the waitresses or other patrons. products such as sell Ferrara’s products, meal with friends. The workers are always friendly, and strive to ensure that Lemonheads and and this is where the Regulars ﬂock to this modest-sized diner to enjoy their every customer receives the attention they need. However, Atomic Fireballs can be famous candy can be freshly brewed coffee and large variety of breakfast and the genial atmosphere is not the only thing that draws purchased at the candy easily purchased today. people to the restaurant. Al’s Grill’s shop. However, the more Madison to Circle specialty is delivering ﬁlling, tasty meals worthwhile action would Avenue, and Circle for a price that won’t break the bank. be to take advantage of down to Harrison Street: Breakfast is usually the factory’s assorted the shop is right in their busiest time, especially on Saturdays candy. Any convenience Fenwick’s backyard. and Sundays. They serve up hearty store will carry Red Hots Also, the skillets with any toppings one could or Boston Baked Beans, result of Ferrara Pan not imagine. Some of their famous skillets but Ferrara Pan sells having to pay shipping include the Greek Skillet, with gyro meat an extensive collection or packaging costs is and feta cheese, and the Denver Skillet, of candy by weight as incredible prices. Sent with ham, green peppers, onions, and well. There are jelly straight off the pans cheddar cheese. Their skillets are always beans, jelly rings, sour in the factory to the piled over hash browns and served with jacks, sour worms, sour adjacent shop, candy eggs, all for under eight dollars. cherries, fruit slices, a sells for an average of Al’s also has numerous tasty lunch wide range of chocolate $1.30 a pound. One can options, such as club sandwiches, pieces, and at least walk in with a dollar burgers, gyros, and salads. Everything on twenty more selections. and walk out with a the menu is under ten dollars, so it’s easy Now, for 88 years 3/4 lb. bag of Ferrara to ﬁnd something for everyone, all for a of the company’s Pan candy, a snack one reasonable price. existence, its candy hundred years in the Al’s Grill provides fresh coffee, good food, and a friendly atmosphere Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach shop was located inside making. Student Found in Corn Maze Beyond Fall tradition turns to unexpected, near-tragic Odyssey Trick-or-Treating Halloween fun in and around the city By Nolan Hopkinson missing, they became very worried (the expletives are By Laura Wilkens David Willis, 14, who had been missing inside edited out). “Man, we was freaked out y’no there was October 31 is quickly approaching, and with Halloween Jonamac Orchard’s Haunted Corn Maze attraction (a crazy stuff going on in there! We couldn’t see nothin’ conveniently landing on a Friday this year, everyone can Halloween tradition) for ﬁve days, was located late and I don’t know, man, maybe one of those creepy get in the spirit without having to worry about homework or yesterday evening by the Malta Police Department. guys went crazy or somethin’ and used his chainsaw on weekday curfews. There is an ample amount of Halloween The use of helicopters and search-and-rescue dogs was Dave!” said Johnny Fratelli, Willis’ best friend. happenings scattered around the Chicago area this year. implemented to locate Willis. It was a German Shepherd The maze was immediately closed and police Select movie theaters throughout Chicago are turning named Fritz from the Dekalb K9 Unit who ﬁnally were called in. Orchard owners cooperated with the their screens into Halloween spectaculars for those who located Willis stumbling along the trail near the end of investigation and made an exception; that is they see the holiday as the time to pull out all their eightes’ the maze. allowed the police to use their ﬂashlights in the maze. slasher ﬂicks or their extended cut of “The Exorcist.” For Though his family and friends feared the worst, Mr. and Mrs. Willis were shocked that they were thirty-three dollars at the door, admission is granted for the Willis is reportedly in stable condition at Delnor not allowed into the maze to ﬁnd their son once the Music Box Massacre 4 at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Community Hospital in Aurora. Willis suffered from authorities arrived. Southport Ave., Chicago) on October 25th from noon until exposure and “One dead kid midnight, showcasing such ﬁlms as Peter Jackson’s “Dead minor cuts and is enough, Mrs. Alive,” “The Old Dark House” with Boris Karloff, or in scratches, but was Willis,” stated Malta case you lost your DVD copy, “The Exorcist.” The event surprisingly well- police sergeant also houses horror memorabilia vendors, costume contests, nourished, having Dick York before and special guests from classic horror ﬁlms. survived on the charging into the The Portage Theatre (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) corn he was maze with his men. is also showing classic horror ﬂicks every night from able to tear off Even after daylight, October 27 -31, each show costing only seven dollars. The the dried stalks no sign of Willis week culminates on Halloween with a triple feature of “The during his near- was found, and Monster Squad,” “Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman,” and week trip through for ﬁve long days “Fright Night.” Guests are encouraged to dress up for the the maze. the Malta police, shows, and cash prizes are awarded for the best costumes. Willis, a with help from the If you’re against being stuck inside on a Friday night, freshman at St. Dekalb K9 unit as or you want to experience a scare that’s a bit more realistic, Rita in Chicago, well as helicopter check out Dream Reapers Haunted House (1945 Cornell, visited the maze medical ﬂight Melrose Park) which is open throughout October for ﬁfteen on Saturday teams from Aurora, dollars per person. With over twenty-two rooms, state-of- evening. His searched the maze. the-art animatronics and actors, you’ll be sure to have the father drove him Finally, Fritz, daylights scared out of you. and a few friends a highly-trained If you want true horror and are willing to make the trek, out to the popular illustration by Liz Schorsch you can head down to Statesville Haunted Prison at 17250 maze just south of Dekalb. S. Weber Road in Crest Hill. For thirty dollars you can walk “Until this terrible thing happened, our family had German shepherd, using David’s gym socks as a guide, through “thirty of the prison’s maximum-security cells. only happy memories of apple-picking and maze fun found Willis wandering, exhausted, among the corn In this darkness, you will encounter over 200 of the most at the orchard!” sobbed Willis’ mother Denise as she stalks near the bottom of the maze’s apple-shaped corn dangerous monsters ever imprisoned.” Voted the number stood outside the police tape waiting for news of her hedge. one Haunted House in Illinois for six years in a row, it son. “But now that he was in high school at Rita, David When asked why he didn’t respond to people calling promises to be “claustrophobic, intense, extreme, disturbing, has become stubborn and hateful towards us and really his name during his ordeal, as well as the dogs and vulgar, and aggressive.” wanted to try out the Haunted Corn Maze held after dark helicopters, Willis replied that he actually slept for most Although it’s open all year round, Supernatural Chicago on the weekends,” his father Bruce continued. of each day and “I don’t know, I guess I’m just so used is another great place to check out on Friday and Saturday Willis and his friends started out together in the maze to dodgin’ the 5-0s, I booked whenever I heard the cops nights for twenty-ﬁve dollars at Excalibur Nightclub (632 but quickly lost each other in the dark and confusion. close by,” he continued weakly. N. Dearborn, Chicago). Resident necromancer, Neil Tobin, During the day, the maze caters to young families, but Willis’ parents joyfully welcomed their son back and “introduces theatergoers to some of Chicago’s most well after dark, according to the orchard’s website, the maze the orchard’s owners would like to remind everyone documented paranormal events, brought to life through is “populated with spooky characters, chainsaws, a that the maze has been reopened for the rest of the storytelling and interactive demonstrations of mindreading, graveyard, and other shocking surprises.” The maze season. They will offer a free return trip to David and magic and other phenomena.” covers more than 10 acres with over three miles of trails his parents as well as discounted rates to Willis’ friends Murder on the Train, provided by Mystery Ltd. (773) snaking through it and no ﬂashlights are allowed. and family. 267-6400 is a six to seven hour round trip (dinner provided) When his friends emerged from the maze several on the Amtrak from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee, hours later and it was discovered that Willis was in which you take part in an intricate murder mystery. Use the homicides and clues to determine the culprit. Tree Arrested for Public Indecency No longer do you have to continue pretending that you’re still ten-years-old in order to get candy from your neighbors. Take advantage of Halloween being on a Friday by Marc Reichel night and do something frighteningly special. Last Wednesday was a particularly heartrending October day for Chicago police ofﬁcer Clyde S. Dale. At 4:21 pm, he received a public disturbance call from a small residence in a predominantly, for lack of a better term, “politically correct” neighborhood. When he arrived on the scene, he inferred that the culprit hadn’t moved an inch from its described location. Almost instantly, he recognized that he was staring at one of the city’s most grotesque, depraved criminals-at-large (at-very-very- large, might I add). It didn’t have a name, but it was a tree. It stood on a podium of grass with an age-ridden lean—cocky and stark naked; gawking out its branches at passing civilians. At its feet (or maybe roots) lay to waste the most socially unacceptable colors among the tree hierarchy: brown, yellow, illustration by Sam Murray red, and even orange. The other green-leafed trees looked upon the mess, appalled and sick to the Monster Energy Drink “BFC” (yes, I got paid for deepest pit of their vascular tissue. the product placement) and an enormous ax. While Ofﬁcer Dale knew that the tree was infamous drinking that glorious heart-stopper of a beverage, among the defenseless children of the neighborhood he “anti-environmentalistically” chopped down the because he had heard many stories of children tree, successfully apprehending it within minutes. “falling out of it”, and was sympathetic to their The neighborhood cheered as it was loaded on the hideous situation. When investigating the tree, he truck to be sent to The Ol’ Wood-Chipper. found that its erratic “behavior” was due to past Dale is now a likely candidate to be inducted into trauma. Its backstabbing psychiatrist had earlier the annals of Chicago history as commander-in-chief mentioned to Dale that it had been traumatized of his district’s police force. His partner commented, during a great treehouse war, and never fully “He is a bulldog of a man; a real maverick. This city recovered. needs more coppers like him.” Unfortunately for the enormous plant, Dale always carried two things with him: the new Tough goals sought by Football team playoff bound boys soccer team By Myles O’Donnell Despite a loss to the De La Salle Meteors, the Friars have been seeded fourth in the 7A North bracket of the state tournament, and are set to face Lincoln Park High School, who is seeded ﬁfth, in the ﬁrst round. By Colin Corvino as Frailey has been a leader on the ﬁeld and their On Friday Oct. 24, the team faced the DeLaSalle at the ﬁrst high school The Fenwick boy’s soccer team has just top goal scorer. Frailey is also a captain along football game at Toyota Park. DeLaSalle ended up with a 17-10 win, but completed one of its most hard-faught seasons with seniors Joe Shannon, Matt Gallo, and goalie the usually superb defense of the Friars wasn’t up to par at ﬁrst, giving up of recent memory. Junior Will Rigali comments Pat McMahon. all 17 points in the ﬁrst half. Fenwick scored one touchdown in the ﬁrst that the season was very physical and had some Before the playoffs began, the team knew half, but in the end, just couldn’t come back all the way in the second half. questionable ofﬁciating. At the beginning of they would face a difﬁcult postseason. “Of The team has shown great promise so far this season, and the players the season, “almost course our goal is and coaches are preparing for the oncoming state tournament. The team every player on the to make it past the has a 6-3 record, with wins against Lane Tech, Bogan, Hales Franciscan, team who has played regional,” said Senior Bishop McNamara, St. Ignatius, and the exciting 28-27 overtime win had been awarded at Eric Jensen. “We against St.Laurence. Two of the losses were against Providence in the least a yellow card” just have to give it second week of the season, and St. Rita a few weeks ago. The most recent said Rigali, a starter our all.” Jensen, loss, as mentioned above, was against DeLaSalle. for the Friars. Two a workhorse in Throughout the year, the defensive line has anchored the defense in yellow cards result in the midﬁeld, was every game, giving the offense an advantage before they even get the an ejection from the named to the Pepsi ball. The ferocity of the d-line is bookended by the defensive ends, senior match and automatic Challenge All-Star Donnie Cundari and junior Jack Dittmer. Starting running back Greg suspension the Team. Killingsworth has had a huge year providing numerous 200+ yard games following match. In the regional and a large number of touchdowns. Receiver Joe Musso has been a key Perhaps it is from semi-ﬁnals, the Friars for big plays to break open games. the physical level played Hinsdale With a respectable record, the team has tied DeLaSalle for their of play, sensitive South at the Hornets Chicago Catholic League division. In both of the last two seasons, they ofﬁciating, or hot home ﬁeld on have fallen quickly in just the ﬁrst round of the state tournament. Last tempers on the ﬁeld, Tuesday October year it was against Glenbrook North, and the 06-07 team state hopes were but “the ofﬁcials have 21st. Frailey, wearing shut down by the devastating 28-20 overtime loss versus Hubbard. This deﬁnitely become a a cast, scored two year, spirits are high that the team may even have a chance to surpass the factor in the match” goals and McMahon 04-05 team, who made it to the third round of state. said senior Joe Ahern. marked up his ﬁfth The Friars’ ﬁnal shutout of the season Senior Joe Shannon takes a shot. Photo by H.Ehlenbach record stands almost in their 2-0 victory. even at 9-7-1. Their The celebration key regular-season loss was a 3-1 deﬁcit to did not last long, however. Four days later on a Elgin Larkin, the number three ranked team cold and stormy Friday night, the Friars played in the state. Rigali stated that their match with Lyons Township for the regional crown. The Elgin Larkin at their home ﬁeld would be the Friars were down one goal in the ﬁrst half when team’s toughest match of the year. Their biggest the game was delayed until Saturday due to victories however, were a 1-0 win over cross- lightning. The Friars weren’t able to make a town rival Oak Park-River Forest and a 1-1 tie comeback and lost 3-0. with ranked opponent Lyons Township. Their “Last year was a surprise for us,” said Rigali. offense rolled opponents 24-6 in their victories, “We were able to make it deep into the post led by captain Killian Frailey. season, which we didn’t expect, but we were also Frailey, a senior, suffered what might have disappointed when it was over against Downers been a season ending injury almost a month ago North. This year is the same; we wanted to get in the team’s 4-2 win against Mt. Carmel. His out of the regional playoff. Now we will have to absence might have been woeful for the Friars, look forward to next year. “ New coach brings new ethic to volleyball team Senior Rachel Canfora gets ready for a forehand shot. Canfora paired with Alison Seyfarth to win two matches at the state tournament. Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach By Cynthia Johnson The Varsity Girl’s Volleyball team has had its share of ups and downs this year. “We started off rocky, but our hard practices and determination to do well in tournaments has made the team stronger,” says senior Mary Kate Planek, a captain on the team. Coach Polka goes After saying goodbye to some momentous players from last year, the team was excited to bring some new faces on board. The team welcomed three starting sophomores, Kelly Brennan, Sarah Hunt, and Jenna Vondrasek, who have all had a signiﬁcant impact on the season so far. The team also has a new head coach, Ms. Kelly Colangelo. Planek says, “The program is going great with our new out with a bang By Dan Tallarico coach. She’s so inﬂuential and makes us want to be better in our practices.” The boys’ Cross Country team has been having one of its’ best seasons With a record of 5-9, the girls have certainly played some tough opponents. In fact, Fenwick plays in school history and it is all coming on the heels of Coach Polka and his in one of the most competitive conferences in the state, which includes top teams like Benet and ﬁnal year on the job. Marist. Despite the losses to these teams, Fenwick beat rival Trinity and came in second at the Lake The team is currently ranked 12th in the state despite a disappointing Zurich tournament. 2nd place ﬁnish to Loyola at the CCL Conference meet. This small misstep should not overshadow what has been a groundbreaking season for the team. Their biggest meet to date took place on October 25th at Swimming aims for the top regionals, where the Friars qualiﬁed for the sectional meet by ﬁnishing 1st. This all came about despite having injuries to their 5th, 6th and 7th place runners. Martin Grady took 1st, Tom Laser 2nd, Jack Boyle 3rd, at upcoming state meet and Bill Toohey 4th in the meet. Recently the team has won meets at Argo, Lakefront and even their CCL North section meet. They also took 2nd, at a meet in Peoria, with only 1st ranked York ﬁnishing higher. The By Laura Wilkens Lakefront win was somewhat controversial because of an illegal Canadian The Fenwick swimming pool is a place where team being there. The Canadians actually took 1st, but were not supposed not many people venture. Hidden like a cave in the to be there giving the victory to the Friars. basement of the school, it’s not a common hang- This team is lead by its’ strong senior class. These runners include out, unless you’re a swimmer. But what many Tom Laser, Matt Miller, and Jack Boyle. At the CCL conference meet people might not know is that the girls swim team Jack Boyle took home one of the most prestigious awards given out, the is doing better than ever before. “Last year we Lawless award. This award is given to the most valuable senior runner in were 12th at the state meet. This year we’re hoping the entire CCL conference. Boyle had this to say on winning the award, for top six,” said Coach Renee Miller. In fact, in Photo by Hannah Ehlenbach “I’m very happy that I won the Lawless award, it means a lot to me.” August of this year, the Chicago Tribune ranked Along with that accomplishment Boyle and junior Martin Grady are the Fenwick girls swim team ﬁfth, with Glenbrook North, Stevenson, and New Trier ahead of them, looking secure All-State Spots which are given to runners who ﬁnish and the two-time State Champion, Rosary, as number one. “The aspect of practice that we changed the with a top 25 time in the state. These runners are very well coached and most this year is dry-land [physical training outside of the pool]. We’ve been really focused on core dedicated to what they do. body strength.” Coach Polka has won 9 league championships, is on the IHSA board The team has three returning swimmers who placed in individual events at State last year including for cross country and track, and he is an ofﬁcial starter for IHSA and the junior Casey Dollard in the 200 Individual Medley, junior Stephanie Ovalle in the 50 Freestyle, and meet manager for the State Meet. Obviously Coach Polka is one of the junior Kelly Ryan in the 100 Backstroke. Plus junior Mary Kate Campbell who placed third last year most well respected coaches in the state and in his 43rd and ﬁnal season in diving. Seniors Morgan Bonk, Mariclaire Bresnahan, and junior Maryclare Finn also contributed to as the cross country coach the runners are looking to send him out on a the relay teams that placed at the State ﬁnals in 2007. high note. “If you look at this year’s times,” said Miller, “Eighty-ﬁve percent of the team is swimming faster Keep up to date on this impressive group as their Sectionals begin then they did at their ﬁnal meets last year.” With four more weeks until the State Prelims at New Trier November 1st at Niles West, followed by State November 8th, where the on November 21st, and State Finals the day after, it deﬁnitely seems like the team is in great shape to Friars will look to capture their ultimate goal of a state championship. make their top six goal.