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Heads Up!
The Aurora Central Catholic chapter of the National Honor Society hosted on May 2nd a “Senior Breakfast”. It honored the contributions of the Senior members of the group, and some faculty members attended as well. S.L.I.C.K. went on their April outing to Benihana’s, a Japanese restaurant in Oakbrook. They are currently planning a May outing as well. See Ms. Gonzalez if you have any questions. The Outdoor Club is also in the planning stages of a couple final outings, including the summer canoe trip. In past years, some Central students have gone on this trip to Canada’s Quetico Park and really enjoyed it. Talk to Ms. Elgar if you’re interested. Due to the early spring break and the Spring Musical’s practice schedule, STAND’s performances have been cancelled this year. The Central Times is looking for new help for next year! If you can write, take photos, or involve yourself in any other way, please consider joining us for another successful year in 2008-2009!

A Year in Review:
By Mark Brauweiler Sports Correspondent

May, 2008

Top sports writer Mark Brauweiler reflects on one heck of a year for Charger Sports.
out to home plate to greet someone like Pat Wondrak who hit their first homerun in one of the most important games of the year. It’s s a three-sport athlete, I’ve had the truly been a year of great moments, espechance to witness first-hand a lot of cially for me as a member of those teams. great moments; the 27-21 Marmion upset in football...the regional championship A lot of people don’t know the amount of (and SCC and Thanksgiving Tournament preparation and hardwork that goes into a championships)...the last-second buzzer- football game. I can remember specificalbeater by Mark Adams to beat Marmion at ly preparing for the St. Ed’s and Marmion home...the two-hitter by Nick Czaja against games. The St. Ed’s game Sandwich. I’ve been through them, and ended up just coming down can honestly say that to who wanted it more, and in there’s nothing better the end it was us. I can’t than an upset at Marremember exactly, mion or the feeling but we were down something like of cutting down 30-24 at the half the nets or running against them,

Great Moments
and had given up something like 275 yards rushing to them. But none of us-- especially our captains, Billy Balderas, Chad Roscoe, and Nick Puscas-- seemed to panic at all. We just went out in the second half and took care of what we needed to do. We got a couple of fumble recoveries, and ended up taking away what they did in the first half: running the ball. It was great for us to be able to overcome what seemed to be an upset loss, and turn it into a sizeable victory, winning 52-36. And then especially preparing for the Marmion game was important. I can specifically remember our lineman having to practice for one of the best defensive ends we had seen all year. We knew that they liked to pass, and we worked hard to A) shut down their pass-


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Dean of student discipline, Mr. Michael Armato, is working on a future, stricter disciplinary code for students within Aurora Central Catholic High School. While many areas of change are being investigated, some proposed changes address: uniform requirements, cell phones, and the accumulation of referrals leading up to both major detentions (Saturday schools), as well as parent/ student/administration disciplinary hearings. Next school year, all boys will be required to wear appropriate belts and brown dress shoes. Armato states that, “Wearing brown dress shoes will reduce the opportunity of kids trying the pass off black K-Swiss athlet-

From the Dean’s Desk

Stricter Discipline System Proposed for Next Year
ic shoes as dress shoes, plus the brown shoes will look nice with the khaki uniform pants. In addition, it will be easy to say ‘if we can’t see the belt, the shirt is not tucked in the correct way.’” In addition, the suede clog-type shoes, popular with the female students, will also be prohibited. Photos of acceptable shoes for each gender will be posted on the school website within the next few weeks. Fines for cell phone violations will be increased and will continue to increase if students continue to use the phones during class time. “Currently the students do have the availability to use their phones during lunch and that will continue. What we want to do is ‘encourage them’ not to

use the phones during class time,” says Mr. Armato. If a student receives a detention and fine for cell phone usage, the phone will only be returned once the fine is paid. Additionally, Armato, acting as both the Dean of Students and Athletic Director, will also be initiating the policy that conduct within the school will also affect the student’s participation in after-school extracurricular events. “Athletics is a privilege, and with any privilege comes responsibility. If students want to act inappropriately during the day, they will not be rewarded with participation after school. I am working on a plan

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In This Issue...

Local and World News
Sharks attack! Tips on saving gas. The ACC Forums looks back on a somewhat stagnant year.

Pop Culture

Ironman reviewed. Twice! Also, a sneak peak at Coldplay’s upcoming album and summer movie previews.

Loose Ends

Baseball comes to a conclusion. AP exams take on new meaning. SOAR explained.

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Central Times - School and World News

May, 2008

School and World News
The Life-Saving Poke
By Kevin Eversole Staff Writer
On Monday, May 12th, Jason Cull went out for a swim. He didn’t see anything to fear; after all he had been swimming there hundreds of times and never been hurt before. He thought that, until a sixteen foot long great white grabbed on to his leg.

Student administrators outline bold plans for next year
By Ethan Romba Web Master
ence of the drama-club crowd.” Mark goes on, “I think that early on we established a very loyal user base, but the site suffered content-wise in that it did not contain a variety of user-submitted posts—while the ‘Random’ and ‘Computer geek’ forums experienced phenomenal growth, the ‘Sports’ forum collected dust so to speak. Eventually, the ACC Forums became the ‘Random Forum,’” In fact, this part of the site was the busiest and now accounts for almost half of all its posts. Why the dearth of diversity? Ethan believes that many factors are to blame; firstly, his own topic-creation suffered while he developed Central Times Online (CTO) over Christmas break for the newspaper staff. He also spent much of the winter working on the Perfect Schedule Builder, a web application designed to streamline the spring scheduling process for the entire student body. “I could only post intermittently, and I was doing mostly administration-related tasks rather than starting new and different topics.” What’s more, the efforts to advertise the site through in-school announcements and flyers were unsuccessful, and the uniform composition of the forums’ user base was not apt to spread to different interest groups. “Like-minded people hang around likeminded people,” Ethan explains simply. What is the dynamic duo to do? Ethan hopes to ride the ACC Forums into the limelight by propping it on the shoulders of the much more successful and eminent CTO. “With our senior year coming up, Mark and I need to start thinking about the long-term forecast for our projects,” says Ethan. “We’re not going to be here forever.” This summer, the ever-conniving webmaster plans to combine the forums and newspaper site into one. “Both systems could use to be upgraded, and CTO’s platform allows for a lot of integration with the forums,” he explains. “In fact, a lot of the extra functionality on the forums, like the photo album, can be completely replaced with far superior counterparts on the CTO end.” This bilateral effort will allow him to iron out the kinks in the newspaper system and at the same time bring the forums under the wing of the ACC administration. “Being under the ‘jurisdiction’ of the school, so to speak, will make the forums more legitimate and ensure that they’ll be around after we graduate.” Mark sums up their plans with a call to “keyboards” for fellow Chargers: “During the past year and a half we have done a terrific job of making the ACC Forums functional, pretty, and just about everything an online forum could ever hope to be. This coming year we are going to focus on making them useful. We want every Charger to log onto the forums and find something helpful or interesting or useful to them in some way. Hopefully by better integrating the forums with student life, we will attract a much wider variety of people to post in them. We want the ACC Forums to be everybody’s forums.” Join the ACC Forums today at www.!

ACC Forums: “We’re still here!”

Small Ways to Reduce the Hassle at the Gas Pump
By Shannon McDowell Staff Writer
Gasoline. One might almost assume that this word has a unique power like no other. What other word could cause wars between nations, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, and possibly even kidney cancer? Hey, ‘religion’ doesn’t count. In this day and age, our world, specifically our country, has become nauseatingly addicted to this thick organic liquid. The National Resources Defense Council says that according to the Department of Energy, the United States currently uses nearly 20 million barrels of oil a day, importing 55 percent of it. We spend more than $20 billion each year on oil from the Middle East. Twenty years from now, U.S. consumption will rise to 28.3 million barrels of oil a day, with 70 percent of it imported. This heavy reliance on foreign oil makes America increasingly dependent on some of the least stable, undemocratic countries in the world. Now for the part that affects you and me. The National Resources Defense Council also says that the root cause of high gasoline prices is soaring demand, caused in large part by increasingly fuel-inefficient cars and trucks. Of the 20 million barrels of oil consumed each day, 40 percent is used by passenger vehicles, 24 percent by industry, 12 percent by commercial and freight trucks, 7 percent by aircraft, and 6 percent in residential and commercial buildings. The U.S. passenger vehicle fleet alone accounts for one-tenth of world petroleum consumption. To make matters worse, fuel economy of the combined car and light truck fleet peaked in 1987 and has essentially been declining since due to outdated standards and increased sales of fuel-wasting SUVs and other light trucks. So, what can you do? You can start at home with your own car. No one is demanding that you go out and buy the latest hybrid right away or run home and develop hydrogen-powered vehicles. Though both would be helpful, there are other ways to cut back on fuel consumption that will not force you to spend money, but may end up saving you a couple bucks. These tips are from the U.S. Department of Energy, you can find them at Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money. Observe the Speed Limit While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer. Read more tips online at www.!

Good looks don’t mean squat. At least, that’s the conclusion that ACC Forums administrators Mark Brouch and Ethan Romba have come to in recent weeks. According to these budding cyberspace entrepreneurs, ACC’s one-and-only Chargers-exclusive online community The Australian native, Jason Cull, 37, was has failed to reach its founders’ expecswimming at Middleton Beach in south- tations for the 2007-2008 school year. western Australia. He was about one hundred feet of shore when he saw a shadow “I can’t believe it. Things were looking under the water. At first he thought it was so bright back in August,” says a disa dolphin, which are quite common in the gruntled Ethan, the site’s self-proclaimed area. The shadow moved toward him, and “Code Guru,” as he recalls the nearly 400 that’s when he realized it was too big to user-contributed posts in that month. The be a dolphin and that it must be a shark. aspiring web developer spent a considerThe shark rammed able amount of time into his side, Jaredesigning the site son attempted to during the summer, hit, and then the adding more feashark clamped tures than he could its jaws around name and giving the Jason’s left leg. site a distinguished and appealing look The shark dragged with the help of his Jason under the cohort, Mark, the water, and then “GFX [Graphics] it pulled him for Guru.” But despite about twenty feet. the countless hours At this point, Jason was thrashing around that were poured into the summer redeand trying to get free anyway he could. After sign and later fall recruitment efforts, a few seconds, Jason felt along the shark’s the redoubled energy that came with the side until he found its eye. He poked it, warm weather and sunshine was quickly and the shark immediately let go of his leg. dispelled during the long winter months and an uncommonly dramatic fall term. People heard screams and saw splashes, “Homecoming ruined it for us,” Ethan and within seconds two lifeguards were explains, describing how announcements on the scene. Tom Morron and Joanne Lu- advertising the site missed their mark cas pulled him back to the shore and got amid the chaos of homecoming event him to the hospital as fast as they could. cancellations. “I blame the seniors.” Thankfully, Jason survived the attack, but he had severe damage done to his left leg. However, with the pandemonium of what He had two chunks taken out of his leg, and should have been the senior class’s shinhe’s now missing about half of his calf. He ing moment came what Ethan considers also has deep cuts into his thigh and knee. the greatest achievement of the forums’ user base. “Within an hour of school getting out on that Monday [of Homecoming week],” Ethan explains, “John Smart started a new topic called ‘We shouldn’t From Page 1 be punished...’ It discussed the reasons that prevents students receiving a major vio- why he believed the student body as a lation—including the accumulation of minor whole shouldn’t have suffered for the acviolations into a major—from participating tions of a handful of seniors.” While this in activities for a limited amount of time.” opening argument was not exemplary in and of itself, the resulting discussion Mr. Armato believes that our students need was a prime example of what the forums to take more positive ownership in what were made for—by that Friday, several they do during the school day. “Setting students had voiced their opinions, often high standards and then placing the re- with lengthy arguments, and “you could sponsibility in the hands of the students to tell that everyone who visited the thread meet those standards will only strengthen used it as a lighting rod for all the specour school community. Through their ac- ulation and rumors going around that tions, the students have a profound opportu- week…It was incredible to see such a nity to make ACC an even greater and more logical and intelligent exchange of ideas wonderful place. Conducting themselves in the middle of an unforeseen atrocity.” as fine young adults will only help them achieve far greater success in their futures.” Unfortunately, the forums would not see any more discussions of that caliber for “It is important for all of us—administration, the rest of the year. According to Mark staff members, students, and parents—to Brouch, “The forums just didn’t get used strive to graduate young men and women ca- as an outlet for spreading school news as pable of being responsible and caring adults. they were intended. They did not catch Conducting oneself appropriately and mak- on with the larger demographic we were ing quality decisions is a key component aiming for earlier in the year.” Indeed, of maturing into an outstanding human be- the administrators had hoped that the site ing. Our students are certainly capable of would gain popularity among different creating this type of environment; they just parts of the student body to compliment need to be ‘nudged’ in the right direction.” what Ethan calls “the deep-rooted pres-

Stricter Rules

Central Times - Pop Culture

May, 2008


Pop Culture
Iron Man Blows Box Office Away
By Allison Jenkins Movie Critic
They have made so many superhero movies that have totally tanked, except for a certain few that have swept the audiences off their feet, like Spiderman, Superman, and Batman. And now joining those selected superheroes is Iron Man, who is more like Batman in the sense that he really doesn’t have any real superpowers. In the new hit movie, Iron Man, a big time military weapons manufacturer is kidnapped and forced to make a deadly military weapon that he had demonstrated early in the film. Instead, he builds a suit out of scraps and manages to escape, later remodeling the suit. While kidnapped, he was in an explosion that damaged his heart. A man he was in captivity with gave him a heart that needed to be attached to a car battery so he could stay alive. However, he soon creates one that can be by itself, so that is essentially the thing that is keeping him alive. Now he remodels his suit so he can protect the people he originally put in harms way. Of course there is a villain ( it wouldn’t be a superhero movie if there wasn’t!) who gets the blueprints of Iron Man’s original suit and makes it bigger and gives it the ability to fly like Iron Man’s. The villain uses it as a weapon, and of course the villain is someone close to Tony Stark, who is Iron Man. This movie is one of the better superhero movies because it is filled with action and adventure, but it also has a lot of comedy; those little one-liners that just make you fall on the floor laughing, definitely made the movie better. You can’t just have just action and adventure, or just comedy, or just drama, you have to blend it all into one movie to make the movie worth seeing, and that is what the creators, producers, the director, and of course the actors did. They definitely made this movie worth watching. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it, even if you don’t like these types of movies. Who knows, you may be surprised.

An Iron-Clad Hit!
By John Whitney Movie Critic
It rose to #1 at the box office on its opening weekend... some have called it the best super hero movie ever made... it is Iron Man. Based on the Marvel Comics character, Iron Man is well worth the price of admission. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Stark is the head of “Stark Industries”, a weapons company. During a demonstration of a new missile in Afghanistan, Stark is captured by terrorists, who want him to build another missile for them. However, with the help of a fellow prisoner, Stark builds a power suit, which he uses to escape. Afterwards, Stark decides to change his life and fight evil. The fight scenes in the movie are impressive, and some patriotic people will probably get a kick out of seeing Iron Man punching terrorists into the walls, as well as into the sky. For an action movie, there is a surprising amount of humor (the entire theater was laughing several times when I saw it). The suits look nice, also; some parts are computer generated, and the props department has built others. It is interesting to watch a spoiled, rich tycoon do a complete 180 degree turn and become a champion who risks his life to help those who need it. Overall, this is an awesome movie, and I highly recommend seeing it.

By Shannon McDowell Pop Culture Editor

Common Myths Revealed

Myths, legends, and fables. These absorbing little tales never cease to intrigue us, make us wonder, and fill us with doubt. Recently, I came across Charles J. Cazeau’s Test Your Science IQ, and I stumbled over several excerpts that I found quite fascinating. They may not be the groundbreaking narratives that will change the way you see the world, but they might be able to clear up a little doubt in your mind. Here are some passages from Test Your Science IQ:

By Shannon McDowell Pop Culture Editor HOT
American Idol Final Two: Who Will It Be, David or David? Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz Get Married. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Katie Holmes to Debut on Broadway. Lindsey Lohan’s Mug Shot Used in a Newspaper Ad for the American Beverage Institute.


Gas Prices. Period. China’s Earthquake Aftermath. David Archuleta’s Dad. Britney Spears in Another Car Accident. Amy Winehouse Arrested. Again. Can we say train wreck?

Okay, which came first, the chicken or the egg? I have never seen an answer to this age-old question. You could also ask: which came first, the turtle or the egg, or the alligator or the egg, or any of the creatures that lay eggs. We don’t think the answer that tricky if you take into account evolution. All creatures on Earth, past and present, represent life-forms that did not previously exist but yet had to have evolved from previously existing types. In the case of the chicken, the ancestors evolved over millions of years with successive generations becoming more and more chickenlike. Finally, the most chickenlike of the chickenlike predecessors hatched an egg. It was a true chicken. So the obvious answer is that the egg came first, but it required a very close relative to oversee the nativity.

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This is perhaps a bit exaggerated, but the cow involved may argue the point. Schools of these ferocious, freshwater fish, found in South America, have been known to attack a 100-pound capybara (a large South American rodent) and reduce it to a skeleton in one minute. The teeth are triangular, razor-sharp, and efficient even through each piranha is only a foot long. Piranhas have also attacked humans and although we cannot cite specific cases, probably with fatal results. Hobbyists have kept piranha as pets, but there is a danger that they could be released into streams and create serious ecological problems. Also among dangerous fish is the lion fish, which is found in the Pacific Ocean. They have poisonous spines on their fins with which they are capable of stabbing a person, which causes a painful but not lethal injury.



Has anyone been accidentally buried alive? In earlier times, yes. Bodies exhumedfrom the last century and earlier bear the unmistakable signs of the person having thrashed around trying to get out. It is a gruesome thought, but this could happen before there was a medical understanding of people lapsing into a coma or other condition resembling death. Today, with the widespread practice of embalming and superior medical knowledge to distinguish death, it is impossible or at least highly unlikely. Perhaps some ghost stories originated from the fact that individuals were interred alive in above-ground crypts and were able to escape from their coffins and wander around. We might add that the notion that Can piranha actually reduce a hair and fingernails continue to grow after cow to a skeleton in seconds? death is a myth. The apparent growth results when the surrounding tissue shrinks.

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Central Times - Pop Culture

May, 2008

Pop Culture
A New Coldplay?
By Mark Brouch Music Critic

“Violet Hill” and “Viva la Vida” Hint at the Direction of Coldplay’s New Album Viva la Vida
eral fills and a brief solo. Chris Martin provides Coldplay’s typical falsetto vocals. I liked the lyrics and beat, but the song did not change tempo or dynamics at all as do many of my favorite Coldplay songs like “Fix You” and “Amsterdam”. Coldplay also made a music video for “Violet Hill”, which was leaked onto YouTube before its official release. EMI had it pulled down before many people had a chance to view it, but I was fortunate enough to download it before it got taken down. (I attempted to reupload it, but was met with a copyright violation store, either by itself, or when you preorder the album. It is much the same style as “Violet Hill”, but more upbeat. Also, the piano is replaced with a string ensemble including cello and violin, which provide crisp beats and smooth chords. “Viva la Vida” has become much more popular than “Violet Hill”, achieving a peak position of 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. In addition to the two officially released singles, I was able to get my hands on two other songs which will be featured in the upcoming album: “Life in Technicolor” and “Lost?” acoustic version. “Life in Technicolor” is an upbeat instrumental which reminds me of background music played during a picture slideshow of someone’s safari vacation in Africa, and is somewhat short. “Lost?” is probably my favorite of the four tracks I reviewed and features just piano and Chris Martin’s vocals. This song is the closest of the four to Coldplay’s old style. In summary, Coldplay has taken a change in direction for its fourth album, which Coldplay fans may or may not welcome. I remain cautiously optimistic of Viva la Vida, but cannot judge the album until I have heard the whole work. I would recommend preordering the album to any die-hard Coldplay fan. However, if you are the average music listener, only buy either of their singles if you have a buck or two to spare and need some fresh music. Those who previously did not care for Coldplay should consider giving them a second look, as their new album marks a significant change in style. I’m not saying the new songs are bad by any means, just a little bland.

Summer Blockbusters
By Shannon McDowell Pop Culture Editor
Iron Man kicked off the summer blockbuster movie series, but there are still many more to come. Whether you’re hanging out with friends, snuggling with a date, or flying solo, be sure to check out some of these summer flicks. May 23: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (PG-13) June 6: Kung Fu Panda (PG) June 13: The Incredible Hulk (NA) June 20: Get Smart (PG-13) The Love Guru (PG-13) June 27: Wall-E (NA) July 4: Hancock (NA) July 18: The Dark Knight (Batman Begins 2) (PG-13) Mamma Mia! (PG-13) July 25: Step Brothers (NA) August 1: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (NA) August 8: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13) August 15: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG)

It has been three years since Coldplay released their last album, X&Y. This summer, the highly successful British alternative pop rock band will be releasing their fourth major album, Viva la Vida. The album, whose full name is Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, will go on sale June 12th in the UK and June 17 here in the US on Capitol Records. The iTunes music store is already taking preorders for the album at the price of $9.99. Two singles have already been released, “Violet Hill” and “Viva la Vida” and are both available on the iTunes music store as an iTunes Plus DRM-Free track. “Violet Hill” was available as a free download from Coldplay’s official website ( for a week, but is now available only for pay. Sorry if you were not one of the 2 million people who heard the news before it was too late. The album, Viva la Vida, recieves its name from a painting by Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican artist. For you non-Spanish speakers out there (including myself), ‘viva la vida’ means ‘long live life’. Much of the album was recorded in Latin America and Spain, and is said to have Hispanic influences as a result. One thing is for certain - judging by the sound of the two singles which have been released, Coldplay’s music is taking a new direction. Immediately upon listening to several tracks from the upcoming album, I noticed a much more rhytmic, harder beat without as many of Coldplay’s traditional haunting chords.

“Violet Hill” maintains a deep heavy beat throughout the song played by the piano The other single, “Viva la Vida”, is available and drums, while the guitar provides sev- as a digital download from the iTunes music

notice from EMI.) The video was directed by Asa Mader and filmed in Sicily. It features many clips of Sicilian scenery, as well as members of the band dancing around to the beat of the music. Parlophone has since officially released the video, which can now be viewed on YouTube and several music video TV stations, including MTV and VH1.

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Central Times - Editorials

May, 2008


A Final Farewell
By Lauren Lecco Local and World News Editor
I don’t think I will ever forget the first day of my senior year. I am pretty sure that even then I started saying I could not wait for this year to be over. But as the year is finally coming to an end I may not be as ready for it to be over as I thought I was. High school was a great experience, we made great friends, had great relationships, and learned some life lessons. Many of us participated in sports, I will always remember soccer bus trips, inside jokes with the team, and just always going out there and having a good time. I am sure none of us will forget this year ’s basketball season, Regional champs, a title many of us thought our class would never get to see. Let’s not forget the numerous times we rolled on Marmion. We shared our last homecoming dance, our last turnabout, and our last prom together. We made some unforgettable memories together, some of them good and some of them bad. But when the time came we were there for each other, kind of like when we all got together to “decorate” the school for homecoming. I will never forget my senior year, mostly because I grew as a person. Each and everyone of my friends played an important role in my two years at Central and so did some of my teachers. I have Mr. Drye to thank for my heightened vocabulary and most of my laughs and Mrs. Goldie to thanks for my great presentation skills because everyone knows we had to do more than enough of those in her class. Honestly though it was my friends that made my senior year for me, each and everyone of them. They all may not know how much they mean to me or how much they have impacted my life but every single one of them has. I will never forget long rides to away football and basketball games, fun times at Nick D’s,Girls nights, and just the times we were there for each other. It makes me sad that I won’t be able to walk down the hallways with them next year or that we won’t be able to get together every weekend. In writing this I just wanted to say goodbye, to wish all of my class good luck in everything they do in the future. College is a big step and so is finding ourselves, which is what we are all trying to do. The best way to sum up what I’m trying to say is the lyrics from one of my favorite Rascal Flatts songs. “ My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small. You never need to cart more than you can hold, and while your out there getting where your getting too. I Hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same thing too. Yea this, is my wish.” --Good Luck Class of 2008. I wish you all luck and will miss you. he newspaper has gone through a lot of changes to become what it is today, and these changes were only possible through the work and guidance of many people. First of all, the administration and staff have offered some much appreciated encouragement. In particular, the news staff and I would like to recognize Mr. Stallons, who has kept the Central Times alive in past years, and Mrs. Goldie, who has given so much guidance, advice, encouragement, and time to our efforts.


A Letter From The Editors
tors, including: Mark Brauweiler, Andrew Scott, Tyler Scott, Vannessa Corral, Kristin Brouch, Katherine Chandler, Allison Jenkins, Ethan Romba, Alyssa Shaff, McKay Violetto, Paige Gruenke, Mark Pfotenhauer, Kevin Eversole, Tori Romba, Jennifer Brouch, Jessica Wesley, Sarah Jarocha, and Gigi Serrano. Thank you for writing for the paper. I really hope to see all of you back on the staff next year. Thanks to both the business staff and those who are advertising with us for enabling the actual publication of the Central Times. Nearing the end at last, Ethan Romba (Web Master) and Mark Brouch (Managing Editor), whose efforts produced a great bulk of the newspaper’s existence. Ethan entirely designed the newspaper’s website, dedicating hours and hours of time to this ultimately successful endeavor. Mark also has contributed a great deal to the management and layout of the paper, month after month. Thank you so much.

Advice From Gigi
By Gigi Serrano Advice Columnist
I want to do a different fall sport next year, but I’m not sure what sport to go out for. I’m also wary that my coach for the fall sport I’m normally in may be unhappy with me and possibly hold a grudge. But I’d really like to try another sport. Hmm... well, let’s start off with seeing what sports are out there. The fall season for boys includes football, soccer, and cross country. For the ladies there’s volleyball, tennis, and cross country as well. There are also the year round sports of dance and cheerleading, but unfortunately, the tryouts for these sports have passed. There are plenty of options open, with your final decision really depending on what kind of activity and level of physical fitness you’re into. Obviously, soccer and X-country will involve a lot of running, so if you’re not fond of running those may not be the sports for you. Football has a decent amount of running as well, depending on what position you would play. For the girls, volleyball and tennis doesn’t involve much running, but there is a lot of movement across the court, so you would have to be quick on your feet as well as coordinated. Of course, team spirit and getting along well with others is a must for any sport you go out for, especially team sports like volleyball, football, and soccer. Also, if you’re not fond of weightlifting, then football may not be for you. As for your coach holding a grudge, all I can say is that it’s your life. You do what you want, and if someone else can’t handle that then that’s too bad for him or her. If you aren’t happy with your current sport, or would simply like to try another, then by all means go for it! You’re entitled to try new things and do what you’d like to do. That’s what high school is for! To try new things and see what you like doing. If your coach is going to be a sourpuss about it, then he’ll just have to deal with that himself. ACC offers plenty of great athletic programs, each with a chance to go out for something and simply have a good time if nothing else. Sports are also a great way to bond with a different people, so you’ll make plenty of new friends if you aren’t friends with them already. The most important thing, though, is to just have fun with it. Like I said, that’s what high school is all about: trying new things and having fun doing them!

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am confident that every student involved with the paper this year will walk away a better person with qualities and abilities they never knew they had before. Seniors leaving our small community for the much larger world outside will look back on their experiences this year and draw value from them. Underclassmen will be ready to join the ranks of the school’s best leaders with the experiences they have gained this year, and Central Times members of my junior class will be more than qualified to take their place as senior leaders next year. However, with the passing of another school year comes the passing of another senior class. Senior members of the Central Times will be much missed, and will have to be replaced if this paper is to maintain the dignity and pride it has shown this year. As Managing Editor of the Central Times, I am extending an invitation to all members of the student body to join us on our quest of excellence next year. We need more of everything: more writers, more leaders, more photographers, and most importantly more Chargers who are proud of their school. The Central Times has always been a paper by students for students. It is for this reason that I implore every student to consider involving themselves with this newspaper in some way. Pay attention to announcements, flyers, and friends next year who will be attempting to recruit you to contribute to the Central Times. The qualities and responsibilities experienced by Central Times staff members will aid you for the rest of your life. -Mark Brouch, Managing Editor

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Central Times -Loose Ends

May, 2008

Loose Ends
Great Moments
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ing game and to B) keep the ball out of their offense’s hands. We did all of those. Their star defensive end ended up having no sacks, and if I remember correctly I don’t think he had any tackles-- and if he did, none were solo. It was the preparation by Coach Curry and our other coaches that got us ready to go and then our execution. It showed us that we could really play. The 27-21 upset was the greatest football moment I’ve ever experienced-- and I’m sure that could be said for almost any of the other guys on the team. Not only did we hand them an upset, but that upset victory was Coach Curry’s 100th career victory-- that’s something special. Upsetting Marmion was by far and away my favorite football moment. But even that feeling I don’t think can compare with basketball. The entire season, for me personally, kept getting better. And for me, the season started last summer. I think it started when we were in a summer tournament at Niles North High School. To the extent of my knowledge, we were the only 3A school there. Most-if not all-- of the other schools were big 4A schools. We really had no business competing with schools twice and three times our size. But we did, and we ended up taking second in that tournament. That’s when it all started for me, because from there on out we gained confidence and started to really compete. When the actual season started, we seemed not only pick up where we left off, but actually got better. Beating Bogan in the Sandwich Tournament Championship game was huge for us, and definitely pushed us in the right direction. Not to mention I think it brought attention to us from our own fans. It was after that that we started consistently having the largest fan section at all of our games-- regardless of home or away. That helped us a lot, I think--more than people realize. Then the stomping of St. Francis helped us realize what we could accomplish, and the 77-74 OT victory over Driscoll really put us on the map. The three-peat sweep of Marmion was incredible. And then there was regionals... I can’t honestly find one word to describe the feeling of climbing up on the latter, cutting my piece of net, and turning and seeing waves of blue and gold body paint and tons of “SCC Championship” shirts staring back at me. The whole thing was surreal for me, and I’ll never forget it. Baseball I think was an adventure for a lot us. We didn’t know what to expect with a new coach coming in, and a lot of us from basketball got a late start. I don’t think we quite had the regular season we wanted; maybe it was everyone just coming down off of the high that was basketball season; maybe we were all a little tired from a grueling year. Whatever it was, we definitely lagged a little bit through our season. But regardless, we played our best baseball when it counted. We went from constant errors and dead bats against Marmion and Dixon, to stellar pitching, errorless play, and 2 homeruns en route to an 11-0 routing of the higher seeded Sandwich High School. Much of that was due in part to Nick Czaja, who pitched a two-hit game and lowered his already basement-low ERA. It was great to watch our guys play like we did--everyone from one to nine had a hit and no one had an error. It was great to be a part of a team that played as well as we did that day. As a junior, I’m always looking forward to next year’s teams. I’m already getting ready for football lifting in the mornings, basketball shootouts and tournaments, and summer baseball. But my junior year was one I don’t think I’ll likely ever forget. I’ll never forget the feeling of a loud, rowdy, rocking bus after the Marmion game, and Coach Curry walking on and everyone instantly becoming still and silent. I’ll never forget the regional championship game-- I’m sure I’ll have my piece of the net for as long as I live. I’m not going to forget how we all finally started putting it all together just in time for regionals to make a run. This year’s football, basketball, and baseball seasons were great. It was one of those years where I look back on it and can’t help but remember all of the great moments-- and there were plenty of them.

A New Chapter Begins
By Stephanie Schuetz Staff Writer
Senioritis. It has definitely made its course into the hearts and minds of the senior class of 2008. While some are all too ready to get on with their lives, there are some that still wish they could stay with all their friends. Seniors all over are starting to make the transition into summer mode and then (potentially) college mode. At Aurora Central there is only a short time left before it’s time to say goodbye to close friends and the hallways we know so well, and to welcome in the new times. Mark Adams told me that what he will miss the most are his friends. “I know there will be opportunities to make new friends, but the guys and girls that I have met here at ACC are some great people that I hope I will stay in touch with.” Matt Sullivan says, “I’m really excited to meet all the new people that college will send me. I’m totally looking forward to making new friends and switching to a whole different environment.” While Anna Scott answered, “I’m going to miss Chad, I’m pumped for the end, and I am so excited to go on to Dayton!” Missy Talkington said she would miss, “Seeing all her friends in the hallway, road trips to games, and having the same classes with people. Oh! And my amazing girlies!” When I asked Sarah Chandler what she will miss the most, she answered simply: “Bosco sticks.” But when I asked Jon Baley what it was that he was looking forward to was, he had a bit fuller answer. “I’m looking forward to the future. Not just college, but everything we have ahead of us. And this is just the first step towards our real lives. I’m definitely going to miss all the good times I had in high school, but I know that my true friends will never forget the times, and I will never let them go. I’m completely shocked that it has already been four years, I just can’t believe we are done.” It’s true, we are starting a new chapter in “the book of our lives”, and we don’t know what’s ahead. High school has been the time for us to find out who we are and make friends, and occasionally learn a thing or two. But what we must take from this is that this isn’t the end because it is just the beginning to what the rest of our lives have to offer. Good luck next year, seniors! I will miss you all.

By Megan Frey Staff Writer

The REAL meaning of AP
tle things than can bring you down scorewise. This is only a fraction of the agony. Pain isn’t generally a word associated with studies. However, I can tell you firsthand that it is experienced as a result of this class. On the day of the ominous exam, I awoke early because I was nervous, ate, and went to school. I was so worked up during the exam that my stomach started to ache. Thankfully it wasn’t severe pain, but after the test I was much improved. This shows the effect of the class. I know it seems like no good came out of my experience, but this is untrue. I learned skills I can apply when writing in college, and found out what tests might be like down the road through the exam. We also had some interesting personalities in the class and had many laughs. Thanks to Mrs. Remke, I am a better writer, which always comes in handy. PS. Good luck juniors! You’re almost seniors now... you’ll have a blast! I’ll miss you and the underclassmen so much. Love ya!

Chargers Aim High to Finish Season
By Mark Brauweiler Sports Correspondent
A hot start for the Chargers boys’ baseball team gave way to a somewhat disappointing middle of the season. After starting on a 9-3 tear over the first twelve games, the Chargers fell to a record of 11-12 with two games left in the regular season. The offensive production severely dipped, and the Chargers had trouble hitting the ball to the holes. That recently turned in a May 12th game at home against Hampshire High School, in which the Charger bats came alive to give starting pitcher Chase Weber the victory. Weber pitched a complete game, despite defensive struggles in the field early on when Hampshire scored two unearned runs in the first frame. From there on, it was mostly smooth sailing for Weber and the Chargers, as the bats came to life. Both Mark Adams and Nick Czaja homered in the game, and hits from Kyle Edwards and Matt Wagner. as well as the rest of the lineup, provided all the run support Weber could ask for, as the Chargers racked up 12 runs en route to a 12-5 victory.

Two little letters, yet they send shivers down many a spine. What are they, you may wonder. They are the ever-evil pair that plague the minds of many upperclassmen: AP. In my book, they stand not only for Advanced Placement but for “Agonizing and Painful.” For those people “fortunate” enough to make it into the class, congratulations! You’ve gotten into one of the hardest classes offered at ACC. You may feel smart; you can leave this confidence at the door. From the first day of class you have homework, and within the week you get introduced to a thing of terror: in-class essays. You write one every week with very few exceptions. These prepare you for the exam, but even if you think you’re a good writer you aren’t guaranteed a good grade. One thing you learn in AP is how to write differently in terms of style and structure than in years past; in fact, the typical 5 paragraph essay style is thrown out the window. If you write in this manner, it will potentially hurt your grade. There are also lots of other lit-

SOAR: How It Works
By Kara McNamara School News Editor
A lot of people have been asking the question: How does the SOAR program work? school year, the entire Aurora Central student body will break down in the groups that are now posted on the library window. In these groups, students, led by a faculty moderator (as well as couple of students), will discuss the book as a whole. Important passages, themes, lessons, and other elements of the stories will be highlighted. istration can appreciate that the students are reading, and the students can choose a book that truly interests them. I think that the various moderators will shed interesting perspectives on the books and why he or she chose that particular story. The teachers have posted their chosen books in their classroom windows, along with a description. A very wide variety of stories were chosen, and I think there’s something for everyone. Mysteries, dramas, historical, sports, fiction, non-fiction--- So many genres to choose from! I look forward to trying SOAR out...

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To start, students should be checking the library window to find out what group they are in. Over the summer, you should read the book that you signed up for and be preThe SOAR program is a unique opporpared for discussion about this book when tunity for flexibility in the summer reading school starts up again next year. On a speci- program at Aurora Central... It’s really a fied day at the beginning of the 2008-2009 “win-win” situation, as the staff and admin-

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