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1:00 – 3:00 PM Sunday, December 2nd Open House Tuesday, December 4th 7:15 AM Newspaper Meeting (Room 126) Wednesday, December 5th 3:00 PM Respect for Life Club Meeting (Library) 7:00 PM FORTRESS Meeting (Library) Friday, December 7th 7:30 AM Science and Outdoor Club Meeting (Room 208) 9:30 AM - Blood Drive 2:00 PM 5:00 PM - “Displace Me” for Invisible 10:00 PM Children (Cafetorium) Wednesday, December 12th 3:00 PM Respect for Life Club Meeting (Library) 7:00 PM SPARCS Meeting (Library) Thursday, December 13th 7:30 AM NHS Meeting (Library) 7:00 PM Winter Fine Arts Show (Cafetorium) Saturday, December 15th 10:00 AM Santa’s Workshop for Invis– 3:00 PM ible Children Wednesday, December 19th 8:30 AM– Junior Class Retreat 3:00 PM 3:00 PM Respect for Life Club Meeting (Library) 7:00 PM SPARCS Christmas Party (Library) Friday, December 21st 2:50 PM Christmas Vacation Begins 7:30 AM Science and Outdoor Club Meeting (Rm 208)

With many returning players, this year’s basketball team looks stronger than ever.
By Cisco Juarez Secret Sports Correspondent
The boys’ basketball team of 2006-07 was extremely inexperienced, with only one returning senior. The team used only six players on a regular basis in their subbing rotation, which caused those six players to become extremely tired extremely fast—especially in their fast breaking offense. That is to change for the 2007-08 team. With experience behind captains fourth-year starter Mark Adams, third-year player Anthony Kelley, and third-year player Mike Adams, the team has a solid core of leadership. Second year players Mark Brauweiler, Brian O’Donnell, Steven Hollon, and Joseph Guth will provide even more experience as role players. Nick Czaja will look to carry over his success from last year’s sophomore team. With a big man beside center Mike Adams and ten guards to filter in at three starting guard spots, the depth chart is deeper this year than years past. The ability to sub in multiple players at every position allows for more aggressive defense without the fear of fouling out. Having so many subs will allow the team to be able to go high-pressure, aggressive defense while maintaining a fast break offense. The Chargers will be looking for their offense to be sparked behind sophomore point guard Steven Hollon and the high-flying, high-scoring Mark Adams. With Mike Adams to grab boards, the Chargers are looking to be balanced at every position on the floor. Swingmen Anthony Kelley, Mark Brauweiler, Brian O’Donnell, and Joey Guth will look to take their share of shots as well in Central’s high-scoring offense. On defense the Chargers are big and fast. In the 2006-07 basketball season, Mike Adams averaged nine rebounds per game, in addition to his four blocked shots per game average. With brother Mark Adams standing at 6’3”, Anthony Kelley at 6’4”, and fellow center Nick Cjaza at 6’5”, the Chargers will look to board and outlet for their fast breaking offense. “Just knowing there are three or four guys behind me that are able to block shots lets me go for steals on defense,” said junior off-guard Mark Brauweiler. The aggressive defense will hopefully lead to more points, and in a high powered fast break offense, easy buckets will only aid in the scoring effort. The 2007-08 Chargers will without a doubt be looking for a highly successful season. They started out in the right direction with their 5-0 start at the Sandwich Thanksgiving Tournament over the recent holiday. The Chargers started with a solid win over Streater Community High School and continued their hot streak with wins over Yorkville and Morris before heading into Thanksgiving. The Friday after Thanksgiving, Central improved to 4-0 on the young season with a victory over Sandwich on their home floor. The Saturday of the tournament was a much anticipated matchup of ACC vs. Chicago-Bogan High School. With both teams of a standing record of 4-0 going into the game, the game deteremined who would come out of the tournament with the tournament championship. Despite multiple nose, eye, and wrist injuries, the Chargers came out #20 Mark Adams goes up for a rebound during a victorious, winning by 20 points. With a 5-0 start and a tourgame against Streator Community High School at nament championship already under their belts, the Charthe Sandwich Thanksgiving Tournament. gers will look to continue their success against Noble Street Charter (12-1-07) and St. Edward High School (12-9-07). Photo by Cisco Juarez

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In This Issue...

Local and World News
China to build world’s largest Ferris wheel. Hugo Chavez makes a deal with President Ahmadinejad. Lauren Lecco discusses her trip to the National Youth Leadership Forum.

Pop Culture

Dusty Lawless reviews The Killers’ new album, Sawdust. The Pop Culture staff shares their favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Charger Sports

Cross country season comes to a spectacular finish. Golf season is summed up.

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Central Times - Local and World News

November, 2007

Local and World News
By Lauren Lecco Local and World News Editor
The National Youth Leadership Forum is a program that helps to build the young leaders of America. This program includes different programs in which you can choose to participate in; they include: law, medicine, national security, an international forum, and a forum that is based solely on building leadership skills. To take part in this program, a

Students from around the world gather for a weeklong workshop.
student is nominated by a teacher, receives high test scores, or is nominated by alumni. I attended the forum on law, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. During this forum I participated in two mock trials: one criminal and one Supreme Court. I visited law schools and got to sit down and discuss with actual students what law school would entail. I also got to take part in the D.C lifestyle; I visited the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, The Senate House, and numer-

National Youth Leadership Forum

ous museums. Attending this forum really helped to push me to decide that I want to be a lawyer. While this was a huge help towards planning m y future, my favorite part of the forum was the friends that I made while I was there. When you first arrive you are broken into small groups of twenty-one people with whom you spend the majority of your time, which was usually from six in the morning to eleven at night. Spending all that time together made us not just a group

of students that were forced to hang out together, but friends. On the last day of the forum, I was asked to give a closing speech in front of four-hundred-and-fifty people. I can honestly say that that experience wiped away a fear of public speaking. Overall my experience at the forum was amazing; I encourage any person that is offered the chance to attend to take it! I promise it will be an experience you will remember forever.

By Marcus Jackson Staff Writer

The Battle Against U.S. “Imperialism”

The president of Venezuela and Iran had a rendezvous with each other in Tehran last Monday to settle the “domineering,” imperious power of Washington along with the prelude dollar value, according to President Chavez. So far the president of Venezuela has made four trips to Iran in a period of two years to set up arrangements and different agreements. President Ahmadinejad of Iran has had an alliance with Venezuela for a while, one that has proceeded into a mutual relationship. Unfortunately the visit with Ahmadinejad was a failed attempt of trade within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting States, which was exempted by the firebrand duo to not trade within the greenback slump. The relationship between Venezuela and Iran had blossomed during the last several visits along with their parallel viewpoints which make them elite to

be such small nations. Their proposal at an OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) summit indicated that certain things were overruled by the cartel members of Saudi Arabia. As soon as the cartel agreed to have finance ministers involved with their plan, it caused problems in the United States. Chavez, after a meeting with Ahmadinejad, replied that the U.S.’s “imperialism,” along with the value of the dollar, will soon be destroyed and no longer in existence. In the case of an attack to Venezuela or Iran, this will trigger an increase of the price of a barrel of oil to twice the price it is currently standing, which is 100 dollars. This was proposed during an OPEC meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. According to Chavez, the empire of the United States is plummeting, while searching for the European currency to be more valuable as the Venezuelans adopt a more defined common currency in their nation. This leftist of Venezuelan is a fierce and harsh man of Bush’s policies along with Tehran’s Islamic government as the standoff of their program con-

the currency ought to commence to place prices of oil in the basket of currency. In the meantime, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister does not advise speaking of the dollars value publicly as it can further damage its value as Chavez replied that the U.S. attacking Iraq and the oil producing countries will result in increase of oil prices. Since 2001, both countries have signed more than 180 trade agreements along with over $20,000,000,000 dollars invested in potentially harmful yet powerful investments. Ahmadinejad and Chavez also believe that it is feasible to increase the petrochemical program as Venezuela owns 49 percent and Iran owns 51 percent, and the two leaders signed Chavez and Ahmadinejad shake hands durfour memorandums in order to ing meeting about the control of petroleum. obtain a joint bank along with an Photo by the Associated Press oil industry training program to back his “dear brother” up, as Chavez and commence this industry into full operation. he share viewpoints that are related. They As a result, Venezuela, the rest of Latin both discussed the decline and the concern America, and Iran are in the process of conof the dollar’s value in an OPEC meeting’s structing cars, tractors, and plastic goods. final statement. Both countries decided that tinues and progresses. The U.S. has replied to terminate all uranium enrichment of Iran, as they are accused of developing nuclear weapons. As a result, the U.N. proposed two sanctions in order to suspend the nuclear program of Iran at once. Ahmadinejad will

Black Friday Sales BOOM This Year
By Lauren Lecco Local and World News Editor
As most of you know Black Friday is one of the most famous shopping holidays in the year. Black Friday occurs the day after Thanksgiving and for some shoppers it begins at midnight that night. To those of you who work retail, Black Friday means getting to work hours before the store opens and being ready to get knocked over by a crazed shopper with the Black Friday fever. Although there are a few downsides to shopping on black Friday, such as waking up before the sunrises, trying not to be killed while shopping, and standing in lines for hours, many people participated in this event. This year sales went up 8.3% which amounts to about 10.3 billion dollars. Those numbers are just from Friday’s sales alone, most stored continued their sales over to the weekend as well. More than 147 million shoppers hit the stores on Black Friday. It is reported that a lot of these shoppers were ready to charge into the stores well before their four a.m. openings. If you were one of those millions of shoppers, you can say you successful survived and helped increase those sales numbers!

The Great Wheel of China
Giant Ferris wheel comes to China
By Kevin Eversole Staff Writer
Everyone knows about the Great Wall of China, but now the country has another gigantic attraction. The Great Wheel of China will be the largest Ferris wheel ever. The Great Wheel of China is costing the country $99 million to build. It will be in Chaoyang Park, which is in the city of Beijing. The ride was supposed to be ready in 2008, right before the Olympics start, but because of design changes, the opening has been delayed. The wheel will be 682 feet tall. Because of this immense height, on clear days The Great Wall of China will be visible. It will have 48 air-conditioned capsules that hold 40 people each. The ride will hold 1920 people comfortably, and will give the riders a 360° view of the surrounding area. To compare The Great Wheel of China to something most people around here know about, the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier is only 150 feet tall, and it can only hold 240 people. The experience of riding The Great Wheel of China is supposed to be exciting, and it’s supposed to feel like you are flying over the city of Beijing.

Artistic rendering of China’s Great Wheel.
Photo by the Shanghai Daily

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Central Times - School News

November, 2007


School News
By Kara McNamara School News Editor

Invisible Children Aided by Displace Me
country for 21 years. These 21 years are This is an event that gives everyone in our remembered in the 21 minutes of silence school community the opportunity to participate in a political statement. The war in Uganda, the oppression, the poverty, the hunger, the terror, the need for children to hide at night, for fear of being kidnapped and made into a child soldierthese all must end. This is Aurora Central’s chance to lend sympathy to the people, most especially the children, of Uganda. We need to step outside of our lives of comfort for just one night and consider the dire circumstances that people in Uganda, as well as other places in the world, must struggle through every day. I encourage our entire school community to take part in Displace Me. For one night, the people of Uganda will be the forefront thought in our minds and hearts, and they can benefit from the awareStudents in Washington D.C. construct ness and any funds raised houses out of cardboard. that night. Conversely, I Photo by Invisible Children United think every student and that all participants are asked to respect. faculty member at Aurora Central will Students will also have the opportunity for take something away from this event. some prayer, discussion, and reflection. Whether it’s knowledge, insight, compasA silent auction of t-shirts will take place sion, or empathy, Displace Me can be a throughout the event as well. There is no positive experience for all. I urge you admission, but a goodwill offering will be to take the opportunity offered to you. taken up at the conclusion of Displace Me.

It’s a political statement. It’s sympathy. It’s awareness. Displace Me is an event held nationally in great numbers every year since the genesis of the Invisible Children United organization. And Aurora Central is joining the ranks by holding our own Displace Me on Friday, December 7th. When Invisible Children, Rough Cut, was screened at the school, it sent into motion a flurry of events to be held in order to benefit Invisible Children United. Displace Me is a multi-faceted activity. To start, every participant in this event will have his or her picture taken, and this photograph will then be attached to a letter that everyone is urged to write to political leaders at the local, state, and national levels. Then, in sympathy of the people of Uganda who were forced to leave their homes behind and live in the squalid displacement camps set up by the government, all participants will have the opportunity to build their own cardboard houses. The Invisible Children United Club is also pleased to welcome Father Deus, a Catholic priest originally from Uganda, who will be able to offer both insights and anecdotes of his time in Uganda, both prior to and during the war that has plagued the

Last Friday, students involved in Snowball experienced their 1st retreat of the year. As you may know, Snowball is an international leadership-building program that encourages students to make healthy choices. It helps students understand the meaning of responsibility when it comes to the time when they have to say no to drugs and alcohol. Aurora Central's Snowball chapter is the Greater Fox River Valley. The retreat lasts three days, with students leaving Friday and staying until Sunday. It is a good time for all students because it involves everyone in food, games, hearing speakers, skits and much more. This year’s Operation Snowball took kids to Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, Illinois. When the students arrived they were greeted with a skit performed by the staff. Sophomore Rachel Gonzalez had this to say, "The skit was very touching to everyone who saw it. I have to say that the whole trip was an emotional rollercoaster, and I encourage students to go on it in the future." Not only did the retreat have games, but it had guest speakers as well. One of the speakers was a Holocaust survivor that shared with the teens what happened to him during World War II. At the end of this touching journey, many of the students I talked to said that it was a great experience and hoped more students will attend. The next retreat will be this coming March.

By McKay Violetto Staff Writer

First Snowball of the Year

NHS Blotter

By Stephanie Shuetz Staff Writer
sored by the society, was able to collect around $125 for the children of Uganda! The members also plan on continuing to team up with the Student Council to collect gifts and sponsor less fortunate families at Christmastime. Other planned events include the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in the spring and hopefully many other helpful activities to help the community. The officers for the year of 2007-2008 are: Sean Grismer, president; Matt Sullivan, vice president; Liz Kottkamp, recording secretary; Stephanie Schuetz, historian; and Sarah Chandler, treasurer. This year the selection committee has a tough load on their shoulders. More than twice the amount of juniors and seniors than last year has applied for acceptance into the National Honor Society. The new members should look forward to being informed of their acceptance this year in particular because the current members have been thinking of new, creative ways to initiate new members.

The National Honor Society is going to be quite busy this year! Not only have members been planning new events, but the society also has a new administrator! Mrs. Roess has taken on the job that Mrs. Elliott held in the past, and she has been doing a great job so far. So far she has helped organize the “Trickor-Treat” for the Invisible Children of Uganda, and she plans to continue many of the previous activities and fundraisers that happened last year as well. At the end of summer, the annual Dre Heimann Softball Tournament could not be played because of rain, but the society was still able to make a generous donation to leukemia research. The National Honor Society looks forward to next year and prays for some good weather to go with! The Trick-or-Treat, spon-

By Shannon McDowell Staff Writer

Science and Outdoor Club Hosts Field Trips

By Paige Gruenke Staff Writer

Scholastic Bowl Preview

Scholastic Bowl is a competition in which two teams of five people compete by answering questions. The goal of Scholastic Bowl is to be the team with the most points. At the beginning of the match, the captains introduce themselves and their teammates. Then, the questions begin. There are usually twenty toss-up questions in a match. Each toss-up is worth ten points and usually has a ten-second time limit, except in math calculation, in which you have thirty seconds. Each toss-up has a bonus that you can get if your times gets the toss-up right. The bonus is usually a four-part question. Every part of it is worth five points. Whatever the controlling team does not get, the other team gets a chance to attempt it. The question can vary from geometry, English literature, and the arts. The frosh-soph team consists Kelly Vonderhaar, Joe Vonderhaar, Brian Page, James Younce, Paige Gruenke, Mark Pfotenhauer, and Tyler Kennell. The varsity team is made up of Catherine Pauls and Jimmy Read. The teams went to West Aurora in October and lost a match there. They went to Oswego East High School next, where the froshsoph team won a very close match. However, the varsity team lost. The frosh-soph team competed in a tournament in which they played five matches and won two. The team's co- MVP's were Kelly Vonderhaar and Paige Gruenke. Scholastic Bowl also went to Kaneland on November 13th. There, they played and won both matches.

Come join the Science and Outdoor Club as it looks forward to an exciting array of winter excursions! The weather may be getting colder, but nothing can stop the enthusiasm of this excited bunch. Throw on a scarf and button up that jacket! This winter, the club is venturing out to see the twenty-sixth annual Holiday Magic presented by the Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, December 22nd. The afternoon and evening will be spent viewing seasonal sights and sounds including a choreographed light show comprised of fifty decked out trees illuminating in time to holiday tunes, an all-new laser light show, carolers, storytellers, ice carvers, costumed characters, and magicians. This is certainly an exciting event not to be missed! The club will then get a chance to reverse any winter blues by taking a daytrip on Thursday, December 27th to Wisconsin Dell’s Wilderness Resort, rated the number one waterpark resort across the nation by Waterpark Resort Today. While the weather outside is cooling off, students will have the opportunity to enjoy three indoor waterparks comprised of waterslides and rides, wave pools, and lazy rivers. This season is sure to be a strong one, so don’t miss out on all the fun!


Central Times - Pop Culture

November, 2007

Pop Culture
Game Time
By John Whitney Video Game Columnist

Lost Planet not to be overlooked.

Imagine waking up with no memory of your past, and can only recall two things: your name, and the identity of your father’s killer. This is the setting for Lost Planet, from Capcom. The game takes place on the world of E.D.N. III, which mankind is attempting to colonize. Standing in their way are the planet’s native inhabitants, a race of hostile aliens called the Akrid. You play as a young man named Wayne Holden. At the beginning of the game, a colossal Akrid known as “Green Eye” kills Wayne’s father, and Wayne is separated from his squad. He awakens later, having been rescued by three Snow Pirates, Luka, Rick, and Yuri. However, he has lost most of his memory, except for his name and “Green Eye” killing his father. In an attempt to regain his lost memory, he decides to help the Snow Pirates find “Green Eye”. The game is run-n-shoot, but there is plenty of vehicular fighting in there also. The controls may seem awkward and slightly sluggish at first, but upon mastery become second nature. Your vehicles are known

By Dusty Lawless Music Critic

The Killers’ Sawdust a Compilation

American Music Awards
By Sarah Chandler Pop Culture Editor
The American Music awards aired on Sunday November 18, 2007 on ABC. I was only a little perturbed that Desperate Housewives was not on, and that the awards ceremony was not that good. It seemed that the previous American Idol winners stole the show. Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood each took home three awards. There were about 1.2 million votes cast for the awards via texting and online a small turnout compared to the season finale of American Idol this past May, in which there was a record breaking 74 million votes. Awards ceremonies are losing ratings and interest very fast. On the other hand the live performances were very cool. There is one performance that stood out in my mind. There was duet with Beyonce and Sugarland singing Beyonce’s hit song “Irreplaceable” with a country twist. This was a bold move which had never been done before. The list of performers is very long and filled with A-list performers, including Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Shabba Ranks, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Avril Lavigne, Queen Latifah, Rascal Flatts, Nicole Scherzinger, Maroon 5, Daughtry, Fergie, Rihanna, Duran Duran and the Jonas Brothers In case you didn’t watch the show and don’t want to miss out on who won here are the results:

as Vital Suits, and come in several varieties. Certain models can transform, and you can add and change weapons. The game has only 11 missions, but I feel the stunning cut scenes make up for the short campaign. Overall, this is a good game, and I highly recommend checking it out. Potato Skins Ready in: 25 minutes Ingredients: 8 potato skin halves 2 Tbsp. butter, melted 1 cup shredded Cojack cheese 1 tomato, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup sliced green onions Sour cream Directions: Place potato shells, skin side up, on broiler pan and brush with melted butter. Broil 5” from heat for 4 to 5 minutes until crisp and golden. Turn potatoes over and sprinkle cheese, tomato and green onions into the potato hollow. Return to oven and continue broiling about 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and potatoes are hot. Serve hot with sour cream. 8 potato skins Hot Turkey Pie Recipe Ready in: 30-60 minutes Ingredients: sliced cooked turkey 1 1/2 cup cold stuffing 2 cans asparagus spears 2 cups turkey gravy 1 can refrigerated biscuits Directions: Arrange slices of turkey, stuffing and asparagus spears in a layer in a buttered casserole dish. Pour half of the gravy over top. Repeat the first layer. Pour remaining gravy over all. Cover with foil and bake at 425F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Arrange biscuits on top of casserole. Return to oven and bake about 10 minutes longer or until biscuits are golden brown.

The Killers, a rock/technoish/pop band out of Las Vegas, Nevada, released a compilation of B sides and remixes entitled Sawdust on November 13. This is the band’s third album, after the highly acclaimed Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town, and sold 82,000 copies in its first week, earning it the 12th spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Sawdust includes remixes of old songs, such as “Sam’s Town” and “Mr. Brightside” along with B sides, such as “Romeo and Juliet” as well as their new single “Shadowplay” and “Tranquilize,” a new song recorded with Lou Reed. I personally recommend buying this album if you are a Killer’s fan. However, if you aren’t a Killers fan and haven’t listened to any of their CD’s, don’t bother. I give this album four stars for fans of The Killers, but three stars for everybody else. Staff Favorite: Pumpkin Bars Jennifer Brouch Cake: 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 can (14 oz.) pumpkin 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt Icing: 1 package (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups icing (confectioners’) sugar Directions: Cake: 1: In a large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugars together. Beat in eggs. Add pumpkin and stir to blend. 2: In a small bowl, combine flour with the remaining dry ingredients. Stir together, then add to the creamed mixture. Stir to blend. 3: Spread in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. 4: Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove from oven, and allow to cool. Icing: 1: Beat cream cheese and butter together, until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until smooth. 2: Spread over the cooled cake, chill and cut into squares.

(Post-)Thanksgiving Recipes

The Pop Culture Staff shares some of their favorite recipes.
Thanksgiving is always associated with great food and family. The day is always filled with lots and lots of eating. There is always so much food that there is bound to be some leftovers for another meal. As you are standing in front of the refrigerator trying figure out what to eat, here are some splendid recipes that might help. Bacon and Sweet Potato Bites Ready in: 30 minutes Ingredients: Leftover baked sweet potatoes cut into bite size pieces 2 Tbsp. melted butter Dash white pepper 8 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, each slice cut into 5 pieces 20 oz. can pineapple chunks, well drained, reserving 2 Tbsp. juice Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the sweet potato pieces on ungreased jelly roll pan and drizzle with butter and sprinkle with pepper. Top each sweet potato piece with a piece of bacon, and then top that with a pineapple chunk. Secure each stack with a toothpick. Brush some of the reserved pineapple liquid over each stack. Bake at 400 degrees about 5 minutes until heated through. Cool slightly before serving. Makes about 40 bites

AMA Winners
Pop or Rock Favorite Band, Duo, or Group Nickleback Favorite Album Daughtry by Daughtry Country Favorite Album Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood Favorite Band, Duo, or Group Rascal Flatts Soul/Rhythm & Blues Favorite Album FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake Rap/Hip-Hop Favorite Band, Bone Thugs-N-HarDuo, or Group mony Favorite Album T.I. vs. T.I.P. by T.I Adult Contemporary Favorite Artist Daughtry Latin Favorite Artist Jennifer Lopez Alternative Rock Favorite Artist Linkin Park Contemporary Inspirational Favorite Artist Casting Crowns Soundtrack Favorite Album High School Musical 2 Artists Favorite Breakthrough Artist Daughtry

Central Times - Editorials

November, 2007


How To Make a Difference
In America we have become accustomed to a consumer-driven economy. We have been conditioned to prefer more expensive trade names to cheaper brands. Even I prefer a nice, slick Nike logo to some no-name logo, but I wonder what the big difference would be between a cheap pair of shoes and a really expensive pair of shoes. When you come to think about it, it might be quite a difference. Now I’m not saying that we should run through the streets of Aurora yelling the Communist Manifesto at the top of our lungs, because a consumer-driven economy does some great things for society. What I’m getting at is that our spending dollar could make a big difference. What if we spend less money on the things we normally buy and use the rest of the money to help other people that truly need it? It could be something as simple as spending less money on soda and giving the money saved to charity. A dollar may not seem like much, but it really adds up when you put it in perspective. If you drink soda for six days a week, that would be six dollars a week for 52 weeks a year. That would be $312 spent on soda alone. The number would be even higher if you and your friends purchased a cup of coffee instead of an expensive cappuccino. Not only could you have fun at the café, but a child in a third world nation could come a step closer to a better life with each donation you could make. You could also use your spending money to aid charities and foundations that support good causes. My aunt is a prime example of someone who has helped in small ways. Her friend at church is returning from Kenya this Christmas, and different friends are buying bundles of pencils for the children of the school in his town. He can only take pencils because he doesn’t have enough room in his suitcase. Something like that is so simple, but it can make such a difference. One might say, “But I am only one person,” but many ones can make a million. When you think about it, it really can make quite a difference. Let’s start as a school community and see what kind of difference we can make.

Editorial - College
By Anna Scott Content Editor
College. It seems to be a word ringing endlessly in the ears of seniors since the first day of school. Teachers, parents, coaches, and guidance counselors have been nagging each and every one of us to begin to look beyond our years at your application with all the necessary materials, and you should be set. A major timesaver when it comes to applications is the Common Application. I highly recommend checking out the schools who accept this application, because I have used it for six of the schools I’ve applied to. It has saved me a lot of time and energy.

Advice from Gigi

By Mark Pfotenhauer Staff Writer


By Gigi Serrano Advice Columnist

nerving, and it’s definitely challenging. However, it is most definitely necessary. As if we haven’t had enough reminders, I’ve decided to send out one more from a student perspective. As November comes to a close, if your college search isn’t coming along very quickly, this is the time to pick up the pace. Application deadlines are approaching faster than you think, which means applications, essays, transcripts, and recommendations all have to be in.

Aurora Central Catholic High If you haven’t already, my biggest piece School. Honestly, it can be a bit un- of advice would be to visit all the

schools you apply to. I thought that

We are all familiar with the basics, so I’m going to provide you with a little personal insight that I’ve gained through my experiences thus far. First, I would recommend zeroing in on the schools you want to go to and then applying. The application procedure is positively lackluster. Most of it is pretty simple until you reach the essays. I would spend a majority of your time on this section because it allows you to really personalize your application and portray traits not shown through grades and test scores. Follow up

a lot of schools would be perfect for me until I actually got on campus. Conversely, I was really surprised at how much I loved schools that I didn’t think would suit me well. To me, comfort on a campus is absolutely key. If you don’t like where you’re going to live for four years, chances are you won’t perform as well in that academic setting. Trust me, after visiting a campus your decision will be finalized as to whether you can attend a particular school. My final advice is not to become too overwhelmed with all of this college nonsense. This is our senior year. Without be-

I’m having a hard time this year, because my best friend now goes to a different school. I don’t get to see her very often due to after-school activities such as clubs, sports, and homework. Although we talk to each other online and on the phone, I find that we don’t talk very long, and I don’t get to tell her everything I had hoped to tell. With everything going on, it gets difficult to keep in touch with her. Do you have any suggestions? My best friend also goes to a different school, and at first that was hard for me to deal with. I really missed her, and I was sad that I didn't get to talk to her as often as I did before. There were plenty of times when we would forget most of the things we had wanted to tell each other when we talked like funny things that happened at school or issues we were facing. To solve the problem, my friend and I came up with the idea to write everything we wanted to say in a journal. We kept it with us throughout the day and wrote down how our day went and anything extra we'd wanted to tell each other. Every week or two we would make time to get together for a movie or pizza at one of our houses. We’d exchange journals, read them, and ask any questions that we had while we were together. This made sure that we always had the chance to talk about anything we needed without forgetting. Another thing my friend and I did was set a date every week or two to hang out. There were a lot of TV shows that we both liked to watch, so we'd always watch the premieres of our favorites at one of our houses together. Even that hour or so of television was a great way to spend time together. I know that it gets rough sometimes when you don't have much time to share with your best friend, but there are plenty of methods and opportunities to keep in touch. Going to different schools doesn't mean your friendship won't last. Just be creative and think of creative and fun ideas to keep in touch.


year we have with each other at Aurora Central Catholic. People will never stop harassing us about college, homework, and everything else, but with all that set aside, this should be the best year of high school. Work hard, play hard, and make this year the most memorable yet.

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Central Times - Charger Sports

November, 2007

Charger Sports
By Tyler Scott Sports Correspondent
In past years, the ACC cheerleading squads have been small and humble. But this year the squad has significantly grown with over 20 cheerleaders all together. This year the Charger’s Varsity will be led by captains Kelsey Bohr and Amy Kelringer with the addition of a Junior Varsity squad led by captain Jessica Minot. The only change is not only in numbers but in skill as well. Head coach Meagan Murphy and assistant coach Bonni Kelringer have been pushing their girls hard and they have been giving them their effort in return. Some of them are even going to Turners every Tuesday to work on their tumbling on top of regular practices. Another first for our Charger cheerleaders is that the Varsity will be going to competition in January. Sophomore Varsity cheerleader Samantha Cowles said, “We’ve been working hard to make ourselves better and it’s going to be an exciting season for us.”

By Alyssa Shaff Sports Editor

Golf Wrap-Up
the first time in the history of our school. Leading the way for the Lady Chargers was junior Margaret Rich who was under fifty strokes per nine holes. Congratulations ladies!


By Andrew Scott Sports Correspondent
The Aurora Central Catholic Charger dance team has had a great start to their 07-08 competition season. Led by captains Missy Talkington, Ashley Patterson, Lizzy Crandall, Gabby Galloway and Laura Saunders, the Chargers placed first in hip-hop and lyrical and was presented with the Team Technical Excellence award in their first competition at St. Charles East High School. The Chargers qualified for Nationals at their summer dance camp. The team is going strong following the end of the fall sports banquet. We want to congratulate sophomore Samantha May for being voted most improved, senior Ashley Patterson for being most spirited and junior Gabby Galloway for being the team MVP. The Chargers’ next competition is on December 2nd at Batavia High School. All are invited to attend and wish them luck!

The Charger golf team competed very well this season. The Varsity boy’s record was four and ten, and the JV boy’s record was eight and four. The girls also did well with a record of one and six. The team had a couple of great victories this year. Coach Parker, the head coach, thinks the team’s greatest victory was at our very own ACC Invitational. The boys placed 10th out of 21 teams with the lowest team score in three years. Coach Stallons, the assistant coach who used to be the head coach for fifteen years, thinks the team also competed very well when they tied with Montini. At that match the average was forty strokes per nine holes.

Both coaches agree that the team put forth a great effort this season. The Varsity boy’s average was 17 strokes a match better than last year’s average. The JV boy’s team this year was also better than last year’s Varsity team. This year’s MVPs were juniors Jeff Hund and Margaret Rich. Coach Parker and Coach Stallons both look forward to coaching the team next season for they are only losing two seniors. Great job The girls also won their first match Chargers and good luck next season! ever at Hinckley Big Rock. This is al champions at Princeton on October 20th. Senior Valerie Cintron finished in 1st place with a time of 19:13. In second place with a time of 19:35 was senior Jamie Nagel. Finishing in 8th, 9th, and 10th all within four seconds of each other were freshman Jacquelyn Nagel (20:32), junior Alyssa Shaff (20:36.1), and freshman Alexis Anthony (20:36.6). It was an amazing pack effort. Freshman Allison Aloisio (22:08) and junior Meghan Kelly (22:42) finished 27th and 34th. Cintron, Jamie Nagel, Jacquelyn Nagel, Alyssa Shaff, Alexis Anthony, Allison Aloisio, and Meghan Kelly) agreed that it was one of the hardest, if not the hardest, race they’d ever run. Valerie Cintron finished 10th advancing individually to the State Finals in Peoria. At State on November 2nd, Valerie Cintron competed very well with a time of 18:38 and finished in 32nd place out of 168 girls. The boy’s cross country team also competed very well. They took 3rd place at Regionals behind Yorkville and Sandwich. Leading the way for the Chargers was junior Max Gilbert who finished in 12th place with a time of 17:14. In 14th place was sophomore Dan Kottkamp with a time of 17:27. Seniors James Sobucki and Marcus Jackson finished 16th and 24th with times of 17:29 and 18:13. Also scoring for the Chargers was sophomore John Jochum who finished 26th at 18:16. Sophomore John Cisneros (18:36) and freshman Jimmy Spencer (18:48) finished 32nd and 35th. There is a positive outlook on next year’s team even though several seniors will be missed. There is a strong pack returning on the girl’s side of the program and the boy’s team is fairly young. Many more boys and girls on the Junior Varsity team also have much potential. With the hope of going to State next year, training starts right after Thanksgiving break.

A Bitter End
By Alyssa Shaff Sports Editor

Girls’ Basketball Preview
By Vannessa Corral Sports Correspondent
This year’s Girls’ basketball teams got off to a fresh start this season. There are new coaches, new players, and a new routine. The freshman basketball team will be led by Coach Jose Cardona, the sophomores by Coach Kevin Steder, and varsity by Coach Ella Faye Griffin. Many of the girls met up with their coaches this summer for preseason scrimmaging and conditioning. There, the players got a taste of the season ahead with heads held high for they knew they were in for a good season. Coach Griffin is proving to be very valuable to the team not only with teaching fundamentals, but also with instilling teamwork and values that come to play an important part in a sport that is as much a mental one as it is physical. The team captains were also chosen at the start of the season. They include Sonya Steder, Stephanie Pogwizd, and Nydia Griffin. They were chosen by their show of quality effort and strong leadership during summer training. Nydia Griffin gave her thoughts on the season ahead, proudly announcing “We’ve been working hard, it is all going to pay off.” The team is confidently heading into a great season of basketball and is working hard to make it a success.

The 2007-2008 cross-country season ended on a sad but motivational note on October 27th at Sectionals. Overall the Chargers had a very successful season even though it was on a much higher level of competition since ACC is now classified as a 2A school. Head coach Troy Kerber is very proud of every single one of his athletes and is already looking forward to coaching next year’s team along Unfortunately, Sectionals did not go as with assistant coach and alumni Ray planned at Belvidere High School. The Villa and assistant coach Michelle White. Lady Chargers finished 6th when only the top five teams qualify for the State Finals. The Lady Chargers were the Region- All of the girls who competed (Valerie

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