Aurora Central Catholic High School Editor’s Desk Can you believe it? Christmas break is finally here! And boy, is it cold! I think my newspaper froze - there are definitly icicles hanging from it. This past month has been a busy one indeed! The Drama Club put on their first performance with new instructor, Mr. Nohl. Father Etheredge was named Aurora’s Hometown Hero by Mayor Weisner. The Basketball Team is 8-0 and on their way to another win against crosstown rival Marmion Academy. How the heck can we fit all of this news in our humble little paper? MAKE IT BIGGER!!!! No, we didn’t accidentally stuff an extra insert page in your paper this morning; the Central Times is now eight pages large! This is possible because of the increasing number of students submitting articles to our paper. Which brings me to my next point: It’s never too late to join us! We need more writers. We also need more photographers. Cooincedentally, so does the new Photography Club (hint hint...) So don’t be shy - let’s get this publication up to ten pages by the end of the year! In closing, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a pleasant couple of weeks off of school. I hope to see you all at the basketball game Saturday. Which reminds me - SAVE THIS COPY! (Word on the street is that our newspaper is much more interesting than Marmion’s starting lineup if you catch my drift...) -Mark Brouch Managing Editor A Dramatic Entrance Drama Club, Mr. Nohl, Recieve High Praises these toiling thespians a chance to participate in something that they could be truly proud of. Anyone who had the opportunity to see Mr. Nohl’s first ACC production this fall, “A Night of Mystery” featuring Three Doors to Death and The Real Inspector Hound, is certain to agree that things are different this year. “Outstanding. Absolutely outstanding,” Fr. Etheredge grins while recalling the two one-acts performed by the drama club just a few weeks ago. “The acting was superior…I thoroughly enjoyed it. And it’s not just me,… people who were there…were raving about it days afterwards.” The principal was quick to take note of the unprecedented caliber of the production, which included the use of a live firearm to pack an extra punch into the on-stage slayings. To make this possible, Mr. Nohl invited a firearms specialist to instruct those involved in the performance about how to use the gun safely. For Fr. Etheredge, this is what makes Mr. Nohl such an asset. “He really wants to teach more than just what is apparent to a musical or a drama.” Talking with the actors and actresses themselves, it is clear that Mr. Nohl has breathed a new air of confidence into the club’s members. “My experience has been a whole lot better than past years,” says junior Lauren Sch- www.auroracentral.net December, 2008 By Ethan Romba Staff Writer The door closes behind you. The comforting glow of the hallway lights flees through the doorway, and as the darkness consumes you, you are overcome with emotion. Your heart pounds in your chest, your posture straightens, and an ecstatic combination of excitement and nervousness reaches a climax as you don the personality and temperament of another human being entirely. As if reliving a dream, you are compelled to make your way up the stairs, and you cross the threshold into a brilliant downpour from the stage lights. You turn and scan the sea of people before you, their profiles dimly outlined by the light that inundates the stage. Suddenly, you are the object of attention, focused clearly in the countless eyes shrouded in darkness, your every word and movement soaked up by a silent and eager audience. Your mere presence has never felt so momentous, and for a sweet, fleeting moment, you are on top of the world. You revel in the glory of your mute reign over the crowd until the dream continues, and the fate of a character you know all too well urges you on. Such is the glorious experience of an ACC student reaping the limelight after months of meticulous rehearsal. This pleasure is known only to a few—the humble members of the ACC drama club—a growing lot that has witnessed a phenomenal change in the leadership and workings of their cherished club over the past four months. Indeed, the arrival of drama director and chorus teacher Mr. Nohl has delivered this club from a two-year-long stint of mediocrity and given continued on page 3... Fr. Etheredge: Our Own Hometown Hero Fr. Etheredge named Hometown Hero by Mayor Tom Weisner. By Bailey Shemenski Staff Writer roes and to know how well-respected and recognized you are here in Aurora? Fr. Etheredge: It was a surprise to get a call from the Mayor’s office about the award. It was really nice, and I’m pleased for the school. CT: Were you surprised when you found out you were the recipient of this award? Don’t forget to check us out online! Visit www.auroracentral.net for exclusive access to articles, photos, polls and more! All students are also encouraged to submit their own articles and photos through our simple submission form. Check out the relocated ACC Forums while you are there! Fr.: I was very surprised. I thought it was a joke! I think they really wanted to tie it in with our school’s 40th anCentral Times: How does it feel niversary and my 25th anniversary. to be one of Aurora’s Hometown Hecontinued on page 5... Our very own principal here at ACC, Rev. Fr. William Etheredge, was honored with the Hometown Hero award by Mayor Tom Weisner at the halftime of the Friday, December 5th basketball game against St. Edward. This special award is presented to those in Aurora who make positive contributions to the city. In This Issue... School News Got Junk? Shannon McDowell does! Club updates, Christmas wish lists, and the return of the Happy Ads. Arts & Entertainment Twilight, Quantum of Solace, Bolt, Australia, Day and Age, Dark Horse, Brisingr, Rock Band reviewed. Hot gift ideas and winter fasion tips. Charger Sports Boys’ Basketball reaches 8-0 going into this weekend’s matchup against rival Marmion Academy. Stephanie Pogwizd and Brian O’Donnell named athletes of the month. Page 3-4 Page 5-6 Page 8 2 Central Times - Local and World News December, 2008 Local and World News their tendencies to dig up gardens either to take the bulbs or plant their own seeds to hide them. They are also known for eating from bird feeders, which usuBy Tyler Kennell ally scares off the birds. Many people Science Columnist will feed squirrels out of either compasAs the snow and temperature fall, the peo- sion, or to keep them from the bird food. ple of the Midwest start staying indoors as much as possible. Some of the animals Rabbits are another group of small aniseen in the warmer months disappear un- mals that stay active in the winter. Rabbits til spring, but many are still active. You usually live in the same areas as squirrels have probably seen them moving about, but are more cautious and tend to stay farlooking for food and leaving tracks in the ther from people and busy areas, though snow. Here are some of the most com- they are still found in residential areas. monly found animals around this time They are usually territorial but can live in of year and some basic facts about them. social groups with no serious problems. They are most active at dawn and dusk, Squirrels are very common in any local and spend their days basking in sunny or area with trees and grass. They tend to shady spots, depending on the weather. get closer to humans than other animals, but will still keep their distance in most Rabbits eat mainly green vegetation, cases. Squirrels tend to act individually, which makes finding food in the winter but are not heavily territorial aside from more difficult for them, but they may food and shelter. They are diurnal, mean- also eat the bark of trees and shrubs if ing they are mainly out in the day and no green plants are available through the they sleep at night. Often they are seen snow. They are considered to be somescurrying up trees and running across what of a pest in the summer time when tree limbs, power lines, and rooftops. they may eat garden plants, but are often given food such as apples, carrots, or letA squirrel’s diet consists of nuts, seeds, tuce in the winter when food is scarcer. fruits, green vegetation, and insects. However, in the winter its food sup- Deer are large, easily recognizable mamply is reduced to seeds and nuts. Squir- mals. They prefer wooded rather than rels have a hoarding behavior so they residential areas, but they will stray will gather any food they find and store into busier areas when active. Deer are it for later consumption. They are of- social animals and are often seen in ten known as pests in yards because of groups. While not completely noctur- What’s in your backyard? nal, they are mostly active at dawn and dusk and like to move in the darkness. Deer are herbivores, meaning they only eat plants, but their diets adapt to the seasons; in the summer they eat leafy and green vegetation, while in the winter they will eat the buds of woody plants. Because of their adaptive diet, deer don’t have much trouble finding food in the winter, but recently scientists have begun stressing not to feed any deer for the animals’ safety. On the other hand, deer are frequently hunted for both sport and population control. Without hunting, the population could boom, causing starvation and an increase in automotive collisions. Because of their large size, the fact that they are easily startled, and their habit of moving when in the dark, deer frequently cross roads without warning, which can cause cautostrophic collisions. Watching for deer on the sides of the road at night, especially in the winter weather, is an important precaution that every driver must take. Many birds migrate to the warmer southern areas in the winter, but some stay. Aside from geese and other large birds, a majority of species of local birds are small, and often difficult to see. Predatory birds will usually act individually, while most other birds are heavily social. Winter can be a difficult time for birds, as the food supply goes down, their water sources freeze, and flying becomes more difficult in the cold weather. Fortunately, many people put out birdfeeders, which helps keep the population fed. These are just a few of the many animals that could be in your backyard. The next time you are at home on a cold, wintry day, take a look out the window, and you might be surprised by what you find! the Democratic nomination. 23 days later, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Constitution protects citizens’ rights to carry a gun. In the second week of June, storms in the Midwest caused severe flooding, especially in Iowa. Four boy scouts were killed by a tornado at a camp in Iowa on the 11th. The Boston Celtics won the 17th Championship in team history in June by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. August was dominated by the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Headlining the 17-day event was the Michael Phelps show where he won eight gold medals in swimming. Also in August, Obama picked Joe Biden as his running mate while McCain picked Sarah Palin as his. As the presidential race heated up in September, the economy crashed. More of the big Wall Street banks failed prompting the $700 billion bailout package to be proposed. It was finally passed by Congress in October. Early in September, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike struck the U.S. Gulf Coast region causing widespread damage. Even though the Presidential debates took place, October was all about the economy. Wall Street went on a daily roller-coaster ride as analysts said a recession was imminent. Philadelphia won the World Series over Tampa Bay. 2008: A Year-in-Review By Brendan Bond Local and World News Editor With still over half a month left in 2008, we take a look back at the year that has been. It has been a year that has fully exemplified the times and the world we live in. In January, the entire buzz was surrounding the Presidential primary elections. Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee were the victors in Iowa on January 3. By the end of the month, the Democratic primary was a two-horse race between Obama and Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the Republicans had three candidates, Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and John McCain. Also in January, President Bush proposed a $145 billion stimulus package that Congress passed in order to give the slumping economy a “shot in the arm.” February opened with the New York Giants defeating the By Brendan Bond Local and World News Editor 1908 to 2008: A Century of Progress? 9. The tallest building in 1908 was the Singer Building at a whopping The world has changed in numer- 612 feet. Today, the tallest buildous ways in the one-hundred years ing is the Burj Dubai at 2320 feet. since 1908. The Central Times compares the two years to find out if it re- 10. In 1908, the U.S. populaally has been a century of progress. tion was 88,710,000. Currently, it is 305,830,000 and growing. 1. Starting with the election, the year 1908 saw the Republicans sweep Congress and 11. Federal spending totaled $0.66 the White House. 2008 saw the Democrats billion in 1908. Today, the total fedsweep both the White House and Congress. eral spending is over $3 trillion while the national debt is $10.3 trillion. 2. Women were not allowed to vote in 1908. In 2008 we had a woman run for 12. Before 1908, all of the wars the the Democratic nomination and a wom- U.S. had fought in occurred in the Westan run for Republican vice-president. ern Hemisphere with a majority being fought in North America. Since 1908, 3. In Springfield, Illinois in 1908 a all of America’s wars, including the curcommunity of African-Americans were rent one, have been fought overseas. lynched. In 2008, an African-American man who worked in Springfield for a pe- 13. In 1908, people received the news riod of time became our next president. via newspaper. Since then the source of news has moved to radio then television, 4. In 2008 we had a presidential candidate and, now, currently it is the Internet. from Arizona, a vice-presidential candidate from Alaska, and a presidential can- 14. Now to sports, Michael Phelps won didate who was born in Hawaii. In 1908, 8 gold medals in swimming during the none of those states were even states yet. 2008 Olympics. The 1908 Olympics had a grand total of 6 swimming events total. 5. In 1908, General Motors was created. Now, in 2008, GM is on the verge of failing. 15. The NFL and NBA were both non-existent in 1908. 6. Henry Ford produced the first Model T in 1908. In 2008 there are 16. Oklahoma and Florida will face more automobiles than ever but off for the college football championFord Motors is in a financial crisis. ship behind two prolific quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow. In 1908, 7. While we are on cars, if you want to go Penn won the national championgreen in 2008, you drive a hybrid. If you ship and the forward pass was illegal. wanted to go green in 1908, you rode a horse. 17. And, finally, on October 14, 1908, 8. A first-class stamp in 1908 was 2 cents. the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Now its 42 cents. Of course, if you want Tigers to win the World Series. Unforto send a letter today, you use e-mail. tunately, they have not won again since. previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII by a score of 17-14. The economy also reported job loss, triggering fears of an imminent recession. Tragedy struck close to home on Valentine’s Day when a gunman killed six students at Northern Illinois University. November 4 went down in history with the historic election of Barack Obama In early March, Senator John McCain as the 44th President of the United won the Republican nomination for States. Other than news of his adminPresident. The Feds also gave JP Mor- istration appointments, November was gan $30 billion to but up Bear Stea- filled with news about the economy, rns, the first of the big banks to fail. and in particular, the potential bailout of the Detroit Big Three: General April was a relatively quiet month in Motors, Daimler-Chrysler, and Ford. world events. May, however, was not. On May 3, Cyclone Nargis destroyed the na- In December, terrorists in Mumbai, Intion of Myanmar, killing 78,000 people dia killed 173, Illinois Governor Rod with 28,000 more missing and presumed Blagojevich was arrested, and it was dead. Nature once again dealt a dev- made official that we are in a recession. astating earthquake on May 12, when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck West- With still over three weeks to go in ern China, killing around 68,000 people. the year much more can still take place. What’s for sure is that 2008 On June 3, Senator Barack Obama claimed will forever be remembered in history. Central Times - School News December, 2008 3 School News Hometown Hero From Page 1 Junk of the Month By Shannon McDowell School News Editor CT: If you could say one thing about receiving this honor, what would it be? If you’ve ever gotten up the courage to delve into the outermost reaches of the Fr.: I’m very humbled and delighted for our parking lot, then you may have seen it sitschool, because they’re really recognizing it. ting pretty, just shy of the baseball field. Alas, there it stands with the sunlight gently CT: Will we get off of school reflecting back at you like a pair of spectanext year on December 5th for cles in a photograph. “What is this phenomthe annual Fr. Etheredge Day? enon,” you may ask? Allow me to introduce what has been affectionately referred to as Fr.: I think we should’ve had the 5th the BOATT: Beastly Outdated Automooff! I think we should get a day off or do tive Transport Tragedy. Actually, it’s a ‘93 something special down the road, but next Buick LeSabre: 137,746 miles, 20 MPG, year, December 5th falls on a Saturday. automatic 4-speed transmission, six cylinder engine, front-wheel drive; the property As quoted by Mayor Weisner in the of yours truly. This little beauty undoubtTuesday, December 2nd edition of the edly catches the attention of all the guys— Beacon News, “Father Etheredge works over 82 years of age, that is. If that’s not diligently for the spiritual and academ- enticing enough, a hubcap seems to have ic development of children and young strategically gone AWOL and strange adults. He consistently demonstrates chunks from the exterior body his faith with kindness and humility, appear to be MIA. and generally embodies the traits we all Just think, you strive to inspire in our young adults.” can drive in bliss everyday learnIn 2008, as Aurora Central Catholic cel- ing new acronyms ebrates its 40th anniversary of the con- left and right; you joining of Madonna and Roncalli High can even impress Schools, Fr. Etheredge celebrates the mile- that BFF Jill with stone of his 25 years as an ordained Catho- your newfound lic priest. Father always leads by example knowledge! Want on how to act in a Christian way and to look a ride? You better out for not just ourselves, but others, too. get ready to sadover forty new members into the group that were notified of their membership By Kara McNamara NHS Corresponding Secretary last week. These students will be inducted into the society on February 22, 2009. Aurora Central Catholic’s chapter of the NHS earned $36 by wrapping presents National Honor Society has been very busy at Barnes and Nobles Bookstore as well. lately! The group kicked the year off with the annual Dre Heimann Softball Tourna- The National Honor Society is also continument in August. This event, as always, ing its tradition of good works through the raised money for cancer research, and al- planned “Adopt-a-Family” for the month of lowed the Aurora Central community to get December. The large group of NHS broke together for a cause that hits close to home. down in smaller ones to provide for the needs NHS organized a canned food drive in Oc- of several Aurora-area families. Currently, tober, which raised a great deal of food for the National Honor Society also offers tuthe Aurora Food Pantry in exchange for an toring services to all students in a variety out-of-uniform day for students. As in past of subjects. If any students have a quesyears, on Halloween, NHS sold candy to the tion about this tutoring program, or about students of Aurora Central to raise money any NHS activities, please see Ms. Roess for charity. Also, the Society has welcomed or a current NHS member for information. dle up, because this baby goes 0 to 60 in 4.5 minutes. With a glove compartment that just won’t stay shut, a yellow crayon melted onto the backseat, and a temperamental passenger side window, you’re in for a real treat. There’s even an added bonus! Your friends will know we’re on our way when they hear the hissing rotator belt from three miles away—you won’t even need to use your cell phone! All this and so much more lies ahead for the brave souls who encounter this fine automobile. So next time you find yourself wandering around the parking lot, glance over to the far left side, and you will have no trouble spotting this breathtaking gem of a vehicle. Know an exceptional candidate for Junk of the Month? Want to have your car featured in the Central Times? Email Shannon at Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org! The Blue Crew By Tyler Scott Staff Writer It’s time for another exciting basketball season, and everybody is talking about it. Are you going to the game? This is a question that is heard almost every where you go in ACC. It all started when our team went 25-5 and won the conference title. We Chargers love our sports and that proved evident when hundreds of Chargers flocked to River Side Brookfield to watch the semifinal game, outnumbering Marshall’s fans. Anticipating another extremely successful season, Zack Babbe (‘09) organized an effort to form the Blue Crew. Charger fans this year will be sporting blue shirts with a customized nickname on the back, their class year on the sleeve, and “ACC Blue Crew” printed across the front. “When I thought of the idea to make Blue Crew shirts, it was an immediate hit with all of my friends and seemed to be popular with everyone else as well,” said Zack. “The goal of the t-shirts is to raise school spirit and get everybody out to the games to support the team.” A staggering 156 shirts were sold, showing that Chargers truly are the most supportive fans in the conference. In combination with the new Blue Crew shirts, the basketball team’s new warm up suits, and swarms of roaring fans, it is safe to expect another exciting basketball season. NHS Update Dear Santa... By Kara McNamara Content Editor low Brendan Bond: A lot of snow on Christmas and money for college Adrian Mendez: MONEY! Have you started your Christmas list yet? Tori Romba: For everyone to get full rides These senior Chargers (and a couple of to whatever school they want to go to teachers, too) have! These wishlist items Mark Clough: A patent for a money-ma range from the expected, the unexpected, ing machine and the completely random. Jamie Minott: A new cell phone Mike Adams, Anthony Kelley, Nick Czaja: Dusty Lawless: A coat Keyboards Corinne Horvath: Things for my horse and Alex Hupp: A snowboard, police radar, and clothes Rock Band Mark Brauweiler: Madden ‘09 Josue Morales: Flan Mr. Drye: A state championship Max Gilbert: World Peace Ms. Elgar: No presents, just to be with my Catherine Pauls: To go 7-0 at State for family! Chess Jose Ocon: Happiness I hope that everyone receives all that they Shannon McDowell: For gas prices to stay wish for and then some. Merry Christmas! ma club even farther down the road. “I would like to build up all of the aspects of [the club],” says Mr. Nohl, who hopes to start a summer Shakespeare program this year. “I’d like to make things better, like a better light system, a better sound system, [and] better quality shows.” Fr. Etheredge hopes that the club will have more opportunities for recognition in the future. “I hope…perhaps to have [students] write a one act…following some standard, set either state-wide or nationally, and be able to submit those [in competition]. I’d like [Mr. Nohl] to take the club and push it to the next level.” “The ultimate goal is to make things more professional, to make it as much like a professional experience as possible,” Mr. Nohl reveals, “so that if kids ever want to do theatre, they don’t go off to college and are shocked by what happens.” Certainly, the new director has made incredible progress in just the past few months alone, and the coming drama season looks to hold even more promise for the club and its members. As freshman Dorothy Allison put it so well, “Rock on Mr. Nohl, rock on!” Drama Club From Page 1 weitzer, a three-year veteran of the program. “It’s actually a drama club where we learn how to act, rather than, ‘This is what you’re doing, and you do it exactly like this.’” An Aurora native with bachelor’s degrees in music and theatre, Mr. Nohl brings years of acting experience to the ACC stage, having performed in over 25 plays and graduated from the Second City Training Center in Chicago. In his own opinion, “I think the fall drama turned out great—a lot better than I expected.” In fact, this was his first play-directing experience. “I didn’t know if I would be good at it, and I always wanted to direct,” he says. “It’s given me a lot more confidence in a lot of different ways.” Mr. Nohl extends his gratitude to Mrs. Schroeder-Sears for her help with the fall production. Not only did she build and decorate some of the largest set pieces to grace the stage of ACC’s cafetorium, but she also led the makeup crew before each perfor- “He gives good direction, and you always mance. “I think Mrs. Shroeder-Sears did understand exactly what he’s talking about.” an outstanding job,” Mr. Nohl emphasizes. With a successful fall production behind According to the new director, there was them, Mr. Nohl and the drama club are lookplenty of room for improvement in the dra- ing forward to the upcoming spring musima club when he started this past August. cal, Carousel. Keeping in mind the current “I think a lot of things were disorganized. It size of the club, this particular musical was seemed like a lot of things weren’t taken care chosen because it “relies on six leads and is of…the light system, the sound system, the really ensemble-based, so you don’t need a actors.” To remedy this situation, Mr. Nohl lot of people to do it,” Mr. Nohl explains. spent much of his time “devising ways of Nonetheless, he still has high hopes for the taking care of [the actors] better, giving them production. “I would like to build a carousel, guidance, and having high expectations.” and I plan on doing private voice lessons with all of the leads. I really want to make everyMr. Nohl’s efforts seem to have made a no- body better than they’ve ever been before.” ticeable difference for the fall cast. “He really tries to get down to the student’s level,” The club’s actors and actresses cannot says Sean Allison (‘10), who starred in Three wait to get started. “I hope that our musiDoors to Death. Another junior, John Smart, cal is as good or even better than our fall adds, “There is better organization, things are drama,” says John Smart. Lauren Scheasier to understand,…and practices go a lot weitzer agrees, “We are going to have an smoother.” John, who played a vengeful sus- amazing musical. I hope that we learn a lot pect in the first act of the fall drama and a life- and have a lot of fun while we’re doing it.” less corpse in the second, especially appreciates the new director’s personal attention. There is no shortage of expectations for the dra- 4 Central Times - School News December, 2008 School News Club Blotter Chess Club Compiled By Shannon McDowell School News Editor After a great start to their season, the Aurora Central Chess Team has hit a bit of a rough patch. While members of the team continue playing at the highest level seen in years, competition has been stiff. A disappointing, but very close loss to Kaneland dropped the Chargers’ record to 2-2 a week before their greatest challenge of the season: IMSA. Placing 12th out of over 100 teams at last year’s state competition, Illinois Math and Science Academy was easily the toughest team the Chargers have had to face so far. Although ACC lost against IMSA at home, they avoided a sweep - much more than several other teams in the Far Side Suburban Conference can claim this year. Dusty Lawless (Sr., Board 2) nearly pulled off what would have been the greatest upset of the year in the game of his life. Unfortunately, time trouble and overwhelming pressure would be the deciding factor of that game. Happy Ads: Continuing an ACC Tradition For years, the Central Times included a quirky segment within the vast pages of articles titled Happy Ads. Unusual and heart-warming, the Happy Ads featured brilliant expressions written by students, for students. Anyone, anonymous or not, was able to submit a message to the staff for publication. Consisting of short bulletins, these ‘ads’ were an amusing, charming, and pleasant addition to the paper. Not only were they entertaining, but they also put forth a sense of friendship and school spirit that radiated through the dedication apparent even now through the old typescript. To my Unofficial, Can you guess who I am? Hey, I guess we’re gonna be unofficial forever now, but I’ll always love ya. Hope to see you this weekend. Miss you much! Love, Your Unofficial Forever ment at Plainfield North High School. This provided invaluable experience for newcomers to the team, while offering a chance for upperclassmen to hone their skills in the open. Phil Karafiat (Sr., Board 3) placed 14th out of 47 in the Senior Open, and Catherine Pauls (Sr., Board 8) was named best female senior - a title that came with a particularly large trophy. The Chargers are now 2-4 in conference play and have a bye going into Christmas Break. They will face off against cross-town rivals Marmion Academy in January followed by Oswego with hopes of achieving a .500 record going into the conference championship tournament. -Mark Brouch On November 22, the Chargers participated in the annual Frosh-Soph tourna- SLICK The November outing for SLICK was a great Physics Club success! On Sunday the 16th, a handful of It’s not often one can say: “I have to go to club members attended the trip to Color Me Physics club tomorrow morning,” and not Mine in Geneva Commons. The students had receive some sort of confused look. Typi- fun and came home with some very unique cally, one would imagine such a club as artwork. As for the month ahead, the club has a group of “MIT-Wanna-Be’s” gathered a trip to downtown Chicago planned for the around a table discussing numbers and for- 14th. The all-day outing will include lunch mulas so far out of the comprehensive reach out, shopping, sightseeing, and museum visits. that the only words recognized are “the,” All are welcome! Be sure to stop by Mrs. Gon“formula,” and “thus” (If you don’t believe zalez in Room 226 to get permission forms me, how many of these words do you know: and all of your questions answered. Hope to “Parallax,” “instantaneous velocity,” “lu- see you there. Happy Holidays from SLICK! minous flux,” “piezoelectricity,” or “stimu— Tori Romba lated emission?”). This is hardly the case. Although many of these difficult terms are used, in the Physics Club one can broaden his or her knowledge of this spectacular field of science in an engaging and nothing short of entertaining context. Thorough explanation of the concepts is generously provided by Mr. Rubey as fun and engrossing events are planned by Zach Babbe. If interested, contact Zach (President) or Mr. Rubey for information on future meetings and events. -Garrett McCarthy To Julie, I am only writing this because you selfishly asked me to, but I really don’t mind. -Dan the man from San Fran in the The Central Times itself was created in tan van 1987 by a math teacher, but Mr. Stallons and (for a year) Mr. Rozanski soon became the moderators. When Yearbook became a class, the responsibility of keeping the newspaper afloat became part of the curriculum. The paper was written on typewriters and manually put together in the early days, and even in the 1990s, it was done on the early computer. The Happy Ads began in 1990 and continued their long history of making people smile until 2005. The ads were begun as a little money-making enterprise; students were charged a dime to put a short message to a special someone in the newspaper, especially on Valentine’s Day in the early years. Happy Ads were the forum for “best friends forever” messages, as well as arguments for Charger students. These ads have been missed during our high school years, so we’re bringing them back! Here are some of our favorites from the past to spark some inspiration. Send in your Happy Ads to be printed next month to email@example.com. With the 40th anniversary of ACC upon us, it seems now is the perfect time to preserve old traditions, while still putting on a modern spin of our own! Amy, Kim and Karen, Thanks for always being around when I needed you! You’re great friends. -Andrea Boo, Glad we’re still friends! Love ya, Me Attention: The long awaited day has arrived. David Bieth has received his driver’s license. Congratulations, David. -Jay, Chris, Jeff, and Brandon Jo, Kira, Nise, Ju, L.C., Life is bad And men drink rum But always remember friends are fun. You guys are the best. We love you tons. Smile and remember when all else fails you can still become nuns! —Shannon McDowell & Kara McNamara Love, Am and Mouse Happy Birthday! Watch Your Business Grow! Advertise in this space for only $16.25 12-01 12-03 12-04 12-05 12-06 12-07 12-07 12-08 12-09 12-10 12-11 12-13 12-13 12-14 Grace Kirkpatrick Scott Knisley Dorothy Allison Jonathan Goblet Gabrielle Galloway Paul Beeler Alexander Karafiat Anne Gaudet Christopher Meyers Brooke Frantzen Lorena Baltierrez Michael Andre Ildeberto Yanez Jessica Herrera 12-14 12-16 12-16 12-17 12-18 12-19 12-19 12-21 12-21 12-22 12-23 12-24 12-25 12-26 Madeline Schmidt Sarah Aguilar Lauren Schweitzer Robert Turner Sean Allison Jack Rickert Reed Tack Matthew Czerak Gabriela Montenegro Dakota Lewis Vincent Dhan Tyub Ali Francisco Carmona Robert Peterson 12-29 Nicholas Holzer 12-30 Meghan Barry 12-31 Alexis Goblet Compiled By Shannon McDowell School News Editor celebrated in December as well. Kwanzaa, an African American holiday based on traditional African harvest festivals, begins on December 26. Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, and others. It is celebrated on December 26 and is a traditional celebration that involves giving gifts to charities and needy individuals. December is a joyous month, have fun celebrating! Happy birthday to all students born in December! This month’s birthstone is the blue turquoise, and its birth flower is the holly, poinsettia, or Narcissus. In December, on the first day of winter, the sun reaches the solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the shortest day of the year, but it is the longest in the southern half of the world. The latter part of December is filled with holidays celebrated by many different cultures. We all know that Christmas falls on December 25, but it’s not the only holiday this month. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is often Central Times - Arts & Entertainment December, 2008 5 Arts & Entertainment = Garbage = Pretty Bad = Decent = Pretty Good = Amazing that the series was extended one book to become the Inheritance Cycle. The book is about the adventures of Eragon fulfilling the oaths that he has sworn over the course of the first two books (Eragon and Eldest). Eragon faces the fact that he may not be able to keep all of his promises; he promised to remove Elva’s curse, repair the Isidar Mithrim (the dwarves most prized possession), and many others. He may have to choose between aiding his friends, helping his family, and saving the entire world of Alagaësia. Eragon will make choices that may lead to an unthinkable sacrifice to save the world from the evil King Galbatorix. Will Eragon keep all his promises and finish his training? Will he save the world or die trying? Find out what Eragon must give up and what he will learn in Brisingr! A New Day and Age for The Killers By Mark Brouch Music Critic Brisingr Not The End? By Phil Karafiat Book Critic Las Vegas-based alternative rock band, The Killers, released their third studio album, Day and Age, which includes the recently popular singles, “Human” and “Spaceman”. These songs, however, are only a small glimpse into the wide scope of the rest of the album. tronic feel of “Human” to the Carribean feel of “I Can’t Stay” to the African tribal Day and Age takes a few listens before one chanting of “This Is Your Life” - a dramatcan fully comprehend the genius of it. Fans ic departure from the mainstream sound of of Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town may be disap- Sam’s Town. Speaking of dramatic, several pointed at first, as I was, but should not of the ballads on Day and Age are nothing give up on The Killers’ latest release. One short of epic. Day and Age comes to one area where Day and Age triumphs over its crescendo of an ending with “Goodnight, predecessors is its replayability. I have lis- Travel Well” - a tune that starts out slowly tened to the whole album about five times but picks up momentum and blooms into a now, and it gets better and better each time masterpiece worthy of a film’s soundtrack. I hear it. I believe Day and Age represents The Killers’ completed transition to Although there is no single track on Day full-fledged musicians. Brandon Flowers and Age that I feel is better than my fahas perfected his vocals for this album, vorite Killers song - “Mr. Brightside” which really makes listening to him noth- - Day and Age has become my favorite ing short of spectacular. More importantly, album by The Killers. Its variety of conthe album breaks away from your typi- tent and deep lyrics are enough to keep cal alternative/indie rock feel (if you can me interested throughout the entirety of categorize their previous works as that) the album no matter how many times I lisand starts experimenting with all types of ten to it - a rarity indeed. I would highly world music. I mentioned before that the recommend this album to anybody who scope of this album was broad; Day and has any interest in music at all - I’m sure Age includes everything from the elec- you will find something on it you like. In Christopher Paolini’s third novel, Brisingr, Eragon probes the black mountains with his mind searching for the Ra’zac. They appear to be away from home as Eragon and his cousin go to infiltrate their lair and rescue Roran’s wife-to-be. Unknowingly, Eragon is in for the fight of his life, swordless and soon dragonless. Eragon must face being away from his mystical dragon, Saphira, for the first time since their meeting. He will be tested both physically and emotionally. Brisingr (which means “fire” in the Ancient Language), originally the third book in the Inheritance Trilogy, was so long By Bailey Shemenski Video Game Columnist Rock out to Rock Band! Christmas Wish List 6) Notebook Computers/laptops by Compaq, Dell, etc. By Alyssa Shaff Arts & Entertainment Editor Not sure what you want for Christmas, or need some ideas for your friends? Here are the 10 most wanted gifts on teen’s wish lists for the holiday: 1) iPod (nano, video, or touch) and MP3 accessories, especially speakers. 2) Vuzix iWear (the new video glasses that virtually turn your iPod into a 52” widescreen personal theater on-the-go). 3) Skinny jeans for girls (especially for boots); patterns are in. 4) Digital Cameras (Fujifilm just came out with a nice one: FinePix). 5) Video Games for Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. 7) Books: • Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. 8) Movies: • The Dark Knight • Ironman • Step Brothers • WALL-E • Made of Honor • Mamma Mia! 9) Music: • It Keeps Getting Better by Christina Aguilera • The Twilight Soundtrack • Day and Age by the The Killers • Circus by Britney Spears • Fearless by Taylor Swift • Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne lead guitar, so two guitarists play at once. Both instruments can be set to lefty posiI’m sure you’ve all heard of Rock Band tion and “Lefty Mode,” to make the game at some point in time. The game was re- a little easier for our left-handed friends. leased for the Wii system in June 2008. So you’re probably thinking, “If the Rock Band is pretty similar to Dance Dance game’s six months old, why is there an Revolution in some ways. The notes come article about it now?” Well, Rock Band across the screen DDR-style, and multiple was just released in the deluxe edition. notes can be hit at once, depending on You can buy the Wii bundle for around which difficulty level you set it to: Easy, $100 right now at Walmart, and another Medium, Hard, or Expert. As you play the guitar priced at about $60. So altogether, songs on Solo Tour or World Tour, you unwe’re talking around $160, more or less. lock more and more tunes. Once you’ve unlocked them all, you can go out to any The boxed special edition bundle includes: store that sells Wii games and buy another a drum set, a microphone, a guitar, the game Track Pack, like the AC/DC Track Pack or disc, and the starter Track Pack with great Track Pack Vol. 2, which has a variety of songs by Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, rock favorites. If you want to choose which The All-American Rejects, Ramones, The song you play, you can play on Solo QuickWho, OK Go, Metallica, and Foo Fighters. play or Band Quickplay Mode, but that And with the extra guitar, you can have four doesn’t allow you to unlock anything new. people play in all four player slots at once for maximum fun. One of the guitars can be “It’s really fun to play, especially the drums,” set to bass guitar and the other to electric says Megan Reichardt, “At times it is very hard. It’s addicting, too!” There are also tutorial levels for each instrument and practice modes to play on, so you can warm up before you rock the world from your living room. By Alyssa Shaff Arts & Entertainment Editor 10) Touch screen phone, especially the iPhone and Blackberry • • rock. If the singles on the radio don’t get your attention try looking up more tracks. Dark Horse is very diverse in the song selections and can very much surprise you if the radio has not already. There is something on this album for everyone. The only negative point that can be made on this album is the fact that the selection of songs to be played on the radio could have been better. Otherwise, Nickelback has come out with another winner sure to gain some amazing recognition. • • • • • • • Winter Fashion Season Dos and Don’ts DO wear a warm fitted coat that is not too bulky. DON’T get a coat the wrong size, thinking you will wear layers of sweater and suit jackets under it. DO wear knee-high boots (especially in the snow) with skinny jeans or tights (or leggins) and a skirt. DON’T wear flats or heels in the snow, but inside they can coordinate with your outfits well. DO wear a fashionable and cute trench coat; shorter ones are in style. DON’T wear a shapeless and unattractive rain coat. DO wear leopard print if you want to wear a pattern.It is very in right now. DON’T wear too many patterned pieces at one time. DO add a bright color to a gray or black outfit. Purple and red are very big right now. Dark Horse By Vannessa Corral Music Critic Yes, Nickelback fans, your favorite rock band is back three years after releasing All The Right Reasons which received multiplatinum status and well deserved praise from critics and fans. While the previous album gave a more sensitive streak of tracks such as “Photograph”, “Far Away”, and “If Everyone Cared”, Dark Horse strongly maintains their hard sounding reputation with tracks such as “Something in Your Mouth”, “Burn It to the Ground”, and “Next Go Round”. In addition to several other “post-grunge” tracks, there always has to be the ballads to tie everything together and make this the album that you always have playing. Perhaps the most publicized single played by the radio would have to be “Gotta Be Somebody” which actually brings the tone down mid album and sets you up again for more anthems to grunge 6 Central Times - Arts & Entertainment December, 2008 Arts & Entertainment = Garbage = Pretty Bad = Decent = Pretty Good = Amazing By Alyssa Shaff Arts & Entertainment Editor The two and half hour movie based on Stephanie Meyer’s New York Times Best Seller, Twilight, was a hit. It was quite a mixture of genres as well: drama, fantasy, romance, and thriller! Those of you who have read the book know the gist of the entrancing plot. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to Forks, Washington expecting to live an ordinary life with her dad. She was always a little different than everyone else; she didn’t follow the crowd. At school in her new town, she meets the mysterious and dreamy Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Once she begins to associate with the intelligent and beautiful Edward, they fall in love. However, Bella and Edward’s relationship is not quite like any other. He never sleeps, doesn’t eat food, can stop a moving car with his bare hands, runs faster than anything, and has been 17 years old since 1918. Edward Cullen and his family are vampires. They are immortal, and although they are “vegetarians” and don’t drink human blood, their relationship is sometimes difficult. Nevertheless, Edward will never hurt Bella because she is his soul mate. Unfortunately more troubles are thrust upon the couple when a coven of vampires that thirsts for human blood comes to Forks. Once the vampire, James (Cam Gigandet), gets a whiff of Bella’s blood, Edward must defend his beloved soul mate or lose her forever. Much was cut out of the five hundred page book, but it was done well. The plot was still easy to follow, and the story was still intriguing. Parts of the book and were changed (for instance Edward and Bella never jumped out his window and climbed trees), and much of the script was different (No where in the book did Edward call Bella “spider monkey”), but I still enjoyed the film very much. People who have not read the Twilight series will still like seeing the movie because it was not hard to understand, and it’s just a captivating story. If you have not seen this movie, I really encourage you to. There is also now a soundtrack to the movie, on which Robert Pattinson (Edward) sings “Never Think.” Paramore, Linkin Park, and Blue Foundation are also on the album, as well as “Bella’s Lullaby.” Bolt Shocking Theaters Everywhere! By Grace Kirkpatrick Movie Critic Disney succeeds again in producing yet again another entertaining, family friendly film. This comical saga is about a dog raised on the set of one of the most watched shows on television. When the rating goes down and the network forces the director to make some drastic events to boost ratings, Bolt (John Travolta) escapes from the set in a wild attempt to save his “human”, Penny (Miley Cyrus). A dog diluted into thinking he has super powers is thrown out into the world where he teams up with an alley cat named Mittens (Susie Essman) and a TV obsessed hamster, Rhino (Mark Walton). This odd team makes their way across country to get back to Penny. This movie is filled with lots of amusing surprises and theatrical turns. It was directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams, and produced by John Lasseter, Clark Spenser, and Lisa M. Poole. A great movie that is definitely one I’d like to see again, and I hope that you’ll see also. By Allison Jenkins Movie Critic This Bond Is Not Like the Others Casino Royale left off: Bond was seeking revenge for the death of his love, Vesper, who ended up betraying him. In this film Bond discovers an extremely secretive and large organization who blackmailed Vesper. This organization, Bond soon learns, is trying to take over the world’s natural resources. While traveling the globe, he meets a woman who leads him right to the head of the organization, and she also seems to have a vendetta of her own. In order to uncover the betrayal of Vesper, he must join with old enemies and gain new allies. Now, there is more to the story, but I can only give you so much information without actually spoiling the movie. Though this movie is definitely not like the other Bond movies I’ve seen, I will say that it is most definitely not the worst. It has a whole different atmosphere compared to the one prior to it. The movie had a tendency to jump from place to place and wasn’t very consistent. I personally had a hard time keeping up with the movie, but that is just one person’s opinion. I wouldn’t go off calling it a complete disaster, but they could have done a better job. If you are a James Bond fan, then go see it and judge the movie yourself. Maybe you can follow it, and if you can, good for you. Who knows? They might end up making another one, and hopefully it will have a plot more people can follow. Australia By Mark Clough Movie Critic The new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, which was released in November, has attracted many fans. It has also brought in some “updates” as well. Though they were mostly minor changes, they were still noticeable to anyone who has seen any of the previous Bond films. Still, the movie was almost like any other Bond films; it has action and romance. But like any other Bond movie, it was short lived. The movie basically picks up where the previous one, Australia is a three-hour movie about the history of Australia. The majority of the movie deals with cattle ranching out in the Australian outback during World War II, and Australia is in danger of being attacked by Japan. The plot follows a rich British woman played by Nicole Kidman, who inherits her husband’s cattle ranch and heads down to Australia to sell it. But when she realizes all the corrupt politics that are going on, she is determined to run the cattle ranch herself and keep things right. With the help of a local cowboy played by Hugh Jackman, she rounds up the cattle and delivers them to the port city of Darwin. Australia is a masterful movie with a lot of rich history, especially about the Australian government. But the three hour running time and the lack of action to keep my attention really hurts the potential for this movie. Many felt that the first half of the movie was not completely connected to the second. However, the picture of all the wildlife in the land Down Under and aborigines was excellent. Central Times - Editorials December, 2008 7 Editorials By Tori Romba Staff Writer Here we are, well into December, and although Aurora Central’s ‘08-’09 school year began just seventeen weeks ago you don’t have to conduct an intense search to find signs of growing weariness in both the upperclassmen or faculty. Take a good look at some of our seniors weighted down by “senioritis” as if it were an ever-growing tumor. Watch some of our juniors already counting down the eternity until May 2010; it’s only natural with standardized tests on the horizon and colleges inundating them with high-price advertisements. Even some of our administration and faculty are probably ready for a little “R&R” as they deal with the many repeat “uniform violators” or attempt to make an impression on those who stare back at them with blank faces block after block, day after day. For most, mid-August through May is nothing but a fight, a struggle, a test of endurance. So, what keeps people from having major meltdowns on a regular basis? What keeps seniors from turning into zombies and just clawing their way out of the school the minute a quiz is given out? What keeps juniors f r o m breaking Our psychological defense weapon against gray-matter meltdowns. down every time they hear the worst letters in the alphabet: ACT? How do the teachers and administration refrain from inflicting physical pain on certain youth? For the upperclassmen, it could be the fact that they have no choice, and actually need to graduate. For the faculty and staff, well... impending lawsuits. All are very important reasons, but they’re long term. There must be something more personal that keeps us from essentially going crazy, some short term remedy. Just think. When you need to get away, but there’s no physical escape route, what do you do? Where do you go? You daydream. You let your mind go unfocused. You can completely phase out, or conjure up the most elaborate scheme in an unlikely setting. You can ponder some of your most nagging questions, or think back to the days of yesteryear. So many possibilities lie in the imagination, and the beauty of it exists in the fact that it can never be taken away from us. No one can steal your daydreams, no one can follow you to wherever it is you escape. Daydreams are not only a personal space to explore creativity, but also a psychological defense weapon that protects our gray matter from frying and our emotions from exploding. In celebration of this beautiful cognitive instrument, I decided to ask around and learn where some of our fellow Charger classmates and teachers find themselves when they let their minds do a little wandering. “I still to this day drift into a sports hero daydream from time to time. I can imagi n e myself running for the winning touchdown just as I imagined it when I was a kid so many years ago. (It never happened in real life!). I can see all of the details, the cut, the blocks, the speed. I never spike the ball; I put it on the ground like a gentleman.” —Mr. Stallons “I put my calculus book on the hook of a crane, then it drops down on one of the “I daydream about what school would be like Canadian geese (who goes splat!). This if everyone had a superpower.” —Anonymous helps me not go crazy when I’m learning optimization.” —Kelly Adrian (‘09) “Speed-writing should be a national sport, maybe even Olympic... a floating city would “When I’m daydreaming on a day like tobe pretty cool, but how would you get day, I imagine myself playing in leaves. I down?... Is there any setting past ‘off’ on a still enjoy raking leaves in a pile, jumping fan? Like ‘negative low?’ Would it be pos- into them and messing them up. The bigger sible, would the fan run backward? The fan the pile of leaves the better!” —Mrs. Elgar would become useless on that setting... I wonder what, or why there is a ‘porch’ by “I really enjoy summer vacation and can easthe chapel. What was its purpose... maybe ily drift back to the previous summer. My best it’s a symmetry thing...” —John Smart (‘10) summer daydream is being in a small boat on a decently sized lake. I’m letting the wind “What is a daydream? For me it’s like the blow me slowly from one side to the other. mind’s way of allowing your imagination to I am looking at the colors of clouds, water, sneak up on you. It is a phenomenon that you and trees. I feel a warm sun and a somewhat can’t control. It usually comes on when you’re cooling breeze. I have nowhere else to go bored, and your mind begins to wander as the and nothing else to do. Time floats in front seeds of your imagination sprout up...You will of my eyes. I am at peace!” —Mr. Stallons see and hear your surroundings but it seems as though it becomes a translucent veil over As this article runs out of space, I realthe images and world being produced in your ize there is nothing more to say except: dreams, head. For me it is always a place full of silly Sweet Chargers—both nonsense, a nice escape from our strict surroundings. For example, you may find yourself day and night! watching the sunrise from a castle at the bottom of the ocean on a throng of clamshells, and then as you are venturing into the deep recesses of your mind you are torn out of your thoughts and told to pay attention.” —Alex Crosier (‘09) “My daydream is that I have won the lottery and that I am using the money to add airconditioning, better paid coaches...build a theater/auditorium for musicals and plays...a field house for sports, new practice facilities for wrestling... Scholarships would be given out to worthy students athletes and scholars to improve our teams. We could also use a new bus and more full-time teachers. It would be great!” —Mr. VanderVelde In My Wildest Daydreams... The Multiplier: A Private School’s Kryptonite By Max Gilbert Staff Writer Many of our significantly successful programs here at ACC have been greatly affected within the last few years by the multiplier. For those that have not heard of the multiplier before, here is a quick explanation: the multiplier is something mandated upon private high schools where every private school’s enrollment is multiplied by 1.65. This means a private school’s enrollment is close to doubled when it comes to considering what division they will compete in for athletics. The argument presented against private establishments claims there is such a strong pattern of athletic success at private schools, it is unfair to let those private establishments compete against schools their same size in the conference and the state series for athletics. My personal argument is that the multiplier is not fair for student athletes and their families that have chosen to pay a higher tuition at a private school and then have to compete against schools sometimes double their size. In some cases, like in football, this can be extremely dangerous. Some schools have high enough enrollments that they can make cuts, and the schools they are competing against may barely have enough athletes to fill all the positions. In many cases, there is a noticeable contrast. This may even affect a private school athlete’s opportunity to be noticed by colleges for athletic scholarships. To me, this situation parallels a type of childhood bitterness not unlike that of which is expressed between children on the playground. People sometimes get upset over the overwhelming success of others and try to stop them with whatever obstacles they are able to put in their way. The truth is, if it wasn’t for exceptional athletics and academic excellence at private establishments, there would be no option for students other than public education. Our doors here at ACC would be closed, and people would not have the choice of private education if we didn’t have other successful programs to provide our students. Families that are enrolled at ACC have opted out of the public education system and made the decision to pay tuition to send their children to a private establishment while still paying taxes for the same public school system that they chose not to utilize. If people are willing to pay a high tuition in order to receive an alternative education, public education must be something less than satisfactory. Those families should be met with exceptional academic and athletic programs along with other quality programs run by that private school. Especially with economic hardships, private establishments need to have successful programs to keep people enrolled at their school. After speaking to Mr. Curry about the multiplier, I realized he has many of the same strong feelings about the multiplier as I do. “It comes down to finding kids with talent and attracting them to our school,” Mr. Curry says, “Other schools in our area have questionable motives. What do these schools really stand for? At ACC we stand for honor, integrity, and character.” Those families that chose to pay for quality education instead of letting the government provide education, should be met with successful programs. As Mr. Curry says, “Catholic schools are much more disciplined than many public schools. Those public schools can take a lesson from private establishments.” Families have to go through a lot to send their children to a private school. Besides paying tuition, they generally have to supply their own transportation. Now, on top of not getting any funding from the government, private schools are affected by the athletic multiplier. Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but in my opinion, I do not find it fair that athletes and students at private schools have to be punished for seeking a better education and quality programs. By Allison Jenkins Staff Writer GO PINK: Not just a color, but a cause support this cause. Avon holds an annual, three-day walk-a-thon which draws men and women from across the country. The volleyball team also held Volley for the Cure in October. However you contribute, you can be sure that your support is making a difference and is appreciated by patients and their loved ones. There are more ways than just these fundraisers in which you can help; anyone and everyone should advise their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors, and (if you have them) co-workers—anyone whom you know that could be at risk—to be vigilant. Don’t be inactive; one day it could happen to you. Every time you see pink, think about breast cancer awareness. Don’t just sit there, GO PINK! Pink is an extremely popular color, especially for the girls. But it is becoming more than just a pretty color—it has become the symbol for an ongoing, international effort: breast cancer awareness. This is an incredibly important cause because this kind of cancer could happen to anyone. Though more typical in girls, don’t think you’re off the hook for this one, guys; men are susceptible too. To our female readers: it is extremely important that you get a mammogram at some point in your life. It is possible to survive breast cancer, but early detection and treatment are key. There are a multitude of ways that you can 8 Central Times - Charger Sports December, 2008 Charger Sports By Brendan Bond Sports Writer Chargers Roll to 8-0 Rivals Beware! ments can be made. ”We still need to tune up a lot,” according to Kelley. ”There are holes that can be fixed. We can still get much better.” The Chargers continued their domination this past weekend with back-to-back conference wins over St. Francis at home and Marian Central Catholic on the road. In the 57-43 win over St. Francis, the Chargers held the Spartans to a mere 12 points in the first-half as Kelley led the way with 22 points despite being face-guarded full-court. Czaja overcame foul trouble to chip in ten points. At Marian, the Chargers overcame 29 points from Marian’s Stochl to win 75-61. Mike Adams had a monster game, posting a double-double with 34 points and ten rebounds. Anthony Kelley scored 18. The Chargers face a tough task this weekend with a game at Driscoll followed by a home contest agianst rival Marmion. Next week they play in the Waubonsie Valley Christmas Tournament on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Overwhelming. That is the perfect description to describe the boys varsity team so far this year. Dominating. That’s how their 2-3 zone defense can be described. Exciting. The term fits how the Chargers play transition ball along with the above-the-rim play of senior swingman Anthony Kelley. After the first eight games this season the Chargers are still perfect as they look to improve upon last year’s record-breaking run. It started during the Sandwich Thanksgiving Tournament where the Chargers returned as defending champions. The heavy favorites struggled early in the first half against Yorkville before settling down in the second half and pulled away enroute to a 70-46 win. Senior Nick Czaja had 14 points during the third quarter while junior Joey Guth poured in 16 off the bench. The Chargers turned around the next day and beat Morris in what has amounted to the closest final margin they have had this season, a twenty-point victory, 66-46. ”It felt good to finally get some games in against other teams,” noted Kelley. ”We finally got to beat up on someone other than our teammates.” After an off day for Thanksgiving, the Chargers played the host Indians. An alley-oop dunk by Kelley started the game off on the right foot, but the scrappy Indians hung tough and were tied at 19 late in the first quarter before the Charger defense took over. “We finally calmed down on D,” said senior guard Mark Brauweiler. The defensive intensity held as the Chargers went on a 43-11 run spanning the next two quarters before winning 72-41. The Chargers clinched the championship for a second straight year the next night as Kelley exploded for 31 including a half-court buzzer-beater at the end of the 1st quarter. The Chargers opened conference against St. Ed’s before a raucous home crowd. The defense held St. Ed’s top player, Josh Dix, to eleven points in doubling up the Wave, 68-34. A rout at Montini ensued the following night as the Broncos were held to one point in the first quarter as the Chargers rolled 77-38. Czaja and senior Mike Adams scored 17 a piece while Kelley dropped “Our defense keys our offense,” says 18 including a reverse alley-oop slam. Kelley. ”We pressure them, get into them, and then get out in transition.” So far it’s The most impressive aspect of the Chargers been a winning formula. Still, improve- this season has been that defense. ”It’s been the key for us so far,” said Brauweiler. ”We’re long on D, and we get our hands in the passing lanes. We have great size on the back line (Adams, Kelley, and Czaja are 6’3”, 6’5”, and 6’6” respectively) and we stop penetration up top.” Along with Brauweiler, junior point guard Steve Hollon has played lockdown D at the point. Adams and Czaja are intimidating shot blockers as well. Even the bench guys have come in and not missed a beat. Guth, senior Brian O’Donnell, and senior Matt Wagner have all brought energy and rebounding to the floor. By Andrew Scott Sports Writer Female Athlete of the Month: Stephanie Pogwizd CT: What do you do in the off-season to prepare yourself for the season? SP: I’ve done Bulls Academy and Strictly Shooting to hone the fundamentals of my game. I try to keep in shape by running. CT:What goals do you have as a team? SP: We want to be .500 in conference, and we would really like to win the regional. CT: What goals do you have as an individual? SP: I want to help out the team in whatever way possible, and I would really like to end the year averaging at least 15 points per game. CT: What fellow player is an absolute key member of your team, where without her you’d be lost? SP: Kristin. She is extremely inspirational, a hard worker, and really tries to push everyone. CT: Do you have any last words for our readers? SP: I think we have improved so much but I feel like we’re going to get even better. The team really appreciates all of the support… We believe. Photo by Garrett Lennoxx McCarthy She graduated from St. Peters and has played basketball since she was five years old. She is the elusive guard/forward of the Lady Chargers basketball team. She is a third year varsity athlete and a second year captain: the one and only Stephanie Pogwizd. Stephanie leads the team with her blistering speed, skillful ball handling and her immaculate shot. Here is what your female athlete of the month had to say: Central Times: What do you think about your new coach? Stephanie Pogwizd: He owns. He is really changing the program for the better. CT: What are the strong points of your game? SP: I can hit the shots from the perimeter, and I can play pretty solid defense. CT: What are the weak points of your game? SP: I’m not much of a rebounder. It’s something I definitely need to work on. CT: What are the strong points of the team? SP: We get along very well, and we are off to a great start. I think we have the potential to be better than we have been in past years and have a good chance of ending the season more successfully. CT: What are the weak points of the team? SP: Our team struggles grabbing rebounds and doesn’t pass or CATCH as well as we need to. Male Athlete of the Month: Brian O’Donnell By Brendan Bond Sports Writer Central Times: What grade school did you attend? Brian O’Donnell: Holy Angels. CT: You won all-conference in soccer for the second straight year. What does that accomplishment mean to you? BO: It definitely is an exciting accomplishment. I’m just glad I could represent the school and the soccer program. Hopefully, this accomplishment will help the program for future years. CT: How long have you played soccer? BO: Since about second grade. CT: You’re a three-sport athlete [soccer, basketball, baseball]. Which one is your favorite sport? BO: My favorite sport is basketball. CT: Where do you plan on attending college? BO: I’m still unsure. Right now, I’ve applied to both Loras and St. Mary’s in Minnesota. past soccer season? BO: Probably when I showed Coach Cournaya and the team a view of my posterior during a scrimmage. That and beating Plano twice including shutting them out once. CT: What has been your favorite high school sports memory overall? BO: Last year in basketball winning conference and rolling on Marmion three times. CT: What are your favorite parts of being goalie? BO: Being a central part of the games and coming up with big saves. CT: What are your strong points of your game? BO: My punts, going up and catching the 50/50 balls, shoot anticipation, and my reflexes. CT: That’s why the soccer team calls you Spidey. What are your weak points? BO: Staying focused for an entire game and being more vocal with the back line. CT: Finally, what are your expections or goals for the upcoming basketball season? BO: To have continued success in conference and I think we can advance farther in the postseason. CT: Do you plan on playing a sport in colWe would like to congratulate Stephanie lege? for her athletic accomplishments and wish BO: Hopefully, but I’m not sure which one. her the best of luck in keeping it real on the CT: What was your favorite memory of this court.
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