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                                                                    The Voice of Lyons Township Students Since 1910                                                Boys water polo began its season with
Principal David Franson outlines new
                                                                                                                                                                               early success, with only
guidelines for the King of Hearts Dance
                                                                                                                                                                                one loss in the first five
that will be held in the SC fieldhouse.
                                                                                                                                                                               games. Although there
Opinions, 9                                                                                                                                                                    are only three returning
                                                                                                                                                                                       starters, LT started
                                                                                                                                                                                         the season
Braddigan returns                                                                                                                                                                        ranked 11th in
Dispatch’s Brad Corrigan will perform                                                                                                                                                        state.
in a benefit concert at LT on March 20.
                                                                         Friday, March 14, 2008  Volume 98, Issue 6
News, 5                                                                                                                                                            Sports, 12

                   Tragedy at NIU touches community
                    LT alumnus among students in Cole Hall                                                                                                                          Placing flowers at a
                       auditorium attacked by gunman                                                                                                                                memorial for the five NIU
                 by Emily Johnson                                                                                                                                                   students slain in the Feb.. 14
                           As he crouched low behind auditorium seats, wait-                                                                                                        campus shooting, a mourner
                      ing for the moment when gunman Steve Kazmierczak                                                                                                              remembers the lives lost.
                      would have to reload, NIU freshman and LT graduate                                                                                                            Today marks the one-month
                      Danny Ciamprone ‘07 could only register disbelief.
                                                                                                                                                                                    anniversary of the shooting.
                           “It wasn’t until I reached the other building that
                                     I became fearful,” Ciamprone said in an                                                                                                        As the impact of the event
        NIUVictims                   interview with LION.“I knew some people                                                                                                        is still being felt, many are
  Five students were killed
                                     in that class that I didn’t see make it out                                                                                                    questioning how schools
  on Feb. 14 when a gunman when I did, and obviously I assumed the                                                                                                                  can be made safer. Stricter
  opened fire during a lecture worst.                                                                                                                                               gun control laws are being
  class at NIU. Their names              “During the shooting it was more dis-
                                     belief that it was actually happening. I was                                                                                                   discussed in Congress and
                                     mainly just thinking about how to get out                                                                                                      the Code Red Lock-down
 n Gayle Dubowski, 20
                                     as fast as I could, because if [Kazmierczak]                                                                                                   drill and Speak Up Hotline is
 n Catalina Garcia, 20               came down the aisles I knew I wouldn’t                                                                                                         being utilized at LT.
 n Julianna Gehant, 32               have a chance.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    MCT Campus
 n Ryanne Mace, 19                       Ciamprone and his fellow classmates in
 n Daniel Parmenter, 20
                                     Geology 101 were in the midst of a lecture                 School violence frequency                          said. “School violence hits particularly close to a coun-
 source: The Associated Press
                                     on Feb. 14 when Kazmierczak entered the                                                                       try’s heart because schools are symbols of what makes
                                     auditorium through doors at the front and         Although data that would reflect an increase in school      a country promising: youth, hope and future. People are
                      wordlessly began firing a shotgun into the audience.          violence has not yet been gathered for the last several        especially emotional and disturbed by anything that
                      Ciamprone, who was 10 to 12 rows from the back                years, the most recent available statistics released by the    occurs in a place of such innocence and promise.”
                      door when the shooting began, managed to escape to            U.S. government actually show a 54 percent decrease in             In the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting, the public’s
                      a building across the street when the shotgun ran out         the violent crime rate at school in the years from 1992 to     response has been a cry for stricter gun control laws.
                      of shells.                                                    2004. From July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005, 21 homicides         Legislators appear to be heeding their call, as a bill that
                           Five other students in the auditorium that day did not   occurred at K-12 schools. With a population of approxi-        would prevent anyone who has been designated men-
                      survive, and Kazmierczak took his own life as well.           mately 53 million school-age children during the same          tally ill from buying a gun is currently making its way
                           For many, Kazmierczak’s shooting rampage was             time period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, that         through Congress.
                      painfully reminiscent of the Virginia Tech massacre 10        translates to one death for every 2.5 million students.                               LT security
                      months ago, during which one shooter killed 31 class-         During the 2003-04 school year, homicides of school-age
                      mates and teachers before turning a gun on himself.           children were about 50 times more likely to occur out-             Although there will be no direct impact on LT school
                           “I don’t know whether or not there has been an           side of school than at school.                                 security from the NIU events, school safety and security
                      increase in school violence [of late],” Principal David          “The vividness of events such as school shootings           is a topic that is constantly under review, Franson said.
                      Franson said.“What I do see is an unsettling repetition       can lead us to think that they happen more often than              Last year, as mandated by Illinois legislation, LT began
                      of incidents.”                                                they actually do,” psychology teacher Lindsay Pepping                                     Story continued on page two

                                                                     Rumors of fights
                                                                    at NC exaggerated
                                                                     Perception of increase in fights at NC
                                                                      result of “sensationalized” fights in
                                                                         lunchroom, central hallways
                                                                    by Sarah Jeep
                                                                        Due to recent fights that have occurred in the caf-
                                                                    eteria and hallways at NC, some students are concerned
                                                                    about what they perceive as an increase in fights at LT.
                                                                    Faculty and administrators, however, dispute this notion.
                                                                        “It’s a misconception [that there has been an increase    Park Junior High School, along with other elementary schools in the area, is
                                                                    in the number of fights],” Kris Costopoulos, Assistant        facing issues regarding the growing size of its student body.      Caitlin Urbain
                                                                    Principal, said. “Fights this year have been few and far

                                                                                                                                   District 102 feeling squeezed
                                                                    between. There have been a couple of fights that have
                                                                    happened in the lunchroom, so more kids saw it. When
                                                                    200 kids see one fight, it’s more sensationalized.”
                                                                        The disciplinary action for fighting is typically a
                                                                    10-day suspension, but there are several factors that         Park, elementary schools address overcrowding,
                                                                    can influence the punishment, Costopoulos said. For               seek permanent, cost-efficient solution
                                                                    example, administrators will look into what steps a
                                                                    student took in order to avoid the fight. There is also an    by Paul Schied
                                                                    alternative to suspension program which students can              The Board of Education for school District 102, one of LT’s largest
                                                                    use only once.This program involves Anger Management          associate districts, is currently in the process of planning for expansion
                                                                    classes or the Conflict Resolution Program at the Family      due to space needs that are expected to grow with enrollment. Cossitt
                                                                    Institute in LaGrange.                                        Avenue School and Ogden Avenue School are presently experiencing
                                                                        One of the ways in which LT works to prevent fight-       space constraints, and the other grade schools are projected to have
                                                                    ing among students is through mediation, Joan Cush-           similar problems within a few years, with the increased student popula-
                                                                    ing, social worker for LT, said.                              tion eventually moving to Park Jr. High.
                                                                        “Mediation helps tension to dissipate,” Cushing said.         “The District’s enrollment trends suggest increases in student
                                                                    “Students often use mediation before fights occur. I con-     enrollment,” D102 Superintendent Dr. Mark Van Clay said.“We need a
                                                                    duct many mediations. Both students need to be willing        permanent solution that will give us more classrooms at a cost we can
                                                                    to participate.You can’t force anyone to do a mediation,      afford without a referendum.”
                                                                    although I’ve rarely had a student who does not agree             After considering multiple options, D102- which consists of Cossitt,
                                                                    to do it.”                                                    Ogden, Congress Park School, Forest Road School and Park- has settled
                                                                        During a mediation, each student tells his or her side    on two main possibilities for alleviating the strain on the elementary
                                                                    of the issue to the other student. When there is a point      schools.The first, which has already been approved on a limited basis as
Students imitate a fighting situation that could take place         of disagreement, each side tries to come to an under-         a temporary solution, is to provide full-day kindergarten at Forest Road
in a hallway (top). Fights in the cafeteria this year have led to   standing. If the students cannot agree, then they must        East.The kindergarten would be available to students from all D102 ele-
the false perception that fights are increasing. Caitlin Urbain                              Story continued on page three                                                     Story continued on page two

              North Campus             100 S. Brainard Ave.           LaGrange, Ill. 60525        South Campus          4900 Willow Springs Rd.            Western Springs, Ill. 60558
                    Breakfast of Champions                                                                                                                                NIU victim donations
    The Chef’s I and II classes prepared the breakfast for the
 Illinois State Scholar’s reception. Some of the foods featured
     were muffins, eggs, sausage and various baked goods.
                                                                                           Friday, March 14, 2008           Page 2
                                                                                                                                                        Students wishing to donate money to the victims of the
                                                                                                                                                         NIU shootings can stop by the NC Main Office, where
                                                                                                                                                                    donations are being collected.

        Contents                                                                                         State Scholars named
n NEWS- pages 1-3                                                                                        Number of LT Illinois State                    49 years, according to the
n CLUBS- page 4
n IMPACT- page 5                                                                                          Scholars increases by 27                      website. This year LT has 207 state schol-
                                                                                                                                                        ars, an increase of 27 students over last
n ETCETERA- page 6                                                                                                                                      year’s 180 scholars.
n EDITORIALS- page 7                                                                                    by Tori Bokios
                                                                                                                                                            This year 22.3 percent of seniors
n OPINIONS- page 8                                                                                          The Illinois Student Assistance Com-
n YOUR VOICE- page 9
                                                                                                                                                        received this honor compared to last
                                                                                                        mission (ISAC) acknowledged 18,178              year’s 21.5 percent. The
n SPORTS- pages 10-12                                                                                   high school students as Illinois state
n COLLEGE- page 13                                                                                                                                      class size is also increasing, AcademicAwards
                                                                                                        scholars on Dec. 12, 2007.                      which could be the reason
n HIGH SOCIETY- page 14
n PROFILES- page 15
                                                                                                            Recipiants are among the top 10 per-        for the growth, Musser said. There are many awards avail-
n LT MYTHS- pages 16-17                                                                                 cent of the state’s high school seniors         There are 927 seniors this able for seniors that reward
                                                                                                        from 711 high schools in all 102 coun-                                            their hard work and will help
n SPOTLIGHT- page 18                                                                                                                                    year while there were 834
                                                                                                        ties, according to the website.                                      bolster a college application.
n ADS- page 19                                                                                                                                          last year.
                                                                                                        The decision of who should receive this                                           Here is a list of some of the
n GET OUT- page 20                                                                                                                                          “I think LT is offering awards:
                                                                                                        award is based on SAT, ACT, Prairie State       better ways to prepare for
     AroundLT                                                                                           Achievement Exam scores, and/or class
                                                                                                        rank at the end of junior year.
                                                                                                                                                        the tests and that competi- n Illinois State Scholar
                                                                                                                                                        tion is simply increasing so n National Honors Society
n March 13-14- LT Showcase,                                                                                 “I’ve had so many people call saying        students are performing n National Merit
  SC PAC 7 p.m.                                                                                         they think they should have been a              better,” Illinois State Scholar n Merit Recognition Scholarship
n March 15- LT Showcase, SC
                                                                                                        state scholar,” Lianne Musser, college          Alison Lindeen ‘08 said.          Source: Lianne Musser, college and
                                                                                                        and career coordinator, said. “Some are             The number of Hinsdale career coordinator
  PAC 2 p.m.
                                                                                                        misled because they don’t realize that          Central recipiants is also
n March 15- King of Hearts
                                                                                                        just because you’re in the top 10 percent       increasing. Last year they had
  dance, SC Fieldhouse 7:                                                                               of your class doesn’t automatically qualify
  30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                        186 scholars compared to this year’s 193,
                                                                                                        you as an Illinois State Scholar. It’s also     HC registrar Laurie Pocius, said.
n March 19- “Tens by Teens”                                                                             not [solely] based on the Prairie State             On Feb. 29, LT’s Illinois State Schol-
  Auditions, NC Vaughan Rm.                                                                             Achievement Exam.”                              ars were given their certificates before
  279 3:20 p.m.                                                                                             ISAC computes a weighted selection          school and attended a congratulatory
n March 21-30- Spring Break                                                                             score using a formula that combines the         continental breakfast. Dr. Dennis Kelly,
n April 3- Fosh/Soph Choral                                                                             test score and unweighted class rank,           superintendent, announced the 21
  Concert, SC PAC 6:30-7:30                                                                             Musser said.That score indicates who will       National Merit finalists as well.
  p.m.; French Honor Society                                                                            be deemed a scholar. If students receive            There is no monetary award for this
  Induction, SC Corral 7-8:                                                                             a 30 or above on the ACT or 1320 on the         achievement, but students are encour-
  45 p.m.                                                                                               SAT, they will be acknowledged, regard-         aged to note their status as Illinois State
n April 7-11- College Week,                                                                             less of their class rank.                       Scholar on scholarship applications. Con-
  NC                                                                                                        “ISAC tries to make it as fair as pos-      gratulatory letters from ISAC and Certifi-
n April 10-12- “All My Sons,”                                                                           sible by ignoring weighted rank to create       cates of Achievement were distributed to
  NC Reber Center 7:30 p.m.         Students (above) line up to have their picture taken at the         evenness among the rankings for those           each scholar at the breakfast.
                                                                                                        schools that don’t have as many honors              “Being a state scholar is nice recogni-
n April 14-18- PSI Week             Illinois State Scholar Ceremony. Students and parents (below)
                                                                                                        classes,” Musser said. “They want to com-       tion, but I think it helps the school more
n April 14- Foreign language        gather to enjoy the food that waited for them at the continental    pare apples to apples.”
  Honors Society Inductions                                                                                                                             than the student,” Lindeen said. “[The
                                    breakfast buffet that followed the ceremony. The Chefs 1 and            At least half a million Illinois State      number of recipients] judge more what
  and Reception, NC 7 p.m.          2 classes helped prepare the meal.                 Caitlin Urbain   Scholars have been recognized in the past       kind of school it is.
n April 16- Late Arrival, 9:40

                                        Park may add sixth
  a.m.; Spring Parent University,
  SC Little Theater 7 p.m.
n April 17- Band Concert, SC
  PAC 7:30 p.m.
n April 19- Relay for Life
  Car Wash, SC Circle Drive 9
  a.m.-1 p.m.
                                         grade to campus
n April 22- North Campus            Story continued from page one
  Choir Concert, NC Reber
                                    elementary schools, which would free up space at the elementary
  Center 7:30 p.m.                  schools for first through sixth graders.
                                        The second option is to move all sixth graders to Park, making it
   ClubSchedule                     a sixth to eighth middle school instead of a seventh to eighth junior
                                    high. This option has drawn considerable ire from a contingent of
Every issue, LION will              parents who feel that 6th graders would not be prepared to function
publish meeting times,              academically and socially at Park. Regardless of which direction the
dates and locations for             Board proceeds, one classroom will be added to Cossitt and two will
various clubs. If your club         be added to Ogden this summer.
is interested in advertising
                                        After LION went to press, a Board/Community Forum was sched-
in the LION, please place a
note in the LION mailbox.
                                    uled to take place on March 13. The forum was to allow residents to
                                    address the BOE on expansion options that they are considering.The
n Prism- Mondays, 3:30 p.m.,        BOE is scheduled to make its final decision on April 1.
  SC C229                               The space constraints that are affecting D102 are not expected to                Students at NIU mourn the loss of classmates after the shooting occurred on campus. After
                                    carry over into the high school. LT will add three or four classrooms to
n Recycling Club- Second and                                                                                             the shooting, some students at LT have questioned school security.                  MCT Campus
                                    SC this summer, but does not foresee a major need for expansion.

                                                                                                                             NIU students still recovering
  fourth Wednesdays of every            “A lot of the concern about overcrowding at LT, I think, isn’t going
  month, 3 p.m. NC; second          to happen,” LT Superintendent Dennis Kelly said.
  and fourth Thursdays of every         Both LT and its associate schools utilize consulting demographer
  month. 3 p.m., NC                 Dr. John Kasarda, a professor at the University of North Carolina.
                                                                                                                         Story continued from page one                    no way of knowing when something
n Peer Leadership-Third             Kasarda’s projections for growth at LT show relatively stable enroll-
  Thursday of each month, 3:15      ment due to the current housing market in the area, Kelly said.                      holding Code Red Lock-down drills to             as unfortunate as this will occur. There
  p.m., SC Little Theater               According to a D102 report on space constraints, Kasarda predicts                prepare for a school shooting situation.         is no way to prevent a gunman from
                                    a future peak enrollment followed by a leveling off for Park and the                     This year, LT created the Speak Up           taking those initial shots that could end
                                                                                                                                                                          up being fatal.”
     Corrections                    four elementary schools.
                                        In addition to increased enrollment, a D102 initiative that was
                                                                                                                         hotline, an anonymous e-mail and phone
                                                                                                                         tip line that allows students to report                       ‘Freak accident’
LION strives for accuracy in        approved in February 2006 to reduce class size in the elementary                     concerning behavior. The hotline was
every article. Unfortunately,       schools has contributed to the strain on D102 facilities. Average class              added with the hope of improving com-                Today, a month after the tragedy, the
the following mistakes were         size at the four grade schools has decreased an average of 11percent                 munication, which experts show is a              atmosphere at NIU is palpably different
made in the Feb. 15 issue.          to about 21 students per class according to a fall 2007 report.                      key to preventing violence.                      than before the shooting.
LION regrets these errors.              While moving sixth grade to Park would open up more room for                         The Peacable School Initiative (PSI)             “Now that classes are back most
Constance Lyda is a choir           the remainder of elementary students, concerns have been raised as to                also works to improve communication              people I talk to and see are very uneasy
director. The band directors
                                    whether this would be beneficial to the students.                                    between educators and students by                and nervous towards every day things,”
                                        “From talking to other parents, it seems that parents are more con-              holding student-teacher forums twice a           Ciamprone said. “Now whenever some-
are Mark Dahl and Huei Pan.
                                    cerned, not with overcrowding, but with whether or not sixth graders                 year, during which students can make             one enters a lecture hall late, I see every
All choir, band and orchestra
                                    are ready to be in a junior high school setting,” Judi Hogan, who has                teachers aware of problems that they             head in the room turn to look at them.”
members have to sight read
                                    a seventh grade daughter at Park, said.                                              have at school. Bullying is a topic that             Despite his experience, however,
as a part of the IMEA District          Hogan is also a mother of John Hogan ‘10, and says that she sees                 often comes up, PSI president Rebecca            Ciamprone continues to feel secure at
competitions. The All-State         a noticeable difference in the situation at Park.                                    Lang ‘08 said.                                   NIU.
and Honors Choir were both              “[John] had a fine time at Park, and I didn’t notice overcrowding,”                  Ciamprone, who praises the NIU                  “Most campuses are very open like
composed of 280 students.           Hogan said.“It is much more pronounced now, just two years later.”                   security force for its rapid response to         NIU’s, and this was an unfortunate freak
Only juniors and seniors can try        Overcrowding at Park itself has not been raised as a major issue,                the shooting counters the public outcry          accident,” Ciamprone said.“I feel very safe
out for the All-State orchestra,    but the construction that would be needed if sixth grade were added                  for extreme school security measures.            at NIU, and I wouldn’t want to be on any
choir or band. Eleven LT choral     could also help to shrink class size.                                                    “I don’t think there will ever be a way      other campus. This could happen any-
students were named All-State           Interested residents can go to the D102 website,,              to prevent something like this from hap-         where, and it was just a matter of me and
Musicians. Victor Vieira-Branco’s   for more information. A timeline of events, a frequently asked ques-                 pening no matter how much security               everyone else present in the class being
name was misspelled.                tions page and public comments are included.                                         is enforced,” Ciamprone said. “There is          in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
                                                                                                                                                                    Pool price
                   Aviation education
  Embry-Riddle University has two residential campuses, in                                                                                     The SC pool cost LT over $8 million to construct. The
 Daytona Beach, Fla. and Prescott, Ariz. and over 130 world-                                                                                  pool is still under warranty, so the tile problems will be
                                                                                   Friday, March 14, 2008        Page 3
   wide campuses in both the United States and Europe.                                                                                                         repaired free of charge.

Aviation courses expand
by Kate Stephens
    When students cross the thresh-
                                               SC pool faces repair                                                                              Cameras oversee halls
                                                                                                                                               Story continued from page one
old to room 320 at NC, they enter                 Tiles cause scheduling                                                                      move past the issue and have no contact with the
the domain of Embry-Riddle Aero-                problems for summer plans                                                                     other person, Cushing said.
nautical University, one of the most                                                                                                              The school also uses the Speak-Up Hotline where
prestigious aeronautical schools                by Katherine Butler                                                                           students can anonymously leave a message if they have
in the United States. According to                                                                                                            a concern. There have been 14 anonymous tips so far
Kris Campbell, an Embry-Riddle                     At the beginning of their season, a few                                                    this year through the hotline, Costopoulos said.
Aeronautics University professor               swimmers on the girls team discovered                                                              LT also monitors security cameras placed around
who teaches all of LT’s aeronautical           something unusual about the SC pool                                                            the school. While no one permanently monitors the
classes, no high school aeronautical           during one of their practices. In Septem-                                                      cameras, someone often passes in and out of the room
program in the Midwest is as strong            ber, some of the tiles at the bottom of the                                                    where the footage is displayed, Costopoulos said.
as the one now offered at LT.                  pool began to lift up and out of the floor.                                                        “We don’t have as many security cameras as we
    For the 2008-2009 school year,                 David Sellers, the Director of Busi-                                                       would like and we are getting more,” Costopoulos said.
LT will add five new courses to the            ness Services, said that this type of prob-                                                    “They are very helpful.”
aeronautics program, Campbell said.            lem is not unusual for a new facility such                                                         One student realized that the security cameras are
At NC, students who enroll in “Intro           as the pool.                                                                                   indeed closely watched when she was called down to
to Space Flight” explore how to plan               “Our architect has advised that this                                                       the Assistance Principal’s office after someone viewed
a mission and build and fly a space-           problem occurs with a portion of new           As of September, SC pool floor tiles have       her on the cameras being pushed in the hallway.
craft. In “Air Traffic Control,” students      pools within the first few years,” Sellers     lifted off the bottom.      Caitlin Urbain          “I was surprised when I was called down to the
learn how to organize and commu-               said. “Just as newly constructed houses                                                        office because we were really only fooling around,”
nucate within an airport or aircraft.          settle, the physics of concrete curing and     ics of new construction unique to swim-         Peggy* said.“My mom was even more surprised when
A course on “Airport and Transporta-           changing shape at a microscopic level          ming pools.”                                    she got a call from the Assistant Principal’s office at
tion Security” includes information            can cause tiles to come loose.”                    The school’s burden, however, is the        home. But, I’m glad that they’re watching out for us
on escape planning for all types of                Repairs have already been made to          difficult task that lies ahead of accom-        just because then we know we’ll be safe.”
transportation, and another titled             the tiles, but in order for the problem to     modating all of the summer programs                 Besides security cameras watching over students, LT
“Rules and Warbirds” explores the              be completely eliminated, work will have       scheduled to take place at both the SC          also has 10 student assistants, more commonly known
history and science of flight. All of          to be done over the summer, he said.           and NC pools.                                   as security guards, at NC and nine at SC.
these new classes are level V semes-               “Repairs have been completed                   “We have to consider time for Lyons             “The student assistants are trained in how to talk
ter courses.The only biennial course,          twice and tiles have been successfully         Swim Club, morning swim condition-              down fights,” Costopoulos said. “If that doesn’t work,
“Private Pilot Operations,” allows             re-affixed to the pool tub,” he said. “This    ing, water polo and swim lessons, and           then they are forced to physically break up a fight. I’m
students to earn their private pilot’s         summer, the pool will have to be drained       everything will have to be held at North        of the firm belief that people fight in school because
license.These classes automatically            and permanent repairs and re-grouting          Campus like it used to,” Scott Walker,          they know it will be broken up.”
transfer over to a college transcript          will occur over a two to three week time       P.E. teacher and swim coach, said. “We              If students or teachers see a fight occurring, they
as if the student is currently a col-          period, currently planned for late June        will have to pretend that the SC pool           are instructed to find a security guard or go to a class-
lege student, Campbell said.                   and early July.”                               doesn’t exist.”                                 room where a teacher could press the emergency call
    At SC, the original basic aviation             Luckily, the tile issue arose before the       Though the contractors have pre-            button for contact with the Assistant Principal’s office.
course and a new course, “Careers              warranty on the new pool expired, leav-        dicted that the repair work will only           However, students and teachers are not encouraged to
in Aviation,” are now offered. Camp-           ing the contractors financially respon-        take a few weeks, Walker and the other          break up fights, Costopoulos said.
bell says she hopes the new courses            sible, Sellers said.                           coaches have decided that it is too risky           “I think the best way to keep a school safe is not
attract a wider variety of students.               “All repairs, parts and labor, are cov-    to schedule the programs based on this          by putting in metal detectors, but by having students
    “I realized that the best way I            ered under warranty, at no expense to          assumption.                                     who recognize that something is not right and tell an
could serve the students would be              LTHS,” he said. “The problems we have              “We’ll just have to plan for the            adult,” Costopoulos said.“Our best safety feature is our
to create a college campus in a high           experienced are not expected to be             worst,” Walker said. “We have no con-           student body.”
school environment,” Campbell said.            recurring, and are attributed to the phys-     trol over it.”                                  *name changed to protect privacy
    Although the new classes do
not require a significant amount of
additional funding or equipment,
the computers used in these classes
                                                Students raise money
are replaced every two to three
years to keep up with the high-tech
simulation software, LT director of
                                                for Special Olympics
curriculum and instruction Scott                  LT students raise local awareness,
Eggerding said.                                   receive recognition from FCCLA for
                                                       community contribution
French market approved                          by Marney Coleman
by Katie Schoder                                   A group of teenagers walked the streets of West-
   The Western Springs Village                 ern Springs in an effort to raise money for the Special
Board of Trustees has approved the             Olympics on Feb. 2, 2008. LT students Aimee Dayhoff
decision to add an outdoor French              ‘09 and Ali Hickey ‘10 organized the event.
market, organized by the France-                    Hickey got the idea from her Life Studies class. In
based company Bensidoun, to the                the semester long course, students are required as part
downtown area.                                 of their final to complete a project of their choice rang-
   The market proposition was                  ing from topics such as career exploration to commu-
approved with a 4-1 vote on Jan. 28,           nity service. Hickey presented the idea of fundraising
after its rejection last February.             for the Special Olympics, but due to time constraints
   “There was discussion about                 did not use the fundraiser for her final project.
including the French market last                    Instead, Hickey recruited Dayhoff to plan the fund-
year,” John Lynch, Village President           raiser outside of class, participating in a Family, Career
of Western Springs, said. “There               and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Star event
was some initial opposition from               and competition. In addition to planning and executing
local businesses, who thought the              the fundraiser, Hickey and Dayhoff made a portfolio of
market would hurt their businesses.            their work.The girls presented their work at the FCCLA
Originally the proposal was to have            regional competition, which qualified them to compete
the market near the Tower, but busi-           at the state level in April in Springfield. At this competi-
nesses were concerned with the                 tion they then have a chance to qualify for Nationals,
parking challenges that would arise.”          which takes place in Orlando.
   After holding hearings, the trust-               “The most noteworthy fact is that they did it on
ees agreed to Benisdoun’s contract             their own,” Life Studies teacher Kate Ebner said.“They         Collecting donations on Feb. 2, Michelle Sangirardi ‘09 and Sarah Hanlon ‘10 stand
and decided to move the location               were intrinsically motivated to make something posi-           on the corner of Hillgrove Avenue and Wolf Road.                Photo courtesy of Ali Hickey ‘10
to the front of the village hall. Ben-         tive happen. It was not a requirement at all; it was the
sidoun requires a contract of eight to
10 years, as it takes a couple of years
                                               brainstorm of two students coming together and want-
                                               ing to make a difference.”
                                                                                                              Western Springs Village Hall to apply and pay for a
                                                                                                              solicitor’s license.
for the market to build up business                                                                                                                                              Special Olympics offers 30
                                                    Dayhoff’s father, Western Springs Police Lieuten-             In the end though, it was worth it, Dayhoff said.              sports that provide train-
and become successful.                         ant David Dayhoff, as well as other Western Springs                “I think that a lot of high school students are                ing and competition oppor-
   “It takes a while for the French            police officers aided the group as well. Dayhoff and           close-minded,” she said. “I don’t really understand why            tunities for people with
market to get going,” Lynch said.              Hickey also had the assistance of fellow LT students           people hold negative stereotypes. I think that it would            intellectual disabilities.
“Bensidoun does not want com-                  and friends Michelle Sangirardi Alison Tubay ‘09,              be good for high school students to get more involved              Some sports include:
munities to cancel their contracts             Brian Trefil ‘09 and Sarah Hanlon ‘10.                         in raising awareness [about the Special Olympics].”
after the market becomes successful,                The group stood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the inter-       Hickey echoes these sentiments.                                   n Alpine Skiing
because Bensidoun needs several                section of Hillgrove Avenue and Wolf Road with buck-                “[Special needs people] deserve to do what we can            n Aquatics
years to recoup its initial financial          ets in Western Springs asking for donations. By the end        do,” Hickey said.                                                 n Bocce
investment.They are confident that it          of the day they had collected $1,360.                               Dayhoff and Hickey do not have any specific future
will be doing well after a few years.”              “You could tell that most people who gave really                                                                            n Figure skating
                                                                                                              fundraisers set up at the moment, but the Western
   The market will host 10 to 15 ven-          cared,” Hickey said.                                           Springs Police have been organizing fundraisers every             n Gymnastics
dors selling items such as fruits and               The event took a lot more dedication and planning         year for the Special Olympics, Dayhoff said.                      n Powerlifting
cheeses. It will be open on Thursdays          than originally anticipated, Dayhoff said. In addition               In the summer, as is tradition for Dayhoff and her          n Snowboarding
from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will run             to organizing the group of students and the activity           father, Hickey and Dayhoff plan to attend the Special
from the end of April until October.           the day of the event, the students also had to go the          Olympics Illinois event in Bloomington-Normal.                    Source:
                              Acclaimed choreographer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Annual theme
  Randy Duncan, who choreographed the EDC dance that
  qualified for Nationals, is known for his work and perfor-
    mances in “Guys and Dolls” and “West Side Story.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The theme for this year’s Eurythmic performance is “Illusion.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The show is May 15-17 at 7:30 in the Reber Center and will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                include the dance that qualified for Nationals.

                                                                                                                                         Dancers head to Nationals
                                                                                                                                      Eurythmics Dance Company qualifies                                                         However, attending the festival does present some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             drawbacks. Because the date of KOH was pushed back,
                                                                                                                                          for showcase in Philadelphia                                                       the dancers are now unable to attend the dance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Although the dancers are disappointed they will miss
                                                                                                                                      by Meg Vertovec                                                                        KOH, they remain enthusiastic about the prospect of
                                                                                                                                         Tomorrow night, most LT students will be spending                                   dancing at such a prestigious event.
                                                                                                                                     their time showing off on the dance floor at King of                                        “I’m really excited. It’s a great opportunity to take
                                                                                                                                     Hearts (KOH). Some of LT’s most experienced dancers,                                    classes from professional choreographers, perform on
                                                                                                                                     however, will be notably absent.These dancers, 18 mem-                                  stage and be with dancers from other schools,” EDC
                                                                                                                                     bers of the Eurythmic Dance Company (EDC), will be                                      member Lindsay Anderson ’09 said.
                                                                                                                                     trading in the SC Fieldhouse for much different dancing                                     Chrissy Busse ‘09, fellow EDC member, also viewed
                                                                                                                                     facilities: the Merriam and Artsbank Theaters in Philadel-                              the event as a great opportunity, with ben-
                                                                                                                                     phia, where they will be participating in the National                                  efits that outweigh missing LT’s dance.
                                                                                                                                     High School Dance Festival.                                                                 “I was disappointed [about missing DanceDecisions
                                                                                                                                         This four-day festival, which started yesterday and                                 KOH], but this is a once-in-a-lifetime oppor- During their trip to the
                                                                                                                                     continues until Sunday, is an annual dance showcase                                     tunity,” Busse said. “I don’t really know National High School Dance
                                                                                                                                     that draws over 1,500 high school student-dancers from                                  what to expect, but I hope to become Festival, EDC members have
                                                                                                                                     across the country.This year, the festival is being held at                             closer with the girls and the company as a the opportunity to select a
                                                                                                                                     The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.                                             whole. We will also be able to learn more variety of dance classes to
                                                                                                                                         The EDC auditioned by performing three dances for                                   about dance from well-known dancers and take. Some of the options
                                                                                                                                     the Second Annual National High School Festival. The                                    choreographers.”                                  available to them include:
                                                                                                                                     company filmed these dances and sent the tapes to the                                       Wethington also hopes that the girls n Flamenco
                                                                                                                                     judges in early December.Within a few weeks, the danc-                                  will gain dancing knowledge and experi-
                                                                                                                                     ers learned that one of the three dances was selected to                                ence during their stay at the festival.           n West African
                                                                                                                                     be featured in the showcase.                                                                “They will take back with them expo- n Salsa
                                                                                                                                         This dance, entitled “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on                                  sure to several different dance types and n Ballroom
                                                                                                                                     Me,” was choreographed by Randy Duncan, a famous                                        teachings as well as networking with other n Liturgical Dance
                                                                                                                                     choreographer known for creating the ballet dances in                                   dancers their age,” Wethington said. “[It
                                                                                                                                     “Save the Last Dance.”                                                                  should be] very enlightening.”                    n Afro-Brazilian
                                                                                                                                         EDC Director Terry Wethington appreciates the                                           The dancers will be busy with up to four Source:
                                                                                                                                     opportunity to work with Duncan, who has been a close                                   classes and three concerts daily. Because of
                                                                                                                                     friend of his for over 20 years.                                                        their busy schedule, they remain realistic concerning
                                                                                                                                         “It is a great honor to work with [Duncan],”Wething-                                any possibility of free time to explore Philadelphia.
                                                                                                                                     ton said.“He is renowned.”                                                                  “It is dance, dance, dance,” Busse said.“All day we will
                                                                                                                                         Due in part to Duncan’s choreography, this dance                                    be dancing.When we aren’t in classes, we will be watch-
                                                                                                                                     became the first EDC dance to qualify for Nationals                                     ing different dance shows or concerts.”
                                                                                                                                     since 2004. Wethington also cited the dance’s large                                         Even if it is available, Anderson doesn’t know if the
                                                                                                                                     number of lifts as playing a key role in its selection.                                 dancers will take advantage of any free time.
Members of LT’s Eurythmic Dance Company practice “Don’t                                                                                  “[The lifts] are one element that made it more inter-                                   “I don’t know if we will be able to move,” Anderson
Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” the dance they will perform at                                                                           esting--we are doing some really amazing lifts,” Wething-                               said.“I heard your feet get numb from dancing the whole
the National High School Dance Festival this weekend. This                                                                           ton said. “[They] evoke emotion, and the girls change                                   day. We’ll probably be so exhausted that we’ll just want
showcase is being held in Philadephia.      Megan Bannister                                                                          positions in midair.”                                                                   to go back to our rooms and sleep.”





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                      Hunger pains                                                                                                                                    Music mania
  Every year, approximately 15 million children die of hunger
worldwide. In the United States alone, one out of eight chil-
 dren under the age of 12 goes to bed hungry every night.
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                                                                                                                                                   Braddigan’s musical stylings are described by Eastern
                                                                                                                                                Surf Magazine as if “Jack Johnson met Bob Dylan at [Bob]
                                                                                                                                                            Marley’s house for a jam session.”

  Nearby food pantries aid thousands
  LT follows lead of Greater Chicago Food                                  Although hunger has been an ongoing issue, there has
                                                                        been more demand for food in the past year, Dolgan said.
     Depository, holds own food drive                                      “Rising fuel costs, the mortgage crisis and layoffs have all
by Kathleen Hackett                                                     been factors,” Dolgan said. “In the winter, the extra expenses,
                                                                        particularly utility costs, make budgets tighter so the need at
   Nearly 500,000 people each year rely on emergency                    our pantries increases.”
and supplemental food provided by a network of 600 food                    While the Chicago Food Depository’s main focus is to
pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Chicagoland area,           provide food, volunteers have also been working to connect
according to the Greater Chicago Food Depository                        the pantry clients to other services as well, including health,
   The bottom line is that hundreds of thousands of people              employment, or other social services.
in Cook County rely on food and grocery assistance provided                “Our volunteers at the Food Depository are amazing,”
by pantries every week.                                                 Dolgan said. “They do everything from driving trucks to sort-
   The mission of the Greater Chicago Food Depository is to             ing produce to data entry. The people who volunteer out at
provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger             the pantries, soup kitchens and shelters are amazing as well.
in the community. This program has grown tremendously                   Without volunteers at every level, this network could not do
since it commenced in 1979 with the help of a grant from                what it does.”
the Chicago Department of Health and Human Services.                                           Local pantries
   In its first year of operation, this non-profit food distribu-
tion and training center had 22 food donors and distributed                The Chicago Food Depository has over 600 stations, and
471,000 pounds of food to 85 local agencies. Last year, more            the nearby branches include St. Francis Xavier, St. Cletus, St.
than 400 food-drive sponsors and donors contributed more                Barbara and the Second Baptist Church.                              Collecting food to donate to the Greater Chicago Food Deposi-
than 540,000 pounds of food and $434,000, which translates                 Teri Pappas, food pantry coordinator at St. Francis Xavier,      tory, an LT student purchases canned goods in an effort to aid
to about 1.7 million meals.                                             has been involved with this organization for five years.
   The Greater Chicago Food Depository receives food from                  The St. Francis food pantry, like the other local pantries, is   hungry community members. Photo illustration by Caitlin Urbain
grocery stores, restaurant chains, caterers, cafeterias, and            open one day a week for clients to come and pick up food.           Thursday, March 6. The goal of this program is to collect as
basically anywhere there is a potential for food to be wasted.          Every Tuesday morning, Pappas and five other women arrive           many food products as possible, and then the canned soups,
Other main outlets for food, donations and support include              early to pack the bags with canned fruits or vegetables, soup,      vegetables, pastas and other staple food items will be col-
the United States Department of Agriculture and the Federal             pasta or rice, paper products, snacks and peanut butter, before     lected and transported to the Chicago Food Depository to
Emergency Management Agency.                                            the clients come between 9:30 and 11 a.m. The bags are              be distrubuted throughout the community.
   “Most anyone is eligible to receive food,” Bob Dolgan,               packed either as small family bags or a large family bags, but          On March 6, teachers found food collection boxes in
Director of Communications for the Greater Chicago Food                 either way, all food groups are represented.                        their classrooms. All first period teachers will be collecting
Depository, said.“There are some basic requirements such as                The food distributed at St. Francis comes from community         food from their first period classes, so that students won’t
identification, but otherwise the food is available to whoever          donations, youth group food collections and local restaurants       have to carry the food around all day, Brian Nolan, Director
needs it. We want food to be accessible to everyone, and we             including Panera Bread and Starbucks.                               of LT Student Activities, said.
want walking into a pantry to be an easy, dignified process.”              Currently St. Francis serves about 50 clients, but as the year       The food drive ends on March 19, and student council
   The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes a variety            progresses, Pappas predicts that more people will register for      representatives will pick up and record the donations.
of perishable and nonperishable food including everything               the program.                                                            One class from each campus will win a catered breakfast
from meats to dairy to bread to fresh fruits and vegetables.               “There are many people that need assistance,” Pappas said.       including bacon, eggs, sausage, and fruit. These classes that
   “At the core of our distribution are nutritious items such           “Our clients do come from around our neighborhood, they are         collect the most food will be announced after Spring Break.
as peanut butter, tuna, and pastas,” Dolgan said. “These items          residents of 60525 and 60526 communities.”                              “A critical part of this drive is the opportunity it gives is
help our pantries maintain a nutritious stock of food on the               Besides the local community food pantries, LT has also           to teach our students about hunger problems throughout
shelves. Of the 10 million pounds of food we distribute each            become involved in projects to help combat hunger.                  the world, including right here in our community,” Nolan
year, one quarter of that food is fresh fruits or vegetables.”             Student Council started the “LT Cares Food Drive” on             said in a message to all LT faculty and staff.

                                                                   Braddigan shares message through music
                                                                       Band returns to LT to                         “The LT show and Lake Zurich were              “[Our goal] is to bring love to the
                                                                                                                                                                people, light to a dark place, and music
                                                                     perform, inspire students                    both fantastic shows,” Braddigan’s Mid-
                                                                                                                  west coordinator Mike Hilger ‘04 said.        to a place that would appreciate it,”
                                                                   by Elizabeth Pierson                           “We had a great time, and we were so          Hilger said. “We want to show them that
                                                                                                                  pumped to find out later that two stu-        we aren’t just some organization from
                                                                      The first time Brad Corrigan drove          dents had really grasped the message at       the U.S. sending them money. We walk
                                                                   through the community of La Chureca,           LT and started the shoe drive.”               with them and show we are with them.”
                                                                   he could not believe what he saw: people          This year, Braddigan will perform from         Along with Dia de Luz, Braddigan
                                                                   were literally living atop piles of garbage.   their new album, “The Captive,” as well       performs over 30 benefit shows per year
                                                                   This community inspired him to create          as a motivational mixture of slideshows       to aid those in need. LT’s concert will be
                                                                   his nonprofit organization, Love, Light &      and testimonials, Student Activities Direc-   no different: all $10 from each ticket will
                                                                   Melody, according to his website.              tor Brian Nolan said.                         profit Love, Light & Melody.
                                                                      “I’ve had plenty of trips to develop-          “They are not a band that is going to          This year, Steven Dudley ’08 started a
                                                                   ing nations, but I’ve never, ever seen         come and play and leave,” Nolan said.         shoe drive to help Braddigan and La Chu-
                                                                   anything like this trash dump before,”         “They are a band that wants to come           reca. Shoes will be collected in the main
                                                                   Corrigan said, according to the Change         here, play their music and inspire people     office in the weeks leading up to the con-
                                                                   Agents website.                                to do something special with their lives.”    cert and the night of the event.
                                                                      As part of his effort to raise awareness,      Braddigan was not available for com-           The concert, which will be opened by
                                                                   Corrigan—formerly of the band Dis-             ment because they are currently leading       Ryan Silver ‘08, is highly anticipated by
                                                                   patch—and his new band, Braddigan, are         Dia de Luz, or Day of Light, in Nicaragua.    both students and staff, Nolan said.
Brad Corrigan, formerly of Dispatch, performs with his
                                                                   returning to LT on March 20, at 7 p.m. to      Love, Light & Melody brings together              “It is going to be a positive event,”
bandmate in a special concert for LT students held last year.      play a concert in the Reber Center. Last       Nicaraguans for a march through La            Nolan said. “[Students] will walk away
Braddigan is scheduled to play at LT again this year on March      year, Braddigan performed in the SC Per-       Chureca’s trash dump and ends the day         feeling inspired and like they have a
20 at 7 p.m. in the Reber Center.                     Julie Dose   forming Arts Center.                           with a concert, Hilger said.                  responsibility larger than themselves.”

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While these stories may be strange, they offer                                                                           PictureThis
some valuable lessons: always keep a DVD in
your pocket, do not accept ‘washed’ bills and
  watch out for people with blue folders.
compiled by Sarah Jeep
   DVD stops bullet, saves life
   The DVD of a show about fire
extinguishers in the pocket of Barry
McRoy, Colleton County Fire and
Rescue Director, was intended to help
stop fires. This DVD took fire safety
to a new level when it saved McRoy
from a bullet. As he was leaving a
Waffle House restaurant in Walterboro,
S.C., two men began fighting over a
gun. A gunshot went off and hit one
of the men involved with the brawl,
shattered a window and hit McRoy’s
pocket where he had stored the DVD.
   McRoy did not immediately real-
ize he had been shot. When he was
speaking with a police officer about
the event, he noticed a bullet hole in
his jacket, the shattered DVD case and
part of the bullet.

    Stealing from Girl Scouts                                                                                                                                                As part of this year’s Black His-
    Some people rob banks or cash                                                                                                                                            tory Month Assembly, LT students
registers, but those not quite up for                                                                                                                                        enjoyed performances by The Will-
this challenge prefer to rob Junior                                                                                                                                          ingham Project, which promotes
Girl Scouts instead. Two con artists                                                                                                                                         African-American culture and
gave a fake $100 bill to Girl Scouts,
who were selling cookies outside a                                                                                                                                           diversity in schools. The presenta-
supermarket in Westminster, Colo.                                                                                                                                            tion involved dancing, instrumental
and asked for $93.50 in change.                                                                                                                                              pieces, dramatic interpretation and
    “The bill felt and looked wrong                                                                                                                                          student participation. The assem-
and it was a quarter of an inch shorter                                                                                                                                      blies took place on Friday, Feb. 29.
than a $1 bill,” Jil Hennessey-Sea-                                                                                                                                                              Megan Bannister
bolt, the cookie director for Junior
Girl Scouts Troop 2121, said.
    The con artists told the girls that
the bill looked strange because it had
been washed.As a result of this crime,                    NewsReel: Here’s what is happening at other schools around the United States
the Girl Scouts lost their earnings for
the day and several boxes of cook-                 South Albany High School                                                                            
                                                   Albany, Ore.                                                                                                        Hall-Dale High School
ies. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                       Hallowell, Maine
donated $100 to the troop.The swin-
dlers have not been identified.                         Teens suspended for
                                                                                                                                                                         Exchange student nearly
 Late for anger management
                                                         wearing crucifixes                                                                                                  starves during trip
                                                       Two students, 16-year-old Marco                                                                                     Jonathan McCullum was a
   In St. Paul, Minn., Justin John
                                                   Castro and 14-year-old Jaimie Sala-                                                                                 normal high school student who had
Boudin, 27, was waiting for a bus
                                                   zar, were suspended for three and                                                                                   an abnormal exchange experience
to his anger management class last
                                                   five days respectively for wearing                                                                                  when he spent only four months in
August when a 59-year-old woman got                                                                       Columbine High School
                                                   crucifixes that the school principal                                                                                Egypt. McCullum lived with a family
on his nerves.                                                                                            Littleton, Colo.
                                                   deemed gang markers. Castro said his                                                                                of Coptic Christians, a group who
   He allegedly yelled,“Why don’t you
show some respect?” to the woman.
                                                   was a gift from his mother.                                 Student blood drive grabs attention                     follows strict dietary restrictions and
                                                       Salazar apparently argued with                                                                                  fasts for about 200 days a year.
   She then attempted to call the                                                                             Columbine, the high school infamous for the school
                                                   Principal Chris Equinoa when Equi-                                                                                      McCullum was 155 pounds when
police on her cell phone, but he                                                                          shooting that occurred there in 1999, received some
                                                   noa told him to take off his necklace.                                                                              he left last summer and weighed just
punched her in the face. Then when                                                                        better news Feb. 25 when the school accepted the
                                                   After Equinoa sent Salazar to the                                                                                   97 pounds upon his return.
a 63-year-old man tried to stop him,                                                                      America’s Blood Centers’ School Blood Drive Award.
                                                   office, the student went home, lead-                                                                                    Pictures show him as emaciated
Boudin hit him with his blue anger                                                                            Science teacher Thane Hill accepted the award on
                                                   ing to a defiance charge in addition to                                                                             and near starvation. Doctors said he
management folder.                                                                                        behalf of the school at a ceremony in New York.
                                                   the gang behavior.                                                                                                  was extremely weak and at risk of a
   Then he ran away, presumably                                                                               “Hosting blood drives is something our school takes
                                                       The school and police Officer Ken                                                                               heart attack. McCullum described his
because he knew he would need                                                                             pride in doing,” Hill said at the reception.“This award is
                                                   Fandrem, who leads a gang task                                                                                      host parents as mean and stingy.
some extra time in class.                                                                                 an affirmation of what we believe to be true at Colum-
                                                   force, support Equinoa.                                                                                                 “The weight loss concerned me,
   In May he will receive his sentence,                                                                   bine, and that is our school genuinely cares for others.”
                                                       “[Gang members] put their gang                                                                                  but I wanted to stick it out the whole
which is expected to be at least 120                                                                          Student recognition of the importance of donating
                                                   colors on the rosaries and claim                                                                                    year,” McCullum said.
days in prison and probation, prosecu-                                                                    blood and faculty encouragement of the program were
                                                   they’re religious,” Fandrem said.
tors said.                                         sources:,,    cited as reasons for the school’s selection.                                compiled by Paul Schied

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      laws excessive
  Our Position: Although aspects of the proposed laws
 for Internet safety are commendable, by giving parents
 extreme amounts of power, the legislation for Internet
                safety is excessive overall.
     Parents of teenagers encounter a difficult job: they must look out
for the safety of their teens while also allowing them to retain their
independence.Although the line between being safe and being over-
protective is often blurred, most parents know when to give teens
their deserved freedom. For the most part, parents would not open
and read mail addressed to their teens, nor would they listen in on
their children’s private phone conversations. Likewise, parents should
not have access to their teenagers’ profiles on social-networking sites.
    Recently, Illinois legislators began fighting to pass a law that would
allow parents to access their teenagers’ profiles on websites like
Facebook and MySpace. This law would also force the sites to obtain
written parental consent before allowing minors to become members.
These aspects of the law present a multitude of problems. Above all,
parents should teach their teenagers the importance of Internet safety
and raise them to be responsible, trustworthy young adults capable of
conducting themselves safely on these sites without constant parental
supervision. At the same time, the idea of requiring written parental
consent seems futile. Students who would lie to their parents about
having a profile on one of these sites would also likely be willing to lie
and forge their parents’ signatures on the consent form.
    Despite the overall excessiveness, some aspects of the law should
be approved. The law would prevent registered sex offenders from
viewing these sites and strengthen the punishments for those caught
doing so. The implementation of these aspects of the law would be
commendable and make the other aspects even more unnecessary. By
further safeguarding teenagers from predators, parents should be even
more confident about allowing them independence online.
   The Internet presents just one of many potentially dangerous situ-
ations teenagers may encounter throughout their high school years.
Allowing students independence on social-networking websites is no
different from permitting them to drive alone on the highway or go
to a concert at night in the city. For teenagers to develop into normal
adults, parents cannot constantly be watching for any bump in the
sidewalk they may trip over. Teenagers must learn to be safe while
standing on their own feet—or sitting alone in front of the computer.                                                                                                                           Jack Hostettler
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                                                              Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”The novel is being
                                                              removed from the American Studies class, mainly due to
                                                              time constraints.The key reason for this decision was
                                                              the parallel structure of the U.S. History and English
                                                                                                                                         LION Friday, March 14, 2008      Volume 98, Issue 6

                                                              aspects of the course. Because “Grapes of Wrath” is such       Open Forum:
  certain works of literature are important,                  a long book, it was difficult to make the novel line up        The opinion section of Lion is a public forum. Editorials repre-
  curriculum needs to change and evolve to                    with its era in history.                                       sent the opinion of the Lion staff. Other opinions expressed in
include new aspects of literature and culture.                    The Global Literature accel class will no longer           columns and letters to the editor are the opinions of individu-
                                                              read Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Teachers will continue            als. Letters to the editor must be signed and represent only the
    The LT English department has decided to cut              to use film and text excerpts from the play, but it will       views of the signed writer.
a number of classics from various levels of English.          no longer be a core text for that class. While Shake-
This may worry some; shouldn’t everyone read “The                                                                            Editorials:
                                                              speare is traditionally considered to be one of the most       Editorials represent the collective opinion of the entire Lion
Great Gatsby?” And what about Shakespeare? These              important writers for students to be familiar with, LT’s
changes call into question which books, aspects of lit-                                                                      staff. The idea for the staff editorial will come from the Opin-
                                                              curriculum also exposes students to “Romeo and Juliet”         ions Editor or suggestions of the other editors and staff mem-
erature and topics are essential to a student’s complete      freshmen year. Even with the removal of “Hamlet” in its
education.                                                                                                                   bers. One writer will compose each editorial. The staff’s vote on
                                                              entirety, Global Lit students will still be aware of Shake-    the issue will be published with the editorial in the newspaper.
    Luckily, the English department has made very judi-       speare’s works and style.
cious decisions regarding these changes.Although cer-             On the other hand, Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite             Advertising: Display advertising rates begin at $30 with optional
tain class levels will not read some works of literature,     Runner,” published in 2003, is being added to the Global       discounts available. Call 708/579-6403 between noon and 1 p.m.
the changes are not drastic, and the books removed will       Lit class, reflecting more modern literature from around       for further information.
be replaced by various other novels and options for           the world.This novel will be a valuable addition to the        Subscriptions: Yearly subscriptions can be purchased for $10.
students to choose from.                                      curriculum, combining its poignant emotional themes
    “There is no certain book that everyone needs to                                                                         Lion 2007-’08 Staff:
                                                              with cultural and historical details of Afghanistan that
read in order to be a positive contributor to society,”                                                                      Editor-in-chief–Emily Johnson
                                                              students should be aware of.
Language Arts Division Chair Erik Borne said.                                                                                Managing Editor–Kathleen Hackett
                                                                  In many of these classes, the focus will shift to giving
    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is being                                                                        Art Director-Kate Coombs
                                                              students more choices of which books they read.They
removed from American Literature prep.The depart-                                                                            Page Designer-Kate Stephens
                                                              will have more independence when it comes to choos-
ment has attempted to find texts that were more pal-                                                                         Copy Editor–Sarah Boots
                                                              ing what to read, which reflects the sort of classes that
pable for students, including more short stories.“The                                                                        Assistant Copy Editor- Meg Vertovec
                                                              students will encounter in college.
Great Gatsby” has long been widely regarded as one                                                                           News Editor–Sarah Jeep
                                                                  A curriculum cannot necessarily stay the same for-
of the most important American novels since its initial                                                                      Assistant News Editor–Paul Schied
                                                              ever; there is no denying that “The Great Gatsby” still
publication in 1925 and was ranked second in Modern                                                                          Opinions Editor–Elizabeth Pierson
                                                              resonates with modern American life, despite being
Library’s list of the 100 most influential books of the                                                                      Co- Sports Editors-Joe Puccini, Spencer Pappas
                                                              written almost a century ago, and classic writers like
20th century. For many, it epitomizes the theme of the                                                                       Co- Pulse Editors–Emily Paice, Sara Patek
                                                              Shakespeare are important to the history of literature.
American dream.                                                                                                              Assistant Pulse Editor– Marney Coleman
                                                                  The changes to the English curriculum ultimately
    Still, the majority of LT students will be reading “The                                                                  Business Manager–Nick Miller
                                                              reflect the changing needs of LT students. Some might
Great Gatsby” during their junior year.The removal of                                                                        Public Relations Manager–Katherine Butler
                                                              argue that certain plays or novels are classics for a
the novel from one class will not have an adverse effect                                                                     Reporters–Katie Bates,Tori Bokios, Jack Hostettler, Joe Moran,
                                                              reason, or that all students need to read a specific, tradi-
on the curriculum as a whole. In fact, this change could                                                                     Carrie Mulderink, Katie Schoder, Kate Stephens
                                                              tional set of books in order to have a complete educa-
be beneficial, as it puts more of the burden of learning                                                                     Photo Editor-Cailtin Urbain
                                                              tion.These changes will hopefully help students in the
on the student, according to Borne. Hopefully, students                                                                      Photographer–Megan Bannister
                                                              modern world, without sacrificing classic aspects of
who do not read this classic in their English class will                                                                     Freelancer-Tom Meyer
                                                              literature.                                                    Adviser-Jason Scales
make the choice to read it on their own at some point             “How long can a curriculum stay the same?” Borne
in their lives.                                                                                                              Faculty Assistant-Nik Gallicchio
                                                              said.“All courses should be in a state of constant evolu-
    The American Studies class, offered at both the           tion.”
prep and accel levels, has traditionally read John                                     Vote: 16-4

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               Illinois decides to drug test                                                                                                                                       Beep beep
Illinois has become the latest state to require random drug                                                                                                   The Jeep used to be known as the “Bantam Blitzbuggy” in
   testing for high school athletes. The Illinois High School                                                                                                 1939 when it was invented. It was created because the U.S.
Association’s Board of Directors voted 10-0 to test next year.                            Friday, March 14, 2008          Page 8                             military wanted a replacement vehicle for the Ford Model T.

                                                                                           YourOpinion                                                                                 GettingPiersonal
                                    In an effort to cut down on the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Direc-
                                   tors voted to begin a program of random drug testing this January. High-school athletes participating in state competitions will be
                                  subject to this random testing beginning next school year. On March 5, LION surveyed 204 students about the fairness of this policy:
                                                                                                                                                                               Debbie Downer
                                                                                                                                                                                 I’m complaining about complaining. It’s
                                    9% Not sure                Yes, for all                                                                               9% Three           that time of year where everything seems
                                                               performance        Are you familiar with the new IHSA                                                         completely awful, and everyone is con-
                                                               enhancers          student-athlete drug testing policy?                                                       stantly whining about homework, King of
    PawsUp                                                                                                                                                                   Hearts and snow. I decided to take the time

 to spring break- not like
   anyone’s counting...
                                    22               35                                                                                    21
                                                                                                                                                            36  One
                                                                                                                                                                             to talk about the simple things I love in life:
                                                                                                                                                                                 1. Crossing guards. I had the greatest
                                                                                                                                                                             crossing guard in elementary school; he

                                                                                                                                                                             was the nicest guy and could carve ducks
 to tinted windows- noth-
   ing screams mafia more                    34
                                         Yes, for all drugs
                                                                                                                                                   34                        out of wood.They help kids cross the
                                                                                                                                                                             street and, let’s face it, who has ever met a
   than driving incognito                                                                                                                           None                     mean crossing guard?
 to global warming- jk                                                                       No                                                                                 2. Girl Scout Cookies. I literally count
 to snow- whine now, but                                                                                       Yes                                                          down the 365 days of each year until I
                                Do you think random drug testing for                                                                              How many LT
   you will miss it when                                                                                                                                                     can spend my hard-earned cash for eight

                                IHSA athletes who are in state playoff                                                                   athletics do you participate in?
   it is 95 degrees on the                                                                                                                                                   boxes of delicious cookies. Sure, they are
                                    competitions is a good idea?
                                                                                                                                                                             overpriced, but Peanut Butter Patties and
   third floor of NC in
                                                                                                                                                                             Caramel Delites just make my after school
                                                                                                                                                                             snack that much better.
 to Maury- I can’t think of     All students in extra-                                                                                           12% 50% or more                3. Hoodless hoodies. My closet holds
   anything much classier        curriculars                                                                                                                                 10 of these crewneck wonders, and it
   than “Who’s the Baby                                                                                                                                                      seems my collection is expanding expo-
   Daddy: Part IV”                                   No one                                                                  Under 50%                                       nentially.They are heaven and don’t choke
                                                                                                                                                            Few to
 to snow days- I’m still                                                                                                                                                    me like those imposters with the hoods.

                                                                                                                                           21               44
   not over this...                                                                                        How many LT athletes do                                               4. Constellations. Space has been an
                                                                         Who should be subjected to            you think abuse                                               obsession of mine since childhood, and I
 to the school directory-
                                                                            random drug tests?             performance-enhancing                                             can’t help feeling elated on a clear summer
   old-school Facebook                              Athletes
 to the HC basketball                          31
                                                                                                                                                  23 None
                                                                                                                                                                             night when I can see Orion’s Belt and Cas-
                                                                                                                                                                             siopeia shining down on me.
                                                                                                                                                                                 5. School Supplies. This is an inexpli-
   team- for sparing your-                                                                                                                                                   cable passion.As much as I dread ending
   selves a regional final                                                                         Point                                                                     my summer each year, school-supply shop-
   embarassment                                                                                                                                                              ping is beyond words.The colors, the tex-
 to Baha Men- thanks to
   you I have rabies, get
   your dogs back inside
                                           Random drug testing for athletes                                                                                                  tures, the brands… the magic.
                                                                                                                                                                                 6. Spare Change. Most people hate it,
                                                                                                                                                                             but I love it. It really adds up, you know? I

                                            strong move by IHSA Directors
                                                                                                                                                                             love when I turn in the jars full of accumu-
 to the Mr. Potato Head                                                                                                                                                     lated change to get my check for $57.98.
   family- encouraging                                                                                                                                                           7. Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee. Don’t get
   plastic surgery at a                                                                                                                                                      me wrong, I love all brands of coffee. But
   young age                    by Paul Schied                                                          Americans; the right to cheat is not one of them. Even               if you know me at all, you know that “Liz P.
                                    When the IHSA Board of Directors moved forward                      if it were, most high school athletes are minors. By                 runs on Dunkin’.”And so does America.
                                with a proposal to begin a random drug testing program                  instituting this system, the IHSA is leveling the playing                8. I Can’t Believe It’s
                                for high-school athletes in state competition on Jan. 14,               field, preserving the integrity of the State tournaments,            Not Butter. It’s more of a
                                they took a step in the right direction.                                and promoting fairness and sportsmanship in student-                 passion, really. I swear you
                                    They took a step towards a safer, more level high                   athletes.                                                            can put this on everything:
                                school playing field. The program, which is set to be in                    It is the responsibility of high schools to ensure the           cheese sandwiches, pasta,
                                place by the 2008-2009 athletic season, will randomly                   safety of their students.Anyone who has taken a health               and even graham crackers.
                                test athletes competing in IHSA state series for per-                   class at LT or seen one of a myriad of PSAs on the sub-              I can’t fathom eating, gasp,
                                formance-enhancing substances. The organization is                      ject knows the destructive effects that performance-                 regular butter.                Elizabeth Pierson
                                justified in its action because of the dangers steroids                 enhancing drugs can have when abused.
PawsDown                        and other performance enhancers present to both the                         The IHSA has the health of athletes in mind in pass-

                                                                                                                                                                              That’s my name...
                                integrity of competition and the health of young men                    ing this bylaw, as would be expected. It is only logical
 to generic cereals- for       and women.                                                              for the organization to ban substances that are damag-
  some reason “Squirrel
                                    As the organization overseeing and regulating high                  ing to students, and it is also logical to set up an appara-
                                school sports in Illinois, the IHSA is obligated to main-               tus for enforcing the ban. Suspensions and humiliation
  O’s” just doesn’t sound                                                                                                                                                        Yes, it’s J-E-E-P, no, not with a G, with a J,
                                tain a fair playing environment. If they were to neglect                will hopefully be enough to deter potential drug abus-
  as appealing                  the problem of drug abuse, they would be doing a seri-                                                                                       just like the car.‘Is your middle name Wran-
                                                                                                        ers and save lives.
 to papercuts- Ouch            ous disservice to the athletes. Steroids allow athletes to                  This is the position of the IHSA, the experts on                 gler?’ No.‘Wow, but that would be hilarious
  Charlie! That really          get bigger, stronger and faster, in less time.A clean athlete           high school sports in Illinois.Also, a survey of member              wouldn’t it?’ No.‘Did someone in your
  hurt... and it’s still        competing against a juiced one is at a lamentable disad-                schools representatives supported the decision. John                 family invent the Jeep?’ No.‘I own a Jeep.’
  hurting...                    vantage.                                                                Grundke, LT Athletic Director and IHSA representa-                   Good for you.‘Do you have a Jeep?’ No.
                                    Using performance-enhancing drugs is, plain and                     tive, said he voted in favor of suspending athletes and                  The last answer puzzles people. Shock-
 to random benches at
                                simple, cheating. We are guaranteed many rights as                      against taking away team achievements.                               ing as it may be, my parents are convinced
  LT- Question: Who sits                                                                                                                                                     that Jeeps are not reliable cars. Sarah Toyota
  on them? Fact: No one
 to Peeps- rabbits,                                                                      CounterPoint                                                                       would probably be more fitting.
                                                                                                                                                                                 No one in my family can seem to get the
  Christmas trees, ghosts,                                                                                                                                                   story straight about where the name Jeep
  Shamrocks, American
  Flags, Casimir Pulaskis...
 to Oprah- Oprah’s Big
                                Decision to begin drug testing violates                                                                                                      comes from; some say it used to be Yap
                                                                                                                                                                             or Yeep and others say Guineep.The only
                                                                                                                                                                             known fact is that it was changed when an

                                 students’ rights, presents problems
  Give? How about giving                                                                                                                                                     ancestor came to America from Germany.
                                                                                                                                                                             Like the origin of my family’s last name, the
  away one of your 13
                                                                                                                                                                             origin of the name Jeep, as in the car, is also
                                                                                                                                                                             unclear. Some say it is derived from the
 to Cook County - we’re        by Katie Bates                                                          the state’s student-athletes who may, indeed, be using               term “General Purpose” vehicle, which was
  not all Bill Gates here,          Starting as early as 1995, the question of whether                  steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.These                  shortened to “GP” and then slurred into
  okay?                         drug testing of high-school athletes should be allowed                  students may not have supportive families or proper                  jeep during World War II. Others say that
 to directions on              has been circulating across the nation. Though it has                   upbringing outside of school, which may have been                    the name came from a Popeye comic strip
  Poptarts- Eat AFTER           honorable intentions, the student-athlete drug testing                  what caused them to use the drugs in the first place. If             in the 1930s where a character named
  removing from                 procedure LT will be adopting proves to be more faulty                  the students are then cut from their teams as a conse-               Eugene the Jeep had many special abili-
  wrapper? WHAT?!!?             than beneficial. In effect starting with the 2008-2009                  quence of testing positive for drugs, they may have no               ties, such as passing through walls, flying
                                sports season, all high-school athletes affiliated with                 positive influence anymore and resort to even more                   and disappearing.The first civilian Jeep,
 to adults who like
                                IHSA will be subject to randomized drug testing in hopes                destructive activities and behaviors.                                designed mainly for farmers and construc-
  cartoon characters on         of detecting steroids and other performance-enhancing                       Going further than just misconduct and protection                tion workers, was produced in 1943. Since
  their clothes- Hello Kitty,   drugs. The mere outline of the new drug-testing policy                  of students, the new IHSA drug testing is a violation of             my family came here before 1900, I would
  goodbye friends               presents key problems, though seeming to be one of the                  student privacy, and in turn, students’ rights as citizens           say we technically had the name first.
 to LFO- the only thing        better movements IHSA has made as of late.                              of the United States.As basic as the Fourth Amendment                    Due to this unfortunate coincidence of
  that makes me feel                As it should be enforced in all aspects of a sport, the             of the U.S. Constitution, all citizens are entitled to free-         someone deciding to name a car after my
  more sick than Chinese        issue of fairness must be considered in student-athlete                 dom from unreasonable search and seizure.                            family, my last name often leads to strange
  food is your music            drug testing. While random conduction of drug tests                         Unless a student athlete is seriously suspected of               friend requests on Facebook, from people
 to Daylight Savings
                                seems to be the best solution to maintaining fairness,                  performance-enhancing drug abuse, and thorough evi-                  whose profile picture is
                                the process can be too easily corrupted. For example,                   dence is available to prove so, they should be exempt                of a Jeep, and occasional
  Time- the only thing
                                a teacher or coach may easily allow personal bias to                    from random drug tests. Furthermore, in such a case,                 phone calls from people
  you’re saving me is the                                                                                                                                                    looking for car dealerships.
                                determine who must take the test if they are suspecting                 the matter should be discussed with a suspected
  money for my Ambien           a certain student of drug abuse. If the tests being admin-              student as a precursor to the drug testing. If the goal              It can get sort of awkward
 to broken parachutes-         istered cannot be guaranteed to be random 100 percent                   of IHSA is to maintain justice in athletics, they should             when people make honk-
  ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh            of the time, they simply should not be allowed.                         maintain justice in regards to the rights of American                ing noises and ‘beep’ at me,
  hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh                Also, IHSA should consider the well-being of some of                citizens as well.                                                    but I just keep on trucking.            Sarah Jeep
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                                                             SpringBreakdown                                                                                        PhotoOpinion
With only seven days left until spring break, you are probably wondering what to do with your life for 10 school-free days. But making the decision can be             Who would be your ideal
   tricky. Do you opt for an exotic cruise or a quiet night at home? LION has created the ultimate quiz to decide which spring break is perfect for you.
                                                                                                                                                                      fictional date to the King of
                                                                                                                                                                             Hearts dance?

     1. Your ideal weekend is:                                                                        4. Your favorite song is:

     a) Sleeping                                                                                      a) “Home” Daughtry
     b) Playing Madden                                                                                b) Anything by Jack Johnson
     c) Dance party!                                                                                  c) “Temperature” Sean Paul
     d) Emailing your foreign                                                                         d) “99 Luft Balloons” Nena
        exchange student

     2. Your favorite food is:                                                                        5. Your favorite subject is:

     a) PB&J                                                                                          a) Whatever is easiest                                        “Sloth from ‘The Goonies,’ because of his
     b) Hotdogs and soda                                                                              b) Gym                                                        winning smile.”
                                                                                                                                                                                           Daria Taylor ‘11
     c) Chipotle                                                                                      c) Foreign Language
     d) Coffee and cheese                                                                             d) History

     3. Your favorite shoe is:                                                                        6. Your favorite movie is:

     a)   Slippers                                                                                    a) “The Wizard of Oz”
     b)   Gym shoes                                                                                   b) “Field of Dreams”
     c)   Sandals                                                                                     c) “Blue Crush”
     d)   Birkenstocks                                                                                d) “Roman Holiday”

                                                                                                                                                                     ”Nancy Drew, because then she could solve
  Mostly A’s: Stay at home. A quiet spring break may be just what you need. Call up                                                                                  my mystery.”
those other friends who are Illinois-bound, rent a good movie and finally relax.                                                                                                             David Bodell ‘10

 Mostly B’s: Spring-training in AZ. Clearly you are a sports fan, so pack your bags and
go watch the MLB teams warm up for a great season.
  Mostly C’s: Cancun, Mexico. An MTV-style spring break is right up your alley. So
rustle up your favorite Baha Men CDs and don’t forget to pack lots of sunscreen!
  Mostly D’s: Europe. Bonjour! You have a worldly side so gas up the Vespa and take
Spain by storm.

                                                          LetterstotheEditor                                                                                        ”Daffy Duck, because he wears no pants.”
            Dances still enjoyable                                 School safety concerns                              Questionable tone                                                       Liz Mardiks ‘09
   For many years now, LT and its students                    Since the tragedy at NIU occurred on             I would like to thank Dr. Kelly for address-
have enjoyed many memorable dances.That                   February 14, 2008, one thought has been          ing the snow day issue in writing, as it seems
success is a direct result of cooperative stu-            on my mind. How safe is LT? What precau-         that only his word could put an end to any
dent behavior.The King of Hearts dance will               tions can schools take so that tradgedies        circulating rumors. However, I was extremely
take place tomorrow. In an effort to provide              like the one at NIU will not be repeated?        put-off by the tone of the letter.The letter
a safer and more enjoyable experience for                     Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday           commences with a seemingly sincere apol-
everyone, we have made several changes.                   my mom drives me to school for madrigal          ogy and explanation.
One of the most notable ones will be the                  practice; I usually get to school around             Had the letter been left at that, I would
main location of the dance itself. It will be             6:50 a.m. I go into the building through         not be writing this at all and would have
held in the South Campus fieldhouse. We                   the G wing and go up to my locker.There          been left with a favorable impression.The
will still use Gyms 3 & 4 for live music and              are many entrances that are unlocked             second paragraph quickly changes every-
refreshments.You will still enter the dance               even before 6:50 a.m. every day. Usually         thing. It seems that Dr. Kelly is trying to make
through the main doors at Times Square.                   security guards are not around that early        the readers feel sorry for him, trying to play
   Another noteworthy item to reiterate                   in the morning and basically, anyone can         on the sympathy of his young victims.
prior to the dance is the expectation that                get in.The first day my mom dropped me               The truth is, the decision to not call a
school administrators will have about appro-              off she was a little nervous. I just told her    snow day put many lives in danger, due to
priate dance.This concept is not something                that I would be fine. I only go to my locker     the conditions of the roads.This is not the              ”Catwoman, because she has sick cat-like
new. At a high school-sponsored dance, there              and back to the choir room.Yet, after this       time for him to be playing to emotions, but              moves and she’s hot.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          Fred Larson ‘08
are limits/boundaries as to what is consid-               major tragedy I cannot help but wonder           rather to be assuring readers that this will
ered “appropriate” dance. For example, LT                 what would happen if some crazy lunatic          not happen again.
has never permitted moshing or mosh pits at               decided to target our school.That person             I am not sorry that he has to wake up at
any of its dances.The same will hold true for             could easily enter the doors of our school,      3:30 on days with inclement weather, why
“juking” or what is more commonly called                  hide and decide to go on a rampage.              should I be? Furthermore, the tone of the
“grinding.” In the Feb. 15th issue of the LION,               During the day the main entrance of          article only gets more condescending, ending
juking was defined as,“extremely intense                  the school is guarded by a security guard        with “I will be happy to pick you up at 3:45
dancing with obvious sexual intention.”As I               and there are other security guards around       a.m. the next time it snows.”
stated in that same issue,“Inasmuch as the                the halls. However, people can go through            As much as I would like to believe that
school is hosting the dance, we reserve the               the main entrance and walk up to the             the quoted line was sincere, the body of the
right to set boundaries in terms of what is               front desk. What would happen if some-           letter swayed my opinion elsewhere.The sar-
and is not appropriate in the way of dance.”              one were to go through those doors on a          casm used was simply astonishing.
Many schools other than LT have dealt with                mission to harm others?                              I say this with all due respect, for Dr. Kelly
this same issue for many years. Even though                   Now, my intention is not to alarm stu-       has done many wonderful things for the dis-
only a small percentage of our students                   dents or cause a problem for the LTHS            trict. But I just wish that a little more sincer-
choose to dance in a way that is obviously                administration, but I am concerned. I am         ity was used.
inappropriate, we want to make sure that our              sure everyone is aware that a tragedy like           Maybe I am completely out of order and
dances continue to be as successful as they               this could happen anywhere. It is only           completely misinterpreted the letter. I hope              “Ariel [from ‘The Little Mermaid’], because I
have always been.                                         human to wonder: what about us?                  that I am right.                                          like green and chicks with fins.”
                      David C. Franson, Principal                                  Monica Ramirez ‘10                                  Therese Murphy ‘10                  Special Education Teacher Brian Wolf

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                   Off year for Big Ten                                                                                                                     Selection Sunday
  The Big Ten Conference is suffering from an off year this
season. Only four teams should be in this year’s NCAA tour-
 nament: Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Purdue.
                                                                  FIELD OF 65    Friday, March 14, 2008   n Page 10
                                                                                                                                           The selection for the field of 65 in this year’s NCAA Mens
                                                                                                                                          Basketball Tournament will be announced at 5 p.m. Sunday
                                                                                                                                             on CBS. The games will start on Thursday, March 19.

                Regular season over                                                                        Let the madness begin
                         LION wraps up this year’s basketball regular                                     March Madness officially                     The obvious choices are Memphis and Ten-
                       season with Play of the Year and All-Americans                                      underway, about time                        nessee. However, a good showing by Duke
                                                                                                                                                       or Kansas in their respective conference
                by Joe Puccini                                                                    by Spencer Pappas                                    tournaments could make things interesting.
                                                                                                                                                       Duke placed second in the ACC to UNC,
                                       The Year of the Freshmen                                      The greatest month in sports is upon us.
                                                                                                                                                       while Kansas placed second to Texas in the
                                                                                                 Starting last weekend, March Madness officially
                       This has truly been a year for Class of 2011. O.J. Mayo is the heart                                                            Big 12.Winning the Conference tournament
                                                                                                 kicked off. It started with Cornell clinching the
                   and soul of Southern Cal with their win over Stanford proving to be                                                                 with the help of a weak conference tourna-
                                                                                                 Ivy League championship on March 8 and will
                   vital in order for the Men of Troy to receive an invite to the Big Dance.                                                           ment showing by either Memphis or Tennes-
                                                                                                 end with the crowning of the national cham-
                   Eric Gordon’s performances at Indiana have seemed to distract from                                                                  see could propel either Duke or Kansas to a
                                                                                                 pion on April 1 in San Antonio,Texas.
                                 the controversy in Bloomington, and the Hoosiers are a big                                                            number one seed.
 All-Americans                   favorite out of the Big Ten. Kevin Love has been proven to
                                                                                                     As with any tournament, there are several
                                                                                                 teams expected to do well this year: North
                                                                                                                                                            Sleeper teams, or teams most likely to
                                 be another key addition to Ben Howland’s UCLA squad as                                                                make some noise in this year’s tournament,
 LION reporter Nick Miller                                                                       Carolina,Texas, Memphis, UCLA and Tennessee,
                                 the Bruins prepare to enter the tournament as a potential                                                             are Drake, Purdue,Vanderbilt and every-
 picks his first team All-                                                                       just to name a few.
 Americans and Player of the number one seed. Chicago’s very own Derrick Rose has
                                                                                                                                                       body’s Cinderella favorite, Gonzaga.
                                                                                                     UNC will be riding a high going into the
 Year for this year’s college    brought excitement and talent to very dangerous Memphis                                                                    Drake won the Missouri Valley Confer-
                                                                                                 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament this
 basketball season.              team that will be looking to show America the reason for                                                              ence and has posted a 28-4 regular season
                                                                                                 weekend after an emotional win over rival
                                  its one-loss season. Last and certainly not least is Michael                                                         record and clinched a NCAA tournament bid
 First Team:                                                                                     Duke to clinch the ACC regular season crown.
                                  Beasley from Kansas State. Beasley has been averaging                                                                by winning the MVC Tournament on Sunday.
                                                                                                 UNC should also gain the number one overall
 D.J. Augustin- Texas             nearly 27 points a game (which is third in the country)                                                              Drake, however, was already an at-large bid
                                                                                                 seed in the NCAA tournament, and number
 Eric Gordon- Indiana             and 13 rebounds for game, which is indeed the best in the                                                            for the tournament by being ranked in the
                                                                                                 one seed in the East Bracket.This means that
                                                                                                                                                       Top 25 for most of the year.
 Michael Beasley- Kansas State nation. He holds 26 KSU career, single-season and freshman        all of UNC’s games will be played within an
                                  records, and a 44 point showing against tournament hope-                                                                  Purdue, or the Baby Boilers as they are
 Tyler Hansbrough- UNC                                                                           hour from its campus in Chapel Hill.
                                  fuls, Baylor.                                                                                                        commonly known, can also make some
                                                                                                     Texas will head into the Big 12 Tournament
 Luke Harangody- Notre Dame                                                                                                                            noise in the tourney.With wins over Michi-
                                                Coaching controversy                             on a wave of confidence after clinching the
 Player of the Year:                                                                                                                                   gan State and a series sweep of Wisconsin,
                                                                                                 Big 12 regular season title.The Longhorns will
                                This season has been more than just the dazzling perfor-                                                               the Boilers were in contention for the Big
 Michael Beasley                                                                                 be trying to clinch a two seed in the South
                             mances from the new wave of underclassmen. Coaches are                                                                    Ten title for most of the season.The Boilers
                                                                                                 Bracket, allowing them to play their Sweet 16
                             doing whatever they can to leave their mark on the college                                                                don’t have a lot of experience, but forward
                                                                                                 and Elite 8 games in their home state of Texas.
                basketball world, even if it means breaking NCAA rules and regulations                                                                 Robbie Hummel has proven that he can
                                                                                                     UCLA will be heading into the Pac-10 tour-
                Second-year Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson was involved in                                                                          light it up from anywhere.
                                                                                                 nament as the regular season champs for the
                the controversial recruitment of stand-out point guard, Eric Gordon.                                                                        Vandy has proven that it can play with
                                                                                                                 third straight year. UCLA will also
                Gordon had verbally committed to the University of Illinois, but                                                                       the big boys.With wins over Southern Cali-
                                                                                                                      be looking to go to its third
                later withdrew his intent and signed with Indiana, after a few                                                                         fornia, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Tennes-
                                                                                                                           straight Final Four with
                phone calls with Coach Sampson. He had violated the                                                                                    see, the Commodores will make some noise
                                                                                                                                 a one seed in the
                NCAA’s telephone recruitment policy and the former                                                                                     come tourney time.
                                                                                                                                   West Bracket.
                Oklahoma coach may never coach Division I ball                                                                                              Gonzaga, out of the Western Athletic Con-
                                                                                                                                         It gets
                again.                                                                                                                                 ference, is always a possibility to make some
                                                                                                                                                       noise in the tournament after the Zag’s mad
                                                                                                                                         when the
                                 Play of the Year                                                                                                      a string of Sweet 16 appearances in the late
                                                                                                                                            South and
                    The play of the season has to be Tyler                                                                                  Midwest
                                                                                                                                                            The major conference tournaments
                Hansbrough’s dunk over Kenny George.                                                                                         number
                                                                                                                                                       conclude Sunday with the NCAA Selection
                Although this may seem fairly normal, the                                                                                     one
                                                                                                                                                       Show airing on CBS starting at 5 p.m. One
                interesting part of this play was that George                                                                                 seeds
                                                                                                                                                       thing is certain, the madness has begun, and
                is seven feet and seven inches tall. George is                                                                                 get
                                                                                                                                                       it is not going to stop for the next month.
                able to dunk the ball without jumping.                                                                                         chosen.

   LION’s Final Four Picks by Sports
    Editors Spencer Pappas ‘08 and
  Joe Puccini ‘08 and reporters Nick
  Miller ‘09 and Jack Hostettler ‘09.

                   Spencer’s Bracket                                                                                                 Joe’s Bracket
North Carolina                                                        UCLA                                 North Carolina                                                    Vanderbilt

      Texas                                                       Georgetown                                   Louisville                                                  Georgetown

                          Jack’s Bracket                                                                                        Nick’s Bracket
       Butler                                                           Drake                                    Kansas                                                        UConn

     Louisville                                                      Tennessee                                     Texas                                                       Memphis
              Monster of the Green Bay                                                                                                                                                     New league may scrap season
On Sept. 29, 2003, Favre led the Packers to a 38-23 victory
 over the Bears. It was the Bears’ first game at the newly
 renovated Soldier Field, and it was nationally televised.
                                                                                  Friday, March 14, 2008  Page 11
                                                                                                                                                                     The All-American Football League may have to push back its
                                                                                                                                                                     inaugural season. The AAFL was scheduled to kickoff its first
                                                                                                                                                                       season in the s pring of 2007 but will not start until 2009.

           TheStallion                                                                                                 Poms dance to success
    The End of an Era                                                                                           Varsity, junior varsity take                                                           together as a team to do the best we had
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ever done in a competition.”
                                                                                                                  top spots at state meet                                                                   Besides the state competition, other
    On March 4 one of the great-                                                                                                                                                                       favorite memories of the team members
est quarterbacks of all time finally                                                                            by Caitlin Urbain
                                                                                                                                                                                                       included the regional competition at
retired from the National Football                                                                                  One by one, the awards are                                                         OPRF, which LT won.
League.                                                                                                         announced: fifth, fourth, third place.                                                      “It was really exciting because we
    Brett Favre was more than just                                                                              Holding hands, the girls grow more and                                                 had never won first at a regional,” Okuda
a symbol of the Green Bay Packers                                                                               more excited as LT is not called for an                                                said. “It motivated us and encouraged us
or the perfect example of what a                                                                                award. Finally, second and first place are                                             to improve and work harder towards
quarterback should be. He was a                                                                                 called and the team begins screaming in                                                state. We felt like we made [our coach]
symbol for the game of football and                                                                             excitement.                                                                            proud because she had worked hard for
he will be greatly missed by many, if                                                                               This year, the varsity and JV poms                                                 it, too.”
not all, football fans.                                                                                         teams at LT placed near the top of the
    Growing up in Gulfport, Miss.,                                                                              Universal Dance Association (UDA) state                                                                             Junior Varsity
Brett Lorenzo Favre attended the                                                                                competition, which took place on Satur-                                                    This year, the JV poms team placed
University of Southern Mississippi.                                                                             day, Feb. 23 at the University of Illnois at                                           first in both the pom and jazz divisions.
Despite being the seventh string                                                                                Chicago. This year was the first year that                                             The pom competition dance was cho-
quarterback during his freshman                                                                                 LT competed in the UDA state competi-                                                  reographed by Amanda Winkler ’10,
year and being involved in a near-                                                                              tion. In previous years, they competed                                                 and the jazz competition was choreo-
fatal car accident, Favre managed to                                                                            with Halftime Illinois.                                                                graphed by Megan Lane ’10.
lead the Golden Eagles to victory                                                                                               Varsity                                                                    “I was thrilled for the girls,” JV coach
against perennial powerhouse Flor-                                                                                                                                                                     Brittany       Walk-Sidoti       said.“They
ida State and a come from behind                                                                                    Varsity poms placed second in the                                                  worked so hard and it really paid off. It’s
win against Tulane, even after 30                                                                               large varsity poms division and fifth in                                               nice to be recognized for your efforts.”
inches of his small intestine was                                                                               the large varsity hip-hop division.                                                        Besides the state competition, other
removed after the car accident.                                                                                     Going into the competition, the team                                               favorite memories of the season included
    In the 1991 NFL Draft, the                                                                                  was nervous because it was with differ-                                                the regional competition, summer camp
Atlanta Falcons reluctantly drafted                                                                             ent schools than those in last year’s state                                            at NIU and bonding activities with the
Favre in the second round with                                                                                  competition, co-captain Cheryl Okuda                                                   rest of the team,Winkler and Lane said.
the 33rd pick overall.The Falcon’s                                                                              ’08 said.                                                                                  Next year, Walk-Sidoti expects the
head coach said,“It would take a                                                                                    The team, along with their coach Tia                                               team to perform just as well as the var-
plane crash to put Brett into the                                                                               Sherman, were very excited and proud                                                   sity team this year.
game.” Favre’s time spent in Atlanta                                                                            of the results that they were able to                                                      “They performed incredibly well this
included only four pass attempts, no                                                                            obtain at the state competition.                                                       year,” Walk-Sidoti said. “They’re an out-
completions, and one interception              Varsity Poms performs its second place poms routine at               “Throughout the season, everyone                                                   standing group of girls and phenomenal
returned for a touchdown. Little did           a home basketball game. The team competed with Universal         was really positive and helped each                                                    dancers.”
the franchise know that they would             Dance Association for the first time this year. Caitlin Urbain   other,” Casey Rasch ’08 said. “We came
be trading away a gem when the
Falcons completed a deal with the
Green Bay Packers which sent the
sophomore quarterback to Wiscon-
                                                  Best seat in Bulls’ house
sin for a second round draft pick.
    With 253 starts, 61,655 passing            Senior Kevin Dunne works                        to get autographs or shoes from the play-
                                                                                               ers, Dunne has been able to get to know
yards, 5,377 completions, and one              for Chicago Bulls as ballboy                    some of the Bulls on a more personal
Super Bowl, statistically, he can be
regarded as the greatest NFL quar-             by Nick Miller                                  level.
terback of all time.                                                                               “A couple of times this season I have
    Who can forget his memorable                   Most LT students who work during            gone out with Tyrus Thomas for his
run across the field, helmet aloft             the school year have pretty ordinary jobs.      shoot-around much earlier than the other
after the Packers’ 35-21 victory               Some work at fast food restaurants. Some        players normally go out,” Dunne said. “I
over the New England Patriots in               work at convenience stores. Others work         am kind of on a first name basis with him
Super Bowl XXXI, or his inspiring              at retail shops.                                just from working with him so much.”
and emotional four-touchdown and                   Kevin Dunne ’08 is an exception.                In doing his job, he has also impressed
399-yard performace against the                He has what a sports-loving high school         his boss, Bulls’ assistant athletic trainer
Oakland Raiders on Monday Night                kid would consider a dream job. Dunne           Mark Boff.
Football, nearly a day after the death         works as a ballboy for the NBA’s Chicago            “Kevin has done a great job in his first
of his father, Irvin Favre, who was            Bulls—and gets paid well for his efforts.       year working with extreme diligence and
killed in a car accident?                          “At first I was both thrilled and appre-    proficiency in each assigned task,” Boff
    For now, I am not completely               hensive [to be working for the Bulls],”         said. “I have received many compliments
in agreement with the validity of              Dunne said. “I didn’t really know what          from coaches and players regarding
Brett’s statement. With Aaron Rodg-            to expect. Now, I thoroughly enjoy it.          Kevin and his work habits.”
ers as his back-up, I will only accept         It’s definitely amazing being part of the           Dunne has noticed that the players
the fact that this legend is officially        same organization that Michael Jordan           are both similar and different from aver-
out of the game of football                    led to six championships.”                      age people. While they joke around and
when the Packers’                                  Dunne’s ballboy duties consist of a         make light of their situations, they are
season starts in                               wide variety of jobs, from organizing the       also at the peak of the professional ath-
the fall and I don’t                           locker room to shagging balls for play-         lete scale.
see number four                                ers while they do their pre-game shoot              “Just being around the whole environ-
                                               around. During the game he mops up the          ment of the Bulls and the United Center
under center.
                                               floor and organizes the player’s warm-up        is cool,” Dunne said. “Seeing what it is
                                                                                                                                                                  Kevin Dunne ‘08 (in gray near middle of photo) looks on as
Joe Puccini                                    jerseys, he said.                               really like to play professional sports is a                       the Bulls’ mascot Benny performs a dunk at halftime. Dunne
                                                   While the ballboys are not allowed          great experience.”                                                 works as the ballboy.          photo courtesy of Kevin Dunne

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                                                                                                                                                                     Bittersweet finish for basketball
                       THE PAWS                                              Friday, March 14, 2008                 Page 12

                                                                                                                                                                      The LT varsity basketball team ended its
                        BUTTON                                                                                                                                      season on a disappointing note last Friday.
        February 15, 2008                                                                                                                                           The team lost to Richards 70-57 in its Sec-
 The varsity girls gymnastics team took                                                                                                                              tional final game. The Sectional finals are
fourth place at the IHSA State Competi-                                                                                                                            the farthest that LT has advanced since 2001
 tion at Palatine High School. It was the                                        Scores      Highlights        Profiles                                           when LT went to the IHSA State semi-finals.
  team’s second year in a row at state.                                                                                                                                 The team finished the season 24-5.

            GloryDays                          Expectations
  Time for a change
      With the success of this year’s
  college basketball season, the
                                             high for lacrosse
  debate needs to be raised about               Experienced seniors lead talented
  changing the age requirement to              team to build on last year’s success
  enter the NBA. The NBA currently
  requires players to play at least         by Jack Hostettler
  one year of college basketball.               Last year, the varsity lacrosse team found itself
  I propose that the age limit be           knocked out of the state playoffs by Lake Forest after
  raised to 21. If you are 21 years         reaching the elite eight of the tournament.This year, the
  old at the time of the NBA Draft,         same juniors who walked off the field in defeat are back
  you can enter the draft. If you are       as seniors to lead a talented team into the new season.
  under 21, you have to play college            “Our expectations are high,” head coach Eric Nuss
  basketball.                               said.“We return a lot of seniors with varsity experience.
      Think about it.What if Kevin          We are looking to play the best lacrosse we can and if
  Love, Derrick Rose, Michael               that happens we should be in good shape for the post
  Beasley and Eric Gordon had to            season.”
  play at least three years of college          This senior-laden team includes returning all-state
  basketball? Just think about how          midfielder and West Point-bound Mike Anderson ‘08,
  good the college game could be.           all-conference players Andy Doten ‘08 and Alex Burt
  Coaches would be able to build            ‘08, Mike Martin ‘08, John Berg ‘08 as well as future
  their teams around one of these           Syracuse Orangeman Kyle Barrett ‘08. Juniors Matt
  star players without worrying                                                                                  Matt Clausen ‘08 takes a shot during a recent varsity boys lacrosse practice. The team will rely
                                            Lakis, ‘08 Adam Sammarco ‘08 and Jake Rebello ‘08
  about the player jumping to the                                                                                heavily on the experience of seniors, four of whom were all-conference performers last year. LT
                                            look to make an impact as well, Nuss said.
  NBA after one year. College bas-              “All of the guys on this team have been playing                  will take on lacrosse powerhouses New Trier on April 19 and Loyola on May 3. Megan Bannister
  ketball will improve overall.             together for so long,” Sammarco said. “We’re all like one
      Forcing a player to stay              big family.”                                                         practices at the beginning of the year and           For the first time in the program’s
  in school for three years also                Doten, who took boxing classes at the LaGrange                   new coach, Mike Morrison, which gives            history, the team is going to Michigan
  increases the likelihood that a           YMCA to improve his quickness and strength, said the                 them more options in practice to break           for a three-team round-robin tournament,
  player will earn his degree.These         attitude of the team is different than years past.                   up the team for individual work, Nuss            giving them a chance to make a name
  players are student-athletes--the             “I felt that last year’s seniors didn’t live up to their         said. To improve off the field, the varsity      for themselves outside of Illinois, Nuss
  word student comes first.These            potential,” Doten said. “This year, the seniors had a con-           team will be watching more game film             said. Other important games this season
  students go to college under the          ference with Coach Nuss to discuss our season.We want                this year with new software.                     include ones against perennial power-
  impression that college is a one-         it to be fun and successful.We want it to be our season.”                LT, who returns three of their top           houses New Trier at home on April 19,
  year stop before heading to “The              The differences of this year’s season go beyond the              offensive players, will have to adjust to        and Loyola on May 3. LT beat New Trier
  League.” Most of them only go to          attitude of the team. Before, there were many players                a new goalkeeper, R.C. Aikens ’08. The           for the first time in varsity history last
  class during the basketball season,       standing around during practices. Now, the team will try             younger defensemen such as Yuri Cho-             year 9-6, and they will look to repeat the
  and as soon as its over they find         to keep up the tempo of practice and incorporate new                 lewick ‘09, seem to be transitioning well        same success.
  an agent, leave school and start          stretching and conditioning drills.                                  to the varsity level, Doten said.                    “If you consider our top 15 players,
  training for the NBA Draft.                   “It’s more fun to play when the game is faster paced,”               “We just need to take it one game at         they are just as good if not better than
      Instead, the NBA should               Doten said. “We can also use this to exploit the weak-               a time, and try to win every single game,”       every other team in the state,” Nuss said.
  raise the age limit, which would          nesses of other teams.”                                              Doten said. “Hopefully this will lead to a       “We just have to play as a team. If we do
  increase the likelihood that a                The lacrosse team will also have longer Saturday                 high seed in the state tournament.”              that we will be very dangerous.”
  player could earn their degree

                                                                                                                       Water sports excel
  before heading to the NBA.The
  NFL forces players to attend three
  years of college, and most football
  players end up staying in school
  for all four years and graduate                                                                                Boys swimming, water polo                        that experience will learn really fast.”
  with a degree.                                                                                                                                                      After losing many talented players, the
      Another factor is that play-                                                                                 succeed in competition                         team can no longer rely on Scott Nem-
  ing three or four years in college                                                                                                                              ecek ’07 or Peter Cosentino ’07 to be
  allows a player to grow up and                                                                                 by Joe Moran
                                                                                                                                                                  the main point scorers,Tully said.
  mature. How would you feel as                                                                                         Boys varsity swim team                        “Last year we mainly utilized two play-
  a 19-year-old, a teenager, playing                                                                                                                              ers on offense,” Tully said. “This year, we
  against grown men? Then think                                                                                      After going undefeated in dual meets         want each player to be a threat. More
  about the tens of millions of dol-                                                                             and taking the conference and sectional          guys are coming in with a better knowl-
  lars that you make when signing                                                                                titles, the boys varsity swim team placed        edge of the game and are more focused,
  an NBA contract; think about                                                                                   seventh at the IHSA state swim meet on           so I think we have the potential to be
  what a teenager would do with                                                                                  Feb. 23 at Evanston High School.                 very good.”
  all that money.They would most                                                                                     “Coach Scott Walker calls it his                 The Lions came in sixth place last year,
  likely waste it, spend it on useless                                                                           ultimate season,” Peter Bruton ’09 said.         losing to Brother Rice in the sectional
  items that the primadonnas would                                                                               “There were no issues outside of swim-           title. This year, they started the season
  use once and never use again. If a                                                                             ming, and it was the best he’s done              ranked 11th in the state, but they deserve
  player has three years of college                                                                              while he’s been at LT. We had a lot of fan       better, Bruton said.
  experience, then that player is                                                                                support and we could not have done it                “We’re hoping to go to state,” Bruton
  likely to be more mature than a                                                                                without them.”                                   said. “We are not as talented as we were
  player who is coming to the NBA                                                                                    The Lions sent six events to the state       individually last year, but the whole state
  after one year of college.                                                                                     meet finals; the events consisted of 11          lost a lot of good players; we can adjust.
      A 19-year-old is not ready to                                                                              boys, five of whom were All-Americans.           This year, we should have more team
  deal with the pressure that comes                                                                                  “I have never coached a group of             chemistry and overall ability.”
  with playing in the NBA.The prob-                                                                              young men like this in my 22 years of                LT’s main opponents will be Fenwick,
  lem is that some kids, and they are                                                                            coaching,” Walker said. “They were very          and Oak Park River Forest. The Lions
  kids, are not ready to deal with the                                                                           team-oriented, which is why they were            defeated the sixth ranked OPRF squad
  whole NBA atmosphere. Sleeping            Peter Bruton ‘09 receives a pass during a recent boys varsity        so successful. The most important thing          12-10 on March 4 and are currently 4-1.
  in a different city every night.All                                                                            was that the boys bought into the pro-           On Thursday, the team played Hinsdale
                                            water polo practice. Bruton is one of three returning starters
  the media scrutiny. Dealing with                                                                               gram and the parents also bought into            Central, but the score was not available as
  so much money at one time.All of          to this year’s squad.                        Megan Bannister         the program. The end result was that             of press time.
  these things put even more pres-                                                                               the swimmers swam and the coaches                    “We have a tough schedule this year,”
  sure on these rookies than just
  playing basketball.
                                                                 FAVRESTATS                                      coached.”                                        head coach Doug Eichstaedt said.
                                                                                                                                                                  “[However], we have a lot of speed and
                                                                                                                        Boys varsity water polo
      NBA legend Michael Jordan               3- the number of Most Valuable Player awards former Green                                                           we play solid defense. We’d like to win
  even agrees in the most recent              Bay quarterback Brett Favre won during his 17-year NFL                 Due to a large number of seniors grad-       our conference and play in the sectional
  issue of ESPN the Magazine:“Kids            career, the most in NFL history.                                   uating last year, the boys varsity water         title to go to state.”
  shouldn’t come out of school                                                                                   polo team will only have three returning             Although this season may seem like a
  as early as they do.A year in col-          253- straight games that Favre started for the Green Bay           starters this season, Bruton said. Along         building year for the young team, coaches
  lege isn’t enough.They                      Packers from 1991 to 2007, the most in NFL history.                with Bruton, Spencer Ellison ’09 and             and players are very optimistic, Bruton
  shouldn’t be allowed to                     442- number of touchdowns thrown by Favre during his NFL           Kevin Tully ’08 will be returning.               said.
  come out until they                         career, the most in NFL history.                                       “Not a lot of people have varsity expe-          “The players on this team have a lot of
  are adults, 21 years                                                                                           rience,” Bruton said. “The few people            ability,” Eichstaedt said.“It will take a lot of
  old.”                                       5,377- number of completions thrown by Favre during his            who have been on varsity and have expe-          hard work, but it will be fun to see these
                                              career, the most in NFL history.
  Spencer Pappas                                                                                                 rienced a game time situation know what          guys step up and hopefully become elite
                                              61,655- yards thrown by Favre, the most in NFL history.            it’s like. The [players] who don’t have          players in the state.”
Lion Mythbusters
                                                                    The Voice of Lyons Township Students Since 1910

LION staff members uncover the truth
about common rumors and misconcep-
tions of LT.
Myths, 16-17

Teen dance club
Looking for a new location to juke?                                                                                                                                  Alcohol consumption
LION reviews the nearby non-alcoholic                                                                                                                                LION explores the claim that high school
dance club, Zero Gravity.                                                Friday, March 14, 2008  Volume 98, Issue 6                                                 females drink more than males.
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                                                                        LT hosts college fair                                                                                          ExamPrep
                                                                                                                                                                      In preparation for the college application
                                                                        Students preview options                   conduct themselves and the questions               process, all LT juniors are required to take
                                                                                                                   they ask.”                                         the ACT as part of Prairie State Acheivement
                                                                          for future education                          Musser emphasizes to students that            Exam (PSAE) testing, which falls this year
                                                                                                                   this is an excellent opportunity for either        on Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April
                                                                    by Katherine Butler                                                                               24. To get ready for the standardized test,
                                                                                                                   informal or formal contact with represen-
                                                                        This year’s College Week will take         tatives. She also said that students and           students can take advantage of the following
                                                                    place April 7-11. The goals of the week are    parents are not the only ones that benefit         ACT tutoring opportunities:
                                                                    to make students aware of college oppor-       from College Night.                                 nPrepMe ACT Gold- $299.99
                                                                    tunities, as well as to allow the seniors to        “We want [colleges] to know who we               Offering a personalized study schedule, 40 or
                                                                    inform the rest of the student body and        are, and I think that this event enhances             more hours of lessons, a copy of “The Real ACT
                                                                    faculty of their college decisions, Lianne     their opinion of LT in general,” Musser               Prep Guide” and extra practice questions, PrepMe
                                                                    Musser, College Coordinator, said.             said.                                                 is a completely online tutoring program which
                                                                        “This is similar to Homecoming Spirit           Earl Macam, Director of Admissions               offers online tech support at all times.
                                                                    Week,” she said. “Seniors are encouraged       at DePauw University in Indiana, com-               n ACT Online Prep - $19.95
                                                                    to wear their college gear and show off        mends LT on College Night.
                                                                                                                                                                         Log on at any time for practice tests with real ACT
                                                                    their college spirit.”                              “LT’s College Night is definitely well
                                                                                                                                                                         questions, practice essays, review sessions, and a
                                                                        However, the week is not devoted           advertised, and always tends to draw a
                                                                    to seniors only. Juniors can also benefit                                                            personalized study path. This program is offered
                                                                                                                   big crowd,” he said. “There are a lot of
                                                                    from College Week, Musser said.                different colleges and good schools rep-              by the makers of the ACT and offers a personal
                                                                        “By the spring, the seniors have devel-    resented, and it’s a good opportunity for             studying edition where students pay one fee for a
                                                                    oped a sense of pride to their college         students to learn new information from                year of access.
                                                                    plans, and this shows the juniors the pur-     them.”                                              n The Real ACT Prep Guide - $25
                                                                    pose to senior year,” she said.                     Macam also agrees with Musser that                This book by the makers of the ACT helps
                                                                        College Night, taking place in the         it is important for students to be ready to            students prepare for the exam physically, mentally
                                                                    Fieldhouse on April 9, will host 275 dif-      ask questions.                                         and emotionally. The book includes three past
                                                                    ferent college representatives who will             “I am a big advocate of being well pre-           ACT exams including essay sections along with
                                                                    educate students on what their school          pared to ask good questions about the
                                                                                                                                                                          solutions and scoring information.
                                                                    has to offer. In addition to all LT stu-       different programs that are offered, from
                                                                    dents and their parents, six surrounding       music to art to athletics,” he said.                n Sylvan Learning Center- $895
                                                                    high schools are also invited to attend.            Macam added that attending events                Three out of four Sylvan Learning students raise
                                                                    Approximately 1,200 people usually             like College Night during sophomore                   their ACT scores five points or more, according to
                                                                    attend the event within the two-hour           and junior year is a good place to start              the Sylvan Learning website. The program offers
The College and Career Center at NC provides LT students            time frame, Musser said.                       the college search.                                   30 lesson hours, classes with six to eight students
with lots of information necessary for college preparation. Stu-        “The representatives are always                 “In the long run, College Night helps            and the opportunity to take three timed practice
dents are encouraged to stop by whenever possible for help          pleased with our students,” Musser said.       students find the school that is the best fit         tests.
with college searches and applications.            Caitlin Urbain   “They are impressed with how they              for them,” he said.                                     Source: Individual company websites

          College prep requires foresight
    LT students prepare for post-high                               make a decision about further schooling, students may
                                                                    find their choices a bit less difficult.
    school education with some help                                    By the end of sophomore year, students can begin
                                                                    gathering information about college informally by
by Emily Paice
                                                                    asking questions of friends and relatives who have expe-
    As April approaches and second semester comes to                rience with or opinions on the subject. The following
its halfway mark, there is one thing in the back of stu-            year is the perfect time to begin formal introductions to
dents’ minds as they eagerly await the end of the school            colleges. This may be done by arranging university tours
year: college. Seniors are making final decisions, juniors          and information sessions or collecting literature packets
are practicing the tedious art of standardized testing,             regarding admissions and general information.
sophomores are beginning to consider schools and                       Then begins the testing. All Illinois juniors are
freshmen, well, they’re just trying to keep their grades            required to take the PSAE test, which includes the ACT,
up. Regardless of age, many LT students are feeling the             one of the most important tests for college admissions.
pressure of post-high school education.                             LT will be administering the mandatory exams during
    For many, however, the college preparation begins               school on April 23-24. Some students also choose to take
too soon, says College and Career Coordinator Lianne                the SAT or additional ACT tests on their own.
Musser who encourages parents to wait until sopho-                     The summer before senior year is the ideal time for
more year to start thinking about college.                          students to choose where to apply and prepare essays.
    “I say that you can be too early,” Musser said.“Parents         The better you know yourself, the more likely you will
get very involved in this process and start before the              be able to make the right selection, Musser said.
student and it gets stressful. If you start too early, it adds         “Students select schools for various reasons,” Musser
a lot of pressure.”                                                 said, “but the real reason for picking a college is often
    Students should begin at LT by focusing solely on               very personal.”
high school, getting involved in clubs and activities and              The stress doesn’t stop after applying. Seniors must
getting good grades, Musser said. That way, by the time             await college admissions decisions sometimes until mid-
they reach senior year, each student will have developed            April. In the meantime, students need to consider finan-
as a person.                                                        cial situations. The general application for local scholar-
    During freshman and sophomore year, LT guides stu-              ships will be available April 4. After making a final deci-    Sitting in the ACT prep class on the night of Monday, March 10, a teacher
dents in exploring different career options rather than             sion, students consider housing, program choices, and          offers her time and knowledge to help LT students get ready for this important
making college choices so that when the time comes to               more, all leading to a new beginning of school life.           test. Classes are also available for SAT prep as well.            Caitlin Urbain

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                 To drink, or not to drink                                                                                                                                       Loss of control
   Lion polled 168 students about drinking alcohol. 44.1% of
students polled said they drink occasionally. 31.5% said they
                                                                                               Friday, March 14, 2008 n Page 14
                                                                                                                                                               According to an press release, an intoxicated
                                                                                                                                                            17-year-old girl in Rolling Meadows was allegedly raped by
     never drink and 11.3% said they often drink alcohol.                                                                                                        one of her peers at an underaged party on Feb. 24.

                                                                                                                                                                               art by
                                                                                                                                                                               Kate Coombs

Studies show that high school females
                                                                                              S O C I E T Y
                                                                          Norms survey, which reports use in the 30 days prior to
                                                                          taking the survey, 64 percent of LT students said they did                                     photo illustration by Caitlin Urbain
  drink more than male classmates                                         not use alcohol. Still, there is some call for concern.
by Sara Patek                                                                 “In my contact with students who use alcohol, what
                                                                          is alarming is that it seems like they are beginning to
    Recent surveys have found that teen girls in the                      mirror the ‘binge drinking’ pattern of the college-age
United States are now drinking alcohol as much as or                      population,” Widing said. “When they drink, they are
more than boys in the same age group, according to an                     drinking more and more often.”
article from the United Press International on Feb. 9.                        This seems consistent with the national statistics
    Another study reported by Web MD Medical News                         that say the binge drinking of college-age women has
on Nov. 26 offers a possible reason for this gender dis-                  increased.
crepancy: “Teenage girls may be more likely than teen-                        “They are not only drinking more than their male
age boys to copy their friends’ alcohol use, and more                     peers, but they are now more likely to drink more heav-
vulnerable to peer pressure,” Miranda Hitti reported in                   ily than their male peers,” David Jernigan, executive
her article “Friends May Sway Teen Girls’ Drinking.”                      director at the Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth at
    Officials say that LT does not follow this national                   Georgetown University, said in a March 10, 2006 article
statistic.                                                                from ABC News.
    “I don’t really have a sense of that through my con-                      While the decision to drink underage is ultimately
versations with students,” Jeanne Widing, Student                         left up to the individual, officials believe that because
Assistance Program Coordinator, said. “I don’t think                      those involved are minors, many feel responsibility for
that gender is that much of an influence once a person                    these actions.                                                         While the school cannot punish everyone for under-
has become alcohol dependent or addicted. I have not                          “Legally, parents are responsible, and we have seen            age drinking, Widing believes that students who choose
heard that gender is a big factor.”                                       recent legislation in the last year or so that has reinforced      to do so are actually hurting themselves.
    Studies seem to suggest that gender does matter.The                   that concept,” Widing said. “I would say the responsibil-              “We know that 70 percent of those who become
U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services released                      ity for the larger problem is a shared one between the             addicted to substances started using before age 17,”
an article in April 2005 entitled “Teen Girls Drink More                  minor, the family, the community and the school.”                  Widing said.“The longer you delay use, the safer you will
than Boys,” stating “girls are drinking more than boys                        LT has a policy for handling substance abuse issues            be. I know that goes against the high-school brain in terms
in all categories: beer, wine, alcopops and hard-liquor                   that is outlined in the student handbook.                          of looking long term, but is it really worth the risk?”
drinks. With their sweet, sugary taste, alcopops have                         “We have the authority to give consequences when                   If a student is experiencing a problem with alcohol
become girls’ drink of choice.” The article goes on to                    the offense happens at school, and if a student does sign          or other substances, the best way to handle it is to come
describe alcopops, such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade, as                       the co-curricular code, that extends our authority to              forward and ask for help,Widing said.
sugary with a “kick of malt liquor.” What teens do not                    outside of school as well,” Widing said. “We would like                “We are always here to help students,” Widing said.“If
realize is these drinks often include more alcohol than                   the student to look at their choices, and make some                you have a concern about yourself or someone else, you
beer or other alternative drinks.                                         healthier ones. We want them to make safe decisions,               can either contact your counselor, your social worker or
    Gender aside, LT does not have a substantial drinking                 and it is our responsibility not to look the other way if          myself. You may be saving someone from a lot of heart-
issue, Widing said. According to the 2006-2007 Social                     they do not.”                                                      ache later in their life if you speak up now.”

                     High Society Survey
Recent studies have shown that female teenagers are now drinking more than their male counterparts.
                                                                                                                               Media Influences
 On March 6, LION surveyed 168 students about their drinking habits and on the necessity of punish-
 ment. LION’s anonymous survery revealed a different picture, where students believed that neither                  Popular culture is full of examples of girls involved in
              gender was more likely to drink, and boys were more likely to drink more.                            risky behavior, many of which target teen girls as their
                                                                                                                   main demographic. The following are three main outlets
Who drinks and/or parties more in                           Have you every been to a party                                     used to influence young adults.
          high school?                                      where alcohol was available to                         compiled by Kate Coombs
                                                               minors (those under 21)?
                                                 Yes, but I                                        No
                       ����                      didn’t drink                                                                                     A show built around public image and scandal,
                                                                                                                                               “Gossip Girls” exposes the behavior of New York’s elite
                                                                                                              TV SHOW

                                                                                                                                               teenagers. Characters in the show have been known
                                                                                        ����                                                   to drink alcohol at clubs and social parties with par-

      ����                    ����
                                                                                                                                               ents.The show’s ratings have decreased since its initial
                                                                                                                                               debut earlier this year, but it still averages 2.6 million
                                                                                                                                               viewers. The CW has targeted the show at young
                                                                                                                                               females in an effort to gain more ratings, according to

                                                                                                                         Gossip Girls
                                                                                                                                                   “Smashed” is a memoir about a 14-year-old girl who
                                                                                                                                               becomes an alcoholic and eventually realizes the seri-
  If you were at a party that served                                                                                                           ousness of her situation years after college. The book
    alcohol, how would you react?                          Do you think LT should have the                                                     gives detailed accounts of her experiences and what
                                                         authority to punish students drinking                                                 influenced her to start drinking. The author began her
 Stay, and                                                            off campus?                                                              binge drinking habits because of peer pressure and

 drink a lot                                                                                                                                   continued to self-destruct. “Drinking, like all forms of
                                                                           Yes, you are
                                                                           responsible just                                                    self-destruction, isn’t a valid art form because it allows
                                                      Yes, but only if     being there                                                         the world to rejoice in our weaknesses, the inferiority
                                                      students have                           No, under no                                     that it has always expected of us,” Zailckas said.Accord-
                                                      traces of alcohol                       circumstances                                    ing to BBC news after a survey in 2000, 22 percent of
                                                      in their system
        ����             ��                                                                                             “Smashed” by
                                                                                                                        Koren Zailckas
                                                                                                                                               students believe reading is a waste of time. Students are
                                                                                                                                               now watching an average of four hours of television
                                                                                  ���                                                          per day.
                                               Leave, and
                                               call the                     ���

    ���� ����                                  police
                                                                                        ����                                                       The majority of the movie revolves around teen-
                                                                                                                                               age boys attempting to buy alcohol for a couple of
                                                                                                                                               female classmates. According to USA Today, “Super-
                                                                                                                                               bad” grossed more than $68.6 million 10 days after

                                                                                                                                               its release. As comedy movies are rising in popularity,

Stay, and have
                                                                              ����                                                             more teenagers are watching what the characters do.
                                                                                                                                               Alcohol is becoming more common in all movies and
                                                                                                                                               is used in 52 percent if G-rated films, 89 percent of PG
a drink                                    No, but there
                      Stay, but not                                                                                                            films, 93 percent of PG-13 and 95 percent of R-rated
                                           could be excep-
                      have a drink
                                           tions                                        No, it should be                  Superbad             films, according a Dartmouth Medical School article.
                                                                                        up to their parents
                       Classic cars                                                                                                                                Poverty line
 The first Corvette was built in 1953 by Chevrolet; the car is
currently manufactured by General Motors. There is even a                  PROFILES
                                                                                Friday, March 14, 2008        Page 15
                                                                                                                                             According to the CIA World Factbook, about 60 percent of
                                                                                                                                             Bolivia’s population lives below the poverty line as of 2006,
 National Corvette Museum, located in Bowling Green, Ky.                                                                                          despite the country’s wealth of natural resources.

             Q&A                                  Student collects backpacks
                                                    Sophomore plans to help                      The program Backpacks for Bolivia
  LION asked chemistry                                 Bolivian children                     began on Feb. 4 and ended on Feb. 15,
                                                                                             and although Jaros has finished pro-
teacher Dr. Michele Lenz                          by Katie Schoder                           moting this program, she will continue
   questions about her                               While packing for a service trip to
                                                                                             accepting donations from LT students
                                                                                             and staff.
 experience judging cars.                        Bolivia, Elysa Jaros ’10 will bring about
                                                 30 new backpacks, which she has col-
                                                                                                 “Elysa thought it would be neat if stu-
                                                                                             dents at LT participated,” Nancy Jaros said.
compiled by Carrie Mulderink                     lected from LT students to give children    “Because she was collecting backpacks
                                                 at a Bolivian orphanage.                    around Valentine’s Day, students were
Q: What is car judging?                              Jaros heard about the trip to Bolivia   able to show love by supporting a child
A: People who have a passion for cars            from the pastor at her church, the          [in a Bolivian orphanage].”
                                                 Emmanuel Bible Church in Berwyn. This           Jaros put up flyers around SC and
    collect older automobiles and replace        year is the first time the excursion to     asked her Spanish teacher, Emily
    all the worn-out parts with new parts        Bolivia was organized, and seven people     Waldinger, to talk about the program in
    that are still authentic to the year.        signed up to partipate, including Jaros     her classes and tell other members of the
    Then they bring their cars to meets,         and her mother, Nancy Jaros.                Foreign Language Department about it.
                                                     The trip will last from March 20 to         “When Elysa told me about her
    and the cars are judged. The vehicle         March 30. Landing in LaPaz, she will then   backpacks for Bolivia idea, I thought it
    that has the most points at the end          travel to Potosi. There, she will go to a   was very fitting for the kind of person
    of a meet is given a trophy. At the          rehabilitation center for women.The final   she is,” Waldinger said. “She has such a
                                                 part of the trip is visiting an orphanage   giving heart. She has worked very hard
    National meet, a banquet is held             in Caranavi, where Jaros will help plan     to try and get 70 backpacks for kids at
    where all awards are announced.              activities and crafts for the children.     an orphanage, where she will spend her
Q: What types of cars do you                         To further help the children at the     spring break volunteering.“
                                                 orphanage, Jaros has collected donated          After the final collection, Jaros
    judge?                                       backpacks from LT students.                 received about 30 donated backpacks,
A: I judge many vehicles from the                    “My mom and I thought about what        with more potentially donated since
    ‘60s and ‘70s. These are known as            we could do for the kids in the orphan-     press time. Overall, she was pleased with
    “muscle” or “performance” cars,              age,” Jaros said. “We thought it would be   the results.
                                                 a good idea to bring them something and         “I was very excited that students were
    because they have powerful engines           thought of backpacks. With a backpack,      participating,” Jaros said. “I think that we
    and are somewhat like today’s Mus-           the children at the orphanage would         have so much stuff in America and it is so
                                                                                                                                            Standing outside a SC classroom, Elysa Jaros ‘10 (left)
    tangs.                                       have a place to put their personal things   great to be able to share our wealth with      and Spanish teacher Emily Waldinger display the back-
                                                 or their books for school.”                 those who are less fortunate.”                 packs they have collected.             Megan Bannister
Q: What is the purpose of car
A: We feel that we are preserving a piece                                                                                           Free association with...
    of automotive history. Throughout
    the car judging process, someone                                                                                                        Arlene Guenther,
    knowledgeable about cars evaluates
    how well your antique or classic vehi-
                                                                                                                                                 Business Teacher
                                                                                                                            compiled by Joe Moran
    cle fits a set of criteria. The judges
    verify that the car has not been                                                                                        Q: Walmart or Target?
    altered and that replacement parts                                                                                      A: Walmart. I talk about it in my business classes; it’s a good company.
                                                                                                                            Q: Do you have any unique talents people do not know
    are of the same brand, style and type                                                                                      about?
    that were used on previous vehicles.                                                                                    A: I’m a pretty good cook, but that’s about it.
    Owners want to know how original                                                                                        Q: Cats or dogs?
    or perfect their car really is.                                                                                         A: Both, definitely- I have a dog and four cats.
                                                                                                                            Q: Favorite movie?
Q: What is your favorite car and                                                                                            A: “Where’s Papa?”
    why?                                                                                                                    Q: Favorite after school snack?
A: I really like the Hurst Olds and Cor-                                                                                    A: A Big Mac.
    vettes from ’69. Both of these cars                                                                                     Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
                                                                                                                            A: I love the Loire Valley in France- food and castles.
    are wonderful examples of our                                                                                           Q: If you could be fluent in any language what would it be?
    evolving automotive history at a time                                                                                   A: French; I love that country’s food.
    when the roads weren’t crowded, gas                                                                                     Q: Dream job?
    was cheap and each car was quite                                                                                        A: I’m doing it.
                                                                                                                            Q: If you were not teaching, what would you be?
    unique from another.                                                                                                    A: Probably still working in the business world.
Q: How long have you been judg-                                                                                             Q: Cubs or Sox?
    ing cars, and how were you                                                                                              A: Sorry, not a sports fan.
    introduced to it?                                                                                                       Q: If you could be someone famous for a day who would
A: I have been judging cars for 30 years.                                                                                      you be?
                                                                                                                            A: Abraham Lincoln -- he is one of the few people I admire without
    My father introduced me to it.                                                                                             reservation. He would have been a brilliant CEO.

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                                  TV-inspired busting                                                                 Taking requests                                                                                                                                                              Alternative sources                                                                               Legends refuted
          This spread was inspired by Discovery Channel’s original action show “Myth-
        Busters.” Hosted by special-effects experts Adam Savage and Jaime Hyneman,
                                                                                        “MythBusters” takes requests. They encourage their viewers to tell them what leg-
                                                                                         ends to discuss on the show. The Discovery Channel website says: “Give us your                               MYTHS                                                            Aside from the television show, several websites are available that aim to disprove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         urban legends. Some of these include:,,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “MythBusters” airs on the Discovery Channel on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the myths they have explored in the past include ninjas running on water and

                 this series explores urban myths through scientific experiments.       myths, and we’ll give you peace of mind. Just post them in our message boards.”                        Friday, March 14, 2008  Pages 16 and 17                                                                                                                                  whether a penny falling from a skyscraper could kill a pedestrian on the street.

         PhotoOpinion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Myth: Pennies are thrown at freshmen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Fact: Penny-throwing is extremely rare at LT.
What other myths have you heard about LT?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       by Tom Meyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Every year, incoming freshmen are warned that upperclassmen will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               throw pennies at them in the halls, a rumor that is certainly one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               most prevalent in the school. These incidents of penny-throwing, how-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ever, are largely exaggerated and hardly ever occur.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I personally [have] never had pennies thrown at me,” Elise Gordon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ’11 said. “I have never heard of anyone actually getting pennies thrown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               at them.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gordon also said that the rumor was most likely invented by older
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               students to intimidate and scare freshmen. She believes that penny-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               throwing may have taken place in the past, but does not happen any-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In fact, Assistant Principal Kelly Dostal said that she has never had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to deal with any penny-throwing at a disciplinary level.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I haven’t had anyone referred to me so I don’t think that it is disci-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               plinary issue,” Dostal said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dostal also said that if a case were brought to her attention, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               offender would likely receive a detention, or possibly a suspension if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               this was a second offense or if injury resulted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Max Potthoff ’10 was involved in one of the few incidents of penny-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               throwing on his first day of freshmen year, but believes it to have been a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               joke without malicious intent.
      “Freshmen get pennies thrown at them.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I was walking up B-wing and people were just joking around,” Pot-
      Rund Daoud ‘11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           thoff said. “They threw a penny at me, but it wasn’t serious.”
                                                                                                                                                                       photo courtesy of MCT Campus                                                                                                                                                                                Other students also say that they believe that when these incidents do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               occur, they are usually meant as a joke, rather than a serious threat.
                                                                                                                  Myth: LT never has snow days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I’ve only had one or two coins thrown at me,” Mary Meg Don-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               nelly ’11 said. “They were thrown by friends who had just found coins,
                                                                                                                 Fact: LT’s last snow day was about five years ago.                                                                                                                                                                                                            remembered I was a freshman, and then sort of jokingly threw them at
                                                                                              by Sarah Boots                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       While it is not a typical occurrence for freshmen to be pelted with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               pennies, Donnelly said that she thinks that when these incidents do take
                                                                                                 With the recent influx of snowy weather and the difficulties in getting to school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               place, they are meant to “keep the little freshmen ‘in order.’”
                                                                                             in the ice and snow, LT students have begun to believe that the school never has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Potthoff agreed and said that the incident in which he was involved
                                                                                             snow days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               was “just meant to scare the freshmen.”
                                                                                                 Students guess LT’s last snow day occurred between four and 30 years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Alanna Smart ’10 believes that the stories of penny-throwing are
                                                                                                 “I think that the last snow day was seven years ago, when my older brother
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               largely invented and the incidents are very rare.
                                                                                             [Dan Kuchta ‘03] was a sophomore,” Kristine Kuchta ’08 said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I have never actually seen a penny thrown at anybody,” Smart said.
                                                                                                 Although there are no official records kept, LT’s last snow day occurred about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “I think it’s more a myth than an actuality.”
                                                                                             five years ago, Superintendent Dennis Kelly said.
                                                                                                 There have been four snow days in the past 16 years at LT.
                                                                                                 There have been a few famous snow days in LT history, which probably pro-
                                                                                             duced the original myth that LT has not had a snow day for 30 years; these occurred
                                                                                             during bitter winter weather in 1967 and 1976.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Myth: LT is getting rid of senior exemption.                                                                                                                        Myth: LT NC’s fourth floor contains
                                                                                                 U.S. History teacher Mark Doyle has taught at LT for 23 years and remembers
                                                                                             only about six or seven snow days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fact: Though these rumors surface every year, they are never true.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        some kind of secret.
                                                                                                 The most memorable of these occurred in 1987 or 1988, on the day of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fact: The fourth floor is used mostly for storage purposes
     “LT doesn’t have the money for air conditioning.”                                       Winter Choral Assembly, Doyle said.The assembly was not rescheduled that year.                                 by Carrie Mulderink
                                                                                                 Kelly contradicted another popular myth, which states that LT needs to have a
      Vidya Visvabharathy ‘10                                                                                                                                                                                   According to Principal David Franson, LT’s current senior exemption policy,                                                                                by Megan Bannister
                                                                                             certain amount of snow in order to declare a snow day.A number of different factors
                                                                                             are involved in the final decision.                                                                            which allows second-semester seniors to exempt finals in every class in which                                                                                      As anyone who has ever lost his or her way in the maze that is NC
                                                                                                 “More than the snow, it’s the ice,” Kelly said.                                                            they hold at least a B- average, will continue for several years to come; however, the                                                                         knows, the tedious stairs and repetitive floor plan make it challenging
                                                                                                 Besides the ice, one of the most important factors in the decision is the ability of                       rumor of its cancellation is not anything new, as it is annually brought up as a con-                                                                          to distinguish which floor one is on at any given time. However, what
                                                                                             teachers to make it to school safely and on time.While most students live very close                           cern at Student Council meetings and the Peaceable School Initiative (PSI) forums.                                                                             many students do not know is what lies just beyond the stairs of North
                                                                                             to the school, many teachers live up to an hour’s drive away, and road conditions can                              LT is the only high school in the Chicagoland area that allows second-semester                                                                             Campus’ third floor corridors, up another flight and behind closed
                                                                                             be dangerous for both teachers and students. An important factor in the final deci-                            seniors to exempt all finals. York used to offer a similar incentive to seniors, but                                                                           doors: the infamous and ever-elusive fourth floor.
                                                                                             sion is the ability of the bus company to drive on the roads.                                                  stopped in 2007, after concluding that if all students took these tests, there would                                                                               Student speculations run far and wide. Theories ranging from infes-
                                                                                                 Another common myth is that LT’s lack of snow days stems from a sense of pride                             be a more sound statistical reliability of their final exams, Franson said.                                                                                    tations of snakes and mice to hypotheses of bunk beds for teachers to
                                                                                             in having school every day. Students should keep in mind, however, the two power-                                  However, he realizes that this policy is valued highly by LT students, teachers                                                                            use for daytime naps run rampant throughout the student body. While
                                                                                             outages suffered at NC last year, and the resulting days off of school.While these days                        and parents alike.                                                                                                                                             it may seem like the fourth floor houses some fabulous secret, like the
                                                                                             did not contain quite the mythical quality of a snow day, they were still unplanned,                               “There are no plans to remove [the exemption policy],” Franson said.“I know it is                                                                          entrance to Hogwarts or the lair of an incognito superhero, the truth
                                                                                             and probably much appreciated, days off.                                                                       very important to the seniors, and it is part of our culture here at LT. Rumors always                                                                         behind North Campus’ forgotten level is far less glamorous.
                                                                                                 According to Kelly, mythology surrounding snow days is not unique to LT. Stu-                              seem to circulate about the administration stopping senior exemption, because it                                                                                   Originally used as classrooms for Lyons Township Junior College, the
                                                                                             dents at OPRF associate their school mascot, a Siberian Husky, with the fact that their                        is a very important feature to students.The very thought of losing it concerns them.                                                                           fourth floor is now used primarily for storage.After the Lyons Township
                                                                                             school administration never calls snow days, Kelly said.                                                       They have worked hard throughout the previous three and a half years.”                                                                                         Junior College became part of the College of DuPage, the area was no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kara Abernethy ’08 attests to the importance of this custom.                                                                                               longer needed for higher-learning classes or to house high school stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Students see it as a special treat for being a senior,” she said.“It will be such a                                                                       dents, and thus fell into its current state of mystery, Associate Principal
                                                                                                                                                                                                            sigh of relief knowing that I have worked hard.”                                                                                                               Edward Piotrowski said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The senior final exemption policy was spearheaded by former Principal John                                                                                     The not-so-accessible location prevents many students from ventur-
                                                                                                     Myth: LT does not have a heating system.                                                               L. Young in 1994 as an incentive for students to perform well during their last                                                                                ing into this part of the campus, leaving only a handful of students who
                                                                                                                                                                                                            semester and provide a reward for earning good grades, Franson said. Ending one’s                                                                              managed to explore without the permission of the administration.
                                                                                                             Fact: LT does have one; it couldn’t be open if it did not.                                     high school career on the right note is extremely important for many reasons.                                                                                      Those who have ventured to the rumored forbidden level of the
      “The Reber Center Ghost.”                                                                                                                                                                                 “Not only is momentum gained before heading off to college, but students                                                                                   school were most likely disappointed to find only a collection of dusty
                                                                                            by Jack Hostettler
      Becky Rocco ‘09                                                                                                                                                                                       whose grades drop sharply during the second semester face the risk of having                                                                                   old chalkboards as well as an assortment of educational paraphernalia.
                                                                                                While some speculate that there is no heating system at LT, the truth is that the                           their admission rescinded by the schools that they were previously accepted to,”                                                                                   “Once you get past the old guy who guards the entrance and all the
                                                                                            school would simply not be open if it did not have one.                                                         he said.                                                                                                                                                       booby-traps,” John Telfer ‘08 said,“it’s actually pretty cool.”
                                                                                                “If there is a myth, I’m sure that it has to do with the challenges of keeping all                              Admission is rescinded when the high expectations colleges hold for their                                                                                      Telfer is one of several students who have found their way to the
                                                                                            classrooms, offices and other common space heated to a comfortable level, even                                  students are compromised by a bad senior year, according to a letter written to                                                                                fourth floor. He ventured there during this year’s Variety Show.
                                                                                            throughout the worst of weather conditions,” Principal David Franson said.                                      incoming freshmen of the University of Illinois by Associate Provost for Enrollment                                                                                “I have had students ask me about the fourth floor and how to get
                                                                                                LT typically starts to use the heating system in early November, Buildings and                              Management, Stanley E. Henderson.                                                                                                                              there,” Piotrowski said. “The fourth floor is not very accessible. This is
                                                                                            Grounds Director Ken Brescia said. While there has never been a time where the                                      Unlike the regular final exemption policy, there is no attendance requirement                                                                              not to protect the big secret that is LT’s fourth floor, but rather to secure
                                                                                            heating system did not work in Brescia’s four years at the school, it has had its fair                          for second semester seniors; however, Franson encourages students to make the                                                                                  an area that is not used on a regular basis.”
                                                                                            share of problems. LT lost three heating pumps over the Feb. 9 weekend, causing a                               most of their final days in high school.                                                                                                                           It also seems that the LT administration as well as the school district
                                                                                            heating coil to freeze and leak in the Discovery Center.                                                            “I certainly hope that LT students want to avail themselves of as many days of                                                                             as a whole could be benefiting from the extra space since overcrowd-
                                                                                                The heating system has different fan units for different sections of the building,                          attendance as possible,” he said. “The high school years can’t be recreated once                                                                               ing has recently become an issue. However, while the space could
                                                                                            which provide heat to the areas they serve. Controlled by an energy management                                  they’re gone. There is a finite number of high school days that just can’t be given                                                                            theoretically be used for more classes, the prospect is not in the fore-
                                                                                            system, the system is scheduled to start at certain times in the morning and turn off                           back. I would hope that seniors would want to make the most of them all.”                                                                                      seeable future, Piotrowski said. Unlike the other floors of NC, the area is
                                                                                            in the evening. However, on bitterly cold days and weekends, the school allows the                                                                                                                                                                                             much smaller and inaccessible from certain sides of the building requir-
                                                                                            fans to run round the clock, Brescia said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing an extensive amount of level changing.
                                                                                                The boilers in the Vaughan building’s lower-level provide the hot water to oper-                                                                                                                                                                                               “It would mean more stairs to climb,” Sarah Smith ’09 said. “I can
                                                                                            ate the fan units and univents, for students to wash their hands and to heat the                          facility including the Vaughan Gym and other buildings across Cossitt Avenue would be an                                                                             barely handle the third floor.”
                                                                                            swimming pool, Brescia said. The school is also trying to hold down heating costs                         extremely expensive and time-consuming project, Franson said.                                                                                                            Since it is unlikely that the administration will ever choose to open
                                                                                            by making more use of the internal double doors near the many exits.                                          While this is true, LT could see a change in the productivity of students in the begin-                                                                          the fourth floor for unrestricted student access, many will still be left
                                                                                                In the warmer months, LT utilizes its air conditioning system to keep some                            ning of the year if there were air conditioning in all rooms.                                                                                                        to wonder what it hides, other than relics from long forgotten eras
                                                                                            rooms cool. The Main Office, Dean’s Office, College and Career Center, counseling                             “I have noticed that in the years where there has been intense heat for two to three                                                                             engulfed in tie-dye and Metallica.
                                                                                            rooms, library, Reber Center, study hall room, band room and choral room are just                         weeks, the year gets off to a slow start because students don’t have enough energy and                                                                                   “Besides,” Piotrowski said, “if the District were to make the fourth
     “The teachers have better lunches.”                                                    some those that are air conditioned at NC.                                                                it affects the rest of the semester,” Spanish teacher Zuellen Wiersma said. “In cooler                                                                               floor into useable classroom space, what would students aspire to find?
      Jeannine Riske ‘08
                                                                                                In the near future, there will not be a full air conditioning system installed for                    weather at the beginning of the year, the kids hit the ground running.”                                                                                              The fifth floor?”
                                                                                            the entire school. Due to the age and architecture of NC, air conditioning the entire                         The heating system at LT serves students by maintaining a stable environment.                                                               Megan Bannister
                      T-shirt craze                                                                                                                                Express youself
  In addition to the Grind Love tees, LT students often
create shirts to remember a great class, club or sport or
                                                                   SPOTLIGHT ON     Friday, March 14, 2008       Page 18
                                                                                                                                         is one of many websites that allows cus-
                                                                                                                                                  tomers to select clothing, bumper stickers, coffee mugs,
     to deliver a message, such as “Cancer Sucks.”                                                                                                  buttons and other items with their favorite designs.

                                                                   Students embrace ‘Grind Love’
                                                                   t-shirts, chance for expression
                                                                    Two seniors respond to new LT dance                     “After my sister, Julie [Schumann ’11], and
                                                                    regulations, organize shirt sale, with               her friend, Eve [Hoffman ’11], heard about
                                                                       some proceeds going to charity                    the Grind Love t-shirts, they had the idea for the          DirtyDances
                                                                   by Katie Bates                                        shirts to say ‘Peace, Love, GRIND’ on the back,”
                                                                                                                                                                                  The new craze of juking
                                                                                                                         Schumann said. “We decided to add ‘KOH 2008’             and grinding sweep-
                                                                       What started out as a Facebook group has on the back so we could make it something for                     ing high school dances
                                                                   snowballed into a movement of over 800 LT stu- people to remember.”                                            across the country has
                                                                   dents.The group’s slogan is “Grind Love,” and it was     Besides acting as a mere high school memory,          led to recent controversy
                                                                   started by Jane Schumann ’08 and Kyle Goeth- the navy blue and gold “Grind Love” t-shirts will                 and restrictions on the
                                                                   als ’08 after they heard about the rules banning also be going towards a good cause. Priced at $7              type of dancing deemed
                                                                   juking from the school dances, starting with the each, $3 of every t-shirt sale will be given to the           appropriate. Here are
                                                                   2008 King of Hearts.                                                 American Cancer Society, Goethals         some revolutionary
                                                                       “When the rumor of the             “The way I see it,            and Schumann said.                        dance trends in history
                                                                   new ‘no juking’ rules started                                                                                  that created a major
                                                                   going around, we thought it
                                                                                                                                                       the Facebook group
                                                                                                        grinding is allowed, and“Initially,were made just for fun,”
                                                                   would be funny to make a joke not juking,” Goethals Goethals said. “We realized there                          nThe Waltz- Considered
                                                                   group supporting grinding,” said. “All we’re doing might be money left over from the                             scandalous in its
                                                                   Schumann said. “Everybody                                            t-shirts, so we decided to make it a        birthplace of Europe,
                                                                   caught on and controversy              is saying we love             charity thing and donate the left-          it rose to popularity in
                                                                   arose from there.”                   what’s allowed and over money.”                                             the 18th century.
                                                                       Consequentially, Goethals                                            However, the goal of Goethals
                                                                   took the initiative to form raising money; I don’t and Schumann to create a fun activ-
                                                                                                                                                                                  nThe Charleston- The
                                                                                                                                                                                    elaborate arm and
                                                                   the “Grind Love” Facebook            see anything wrong ity for students through the “Grind                      leg movements of
                                                                   group and invited about 200                 with that.”              Love” t-shirts will not be lost; all
                                                                   of his friends. It wasn’t until                                                                                  this dance made it
                                                                                                                                        members of the group (and others
                                                                   the group had grown to boast                                         who ordered t-shirts independently)         questionable in society
                                                                   over 700 members that Goethals and Schumann will wear the t-shirts on March 14, the day before                   in 1923.
                                                                   thought of the idea to make and sell “Grind Love” the KOH dance, to create a kind of “last hurrah” for         nThe Jitterbug-Begin-
                                                                   t-shirts.                                             the dance, Schumann said.                                  ning in 1926, the
                                                                       The two contacted t-shirt company 48 Indus-          Whether students wear the t-shirt to help find a        previously unheard
                                                                   tries, who offered to make the t-shirts for a reason- cure for cancer or simply for a good time, Goethals        of “hop” dance was a
LT students have formed a group to celebrate “Grind Love.”         able price, then took matters into their own hands, and Schumann stress that the “Grind Love” t-shirts,          revolutionary one.
This group originated on Facebook as a reaction to the new         Schumann said.                                        as well as the Facebook group, are not meant to be       nThe pelvic thrust- Elvis
rules against “juking” at this year’s KOH dance, which will take       A Facebook message was sent out to all mem- a stab at the LT administration in any way, Goeth-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Presley’s go-to move.
                                                                   bers of the “Grind Love” group, informing them als said.
place tomorrow, Saturday, March 15. Shirts were $7 and $3                                                                                                                         nThe Moonwalk-
                                                                   about the details of shirts and asking them to e-mail    “The way I see it, grinding is allowed, not
from each tee goes toward the American Cancer Society. All         t-shirt design ideas to either Goethals or Schumann. juking,” Goethals said.“All we’re doing is saying we        Michael Jackson,
those who purchased the t-shirts were encouraged to wear           However, the t-shirt had found its design in a matter love what’s allowed and raising money; I don’t see         1983.
them today, March 14.                             Caitlin Urbain   of a few days, Schumann said.                         anything wrong with that.”                               Source:

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             Clubbing update:                                                                                                                                               Weekend weather:
              “Zero Gravity”                                                Friday, March, 14 2008                 Page 20                                        Friday        Saturday          Sunday

                                                 GET OUT
Zero Gravity is located at 22W 613 75th St.,
 Naperville. Entry costs $15. If you want to
 go and are looking for advice, ask seniors
  Sarah Jeep, Kathleen Hackett, Caitlin                                                                                                                          Partly Cloudy Snow Showers Partly Cloudy
Urbain, Emily Johnson, Kate Coombs and                                                                                                                             High: 48      High: 38     High: 39
                                                                    Weekend Entertainment                    Events Calendar
              Sarah Brooks.                                                                                                                                        Low: 33        Low: 28     Low: 32

                                                                    Club provides unexpected fun
                                                                       After a night of grinding with homies,                                main room, which was fairly dimmed, yet colored lights were
                                                                                                                                             all around. No one was dancing yet.We huddled together and
                                                                       LION realizes Zero G isn’t all that bad                               staked out a table.
                                                                    by Kathleen Hackett                                                          The overall setup was impressive, consisting of many big
                                                                                                                                             screen TVs as well as booths, tables, and couches against the
                                                                        There was the sign, and surprisingly enough, we could                walls for seating.The arrangement was ideal for observing
                                                                   just barely make out the pink and blue neon lights from the               other dancers, and we were a little surprised to see all of the
                                                                   distance. But even so, we missed the entrance to the parking              observers who had already staked out their positions.
                                                                   lot, which resembled some type of field. As we quickly made                    The music had been playing from the time we entered,
                                                                   a u-turn, none of us could stop gawking at the outer appear-              but barely anyone was willing to be the first to show off their
                                                                   ance of our destination: Zero Gravity.The flashing neon lights            moves. Some of the Zero Gravity staffers attempted to get
                                                                   were surely just a glimpse of what it would be like inside.               people dancing, and finally around 9:45, there was a rush to
                                                                        From the outside, the teen dance club looked shady. It               the main dance floor, located on the right side of the room.
                                                                   closely resembled an abandoned building that was insulated                    We joined the entire group and started dancing, forming a
                                                                   by a layer of crusty plaster-certainly not a place with the               circle, which other clubbers found no problem penetrating.
                                                                   capacity to safely host hundreds of young clubbers.                           The DJ was very impressive and we began to let down
                                                                        As we pulled into a spot, we noted that many of the cars             our guards a little because the music was invigorating.
                                                                   surrounding us were a bit beaten up. Of course, someone                        Aside from the great choice and variety of music, the light
                                                                   had to point out that we were the only minivan there.                     show inspired and dazzled dancers, as did the periodical dose
                                                                        The five other Lion staffers and I sat fully protected in the        of colored steam spurting from the ceiling.
                                                                   car for a couple of minutes because everyone was a little too                 I jumped in panic the first time the loud siren went off,
                                                                   intimidated to go in right away.                                          but soon realized that this siren was sounded about every
                                                                        One girl was so nervous that she seriously considered                twenty minutes or so, for a reason I am still unaware of.
                                                                   staying in the car. By this time, it was about 9:15, and Zero                 The siren was one of the many special effects that made
                                                                   Gravity is open Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays, from                for an entertaining combination of lights, sound and music.
                                                                   9 p.m. to 4 a.m., so we had no idea when a suitable time to                   As for our fellow clubbers, well, I give them props for
                                                                   arrive would be.                                                          some their dancing styles. Either they are really, really good
                                                                        We decided to go early on Saturday, March 1, and the over-           dancers, or they come to Zero Gravity very frequently.
                                                                   all theme was “caffeine” night.The club was relatively easy                    So all in all, I made some friends, or rather, homies.
                                                                   to find and it took about a 25-minutes.The exact address, for                 I realized that people at an establishment such as Zero
                                                                   those of you who plan to go, is 22W 613 75th St., Naperville.             Gravity are far more inclined to approach and initiate contact
                                                                        We quickly hid our North Faces, purses, and excess bling             with someone else, as compared to a dance at LT.
                                                                   under the leather seats and dashed out of the car.                            Although this is not always a good quality, the environ-
                                                                        Fortunately, there was a short line, but after seeing several        ment at Zero Gravity enabled us to dance and have fun with-
                                                                   of our fellow clubbers in the lobby, we knew that we were a               out worrying what other people thought of us.
                                                                   little overdressed. And by overdressed, I mean we had more                    All in all, the experience was much better than I expected.
                                                                   fabric covering us than the average swim suit.                            Although I hate to have to admit it to some of my friends, I
                                                                        Security checked our licenses, to be sure that we were               actually liked it.
                                                                   between the ages of 16 and 24, and the cover charge to get                    So the next time that you and your friends run out of
Clubbers at Zero Gravity (top, midlle) enjoy the music and light   in was $15.We also glimpsed a small poster that conveyed                  activities to do on the weekend, I suggest that you gather up
show. Six female LION staffers (bottom) jumped at the chance to    that no alcohol is served in the club.                                    your party gear and head over to Zero Gravity for a surpris-
experience the teen club scene for themselves.        Sarah Jeep        After all of us were checked in, we slowly walked into the           ingly enjoyable dancing adventure.

                           Emily’s Evening at                                                                                Marney’s Musical
        Emily Paice
                             the Pictures                                                                                       Madness                                           Marney Coleman
Rental Review:                                 In-Theater Review:                                    Album: Robotique Majestique                             Album: The Swell Season
The Mexican (R)                                10,000 B.C. (PG-13)                                   Artist: Ghostland Observatory                           Artist: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
            /out of five Paw Prints                     /out of five Paw Prints                                    /out of five Paw Prints                                     /out of five Paw Prints
    “The Mexican.” With such a straight-            For all you history buffs looking for a              The cover of Ghostland Observatory’s                     Perhaps better known for their portrayal
forward title, I expected what any mov-         factually accurate take on early human               third studio album,“Robotique Majestique,”              in the movie-musical “Once,” Glen Hansard
iegoer would expect from such a film: a         civilization, read no further. If you have any       looks like a Daft Punk album. In fact, it               and Marketa Irglova show that their love
story set in Mexico based on the life of        plot-based expectations, for “10,000 B.C.”           was mastered by Nilesh Patel, the same                  ballads are not only for the silver screen.
a small town local. Well, I was wrong.          you may as well toss them out the window             guy who did mastering work with Daft                         Hansard generally dominates the album,
Rather, the peculiarly fun plot follows an      now. The film, though at times both imagi-           Punk. Ghostland Observatory even cites                  singing the majority of the melodies on the
English-speaking couple through their           native and visually captivating, lures view-         Daft Punk as one of their influences. Unfor-            tracks. In fact, the song “Leave” contains no
adventures in working off mob debt.             ers in under the semi-false pretense of non-         tunately, the electronic-dance-alternative              vocal contribution from Irglova, but is a
    “The Mexican” stars Brad Pitt and           stop action and a plausible storyline.               efforts of Ghostland Observatory do not                 remarkable performance from Hansard. It
Julia Roberts as an American couple in              From the director of “The Day After              come close to their idols, and in fact, fall            is one of the few times that he breaks out
a rocky relationship. Pitt, who speaks no       Tomorrow” and “Independence Day,”                    below par of their own previous releases.               of his steady voice into an angry shout. On
Spanish, is indebted to some bad people         “10,000 B.C.” is based on prehistoric civi-              The duo’s previous release,“Paparazzi               “Alone Together,” however, Irglova takes con-
who force him to go on a wild hunt              lization. When a mountainous tribe of dirt-          Lightning,” was filled with original beats              trol, her precocious voice accompanied by
through Mexico in search of a historical        covered humans (who happen to speak                  courtesy of drummer/keyboardist Thomas                  little more than an acoustic guitar.
pistol. In the meantime, his girlfriend,        English) are interrupted by a band of war-           Turner and lead singer Aaron Behren’s                        But it is the duets that set these singers
Roberts, refuses refuses to stay with           lords, young D’Leh (Steven Strait) tries to          wide-ranging vocals.“Robotique Majes-                   apart from their peers; they accomplish
the unstable Pitt and decides to venure         save the future of his people.The hunter             tique” contains these same elements, but                exponentially more together than they do
to Las Vegas. When the young woman              follows the villains in attempt to rescue his        they are often overshadowed by this                     apart. Most notably is the Oscar-winning
is abducted by an emotionally broken            beloved Evolet (Camilla Belle). D’Leh ven-           album’s particular tendency of sounding                 Best Song,“Falling Slowly,” where at times
professional criminal, Leroy (James             tures through many lands and climates and            like a throwback.                                       their two distinct voices seem to blend into
Gandolfini), who is also sent to retrieve       encounters many heart-racing obstacles.                  A perfect example of this datedness is              one.The song crescendos often, adding
the gun, she bonds with her captor by               How one man manages to walk through              the album’s first single,“Dancin’ On My                 drama to the otherwise simple arrangement
talking about relationships.                    snowy mountains, steaming jungles, arid              Grave.”The song literally sounds like it                of the guitar and piano-driven song.
    This movie is pleasantly surpris-           desert and sandy dunes all in what seems             could have been one of the club hits of the                  String instruments play a very important
ing in terms of plot. The storyline is          like a matter of days is simply beyond me.           1980s.The loud, prominent drum machine                  role in the musical aspect of the album. The
unexpected, funny, and nicely features          Though creative, the film fails to logisti-          that is characteristic of most ‘80s hits                title track is a completely instrumental song,
the warm climates of Mexico and Las             cally piece together the plot.The actors             dominates the song and the beat is generic,             but uses interesting string techniques.The
Vegas (which is in perfect contrast to          may put forth decent performances, but               cookie cutter synthesizer and not much                  beginning of the song is merely string pluck-
this bitter Chicago winter). Short spurts       the script is so unfortunately cheesy that           else. Even Behren’s vocals, characteristic in           ing backed by a piano melody. It continues
of violence and mature subject matter           they alone could not repair the movie.               their own right, sound like they could have             into a violin solo, creating one of the most
make “The Mexican” deserving of its R-              Bottom Line:You may not come out of              been derived from a Duran Duran hit.                    captivating tracks on the album.
rating.                                         the theater hating “10,000 B.C.” but unless              Bottom Line:There is no denying that                     Bottom Line: Whether or not you have
    Bottom Line:“The Mexican” is a              you believe that mammoths were detri-                the songs from Ghostland Observatory’s                  seen their musical talents in “Once,” Hansard
unique film and an easy watch for any           mental in the construction of the pyramids,          third album are danceable, but they often               and Irglova’s full-length album “The Swell
open-minded viewer.                             this film may be frustratingly ridiculous.           lack originality.                                       Season” is nothing short of astonishing.

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