KOH rules Water polo starts 4-1
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
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.”
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 Illinois.gov
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 Illinois.gov 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
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
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, dist102.k12.il.us, 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.”
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
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
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: www.specialolympics.org
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.”
Friday, March 14, 2008 Page 4
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: www.nhsdf.org
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.
Friday, March 14, 2008 Page 5
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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“Smothering would be quick and pleasurable.”
- Matt Polega ‘09
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
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.
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book, became Forbes’ youngest self-made billionaire at the
age of 23, according to the USA Today.
EDITORIALS Friday, March 14, 2008 Page 7
Besides “The Great Gatsby,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Heart
of Darkness” and “To the Lighthouse” are included in Modern
Library’s 100 Most Influential Books of the 20th century.
Push for extreme AnotherView
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
Changes in curriculum have The Voice of Lyons Township Students Since 1910
potential to benefit students
Our Position: The changes to the English
curriculum will not have an adverse effect
on the classes they concern, and, although
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
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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.
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:
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
22 35 21
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
to snow days- I’m still me like those imposters with the hoods.
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
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
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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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
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
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.
Oklahoma coach may never coach Division I ball Gonzaga, out of the Western Athletic Con-
again. ference, is always a possibility to make some
noise in the tournament after the Zag’s mad
Play of the Year a string of Sweet 16 appearances in the late
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
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.
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
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.”
The Voice of Lyons Township Students Since 1910
LION staff members uncover the truth
about common rumors and misconcep-
tions of LT.
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.
Get Out, 20 Drinking, 14
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
North Campus 100 S. Brainard Avenue La Grange, Ill. 60525 South Campus 4900 Willow Springs Road Western Springs, lll. 60558
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 MSNBC.com 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.
H I G H
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.
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
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
“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
students believe reading is a waste of time. Students are
now watching an average of four hours of television
��� per day.
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
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-
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: snopes.com, urbanlegends.about.com,
“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
scambusters.com and livescience.com/urbanlegends.
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
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
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
Cafepress.com 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: www.highbeam.com
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Clubbing update: Weekend weather:
“Zero Gravity” Friday, March, 14 2008 Page 20 Friday Saturday Sunday
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
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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