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October, 2007

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Wednesday, October 31st 3:00 PM Respect for Life Club Meeting (Library) 7:00 PM FORTRESS Meeting (Library) Thursday, November 1st 6:30 PM Open House Friday, November 2nd 7:30 AM Science and Outdoor Club Meeting (Rm 208) 3:00 PM Drama Club Meeting (Cafetorium) Saturday, November 3rd 7:00 PM Father-Daughter Dance (Cafetorium) Sunday, November 4th 3:45 PM Fall Sports Awards Banquet (Cafetorium) Tuesday, November 6th 7:15 AM Newspaper Meeting (Room 204) Wednesday, November 7th 3:00 PM Respect for Life Club Meeting (Library) 7:00 PM SPARCS Meeting (Library) Wednesday, November 14th 3:00 PM Respect for Life Club Meeting (Library) 7:00 PM FORTRESS Meeting (Library) Thursday, November 15th 7:30 AM NHS Meeting (Library) Friday, November 16th 7:30 AM Science and Outdoor Club Meeting (Rm 208) 7:00 PM Fall Drama Performance (Cafetorium) Saturday, November 17th 7:00 PM Fall Drama Performance (Cafetorium)

Senior Sean Grismer speaks to students during a Youth For Truth meeting held at the school library.

By Lauren Lecco Local and World News Editor

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Planned Parenthood Opens In Aurora Students Protest
Although Planned Parenthood does supply other services, they provide abortions at a lower cost than most hospitals. Anti-abortion demonstrators have been seen sitting outside of the clinic since the building first began. Demonstrators have kept the protest peaceful by praying, singing, and displaying signs against the clinic. Many of Aurora Central Catholic students have been part of these demonstrations. The Youth For Truth forum organized a peaceful protest outside the clinic before it opened so other Central students

Photo by Liz Kottkamp

or the past month our newspapers have been flooded with the controversy of the new women’s clinic, Planned Parenthood, which opened in Aurora. There has been a huge response from the community both for and against the Planned Parenthood Clinic. While driving through the area one may have noticed the signs decorating individuals’ yards. Some read “Planned Parenthood: Bad for Aurora,” while others read “This Family Supports Planned Parenthood.”

could attend and voice their opinions about the value of life. Over 700 youth attended. At one point in time the community felt that their prayers had been answered. Due to some legal problems the opening of the clinic was delayed, and at one point it looked like the clinic just might lose their land. Much to the community’s dismay, an occupancy permit was issued for the clinic, making it legal for them to open their doors. Steve Continued on page 2...

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Faces of Uganda
By Kara McNamara School News Editor
I was expecting a repetitive cry for help accompanied with pictures and stories of gaunt, starving children in Uganda. I must admit, I was just hoping the cause would sway people enough to want to help, not so much the presentation. Let’s just say I pleasantly surprised, both by Invisible Children United’s presentation and the reaction from our school. Let’s back up... Invisible Children United is an organization dedicated to helping

children in Northern Uganda. War has torn the country apart for twenty-one years, and it is the children who are suffering for it. Besides the obvious dangers of war to everyone, some children are being kidnapped in the night by a renegade group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to be made into child soldiers, who make up more than 90% of the army. After a brutal desensitization process, these children become part of the mass group committing horrible acts of violence. Other children, however, make a nightly commute to public sites, most commonly the bus station, in order to escape the reach of the LRA.

Hundreds of bodies are squeezed into the small space, solely in order to be kept safe. And it was all caught on tape. Bobby Bailey, Jason Russell, and Laren Poole, three filmmakers from California, set off for the Sudan to find a topic to make a movie about. I think we all remember “The Most Depressing Shot Ever”. In leaving the Sudan, they found their story. And it began a movement that we all can take part in. Invisible Children United is an organization Continued on page 3...

In This Issue...

School News

Read complete coverage of homecoming events including the powderpuff game (pictured), twins day, and much more.

Pop Culture

John Whitney reviews Halo 3. Also take a look at this year’s scary movies in time for Halloween.

Charger Sports

Find out how ACC upset Marmion in football.

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October, 2007

Local and World News
Planned Parenthood
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Trombley was quoted saying that, “He was thrilled to call Aurora their new home.” A fellow protestor, Eric Scheidler, rebutted this comment by saying, “As long as the clinic is open we will be here praying and counseling Planned Parenthood’s potential victims.” Although the clinic is open, to its opponents the fight is not yet over. As long as the clinic is open and running, there will be people standing up for the rights of the unborn and fighting against abortion. Aurora Central sophomore Dan Schlietweiler founded Youth for Truth, and senior Sean Grismer is the president. This organization is in the process of setting up a website. Also, a rally was held Sunday, October 21, in Chicago from 1 to 4 p.m. If anyone would like more information about this event, he or she can contact any Youth for Truth member.

Around the World in Thirteen Years
By Kevin Eversole Staff Writer

Man completes 13 year trek around the world

Dog Blames Cat
By Mark Pfotenhauer Staff Writer
Everybody knows that a dog is man’s best friend, but what everybody doesn’t know is that cats are man’s worst friends, especially for Mr. Rolland Cote of Greenville, Maine. In the early morning of Sunday, the 9th of October, Mr. Cote was awakened by Thumper, a black Labrador retriever, and was allowed enough time to call 911 and make his way out of his burning house. Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire and Mr. Cote’s wife and 7-year-old grandson were away at the time of the fire. After the fire ceased to be, the fire marshal and Mr. Cote both agreed that Princess, the family cat, caused the fire. The fire was presumably started when Princess knocked over a kerosene lamp. was stabbed in the buttocks last weekend. He had been engaged in a fight after a student union dance. The injury in itself was not life threating, but required some stitches. No arrests were made. However, investigations are continuing as time goes on.

On Saturday, October 6, British adventurer Jason Lewis finished a thirteen-year trip in which he circumnavigated the world. He did this by only using manpower. He used a twenty-six-foot pedal boat, a bike, rollerblades, and kayaks to complete his journey; he also hiked for a good portion of his trip. During his trip, Lewis faced many challenges. He was hit by a car while rollerblading through Colorado, and broke both legs. He was also attacked by many animals during his trip, including crocodiles, sharks, and even a monkey. One of his biggest problems was being accused of spying in Egypt after crossing the border illegally from Sudan. He was thrown in jail and threatened with 40 years in prison. wards this specific individual and not intended to harm others. Police reported that at around 9:45 he had crashed his car near a tree on a campus street around 200 meters away from his apartment. He was slumped over motionlessly, relayed police director Larry Godwin, saying that witnesses had observed a couple of unidentified men running away from the crime scene abruptly after the event occurred. Shirley Raines was quoted saying that this event was not a random act. The individual who was being specifically targeted was due to questionable activities he may have been involved in. Taylor Bradford originally attended Samford University and transferred to Memphis (Home of the Tigers) after two football seasons. He was a very skilled 5’11’’ 300 pound

Lewis started in July of 1994 at age 26 and finished on October 6, 2007 at age 40. He traveled a total of 46,505 miles, crossed three oceans, and went through 37 countries. It took him thirteen years, two months, and 23 days to complete his journey. On October 6, Lewis and many spectators carried his boat across the finish line in Greenwich, England.

College Football Player Slayed on Campus
By Marcus Jackson Staff Writer
On October 1, 2007, in Memphis Tennesee, Taylor Bradford (21) was not shot and killed intentionally, which was suggested by the police director Larry Godwin. In addition, authorities know that the outsiders will not be housed on campus. Evidently Bradford’s killers were not diligently seeking the efforts and alibis of the student body. The murder was intentionally aimed to-

linebacker who will be remembered by all of those who knew him and were associated with Bradford. He attended Antioch High school in Nashville, Tennessee and held records in shotput and discus as a multitalented athlete. ‘’We feel like the campus is safe, but we’d rather err on the safety than not,’’ the spokesman Curt Gunther had replied in a sad and discontent manner. A large red ribbon was tied around the tree where Bradford’s car struck, along with a poster board to commemorate and abnegate negative and sad thoughts of his death as a way to record memories and signatures from all that loved and knew him.

The moral teaching or lesson, if you will, of the report is quite simple. The lesson has been told again and again. This is the reality that some may unfortunately die in insinuating circumstances, while others can be quite lucky to escape with their lives. This is a testimony to not take our own lives for granted because death is inevitable, and we must On another campus, University of Massa- cherish the things we are most grateful for. chusetts Amherst, football player Johnny Evens, 18, was in a decent condition after he

West Aurora Cross Country Disaster
By Jeromy Sonne Staff Writer
Runners at the West Aurora Stampede, a West Aurora High School cross country meet, fell ill due to unusually hot weather conditions. The event was held at Wabaunsee community college at their sugar grove campus, and their was approximately 2,000 runners from 28 different schools competing at the event. The majority of injuries had to do with dehydration, or other heat related issues. An onlooker described how at one five minute stretch, an onlooker would literally collapse every thirty seconds. Fourteen ambulances were called to the field to deal with the amount of injuries, eventually getting to the point emergency crews canceled the last race. A spokesman for West Aurora High School said they will review how to better handle these racing situations. Hopefully the poor judgement West Aurora officials displayed will be corrected so that six kids will not end up in a hospital again from a running event.

By McKay Violetto Every year the 26.2 mile Chicago Mara- before 1 p.m. at a Veterans' Affairs hospital. Staff Writer
thon is run. This year, however, the 30th annual race was cancelled just before noon. The heat was just too great for the runners to endure. Out of the 45,000 runners that registered to run in the race, about 10,000 didn’t show up, and another 10,934 started but didn’t finish. Many runners were taken to hospitals or treated onsite for their heat-related ailments. There was also one participant who died during the race. Chad Schieber from Midland, Michigan died while running the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

By Alyssa Shaff Staff Writer

Man dies and others are hospitalized during race

Chicago Marathon Heat

Police Arrest Cambodian Cow

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Many runners complained that the organiz- Last week authorities were called to the scene ers did not have enough water or Gatorade. of a motorcycle accident on the main road in Cambodia. When they arrived at the scene, There were many spectators handing bot- the police were astounded to find out that the tles of water to runners and spraying them cause of this fatal crash was a cow in the road. with garden hoses as they ran by. Fire hydrants were also opened in an attempt A Cambodian official talked to the Chicago to cool off the runners as they ran past. Tribune and stated that this particular cow In the future it is hoped that the organizers was the cause of 6 deaths earlier this year. of the race will be better prepared for the On the day in question, the white, five-foot marathon. Also, these race organizers are cow was standing in the middle of the main hoping that the race record temperature of road in Cambodia’s capitol, Phnom Penh, as 88 degrees by 10 a.m. that was set on Sun- a 66-year-old motorcyclist came riding down day is not repeated. The previous record the road late Monday night. The police chief The 35-year-old man collapsed while run- for the marathon was 84 degrees in 1979. of Phnom Penh, Pin Doman, said the roads ning on the city’s South Side. The witnesses Hopefully we can learn from this tragedy are very dark at night, and this was the reahave reported seeing Schieber collapse and so the same mistakes aren't made next year. son that the motorcyclist didn’t see the cow. become unresponsive. The race’s medical director says that Schieber must have lost his pulse very quickly and died on the race course. He was pronounced dead shortly

Central Times - School News

October, 2007

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School News
Referees to Blame for Seniors’ loss?
By Kelli Schmidt Staff Writer
Tensions were high going into this year’s annual Powderpuff football game, when the Juniors face off against the Seniors. Tegan Rogers, a senior, was clearly unhappy with the outcome of the Powderpuff football game. “Seniors should’ve won. [The] refs were bogus. Go Seniors!” Most, if not all, of the seniors would agree. Although both teams brought their “A” game, the Seniors were unable to pull off a victory. At halftime, the Juniors were up 2-0, after they scored on a safety early in the game. The stadium was relatively quiet for the remainder of the game, except for a few people who could be heard scoffing at the referees. “It’s been a tradition for many years that the Seniors win Powderpuff,” said senior Liz Kottkamp. “I only wanted Senior Liz Kottkamp smiles after the game, despite the Senior’s 2-0 loss. a fair opportunity.” And it was obvious that the game was anything but fair. One Photo by Kelli Schmidt senior, who wished to remain anonymous, find a way to put the ball in the endzone. The gain control of the ball until the waning said, “It’s not really the Juniors’ fault. But struggling offense had their best opportuni- moments of the fourth quarter. With the they didn’t win the game legitimately.” ty to score here with the ball at their own 30 Senior offense desperate to find an answer yard line. A few dropped passes led to the to the Junior defense, the Seniors used a As the third quarter got underway, the Seniors turning the ball over on downs again. secret weapon… Mark Adams. With time Juniors received the ball on the kickoff. running out, the Senior offense drew up a They began to march down the field on the With the start of the fourth quarter, the play designed by Adams. As the Junior deexhausted Senior defense. With the ball Juniors had the ball again, and began to fense blitzed the pass, the attempt fell short. around midfield, the Juniors ran a risky march down the field. The Senior defense, The game ended with a 2-0 Junior victory. play, which ended up being intercepted. although exhausted, still fought to get the With the Junior offense resembling the ball back for the offense. With a little under The Seniors did have plenty of opportuPackers’ offense of the second half, it ap- four minutes left in the game, the Seniors nities throughout the game, especially peared the Senior offense was going to took control of the ball. A few bad calls by in the fourth quarter. But all cannot be take command of the game. The Senior the referees put the Senior offense in a huge blamed on the Seniors. Some outradefense took the ball down to their own hole that they couldn’t get themselves out of. geous calls by the referees made it dif15 yard line on the interception. Even with Again, the offense turned the ball over with ficult for the Senior offense to gain any this great opportunity, the offense couldn’t an interception. The Seniors wouldn’t again momentum. Were the referees to blame?

Faces of Uganda
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dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Ugandan people. Across the United States, thousands of people are participating in events for ICU. The Bracelet Campaign, for example, is raising money for a scholarship fund that is allowing over 600 children to go to school when they couldn’t before for financial reasons. Another new program is called “DisplaceMe”. Like the displaced Ugandan people that the government forced to abandon their homes and live in ill-prepared camps, “DisplaceMe” gives Americans the chance to experience just a little of what the Ugandans do daily. It is a student-run event that includes activities such as building your cardboard “home” to “live” in, writing a letter to a political leader to urge his or her involvement in the movement to help these Invisible Children, and observing twenty-one minutes of silence to commemorate the twenty-one years of war that has plagued Uganda. Perhaps the most well-known event is the Night Commute, which is an overnight walk much like that of the Ugandans. Its focus is to raise awareness both of the plight of the people and of ICU and ways a person can help. Aurora Central’s Peer Council is now part of ICU, and the group is participating in several events ICU urges. Later in the year, partnered with IMSA, the students of Aurora Central Catholic can participate in the Night Commute. But even sooner than that, on December 7th, Aurora Central is holding its own DisplaceMe, from three to eight P.M. All students are invited to attend. It is the Peer Council’s hope that much of the school community will attend. The movie was only the beginning. There’s so much that you can do. Be active, be a participant. Whether you want to join the cause to make a difference, to do something for a cause, to join a growing nationwide movement, you’ll accomplish all three. Take the opportunity and help the children in Uganda.

Drama Club - Fall Preview
By Stephanie Schuetz Staff Writer
This year the Drama Club is starting off by performing “One Acts” from various musicals. The students chose what acts they would like to be a part of, and then were cast to the roles that fit them. Last year the club did “One Acts” that consisted of the students writing their own acts and then casting the students they thought would do best in their show. The One Acts were a big hit including a cartoon convention, a story about ordering fast food, going to war, and remembering funny stories from a yearbook. The Spring Musical last year, “The Wizard of Oz”, was a great success with two gifted casts. This year the Drama Club isn’t sure what the show will be, but invite everyone to come and try out! Not only will the Drama Club be doing their annual shows, but they will also be trying to get more student involvement in drama-related activities. They plan to host a Film Festival in which they will invite area schools to join in the fun. Also, movie nights, short productions, student based productions, and acting workshops will be offered. The acting workshops will consist of people with theatrical backgrounds coming from Chicago to school and helping with stage crew management and acting programs. Many other things like field trips will be organized at later dates,

Various pictures from last year’s shows. and the Drama Club is always looking for input from students. The Drama Club meets every other Friday at 3:30, and Drama Director Ms. Hogan invites all of you to explore what Drama Club is all about!

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School News
Chess Preview
consisted of five-man teams competing. By Mark Brouch ACC featured Mark Brouch on board 1, Phil Karafiat on board 2, Saleem Touny on Staff Writer board 3, Catherine Pauls on board 4, and Aurora Central Catholic’s chess team Sean Allison on board 5. The Chargers beat opened their season on October 13 at the Charger Challenge Chess Tournament, hosted at ACC. Thirty teams from twentyfive schools representing eight of the state’s fifteen conferences attended- roughly 300 people in all. The tournament started early in the morning kicking off with several events. Players could face off against internationallyranked Master Albert Chow in a 42-man simul. Other players attended a chess clinic on the stage and learned new moves, strategies, and techniques. Additional events included a speed chess tournament run by Allen McWilliams and a Shogi tournament (Japanese chess) run by Jun Nakano, president of the Midwest Shogi Association. George Marino (many remember him as Mr. Marino, Geometry teacher) hosted a 3D chess demonstration. The Illinois Chess Coaches Association website, www. chesscoach.org wrote, “With all the activities and large number of participants, the morning session resembled a three-ring circus.” board up from last year, due to last season’s board 1, Megan Lawless, graduating. Nevertheless, the team looks stronger than ever this year. The top three boards, Jr. Mark Brouch, Jr. Dusty Lawless, and Jr. Phil Karafiat, have now been playing together for three years and are looking to make a statement at the conference tournament this year. Other strong returning players include So. Tyler Kennell (board 4), So. Nick Pannell (board 5), Jr. Jake niemiec (board 7), and Jr. Catherine Pauls (board 8). Newcomer So. Saleem Touny (board 6) has shown considerable skill and is expected to do well this year. Last Thurday, the Chargers travelled to Plainfield South High School to play their first conference match of the season. Plainfield South proved to be very tough competition, and ACC lost 46-3, despite many players playing the best games they had played since last season. The loss has not discouraged any of the team and they hope to achieve the season’s first win this week against Romeoville here at ACC.

SPARCS - What It’s All About
By Sarah Jarocha Staff Writer
SPARCS, which stands for “Students Proclaiming and Actively Reinforcing Christ’s Service”, is a largely student-based club. Organized by Mrs. Biebel, who also moderates Kairos, SPARCS members meet almost every other Wednesday to plan Fortress, a group of students who come together to listen to speakers, play games, and simply hang out with friends. Many, if not all, theology teachers offer extra credit points for attending Fortress meetings. SPARCS members live in accordance with the Bible, and become closer as friends through the various meetings. SPARCS is a great opportunity to make friends, to become a leader, and to do something worthwhile that benefits others.

Students in ActionSLICK
The new Foreign Language Club
By Ethan Romba Staff Writer

Junior Dusty Lawless meticulously envisions the perfect move during the IHSA State Chess Tournament last year. West Aurora High School and finished the tournament 23rd out of 30 teams, ahead of conference team Oswego High School and only two places behind Marmion Academy. This year’s team is fairly young, consisting solely of Sophomores and Juniors on the top eight boards. All players are playing a

Considering that the team was missing two of their top players (Dusty Lawless who was beating Marmion at a football game and Tyler Kennell who had become ill), the team did decidedly well at the Charger Challenge. Tournament format

The Chargers will go on to face IMSA, Oswego, Glenbard South, Marmion Academy, and newcomers to the conference Plainfield North. Additionally, the Chargers will play at several more tournaments this year, including the IHSA State Chess Tournament in Peoria in February.

The Dress Days of Homecoming
By Alyssa Shaff Staff Writer
Even though some of the activities of Homecoming were cancelled, the dress days were still enjoyed. On Monday, the majority of the school participated in Clash Day wearing crazy colors and looking as though they got dressed in the dark! Tuesday was Sports Day, and jerseys seemed to be the fashion trend. On Wednesday, Dress-Up Day, most everyone looked very nice at all-school Mass. On Thursday, there were twins, triplets, and quadruplets all over school! And on Friday, Spirit Day, all the Chargers showed their true spirit for ACC by wearing blue and gold. These dress days helped everyone get into the spirit of Homecoming, and everyone really enjoyed not having to wear the school uniform!
Photos by Alyssa Shaff

ACC has had a foreign language club for nearly a decade. Run by Mrs. Gonzalez, this group has been known for its in-class cultral activities and interesting excursions to local ethnic restaurants. In recent years, however, membership and commitment have been dwindling—trips have had to be canceled and the attendance to some meetings could be counted on one hand. Last year was a a particulary troubling one for the club, and it might very well not be around today if it were not for the efforts of a handful of Juniors. This past May, Tori and Ethan Romba, Alyssa Shaff, Carly Shroeder, and Kara McNamara took it upon themselves to bring the foreign language club back to life. The five students wanted the 07-08 school year to be different for the FLC. Members would have to be committed to the club, rather than just join for an extra picture in the yearbook. There would be a set pattern of meetings, activites, and trips, and plans were made for T-shirts that could be worn on their cultural outings. Things would be so different, they decided, that the group would need a new name. After much debate, they settled on SLICK: Student Learning International Cultural Knowledge. It was hip, catchy, and reflective of the club's underlying purpose: to grow in understanding of different cultures and their many diverse pasttimes.

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Editorials and Pop Culture
Race for the Presidency
By Jessica Wesley Staff Writer
Isn’t it interesting how we are in 2007, and more than 3 months away from the primary, and already campaigning has begun for the presidential position. We have candidates having a MySpace, a Facebook, and their speeches on YouTube. Why do the candidates have such an interest in the younger voting poll? Well studies show that the percent of 18-to-24-year-olds voting has gone up in the last five to ten years, varying 47 to 50 percent. I think that the youth of our nation are more interested in the 2008 election because they want someone that will come in and fix all the wrong that President Bush has done. They would like to see someone who will come in and try to take troops out of Iraq and try to help Iraq establish a solid government and army. But the problem with us trying to go out of Iraq is that we are in to deep. President Bush made the decision that we were going to go into Iraq on suspicion that there are these so called “weapons of mass destruction”, and than come out with no responsibilities. Even though he knew the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds were in a sort of economic war of who is going to be the dominate class per say. Many people are now saying that they wish that we never went into Iraq and never got involved with the war there, but as they all know we can’t just pull out of Iraq and not have their total infrastructure crumble, and have a mass genocide and have no more Iraq. There are so many candidates that say they will be able to fix the problem in Iraq. I think it will be another 5 to 10 years till we will be able to come out of Iraq. The candidates for this year’s election are Joe Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudy Giuliami, Mike Huckabee, Chris Dodd, Duncan Hunter, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Gravel, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Tom Tancredo, Bill Richardson, and Fred Thompson. The 2008 election is now in the hands of the United States youth. Let’s hope we as the youth make the right decision and vote. Will you be responsible for helping this country, or just sit there and watch others do it for you?

ACC Forums
By Ethan Romba Staff Writer

Discover the hottest new student-created website!
If you haven’t heard about the ACC Forums, you’re missing out on a cool new experience just for Chargers. “What’s that?” you say. The ACC Forums is an online bulletin board made by students for students. Simply put, a bulletin board is a website used to post messages for other users to see. Together, these messages make up discussions, which are listed in sections of the site called “forums.” Think of it as a cross between email and an instant messaging chat room. The site was founded by Mark Brouch and Ethan Romba just a few days before school started last year. Together, they have transformed the forums into a unique, featurefilled tool for ACC students to talk it up. Their latest concern has been getting the word out. So far, over 100 students have joined and have written almost 2000 posts. If you haven’t joined already, you should really consider it. The more students who participate, even making just one post every couple of days, the more useful and interesting this new tool can become. Keep in mind that the forums are still “developing,” so to speak, and how they will be used isn’t set in stone. This means that you, the users, have a real ability to shape where this site goes. No matter where the future leads, however, the ACC Forums will always remain a fun-loving community exclusively for Chargers. Don’t wait: go to www.accforums.com today and see what everyone is talking about!

By Anna Scott Content Editor

Editorial - The Aftermath of Homecoming Scary Movies
unaware of. As a senior, I understand that the administration did the best it could in the resolution of the events, but I feel as if the punishments were a bit unjust. This is because the five seniors who defaced the property had no school pride in the first place. They were not excited for homecoming week, and canceling homecoming week activities did not affect them in the slightest bit. It honestly only hurt the people who were innocent and eager to show the pride that they had for our school, because honestly it’s one of the last chances we’ll get as seniors. I know that the administration had to take some immediate action, and I understand why they did it, but it’s honestly unfortunate that five seniors had to deface the name of the entire class. We can’t change what happened anymore, but I do hope that students who will celebrate homecoming in the future will take

By Sarah Chandler Pop Culture Editor

Homecoming week is an exciting time at ACC each year, because it gives us time to remember our traditions and build memories with friends. Most importantly, it is the time of year when the school spirit that students have shines the brightest. This year was no different. At the football game the stands were full, everyone was glowing at the dance, and we all showed our ACC pride on spirit day at school. The difference between this year and every other year was as simple as this: about five seniors. Five seniors, and all of a sudden the seniors lose the opportunity to show pride in our school for a good portion of the homecoming week. Fair? Maybe not. Needed? Probably. I believe that the events that took place on September 29 were clearly wrong, and quite despicable at that. However, I believe that it is important that everyone understands what really happened that night. The senior class did not unite in the acts of vandalism. The senior class did not rally behind the students who were doing wrong. In fact, the senior class was showing their school spirit just as everyone had in the years past. It was not the senior class. It was about five seniors, and despite what some may believe, it is not so easy to stop others from an act that you are

Around this time of year there is only one thing on your mind: Halloween. And there is no better way to jump right into that spirit of Halloween than to go and see a scary movie. Scary movies come out all year long but they usually save the best scary movies to premiere around Halloween. Maybe you like scary movies, maybe not, but here are the next ten upcoming scary movies and the top ten scary movies of all time. Scary, twisted, and deranged? I can guarantee it. The next 10 upcoming Scary movies: Saw 4 October 26, 2007 The Signal October 26, 2007 P2 November 09, 2007 The Mist November 21, 2007 I Am Legend December 14, 2007 Sweeny Todd December 21, 2007 Alien vs. Predator December 24, 2007 Requiem One Missed Call January 04, 2008 1-18-08 January 18, 2008 Untraceable January 25, 2008 Top 10 scary movies of all time (ranked by MSN Movies): 1. Psycho (1960) 2. Repulsion (1965) 3. Night of the Living Dead (1968) 4. Suspiria (1977) 5. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Texas Chainsaw Mas(1974) 6. sacre 7. Don’t Look Now (1973) 8. Halloween (1978) 9. The Exorcist (1973) 10. Eraser Head (1977) Honorable mentions: "The Shining" (1980); "Jaws" (1975); "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991); "Dead Ringers" (1988); "Seconds" (1966); "Audition" (1999)

into serious consideration the consequences that their actions will bring. Nobody should have

a homecoming week like that of this year. Homecoming is a time for happiness, not headaches, pride, not punishment, and for me and many others this year, it was only the latter. My hope is that we can move on from what happened and have a chance to show what we are really about as a class, which is the traditional pride in our school that has marked the senior classes at ACC for years.

Game Time

First look at Bungie’s Halo 3
By John Whitney Video Game Columnist
It is finished. The final Halo game, Halo 3, has been released, ending the war that has infested the homes of millions of Americans. It is simply UN-BE-LIE-VABLE! The story, The Covenant controls Earth, the all-consuming the ending, it’s Flood is unleashed and the fate of the galaxy all just amazing. hangs in the balance. An ancient secret, buried The graphics have under the sands of Africa for untold millennia earn by unlocking also been immay hold the key to our salvation or our doom. various achieveproved (however Another Spartan-117, the Master Chief, a biologically ments. slightly), and all augmented super-soldier, must uncover that new feature allows of the characters secret and stop the forces that threaten us once you to save films are much more deand for all. He is the last of his kind, a warrior of your multiplayer tailed. New weapborn for combat, bred for war…and humanity’s matches, which you ons, such as the can view for fun, last hope. Brute Spike Rifle, or to review your -The back of the Halo 3 Box. have been introperformance and see where you duced, as well as a couple new vehicles, went wrong. If you are a Halo like the Mongoose. The campaign is fan, GET THIS GAME. If not, shorter than the previous game, but become one: you are missI feel it makes up for it in other ing out on the best thing ways. The multiplayer has to happen since insome cool extra features; door plumbing. like Halo 2, you can play as either a Spartan or Elite, but you now have the option of customizing your armor with pieces you can

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Central Times - Charger Sports

October, 2007

Charger Sports
Soccer Wrap-up
By Stephanie Schuetz Sports Correspondent
This season the Aurora Central Soccer Team started off with a big win, 4-2, against Elgin Academy, but then the team went onto a four game loosing streak where they only scored two goals and let in fifteen. Next the Chargers went on to win their only conference game, 4-2, against the Driscoll Catholic Highlanders. Again the Chargers started another loosing streak where they let in seven goals and scoring zero. The soccer team came back with a win against the Plano Reapers, but soon after went into another loosing battle with a combined score of 10-0. “The boys played hard the whole time, but they just seemed to lack the defensive discipline to keep themselves in the game,” says Coach Cournaya. “It came down to a lack of experience, but I really saw improvements in the team and individuals as the season went on.” Coach Cournaya says his favorite part of the season has been working with the guys and seeing them trying to get better every day. He was glad to see them showing hard work and never giving up. The boys came to practice showing him that they wanted to improve their skills. The ACC boy’s soccer team overall record is 3-9, and their conference record 1-5. Great effort boys!

Football Highlights
By Andrew Scott Sports Correspondent
Our Aurora Central Catholic Chargers football team ended the season with a record of 2-7 (2-5 in conference). It was a tough season for the Chargers but an improvement over last season’s 1-8 finish. The Chargers ended a five year losing streak in the 27-21 triumph over Marmion. They were going into halftime with a 14-3 lead. Marmion rallied in the third quarter and took over to make it a 21-14 game. On the ensuing kickoff, Marmion attempted a squib kick to Kyle Edwards. Edwards read the blocking scheme and broke it free for an 80 yard The next ACC drive resulted in a fourth down, 14-yard passing play from Mike Adams to Kyle Edwards for a touchdown. In addition to scoring twice in the first half, Edwards also kicked the extra points. Central would go into the half leading 14-3. Coming out in the second half, the fact that ACC had eight players that play both ways seemed to be wearing on the Chargers. ACC quickly gave up 18 unanswered points to start the second half. It was Edward to the rescue again, however. Picking up a squib kick at his own 20-yard line, Edwards returned the ball 80 yards for the touchdown behind key blocks from Billy Balderas and special teamer Tom Barkei. “I was just trying to get some positive yardage and hope for the best,” Edwards said of his kick return. “Everyone was ecstatic; it was a huge momentum boost.” Tied at 21, Aurora Central didn’t abandon their game plan: run the ball. They continued to use Mike Adams as a running threat, which eventually resulted in a 1-yard touchdown sneak by Mike Adams that gave Central their final points for the game. With the score reading 27-21, Central went into their prevent defense and didn’t allow Marmion to score again. With the lead and the ball with only a minute left, Central never looked back. Their upset was the biggest win in the last half decade, and likely won’t be forgotten by anyone – especially Kyle Edwards.

touchdown return. He then made the extra point kick to make it a 21-21 game. The Chargers were able to bring the Marmion offense to halt for the first time in the second half forcing a punt. The Chargers marched 55 yards down the field, finishing the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run by Mike Adams. They rose to a 27-21 lead with 2:40 left on the clock. With only four plays, the Charger defense forced a turnover on downs, where it became a matter of running time off the clock. It was Coach Curry’s 100th win with ACC. The Chargers also overcame St. Edwards 52-36 in the first week of conference play. The Chargers have room for improvement and are looking to build off of this year going into the next season.

ACC Stuns Marmion on Back of St. Edwards

in a turnover, ACC did hold Marmion to a 30-yard field goal by Alex Picini. After that field goal, Marmion would not score again in the first half. Aurora Central put up 14 unanswered points on the arm and legs of Mike By Cisco Juarez Adams, and on the hands of Kyle Edwards. Secret Sports Correspondent Between Adams running for first downs, and Aurora Central Catholic wasn’t supposed wide receiver screens to Kyle Edwards, the to beat Marmion Academy. Aurora Central Chargers went on a 17-play, 80-yard drive. wasn’t supposed to be able to move the ball Blocking by the line up front, especially beagainst Marmion’s stellar defense. Aurora Central wasn’t supposed to run the ball against Marmion’s stout defensive line either. They also weren’t supposed to have any defensive three-and-outs, any special teams touchdowns, or a ground game that would consume clock. Appalachian State wasn’t supposed to beat Michigan either; and the Red Sox weren’t supposed to come back from a 3-0 game deficit to beat the Yankees in the 2004 playoffs. On Saturday October 13, 2007, the Aurora Central Catholic Chargers pulled off the biggest win for the program in the last half decade. Going in to the game, Marmion Academy had a record of 4-3 overall. This record, combined with the fact that Marmion had 40-plus varsity members, versus Central’s 27 varsity members, gave Marmion hope of an easy win over their Suburban Catholic Conference rival. This confidence quickly switched from Marmion to Central, however. While Central’s first drive ended

Tennis Summary
By Vannessa Corral Sports Correspondent
This year's girls' Tennis team made a great effort in the season. Considering the conference, the team put out some great competition and worked their very hardest. This year's team consisted of: Liz Schweitzer, Sol Vargas, Lily Bautista, Adrienne Krpan, Vannessa Corral, Jackie Dopp, Taylor Sainz, and Cathy Bernhardt. While the team came up with no wins, there were some individual matches that were won against Wheaton Academy and Lisle Academy. We caught up with Coach Swanson to get her thoughts on the season. We asked about her overall feeling about the season and she replied saying that there were "high highs and low lows." She enjoyed the Taste of ACC saying it was the highlight of the season for her since it was so much fun. Team statistics aside, Coach thought that the best quality was "Resilience" and the fact that we over came the adversity. "The conference was tough, but the team was resilient." coach stated proudly. Finally, we asked if there was one statistic that would be best changed, and she thought it was "overall consistency and experience." Sounds like the team is getting better and better, as Coach Swanson continues to train a motivated team.

Photo by The Beacon News hind senior center/captain Billy Balderas, led to Marmion sending more pressure to stop the ground game. This opened up the screen game for Kyle Edwards, who took screens and consistently ran behind his fellow receivers Matt Wagner and Mark Brauweiler for gains of over 10 yards. Kyle had not finished doing his damage, however. other games that we have played in the past?" She told me that, "You could tell way before the game even started that we were pumped to play, and then from there on the intensity amongst the team got greater.” The Lady Chargers participated in their last tournament of the season at Sandwich High School. I spoke to a couple players on the team and they all had high expectations for the tournament and the rest of the season as well. On Monday, October 15, 2007, the Chargers played their all time rivals, Rosary, for the last time of the season. Even though the season is almost at an end, there are more than enough opportunities to make this season a memorable one. Come cheer the girls on!

Volleyball

By Courtney Hoffman Sports Correspondent
As the volleyball season started off somewhat rough, the team had their first conferance win on October 10, 2007, against Driscoll Catholic Highlanders. They took Driscoll into three games and beat them 2523 in the third match. Captains of Aurora Central Catholic, Sarah Chandler and Megan Shambaugh, both had good things to say at the end of the game. Sarah commented on how well everyone played as a team, which was something that we needed all along. I asked Megan, "What do you think was different about the Driscoll game compared to

Cross Country Updates
By Marcus Jackson Sports Correspondent
Last weekend the cross country team competed well at the Wheaton Invitational on the 29th of September, 2007. Both the women and men won the meet at the Open level, as well as the Varsity women. The open women's team was lead by Meghan Kelly and Bianca Guzaldo as they finished strong They have run consistently and with improvement since the Charger Classic meet. Varsity men took 2nd, and the team was led by Max Gilbert and James Sobucki in close

proximity to Aurora Christian, who took 3rd. Based on the current effort and the assessment of previous meets, such as the Charger Classic and the Wheaton Invitational, the team progresses slowly and steadily. There has been unfortunate illnesses and injury. However, the first of October was the half way mark of the season, which entails room for improvement athletically and physiologically, as well as mentally. In the process of heading to the State Series, the Chargers will continue on Tuesday, October 2nd 2007 at a home meet as they compete against Marian Central.

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