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The ETHS hall-pass policy has been
reemphasized with a set of restrictions on
the types of passes identifed as permissible
within the school, sparking some controversy
among faculty and students.
As of Oct. 2, only blue, red, and yellow
ETHS paper passes have been approved for
use when students are in the halls during class
time. A Saturday detention may be issued to
students in violation of the rules.
“This is really enforcing rules we
already have,” stated Associate Principal
Bruce Romain. “We’re just getting rid of the
Notifed Sept. 29, teachers are now
required to see a student’s ID before writing
an individual pass that includes his or her
name, the date, time, and destination, as well
as a legible teacher signature.
“Mostly students get mad because
everything has to be a signed pass. It slows
down classes,” said sophomore Sean Kelly.
“For many years [teachers] have had
some sort of generic pass – kids could just
take it,” said Pam Baumgartner, art teacher.
“The majority of teachers would set the tone
[for use].” Baumgartner, who called the
blue pass “invasive,” explained that frequent
interruptions by students, especially when
she conferences with individuals, is not
benefcial to the learning environment.
“None of my teachers really let us go to
the bathroom anymore,” said senior Aaron
Some faculty members have responded
to the reinforcement of the pass policy with
Eric Brown, Discipline Subcommittee
chair, stated, “There are some teachers in
support of [the policy] and some against it.
It’s not a question that there’s a change – it’s
just that there could be a better way.”
According to Romain, the number of
students in the halls during class was the
main problem that led to this administrative
action. “Students were being disruptive as
well as not being in their own classes,” he
Though some believe the new
administration played a role in the reinforced
policy, Romain explained that limiting
measures had been in place since last year
with students being subjected to random hall
sweeps at various points in the year.
Reinforced hall pass policy sparks controversy
By Roberta Brucato
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To inform freshmen students about the
HIV/AIDS epidemic, Healthworks Theatre
will perform today in an assembly in the
“I think it’s important to empower
students in issues surrounding their health.
They should be well-informed about HIV/
AIDS and put to rest any rumors that they
have heard,” said Health Dept. Chair Shirley
The focus of this program is to bring
into context the information freshmen
students are receiving and the talks they
are having in their health classes. “I think
it’s good because they [Healthworks]
talks about AIDS. They need to stress the
facts about AIDS,” said freshman Jasmine
“Half of the people living with AIDS
are under the age of 25. It is very relevant
to spread the word so that people will be
well-informed,” said Artistic Director of
Healthworks Theatre, Denard Lenord.
According to Lenord, freshmen students
will be divided into two groups, one meeting
during periods one and two and the other
during periods eight and nine. Students will
see a performance in which actors as high-
school students confront different scenarios
high school students might experience and
attend a session where they will be able to
ask the actors questions.
The program is also geared to show
students how to handle certain situations
such as encountering someone with HIV/
AIDS or fnding out that someone has HIV/
Healthworks Theatre is a non-proft,
Chicago-based theatre company founded
in 1988 by actors, writers and musicians.
Michael Garcia’s, founder of Healthworks,
intention was to spread as much information
as he could about HIV/AIDS. It is directed
at young high-school students, and covers a
range of serious issues from school violence
to HIV/AIDS prevention.
“It’s a good idea that people are
learning at a young age about HIV/AIDS,”
said senior Jasmine Coe.
According to the Center of Disease
Control, statistics show that young adults
(ages 13-24) with minority backgrounds
have a higher chance of getting the HIV
virus. In addition, there are many factors
that make minorities more susceptible, such
as poverty and lack of education. In the
year 2004, 42,514 people were diagnosed
with AIDS, and still many more remain
awareness of AIDS
By Miguel Sanchez
Tomorrow, students at
ETHS helping with Habitat for
Humanity will set off for their
frst workday of the year.
“Anybody that wants to go
and build houses has to be over
16, and everyone has to help
with fundraising” said Barbara
Zimmer, Community Service
Habitat for Humanity
is an international non-proft
organization that operates on a
community level. Habitat’s goal
is “to eliminate poverty housing
and homelessness from the
world.” 5.1 million American
families are “forced to pay more
than half their income for housing,
leaving little money for basic
necessities like food, clothing or
health care,” according to Habitat
“When we got to the
worksite, we met other adults
and students who wanted to help
the community, just like us,” said
senior Tessy Orbea, a Habitat for
Humanity committee member.
An important aspect of
students’ work with Habitat is
raising money. “We always need
help fundraising, and there are
going to be multiple workdays
that students can sign up for,”
said senior Joanna Schiffman, a
Habitat for Humanity committee
“It’s a good feeling to
know you are helping to remedy
[poverty],” stated senior Mikael
“We have been selling
orange and blue bracelets around
the school, having bake sales,
and we sold paper houses to get
donations at conferences,” said
The other thing Habitat
for Humanity always needs is
teachers willing to come on the
workdays. “A certain number
of adults need to go each time,
and at least one must be a school
employee,” stated Schiffman.
“I came away knowing lots
of practical things that I’d never
known before, like how to nail in
a window frame,” said Orbea.
A few upcoming workdays
this year include Nov. 4 and
Dec. 16, either of which can be
attended by 12 students each.
Zimmer said anyone who wants
to help with Habitat for Humanity
fundraising and building, or get
involved with other projects can
go to the Community Service
Offce in N128.
ETHS contributes to its habitat
By Nora Graham
“Do you have a pass?”
photo by Ian Finder
Habitat for Humanity committee members Joanna Schiffman, Tessy Orbea,
and Emily Schnur help conduct a bake sale outside of the Main Offce.
From left to right: Paddle
pass no longer in use, blue
hallway pass which every
student must have in the
hallways, yellow study hall
pass for freshmen and
Have ETHS students really
FEATURE, page 6
Are you too old to trick-or-treat?
OPINION, page 2
Looking for a “treat” this Halloween?
ENTERTAINMENT, page 13
Oct. 7, 006
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ETHS prides itself on being an accepting,
liberal, and diverse community. And it’s true,
in many regards; we have an extremely diverse
population. However, a closer look may show that
although we are diverse, we are not integrated.
There is still room for improvement.
In 1954 the Supreme Court ruled that the
practice of “separate but equal” violated the
Fourteenth Amendment in Brown v. the Board of
Education. Many people fought long and hard for
this, but it seems that certain trends of segregation
are reappearing. Looking in our cafeterias, people
seem to be racially divided by table. Even sports
tend to lean more towards one ethnic group than
another. Most importantly, however, many classes
appear to be segregated.
While it is preposterous to talk to someone of
another race just for the sake of it, especially if he or
she has nothing in common with you, we must also
avoid assuming that we have nothing in common
with another solely due to race. Individually, we
need to be more willing to experiment and be open
to new experiences.
The division between groups, though, is not
all our fault. Classes are so racially unbalanced
that it allows for minimal interracial interaction.
We at The Evanstonian believe that classes should
be more integrated. The gap between honors and
regular classes is so wide that it discourages many
from taking the other. By decreasing this gap
classes could become more integrated because
more people would feel comfortable taking classes.
Mixed-level courses have touched upon this, but
the gap is still too wide. Homebase, initially begun
to try and integrate classes, has also touched
upon this. However, this initiative seems to have
been lost. Focus on integrated classes should be
reaffrmed. In these ways, ETHS can become a
truly diverse community.
Being accustomed to diversity helps us to be
more understanding of life and the world around
us. But we need to take the next step. ETHS has the
makeup to be a much more integrated community;
so let’s make it happen. Diversity and integration,
it seems, are not the same thing.
We already have diversity,
now we need integration
Charlotte Cottier never ceases to amaze me with
her rambling, left-wing diatribe. In fact, Ms. Cottier
is often so formulaic that, after reading her column
“Vote God for President” last Friday, I feel, she should
be using her column as commentary on the day-to-
day politics of the United States, and not to complain
I do not need her to inform me of Republican
misuses of religion which everyone already knows
has been going on for decades.
Given Evanston’s voting trends for the past years,
I know it’s obvious that our school paper would have
outrageous liberal bias, and, to be honest, I have no
problem with that. However, if The Evanstonian staff
members are properly self-respecting liberals, why is
such tired, left-wing opinion repeated over and over
I think you are too liberal We welcome your opinion
Dear Mr. Hill,
Your letter to The Evanstonian bewildered our
staff. Although you might not agree with my column,
I have to say that I think it is unfair of you to let those
feelings control your entire outlook of our school paper.
Our main goal at The Evanstonian is to give students
an unbiased view of news, features, entertainment, and
You say that my column is by-the-book, bleeding-
heart liberal, and it appears that you are a politically-
conscious student. I feel compelled to point out that I
did not complain about Republicans in my “Vote God
for President” column, but instead posed a universal
cry to keep politics safe from all religions.
If you feel that strongly about an issue, The Evan-
stonian welcomes all views. Writing a guest article
would also be a great way for you to share your per-
spective on any issue. We look forward to you submit-
ting your writing.
Letter tO tHe eDI tOr OUr reSPONSe
Imagine being able to experience the cultures of
the world without dishing out a single plane fare. In
Evanston, all it takes is a quick trip on the “L,” a simple
two dollars, and a day can be spent exploring cultures
by eating ethnic foods, watching international flms,
browsing immigrant-owned stores and
listening to world music.
In truth, many Evanstonians don’t
realize just how many amazing and
truly unique cultural opportunities
there are in the city next-door. It’s
time we look around at all that is
available in Chicago and learn about
each other for our own sake and for
the sake of world peace. As students
living in Evanston, we would be crazy
not to explore what’s out there.
The various festivals and
communities in Chicago that are
centered on specifc cultures, such
as the African Caribbean Fest or the
Pilsen neighborhood on the southwest
side, are often good ways strengthen
our individual cultural identity. Through them, our
own culture can be refected back at us in ways we
have never before experienced.
Moreover, Chicago is the perfect place to
experience actual interactions with people of all
backgrounds. According to the Metro Chicago
Immigration Fact Book, immigrants made up 18
percent of the Chicago’s 2003 population, giving it
the ffth largest immigrant population in the country.
Chicago even has a larger Polish population than the
city of Warsaw, the capital of Poland.
On a world scale, it is necessary for people to
attempt to understand each other as humans in order
for peaceful coexistence to be a
reality. It is easy to make an enemy
of someone, even another student in
the hallway, who to you is nothing
more than a faceless “other,” but
once people know each other on a
more personal level, it becomes hard
to maintain hostility.
Some may feel that this type of
cultural interaction and exploration
is useless; the problems our world
faces are much more political and
complex than can be solved by
playing a get-to-know-you game.
This may be true, but through such
understanding, we can build a strong
foundation for peace.
There is much to be learned by experiencing other
cultures on so many levels. At the risk of sounding
cheesy, imagine for a moment that you are Princess
Jasmine and that the city of Chicago is Aladdin; let
Chicago “show you the world… take you wonder by
A world of culture in your own backyard
By Hannah Shefsky
Oct. 7, 006
“Don’t wake us, we
plan on sleeping in”
“A princess or
Paul Lee and Sylvia Jackson
“Towlie from South
“A band-aid because I could
make people feel better.”
What is your favorite Halloween costume?
Clothing wrinkled from getting
dressed in the dark after a 6:30 a.m.
wake-up call, bleary eyed, dark circled,
graying and faded… a frst-period ETHS
student? With our stunning population of
3,164 students, certifable labyrinth of a
school, diverse cultural scene and top-rate
academics, there seems to be one thing that
ETHS just hasn’t given us: sleep.
No matter what the circumstances, the
fact will remain that teens need about eight
and a half hours of sleep a night, according
to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). A
recent study by the NSF stated that about
85 percent of all teens just are not getting
those minimum hours of sleep and are
One huge roadblock between ETHS
students and our sleep is the universal joy
of nightly homework. The administration
requires teachers to give at least half an
hour of homework a day, meaning that,
with the maximum of seven academic
classes, students theoretically receive a
minimum of three and a half hours of
homework each night. Of course, this
minimum depends on each teacher’s
defnition of “half an hour,” so sometimes
students can get stuck with four to six
hours a night. These rules need to be
changed, either being entirely abolished
or tailored to each department, not just a
blanket “give busywork” rule.
Another incentive for teachers to not
give out excessive homework: those hours
of sleep students miss over late-night
work will play a role in class. Want to
minimize the heads on desks? Cut back on
the workload! According to Dr. Judith A.
Owens, associate professor of pediatrics at
Brown Medical School, teens’ insuffcient
sleep can affect learning through a
reduction in attention span, motivation,
effciency in performing tasks, and ability
to think creatively. What is better: students
actually learning in class or pouring all
their time over pointless work at midnight?
ETHS needs to remember that with
our greatly advertised diversity of students
also comes the great diversity of student
interests and obligations. Whether that
means working, helping out at home,
taking test prep classes, or beefng up our
extracurricular activities for college, we
all have lives outside of school. We need
the time to balance duties, fun, and work
without being penalized by loosing sleep
and letting our tired bodies limit us during
our marathon of a school day.
We would all love to blame school
for all our problems, but of course we
as students also have a little fault in our
sleepless nights. Studies by the NSF show
that very few high-school students put
effort into going to bed before 11 p.m. and,
in doing so, let their bodies get used to
this schedule so that it becomes physically
impossible to fall asleep before 11 or 12.
Students, help yourselves and skip those
late-night reruns in favor of your nice
warm pillow. All and all, there is no way
around it: we need our sleep.
No negotiation, no half-hearted
gestures will help. We need change on all
sides, from ETHS and our homework, from
outside pressures, and from our greatest
As the years go by, it seems as though
the average age of trick-or-treaters on the
streets on Halloween has risen. Caused in
part because of overprotective parents who
don’t let their ten- year olds out of their sight
on the last day in October, people as old as
18 are now joining in on the door-to-door
While the cut-off age for parents
undoubtedly varies, according to the Federal
Center for Holidays, Halloween is a day for
children between the ages of four and 14.
This statement is not backed up by reason,
though, which causes one to question why
14 is necessarily the cut off.
It seems as though parents are even
stricter, cutting their kids off at 12, convincing
their young ones that, “Halloween is a
holiday for babies” and “you’ll have more
fun handing out the candy.” Yeah right.
There are no 12-years olds who would rather
spend their Halloween sitting on a cold porch
with their parents by their side handing out
candy to the lucky few kids on the block
who were allowed to go out past four. And if
there are, you could surely count them on one
Understood, there must be limits, but
come on. The adults who refuse to allow
their pre-teen kids to trick-or-treat are simply
jealous that they can’t ft a load of candy into
their own humorless pillowcases. No one
has the right to tell a 12-year-old girl that
she can’t dress up as a cheerleader this year
because she’s too old.
However, there is a point where the
holiday loses its credit, and people take
advantage of the free giveaways. There are
those few chaperoning parents who stand
there idle, waiting for their share of mini
Snickers with their newborn in hand. Those
parents who carry their 18-month-old child
around on a cold fall night, claiming their
little girl is dressed up as an angel, are the
ones that give the holiday a bad name.
Technically there are rules, but in reality,
cooperating houses are not going to ask for
proper identifcation if someone looks over
the age. The fact that there is no good way
to set a cut-off age is a sign that no one is
too old to go out and enjoy the holiday. If
someone’s dressed up, give them candy.
Reward those who still celebrate Halloween
the old- fashioned way with a couple pint-size
treats. After all, it could be worse. At least the
kids aren’t egging your car.
By ava Gehringer
Aren’t you a little old to be trick-or-treating?
Remember the old, quiet, shady, tree-
lined streets of Evanston and its reasonably
small downtown? This unfortunately is a
thing of the past with the latest expansions
of the cancerous urban sprawl we call
The entire North Shore used to be
the same: small and picturesque. Granted,
Evanston was always a little bigger than
the rest because it is a college town, but
the overall idea of suburbs as quaint
counterparts to the bustling, overcrowded
city nearby was preserved. Development
was monitored; few tall buildings were
built, and the borders of the city were fxed
In the last decade, however, Evanston
has followed a program to bring in developers
and create a revitalized downtown. Whether
this is for the advancement of the community
or the expansion of Evanston’s pocketbook,
our town is beginning to resemble our
southern neighbor too much. We have
totally neglected the premise of what a
North Shore town is and what makes it
The City of Evanston’s response
to this is that it wants to create a “vibrant
downtown, with a 24-hour population,”
explained Dennis Marino, a member of
Evanston’s Planning and Development
Committee. However, this commotion
isn’t what Evanston is about. New York is
the city that never sleeps, not us. With the
newest addition to downtown, Sherman
Plaza, thousands more will crowd the streets
of Evanston and jam up the narrow streets.
The problem with Evanston is that the
city government has a rather twisted view
that Evanston is an “urban center,” which it
certainly is not. If you want an urban center,
take the purple line south; don’t expect it
from a North Shore community. Evanston
feels the need to compete with the area’s
other commercial centers like Old Orchard,
yet we shouldn’t even compare the two
since they are completely different.
It is true that all these new residents
downtown are paying heavy taxes which
beneft the Evanston community and
ETHS. Marino also makes the point that
Evanston now has about 73,000 people
compared to the 80,00 of the sixties, so
it’s not like the addition of new residents
is something Evanston cannot handle. But
maybe we shouldn’t try to squash all the
extra people into a two block radius. Yes,
Evanston wants an attractive downtown,
who wouldn’t? But the Planning and
Development Committee sure did miss the
boat on helping the developers achieve this,
because, in truth, the buildings are ugly!
There is a serious lack of taste on their part,
for the glass curtain monstrosities that are
put up now are out of place in this low-rise,
Sorry to break it to Evanston’s
government, but we are still a North Shore
community, not some sort of urban, chic
center for the blossoming hip Chicagoans
to infltrate. Big-city building is not for us;
it’s for Chicago. Evanstonians needs to
seriously rethink their warped idea of what
our town should be.
Students have to realize as well that
even though the downtown is expanding,
this does not mean it’s getting better for us;
all the good stuff is still down in Chicago,
and that’s never going to change.
Evanston should cease the development
of its downtown; it is detrimental to the and
picturesque community that surrounds it.
Evanston is not Chicago, it’s a suburb
By ian Janicki
Oct. 7, 006
New Fall Fashion
Ready for Harvest!
anna Waymack is one of 606 high-school seniors in the
country to have been chosen as an outstanding writer in the
2006 National Council of Teachers of English achievement
Thirty-fve ETHS seniors have been named commended
students by the evanston-based National merit corporation.
Senior Chasity Cooper, also Student School board
representative, was elected President of the illinois DECa
For the thirteenth consecutive year, etHS has received
the Bright Red apple award for educational excellence from
SchoolSearch, an educational research and consulting frm.
the ETHS Saturday Science Seminar program featuring
discussions about earthquakes, which will be led by Dr. Seth
Stein, will be held on Oct. 8 in room A1.
the Fall Parent Open House will be held on Nov. 15.
the Financial aid Workshop for Parents and Seniors will
be held on Nov. 16.
Students from ETHS participated in the North
Shore CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome
Poverty) Hunger Walk, which took place Oct. 22 in
Wilmette at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Each walker strived to raise $100 to be used to
fght hunger and poverty.
Students Monica McCarthy, Emilie Schwerin,
and Marie Semla volunteered as Evanston recruiters
for the event through the Community Service Offce.
“It’s a great thing because it’s international and
also helps communities in America,” explained
Of the proceeds from the North Shore CROP Walk,
25 percent is given to local soup kitchens in Evanston
and Rogers Park, while the other 75 percent goes
towards fghting hunger nationally and worldwide. The
fve local agencies that beneft are Interfaith Action,
Hilda’s Place, Soup at Six at Hemenway in Evanston,
The ARK and Good News Community Kitchen in
Roger’s Park. The proceeds will be used by the Church
World Service and other international agencies to
help provide food, water, safe shelter, education and
medical care to poverty-stricken communities.
According to the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations, 6,000,000 children
under the age of fve die each year as a result of hunger.
In addition, 33 million Americans are faced with food
“When we, who are so well-to-do, know that
some people are trying to live on two ounces of rice,
the only fair thing to do is to do something about it,”
commented Helen Yarbrough, a member of the North
Shore CROP Walk’s planning team.
According to Yarbrough, the CROP walks
originated after WWII when American farmers would
load crops onto trains to be taken to seaports. The crops
were then shipped to war-torn European countries
where agriculture was devastated.
What originated as a post-war hunger relief
program has grown into a national effort to combat
hunger worldwide. The Church World Service sponsors
2000 different CROP walks in different communities
“It’s an important cause and a fun way to help the
community,” stated Jackie Jahn, junior.
Students participate in CROP Hunger Walk
By Genevieve Kapche
photo by emma Zbiral-teller
Wonjae Sung, participates in the CROP Walk, Oct. 22.
“Some people are trying to
live on two ounces of rice; the
only fair thing to do is to do
something about it.”
Drop-in: Periods 6 & 7 in S207
Make appointments in S103
Oct. 7, 006
1900 Asbury Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
To educate Americans about
their lives and culture, 23 Israeli
students recently visited the
Chicago area as a part of the Young
The students traveled around
Chicago and its suburbs presenting
their interpretation of Israel from
Oct. 9 to Oct. 18. The presentation
included a number of songs and
dances, along with information
ranging from the history of Israel,
to the Palestinian-Israeli confict
and peace process, to the lives of
teenagers in Israel.
“[We came] to show
Americans what Israel is all about,”
explained Ann Ben Shalom, one
of two Israeli teachers traveling
with the students. According to
Ben Shalom, the students hoped to
dispel the perceptions of Israel in
the media by teaching Americans
about other facets of Israeli life.
“All you hear about is war,” said
The young ambassadors
performed at four schools: ETHS,
Morgan Park, Kenwood Park, and
Highland Park, as well as many
other community centers in the
ETHS students in Hebrew
teacher Semadar Siegel’s class
volunteered to host the visitors.
When Siegel heard in 2005 that
the program was restarting, she
scrambled to fnd host families.
“Exposure is very important,
because ETHS is such a
diverse and global place,”
Her Hebrew class jumped
at the opportunity, and 11
students were selected to host
the Israelis. Sophomore Anna
Bleier, who hosted three
Israeli students, described
it as a learning experience.
“It taught us about Israel
and who Israelis are,” said
Bleier. Many other students
shared these sentiments. “For
all those with an interest in
Middle-East politics, the
Young Ambassador Program
came as a welcome relief,”
said Aaron Rosenson, co-
president of the Israeli Culture
One of the visiting Israeli
students, Guy Reginiano,
said that he frequently found
himself explaining Israeli life
to disbelieving students. The
most popular question about
Israeli life was mandatory
military service. “They
always ask about how we and
our families feel about giving
two years of our lives,” said
Reginiano. When asked
about how he responded, he
explained, “We tell them we
are proud to serve.”
The Young Ambassador
program began in 1995 with
Ricki Neria, an Israeli teacher
from the city of Netanya. She was
involved in a related program and
and believed that more work was
needed, resulting in the creation of
the Young Ambassadors Program.
She ran the program with students
from Netanya until 2000. This visit
marked the frst time the program
has run since Sept. 11.
According to Rosenson,
Siegel hoped to host additional
groups in the future, and possibly
return the favor by sending
American students to Israel.
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Safety website in the making
A new safety website to keep students
up-to-date with recent safety rules and
modifcations at ETHS is being developed,
with intentions of being fnished by Jan.1.
“The goal of the website is to provide all
information that will be helpful to students
and their parents,” said Frank Kaminski,
Safety Department director.
This includes staff-contact information,
crisis plans for codes red, white, yellow and
green, and a page of answers to frequently-
asked questions from students. Another
section will contain basic facts pertaining to
topics such as curfews, IDs, internet safety
and parking tickets.
The website will also have areas
for reporting thefts, checking on camera
updates in the school, and giving feedback
to the Safety Department. According to
Kaminski, these comments will promote
suggestions for improvement and give the
safety staff an opportunity to hear criticism
With an updated camera system,
tightened security, and an upcoming new
website, the safety division at ETHS is
undergoing a lot of changes. A new logo is
being created for the department to wrap up
all of the changes that have been made.
Although some students say that they
support this new feature offered by the
Safety Department, it cannot be assumed
that it will be widely used. “I think that the
new safety website will be a good resource
for students, though I don’t think very
many would use it,” said Aaron Nachsin,
Kaminski hopes the safety website to
be accessible both inside and outside of the
school and to have it linked to the ETHS
homepage by the beginning on Jan. 1, 2007.
Kaminski said, “No date is certain. It’s a
work in progress.”
Young Ambassadors educate students on Israel
courtesy of Semadar Siegel
israeli Young ambassadors perform a song and dance in the auditorium.
By David Hertz
By Jamie Sloan
Capitol Driving School
“Drive safe... Arrive safe”
Oct. 7, 006
ETHS students share their supernatural experiences
Top 10 Tips for
1. Buy stock in refector tape--this could be helpful in trick-
2. Don’t worry, yolk is actually good for your hair.
3. Girls-if you are going to dress like animals, remember
they have more than just ears.
4. Be conscious of the weather; your Captain Underpants
costume may have to wait until Purim.
5. Go to Wilmette; residents tend to give out full-size candy
6. Justin Case says 10% of students drink pop on Halloween.
7. it’s their fault if they aren’t home; take all of the treats!
8. Don’t compliment people on their scary masks unless
you’re sure they’re wearing them.
9. Throw the apples back at the people who give them to
10. Remember: you’re never too old to trick-or-treat; don’t let
anyone tell you otherwise.
Do you believe
in ghosts, ghouls, or
demons? To some
evokes images of
and fun. However,
others may not
have such pleasant
experiences. It may
not be frequently-
discussed in the
H-Hall, but some
ETHS students have
crossed paths with
the world beyond.
Emily Berkson, junior, has had
a few brushes with the paranormal.
One such incident occurred directly
after her grandfather passed away.
His will and the property rights to
his trailer were sealed in a lock box
with a missing key.
“[My mom] took everything out of
one particular drawer piece by piece,
bit by bit, looking for that key.”
Extremely frustrated, Emily’s mother
sighed, “Hey Dad, we can’t move
forward without this key, I need you
to help me out.” The next morning
Emily’s mother opened that same
drawer and the key was sitting right
Emily is a frm believer in
spiritual phantoms but, “I don’t think
of them as scary shadowy fgures, but
more as friends or family that come
back to visit for a little while.”
Like Emily, Amelia Monar,
senior, believes that she may have
crossed paths with a deceased family
member. Her house was built by her
great-grandmother’s family. “There’s
a lot of history that comes along with
One night Amelia was startled
awake by something grabbing at
her legs. “At frst I thought it was
my friend, but then I realized she
had slept over the night before,” she
explains. “I opened my eyes and
saw what looked like an old woman
standing over my bed. It’s just weird
because the room I was in used to be
my great-grandmother’s room.”
However, unlike the peaceful
and friendly aura that some ghosts
emit, a couple of ETHS students have
encountered some of Casper’s arch-
In 1998, because most people
in the house were hearing eerie noises
and odd occurrences (such as doors
slamming shut by themselves), a
ghost buster was employed to evaluate
senior Jake Zunamon’s home for
spirits. The ghost buster declared that
instead of a ghost, a demon inhabited
his residence and attempted to get rid
of it. For a few years, it was dormant.
However, this past summer, Jake’s
sister spotted a “red thing foating
outside the window.”
“I’m pretty creeped out when I’m
home alone. But as long as the ghosts
aren’t doing any harm, I’m cool with
them,” admitted Jake.
One night Bessie Rose, junior,
saw an identifable lady fgure pacing
the four corners of her ceiling.
Bessie is positive that she wasn’t
dreaming. “I pinched myself, I rolled
over, I pulled my covers over my
head, and then I ended up leaving my
room.” She added, “I have never been
so scared in my life.”
Mikey Levine, freshman, doesn’t
see the logic in ghost sightings at all,
“When people die they get put in
boxes and put underground... so how
could they somehow get to us again?”
David Singham, senior agrees, “I
don’t believe in ghosts; I’m a scientist
and I believe that everything has to
have a logical explanation.”
However, Kathy Mervis, English
teacher, stated, “Well,
paranormal is often a term that people
use for things that they just haven’t
fgured out yet.”
Dale Kaczmarek, president of
the Chicago-based Ghost Research
Society and nationally-renowned
expert believes that fgures and
apparitions are completely legitimate.
“My interpretation of a ghost is a
spirit that hasn’t crossed over, usually
because of an untimely death like
murder or suicide, and they are simply
around because they don’t realize that
they have died.”
Kaczmarek conducts research
with his team by using high tech
equipment such as electromagnetic
phenomena and night-vision
technology to investigate homes,
businesses, and public places
for housing. Together, they have
investigated 175 Chicago venues,
including the Calvary Cemetery along
Sheridan Road in Evanston. He has
received many reports that there is
a fgure of a ghost that often comes
out of the lake, crosses the highway,
disappears near the gate by the
Kaczmarek declared, “This
has been going on for more than 50
Whether you believe it or not,
maybe the paranormal isn’t so out of
the ordinary anymore. At least, this
time of year spirits will be running
Are you afraid of the
By Rachel Metter
Oct. 7, 006
Recently back from a year of service in Iraq, ETHS’s building and grounds manager
Jose Guerrero has willingly shared his experiences of being in the military.
1. What was your specifc job in the military?
I was an infantry squad leader. [My squad and I] conducted combat patrols around
the Southwest Baghdad area.
2. How often could you call home, and what did you miss the
At least once a week we could contact home. I missed my family and friends,
3. What was one of your proudest moments?
We captured an individual who had planted an Improvised Explosive Devise
(IED). Someone gave us a tip and we were fnally able to catch this guy after knocking
on a lot of doors and searching. The IED exploded under a vehicle we were in, and my
friend lost his arm. Within a couple days we nabbed the guy who planted it.
4. How did you feel when you were called to duty?
It was kind of an expected thing. I had mentally prepared myself as well as my
family. So when the news did come, it didn’t affect me or anything. I was also kind of
eager to go. It’s like practicing for a football game and having to sit on the sidelines;
you want to get your turn to participate.
5. What did you do in Iraq to pass the time?
I started running, exercising more, reading. I defnitely did more reading than I
normally do. I did a lot of writing letters home and sending cards to people who had
written and sent gifts to the troops.
6. How were the living conditions in Iraq?
The living conditions were not the best. At frst we were in tents; when it rained
the tents would leak. During sand storms, sand would come into our tents. Toward the
middle we ended up in decent accommodations in trailers that were set up. The weather
was extremely hot. I cannot even describe the heat in Iraq. The food was better than
you would expect.
7. What are your plans for the future?
I just signed up for three more years in the military, and that will give me 25 years.
Then, I’m going to retire. I’m going to continue working at ETHS as the building and
8. What would you tell a student who is interested in joining
The military, despite all the negative things you might hear, offers a lot of benefts
that were not around when I frst enlisted. In addition to tuition money, the army offers
lots of life experiences and the ability to have that “can do” attitude that the military
instills in you. The ability to work with people from all walks of life has made me more
By laura levine
New club embraces cultures
Known for its cultural diversity,
ETHS has always been home to students
from all over the globe. Culture Club was
founded to embrace this aspect of the
Culture Club was founded by seniors
Hannah Shefsky and Tali Cornblath. The
frst meeting was held on Sept. 25. They
wanted people to get involved, so they
decided to meet every B-Day in Aaron
Becker’s room, S307
An interesting aspect of Culture Club
is its name. It took some time to agree
on, but seniors Cornblath, Shefsky, Karen
Schousboe, and Sarah Loeb fnally chose
it because it was simple and informative.
Their newsletter, Into the World, is a
little more attention- grabbing. The name
is a quote from the song “Closing Time”
by Semisonic. The frst issue came out the
week of Oct. 9. Each printing will come
out every two weeks. and will contain
articles focusing on a different country.
“Culture Club grew out of last year’s
Middle Ground,” explained Tali. Middle
Ground was a newsletter started two
years ago that focused on the political
characteristics of the Middle East and
Africa. “We decided we would rather
focus on different things, such as the
cultural, rather than political aspect of
other places. We also decided it would
be more interesting for everyone if we
covered the whole world.”
“Many of the students who have
founded Culture Club were leaders of
Middle Ground last year, and I was faculty
sponsor of that club,” said Aaron Becker,
Culture Club sponsor. When students
came up with Culture Club, Becker was
eager to help out. “As a Global Studies
teacher, and one with a passion for travel
and diversity, this club seemed a natural ft
At the start of every meeting,
members listen to music and eat food
from various places around the world.
Students then chat about their weekends,
relax, and work on their articles for the
club’s newsletter. The club also plans on
taking feld trips, including one to the
International Film Festival, which was
held in Chicago during the month of
October. Culture Club plans four events
every semester, two feld trips and two
“[Culture Club is] important because
it’s easy to get stuck thinking only in
terms of your limited community,”
explained Schousboe. “[This is]
expanding to the massive amount of
various cultures and people out there.”
Given the current state of global
relations, Culture Club is vital. Culture
Club and Into the World will help put an
end to ignorance at ETHS.
By anna Sanders
photo by emma Zbiral-teller
Students Hannah Shefsky, Olivia Nelson, and Jenna Pollack discuss world cultures during
ETHS Culture Club.
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LaST ISSuE’S WINNERS
“The important part is to
maintain a frm center of
-Joey Spiwak, junior.
“Uh-oh. looks like Oscar the
Grouch woke up on the wrong
side of the bed again.”
-maya Kosover, sophomore.
“When i said to dump your
boyfriend, i didn’t mean in
the garbage can!”
-Loretta Howell, sophomore.
Think you can write a fun photo caption? Send in yours to see if
you make the cut. every issue we’ll run a new photo and the winner will
be shown in the next issue. Drop off at S10 or e-mail it to: evanstonian@
gmail.com. entries must be received by Nov. .
does it look like “everybody’s doing it?”
look again. it’s just an illusion.
3 out of 5 ETHS students
choose not to drink alcohol.
(only 14% of ETHS students accurately believe that MOST ETHS
students choose not to drink alcohol.)
2005 Drug Perceptions and Use Survey. N=2,345 ETHS students.
Sponsored by the Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council. Funded by the
Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug-Free Communities Support
Program, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, and Tobacco Settlement Funds.
it’s just an illusion.
Do you see a
or an old lady?
(look again, you should
see both. the chin of the
young woman is the nose
of the old lady)
It may not be your choice anymore
A look at the new Illinois teen abortion law
“On Sept. 17, 1988, 17 year-old
Becky Bell died of complications that
resulted from an unsafe illegal abortion,
which she sought out in a desperate
attempt to avoid telling her parents
that she was pregnant. Becky lived in
Indiana, where the law mandates that
young women obtain parental consent
before getting an abortion” This account
was written by Jon Platner, Planned
That was 1988. Now, in 2006, 18
years later, Illinois has passed a similar
law requiring all minors to obtain parental
permission before getting an abortion. Is
this new law really making teen abortions
safer? Or is it just forcing more young
women into situations, which jeopardize
The new law was passed on Sept.
18, 2006. The law was a revival of the
Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995,
which never went into effect because the
Supreme Court ruled it too vague and
unenforceable. The parental involvement
law requires that all girls seeking to obtain
an abortion must get parental permission
at least 48 hours in advance.
Parental permission is not needed “if
a girl is sexually abused by the parent. A
judge can also deem a minor suffciently
mature or decide notifcation is not in
the minor’s best interests. The Illinois
Supreme Court is currently drafting
rules to implement this new law,”
according to The Chicago Tribune.
Many believe that involving
parents is not a bad idea. Kathy
Swartwout, manager of the Health
Center, stated, “Any involvement of
parents is not a bad thing; it means
the girls aren’t alone in a process as
mentally straining as abortion, and
in fact many teens do involve their
While not agreeing with the law,
Elle Spacek, senior saw an upside
to it. “It makes girls think twice and
make better decisions about sex.”
“ I am pro-choice as long as
people don’t take advantage of
abortions. They are there if a girl
absolutely needs one, but I don’t
think they should be a form of birth
control. This law will make girls
think twice before getting one. Safe
sex is the answer, not abortions,”
agreed Courtney Hammel, senior.
Still, many pro-choice advocates
believe that the law is a very dangerous
idea. Linnea Carlson, junior agreed. “ I
believe that this law is not a very good
idea because one reason girls turn to
abortion is because they cannot tell their
parents because of the consequences that
Elle explained, “ I am pro-choice, and
I strongly believe that it’s nobody else’s
business but the girl or woman getting
an abortion. I believe that if you need an
abortion you should be able to get one no
matter who you are or where you live.”
Whether people agree with the new
law or not, many are worried about
the negative consequences of the it.
According to abortionfacts.com 13
percent of illegal abortions end in death.
Pro-choice advocates worry that there
will be an increase in runaways or girls
crossing state lines to obtain abortions in
Linnea concurred. “In my opinion it
will have very negative effects, including
girls leaving the state. It may make girls
take matters into their own hands, be it
terminating the pregnancy illegally or by
Swartwout expressed concern “that
girls would attempt to do something
Whatever the opinion, most would
agree that the Supreme Court must be
very careful when working out the details
of the new law. The safety and well-being
of all young women in Illinois is in its
By Cassie Valukas
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Oct. 7, 006
n Oct. 24, Evanston
residents put down
their bowls of
pumpkin ice-cream, bundled
up in their fall jackets, and
headed on down to the high
school? Why? For the annual
ETHS fall band, orchestra,
and choir concert, of course!
Every year, when leaves are
falling off the trees, our Main
Auditorium is graced with a
performance by our own band and
orchestra. This year, according to
Band Director Dr. Fodor, they plan
on putting on just as exciting of a
“I encourage the student
body to come out and hear
performances,” said Dr. Fodor.
For the frst half an hour or so,
the symphony orchestra played.
The orchestra is known for the
classical pieces they play each
“I think the orchestra looked
good this year. We’re looking solid
and rebuilding slowly from all
the losses of last year’s seniors,”
explained senior cellist Justin Lee.
They played two pieces:
Concerto Grosso for string
orchestra and Piano Obbligato,
both by Earnest Bloch.
“I was in string last year, so I
didn’t know how symphony was,
but this was good!” said senior
pianist Emma DeGrand.
After the orchestra was done,
there were performances by the
choir and the ETHS band. The
ETHS band, some famous for
their appearance at ETHS sporting
events, and all famous for the
popular music they play.
“Many students have come out
to see the marching band, but the
indoor band worked really hard to
put on good music,” explained Dr.
They also played for about half
and hour. This year, they played
Witch and Saint, Emperada Overture
Court Festival, and Spoon River.
Band is one of those things
where it’s fun no matter what you
play or how you play it,” explained
senior clarinet and French horn
players Allison Laurence and
The fall band and orchestra
concert took place in the Main
Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.
By izzy abrams
photo by Ian Finder
Student band members Jake Montanaro and Dan Fronczak learn a rhythm from ETHS drum coordinator Matt Coley.
Oct. 7, 006
Guns n’ Roses on Nov. 7 at the United center, but buy tickets early.
New James bond fick, Casino Royale, opens on Nov. 17.
Saw III playing in all theaters on Oct. 7.
Halloween is being celebrated on Sunday Oct. .
Wilco at the Auditorium theater on Nov. and 5.
Running with Scissors in theaters on Oct. 7.
Catch a Fire in theaters on Oct. 7.
Last weekend for Six Flags Frightfest. tickets are $5.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Beneft Glorious Nation of
Kazakhstan opens Nov. .
Ciara concert on Nov. 5 at the House of blues.
iMEa District Band/Choir/Orchestra Festival on Nov. 11 at p.m. tbA
Barenaked ladies concert on Nov. 16 at Soldier Field at 7:0. tickets on sale
Fall Sports awards on Nov. 8 in the Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Panic! at the Disco on Nov. at UIc Pavillion
ho ever said that there
was no fun in music?
Just the thrill of even being
in a band is fun in itself.
And there’s nobody having
more fun than Evanston’s
own Jestors of Love. With a
blend of crude and generally
explicit lyrics and computer
generated sounds, the Jestors
of Love are the band to see
for a good time.
“Our songs are all about sweet
lovin’ or fart jokes,” laughed
junior Pat Gescheidle, one-half
of this two-man power trip. “It’s
the ultimate medley of musical
Pat and band mate Morgan
Bass, junior, got their start after
working on a project for their
Advanced Broadcast Media class.
“We were fnished with our
project and just made some songs
on Garage Band,” said Pat.
Garage Band is a computer
program that allows the user to
easily create beats or ensembles
with a number of premade riffs
and instruments, or create their
own with the use of a keyboard.
“We thought they were good,
so we showed them to our friends,
and they thought that we were
hilarious, so we decided to make
some more,” Morgan added.
The duo immediately began
working on their frst (soon to be
released) CD, “Banana Funk,” a
double feature of epic proportions.
The song writing process was not
hard due to an infnite amount
of ideas and a world full of
“Usually we come up with
ideas about funny, everyday
situations. We see something, or
something happens, and we’re
like, ‘Hey! We could make a song
about this!” commented Morgan.
While the group has a truly
unique sound, they follow in the
footsteps of a few well-known
“We try to be like Tenacious
D, just ‘cause they’re funny,”
We’re also like the Red Hot
Chili Peppers just ’cause they’re
funky,” Pat added, “and defnitely
like 2 Live Crew because they’re
“Even though we are like all
those bands, we defnitely still
try and keep it original so their
infuences on our work are kind of
small,” stated Morgan.
The lyrics are defnitely the
main draw of the band, but the
musical content is no laughing
matter either. “We use a mixture
of rock, funk, some hip hop
infuence, and defnitely R&B,”
“We’re just trying to make
millions of dollars and move
to Hollywood,” Pat modestly
admitted. “We also want to use
this band as an opportunity
to jump start our flm-making
career,” Morgan added. The group,
like their infuence Tenacious D,
also work with movies, writing,
producing, directing, and starring
in short flms. “The great thing
is that we can create our own
soundtrack,” said Morgan.
Whether the group is writing
its own soundtrack or whether
it’s in the process of writing more
comic lyrics, one thing is for sure:
they’re having a good time doing
Jestorial humor makes a triumphant debut
By Matt Doo
better KNOw A StUDeNt bAND
courtesy of The Jestors of Love
The Jestors of Love get into some “risky business,” trying to make it big.
Oct. 7, 006
ON tHe e-tOwN
Te least janky
Our beloved hometown of Evanston
is a cultural hotbed for Wikipedia entries.
For example, one former Vice President
and one of my favorite people to ever exist,
Charles Gates Dawes (Chuck D) lived
here. There’s also Northwestern University,
whose undergraduate students meander
the streets drinking cans of Diet Sprite and
occasionally asking where the nearest el
station is. But one of the greatest parts about
living here is that we, as a collective student
body, have over time developed our own
vocabulary of slang words that has defned
our southern-most North Shore suburb.
The following is a list of a sample of these
words, with defnitions attached to educate
our friends and foes at neighboring schools.
Bomb dot com (adj) – deserving of
praise. Note: I have tried my hardest, to no
avail, to incorporate the phrase “dot com,”
to be added after adjectives, to our little
list of Evanston slang. The general student
body seems to care about this phrase in the
same manner that James Blunt cares for
ugly girls, or in the way that a fat kid cares
for his life when he’s at McDonald’s and all
he is able to buy is a Fruit-n-Yogurt parfait.
Example: “All I did today was
hibernate on my couch and watch
marathons of Flavor of Love 2, isn’t that the
bomb dot com?”
Flame (adj) – especially spectacular,
usually pertaining to the description of food
Example: “Last fortnight, I enjoyed
a fame meal of a chicken burrito from
Chipotle, paid for via a certifcate I received
in the mail, probably from being a loyal
customer. Oh! The glory!”
Jag (Verb) – to make a mess of, to ruin
Example: “I jagged on my math test
because I was too distracted coming up
with defnitions of Evanston slang for the
Janky (adj) – of poor quality
Example: “I found these wooden shoes
in the alley behind Dominick’s, but my
mom said they were too janky to wear to
Treated (verb, most often put in
past tense) – to put someone down, to
acknowledge said put down. The use of
“treated” branches off into separate phrases,
such as “trigonomotreated,” used in more
complex situations; “trick or treated,”
used during the month of October; and
“you must be a bird because you just got
tweeted,” which I don’t recall ever being
used, but still sounds funny to me.
“Your mother is so portly, she eats
Wheat Thicks, rather than the popular nosh
“I say, dear sir, you just treated me.
And my mother.”
Okay, there you have it: a probably
incomplete, but still stellar list of slang
terms unique to Evanston. Everybody who
goes to ETHS already knows that they’d
rather drink Purell hand sanitizer than go to
a school like Glenbrook North (don’t you
love my bomb dot com analogies?), but we
have something those other schools will
never have – our own vocabulary. Be proud.
he easiest time
of year to act
a fool and
blame it on
the costume, also known
as trick or treating, is
right around the corner.
For some, trick-or-
treating is considered a
guilty pleasure. It’s not
easy trying to provoke
strangers into giving you
treats on any random
night aside from all
Trick-or-treating is an activity
most schoolchildren take part in,
but it seems the older you get the
less willing households are to give
out candy. Should there be an age
limit on Halloween?
Senior Andrew Day
responded, “No, it’s all about
having fun and students should
have fun, unless you’re a trick.”
In opposition, Matt Walsh,
logic teacher, explained, “I think
when people are there for the right
reasons it’s good but when you
come to my house in jeans and a
t-shirt don’t be mad when I don’t
give you any candy.”
What are some
besides trick or
treating that might
spice up your
night? Six Flags Great America
has three weeks of Fright Fest
every year on the Fridays
and Saturdays leading up to
Halloween. Tickets are $40 but
the park has many attractions to
keep you entertained including
haunted trails, creepy costumes
and rollercoaster rides.
“I wasn’t ever scared
but it was a lot of fun, and stuff
does catch you by surprise!”
commented senior Jared Borlack,
who attended Fright Fest last
If you’re hoping to
not travel too far for a spooky
Halloween night, visit the
Haunted House at Oakton Water
Park. Admission is $7 per person
and it’s a great place to go for a
short but fun adventure. A guide
takes you through the haunted
house flled with mad scientists
and blood sucking vampires who
aren’t afraid to grab you.
If you’re interested in
just watching a scary movie, then
venture out to Navy Pier
and see Haunted Castle in
3D at the IMAX Theater
for $10.50. This thriller
weekend of Halloween and will
surely having you jumping out of
Of all the different events
taking place around Halloween,
students of all ages around
Evanston trick-or-treat. Snickers
and Twizzlers and Kit Kats,
oh my! Junior Danny Kruger
explained that he goes trick
or treating because, “Candy is
delicious!” Enough said!
When choosing an outft
keep in mind originality, expense
and audience since it will suck
to be one of ffty M&M’s on the
block. Also, you’re only going to
wear it once and you don’t want
such a vulgar costume that you get
rejected at the door.
There’s a ghastly amount
of fun Halloween activities to
do around town that can get you
in the spirit. Whether you like
dressing up, watching movies or
visiting creepy old houses there’s
something lurking right around
the corner for you this Halloween.
What to do when TRICKING gets old
T.V. is said to be one of the biggest
wastes of time for young adults today.
This fall there has been a recent hype for
medical shows, however, ETHS feels
differently. These shows give insight
into real-life situations, thoughts,
and feelings that possibly go
through each doctor or intern’s
mind potentially determining the
life of another person.
House and Grey’s Anatomy are
the newly-marketed medical shows
that provide not only insight into
the featured medical phenomena, but
into the lives of those who treat these
illnesses. House and Grey’s Anatomy,
however have seemed to take over the
student body, leaving E.R. high
“Dr. House’s bitter
tendencies and the way he
treats people may seem like
he doesn’t care, but he really
does,” freshman Ahjah Bates
“I appreciate how in
House how Omar Epps is
portrayed as a positive role
model for black males today: he’s not a
criminal or a thug, but a black doctor,”
Jesse Richardson, security guard, stated.
“Dr. House is really interesting, and
the storyline keeps changing.
I think House can be
funny and serious at the same time.
Overall, House just seems more realistic
than the other shows because not every
patient has to die. E.R. is too gory, and
Grey’s Anatomy is too much like a soap
opera,” sophomore Loretta Howell
Sophomore Katie Warner, who
watches the show every week,
disagreed. “I won’t watch the
other shows; Grey’s Anatomy
has a hotter cast, and it fnds
more ways to enhance its
Each week we see more
into each doctor’s life.”
So the gloves are off to
House and Grey’s Anatomy
for there fall season
stunts that have stolen our
students’ attention. Dr.
House, Dr. McDreamy,
and Dr. Grey seem
to provide these
with the blood and
needles that they
By Brittani Fowlin
Is there a doctor in the House?
By Rochelle Brown
A diagnosis of the medical TV series epidemic
Oct. 7, 006
Every year, college football recruiters
scour the nation in hopes of getting the next
great player for their respective university.
This year they have set their sights on three
of ETHS’s best players. Seniors Michael
Bolden, Kendal Farlow, and Nickcaro
Golding have all been asked to play at
college football’s highest level, on some
of its most respected teams. While Bolden
has already committed to Northwestern,
the other two are still being sought after by
schools such as Illinois, Michigan, Purdue,
Iowa State, and Boston College.
“It’s kind of been a dream ever since
I was little,” explained Bolden. “I never
thought it was a possibility until it was real,
and, now that I have the chance, it’s like a
Bolden had shared his childhood
dream with many others, but the chance
of actually realizing this dream for most is
very small. According to a study by The
National Collegiate Athletic Association,
while there are roughly 281,000 high
school seniors playing football, there are
only about 16,000 freshmen spots available
every year. That means only one in 17
seniors will go on to play college ball.
The frst step to getting to play on a
big name team is to get noticed. “When
the athletes are sophomores and juniors,
we begin to scout the potential players,”
explained Brad Engles, an assistant coach
for the Northwestern football team. “We
correspond with coaches throughout the
year and get recommendations from them.
There are also organizations that we can
pay to go throughout the country and fnd
us potential players. And sometimes the
kids themselves may contact us and tell us
that they’re good and we should evaluate
Once a player is noticed by his
potential suitors, he may receive multiple
scholarship offers, as did our three players
in question. However, in order to receive
the scholarship, the athlete must have
completed the 16 core-courses decided on
by the NCAA Clearing House.
When the athlete has met the
requirements set forth by the NCAA, it
is time to fgure out what they want in a
school. “The things I look for in a school
are the academics, how well I get to know
the coaching staff, and whether or not I’d
want to go there even if I didn’t have a
scholarship,” said Farlow. While he was
able to narrow down his list of what he
wanted, there are multiple things to choose
Probably the most important thing to
consider, besides academics, is the coaching
staff. The athletes will be playing under
this collection of men for the next three to
fve years, and they will be best served if
they get along with the staff. “Coach Tiller
of Purdue probably had the best impact on
me,” claimed Golding. “When I visited
and was talking with all of the players, they
just kept telling me about how good the
coaches were. It impressed me how highly
the players spoke of their coaches.”
The coaches, however, have to
follow a lot of constantly-changing rules
when recruiting athletes. “Recruiting has
changed drastically over the last 20 years,”
said Anthony Johnson, head football coach.
“The academic requirements in place now
weren’t even existent when I was being
recruited. All the rules about contacting the
players have changed as well, but coaches
have brought most of the new rules forth
on their own. They are trying to prevent
misconduct which could result in an unfair
advantage for some coaches.”
There is no limit, however, on the
number of text messages a coach may send
a player. “It’s kind of a recent phenomenon
as technology advances,” commented
Engles. “We’ve always been able to write
an indefnite amount of written letters to
our prospects, but now we can contact them
faster. It’s just a way to let the players know
that we’re still interested in them.”
Once a coach succeeds in persuading
a player, and the athlete has decided on the
school that he wishes to attend, the only
issue left is committing. While signing
day may be a long way off, the players can
verbally commit, or write a letter of intent,
as early as their junior year.
Engles explained that there are also
ways of pressuring the players to commit
earlier. If a player is on the fence but leaning
towards a certain school, the coaches of that
school may mention that the NCAA only
allows a school to hand out 25 scholarships
per year. If the player takes too long in his
decision, he could miss the opportunity to
be able to play for the university.
Girls Cross Country
Oct. 8: @ Niles west Sectional (1:0 p.m.)
If team wins frst round of regional, team advances to
fnal game of regional:
Oct. 8: @ Senn High School ( p.m.)
Boys Cross Country
matt D’Arcy, Sam Levon and matt marol qualifed for
Oct. 8: @ Niles west Sectional (:0 p.m.)
today: Glenbrook South (5:0 p.m.)
Nov. : cSL meet @maine South (:00 a.m.)
Finished season: 7-5
bridget Larson made it to round of State Playoff
Finished season: -5
Finished season: -
By Sam Masters
photo by mike miszczak
Kendal Farlow, Nickcaro Golding, and Michael Bolden are some of Evanston’s most promising football prospects.
Golding look past
Oct. 7, 006
FrOm tHe StANDS
Sports is gettin’
With only a couple of days until
Hallow’s Eve when the ghosts and goblins
await their time for shrieks and sweets,
you don’t have to look to hard to fnd
something very frightening. Just turn on
one of the many sports channels, and you’ll
probably hear a story of violence in sports:
an athlete in trouble with the law or your
favorite player just was indicted on using
steroids. Whatever the bad news is, the
status of sports is getting pretty scary.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Albert
Haynesworth, a defensive tackle from the
Tennessee Titans and pretty scary ghoul,
stomped a defenseless opponent in the face
during their game. It was an awful display
of violence as the victim was forced to have
two dozen stitches to close up the wound. I
know football is a violent sport, but no way
is there reason to stomp on an opponent’s
face. Another event which showed how the
violence in sports is getting out of hand was
during the Miami and Florida International
game. Both teams’ benches cleared, and a
brawl ensued. These two events just show
how sports have taken a turn for the worse.
If it isn’t the violence on the feld,
it’s the crimes the players are committing
off the feld. In recent months, players
have been picked up on a slue of different
crimes. Sports have reached a point in our
society where these players are role models
for us. These players have a responsibility
and cannot continue to be involved in
The worst of all the atrocities sports
has been putting us through recently is
the steroids. Recently, leaked information
from steroid hearings has linked Roger
Clemens and many other all-stars to using
performance-enhancing drugs. We have
no idea if our favorite player is just your
average ball player or a Frankenstein
produced in a factory. Another pretty
scary part about steroids is how kids in
high school are even using these drugs.
Whoever is using them, we need to get
steroids out of sports.
Sports in our society are supposed to
be an outlet for people. It takes participants
away from their life for four quarters.
Recently, though, it seems sports have just
added stress to people’s already hectic life.
Maybe it’s not the athletes’ fault,
though. Maybe it is our society’s fault for
putting this much pressure on athletes.
With the amount of commentary on
every little event in sports today, I don’t
blame athletes for losing it once in a
while or cheating to get a step ahead of
the opponent. Whatever the case is, there
needs to be a change. We either need to
take pressure off of athletes, or they have to
take responsibility for their role in society.
This Halloween season, don’t look at
sports for a break from scary movies and
the haunted houses because the status of
sports is probably scarier than all of them.
With the violence and cheating going
on, something needs to change because
sports are too big in our society for this to
Girls swimming hopes to end on high note
The powerful Wildkit girls swim team
hopes to end its successful regular season
on a high note tonight when it hosts Central
Suburban rival, Glenbrook South.
Evanston will be led by senior Jenny
Kruse and junior Sophie Borchers, both
of whom have excelled in recent meets.
This will be the last regular season meet at
ETHS for Kruse, along with the other senior
“This has been a very positive season
thanks in large to our seniors,” said Head
Coach Kevin Auger ecstatically in his
announcement on Senior Day, last week.
Glenbrook South (4-4) will come into
the meet after a crushing loss to New Trier
last week. However, they are not to be
underestimated. The Titans have handled
quality swim teams such as Maine South
and Barrington, who defeated Evanston 118-
68 early in the season. While the Kits will
be heavy favorites, they will also be under
pressure as the meet has major implications
for conference seedings. The conference
playoffs will take place on Nov. 4, and from
there the Kits will begin the IHSA playoffs.
Evanston will have the advantage of
momentum, however. The Kits are currently
on a tear, having most recently defeated
Rockford Guilford on Senior Day, Oct. 21.
The Wildkits dominated Rockford, winning
the majority of events, most notably the
100 freestyle which Kruse won at a time of
50.23 seconds, and the 100 backstroke which
Sophie Borchers won at 1:06.94. However,
the Rockford meet is not a good measure of
just how good the Wildkits are.
“Not to be modest, but Rockford was
not at its strongest. They are missing 14
swimmers who were recently kicked off the
team,” explained senior Grace Hatcher.
The Kits have also had impressive wins
on Oct. 20 and Oct. 13 against Niles West
and Maine South, respectively. However,
their most impressive win, and perhaps the
defning moment of the season, came on Oct.
6 in the New Trier pool.
Evanston pulled together and won 98-
88, beating New Trier for the frst time in 17
years. As they have all year, the Kits received
help from a fairly large variety of swimmers.
Freshman Kristina Walsh shocked the
Trevians by taking frst in the 100 yard
breaststroke. Evanston also saw impressive
performances by juniors Becca Thompson
and Jordan Schweizer.
Carrying their fve-meet win streak,
Evanston will turn their attention to Glenbrook
South tonight at 5:30 in the Evanston pool.
By John Goad
Most sports seasons are flled with ups
and downs, and this year, boys soccer was
Although expectations were lower
than usual, because of only seven returning
players, the Kits fought through one of
the tougher schedules in state to fnish
at a mediocre 8-11-2. The record does a
poor job of showing the accomplishments
of this team. The record does not include
the strong showing the team exhibited at
the Peoria tournament earlier this year
where they fnished a strong second place
in a feld with many worthy foes. “We
probably played the best team, Notre
Dame, I have seen in high school soccer at
the tournament,” said Coach Franz Calixte,
“and we stayed with them for the entire
Another thing that the record does a
poor job of showing is the adversity the
team faced during the year. “We always
had someone hurt,” said Calixte. “Players
had to play positions that they never played
before.” The Kits also had many close
games that could have gone either way. “I
believe we only had three legit losses that
the other team just fat out beat us,” added
Last Friday, in the cool damp air,
the Kits were awarded their biggest
accomplishment of the season. In a truly
hard fought game, the Kits outlasted the
Niles West Wolves 2-1 to win the regional
championship. “It was one the hardest-
fought games I have ever played in,” said
senior midfelder David Pelsoci.
The Kits struck frst on a beautiful
header from junior forward Chris Henrichs
to put them up early. They struck again on
penalty kick from senior midfelder Thomas
Kaufmann. The penalty kick was awarded
to the Kits because of a hand ball in the
box. “It was real important to get ahead 2-
0 on this team because it gave us breathing
room in the second half,” said Pelsoci. The
Kits would need all the breathing room
they could get as the Wolves turned it into
a close game in the second half.
The Wolves scored their frst goal on a
header halfway through the second half to
cut the margin to one. The Kits had been
completely dominating the game up to this
point and once the margin was cut in half the
momentum seemed to switch. The Wolves
won many balls but could not really muster
any other opportunities until a little under
10 minutes left in the second half. The
Wolves had a wide open net and booted the
ball over the cross bar. “I just felt my heart
drop when that ball was kicked; I thought
they tied it,” said Pelsoci. The Kits fnally
had a bounce go their way and held on to
win the regional championship.
Boys soccer fghts through postseason
By James Ferguson-Mahan
photos by mateo molina
From left to right: Peter Zerbe, junior,
moves in on a Maine West player. David
Sippel, junior, fghts with a Maine West
player for the ball during a recent home
photo by mateo molina
Freshman R. Capron practices the breaststroke in preparation for playoffs.
Oct. 7, 006
Number of times senior
brigit Larson has made state
for girls tennis.
Number of goals scored
by senior striker, marco
time it took for matt D’arcy,
junior, to complete a three-
Football’s loss to Maine South ends playof hopes
The boys varsity football team capped off yet
another disappointing season last Saturday with a
devastating loss to Maine South at home. The team,
who went 4-5 this year, showed promise after a sound
win over Waukegan on Oct. 14, but couldn’t match the
performance against conference powerhouse Maine
South and lost the game by a fnal score of 56-21.
After a 3-6 season last year, the Kits went into this
season with confdence and more talent than they have
had in a long time. “We were defnitely confdent that
we would make playoffs, but we lost some key games
that put us in a hard position,” said senior linebacker
Sam Alden. After failing to make playoffs the past few
years, the Kits entered this season with something to
prove but were unable to capitalize in big games.
Opening with a close loss to a strong Hinsdale
Central was not the start the Kits were looking for, and
throughout the season winning close games proved to be
diffcult. If you take a more in depth look at the season
the record may not give the team enough credit for their
efforts. “We feel we’ve done a nice job throughout most
of the season in most of the games,” said Coach Tony
Johnson, evaluating the season as a whole.
The Kits were up and down throughout the season
and were never able to string more than two wins
together at a time. Every time they would start to get
rolling, they’d suffer a loss and have their momentum
killed. “When we played with energy and enthusiasm,
I thought we could beat any team,” said Brian Murphy,
senior. “We were an underachieving team. When we
were motivated we played well, but a lot of times we
came out fat.”
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the entire
season was the Kits game against Maine South. Coming
in with a 4-4 record, a win would have sent them into
the playoffs. Although the team had some confdence
going into the game, Maine South quickly destroyed any
hopes the Wildkits had putting up 23 points in the frst
quarter, two of which came off of a safety. They would
get the run game going a little bit as the game wore on
but the Maine South attack proved to be too relentless as
they marched up and down the feld amassing a total of
56 points and drowning any hope of Evanston making
With 25 returning players, perhaps the Kits will
have better luck next year. However, as the CSL
South proves to be one of the toughest high-school
football divisions in the area, it’s not going to be easy
for Evanston to make the playoffs. The key to their
success may lie in winning the close games and playing
team football and not relying on individuals to carry the
majority of the workload. “I thought the season came
apart when the team started to play as individuals and
not as a family,” said Alden in retrospect. Let’s hope
that next year ETHS football can get back to its winning
ways and begin the upward climb to the playoffs.
By Ben Ossyra
photo by mike miszczak
Kendale Farlow runs with the ball on Saturday during their last regular-season game versus Maine South.
Girls volleyball “setting” the pace for regional play
Tomorrow, at 4 p.m. at Senn High
School, the winner of the Senn Regional
bracket will be decided.
The ETHS girls volleyball team headed
into regionals at Senn as the second overall
seed for their bracket. Before heading on
to sectionals, the girls have been paired in
regionals against the likes of Senn (18),
Amundson (19), Kelvyn Park (7) and
Schurz (15). Although it may seem like
a breeze, the girls should be cautious and
know to not overlook any of these teams.
However, the morale of this team
could not be any higher. “As a team, our
unity is improving day by day. Everything
is fowing well, and the team is coming
together,” said Jane Handel, junior. She
also said that in order to win, minor
improvements need to be made, and the
team has to play fawlessly. “Even though
we’ve improved a lot throughout the
season, we’ve got to fx certain aspects
like blocking and running the offense.”
The team currently attained a 21-11
record for the season and has momentum
on its side. Last weekend on Oct. 20 and
21, the girls placed fourth out of 24 teams
at the Quincy Notre Dame Invitational.
This was done shorthanded as many of the
juniors couldn’t attend the games due to
“We’ve had our ups and downs
during the season, and our experiences
have prepared us physically and mentally
for postseason play,” stated junior Rachel
Kamienski. Senior Alexa Dogterom added,
“This team has shown the most heart
I’ve ever seen.” Dogterom exclaimed, “It
would be amazing if we went downstate!
But we’ve got to do it one step at a time.”
Coach Pamela MacPherson said that
certain aspects of the game have improved
tremendously throughout the course of the
year. “We have improved to make us a little
more of a threat with a quicker offense
and more hitting options. Our focus has
defnitely improved as well,” she said.
Contrarily, MacPherson points out that in
order to be successful, a team must also
be consistent. She added, “Our biggest
weakness is consistency, but I think you
are going to fnd that a lot in high school
sports. We need to work with the freshmen
on mental toughness, so they can start early
on knowing that volleyball is more than a
MacPherson is also quick to point
out that a great team shouldn’t have any
egos, and they shouldn’t worry about who
they’re playing. “We need the whole team
to play their part in order for us to win. All
14 players play a crucial part on our team.
Our team needs to focus on playing our
side of the net and not worry about what is
going on the other side. When we play our
game, we win,” said MacPherson.
photo by mallika roy
Emma Folz sets the ball to Emily Brenner in a game against lake Forest.
By aon Hussain