Steinmetz Star Volume 76, Number 3, November-December 2010 Hugh Hefner, class of 1944, tells students: ‘This is where the dreams began’ By Regina Crawford & Takara Johnson On October 29 students and staff waited impatiently for our most famous alumni, one of the biggest names in magazine publishing — Hugh Hefner. He arrived at 1:40 in a oversized bus with an entourage of 17 people that included his sons, girlfriend, brother, friends, security, his personal assistant and photographer, and a Chicago Sun-Times reporter who was covering his activities. “This is where it all started,” he said happily, after walking up the stairs and into the front lobby. This building we sit in today is the very building a normal middle class young PHOTO BY DATRIN BUTLER man began his dreams and is In Chicago for the premiere of “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, Rebel,” Hugh Hefner returned to now living the most lavish life Steinmetz with his friends and family on October 29. “This is where the dreams began,” Mr. Hefner anyone could want. said, posing with Playboy’s January 2011 Playmate Anna Sofia Berglund and his girlfriend, Playboy’s In the lobby he was excited December 2009 Playmate Crystal Harris. to see his name on the “Honor Mr. Hefner told us his favorite class at SteinRoll” of alumni who served in the military. Afmetz had been journalism. He said that most of ter all these decades he still felt at home. Mr. the pieces he wrote for the Star and the yearbook Hefner proudly showed off Steinmetz to his were humorous, “even the longer features.” girlfriend and his sons. He reminisced with his As for sports, Mr. Hefner said that for a while brother Keith, a 1946 graduate. he was also on the track team, but once when “The auditorium still looks huge,” he said, the coach said that team members could not go and asked if the drama club “The Green Curto a school dance due to an upcoming meet, he tain Players” was still performing. He was disquit the team. appointed to hear that we do not have a drama The others with Mr. Hefner were friendly and program now. He commented on the success easy to talk to. Playboy Playmate Anna Sophia of the Poetry Slam team, coached by teachers Berglund commented on the beautiful architecJames Sloan and John Hood and featured in an ture in Chicago and at Steinmetz. award-winning movie “Louder Than a Bomb.”. “The schools in California don’t look like As we walked into Room 128 for a reception this,” she said. “They’re very plain.” prior to his meeting with the Star and yearbook Crystal Harris, Mr. Hefner’s girlfriend, adstaff, a dream was made for these reporters. We Hugh Hefner created cartoons were privileged with an opportunity to connect and wrote humorous pieces for mired reporter Takara Johnson’s manicure. She with Mr. Hefner and his friends on a personal the Star and yearbook, acted in told us how she met Mr. Hefner. the ‘Green Curtain Players,’ and level. Continued on Page 10 was on the student council. Steinmetz Academic Centre 3030 N. Mobile Chicago, IL 60634 Tel: (773) 534-3030 Fax: (773) 534-3151 www.steinmetzac.com Principal: Dr. Eunice Madon Assistant principals: Jaime Jaramillo, Donald Mendro Budget director: Paul Chase Star adviser: Sharon Schmidt Co-Editors-in-Chief: Ileana Rosado, Alyssa Sanchez 1st & 5th period section editors: News: Zachery Pekovic, Jonathan Lopez Photo Opinion, Forum: Adriana Pineda Features: Regina Crawford, Olga Bustamante Sports: Demetrius Robinson-Stanford, Damian Januchowski Journalism class reporters, Room 333 1st Period: Julio Baez, Jordyn Bailey, Destiny Carpenter, Nohemi Caudel Raygoza, Jovanna Espino, Sarai Fernandez, Michael Frackowiak, Myraneisha Gardner, Michael Hodges, Takara Johnson, Larissa Labon, Frances Lopez, Michael Lublansky, Yaritza Marroquin, Xavier Morales, Yadira Olea, Lukasz Olszanski, Rosemary Peralta, Tetyana Prannychuk, Julian Rivera, Gabriela Rodriguez, Jasmine Sheppard, Rafael Totolxin, Xaquille Townsend, Natalia Twardus, Natalie Valdez 5th Period: Grzegorz Bara, Louis Bell, Danielle Brumley, Sayda Figueroa, Kierre Gillespie, Jennifer Maravillas, Manuel Mejorado, Gloria Quintana, Stephen Powell, Jasmine Reese, Luis Rocha, Ricardo Rociles, Jessica Solis, Nia Spencer, Cindy Vazquez, Cindy Yousif, Oscar Zarate Newspaper club reporters: Jason Alvarado, Shanna Arceo, Earl Billingsley, Datrin Butler, Arrick Cosey, Kiara Davidson, Ja’Tavian Davis, Eunice Dimas, LaRonda Gadlen, Malica Lacy, Marcelino Lagunas, Sunshine Moreno, Daniel Mendrano, Michael Newson, Saremm Saenz, Jeremy Valentin, Ajay Woodley The Steinmetz Star welcomes submissions by all students and staff. Email us at SteinmetzStarNews @ gmail.com 2 Steinmetz Star November 2010 Principal’s Message We want you to succeed By Dr. Eunice Madon, principal This school year seems to be flying by so quickly. The mid-semester grades have just been issued, and each and everyone one of us has to take at look at how we are doing whether we are teachers, students or administrators. While students should know from day to day how they are doing in a particular class, they sometimes just ignore the obvious. When they see a “D” or “F” on their report card at the end of the first ten weeks, it is a wake-up call. However, there is still hope. The next ten weeks are critical for students if they want to pass their classes. While the first quarter grade is an indicator of how a student is doing, the semester grade which comes out the first week in February is the grade that counts for credit. An “F” at that juncture means failure in the course and a requirement that the course be repeated either in Evening School or in Summer School. Courses taken, in either instance, will cost money and time. Freshmen in particular are in jeopardy when they fail, since statistics show Continued on Page 3 NU’s high school journalism day Olga Bustamante, Natalia Twardus, Jessica Solis, Takara Johnson, Larissa Labon, Demetrius Robinson, Tetyana Prannychuk By Natalia Twardus Some Star reporters attended a field trip at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University on November 5. We were welcomed by Dean John Lavine, who spoke about how journalism plays a great role in our society. ”Our job is to enable people to be better informed so they can make smarter decisions,” Mr. Lavine said. “That hasn’t changed since journalism started, and now we can do it better.” After his speech, students attended various seminars. In “backpack journalism” Star staffers were played audio tapes from the instructor’s interview with Michael Jackson, the last the performer gave before his death. David Standish, who taught “interviewing techniques,” had been a Play- boy magazine editor. He said that to edit and write up the renowned interviews in Hugh Hefner’s magazines, reporters were required to have at least 10 hours of taped conversation. He mentioned the schizophrenic atmosphere of the company, in which excellent journalism and erotica are produced in the same place. Most inspirational was the keynote speaker, Channel 5 reporter Alex Perez. He spoke about his road to success and the struggles he faced, being rejected for the first 86 broadcast jobs he applied for. With his positive attitude and determination he was able to reach his goal and become a great news reporter. We ended our day at Medill with a delicious lunch from Jimmy Johns and gained a new attitude on journalism. Star Photo Opinion BY NATALIE VALDEZ BY NATALIE VALDEZ “I am thankful for everything I’ve accomplished, like getting through high school regardless of the bad decisions I sometimes made. Also, for my daughter, Desiree, for being in my life and giving me the strength to overcome every obstacle that has come my way.” Maria Chavarria, senior “For all the things that life has given me. I’m thankful to God, first of all, and for sharing life with the people I love. And I’m thankful for the friendship I share with you (Adriana Pineda).” Juan Ramirez, junior BY NATALIA TWARDUS “I am thankful for being on the basketball team. I’m glad I’m doing better in school and not getting suspended. I am also thankful for my beautiful girlfriend. I enjoyed playing flag football with Travis Scott, Jatavian Davis, Laurence, TJ and others. It was a great experience to have this school year.” Deshaun Allen, sophomore BY YARITZA MARROQUIN “I am thankful for having life. I’m thankful to have my family because they support me through all my struggles and through the problems that I face. I am also thankful for my best friend Carissa. She helps me a lot and I love her for that. Also, I’m thankful for my voice because I love singing and one day it will help me to make a lot of money.” Tavonna Howard, freshman BY ADRIANA PINEDA BY NATALIA TWARDAS INTERVIEW BY NATALIA TWARDAS PHOTO BY DATRIN BUTLER What are you thankful for? “That all my children are safe. I’m extremely thankful for my grandson. I’m also thankful that I’m employed and my head still has no hair.” Sgt. Garry Frank, staff “I am thankful for the health and happiness of my family, friends and students. I am also thankful that my division freshmen have learned the art of sitting in chairs for an entire three minutes.” Robyn Melamed, teacher “I am thankful for my daughter, Audrey, my good health and that I have a job. Last, but not least, I am thankful for my students who are ready to come to class and learn.” Megan Hedges, teacher Principal’s message: There is help for you if you need it Continued from Page 2 that freshmen students who receive two or more failures in the first semester, have an overwhelming chance of not graduating. Eighty-five percent of them are likely to NOT graduate. We are here to make sure that does not happen. We have put in place several opportunities for students to gather academic help either on a daily basis or for the long term. DEY Tutoring, Aim High, Babbage and Educational Masters are all programs that are available to help students. In addition there is Team Tutoring for athletes that fail grade checks. Also, the library, which is open until 4:00 p.m., has over 20 computers and other resources for students to complete their homework in a quiet environment. Please avail yourself of the help that is offered for we want you to succeed. On another note, as we enter the holiday season, we all should stop and reflect on what each of us has to be thankful for, both tangible and intangible, and as a way of showing our thanks, let us give service to others. May you and your family have a Happy Holiday. November 2010 Steinmetz Star 3 Star Forum Skating is not a crime Re. ‘Let us skate’ by Jonathan Lopez, October 2010. My name is Erik Martinez. I have been thinking of making up a petition about unbanning skateboarding from school and after school. I think it is a good thing that students have something to do like skating after school. At least they’re not smoking, fighting or gangbanging. That’s a portion of students we just took the habits away by skating. For me, as a sophomore skater, I find skating to school a faster way to get to around. Skating is not a crime. That’s what PHOTO BY EARL BILLINGSLEY Super work Astrid Vargas From the Steinmetz Academic Centre Parent and Community Newsletter, Volume VIII, Issue II MYP sophomore Astrid Vargas participated in a summer internship program at Columbia College where she conducted research on lung cancer cells. Working with a variety of laboratory equipment including a biological hood, cell counter vortex, pipettes, and microscopes, Astrid experimented curcumin, a chemical variant of the spice turmeric, which is believed to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells. Astrid’s lab work tested different quantities of curcumin and analyzed their effect on lung cancer cells. 4 Steinmetz Star November 2010 has been on my mind ever since the time I heard someone on the intercom say skating is prohibited. I never thought Dr. Madon would change the school to what it is now. I agree with every other new rule that was made since last year, except for something students should have the right to. I’m willing to debate against this new rule. I’m willing to give you as much information of what I want to do in order to overturn this school rule. This is my suggestion for the next newspaper and my suggestion for a change. Erik Martinez, sophomore Do you have an opinion? Share it with the Star! See a staff member (listed on p. 2) or send us a letter. Respond to anything in this paper or just tell us what’s on your mind. Email: [email protected] Do you want to be a reporter? See Star adviser Sharon Schmidt or come to the Newspaper Club Thursdays at 3:00 in Room 333. Pornography Slam Poetry exploits and Have you ever watched Def Poetry? degrades women Do you like to perform? Do you have a burning desire to say something to the world? Are you an outstanding singer? Do you have serious hip-hop skills? • Slam poetry is one of the most exciting and fastest growing forms of entertainment in America. • Steinmetz is home to a championship poetry team and featured in “Louder Than A Bomb,” an award-winning movie. • Learn how to be a slam poet. See teachers Mr. Sloan and Mr. Hood in Room 127 every Tuesday after school. By Adriana Pineda, Opinion and Forum editor Pornographic material is exploitative. It portrays the bodies of women as objects of sexual pleasure. Pornography is degrading as well. It extends the attitude of men towards women that they exist only for men’s satisfaction. It’s not an honor to have men drool over women as if they were pieces of meat. Pornography shapes attitudes towards women. It robs women of their dignity and self-respect, regardless if they agree to all this or not. Just because women agree to pose or perform for the porn industry, it doesn’t make it any less degrading. They’re simply supporting their own exploitation. Pornography also denies the whole person. There is more to a woman than a hot figure. Women possess inner beauty, intelligence, potential, dignity, and self-respect. However, those qualities aren’t exposed in pornographic material such as Playboy. Pornography is one of the top reasons why women are so worried and self-conscious about their looks. They strive to look like the women in Playboy, who are covered in make-up and have had breast augmentation and other surgical procedures. The photos are airbrushed by computer technology to look absolutely flawless. How can ordinary women possibly compete with all that? Star News PHOTO BY EUNICE DIMAS Wendy Flores and Alejandra Moreno Amber Dukes (right) with a CPS actor PHOTO BY EUNICE DIMAS By Alejandra ‘Sunshine’ Moreno I participated in a program for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) called CPS SHAKESPEARE! Throughout the month of October, Shakespeare teacher Robin Russo, junior Amber Dukes, sophomore Wendy Flores and I drove to the CST at Navy Pier, most days after school and every Saturday morning for rehearsal. Twenty-five students and five teachers from seven schools participated. Together, with the CST staff, we put together a production of “Romeo and Juliet” for October 29th and 30th. We devoted most of our lives to the play, leaving immediately after school and not getting home until 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. We barely had time to do anything else but homework. We became friends with the other students and teachers. Our chemistry was incredible. We built, what we hope will be, life-long friendships with each other and a life-long friendship with Shakespeare. After the first few days we were all comfortable with each other and encouraging one another. We spent our days learning about the literature during Shakespeare’s time, studying the play and different literary devices. When it came time to rehearsing, we learned the most important things, I think — how to work with other people and learn from their interpretations and points of view. “This is going to take a lot of courage.” director Kirsten Kelly told us, as we all stood in a circle ready for our warm up. “This will be our story, our ‘Romeo and Juliet.’” Everyone who participated grew a little and got something different out of the experience. For some bilingual students, their English improved. Some students discovered a passion for writing. For others of us we found out we love acting. Students and teachers made up the ensembles. Everyone had multiple parts. There were eight Romeos and seven Juliets. I played Mercutio, Benvolio, Juliet and the Prince, all in different scenes. PHOTO BY EUNICE DIMAS CPS Shakespeare, a great experience Teacher Robin Russo Ms. Russo had a hilarious part as Peter, the illiterate servant of the Capulets. Amber was intense as Mercutio and had great presence as Lady Capulet. Wendy had complete water-works as the devastated nurse in a scene with me as Juliet. We all learned about the workings inside the theater and had the first-person experience of being an actor. One of my favorite things was wearing the amazing, elaborate costumes. We all had our hair and make-up done. I got to rock a Mohawk for one of my scenes. Some of the students had the chance to do some really cool stuff. There were fight calls, for those in fighting scenes, to practice the choreography. I got to sword fight and spray paint someone on the chest. On Friday night, we were lucky enough to have a full section of Steinmetz teachers and students cheering us on from the dress circle. “I was so lucky to work on this project, especially with these three young ladies — Amber, Sunshine and Wendy,” Ms. Russo said. “Their dedication, individual personalities and hard work were awe-inspiring. To quote the director, Kirsten Kelly, ‘The students in this program were so brave in their interpretations of Shakespeare’s work.’ They had no problem putting themselves out there, and I couldn’t be prouder. “And there couldn’t be a more wonderful group of people to work with than those at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. They made us all feel appreciated and special, and there will always be a soft spot in my heart for all of them.” Other than meeting really remarkable people, the most amazing thing about this experience was the feeling I got after the play. I’ve always wanted to act, but until this, I never had the chance to really do it. After all the hard work and the rehearsal, the moment I stepped on stage everything became clearer. Everyone got to see me, my fellow teammates and the full ensemble and all the work we put into the production. CPS SHAKESPEARE! was an eyeopener for me. The feeling it brought me is something I will pursue and hope to experience for the rest of my life. November 2010 Steinmetz Star 5 Star News Recycling club helps community By Rosemary Peralta Star: What is the message Many non-Steinmetz stuthat you want to send to the dents don’t care about our comstudents and staff? munity. They throw their waste Ms. Dunne: I want to let stuanywhere. They don’t underdents know they can join our stand that every paper, every recycling club so they could bottle, anything that is reusable help us make a difference. For could be recycled. the staff, to make sure their Teacher Tara Dunne has enstudents recycle the right macouraged our students and staff terials in the recycling bins. So to care about the community by don’t forget every one: Reduce, recycling. That’s why now there Reuse, and Recycle. Not just at are many students who have school, do it at home. Whatjoined the recycling club, which ever you recycle at home you meets Thursdays afterschool in could bring here. room 214. The club won a prize from the The Star also talked with a PHOTO BY ROSEMARY PERALTA Chicago Public Schools last se- Sergio Orozco, Yesenia Borges, Jessica Borges few recycling club members. mester for meeting its recycling Students say that being part goal. Each semester the club will attempt week and how much that paper made a of the recycling club is fun and that that difference. The club grew from last year they love helping out Ms. Dunne by doing to reach a new goal and earn more prizes. Ms. Dunne is the best leader to make a by a lot. When we started we had 20-25 whatever they can. Some stay in the class difference to our environment.She helps students. Now we have 30-40 student. decorating the boxes and creating postStar: What is your goal for the recycling ers to raise awareness, others go into the students help the environment, making sure that people recycle and that they don’t club this year? classrooms and collect papers, plastics and Ms. Dunne: My goal is to expand the change the bags. throw other types of materials in the recycling bins. We asked her about the prize club by having more involvement. I also Star: Why did you girls join the recywant to make sure that my students get all cling club and why is recycling important? and the club. Star: What did you do with the money? the papers from the classrooms and that all Tatiana Lara: So we could have less Ms. Dunne: We won Office Depot gift that is reusable is inside the recycling con- garbage in our school, so it could be cleancards worth $500, but not all was just for tainers and to make sure that there are actu- er, to save trees, to help the community. the club. We gave the school $200, $100 ally recycled bins to separate waste. Jessica Borges: To help Ms. Dunne and Star: How do you reward your wonder- to do extracurricular work and earn service went to the engineers of the building and $200 went to the recycling club. We bought ful club members? learning hours. We think it is important. Ms. Dunne: I make a mini get-together supplies and snacks. Star: What changed from last year? Star: How is the recycling club different every six weeks. We all contribute by buyJessica Borges: We’ve noticed that more ing snacks and food. The students deserve teachers recycle and more students have from when you started it? Ms. Dunne: We started with one stu- this because they are so concerned for the joined. There is less stress on us. Before it dent, then the club grew. The students real- environment and they care to make a dif- would take us longer to collect the papers. ference. ized how much paper was collected each Problems with IDs, swiping in By Jonathan Lopez At the beginning of the school year we had to deal with IDs that didn’t have our schedules on the back, but when we got the new ones they didn’t work. On November 3 students were forced to get temporary IDs because their IDs were taken by the people monitoring the swipe in machines. “Apparently there was a glitch in the ID card printer and it was printing out the IDs wrong and the scanner didn’t read them, therefore we had to use another ID card printer and print out new 6 Steinmetz Star November 2010 ones,” a staff person said. Many students were late to class and did not have an ID throughout the whole day since after the bell rang the system went down, and staff members ran out of temps. “I couldn’t go to lunch because I didn’t have my ID or a temp” said junior Jonathan Vazquez. “I had to suffer being late for 1st period and possibly getting caught by security by not having my ID on.” Star News New tardy system: Zap attack By Michael Frackowiak & Michael Lublansky This year the security team has a new toy. It’s called the ‘’zapper.” When a security guard finds a student roaming the halls after the bell rings, the guard scans the student ID with the zapper, which automatically issues a detention. “I think they’re working,” security guard Bert Hunt said. “They really make students hurry up to class.” If students don’t serve their detentions within the week of receiving them they get suspended. Steinmetz is getting tougher and cracking down. So if you’re in the halls late after class prepare to get zapped. Tiara Dortch says the tardy system is crazy. Interview and photo by Jasmine Sheppard “I think the new tardy system is the worst mistake Steinmetz has made,” senior Tiara Dortch said. “I think it’s so crazy that you have to serve all your detentions by the end of the week or you will get suspended. Imagine how many people are getting suspended weekly just because of the new system. “They want students to always come to school, but if they’re suspending everybody, how can people come to school? It’s a contridiction. “Administrators need to understand that people have jobs and other responsibilities after school. A week to serve your detentions is not a enough time.” College fair By Myraneisha Gardner Many seniors attended the college fair at Richard J. Daley College on October 21 and the college fair after school at Steinmetz on October 25. Over 50 college representatives were available in both places. At the Steinmetz college fair students could meet with college representatives for two and a half hours. On the field trip to Daley College students had 45 minutes. Xaquille Townsend said he received important information about financial aid. Brittney Almon said she enjoyed the Steinmetz college fair. “It was fun because you were able to look at colleges with your friends and decide together,” she said. Neither student has decided on a college. Xaquille said he is interested in Marquette University, Southern Illinois University, Kentucky Unversity At the Daley College fair a representative came from the University of Alaska. Would you expect anyone to go to school in Alaska? It’s freezing. Vegetarian teens need food choices By Jennifer Maravillas Our school cafeteria is infamous among meat eaters for its “spiceys” and amongst vegetarians for its inconsideration. The vegetarian count in Steinmetz is close to none, but for the few, lunch is a small plastic cup filled with lettuce and tomatoes or fruits. Vegetarians need more than that. Choosing not to consume the meat of an innocent, slaughtered animal may be easy, but actually finding alternatives is difficult. In order to maintain a healthy diet, vegetarians need to find sources of protein from other foods, such as nuts and legumes. Most vegetarians are faced with many meal restrictions and hurdles. It’s not as easy to just pull up to a drive-thru window Many teens have decided not to eat meat, due to the terrible way animals are treated and receive your meal in five seconds. while they’re raised and slaughtered. It’s “Burger King is the only actual fast food a challenge for vegetarians to find other restaurant that offers veggie-burgers,” said sources of protein. senior Johnathan Lopez, who has been vegetarian for the past seven months. guilty after each meal I ate, choosing to beAfter researching vegetarianism and come a vegetarian was the wisest decision I spending most of my pre-adult life feeling have ever made. The cramping of hundreds of thousands of chickens into small cages, the stomping and beating of pigs, and the slow slaughtering process of cows while they are hung by their feet are all primary reasons as to why I choose not to take part in the corruption that is so often ignored. Now going on two years, I have learned the tricks and trades of the lifestyle. There are many alternatives to a McDonald’s burger or a piece of chicken from KFC, companies that have been caught abusing and mistreating animals on tape at the slaughterhouse. Target and Jewel both offer MorningStar and Boca veggie-burgers which are just as sufficient. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, some may think there is nothing like turkey. Instead of spending this year being grateful for the death and roasting of a bird, take a trip to Whole Foods and try their delicious ToFurky. November 2010 Steinmetz Star 7 Star Features: Student Work College degree (and luck) With extra effort, helps ensure good job anything can be done By Gabriela Rodriguez Senior Yesenia Quinonez is an extremely hard working student. She works almost every afternoon after school. She rarely has time to go out with friends. Star: Is it hard to handle work and school? Yesenia: Yes, when I’m in school, I’m sometimes tired and stressed out because I have to keep my grades up. When I go to work I deal with customers who aren’t respectful and think they can treat you bad just because you work at McDonald’s. Yesenia Quinonez They make me so mad but I have to work and keep on trying my hardest to help my parents. Star: Do you help your parents a lot? Yesenia: Yes, I am the one that helps them in the house. I’m the one that helps my mom with the kids. On my days off i help my mom with anything she needs help with. I want to go to college to be able to help them even more than I do now. They really want me to finish school and they always tell me, “You can do anything you want to do just with some effort.” By Michal Chmara I work as a gate assistant for Prospect Air Service, located at O’Hare International Airport. It’s basically helping out agents checking in the bags and doing all kind of other stuff. Prospect is a very big company that offers lots of different positions. People ask me how I got my job. It was either luck or because of first great impression. My older brother, who is now 23, used to work at that company, so when I applied I got the call from company right away because my brother was a good employee. Lots of students don’t have jobs because of today’s difficult times. It’s very hard to get a job and people should be thankful when they do get one. When I asked a few students what jobs they have, many of them said that they either work part time at the store, or they help out with their parents work. There are not too many students that have high-paying jobs, To all people that want to find a good, well-paying job, the best way to find a good work is to go college and study to get some degree. If you get a degree you should find a job. Workers with a college degree earned more and were less likely to be unemployed than those with only a high school diploma, according to the September report by the College Board, “Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals.” The median earnings of full-time workers with bachelor’s degrees were $55,700 in 2008 — $21,900 more than those of workers who finished only high school, according to the report. Are you working? Looking for a job? The Star wants to know about your experiences. Talk to a reporter (our staff list is on page 2) or write to us. We print letters to the editor (see page 4). Email: [email protected] Students work 17-hour day as election judges By Destiny Carpenter Being a student judge for the November 2010 election truly taught me the meaning of responsibility. It showed me that no matter the circumstances you have to get the work done. Senior Stephanie Tapia and I truly had a challenge throughout our 17-hour workday. We started at 5:00 a.m. and ended at 10:00 p.m. at Riis Park. I experienced a lot of stress. It seemed like another judge and I were doing all the work, that it wasn’t a team job at all. Other students, who worked in other polling places, had better experiences. “At first I thought the job was going to be hard because training was boring and long,” senior Larissa Labon said. “But the day that the election started I really enjoyed myself. I would definitely do it again.” Being a student election judge gives students the opportunity to experience different work environments with different people. Even through all the problems I experienced I still would love to do it again. I encourage all students to try it. 8 Steinmetz Star November 2010 By Sarai Fernandez Waking up before 5:00 a.m. is probably something you don’t want to do, but for $170 you might just get up. As a student election judge, my experience was great. I got to meet people from my neighborhood and joke around with the other judges. Some student judges had a hard time working with the rest of the judges and especially the voters. Being an election judge is not as easy as it seems. You have to go to a training session and learn how all the machines works in case something goes wrong. A student election judge has two days to serve — one in November and the next one in February. It’s good money and you also get 10 service-learning hours. If you’re a sophomore or junior and want to be a student election judge, sign up next year with Ms. Eshoo. If you get selected you may have a good experience. It depends how much fun you make of it. Star Features By Cindy Vazquez Senior Arisbeth Ruiz has interesting plans for after graduation. “I am planning to work for at least five months and then start college,” Arisbeth said. “I would like to study in a culinary college which would teach me how to cook better and become a great chef.” She has always dreamed of becoming famous and being recognized all over the world. “One of my goals is to become an important chef and run the most elegant restaurants, to travel around the world and to be known as the best chef,” Arisbeth said. “Another goal is to become a designer and design wedding dresses. I would also like to help poor people by working hard and donating food, clothes and money to them.” PHOTO BY CINDY VAZQUEZ Her confidence may lead to fame Arisbeth Ruiz wants to be a chef. Arisbeth is known for being a responsible person who likes to get things done on time. She also likes to help others and is very friendly with everyone. “What I like about myself is that I am a very nice person and I like to respect my friends and teachers,” Arisbeth said. “I also like that I am confident of who I am and no matter what others say I never give up.” The Star asked her what has been the toughest moment in her life. “The toughest moment in my life was when my little brother Edwin was in the hospital for a week,” Arisbeth said. “It was so depressing looking at him because he had a needle on his arm attached to a machine. He would cry because he wanted to go home with us.” Her most embarrassing moment was when she got in the wrong car. Her mom would pick her up after school and one day she got in a car that looked exactly like her mom’s and it turned out to be the wrong car. It was an old lady’s car so she apologized and got out. ‘He can’t be boring even if he tries’ PHOTO BY ADRIANA PINEDA “Not the teaching, but the By Adriana Pineda coaching,” he explained. “Very The Star interviewed Spanlong hours and the pay isn’t ish teacher Nicolas Kotcherhagood. Not compared to the pay Campora. Spending time with my friends who coach in the this great teacher has been a suburb gets. But I know the very interesting and wonderful kids really need it. They need experience. extra curricular activities. Now Mr. Kotcherha has been that I’m done with coaching teaching since 1995. We asked soccer, I can spend more time him how he got into the field. with the family.” “It was kind of by accident,” Mr. Kotcherha also loves to he said. “I had no plans to betravel. He has visited most of come a teacher. No desire. I just Europe and Central America. kind of fell into it.” Nicolas Kotcherha teaches his 1st Period AP Spanish students. He has also visited Egypt, VenMany students like and respect Mr. Kotcherha. “That’s a good question,” he said. “Just ezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico, “He’s a very funny teacher,” a senior in by being prepared and making it fun. Mak- where he lived for three years. AP Spanish said. “He makes class fun and ing them learn something without realizing The Star offered Mr. Kotcherha the opreally knows what he’s talking about. He it.” portunity to send a shout-out. can’t be boring even if he tried. He’s simMr. Kotcherha contributes more than his “To the World Language Department: I ply awesome. Everyone I know likes Mr. knowledge and teaching experience to the think we help each other a lot. The paperKotcherha, and his class.” school. He also coaches the soccer teams. work is a lot and we have a lot to do so we When the Star shared the comments with “The boys season is over,” he said. “We can concentrate on what’s important, which him, Mr. Kotcherha said , “That’s great.” had our ups and downs, but at the end of the is the teaching,” Mr. Kotchera said. “I don’t think teachers get enough day, it was a good season. The kids were Mr. Kotcherha is indeed one of the teachpraise,” he said. “It can be a hard, thankless great.” ers who is well-liked among students. His profession, so it’s nice to get some positive Mr. Kotcherha and his wife have a two- positive attitude, his funny and heartwarmfeedback.” and-a-half year old daughter, Camila. We ing personality and his knowledge keep his The Star asked Mr. Kotcherha about how asked him if it’s hard being a teacher, a students alert and entertained in his class as he motivates his students. coach, and a family man all at once. well as out on the soccer field. November 2010 Steinmetz Star 9 Star Features: Hugh Hefner Hefner’s meeting with Star, yearbook: 10 Steinmetz Star November 2010 PHOTO BY DATRIN BUTLER Reporter Takara Johnson and features editor Regina Crawford meet Hugh Hefner. PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN Hugh Hefner and his sons Cooper and Marston stand in front of the “Honor Roll” of alumni who served in the military. Mr. Hefner found his name there. PHOTO BY DATRIN BUTLER “I went to a party with one of my friends and it was during the time he was breaking up with his other girlfriends,” she said. “We got to talking. He then asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes.” Cooper Hefner, 19, said he was studying film at Chapman University in Orange County, CA. His girlfriend Samatha Crawley said she also is a film student. They talked to the Star about the freedom they’ve found in college, such as being able to go out in the middle of the night for fast food, if that was something they wanted to do, without having to let anyone know. Cooper said for high school he had gone to a boarding school in Santa Barbara, CA, where he ran track. We asked Cooper about growing up with such a famous father. “It just felt normal to me,” he said. He appreciated getting to know so many interesting people through Playboy, he said, mentioning Shel Silverstein as someone he particularly liked. Marston Hefner, 20, attends Santa Monica College in California. When we asked him about growing up with a 24/7 staff, he said it was kind of weird but he got used to it. Both sons seem very close to their father. During the question and answer session later, when a student asked Mr. Hefner about a typical day, Marston interjected, “apple pie,” letting us know one of his dad’s favorites. Some people have a negative perspective on “Hef,” such as that he degrades women. After meeting Mr. Hefner you can’t see that in him. He’s just a man who dreamed big and went to any lengths to make his dream happen. His children are privileged but still act very humble. Mr. Hefner has made many names for himself all over the world and some he has lived up to, others you can’t truly see in him. A name we can give him is simply amazing. After several administrators posed for pictures with Mr. Hefner we went to the question and answer session in Room 122 attended by 150 students and staff. In addition to the yearbook and Star staff members, the IB junior students attended the meeting. Computer technician Claudio Mendrano videotaped the event. The Star transcribed the PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN Continued from Page 1 Keith Hefner, a ‘46 graduate, his girlfriend Vanessa Goodmason and Cooper Hefner’s girlfriend Samantha Crawley were part of the group that stayed at the Four Seasons hotel, toured downtown and attended the premiere of the Hefner documentary. “Visiting Steinmetz was my favorite part of the trip,” Ms. Crawley wrote on Twitter. Star Features: Hugh Hefner PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN ‘The warmest, nicest reception ever’ Hugh Hefner sat in the front of the small auditorium with Principal Eunice Madon during 8th period on Friday, October 29, answering questions from Star and yearbook reporters. Senior Jovanna Espino (at the microphone) asked if he had ever met Marilyn Monroe. Waiting to ask her quesitons is senior class treasurer Laqueanda Reneau. In background are yearbook teacher Gina Szulkowski and IB coordinator Nancyanne Ferrarini, whose students opened and closed the program. statements that follow from the video. “The visit was very exciting,” Star reporter Jasmine Reese said. “He was so outgoing and interesting.” The program with students, Hefner IB senior Raul Rodriguez introduced Mr. Hefner and shared some background information. He said that Mr. Hefner had attended Sayre school, that at Steinmetz he found his love for writing, which he continued when he served in the Army by writing for a military newspaper. After his military service, Mr. Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois in two and a half years. While working in publishing, first at Esquire then at a children’s magazine, Mr. Hefner decided to start his own magazine. He began Playboy in 1952. “Starting a business is not an easy task, but Mr. Hefner was able to create a very successful corporation,” Raul said. A video created by Mr. Mendrano was played. It showed yearbook photos of Hugh Hefner in class and in his activities as a member of the student council and in the drama group, the Green Curtain Players. The video also showed some of his car- PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend Crystal Harris enjoy the video of Mr. Hefner’s Steinmetz years, which included images of his cartoons and other work he did for the Star and yearbook in the early 1940’s. The video was produced by Claudio Mendrano. toons from the Star and the yearbook. IB senior Lilian Sangha explained that the program would be a question and answer session and that she would call students to the microphone. Hugh Hefner: The first thing I have to say is I’m overwhelmed by this response. I have to tell you from the most sincere part of my heart that the last two years of high Continued on Pages 12 - 14 November 2010 Steinmetz Star 11 Star Features: Hugh Hefner ‘If you’re a dreamer, you dream big!’ PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN PHOTO BY DATRIN BUTLER At the microphone, Daniel Saenz asks a question. Behind him are senior Olga Bustamente, Academy Award winning film maker Brigitte Berman and Hugh Hefner’s assistant Mary O’Connor. Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend Crystal Harris pose for a picture. “Since I started the magazine my life has been a dream come true,” Mr. Hefner said. “Whatever you think it is — it’s better!” school here at Steinmetz were for me the high point of my life before I started the magazine. It was out of those two years of high school that I really began to live the dreams. I think I started the magazine to recapture the excitement and the dreams that I found at Steinmetz. I started making plans for the magazine a few weeks after an alumni show that we held here in December of 1952. One of my best buddies from high school and I wrote the show and hosted the event. Those memories of my life here in high school were the beginning of it all for me. So it’s good for me to be here. Daniel Saenz: What exactly does it take to be in your place? Hugh Hefner: [He made a scared face and gripped his chair, as if someone might try to take his place.] If any of you know the story, I literally started the magazine on absolutely no money. And I think that the answer to that question is dreams, and the willingness to stay focused, pursue your own personal dreams, and don’t get distracted by what anybody else tells you. There are a lot of things in society that suggest you should conform, but live your 12 Steinmetz Star November 2010 own dreams and you will have a full life. that against all odds here we are. Daniel: What inspired you to make Playboy? Hugh Hefner: I had always been interested in cartooning and writing and magazine publishing. I started a school paper when I was at Sayre called The Pepper, which lasted a dozen years. I did a lot of writing and cartooning when I was here at Steinmetz. So it was always my dream. The notion of starting a men’s magazine, a more sophisticated men’s magazine, was just something that I had always wanted to do. All the men’s magazines after World War II were outdoor, adventure magazines. I wanted something about the sophisticated life, with a little style — the car, the wheels, the pretty ladies, and the good writing. I put it all in a single package. The problem with that was I literally had no money. I had to hock my furniture to raise $600, which was my own investment in Playboy. Then I went to anybody — friends, relatives — and got them to invest a total of $8,000. And that was just enough money to publish the first issue of Playboy. It was such a hit from the very beginning Olga Bustamante: Do you deal with women criticism, and if you do, how do you deal with it? Hugh Hefner: When the women’s movement found its voice in the late 60s and early 70s, and for some Playboy became the enemy and the suggestion somehow that Playboy objectifies women, I was blindsided by that. I was totally unprepared for it, because I had felt that Playboy had become a key part in the sexual revolution. The sexual revolution was for both men and women, but the major beneficiaries were women. For hundreds of years women had been second-class citizens, hadn’t had the right to vote and all kinds of things. Playboy played a very real part in emancipating both sexes. We provided the money for the lower court decisions for women to have the right to choose, in terms of abortion and birth control. We were actually the amicus curia, the friend of the court, in Roe v Wade, that literally gave women the right to choose. At the most fundamental level my response to the notion that Playboy turns Star Features: Hugh Hefner Great opportunity for student reporters women into objects is object of desire, certainly, but not in any nonhuman way. The reality is that the attraction between the sexes is what makes the world go round. It is who we are. I think the first sex object was Eve. If you believe the Bible stories, God put Eve in the Garden of Eden for exactly that purpose. That’s what it’s all about — the beginning of civilization, the beginning of the world. I think what Playboy tried to do in a limited way is to celebrate that sexuality and do it with some style and do it with some class. PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN Star reporter and yearbook staffer Eunice Diamas asks Hugh Hefner about his years at Steinmetz. Eunice Dimas: How was it for you attending Steinmetz back in the day? Hugh Hefner: As I expressed before, it was the best time of my life before I started the magazine. Since I started the magazine my life has been a dream come true. Whatever you think it is — it’s better! I’m sorry to say that, but it’s true. I recently celebrated my 84th birthday and every year gets better. I’m a guy that believes in knocking down boundaries, preconceived ideas, the things that separate us. We live on one very small planet and we need to find ways — related to sex, related to religion, related to age, related to country — to live together and love one another. Eunice: Does it look or feel different when you attended the school? Hugh Hefner: Well on a typical day I didn’t have this! I’ve been back here every chance I get, every so often. I live in Los Angeles and have since 1975.Whenever I get back to Chicago I try to make it a point to come back here, along with my brother. I think I speak for my brother as well, that this was a high point of our lives. The dreams began here. When you’re in your teens you’re not sure what lies ahead, but if you’re a dreamer — and I’ve always been a dreamer — you dream big. With some luck you make them come true. Karen Castellanos: Who are some people you haven’t met that you’d like to meet? Hugh Hefner: My photographer suggested Marilyn Monroe. I’d say President Obama. Jesus Christ. People who have made an impact on my life. Shana Arceo: What was it like going to Steinmetz at a time of segregation? Hugh Hefner: Chicago was so segregated at the time when we were in school there were no minority groups in school here. The city itself was segregated. The black community was on the south side. I had these strong feelings about bigotry, anti-Semitism, and racial inequality, from a very early age. I think I simply got it from my parents. I think you have to be taught to be prejudiced. When I got married we moved out to the apartment that was available after the war on the south side. And I started the magazine on the south side. I started the magazine when the community was turning black. I was excited and thrilled to be at the cutting edge of change. So those values and views run deep and came before the PHOTO BY TAKARA JOHNSON magazine. You may know the part that Playboy played in desegregation, a significant part is in the documentary that Brigitte Berman made. She is an Academy Award winning documentarian who has made a film about my life, about the social issues and the changes that have taken place because of Playboy, called “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, Rebel.” She put Playboy first. I’m not quite sure why. Maybe she knew something. But the activist, rebel part is who I am, and always have been. And part of that had to do when I was in Chicago and putting on a television show called Playboy’s Penthouse. We had black and white performers in a social setting. We talked about racial inequality on the show. We talked about the fact that both black performers and mixed acts could not perform on network television back then. Playboy played a part, and I’m proud to say, played a significant part, in not only in the sexual revolution, but in the social, sexual and racial changes that took place in this country in the middle part of the 20th century. And that’s one of the things I take very real pride in. Tytiana Whitehead: Do you plan on creating a journalism scholarship for aspirNovember 2010 Steinmetz Star 13 Star Features: Hugh Hefner Students thank Hef for past support, ask if he’d consider journalism funds Jovana Espino: It’s been said that you never met Marilyn Monroe. Is it true? [The first issue of Playboy featured a nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe that Mr. Hefner had bought from a calendar company.] Hugh Hefner: I talked to her once on the phone and never actually met her. She was gone when I got to Hollywood. But my brother Keith was once in an acting class in New York, in which she also participated. Jovana: What was your favorite feature about her? Hugh Hefner: I think what made her so iconic was the combination of the sexuality, the beauty, and the vulnerability. I think that we knew her through the films and we also knew her the media and we lived her life with her. She is very special. I think without question she was the single greatest sex icon of the 20th century. Laqueanda Reneau: Can you tell us about a typical day in your life? Hugh Hefner: Today is certainly not typical. And I must say also — of those occasions we have come to Steinmetz and visited the old neighborhood — that this is the warmest, nicest greeting and reception that we’ve ever had. A typical day: My life is very structured. I rise in the middle morning and work on magazine things, do interviews, etcetera, throughout the afternoon. I am still very actively involved in editing the magazine, although the magazine headquarters are located here in Chicago. I am in constant contact with my art director and editors here in Chicago. And then the evenings I spend with my girlfriend, my friends, my family, my sons Marston and Cooper. I think Monday night is manly night 14 Steinmetz Star November 2010 PHOTO BY RAFAEL TOTOLXIN ing journalists at Steinmetz? Hugh Hefner: I’ll have to look into that. I think the last time I was here I bought a bunch of uniforms for the band. I’ll have to look into the scholarship aspect. Hugh Hefner and his family and friends follow Dr. Madon to a reception in Room 128 prior to the question and answer session with students. where I watch movies with some male friends. Tuesday night I usually play games with the girls. Not the kind of games you think! Wednesday night is gin rummy night with my brother and a couple of male friends. Thursday night just hang out with Crystal and the girls. Weekends are devoted to films. I’m a huge film buff, not just new films but classics. I call Friday Casablanca night, because Casablanca is my all-time favorite film. So we’ll watch classic films on Fridays and Saturdays. We’ll watch a new film on Sundays. That is pretty much my week and I love it. Laqueanda: Can you introduce us to your friends and family? [Mr. Hefner introduced his girlfriend Crystal Harris, their friend Anna Sophia Berglund, his sons Marston and Cooper, Cooper’s girlfriend Samantha Crawley, his brother Keith and Keith’s girlfriend Vanessa Goodmanson.] Hugh Hefner: We’ve been having a wonderful family gathering. We all came out from California together. Last night we had dinner with my daughter Christie and her husband. [The group posed for pic- tures.] What’s different these days? These days everybody has a camera! Lisette Madrigal: Hi Mr. Hefner. I am thanking you from the music department for the band uniforms. We greatly appreciate it. My freshmen year when we got them I was thrilled. I help out in the music department as I much as I can. Those uniforms are a blessing. Thank you so much. Hugh Hefner: I’m really going to look into that — something for the students in terms of the future. Ajay Woodley: Is there something you wish you could have done while you were in high school? Hugh Hefner: Probably have had a more meaningful romance. Yes, I had to wait till I got a little older to fulfill the more romantic dreams I had while I was in high school. My brother, on the other hand … Time ran out for the question and answer session. IB senior Alyssa Rosada and Dr. Madon thanked Mr. Hefner and gave him a few school mementos. Mr. Hefner and his entourage left Steinmetz in their bus with a police escort. Star Features: Hugh Hefner By Ileana Rosado People hear the word Playboy and think naked women dolled up from head to toe. They wonder: Hugh Hefner has how many girlfriends? Some may say he’s morally wrong and should be stopped. People might not even care about the controversy and just appreciate the naked ladies. Although that is the main attraction to most people, Mr. Hefner offers deeper meanings in his magazine. Director Brigitte Berman exposes the activist and rebel in him in her new documentary. It shows a long journey of change in our country from the eyes of a young dreamer. I never had any interest in the man, or in his magazines full of naked women, but the movie went beyond the girls to show a dedicated man who stood up for his beliefs from the very beginning. The movie opened my eyes to the emotional, political, and business struggles Hefner faced with the literary content of his magazine. Back in the old days, as we all know, the country was segregated and limited. Mr. Hefner pushed those boundaries by combining Caucasians and African-Americans into as many clubs, interviews and shows as possible. Mr. Hefner actually puts great effort in every detail of his magazine. In the movie, we see all the struggles Hefner faced throughout his life and the extraordinary work and effort he pushed himself to achieve. I’m not telling you to adore this man or even like him, but after I viewed the movie, my sense of respect grew. The documentary is a real eye-opener to those who think he’s just a “pornographer”. I must admit, the Playboy bunnies still may not be the most appropriate thing to print, but the entire movie shows how Mr. Hefner stood behind his political beliefs through good and bad, while still keeping a spark of lively energy. If that isn’t the way to live life, then I don’t know what is. PHOTO BY REGINA CRAWFORD Movie shows Hefner as a champion of freedom of speech, civil rights News editor Zak Pekovic, editor-in-chief Ileana Rosado and features editor Regina Crawford watched the documentary at the Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Hugh Hefner attended the premiere on October 29, after visiting Steinmetz. By Zak Pekovic The movie “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel” takes viewers through Hugh Hefner’s life, starting from his beginnings on the northwest side of Chicago to his later years in California. The struggles that Mr. Hefner and Playboy overcame have, no doubt, changed the way America thinks. In the past, nudity was seen as almost dirty, something that should be kept behind closed doors. Mr. Hefner and Playboy pioneered a fight for sexual rights. In the 1950s and ‘60s many of the things we see today as normal, such as interracial marriage, were illegal and carried heavy prison sentences. Mr. Hefner fought for a man imprisoned in the south for ten years due to fellatio, and won. Mr. Hefner also fought for civil rights. His television show Playboy After Dark showcased African Americans as well as mixed race groups performing when network TV refused. He even went as far as showcasing blacklisted performers when anti-communist McCarthyism had its hold on America’s masses. Anti-war activists were also given a voice on his program and in Playboy during the Vietnam era. The movie features Mr. Hefner, actress and former Playmate Jenny McCarthy, journalist Mike Wallace, musician Gene Simmons, and prominent African Americans including comedian Dick Gregory, writer Alex Haley, musician Miles Davis and the Rev. Jesse Jackson talking about what Playboy made possible for them and others. Of course, many people have been against Playboy. In the movie, religious and feminist leaders speak about how Mr. Hefner has harmed society. The movie, which plays at select theatres in the U.S. (and will be out in DVD soon), shows people that Playboy was a magazine that intellectuals found value in. Mr. Hefner has gotten to live his own philosophy, something many men wish to do. He’s inspired men around the world to strive for the title “Playboy.” November 2010 Steinmetz Star 15 Star Features Students loving their tattoos By Frances Lopez Tattoos have become very popular. Many high school students have already had their first tattoo. They could also become addicting, which is why people just want to keep getting more. Senior Michael Espino has an ironic story about his tattoo. “It started when my sister wanted to get a tattoo.,” Michael said. “She wanted to get stars in her ear, but her ear was too small. So she told me to get it, and I liked it so I agreed to get the stars on my ear.” Like most parents, Michael’s dad was mad about him having a tattoo and told him not to get any more. He said the tattoo on his ear was very painful, but yet he plans on having more tattoos. He wants to get a sleeve, which is a whole arm full of tattoos. Michael Espino has star tatoos on his ear Piercings, tats worth the pain and cost By Danielle Brumley Many people get tattoos and piercings to show who they are or to show that they think it is cool to have a tattoo or piercing. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu” which means “to mark something.” Tattooing has existed since 12,000 years BC. It was used to communicate and also to show that you belonged to a special group or club. Egyptian body piercings reflected status and love of beauty. Roman centurions pierced their nipples not because they liked the way it looked, but to signify their strength and aggression. The Star interviewed seniors Yesenia Borges, Jessica Borges, David Rosado and Antonio Delgado about their tattoos and piercings. Star: Did the tattoo or piercing hurt? Yesenia: The piercings hurt at first. Jessica: No, the pain was so good that I wanted more piercings. David: The piercings stung a little bit but no biggie. The tattoos hurt of course but not as bad as I was expecting them to. Antonio: No, the tattoo did not hurt. Star: Where did you put the piercing or tattoo? Yesenia and Jessica: Lip and eyebrow piercings. David: I got my eyebrow pierced and three piercings on my ears. I got tattoos behind my ear and on my hands. Antonio: I got my tattoo on the side of my calves. Star: How much did you pay for your piercings or tattoos ? Yesenia and Jessica For eyebrow piercing, $40. For lip, $20. David: I paid $45 for all my piercings. I paid $10 for my Japanese tattoo (that’s a big hook-up) and $5 for the tattoos on my hand. Antonio: I paid $40 for my tattoos. Star : Where did you go to get it done? Yesenia and Jessica: On Central Park and at the Mega Mall. David: For my tattoos I went with my friend to his friend’s house in which he is a pro and an artist and I got it from him. For the piercings I don’t remember where I got them because I got them done at different times. Antonio: In a small room full of people. Star: What were your parents’ reaction? Yesenia: My mom freaked out when she saw the piercings. Jessica: My mom said if I pay for my piercings I can get them. David: For the piercings my mom was like, “Wow. .. ridiculous,” and then she started yelling and snapping. For the tattoos my mom beat my behind. LOL. I deserved it though so I can’t complain. Antonio My mother laughed at me. By Xavier Morales & Alyssa Sanchez Fashion at Steinmetz is hard to pull off. Many of the rules restrict us from expressing our personal style. However, many students have found ways around the rules to make their wardrobe look runway-ready. Students accessorize their school-mandated shirts with scarves, necklaces, headbands and bright sneakers. Students are not allowed to wear colored shirts under their uniform shirt and for a while weren’t allowed to wear bright sneakers. But students have still remained positive and are trying to show how fabulous uniforms can be. “In a way students are allowed to express themselves because we can wear different kinds of shoes even though we are supposed to wear black and white shoes, and we can still go crazy with the scarves and headbands,” senior Mariana Sandoval said. Fashion is the style at a given time. In its most common usage, however, “fashion” describes the popular clothing style. Fashion also differs depending on location, environment, and music. Here most of the students dress urban. We have rockers, although most students are more influenced by hip hop. Sometimes fashion repeats itself. Retro styles are coming back (but with prices of today). We’re seeing more leather jackets and neon colors. Hallways look like runways 16 Steinmetz Star November 2010 Star Features Learning with the stars Natalia Twardus and Kate Moss Zack McCollum and Lil Wayne Michael Hodges and Arizona Cardinal’s, Larry Fitzgerald Khaya Wiley and Kiami Davael (Lavender from Mathilda) By Jordyn Bailey You may see them in the hallway. They’re people you thought you recognized. These are the celebrity look-alikes of Steinmetz and the list might be more surprising than you think. The most recent discovery was reporter, Natalia Twardus, about whom the Star staff whole-hearted agreed looks like English model, Kate Moss. “I guess I have some similar features, but I never thought about it,” Natalia said. “Nobody has every told me that before. She’s pretty though, but did you know you look like Kerry Washington?” Again, the whole room agreed. The Star staff got a kick out of matching the ordinary students of Steinmetz to the most popular celebrities in sports, music, and television. And while some are quite flattering compliments, others might not be so welcome. In addition to those we have pictured we came up with the following list. Be sure to let us know about your ideas for the celebrity look-alikes among us. Talk to this reporter or email us your suggestions. [email protected] Marcus Smith and Ice Cube Eunice Dimas — America Farrera Raul Rodriguez — George Lopez Salima Azzouzi — Princess Jasmine from Aladdin Socrates Mabry — Pharrell Williams Perry Smith — Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince Star Sports Pool problems hinder season By Julio Baez The boys swim team is off to a bad start because the pool has not been repaired yet. “The pool might be open when we come back from winter vacation,” coach Dave Henry said. The team has swim practice at Prosser High School. The boys have to travel by CTA bus. They also practice at school, running and working out inside the building. Conditioning started November 8. The team has a good enough number of boys, but without a pool no one knows how long that would last. The boys are dealing with the same problems as the girl swimmers had in their season — difficult practices, meets postponed and no home meets. What do you know about SAC? The Star reports on Steinmetz Academic Centre: • academics • extracurriculars • sports • student and staff opinion. We want to hear from you! Send an email to: [email protected] November 2010 Steinmetz Star 17 Star Sports By Grzegorz Bara, Damian Januchowski & Hubert Kabak The boys soccer team made a big impact in the conference. The Streaks finished third, which let them play in the state playoffs, the biggest tournament happening in Illinois. The Streaks played in a 3A division that had very competitive teams like Lane, Taft, Lincoln Park, New Trier and many more. The Streaks were underdogs of the tournament. Out of 20 teams we were ranked 19, in front of Foreman. Nobody gave our boys any chances of winning the first round game, especially when we faced Lincoln Park. It was a very dramatic game in which Streaks really showed the courage of fighting till the end. After the first half the Streaks were loosing 2-0, which put them into a horrible situation. By the time the referee whistled to end of the first half everyone was disappointed. But the coach helped motivate us. “This game could be our last game in season,” coach Nicolas Kotcherha said. “But we can change that if we work harder mentally and physically as a team.” As the second half started we had the fire in our eyes again. Every single player played harder by putting more effort and their heads in the game. Every minute was dedicated with all of their hearts and breaths on the field. Junior Marcelino Lagunas scored two goals (with assists from Walter Canola and Lukasz Bezara) tie it up at the end of the second half. There was a lot of good action that led to strong emotions — even having tears in eyes from joy. Then each team selected players to shoot penalties. PHOTO BY COACH MATT BONGES Exciting playoff win over Lincoln Park Senior Lukasz Bezara scores a goal in the shoot-out against Lincoln Park. Captain Damian Januchowski at practice. Penalty kicks were made by Alejandro Carrasco, Damian Januchowski, Lukasz Bezara and Steven Martinez. Goalie Jorge Mejia made two great saves and we won the game. In round two, the Streaks lost to New Trier high school. Overall, the Streaks played 10 games this season, scoring 22 goals with opponent teams scoring 10. Next year we’re hoping to see some even better results. The Star interviewed senior Lukasz Bezara. Star: How was the Lincoln Park game? Lukasz: The match was really good. I wasn’t expecting us to win it, but we tried really hard. Star: You made the first shot at the opponent’s net, and you said you suddenly put your head up and everybody was cheering. Lukasz: I was surprised we made it but it was great! Star: Thanks, any last words? Lukasz: I won’t be here next year but I hope the Streaks will stay strong. Reporter-players Grzegorz Bara and Damian Januchowski also offer their last words. Greg: I am very happy that I was part of the team. Coach Kotcherha and assistant coach Matt Bonges always helped us. Our team really got close in friendships. We were like a huge family. I’ve learned a lot and I can only advise the younger classmates to join the sports team especially soccer because you can really experience something great while going to school. Damian: I had a chance to improve myself during this season and had opportunity to learn more about my mistakes. I disliked the whole struggle with our teammates because if we hadn’t had those problems we would be more successful. The most important game was Lincoln Park PHOTO BY JASON ALVARADO because I had a chance to learn my mistakes. Michael Newson, Pedro Diaz, Dariusz Kwasnik. Cross country team By Michael Newson We worked really hard and we supported each other very well. We did our best at the races and we love our dearest coach, teacher Jennifer Egan. “I enjoyed the races, the practices and the scenery,” Dariusz Kwashik said. “I liked being challenged by all the other competitors when we had a race. The practices were fun since I like to run and running in a park is even better.” “A highlight was Popcorn’s last race,” Coach Egan said, about 4-year varsity runner AnMichael was awarded ‘Most Improved Runner.’ dres Mahmud. 18 Steinmetz Star November 2010 Star Sports Tournament victories begin season By Nia Spencer The Lady Streaks won their first home 4016 against Senn. In the Prosser Tournament the Streaks beat Schurz and Amundsen. This year’s basketball team is a lot better than in the previous years. “The team has a lot of potential and a lot of new faces,” junior Amber Dukes said. “We hope PHOTO BY NIA SPENCER to have a better team this Ariel ‘Tweety’ Johnson has the ball in a 32 - 23 win over Schurz. year especially when it comes to dedication.” Nicole Barnes and Justin Everage.. The girls work hard Monday – Friday, practicing to better their “My whole family is a big inspiration on me,” senior Tara Busby skills. Scrimmages during the week get the girls well prepared. said. “They all played basketball throughout high school and we Daily practice is held in the girls’ gym after school until 5:00 p.m. all know how to play well. They want me to make it to the WNBA Many of the girls are supported at home, as well as by coaches to buy us a big house, and that’s what I plan to do.” Players give it their all: On and off the court By Demetrius Robinson-Stanford & Xaquille Townsend The basketball players have a lot of heart and determination to be great. The team has the potential to win the division and even make some noise in the city playoffs. It all comes down to how bad we are willing to work for it. “This year’s varsity has a lot to prove,” senior point guard Pierre Baptiste said. “Just because we aren’t one of the teams on the CPS radar doesn’t mean we aren’t a force to be reckoned with.” The varsity includes players from all grade levels.“It was very tough to make varsity because I was going up against the upper class,” sophomore Montrell Block said. Coach Rob Rittmeyer pushes the players. “I believe we have a good team this year, but their work ethic at times I question,” coach Rittmeyer said. “We can’t get after it during the beginning of the game, we have to be 100 percent in your face from start to finish.” Coach Brad Dowling has already made cuts for bad grades and lack of commitment to the team. Commitment means coming to pratcice on time everyday, going hard and giving it your all. By Kierre Gillespie The boys basketball team is (3-1) with an impressive first home game win over Jones on November 30. After tryouts, held in October, Coach Brad Dowling put up the list of everybody that made the team outside the big gym. He made many cuts. “I think Coach Dowling is serious this year — if you have bad grades, a bad attitude or are often late to class or practice you will be cut,” senior Demetrius Robinson-Standford said “If anyone is late to practice or class the whole team has to run a suicide.” “Some of the players on the basketball team don’t take basketball serious,” senior Brandon Frunches said. “Basketball is my life and I take it very serious.” He also stretches the fact that Coach Dowling is very serious about the basketball season this year: “To everyone on the basketball PHOTO BY DANIEL MENDRANO team, come to practice focused and Brandon Funches, during pre-season condi- ready to go 110 percent.” tioning. November 2010 Steinmetz Star 19 Star Sports More students run in Chicago’s 26.2 mile race Marathon team grows in 2nd year By Nohemi Caudel Also contributing: Michael Hodges, Rafael Totolxin & Ricardo Rociles Four students and four teachers ran the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning October 10 as part of Steinmetz’s marathon team, coached by teacher Brad Dowling. The student runners (with their marathon completion times) were seniors Guillermo Andrade (4:27), Kamil Cieluch (4:28), Sandra Ceron (5:50), and junior Jocelyn Ceron (5:30). Teachers Brad Dowling (4:39), Maribeth Ward (4:40), Zulma Rivera (6:00), Tanja Moumji (6:30) and alumni Fransely Robles (6:00) and Josue Lopez also ran, although Josue didn’t finish. Guillermo said he prepared for the marathon with a lot of training. He remained focused throughout the race. “I didn’t need anything,” he PHOTO BY SHANNA ARCEO Seniors Kamil Cieluch and Guilermo Andrade (pictured above at the pep rally), Sandra Ceron and junior Jocelyn Ceron ran the 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon on October 10. All felt great accomplishing the great feat. “I’ll do it again next year,” Kamil said. said. “I was in the zone.” He admits he was tried, though. “After 20 miles, it took forever to finish.” Sandra also felt the exhaustion of the later miles. “I felt so proud of myself, but after the 23rd mile I felt like the miles were doubled,” Sandra said. “This was my first time running the marathon, but before my full marathon I did the Rock & Roll Half Marathon.” Ms. Moumji, who had never ran long distances before running with the marathon team, said her motivation to finish the race was the students. “They were so determined and motivating I didn’t want to let them down,” she said. “It was one of the best experiences I ever had.” Ms. Rivera said running the marathon gave her a great sense of accomplishment. She said she is continuing to run and would “absolutely” run another marathon. “Running opened up a new world for me,” she said. The marathon team meets in the middle gym on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Saturdays in May through October they meet at school and take a bus to the lakefront, where they run long distances with other CPS schools. The high school marathon teams in Chicago are sponsored by the MGR foundation. By Jatavian Davis The Streaks finished 2nd in the north conference and 3rd overall in a 16-team field. We won many more games this year than we did last year. Being on the team is a lot of fun. . Team members included (back row): Jonathan Perez, Emilio Orellano, Pierre Baptiste, Frank Bland, PHOTO BYRENALTO ROLDAN Flag football 2nd in north conference 20 Steinmetz Star November 2010 Breonn Bland, LaRon Gadlen, Angel Bermudez, Ja’Tavian Davis, Sammy Gage, Coach Everage, (middle row): Kenyatta Duncan, Deshaun Allen, Sean Smith, Lawrence Acre, Thadious Scott, Charles McCoy. Coach Russo, (front row): Manny Mejorado. Coach Paul Bagdonas, manager Jazmine Williams, players Chris Harris and Ellis Hatley are not pictured.
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