Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Fall fashion girl photo

Senior Kayla Galvez sports her ideal fall outfit.

Fall season is in full swing, and the clothes that are being worn on the runway in women’s fashion aren’t exactly daily wear you would see in a normal high school setting during the fall.  There has been a noticeable switch from bright crop tops, tank tops and high-waisted shorts to leggings, leg warmers, boots and knit sweaters.

Senior Kayla Galvez explains how she has fun dressing for fall because she “loves to bring out those big sweaters and leggings.”

This time of year seems to be a very exhilarating and glamorous, as girls try to piece together items of clothing to make a perfect outfit.

Galvez continued to add on that when she thinks of fall fashion, she thinks of “warm colors like brown and maroon. [She] also think of scarves. Basically anything cute but comfy.”

One of this year’s fall fashion’s mottos is warm, cozy wear; this style contains oversized sweaters, leggings, scarves, combat boots with leg warmers and chunky bohemian bags.

The color red and maroon have been an abundant part of this fall season wear, often paired with metallic and leopard prints. Having pops of animal print help break up an outfit, but a little animal print goes a long way.

A surprising comeback of fashion that has become more relevant this fall is the 1950s and 1960s style. This type of outfit would consist of a loose t-shirt, rolled up jeans paired with flats, calling for a casual and cute outfit.

New items of clothing for this fall that have become more dominant are combat boots, scarves, sweaters and cardigans.
To get these types of trends Galvez states that she “likes going to little boutiques to find [her]… clothes.”

“I don’t like having the same clothes as everyone else, but some well-known stores that you can find cute fall clothes in are Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters,” Galvez said.

Menswear has also taken a prominent change from summer to fall just like women’s wear, but again the fashion that is being worn and shown on runways isn’t exactly what you would see in halls in a typical high school.

Junior Jose Sanchez goes into depth to explain his opinion on what he considers fall fashion to be, including the types of clothes he takes favor in to wear during the fall.

“I think fall is more of a fashionable season,” Sanchez said. “You can really show off your own style. It’s not like summer where you have to basically wear nothing or winter where you bundle to the point where you can hardly breathe. Fall is a perfect time to put that oversized sweatshirt to good use.”

According to the Basic Insider website, some trends that have been dominant this season for guys are “statement scarves, camouflage print, the color burgundy and plaid.”

Not all of these trends have to be worn at once for a well put together outfit for men. Most of the time you won’t see these types of trends at all unless you go to the city or someplace where fashion is up to beat and consistent throughout genders.

More daily wear you would see in a high school setting would be “fall clothes…consisting of jeans, cozy sweatshirts [and] long tee shirts… Along with lots and lots of scarves,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez also added that he believes, “fall style is bolder, yet more comfortable and relaxing.”

Menswear is rich in color, whether it is deep tones or brighter tones, and animal prints and textures add onto the depth of an outfit.
Sanchez believes that the newest addition to menswear fashion is scarves. This accessory can really spice up and add the finishing touches to any outfit.

To shop for men’s fashion, Sanchez describes that “the best places would be H&M, Urban Outfitters, Pac Sun and Guess, [and that] they are nicely priced and convenient to regular customers like [himself].”

Both genders’ fashion has the same accessory that is explained to be a new feature added this fall year. That accessory being scarves.

“There is so much to do with [scarves, and] with a million designs and a million different ways to style them, the sky’s the limit,” Sanchez said.

Men and women’s fashion this fall take part in the comfy but cute and daring but relaxed styles. Outfits that are produced this fall can be easily dressed up or dressed down. It becomes easy to dress in style, but stay comfortable at the same time for both men and women.

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When it comes to the success of the Boys’ Soccer team this year, coach Jon Stapleton said he “doesn’t think anything is really a surprise.”

The season consisted of eight regular season wins and qualification into the Illinois High School Association regional semi-finals tournament against DGN on October 22. Junior Eric Diaz was able to triumphantly score the game-winning goal and end the game with a 1-0 win, allowing the team to advance to the regional final.

Diaz described how he could sense that the game against DGN was going to be an impressive one.

“It felt great scoring against our cross-town rival especially during playoffs, my adrenaline was high, and the team overall played an amazing game,” Diaz said.

Although it was a tough regional game for DGS at Lyons Township High School ending in a 0-3 loss, Diaz says the success of the team this season “is any athlete’s goal.”

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The Boys’ Cross Country team has had a season full of accomplishments. After being undefeated in the conference regular season and placing second at the West Suburban Conference Championship Meet, the team became Conference Co-Champions with Morton High School.

Sophomore Austin Rutowski runs in the Illinois High School Association Regional Meet.
Photo by Emma Venetis

Senior Jacob Amiri has led the way for the Varsity team all year, finishing as the individual Conference Champion for this season. Close behind him was sophomore Jack LaLonde, who finished third overall in the Conference Meet and has ran the fastest sophomore times in school history.

In addition to LaLonde, sophomore Austin Rutkowski helps make up the predominantly underclassmen Varsity lineup. After training all season, Rutkowski made All-Conference by taking 16th place in the Conference meet.

While Rutkowski has accomplished a lot this season as an individual, he is very proud of the progress his team has made, especially because of the increase in rigorous training from last year to the current year.

“I’m really proud of the team’s work ethic, their will to win and accomplishments individually,” Rutkowski said. “The team has been the best yet and [I] am excited for the next two years of Cross Country to come!”

Head Boys’ Cross Country coach Brian Caldwell shares the same pride in the morale of his team and looks forward to seeing them stride to continued success in years to come.

“This is quite possibly the hardest working and most committed team I’ve coached here in seven years,” Caldwell said. “We only have two seniors in our top 12, so the future will be very bright.”

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This year, DGS Mustang football had a pretty rough start with the losses of the first two games, but made a complete comeback at Addison Trail with a 41-20 win, boosting the school’s student and team spirit. The season progressed from there, with another five wins with DGS scoring in the 20s each game.

Senior captain Alec Arvanitakis shared his inspiration from new head coach Mark Molinari, “Coach (Molinari) really made this football program as ‘one team’, ‘one family’…coming into this season with what he imagined a mind-set for us to accomplish as a team and program has been successful.”

The team advanced on into the first round of the Illinois High School Association playoffs Nov. 1 at Naperville Central High School. The game proved to be a challenge for the Mustangs with a 36-0 loss, but Arvanitakis still appreciated the time he got on the field with his team.

“It’s a completely different environment; you are playing with the big boys now. It’s the time where your school comes out and supports you under the Friday night lights, and it’s just a feeling that can’t even be described.”

 

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This year, the Girls’ Varsity volleyball team had an extremely difficult season, with back and forth wins and losses each game. Junior Megan Muench explains that there were difficulties the team has overcome.

“We’re a really young team so there was a lot to work with,” Muench said. “We all just learned the game a lot better and had good things come with time and practice.”

The girls were able to make it to the Illinois High School Association regional semi-finals on Oct. 29, against Lyons Township High School. The girls came back from a loss the first match, and took the LTHS Lions to a third game. It was neck and neck the whole match, but ended in a close 25-22 loss.

Freshman Renee Kryk is “looking forward to watching the team grow and develop.” Kryk elaborates, “being on varsity means losing seniors every season, but it also means watching the team constantly change and evolve as new players join the team each year.”

 

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The Girls’ Swimming and Diving team has been off to a great start this year. With a conference record of 2-3, both swimmers and divers are preparing for Illinois High School Association Sectionals (IHSA) and State Finals.

The swim team began their season with a much younger team than previous years. Girls’ Swimming coach Paul Krick is happy to have so many underclassmen on the team and sees a benefit in this not only for this season, but for seasons to come.

“We had a lot of freshmen come…in this year, so almost half our team…is [freshmen and sophomores], which is good moving forward,” Krick said.

Krick believes that freshman Alyssa Reinholz, who has set multiple team records, has a good chance of qualifying for state during their sectional meets Nov. 15 and 16.

Swim meets are made up of many individual events, and while Reinholz hopes that her teammates will do well in their individual and relay races, she emphasizes how close the team really is.

“[I’ve] always loved how…all the girls are so close and how we are [not only] a team, but a family,” Reinholz said. “When our teammates are in the water we are all watching and cheering [them on].”

The diving team, which makes up one out of 12 events in a swim meet, is also excitedly anticipating their sectional meet. After their first and fourth place titles at the West Suburban Conference Championship meet, respectively, Senior Cassidy Horvath and junior Bella Marzari will be representing DGS at sectionals.

Senior Cassidy Horvath competes a dive during the team’s senior night.
Photo by Catherine Petric

While both girls were chosen to compete in the sectional meet last year, Marzari is especially excited of what she has accomplished this year.

“One of the best moments this season was when I [performed] two new dives in a meet three days after I learned them,” Marzari said. “It made me proud to be able to successfully [execute] the dives even though I had just learned them.”

Diving coach Mark Antonoff has a lot of faith in these divers performance in sectionals.

“Last year both girls had their best meets at sectionals, and I would suspect that they would have their best meet at sectionals this year as well,” Antonoff said.

Both teams are excited not only for their upcoming meets but for all that they have accomplished this season. Antonoff explains that the team places a lot of value on “how you develop as a person and the life-lessons that you take away.”

On the pool deck, there is a sign that Antonoff believes “sums it all up”. The sign states, “What the mind can conceive and the heart believe you can achieve.”

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Senior Haley Albers runs in the Illinois High School Association Regional Meet.
Photo by Emma Venetis

After losing a large portion of their Varsity team in last year’s graduating class, the Girls’ Cross Country team stepped up and victoriously won conference on all four levels (Freshman, Sophomore, JV and Varsity). After placing second at both regionals and sectionals, the team finished in 9th place in the state championship meet, their highest state finish since 1990.

Head Girls’ Cross Country coach Douglas Plunkett is very pleased with the team’s achievements this season.

“The girls worked very hard for five months to accomplish finishing in the top ten, and I am extremely proud of their efforts,” Plunkett said.

Senior Haley Albers had a very successful season this year. She finished third in the regional meet and eighth in the sectional meet, and has been the number one runner for the team all season long. She is closely followed by juniors Abby Kargol and Amanda Thate and senior Meaghan Bosman.

After a rocky start to the season, both Albers and Plunkett agree that a memorable moment for the team was winning the Peoria Central Invitational meet on Oct. 5.

“We had had a rough beginning of the season, and so the big test [was] if we could win against a bunch of really good teams. And we did,” Albers said.

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Senior Kelly Pringle, on the team for the first time this year, prepares for a shot. Photo Courtesy of Kelly Pringle

The Girls’ Golf team had a strong finish to a competitive season, sending three girls to sectionals after completing their regular season with an overall record of 3-6.

Sophomore Emily Tom, who earned All-Conference honors, qualified for the sectional competition, along with senior Kelly Pringle, who is on the team for the first time and junior Taylor Troha, the team’s most consistent golfer.

Senior Kelly Pringle, on the team for the first time this year, prepares for a shot.
Photo Courtesy of Kelly Pringle

Head Coach Jeff Bryant is proud of these golfers and their accomplishments throughout the season. Bryant also applauds the success of the JV team, and is excited for next year’s season.

“The JV team had an exceptional year behind the leadership of Coach [Lindsay] Mulay…It’s sure to make everyone even more competitive for the top spots on the Varsity team next year,” Bryant said. “It all comes down to who is willing to put in the hard work this spring and summer.”

In addition to their success on the course, Bryant is impressed with the team’s ability to get along and support one another.

“Our players really seemed to enjoy a special camaraderie,” Bryant said. “Even when pushing each other to improve, they always found time to laugh.”

Tom agrees that the positive energy within the team helped create an even more memorable season.

“Last year our JV and Varsity [teams] were really separate…This year we were more connected, together as one team,” Tom said.

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By Marygrace Schumann,

Opinions Editor

Imagine for a second, your childhood unraveling. Imagine tiaras torn in half, spools of tulle scattered across the floor, teenage girls in frayed dresses realizing the Disney princesses they idolized as children are nothing more than misogynistic portrayals of their gender.

As an active feminist, it’s something I’ve heard time and time again. That princesses are nothing but submissive, sexist, shallow versions of women who are awful role models for little girls. It came to a point where I started to believe them.

Then I remember my seven year old self.  I remember a girl who felt out of place, a girl who liked books more than she liked playgrounds.

I remember that girl watching “Beauty and the Beast” and seeing herself in Belle. A girl who didn’t quite fit in, who got herself lost in stories and imagination. Who stood up to people who told her what to do or who she should be. I remember that girl finding solace in that cartoon character, finding confidence, finding herself feeling a bit brighter.

As I’ve grown up, I’ve realized that “Beauty and the Beast” isn’t perfect. It portrays a pretty abusive relationship and teaches that beauty isn’t important— as long as the girl is still cute. But looking critically at Beauty and the Beast didn’t have to undermine the lessons it had previously taught me. Understanding the problematic elements of this film didn’t mean I had to break my tiaras in half and dismiss princesses all together.

Senior Shannon Snyder feels that Disney princesses taught her some valuable lessons as well.

“They taught me how to explore my imagination,” Snyder said. “They taught me to stand up for myself and to speak up if something is not right…I learned that if I wanted to make a change for the better, even if others didn’t agree with me, then I should go for it.”

But here’s the thing: Princesses aren’t perfect role models. They lack diversity. They’re all skinny and beautiful, straight and cisgendered, able-bodied. The majority of the princesses are white and none are interracial. Many of them have boys who come to save them.

They often play into certain stereotypical gender roles for both males and females.  These are major problems and as consumers and feminists, we need to demand diversity and change, but that doesn’t mean princesses are bad role models or “anti-feminist.’”

All of these ladies are dissatisfied with their situations and work to change it. There are princesses who actively defy their gender roles, and those who stick to it. There are princesses who are stubborn, submissive, scared, brave, adventurous, strong and shy.

Many of these princesses are complex characters who have qualities most can either relate to or admire. Princesses can teach little girls some toxic things about relationships, body image and their roles in society— but that doesn’t mean it can’t teach boys and girls positive things.

Sociology of Gender teacher Carolyn Flores feels there are ways to help children get positive things out of these films, while still helping them question the problems they have.

“I do think there’s value in these films. Even some of the older ones, there’s still value…” Flores said. “It’s important to be…a nice and caring person [whether you’re male or female]. I don’t think those roles should just be for girls though…I think too often we put girls into those boxes. [People should try to] sit down with [their kids] while they’re watching these films and say…‘if that were a boy do you think it would be the same kind of storyline?’ Just asking them questions and [letting] them ponder it.”

Many princesses fall into your stereotypical gender roles, such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. But these princesses are loving and kind and also willing to follow their dreams. Sure, they need a boy to do that, but that doesn’t completely erase those qualities.

While some may argue that them cooking and cleaning makes them “anti-feminist,”the truth of the matter is that some girls genuinely want to be homemakers and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Feminism is about giving girls options— telling them it’s okay to be and do whatever they want —regardless of whether it’s associated with their gender.

However, Disney films should work to show boys doing more traditionally feminine                                  things and not limit those tasks to women. Nearly all the princes in these films exhibit very stereotypically masculine traits. Though most princesses can fall into very stereotypical gender roles as well, it’s important to recognize that some actively defy gender roles, like Mulan and Merida. These girls are brave, defiant and adventurous.

By allowing children to watch all of the princesses films, they can begin to understand the options they have as a girl. That they can wear pretty dresses and win the boy, they can shoot bow and arrows and ignore boys all together or they can do something in between.

Snyder believes that princesses are becoming more diverse in their personalities.

“I don’t think that the Disney princesses are ‘anti-feminist’ because I think that they are all different,” Snyder said. “They all have their strengths and weaknesses, just like a regular human being. If someone idolizes Cinderella, then why not? She might cook and clean and stay at home a lot but… she also makes her own decisions…and even sneaks out of the house to make her dreams come true.”

According to junior Anthony Mackar, Disney princesses taught his little sisters some pretty valuable things.

“Disney princesses had a pretty big impact on both my sister’s lives, whether they want to admit it or not,” Mackar said. “They both take to heart the clear messages that all the princess’s portrayed, like being kind to others, being friendly [and] being truthful.”

Princesses have their problems, but that’s no reason to throw away our tiaras. As adults, it’s easy for us to disregard the lessons these princesses taught us as we begin to realize their faults. But this issue goes further than the clash between princesses and feminism. Everything in life has its problems. One day or another everyone realizes their heroes make mistakes. As a society, we need to learn to recognize these problems while still seeing the benefits. That we can tape up our tiaras and wear them proudly— even if we know they’re missing some glitter.

“In reality we’re not saying burn your Disney princesses,” Flores said. “But to be critical consumers.”

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By Eleni Eisenhart, Editor-in-Chief

Zoup! offers costumers many unique soup options.Photo by Eleni Eisenhart

Zoup! offers costumers many unique soup options.
Photo by Eleni Eisenhart

When my mom went on a soup kick, she went searching for the best soup places around town. From that search, she happened to stumble upon the restaurant entitled “Zoup!” With a multitude of choices in soup, my mom all but raved about Zoup!, a small restaurant nestled inside a shopping mall in Downers Grove, located off of Finley Road next to the Finley Square Mall.

When we were finally in the area a few months later, my mom and I stopped for a quick lunch filled with lots of chitchat. Upon entering, I was immersed in the smell of warm and comforting soup. The setup consisted of burnt-orange walls that seemed to fit the cozy and relatively empty restaurant.

The soup bar, where at least 10 soups were located, was the highlight of my dining experience, offering me with the ability to see what looked appetizing. It was pleasant to be able to see the soups pre-made, heated and ready to be eaten. This in turn quickened the turnaround time to get my food.

I was a little overwhelmed with all the choices the menu provided me with, and picking out what I wanted to try out was a challenge. Luckily, Zoup! offers customers the chance to sample soups they may be interested in, a lot like they do at ice cream stores. After trying out a few, I decided on the Mexican Chicken soup, topped with thin strips of tortilla chips.

I got the “try two” option on the menu. In addition to my soup, I ordered a mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwich topped off with a flavorsome balsamic vinaigrette sauce.

The waiting time for the food was average and the price was entirely reasonable, ranging from approximately five to seven dollars. While the soup was automatically served, the sandwich took some time to prepare, which was completely understandable. Needless to say, I was impressed by the food.

The soup was just the thing I was looking for, and the liquid was warm, in comparison to the chilly weather. My sandwich had just the right amount of sauce and tasted extraordinarily fresh. Being able to mix up the flavors in both my soup and sandwich gave me the chance to truly experience what Zoup! has to offer.

Although Zoup! is approximately a 15 minute drive from DGS, the wait is definitely worth it. Offering a fresh and new look at soup, Zoup! does not disappoint and will continue to draw me back in for fresh and ready-to-eat soups.