Monthly Archives: February 2015

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As the DGS boys swim team prepares for sectionals and State, the scissors and razors come out of the drawer to cut their hair in different and creative ways. This is a way for the team to bond and to get ready for State when they would have to shave their heads to improve their scores.

The team members shave unusual designs such as glasses on the back of their heads, mohawks and hair styled after Martin Luther. The team decides what they’re going to do and then get together to do the designs and patterns.

The reasoning for shaving their heads for meets is that it makes them go faster. This is known as swimmers drag, which is when they have all their hair on their bodies til the last minute. When they shave it all off, it improves their overall time.

Senior Thomas O’Hern explains that the reason the shave their heads is a great feeling to experience when first getting in the water.

“Shaving our heads every year is something we do for conference at the end of the year, it’s something [that] makes us swim faster…Although when you jump in the water for the first time after shaving your head, it’s a feeling that gives you a huge adrenaline rush and gives you a huge boost,” O’Hern said.

The tradition is not centered around DGS exclusively and is done by schools all over the country. Senior Kiehl Carlquist thinks that this traditions will continue to live on at DGS regardless if other schools continue to do it or not.

“Currently I think we are the only team in our conference that shaves as a team but for DGS alone, we have been doing this tradition for an extremely long time, and it will not stop,” Carlquist said.

Coach Bryan Szweda feels that this is a great way for the team to bond before their big meet.

“Part of it is most of the team shaves their head…for their end of the year swim meet so since they’re going to be shaving it anyway, it’s just kind of a fun way to bond as a team and do some fun stuff,” Szweda said.

With all that they do to prepare for their season, the hair doesn’t seem as big of a deal. Senior Andrew Chmela said that it helps them prepare for what is to come.

“There are very high expectations for conference, sectionals, and State for our team,” Chmela said. “I can’t wait to see it all play out.”

ISHA Sectionals for boys swimming is scheduled to be on February 21st at York Community High School.

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Since the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, dating in 2015 seems to have changed. From asking your girlfriend to go “steady” to calling dating a “thing” before getting asked out, or calling your significant other “honey” and “sweetheart” to calling them “bae” or “boothang”.

 Instead of a boyfriend giving his girlfriend his letterman jacket or class ring, something  different is given.

Junior Nishant Lala has been dating junior Marisa Carioscia for a year and a half, and explains what belongings have been taken by his girlfriend.

“She’s got my sweatpants and half of my sweatshirts and a couple of shirts,” Lala said.

Going on a date to a drive in movie or going out dancing has changed to staying home and watching Netflix together. Sophomore Jessie Fortin has been dating sophomore Max Davis for a year now and explains what a normal date for them is.

“We usually just hang out at home and I watch him play xbox or we watch a movie,” Fortin said.

Fortin talks about how her and Davis families are involved in their relationship.

“Max is slowly meeting more of my family through parties. I’ve met almost all of his family. Being around fun people like his relatives is one of the best parts of being in a relationship,” Fortin said.

Even though the decades have changed that doesn’t mean dates between couples have.

Senior Emily Rzeszutko has been dating her boyfriend, senior Mason Szoldatits, for a year and explains what her boyfriend has done for her.

“Mason took me to a really nice dinner in the city for our six month anniversary and then after we wandered the city. It was just a really special night I won’t forget,” Rzeszutko said.

With technology being a big part in this generation, along comes social media. All over Twitter and instagram there are couples posting pictures and statuses on what their boyfriend and girlfriend has gotten them or done for them.

Lala explains how social media impacts couples regarding the need to “live up” to the stereotypical boyfriend exception, and shares different things they are expected to do.

“Knowing my girlfriend keeps up with the Twitter social media account “relationship goals”,  I try to make sure that she’s the girl that gets to post cute things I do for her on it,” Lala said.

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According to a Gallup poll published Dec. 12, Americans have mixed feeling about the police. About 61% of Caucasians have confidence in the police, 57% of Hispanics have confidence in the police, and only 34% of African Americans have confidence in the police. This makes some wonder what has triggered this decline in trust.

Do DGS students feel the same way about police as the Gallup poll showed? A poll was conducted at DGS on Jan. 27. Two questions were posed. “Police officers are suppose to protect and serve citizens; do you think police officers are protecting citizens? ” and “Do you trust police officers” The results showed that 41% of Caucasians trust the police, 32% of Hispanics trust the police, 10% of African Americans trust the police, 50% of Asians trust the police and students who marked their ethnicity as other showed 30% trust the police.

After recent deaths in both Ferguson and New York, police trust has been questioned by society.

Junior Katie Rock explained an encounter with a police officer.

“I was having Tropical Snow with my friends, and they have seating outside of the property. We were just sitting down enjoying our snow cones, and a police officer told us that we were disturbing the peace and waited there until we left,” Rock said.

 School resource officer Scott Buzecky addresses the barriers between students and officers. Buzecky likes working in the high school with students. This allows him to try and break negative stereotypes. 

 “You know stereotypes are tough in our job, and obviously a lot of cops get stereotyped,” Buzecky said.

“It’s all the negative… you hear the negative in the media, and I think it’s what we try to break down and show people on a daily basis,” Buzecky said. “By trying to talk to students or relate to them on a different level.”

Sophomore Michael Blazevich thinks police officers are trying to do their job.

“I think they are doing a good with their job because when there is a problem, it is solved within a reasonable time period. Are they perfect? No, but they are also humans, and no human is perfect. Everyone will make mistakes but when you do more good than bad, it is OK,” Blazevich said.

Freshman Teagan Custer has had personal experience with a cop since her Grandpa was a police chief.

“My grandpa was a police chief, and I think they are important because they are a good role model to look up to. They follow the laws, they take away the bad things in the world, and solve problems. They really protect us and…we need them in our society,” Custer said.

When comparing the Gallup Poll and the DGS poll, the percentages are similar. DGS feels the same as the rest of America. 

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Throughout any given winter in the mid-west, schools have been known to cancel classes for freezing temperatures or excessive amounts of snow. Closing a school is something that many school districts fear doing because it’s unpredictable in how they will affect the students and their learning and what the overall result will be.

Having too many snow days can put students behind in materials that they need in order to do well in school. Making up days with all the material that needs to be learned is something many fear will become a problem. By having students do work at home it makes it so that they won’t be as far behind due to the snow days where no learning taking places.

According to CNN.com schools on the east coast have been having students complete school work online whenever a cancellation of school occurs. This has been put into place so that they do not have to make up those days at the end of the year.

For DGS teachers and students this could be something in the near future. Math teacher Kara Painter feels that the carrying out of online classes is something that would be hard for students to accomplish with few rewards in the end.

“I think having online classes would be very difficult to coordinate. Not all students have online access at home and some teachers would have a hard time preparing lessons at home in order to present them to students. Preparing an online class would be very time consuming for teachers and the outcome would probably not be quite as successful as a class at school,” Painter said.

Senior Katrina Nicdao thinks that having material online would make the learning process more productive and that students would learn to accept having to do school work on days off.

“Having class on a snow day would just be a regular school day so it might help the learning process because it would be continuous learning instead of random days off between lessons. If we had classes while having a snow day, students would make a big deal in the beginning but then just accept it towards the end of the day,” Nicdao said.

Senior Austin Alvarado feels that making up work online during cancellation days is unnecessary due to the fact that the amount of work being missed is minimal.

“I don’t see a point considering you don’t miss too much material over the course of one or two snow days…Snow days are all [students] hope for [in order] to get us through the winter,” Alvarado said.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and teachers would have to make up the days while the seniors do not due to graduation being on a set day. Junior Rachel Buonauro feels that if she were given work to do on a day off she would not take the time to do it.

“I would not [do work online] because I would take the time to hang out with friends or relax rather than do the material. I would procrastinate and not get the material done in time for class the next day,” Buonauro said.

Science teacher Kathleen Troyer feels that this is a possibility for DGS teachers and students in the near future.

“With our new school initiative of going one to one, I think online classes may become a realistic option in the future.  While students may be resistance to having school during a snow day/cold day, they may appreciate that option come June when they have to make those days up,” Troyer said. “As we continue to evolve and incorporate technology into the classroom, teachers and students will probably pilot new programs and ideas, maybe having an online snow/cold class will be one.”

For now, students continue to enjoy staying warm indoors while classes are canceled for snow days. The idea of online classes may be possible in the future for areas like Downers Grove. As winters get colder and snow becomes more unpredictable, schools stay cautious and aware of what options they have to keep their students on track for the school year.

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Within only the past couple of years, there has been an immense uprising in the use of technology not only in classrooms and education, but in our everyday lives as well.

 

The increase in the use of cellphones and other electronic devices has consumed our attention and taken away important time with family and friends. It’s also diminished the meaning of moments happening around us that we are now taking for granted. Having your eyes glued to your phone takes your attention away from the things going on right around you, causing you to miss out or not fully appreciate a moment to its full potential.

 

DGS Social Studies teacher Kristyn Campos explains that some of the most important memories are to be experienced in person.

 

“Some of my best memories from high school and athletics are not saved in photographs, they are in the experiences I had before all of this technology took over,” Campos said.

 

Social media is always on the mind; the obsession with constantly updating social media actually can become an addiction of sorts. This isn’t really a surprise though; how many people can you think of that are updating their Twitter every 5 minutes, or are entirely dedicated to at least one Instagram post a day? We all have that one person in our Snapchat friends with a 200 second Snapchat story that, let’s be honest here, we aren’t too interested in watching. It’s seems as if you don’t let people know where you are, what you’re doing, and what you’re thinking then it’s almost equivalent to you falling off the face of the earth.

 

There is constant attention being paid to the number of likes, retweets, and reblogs people receive, too. DGS Social Studies teacher Bryan Szweda believes we have lost the ability to enjoy the things we are doing.

 

“There have been studies done that have shown that we have grown so attached to our electronic devices that symptoms of withdrawal can become present when they are taken away…There seems to be a rise in narcissistic behavior by many people in posting the amount of personal information/large number of photos on social media.  Posting information or photos, and having people like them can become an addicting behavior where people are constantly checking to see how many likes that they have gotten,” Szweda said.

 

Posting to social media and using your phone isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there just has to be a balance of how much you spend time on it. In recent years, kids are being more and more socialized to depend and use their phones as comfort in social settings that they aren’t confident in or feel uncomfortable.

 

Sophomore Vivian Pierropoulos reacts the same way in these situations.

 

“ I feel like whenever I’m in an environment where I don’t know many people, I tend to just be glued to my phone rather than socialize and possibly meet others. Phones give us a sense of comfort so that’s what I use it for,” Vivian Said.
Technology has become a big part in the everyday actions of our lives. Chances are the first thing we reach for in the morning is our phones to check in on social media sites and keep ourselves in the know where a typical morning usually started with reading the paper enjoying your cup o’ coffee in years past. Being glued to our phones can come with the cost of missing out on great things happening right in front of us. It’s time to enjoy a car ride with all the windows rolled down, savor a meal instead of snapping a picture of it, and losing yourself in the moment at your favorite concert. All we need to do once in a while is stop staring at a screen and start to pay attention to the incredible things right in front of our faces that make life extraordinary.