Monthly Archives: September 2010

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Aly Hryciuk ’11

Girls on the cross country team practice for miles, while the coaches guide them to success. But this season, South will be welcoming a new member to their team, new assistant coach Tereza Schaible ’05.

“I’ve stayed involved with the team since high school by keeping in touch with the coaches and helping out at meets and I’ve always felt very connected to the team and the sport,” said Schaible. “So when head coach Steve Zaranek told me in the middle of the summer that he was looking for an assistant coach, I was very excited to come back and help.”

For Zaranek, having Schaible keeping in touch since she graduated made his decision easy.

“Tereza had just graduated from the University of Notre Dame and I knew she was back in Grosse Pointe looking for a job,” said Zaranek. “She started as a freshman with no previous running experience, but soon developed a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude we knew from the start she was a future leader.”

When Schaible was a freshman in high school, she knew from the get-go that she wanted to be apart of something larger than herself.

“I ran track at Pierce and decided to try out cross country as a way to get involved at South and meet people and because running was a sport that didn’t require hand-eye coordination,” said Schaible. “At our first official meet, the Algonac Invitational, I felt my first rush of pride in my team because I recognized how unique we were among the other teams at the meet. Especially in terms of team unity, support, and size.”

“Coach Schaible is great,” said Jordan Salley ’11. “She is super sweet and energetic. But more importantly she has taught us that running can be enjoyable.”

By her senior year, Schaible felt honored when the rest of her teammates voted her captain. To her, being captain was a sign that she had earned the respect of her team and her coaches.

“Tereza led by example,” said Zaranek. “Her excellent leadership skills kept the girls focused on team support and personal achievement. She knew how to work well with teammates and become a great friend to many on the team.”

By accepting the new assistant coach job, Schaible had to do a lot of preparation to catch up to the other coaches. Schaible went back through all of the old cross country papers and journals that she had kept from high school to get back into the mindset of the sport and team. Soon after she bought some new shoes and went running, a lot.

“Tereza understands our coaching system quite well,” said Zaranek. “Our goal was to have Tereza focus on helping our new girls adjust to cross country.”

From the moment Schaible took the job she had reconnected with her old coaches, Zaranek and Leo Lamberti. Lamberti, who although retired from teaching, will continue to coach the girls team this season.

“It’s wonderful, humorous, and educational to work with them again. We’ve fallen right back to our old jokes and banter,” said Schaible. “But in all seriousness, I’ve really begun to appreciate how much work and thought there is behind the scenes. And also, kind of subconsciously, they still trigger this ‘work hard’ button in my brain, so it’s a great motivation for me to succeed at this.”

Getting back to work with teenagers is what Schaible is enjoying the most about her new job.

“I love it. On one hand I feel like I can relate to them because high school and being on this team are still relatively fresh in my head. But on the other hand, I recognize that I changed and matured a lot in college. So I hope I can offer a different perspective,” said Schaible. “I love to see the girls improve, even this early in the season. I’ve seem tremendous improvement in both running and attitude, which is extremely rewarding and exciting.”

“Coach Schaible is great,” said Jordan Salley ’11. “She is super sweet and energetic. But more importantly she has taught us that running can be enjoyable.”

Salley says that everyone gets along with Schaible, which is great because cross country is such a diverse group of girls. Even with learning a lot about teenagers, Schaible has learned even more about herself in these few short weeks since the season began.

“I’ve learned that the easiest way for me to learn dozens of names is by embarrassing myself and messing someone’s name up, one person at a time,” said Schaible. “I’ve changed and experienced a lot since I graduated from South, but that cross country is still in my blood and I think it always will be.”

When asked about what her future holds, Schaible says she has many options available.

“My career goal is to become a licensed architect, but hopefully my future also includes lots of family and friends, service, travel, chocolate, Notre Dame football, and running,” said Schaible. “I think those are the most basic ingredients for a fulfilling life.”

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By Marcus Hedenberg ’11, Online Entertainment Editor

Rating: ★★★☆☆

It takes courage for a band to submit itself to change. Too often, artists in the music industry lean towards the safe route of doing what they know best – but not Linkin Park. For better or worse, Linkin Park deserves praise for its valiant effort to venture into new territory.

“A Thousand Suns” is a concept album intended to broaden the band’s musical horizons, and it shows throughout the tight 47-minute record with no fewer than 15 cuts.  Although fans may be expecting the traditional nu-metal style from the band’s past “Hybrid Theory” that was absent in the previous record, “Minutes to Midnight”, this album distances the band even further from its past and incorporates a more electronic vibe than before.

This jarring move away from heavy metal to more mainstream music may alienate fans, however, the album is very newcomer-friendly towards listeners looking for a larger focus on melody rather than harsh vocals and distorted guitars.

In softer tracks such as “The Messenger”, lead singer Chester Bennington storms through with a remarkably strong voice that may shock listeners over how well he really can sing. Even rapper Mike Shinoda has a larger part in singing that accompanies the rapping fairly well in songs like Iridescent.

Although there is a  variety of different songs meshing heavy rock with old school hip hop with politically charged themes of war, some songs end up being either a little too repetitive or cliché such as “The Catalyst“.

Breaking down the album individually does not do the album justice as it is intended to be listened through in its entirety. While not particularly groundbreaking, it is a solidly crafted record that will appease fans of electro-rock.

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By Marcus Hedenberg ‘1 1, Online Entertainment Editor


Marcus Hedenberg '11

Our world seems to find itself overwhelmed by entertainment. To some, it is a set of bright and flashing images on a giant flat screen. To others, it is merely a form of consumer goods to earn money. And then there are those who think of it as something that allows them to have a good laugh with their friends after a busy day. Regardless of one’s definition, entertainment is everywhere, and it cannot be avoided no matter how hard one tries. In fact, it has become such an integral part of society in America that it serves to fuel a large portion of the economy. Simply put, people love being entertained, and as long as people’s lives aren’t singlehandedly consumed by drab work, entertainment will always exist.

It is therefore our mission to make sure that entertainment news is covered with as broad of a spectrum as possible, adhering to the likes and interests of various people and the numerous ways in which people enjoy themselves. Not to cheapen the significance of news and feature stories, but we believe that one should not get too bogged down in formalities. After all, everyone needs a form of escapism once in a while and entertainment – whether it is music, movies, or video games – provides that sense of relaxation.

We hope to be able to bring readers up to speed on all sorts of products including, but not limited to, upcoming movies, music, and video games. Not featuring all different varieties of entertainment would alienate a large portion of readers who are heavy consumers. In due time, we will be able to swiftly inform readers of the countless ways for them to have a good time.

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By Ava Lux ’12, Online Clubs Editor
People want to know what is going on, and our goal for The Pulse is to keep you well informed and well connected.   
Ava Lux '11

This upcoming year will be a year of discovery and expansion as The Tower branches out to the web and makes a new name for itself as The Tower Pulse. Becoming one of the first editors, we feel The Pulse will provide valuable information that is quickly accessible at anyone’s fingers. South offers so many clubs, and if you are like us knowing when and where meetings are can be difficult to keep track of. The Tower Pulse also will give descriptions of what the clubs have been up to and will be doing. Having the ability to do twice weekly updates will keep the students well informed with the latest news. Besides just stories, video interviews and photo galleries will also be viewable. The nice part about the web is there are no restrictions to how many videos or photos are posted so student submissions will be considered as long as they are school appropriate. We want to hear from you; as the website develops there will more ways to interact like polls and comment boxes. People want to know what is going on, and our goal for The Pulse is to keep you well informed and well connected.