Monthly Archives: November 2011

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CAM DAVIES ’12 & NORMAN BIRD’12 | Staff Writers

Over the last 30 days numerous students’ faces were covered with facial hair, and although Christmas is a month away students were starting to look like Santa Claus. This trend was due to the tradition known as No Shave November.

“The principle of No-Shave November is laziness,” said Austin Montgomery ’12. “Well, that and looking as gross and dirty as you possibly can.”

Throughout the month of November, men all around the world are encouraged to ditch their razors and just let it grow, according to Originally started in Australia as “Movember”, the annual tradition has swept the US. Through their facial hair growth, men, or “Mo Bros”, raise awareness for the “often ignored issue of men’s health.”

“I always thought No-Shave November was just a goof,” said Montgomery, “but to hear that it’s for a charity makes me really proud that I ended up doing it.”

Although not many actually chip in, the main function behind No-Shave November is charity. Participants are encouraged to “raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.” Movember’s website reported that the funds raised in the US go directly to prostate cancer as well as other cancers that affect men.

In all, Movember’s website reported that over 1.1 million people across the globe participate in the worldwide phenomenon. Women, sometimes referred to as “Mo Sistas”, can also participate in Movember by refusing to shave their legs and armpits.

Those who have chosen to attempt this challenge are not rookies when it comes to growing beards, David Trudel ‘12 said. Growing beards has become a lifestyle for many of the participants, as they have been able to grow facial hair long before high school as it is in their blood.

“I grew a mustache in seventh grade, but the beard came at the beginning of high school,” said Gus Panagos ’12.

No Shave November poses a problem for many who choose to participate, Trudel said. As many know, the longer a person grows out their beard, the more aggravating it becomes. This itch factor causes many to shy away from participating in this event.

“The neard (neck beard) is the worst, it itches so badly,” said Panagos. “The facial hair is fine, though.”

Those who have chosen to partake in this itchy event will not succumb to its downsides, but stay optimistic. It is there chance to show their manliness, Panagos said.

“I made a commitment to not shave no matter what the beard looks like and I plan to honor it,” said Trudel.

Although beards displease many who think they are gross, those who have beards take pride in it, said Ronnie Hasenbusch ’12.  On the other hand, those with beards feel the total opposite, feeling it improves their appearance.

“My beard makes me look rugged and handsome,” said Robert Gaines ’13. “It is also looking pretty dapper.”

To the displeasure of the participants, they will not be able to keep their ravishing beards forever, Trudel said . It will eventually come time when they have to shave it off, whether it’s due to public influence or just to irritation.

“I think I will be relieved to shave my beard, but it will hurt me emotionally; I might just cry,” said Panagos.

When November ends and people worldwide return to their normal shaving routine, Movember’s website reports that they will tally up the total donations received. Then, the money is distributed with the help of their business partners, like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG “to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs.”

“I think beards represent manliness, but of course you can still be a man without a beard,” said Gaines.

Last year, Movember raised over 7.5 million dollars worldwide. Anyone wishing to donate can visit to pledge.

“I’m really happy that I get to participate in such a charitable thing,” said Montgomery, “but I just wish I could do more. It’s such a great cause.”

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Photo by Thomas Keating '13

RYAN NEWA ’12 | Online Sports Editor

Two of South’s most decorated athletes, swimmer Ali DeLoof  and rower Jeanette Llorens, both ’12, signed letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

DeLoof signed to swim for the University of Michigan (U of M), a school she said she has always dreamed of attending. While she held interest from other schools such as University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and Michigan State University (MSU), the appeal of U of M was too strong.

Photo by Thomas Keating '13 | Ali DeLoof '12, with her parents, signs her letter of intent to swim at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
 “The school is a great place to be,” said DeLoof, who added that academics played a big role in her decision. “I chose Michigan because it’s close to home, I can easily come back and also because my cousin goes there. I’ve just always wanted to go to Michigan.”

DeLoof’s sister and teammate on the swim team, Gabby DeLoof ’14, is confident that Ali has the qualities to have success during her time at U of M.

“She brought a lot of compassion, and showed what it’s like to be a true swimmer and how you can achieve great things if you work hard,” DeLoof said. “I know that Ali has wanted to go to (U of M) all her life. She’s really excited to swim at the collegiate level and achieve great things.”

DeLoof, who made a recruiting trip to U of M’s campus to meet members of the swim team, came away impressed with what she saw.“The girls on the swim team are just awesome,” said DeLoof. “I’m excited (about) swimming with them, and the coach is awesome. I’m just really looking forward to training with them.”

Llorens will also be attending an elite school next year, as she will join the rowing team at Duke University. Like DeLoof, academics played a major role in Llorens’ choice to go with Duke.

“I mainly chose Duke because of the academics,” Llorens said. “You can’t go pro in rowing, so I might as well get the best education.”

Photo by Thomas Keating '13 | Jeanette Llorens '12, with her parents and brother, signs her letter of intent to row at Duke University on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Other factors also played into Llorens’ decision, like the typically nice weather in North Carolina. She even admitted to being impressed by the name of the school itself.

“I like the name – the name Duke – I mean, you just think ‘athletics, good education, North Carolina,'” said Llorens.

Meg Shook ’14, a teammate on the rowing team, said Llorens has a lot of power on the team and exhibits strong leadership.

“She’ll be a leader at Duke too,” said Shook. “She’ll not fall behind. She’ll handle (the transition to college) well.”

Llorens was also being recruited by University of Tennesse, MSU, U of M, Indiana University and University of Southern California. She took an official visit to Duke on Oct. 1, and plans to be back on campus with her family in the winter to attend a basketball game. For now, though, she is relieved that the recruiting process is over.

“It’s a really good feeling,” Llorens said about signing her letter of intent. “I  worked hard for it, and I’m just happy it’s all set now.”

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Photo courtesy of Will Ethridge ’05

MEG GALEA ’13 | Staff writer

 After living in La Rochelle, France for two years, Will Ethridge ’05 moved on to an even different culture: Benin, Africa.

Ethridge graduated from College of Charleston in 2009 with a Bachelors degree and double major in French and History. That same year he moved to France where he began teaching English in a local school, he said.

“I decided to join the Peace Corps in spring of 2009 because it is a very well respected organization for people who want to go into development and international relations, and I wanted experience before starting a career,” said Ethridge. “The Peace Corps gives the experience of living in a culture completely different than Western culture.”

MARKET NEAR BENIN, AFRICA|photo courtesy of Will Ethridge '05
Photo courtesy of Will Ethridge '05 | The colors flourish in this photo of a typical market scene near Benin, Africa.

Before being accepted into the Peace Corps Ethridge had to fill out an application and health evaluation. After these were completed, he went through a series of interviews and filled out more medical and legal history, he said.

According to the official Peace Corps website, the application process can take anywhere from six to 12 months.

“To prepare for his trip Will read blogs of Peace Corp volunteers in his country to see what it was like and what they recommended to bring with him,” said his mother, Debra Wright. “He also received a lot of information from the Peace Corps.”

Ethridge was offered a spot in a French-speaking African country in 2010, but didn’t find out where his destination was until he accepted the job and completed his entire application. He then left for Benin on June 29, Wright said.

ETHRIDGE'S LIVING QUARTERS|Photo courtesy of Will Ethridge '05
Photo courtesy of Will Ethridge '05 | Living space is simple and sparse in Ethridge's living quarters.

Ethridge currently lives with a host family who has electricity but no running water. He must get up every morning and walk to a well to get his water for the day. Soon Ethridge will move into his own home, which is a cement structure with several rooms. Here he will have both electricity and running water, and possibly phone and computer access, Wright said.

While in Benin, Ethridge is participating in three parts of training for the Peace Corps. The first part is language immersion, where he attends classes every day, all day, he said.

“I received a Superior rating in French, which is the highest level, from the United States government,” said Ethridge.

After language immersion, Ethridge will begin attending lessons on the different aspects of the Benin culture and sessions for health, security, evacuation, and education, he said.

The third step is four weeks of summer English classes with the children in his city. Here Ethridge will help teach English to local students, he said.

“After the training sessions my first job is to teach English and develop secondary projects,” said Ethridge. “These projects can include youth clubs, girl empowerment groups, or talks on the prevention of alcoholism and HIV.”

Ethridge said one of their main goals is to analyze the need of their region and help with the development as well as helping to share the different cultures between America and Benin.





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Graphic by Ava Lux '12
THOMAS KEATING ’13| Entertainment Editor


Over 152 million shoppers will crowd malls and department stores on “Black Friday,” according to a recent study by the National Retail Foundation (NRF). Among this huge sum of people are quite a few South students, said Gigi Trivedi ’13.

Black Friday is “the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days because of discounts offered by retailers … named from the use of black ink to record profits.”

Black Friday can sometimes get a bit out of hand, said Trivedi, who has gone shopping on the day after Thanksgiving for three years now.

“At Forever 21 (a clothing store) last year, people were pushing each other all over the place,” said Trivedi. “There was literally no room.”

According to a recent Washington post article, a Black Friday experience like Trivedi’s is pretty much commonplace. In 2005, at a Grand Rapids Wal-Mart, a pregnant woman was rushed to the hospital after being knocked over by a frenzy of fellow shoppers.

But that’s not all. A Wal-Mart employee in Long Island was stampeded by a crowd of approximately 2,000 shoppers, said the article. The man suffocated and died after a few minutes of trampling.

By Keating '13

Another South Student, Ivana Kakos ‘12, has been witness to some Black Friday anarchy, she said.

Kakos witnessed an altercation between two shoppers, in which “two people were tugging on a shirt in Urban Outfitters.” Asked who won the fight, Kakos replied, “the manager won,” with neither customer getting the shirt.

According to the New York Daily News, stores are opening earlier than ever this year. Stores like Best Buy and Target are both scheduled to open at midnight on Black Friday, and Toys ‘R’ Us is scheduled to open as early as 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving day in some locations.

“I’m gonna sleep for like an hour and probably go at 2 a.m.,” said Kakos.

Trivedi also said that she would likely leave for “door buster” sales at 3:45 a.m. on Friday morning.

While quite a few people enjoy going shopping early in the morning on black Friday, others don’t really see the point of it, said Spencer Sattelmeier ’14.

“I think it’s kind of crazy,” said Sattelmeier. “People are like ‘I’m gonna go get beat up at 4 a.m. so I can get my Christmas shopping done in November.’”

Sattelmeier quickly indicated that his remark was a humorous exaggeration, but he still didn’t see “what the big deal is.”

But the big deal may lie in, well, the big deals (discounts), said Kaikos.

“I go for the deals,” said Kaikos. “They’re always really good.”

“Watch your step, (because) people are running everywhere,” said Trivedi, emphasizing the need to be careful and stay safe. “It’s crazy.”

We here at the Tower (Pulse) wish a happy Thanksgiving to all of you, and happy shopping on Black Friday.


Artwork by Ellie Zak '14
Artwork by Ellie Zak '14


Artwork by Ellie Zak '14
Artwork by Ellie Zak '14

Typical South students are entangled among multiple extracurricular activities, most likely in addition to several honors or Advanced Placement courses. The Grosse Pointe community emphasizes involvement and achievement, and as a result, students devote hours of their time to the afterschool activities important to them, from sports to music and publications.

To excel in both the classroom and extracurricular activities, many of these students have found it necessary to enroll in tutorials; there is not always enough time in the day. Considerations of cutting tutorials from the school day show there is not a full awareness of the importance of these classes to students.

Some teams, such as boys hockey, have three hour practices almost every day, and for these athletes, tutorials are the only reasonable way for them to stay on track in their classes. Choir students commit themselves to hours of after-school rehearsal, as well. Other teams, such as boys and girls tennis, must often miss school for away matches and tournaments, and tutorials allow these students to get caught up.

Tutorials are a costly entity; however, their worth must also be noted.

 Not all students use them effectively, and tutorials can become a wasted free space during the day used for chatting with friends, listening to iPods and taking naps. But high school students are responsible enough to realize the helpfulness of their tutorial period, and if they don’t take advantage of the opportunity, it is their loss of credit hours.

 For those students who challenge themselves both during and after school and actually need the extra work time, they will find the usefulness of them. More importantly, tutorials enable these students to put forth their strongest academic work while also succeeding in extracurricular activities.

 Among other benefits, tutorials offer students the computer and internet access they may not always have at home. For seniors, they are the perfect time to work college applications. And for kids needing to drop out of class, tutorial may be the only place for students to go. To get rid of tutorials would be a scheduling nightmare.

 Teachers who have a tutorial hour, too, can use the period to the benefit of students and themselves alike. For one, it is an extra 50 minutes to update Pinnacle, create lesson plans and grade tests and essays. It is also a chance for students to meet with their teachers to get help with concepts they don’t understand or go over assignments in greater detail. English and Math Support tutorials, for example, give struggling students the chance to work closely with teachers. And with students having to miss classes for sporting events, field trips and illness, the tutorial period is a great time for scheduling make-up tests.

 Much of the tutorial’s benefits come down to what the student makes of it. It is, after all, a period with very few requirements. But at South, it has become apparent that with the amount of homework assigned and the many hours extracurricular activities consume, tutorials have become a very important part of the school day for the hundreds of students enrolled in them.

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