The Prep The Student News Site of Loyola Academy Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:20:47 -0500 en-US hourly 1 College: The Great Unknown Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:20:47 +0000 When I walked through Loyola’s front doors in August of 2016, I walked in a scared, frightened, awkward, albeit tall, freshman. Four years later, 1100 Laramie is a home. It is not without its flaws and problems, but it is a home nonetheless.

I am not like most of my peers, who see the college process as a long, arduous, and painful reminder that their days in Maroon and Gold are numbered. I however, am looking forward to choosing where it is I’ll be spending the next four years. I consider this phase in life to be one of life’s few “free-agency” phases, where I have control over where I put my roots down for the near future.

We still have a good eight months until graduation, but many of us in the Class of 2020 are starting to accept that life beyond Loyola is approaching us faster than many of us would like to admit.

”Please don’t remind me!” says fellow senior Emilio Leone whenever I talk to him about college, or leaving Loyola. “I will literally cry when the band has their senior dinner,” he says.

Emilio’s views aren’t unlike many of our peers. Only a handful of us seem excited for college. “This is home, this is where I’ve made friends, done activities, had laughs. I’ve had days where I’d get home late a night, go to sleep, only to come back early the next morning. This quite literally, is my home,” says another fellow senior Maggie Brennan.

The thought of leaving home might sound scary, but I urge seniors not to think of it that way. You’re building a new home, from the ground up.

I think back to 2016, where we had every class every day, and ate mayonnaise-infused caf cookies to our heart’s content. Back then, you probably hadn’t met some of your closest friends yet. You didn’t know their names, what they looked like, where they were from, or anything about them at all. But you made it, and built a home here at 1100 Laramie.

College is a new, challenging, and unique experience that is just waiting for us in the Class of 2020 to dive into. Loyola has prepared you well… it’s up to us to make the most of it

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Homecoming Weekend Kicks Off With the Rambler Pep Rally Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:19:02 +0000 Homecoming weekend was kicked off in style by the annual Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 4th. Senior emcees Matty Enghauser and Senite Barih began the rally by getting the crowd in the spirit. They did an amazing job throughout the rally, especially while narrating the hungry, hungry hippo and musical chair games. 

The pep rally started with the introductions of  the captains of the fall sports teams followed by the Ramblerettes, cheerleaders, step team, and football team. One of the highlights of the annual Pep Rally is always when the senior football players perform their dance. They did not disappoint!

The Pep Rally is one of my favorite parts of homecoming week at Loyola. It was intentionally shorter this year to ensure it didn’t go later than 2:48. I thought this was a good call; it was definitely the perfect amount of time.

I absolutely recommend going to the Pep Rally. It’s always a great way to get in to the Homecoming spirit and support the Rambler teams.

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The Loud Luau Exceeds Expectations Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:35:41 +0000 Friday, October 4th the Freshman Luau took place in the West Gym from seven to ten.  The Luau consisted of lots of events and decorations for everyone to enjoy.  

When you walked into the Piazza, there wasn’t much around, however, it was one of the quietest areas to just hang out and socialize.  I, for one, enjoyed the area outside the gym as much as I enjoyed the inside because of how peaceful it was and, as I stated before, it was definitely one of the best places to talk where people could hear each other.  

As you moved from the Piazza to the West Gym, there was a lot of change in the feel of the place.  It was a lot darker, there was loud music that resembled a concert, and there was a lot more going on.  Just a few of the things that I saw going on were video games, music, dancing, sports and a photo booth.  

The first thing I saw when I walked in was the singing and dancing going on by the stage in the middle of the room.  The whole room was just so lively, and there wasn’t a quiet moment. I personally thought it was great to hear songs like Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off for a change because it doesn’t get much time on the radio anymore.  It was so much fun to both participate and see people getting so into the music and the fun.

The second thing I noticed that was really cool, were the video games that were being played around the room.  From what I saw, the video games gave anyone who didn’t want to dance at the moment something else to do with friends.  Even if you didn’t like dancing and singing, there was definitely something for you to do at the dance.

The third thing that really stuck out to me was the basketball hoops in the back of the gym.  Of course, the basketball hoops weren’t the real ones, but they were miniature pop up ones so that those who wanted to shoot some hoops were able to.  This was both thoughtful and nice because even if you weren’t really in the mood to jump around, there was still a way for those who wanted to play sports to enjoy themselves.

The last thing that popped out to me was the photo booth.  I thought that having a photo booth was actually a really great idea and the pictures that were printed out were definitely really cute.  On the card, it said “Freshman Luau” and it also had the date. On the rest of the card, the three photos you took were displayed.  

Overall, the Luau was a lot of fun and, for next year’s freshmen, if you have the chance, I would highly recommend attending the event. 

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Ramblers Broadcast Spirit to Chicagoland Viewers Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:31:12 +0000 Getting to school at 6:00 on a Friday doesn’t seem too fun, right? Not for some dedicated Ramblers! In preparation for homecoming, local Chicago news show The Jam visited Loyola to meet some Ramblers and talk about our school’s most exciting aspects. 

First up, anchor Jon Hansen visited the girls varsity swimming team and talked to senior Chloe Brown about the hard work and dedication it takes to be on the swim team. Then, he raced the girls in an exciting match he unfortunately lost. 

Next, Hansen visited the piazza to hear from Loyola’s own a capella groups Nothin’ But Treble and Acafellas. He listened to their spectacular rendition of “Somebody To Love” by Queen, featuring solos from seniors Catherine O’Conner and Kameron Schueneman. 

After that, Hansen headed to the gym to talk to the Ramblerettes about their part in making a Loyola game day exciting. He was even taught a kick line and was then treated to a special performance. 

Hansen also got to talk to the Loyola Marching Band and hear from drum major Maggie McNabb, Evan Hernandez and Emily O’Donoghue and drum captain Aleah Parafinczuk. Then he was treated to a special performance of “Hey Baby” and the Loyola fight song. 

Next, Hansen talked to cheer captains Lilli Awdisho, Ali Levi, and Olivia Norton about the game and was even lifted in the air in a stunt. Finally, Hansen talked to a few of the football players themselves about how they feel about taking on Brother Rice.

The segment ended with Hansen going long and then missing a throw from junior quarterback JT Thomas. 

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Ramblers Homecoming Heroics Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:21:36 +0000 It was an ideal game for the Ramblers last Saturday, October 5 vs Brother Rice. The rematch of last years 8A State Championship ended in a Rambler’s victory. 

The win was headlined by junior Vaughn Pemberton’s 195 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Pemberton averaged an outstanding 7.8 yards per carry. Considering he carried the ball 25 times, this goes in the books as another impressive game for Pemberton.

Pemberton and the running game has attributed to most of the Rambler’s offensive success so far this season. However, the ongoing quarterback battle seems to have a resolution. Junior quarterback JT Thomas had an impressive 155 yards passing to go along with a touchdown. Thomas looks to continue his impressive set of performances next week.

On the other side of the ball, the Ramblers dominated Brother Rice holding them to only 14 points. 

Next week, the Ramblers host undefeated Benet Academy. So far, Benet has exceeded many people’s expectations with at a 6-0 record. 

Benet is led by quarterback Colin Gillespie. Gillespie has been dangerous throwing and running the ball all season. Benet is also impressive on defense holding their last five opponents to under twenty points. 

To win the game, the Ramblers will once again have to run the ball. If the Ramblers can control the clock and feed Pemberton, they should come out on top. 

I predict a Rambler win by two touchdowns. There hasn’t been a team to expose the stifling Rambler defense this season, and I expect that to continue on Saturday.

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Meet a Rambler Week 4 – Brock Graf Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:16:34 +0000 For Week 4 of the Meet a Rambler column, I interviewed junior Brock Graf. Brock is an avid St.Louis Cardinals baseball fan, as well as player. His sophomore year he started as pitcher for Loyola’s sophomore team, and led the team with the best ERA and WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched). His biggest dream for the future is to eventually play Division 1 baseball, especially at the University of North Carolina.

 If he could have any career, he picked the MLB without hesitation. When asked why he enjoys baseball so much, Brock thoughtfully responded, “being a pitcher is such a 1v1 battle, with all the pressure on you all the time.”

I would definitely love to see him up on the mound for Varsity next year.

Even better than his natural baseball talent, newly promoted varsity baseball coach Chris Ackels, who coached Brock last year along with teaching his American Literature class, referred to Brock as, “a hard worker, phenomenal teammate, and a great student.” High praise from a reliable source.

Along with baseball, Brock has a special interest in music and design. He routinely creates custom playlists consisting of mostly rap and edm songs that are much less known. These playlists are all given an interesting graphic cover, designed by Brock himself.

His favorite artist, and maybe person, in the world is Post Malone. If given one day to do something, along with going to a Cardinals World Series game, Brock would want to meet his idol Post. 

Brock described himself in three words as easygoing, competitive, and kind. His friend Jack O’Donnell, ‘21, talked about how compassionate a person Brock is, and the awesome way he treats people in general.

Brock’s best memory at Loyola has been making new friends on the first day of freshman year, and making lifelong connections.

I’m glad I could share a small part of another unique Rambler to the community, stay tuned for next week’s interview!


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Netflix Flop or Bop: “In The Shadow of the Moon” Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:15:37 +0000 In the new era of digital streaming there it one name that everyone knows: Netflix. While they are one of the biggest and most popular forms of digital streaming services, they have also branched out into making original content. Pioneers for the idea, Netflix made dozens of “Netflix originals,” some slam hits include Stranger Things, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, & Black Mirror, but others don’t trend as high. So whenever Netflix releases a new movie or tv show it is always shaky at first wondering whether it is going to be good. One of their newest movies, In The Shadow of the Moon piqued my interest, so I decided to watch it and let all of you know if it was a Netflix flop or bop. 

The general premise of the two hour long movie is a Philadelphia police officer who slowly goes crazy while trying to solve a decades long serial killer murder mystery. Starting in 1988, officer Thomas Lockhart, played by Boyd Holbrook, is caught in the middle of a serial killer investigation when he finds and chases down the suspect. Seemingly having her cornered in a subway, he thinks he has won when all of the sudden, before he can apprehend her, she is hit by a train.

Nine years later, a string of very similar murders happens and video surveillance which shows the exact same woman, alive. This sends Thomas into a frenzy, slowly connecting the dots, but in the process losing the people closest to him. 

In The Shadow of the Moon definitely was an interesting movie, to say the least. As you may or may not have guessed, this movie is about time travel, which is always a tricky topic. It often becomes confusing and convoluted while trying to explain things, making the movie boring or uninteresting. The movie does have its fair share of uninteresting bits, but overall it is an engaging movie.

If you don’t like blood, gore, and nasty details, then this movie definitely isn’t for you. Its rating is TV-MA just because of its use of blood and gore and strong language at times. Having said that, it is just a classic mystery, sci-fi flick, and I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable watching this movie with my family. 

As said before, the movie is interesting. The plot is engaging and you want to know more about the time traveling, serial killer, and other plot points. It also draws you in with an eerie prologue of the year 2024 with an image of destruction from atop a skyscraper. It gets you wondering how all the plot points are connected and how everything fits together.

The acting and filming quality is pretty good, not leaving you disappointed. The actors themselves also shouldn’t be overlooked: Michael C. Hall, Boyd Holbrook, and Cleopatra Coleman are the three main characters and have been in shows like Dexter, Predator, Logan, and The Last Man on Earth

Overall In The Shadow of the Moon isn’t a Netflix flop, but unfortunately not a bop either. Scoring a solid 6-7/10, it will probably go unnoticed by the masses, but the ones who do watch it won’t be disappointed. You get what you came for: a time travel serial killer and all the complexities that come with it. 

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Classics Club Gets Corny Tue, 01 Oct 2019 15:04:46 +0000 If fall festivities are your kind of fun, then Loyola’s Classics Club would like to extend an invitation to their autumn field trip. The club is hosting a trip to the corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm on October 25.

I spoke with senior Angelina Simon, the co-president of the club, to gain further insight on the trip.

For a club that focuses on Ancient Greek and Roman culture, a corn maze might seem a bit random. But Simon says “last year the idea was brought up to reenact the myth of the Minotaur in the labyrinth…someone mentioned how they had just gone to a corn maze.”

She notes that a corn maze is “the perfect way to get students engaged in something fun while still relating to much of what we discuss in Classics Club.”

When asked about the importance of connecting classical mythology to modern day, Simon says “there are so many similarities that people don’t even realize.” She adds that drawing comparisons between ancient stories and the modern world is a way of familiarizing students with the classics, allowing Classics Club “to engage more students to learn about classics while they don’t even realize it.”

The corn maze trip is not the only excitement Classics Club has planned, though. According to Simon, “at classics club we love to run fun field trips and activities for the students.” They usually aim to host an event per season. She mentions the club’s annual trip to the Eataly restaurant downtown as well as the club’s hosting of the Language Olympics last year. 

“You will never get bored in classics club,” Simon says, “we are constantly planning events that we know the students will love.”

For any questions about the field trip to the corn maze, please email myself or Angelina Simon for more details. 

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Why Don’t We Care? Tue, 01 Oct 2019 15:03:38 +0000 There was a school strike for climate last week, but I’m sure you know that if you’re active on Instagram. 

Did you go? Chances are, you didn’t. I didn’t either, so I won’t hold it against you. 

This is the problem, though. Rambler attendance at these strikes have been minimal, despite the number of us calling for change. 

The issue extends further beyond just climate change protests. When 17 victims our age were killed in a school shooting in 2018, Loyola faculty members and students organized a walkout to both honor them and allow students to express their anger with the injustice at hand. 

The walkout was not supposed to be organized by the faculty. It was staff-organized so that students would not receive a JUG for participation. 

Ramblers are tentative to participate as activists, and that is a major issue for a school that prides itself on cultivating Men and Women For Others.

I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with about 20 Loyola seniors and discuss the topic of Rambler complacency. The students seemed to agree that the hesitation to protest is due to three reasons.

First and foremost, senior Sarah Murphy puts it plainly. “People don’t want to miss school,” she says. And she’s right — many students want to avoid truancies and JUGs, so they do not walk out or strike.

Senior Kara Finneke says that it “seems easier for [students in] large, public schools” to strike and get away with unexcused absences. 

However, senior Jake Soucheray argues that “it’s worth the JUG if you care about it,” and the class agreed that excusing protest-related absences would defeat the purpose. The fear of being disciplined for protesting may just have to be pushed aside if the issue is one Ramblers are passionate about.

Secondly, Ramblers tend to “spread awareness” on social media rather than actually going out and protesting the issue they’re addressing. Senior Matthew LeClercq says that students “want people to think they’re spreading awareness — it helps them not feel guilty.” He says that sharing news about social and political issues online creates a false sense of resolvement. 

Students feel content in simply posting about injustices without doing much else about them. This allows protests and strikes to seem less necessary, even though a 65% majority of the 20 students agreed that protests are effective. 

Thirdly, “It’s hard to have political views in a political institution,” Soucheray says. Most students agreed that Loyola demonstrates a bias.

Finneke and Gigi Schaefer mentioned the fact that in the past, a Rambler was punished for speaking out against gun violence during the Examen while the school sanctioned prayers for victims of abortion. Even more recently, they mention that while this year no prayers were dedicated to victims of 9/11, we said prayers for those seeking asylum at our borders.

LeClercq says that “we know what we’re getting into at a private school,” and while that is true, many students still find it unfair that some views are encouraged while others aren’t.

Senior Aiden Jurcenko says that “the school is open to activism, but not demonstrated activism. They want you to develop your ideas but not go out and show them.” 

We don’t care enough to protest and display our activism because we fear punishment, because we feel content just talking behind a screen, and because our school does not fully support activism on views from all parts of the socio-political spectrum.

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Powderpuff: The Tradition Continues Tue, 01 Oct 2019 15:01:44 +0000 Last Sunday, Sept. 28, the annual girl’s powderpuff football game took place on Hoerster Field. The seniors came out on top with a final score of 70-63.

Senior Betsy Leineweber kicked off the game, scoring the first touchdown.    

The three hundred twenty junior and senior participants were split up into twenty teams of eight. Each team played four downs, then rotated out. 

Ms. Krein, director of student activities, explained the number of girls signed up to play has been consistently increasing. She explained that three hundred twenty was a huge jump from just two years ago, when the game was played at night at The Hill.

Powderpuff is a beloved activity that kicks off homecoming, with a popular staple being the game’s t-shirts. 

Maeve Riley, senior, describes it as “a great way to come together with the girls in your grade and work as a team.” She adds that she’ll definitely miss it.  


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