The Prep The Student News Site of Loyola Academy Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:15:37 -0500 en-US hourly 1 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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Kairos: Is it Worth the all the Hype? Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:59:40 +0000 God’s time. A time to discover who you are. And a time to build your faith. 

Kairos is a huge mystery to the ones who have never been on it. There is not a lot of information on who goes, what happens, or who your leader is. The anticipation killed me for years. 

“You have to go on Kairos! It’s life changing!” everyone said. But why? What happened in those four days that could make people come home so much different? I finally learned that I had to attend to know exactly what went on. 

After four days at a retreat center, my smile is a little bigger, my friendships are stronger and my love is greater. I can now say that Kairos does in fact live up to the hype and so much more. Although I cannot share exactly what happened at Cabrini retreat center, everyone I know speaks very highly of it.  

“Everyone should go on Kairos because it gives you the chance to reflect on your own life while also giving you a perspective about the lives of the ones around you,” said Anna McCormick, K255. 

“You should go on Kairos because it gives you a chance to build relationships with people you would never get a chance to talk to. And it shows you who you are as a person and helps you find a connection with God,” said Sara Papke, K255. 

Kairos is what you make of it. If you want a spiritual experience, you’ll get one. If you just want three days off school, you’ll get that. I am so blessed to have met amazing people on K255, and I hope other people take advantage of the opportunity given to them. Thank you Kairos, for making me a better person. 


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“It Chapter Two” Underwhelms Audiences, Despite Brilliant Acting Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:58:09 +0000 Bill Skargasrd, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and company come back to the big screen for “It Chapter Two” which debuted in the US earlier this September.

The kids from Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel by the same name are all grown up now, and the second chapter follows the story of the Losers’ club in 2016 Derry, Maine, as they honor their promise to kill It if he ever came back.

Pennywise is Its favorite form, but It takes on other personas and characters such as “sweet and innocent” Mrs. Kerch who seems like an elderly old woman, but is in reality a monster who preys upon children.

Credit has to be given to Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard, who, although isn’t an A-list Hollywood celebrity, showed audiences why he deserves special recognition.

Skarsgard’s performance as Pennywise has to be considered one of the best in the horror genre, and it blew my friends and I away. For a foreign born actor, he has a mastery of his American accent for his roles, and is able to keep his composure throughout the movie to portray Pennywise the Dancing Clown masterfully.

Credit has to also be given to “It” and their makeup team. Part of the reason Skarsgard would be unrecognizable on the street is because of the job they were able to do. Pennywise’s makeup, infamous giant head, sharp, scary teeth are all part of what makes Skarsgard’s character so famous.

The press’ criticisms of the movie are few and far between, but one that stood out was the “sub-par” scares.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 63% based on 335 reviews, with an average rating of 6.11/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “It: Chapter Two proves bigger doesn’t always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.”

Many critics and fans came to a consensus that this year’s chapter two of It underwhelmed in the fear department. Katie Rife, of the A.V. club, an entertainment website, gave the movie a sub-par C+ grade. “What a shame, than to build this beautiful stage, populate it with talented actors and high-level craftspeople, and then drop them all through the trap door of plodding humor and scattershot plotting” says Rife,.

Loyola students, however, would disagree. Senior Ryan Dombrowski says It: Chapter Two was “scarier than the first one” and also went on to mention how much he throughly enjoyed the movie beyond the fear factor.

If you’re a conditioned fan of horror, or simply looking for a horror thriller that will keep you up at night, “It: Chapter Two” won’t be the movie for you. However, if you’re like me and appreciate good acting on the part of Skarsgard and crew, “It: Chapter Two” may very well be worth your time.

Final Rating: 6.5/10


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New, Improved, and Better Than Ever Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:38:52 +0000 One of the biggest changes this school year has been the grand opening of Loyola’s new piazza, and along with it came Loyola’s relocated and redesigned Loyola Wear Store. Whether by this point you’re a frequent consumer or didn’t even know it existed until now, there are a few things everyone should know. 

First, let’s start off with where it’s located. I know many of you might already know, but if not it’s right by the piazza. You’ve probably seen it by now; it’s the room with all the clothes displayed in it. That is where you can go to buy all your Loyola merch for any occasion, but it wasn’t always so obvious. 

Most people might remember its old location by the T. So why was it moved? Who decided that and how effective has the change been?

I talked with Mrs. Lovcik, the Loyola wear/bookstore manager. When asked why the Loyola store was moved, she said that they always wanted “a walk-in store and with the construction the timeline was just right.”

With this new walk-in store they are easily able to display the merchandise for easy view of everything the store has to offer. Even with all the new, fancy renovations the prices will not be changing, as to try and “make everything affordable for students.”

While the change of the Loyola store is amazing who decided the new look? And who, ultimately, made the final decisions? According to Mrs. Lovcik, she worked with a designer to decide the best look for the new store but ultimately the decision was left up to Fr. McGrath.

Their new store has also been a huge success with foot traffic, even amazing Mrs. Lovcik. She says that their busiest times are during the lunch and flex periods. You will most likely encounter one of these three people: Mrs. Lovcik and Mrs. McCabe, two full-time employees, or Mrs. Arreguin, a part-time employee. 

If you are ever in a bind and in need of some Loyola wear, drop by the new and improved Loyola Wear Store. It has everything you can dream of beautifully displayed and ready for you to purchase. 

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Co-Curriculars Put on a Show at the Fair Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:42:37 +0000 Just this week on Tuesday, September 24, in the East Gym, the co-curricular fair took place during our flex periods. During the fair, most of the clubs that Loyola has to offer set up posters to advertise their clubs to their fellow Ramblers.

As I was looking around, I stopped to look at many posters that were all very well crafted. Clubs like the Polish Club, Art Club, Adventure Games, Theatre, and Philosophy are just a few of the great clubs that Loyola has to offer.

The first club that caught my eye was Polish Club where members Julia and Malina Mendel, both freshmen, explained that there are many activities that their club does such as family activities, bonding activities, service activities, and they even celebrate certain holidays together. Even then, that only scrapes the surface of all that Polish Club has to offer. They meet the first and third Thursday of every month, and I highly suggest you check them out.

The second club that grabbed my attention, and I’m sure the attention of many, was the Art Club. There I spoke to Mia, a freshman, who said that there were many good things about the Art Club. She said that you could create whatever you want, and there isn’t any artistic ability required.

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Art Club meets every Monday from 3-5.

Mia also added that you could drop by on any day that they’re open; it doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment. Art Club meets from 3-5 on Mondays, so if you want something special to kick off your week, go check them out.

Next, I stopped by Adventure Games and spoke to Rachael Haley, another freshman, who said that there was a lot of team building, storytelling, and math involved in the Adventure Games Club.  They meet on Thursdays from 3-5. If you’re interested in the fantasy world of storytelling, make sure to jump into the action. 

After that, I stopped by Theatre, where I spoke to Emilia Rosinski and Kameron Rojas-Schueneman, two seniors, who spoke very highly of the Theatre Program. Both of them said that the community is very close-knit, and the only difficulty is stepping out of your comfort zone.

Theatre meets every day after school, so if you want to try something new, make sure to stop by. Theatre also has a production of Chicago coming out in November. It runs from the 14th-17th, so even if you don’t want to be a part of the production, make sure to come and support our Theatre Program.

Finally, I stopped at Philosophy Club, where I spoke to Rebecca, a freshman, who said that Philosophy was not based on just one subject but on a whole load of them. Just a few of the ones she mentioned were Aliens, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, and many more burning topics. If you want to check out the Philosophy club, they meet after school on Monday, so pop in to join the conversation.

All of the clubs that I interviewed had amazing people in them as well as great activities that all the members take part in.  I wish I had more time to explore all the possibilities available to every Loyola student. If you are interested in joining a club don’t forget to go and check it out under the Resources tab on the Loyola website.

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After Tough Loss to Mt. Carmel, Ramblers Look to Bounce Back Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:22:32 +0000 The Loyola Academy varsity football team suffered a disappointing loss Friday, September 20 at Mount Carmel.  An inspired performance by the Ramblers, including junior Marty Auer’s efforts of an interception and blocked FG, was not enough to get the win on Friday. 

The clash was mostly a defensive battle. Junior quarterback, JT Thomas, found star receiver Matty Mangan for a 71-yard touchdown in the third quarter of play. This play looked like it would turn the tide of the game.

However, Mount Carmel fought back and eventually kicked a field goal with just seconds to play.

The contest finished 17-14 in Mount Carmel’s favor. The Ramblers drop to a 2-2 record on the year. 

Next week, the Ramblers are once again on the road. They face St. Ignatius who has a 2-2 record as well. 

The Wolfpack is an interesting matchup for the Ramblers this week. Head coach, Matt Miller, leads a very disciplined and tough team, which should make for an exciting game.

Quarterback Leo Rugai, has been the key player to the Wolfpack’s success this season. He has been dynamic in the passing game and running game. If the Ramblers can slow him down, they should be able to win the game.

I expect the Ramblers to win big in this one. The Rambler defense shouldn’t have a hard time holding the Wolfpack offense. While the ongoing quarterback battle position is a slight concern, I think the Ramblers will figure it out by Friday. 

My prediction is a 27-10 victory at Ignatius. 

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Meet a Rambler Week 3- Frannie Whelan Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:07:21 +0000 This week we will be taking a look at junior Frannie Whelan, who definitely provided one of the most interesting interviews so far. She started it off by saying that one of the most unique things about her is the amount of relationships she has formed at Loyola. They are typically long-lasting, and with a random assortment of people, she said.

This is backed up by Olivia Wahlert, ’21, who described Frannie as, “someone she met in Girl Scouts, who has remained one of my best friends since kindergarten.” 

If Frannie could do anything for one day, she said she would want to clean up some of the dirtiest beaches in the world. This is an inspiring idea, but unsurprising as Frannie helped engineer the partial transition to paper straws at Loyola as part of the SAVE club. 

Frannie dreams of one day working in the medical field, most likely as a nurse. A surprising fact about any teenager aspiring to be a nurse, but especially Frannie, is that she has never seen an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

However, when money was removed from any possible career, she picked a fashion designer, demonstrating her wide range of interests.

Her favorite part of Loyola so far has been her participation in track and field. Frannie described it as, “One of the most enjoyable sports at Loyola because there is an event for everyone, and there is a direct correlation between the work at practice and success in meets.”

When prompted to give three words to describe herself, she decided on outgoing, open-minded, and positive.

This self-endorsement is totally backed up by her math teacher Mr. Karch, who explained that Frannie, “has an infectious positivity that can light up a room.” 

Frannie has participated in many things at Loyola, and her positivity embodies the meaning of a Rambler.

So glad we all got to know a little more about her this week!

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