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    PERFECT CATHOLIC: pg. 3 Talking about confirmation, catholicism, and contemporary societys definition of faithGENERATION OF QUESTIONS: pg. 4 Looking at the identity of Generation Y in comparison to the defining character-istics of previous generations

    WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: pg. 10 Athletes to keep your eye on in the 2015-16 winter sports seasonMORE THAN A GAME: pg. 10 Why sports are becoming less and less popular for high school students

    FR. ROBINSON pg. 8 Feature on Jesuit priest, Fr. Robinson, celebrating his 50th anniversary as a Jesuit priestCANINE SECURITY: pg. 9 Jesuits invest-ment in dogs to rid the geese from school premises


    PAGE EDITORS: Emily Preble & Katie Kelley


    Last month, the Jesuit Community said good-bye to David Blue as he moved on to Central Catholic to be the new head basketball coach and Diversity Director. Now, the Jesuit Community welcomes our new Diversity Director, Melissa Lowery. Lowery was born in Portland, OR and was raised in West Linn. She moved to Southern California at age 19 and then back to Portland in 2005. She pursued a major in General Media and a minor in Sociology in 2006. Lowery graduated from Pacific Uni-versity in the Fall of 2009 and now lives in Hillsboro with her husband and two daugh-ters, Jayla, (13) and Ch, (11). Lowery heard about the opening for a new Diver-sity Director from Mr. Blue himself. He said that he was leaving, and he thought I would be a great replacement for the position, Lowery said. Lowery had been working for the City of Hill-sboro in the Parks and Rec-

    reation Department. Her oc-cupations in this field ranged from Facility Director to vid-eographer to Zumba teacher and dance instructor. Lowery recently pro-duced her own documentary, Black Girl in Suburbia, a 55 minute feature that discusses the experiences of black girls growing up in predominant-ly white neighborhoods. We talk about di-versity in the school system in Oregon, Mrs. Lowery said. Its a personal perspec-tive piece talking about what its like to be a minority. Senior Alzena Hen-ry saw the movie when it was screened at Jesuit in October. Her movie opened up a huge amount of dis-cussions for issue and expe-riences that a lot of people dont talk about, Henry said. The documentary has been selected for multi-ple film festivals, including the St. Louis International Film Festival and the Inter-national Black Womens Film Festival. Mrs. Lowery is hop-ing to continue to produce documentaries that inspire

    and encourage conversations that otherwise might be un-comfortable to engage in. Ive been screening my film over the last year and it has showed me that there is a need for a conversation and that people are ready to have conversations like this, Mrs. Lowery said. The Diversi-ty Director position is going to allow me to continue that work and that dialogue. As the wife of coun-selor and head varsity wom-ens basketball coach, Mr. Lowery, Lowery has been able to make connections with students already, espe-cially with those on her hus-bands team. Her thoughts are very diverse, Henry said. She brings a new aspect in and she will recognize the ar-eas that need improvement. Her background knowledge will increase the education at Jesuit and increase more dis-cussions. Another student who has gotten to know Mrs. Lowery fairly well before her official first day is senior Lauren Rivers.

    I first met Mrs. Low-ery during a presentation she did my freshman year during the early stages of her movie, Rivers said. You can tell she is very passionate about what she believes in. Itll be excit-ing to watch how she impacts our community. Lowerys first official day is November 2. However, she has already been prepar-ing herself for her new role in Jesuits community. I am hoping to do some brown bags that will al-low students to get to know me and for me to know them, Lowery said. The next screening of Black Girl in Suburbia was on November 18 at PCC Cascade. If you want to learn more about Mrs. Lowery, stop by the Diversity Office in Sophomore Hall. She is planning on having an open door policy. I want students to know that my door is al-ways open, Lowery said. No question is a bad question, or a stupid question. I love to talk and listen and my door will always be open.

    Lowery takes over as Diversity DirectorBY RAMSEY SULLIVAN, 16


    Adapted from The New York Times Islamic State: Kurdish forces attacked the Islamic State near Sinjar, Iraq on November 12, capturing an essential highway to the town. Racial tension on col-lege campuses: Racial-ly charged language and actions on University of Missouri campus have led to racial protests around the U.S. to erupt. The president of University of Missouri resigned, as well

    as Claremont McKenna College dean of students in response to the racial protests across the nation. Keystone XL Pipeline: After about six years of environmental discussion between Canada and the U.S., Obama finally reject-ed TransCanadas request to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 8. Death Penalty: The state of California by the U.S. Federal Appeal Court is now appointed to uphold-ing the death penalty. Al-

    though the original judg-ment on the issue stated that executing prisoners meant the death penalty was cruel and unusual, the court has now dis-missed that ruling as le-gally flawed. Since 2006, no one has been put to death in California and executions will remain on hold about whether lethal injections are constitu-tional. United Nations: On Nov. 12 the United Nations Security Council passed

    a resolution that con-demned killing in Burun-di. It also called for urgent talks between the govern-ment and opposing forces.Refugees: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan is the new home to the worlds largest concentra-tion of Syrians trying to flee their country from a bloody civil war. They live in a community where supplies and material is scare, leading to hunger and unpleasant condi-tions.


    Global and national current events

    PAGE EDITOR: Mira Petrillo

    President Search

    In the year 1524 on the banks of the River Cardonaire in Southwest Spain, Ignatius of Loyola began composing the Spiritual Exercises that nearly 500 years later would be the base of Jesuit education throughout the world. One of the practices that Ignatius emphasized was that of Spiritual Discernment. Spiritual Discernment is the practice of recognizing the feelings one has and understand-ing where emotion and intuition comes from and where they lead us. This value is an integrated part of education here at Jesuit High School. Not only does this aspect of spirituality take place in the classroom, but also in the lives of the administrators, es-pecially those involved in the process of discerning a new president for Jesuit High School. Were not just going through a decision-making pro-cess, were doing a discernment process, said Fr. JK Adams, Su-perior of the Jesuits on campus and member of the Presidential Search Committee. Were doing a lot of praying and were trying to figure out what God wants for us and who God wants to be our next President. Ignatius has given us all kinds of strategies for figuring that out, so we are doing our best to pray a lot and seek Gods guidance and apply the confidence that Ignatius has that Gods will can be known. It is no easy task for the members of the Presidential Search Committee to under-stand what it is exactly that God wants for our school. However, it is held in high regard that the will of God will be seen clearly as the process continues to un-fold. Students in every hallway of Jesuit High School care about the quality of the new president. After the legacy that Mr. Glad-stone is leaving behind, there is a strong expectation to uphold. I would like to see a president who really cares about the students, said senior Rachel Phan. That is what Mr. Glad-stone does really well. He runs the school with enthusiasm and pride without losing the needs of the students in the process. Mr. Gladstone is always extremely eager to see students, added senior Emily Holman. He knows the name of every student and is always happy to see everyone. I hope to see a personable president at Jesuit next year when I come back to visit.


    Everybody knows that person whose faith has dried out. They go to mass, take communion, pray, and occasionally read the Bible, but there is no thought put into these ef-forts; they are merely going throughthe motions. At what point in life should people dedicate themselves to a certain faith? In some cases faith, because it was forced social-ly by family, becomes too normal in peoples lives to

    point where they dont take it seriously or give it the respect it deserves, junior Emily Piszczek said. It be-comes this thing that wasnt their choice in first place so they neglect it, they dont nurture it because its not their own. In Catholicism and many other religions, young people are asked to declare themselves to the faith with-in their early teenage years. In confirmation, people who are baptized go through a discerning process where they are more perfect-ly bound to the Catholic Church and are blessed with gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ideas of Confirma-tion have been corrupted in the minds of many young people. Instead seeing thesacrament as a blessing and step in their relationship with God, often it turns into

    something their parentsare forcing them to do. They dont get the chance to explore their faith even if its the right faith for them because theres too much pressure and they just want to be out of it, said