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The Caravan

Mr. David McGovern started teaching at MC this past fall. His son Gavin is a freshman.
Mr. McGovern returns to MC as a teacher
Matthew Malloy ’25, Staff Writer • February 2, 2024

Teaching had never been a part of his plans. However, Mr. David McGovern decided to come back to Mount Carmel and give things a chance in the classroom. Mr. McGovern is a...

Mr. Wilson is excited to help the young men of Carmel improve their algebra skills.
Mr. Wilson jumps into the Caravan
James McCormac '25, Staff Writer • February 2, 2024

“What's going to happen now that Coach CJ is gone?”  This was a question many freshmen had once Mr. CJ Cesario, their math teacher and head track coach, disappeared. ...

Mr. Murphy started working at Mount Carmel about a week before Trimester 1 final exams.
Welcome to 64th & Dante, Mr. Murphy
Matthew Malloy ‘25, Staff Writer • December 23, 2023

Some MC students were worried about what their Trimester 1 final exams would look like for their math classes.  About two weeks before the Caravan went on Thanksgiving break,...

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Mr. David McGovern started teaching at MC this past fall. His son Gavin is a freshman.
Mr. McGovern returns to MC as a teacher
Matthew Malloy ’25, Staff Writer • February 2, 2024

Teaching had never been a part of his plans. However, Mr. David McGovern decided to come back to Mount Carmel and give things a chance in the classroom. Mr. McGovern is a...

Mr. Wilson is excited to help the young men of Carmel improve their algebra skills.
Mr. Wilson jumps into the Caravan
James McCormac '25, Staff Writer • February 2, 2024

“What's going to happen now that Coach CJ is gone?”  This was a question many freshmen had once Mr. CJ Cesario, their math teacher and head track coach, disappeared. ...

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The once-impressive Loretto Academy building presently is unoccupied and in disrepair.
Loretto Academy stirs memories of another era
Artem Massey, Staff Writer • March 4, 2021

The former Loretto Academy, located on East 65th Street, just south of Mount Carmel's campus, has always stood out to me. Its sheer magnitude calls out and demands attention....

Schererville, Indiana, is just 50 minutes from Chicago, but its a whole different world  (Photo credit: Joey BLS via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons license.)
Schererville offers a quiet alternative
Angel Samperio, Staff Writer • February 5, 2021

I have lived in Schererville, Indiana, since March of 2005. The town has a lot to offer, except at night, when there is little to do besides going to the diner or to Dunkin....

View from a house on 86th street that shows just how average this average neighborhood is.
Avalon Park: a tight-knit, friendly community
Freddie Gist, Staff Writer • January 25, 2021

I come from a quiet area on 86th Street in the Avalon Park area, and since I have lived here my entire life, I can easily say it is very unremarkable. My immediate neighborhood...

The Japanese  Garden, located on Wooded Island in Jackson Park, offers a quiet refuge in the midst of the city. 
Photo credit:  Steven Kevil via Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons License.
Jackson Park: rich in history
Patrick Hatzis, staff writer • January 22, 2021

Jackson Park is located between Lake Michigan and Stony Island on the east and west and between 56th street and 67th street to the north and south on the South Side of Chicago,...

The freshmen had a great time at the Midway Plaisance Ice Rink on February 16, 2024.
Freshmen class laces up skates
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

Freshmen on ice skates might sound like a reckless idea, but it is an important opportunity to create brotherhood at Mount Carmel. On Friday, February 16th, MC hosted its...

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T.H.E. Club set up banners in the commons that show the names of historical Black figures as well as an outline of the African continent.
Black History Month stands out around MC
Matthew Malloy ’25, Staff Writer • February 15, 2024

Mount Carmel’s diversity is one of its most appealing qualities. The melting pot of different cultures and races is a part of how the brotherhood at MC came to be and is...

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Attendees of January’s Courageous Conversation in the Kiszka Suite are introduced to that session’s topic.
Courageous Conversations offers chance to discuss important issues
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • January 26, 2024

In today’s tense world, listening is often a lost skill for many. From sports to politics, it’s common to hear others argue for hours on television, radio, and social...

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Cross Country coach and theology teacher Mr. Daniel Burke 98 was one of the guest speakers for a meeting T.H.E. Club had during the first trimester.
T.H.E. Club continues to embody brotherhood at MC
Matthew Malloy ‘25, Staff Writer • January 12, 2024

While Mount Carmel is known for many things, such as success in academics and athletics, its diversity is something that students, teachers, and alumni take pride in.  During...

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MC students help prepare the donated food drive items for delivery to the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry.
MC completes another annual Thanksgiving food drive
James McCormac, Staff Writer • December 7, 2023

The season of giving is well underway and MC is celebrating it through charitable actions like its annual food drive.  The Mount Carmel food drive is an event that takes...

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The Speech Team practices in the Incubator Lab every Wednesday after school.
Speech Team has something to say
Matthew Malloy ‘25, Staff Writer • November 3, 2023

Have you ever frozen up while giving a speech? Ever been nervous having the attention of every single person in a room?  At MC, a small group of intelligent upperclassmen...

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Mrs. Kristina Luster and other counselors already speak to upperclassmen about how to go about their college searches. Perhaps there could be an addition of financial planning and/or life skills beyond MC.
Students would benefit from financial planning, life skills
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • February 2, 2024

“You came to Carmel as a boy. If you care to struggle and work at it, you will leave as a man.”  Everyone affiliated with Mount Carmel knows the line from the signs...

The Alumni Gym has hosted much of Mt. Carmel’s legendary history.
Nothing beats events in the Alumni Gym
James McCormac '25, Staff Writer • January 24, 2024

What’s your favorite space in Mount Carmel? For many MC alumni, faculty, and students, the answer is the Alumni Gym. The older of MC’s two gyms was built along with...

Dr. King speaks at a press conference in 1964. (Library of Congress)
MLK exemplified the values of Mt. Carmel
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • January 12, 2024

Care for others. Respect all. Act with integrity. Work hard. Lead by example. These are the traits our school uses to define a Man of Carmel. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....

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The Caravan chess team competed in the State Tournament on February 9th and 10th at the Peoria Civic Center.
State tourney success for Caravan chess
James McCormac '25, Staff Writer • February 15, 2024

“Checkmate,” said Evan Wiersema, captain of the Caravan chess team, clinching the victory for MC against Saint Rita in the last round of the state tournament.  On...

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Varsity proudly lines up at center ice after winning at the United Center against the Tigers from Saint Xavier on January 13, 2024.
Caravan hockey win big at the Madhouse on Madison
Matthew Malloy ‘25, Staff Writer • January 25, 2024

Mount Carmel hockey has not seen ideal results in recent years, but they may have just found some rhythm towards the end of the 2023-2024 season. Their home ice is the Morgan...

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Five MC bowlers during a matchup, from left to right: Julian Avila ‘25, Alberto Rodriguez ‘25, Derrick Rucker ‘28, Josh Green ‘24, and Jacob Sanchez ‘24.
MC bowling rolls into CCL playoffs
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • December 17, 2023

Mount Carmel bowling has had one of its most successful seasons in recent years. The team is currently set to play in the Chicago Catholic League Bowling Championship Tournament...

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The swim team practices after school in the MC pool.
Back in the swim of things
December 15, 2023
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The Development offices are located above the Commons and Cacciatore Gym.
MC Development team doing important work behind the scenes
James McCormac '25, Staff Writer • January 12, 2024

Mount Carmel does not operate on tuition alone. It's expensive to run a school, and MC has a  low tuition...

Ms. Rachel Jackson (Left) and Mrs. Kristina Luster (Right) are two of the MC counselors ready to help students.
Counselors at MC are always here to help
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • December 23, 2023

In a new age of emotional and social issues affecting seemingly almost everyone, many young men fail...

Mr. Murphy started working at Mount Carmel about a week before Trimester 1 final exams.
Welcome to 64th & Dante, Mr. Murphy
Matthew Malloy ‘25, Staff Writer • December 23, 2023

Some MC students were worried about what their Trimester 1 final exams would look like for their math...

Students can find banned books, such as these pictured from Mr. Baffoes classroom, throughout the MC English Department.
MC teachers utilize the importance of banned, challenged books
Matthew Malloy ‘25, Staff Writer • October 30, 2023

Words are more powerful than actions. They can hurt more than a punch to the stomach while at the same time can be more comforting than a hug.  Literature is important,...

Class of 2016 grad Roberto Del Real Jr. works as a Junior Art Director at one of America’s most successful and biggest advertising agencies.
Del Real '16 finds success from MC to advertising industry
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • October 27, 2023

Mount Carmel 2016 alum Roberto Del Real Jr. isn’t on the road to success, but instead on the final approach to the airport of success. Del Real was born and raised on...

Brother Pedro talks with guests in the Huddle at the 2023 Gala.
Br. Pedro joins MC Campus Ministry
Jack Breakey '24, Staff Writer • December 5, 2023

A new Carmelite intern has joined the Mount Carmel community. Brother Pedro Mira is now working with MC Campus Ministry, and his main mission is to help students in their...

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