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OPINION: Underage Drinking is a Pressing Issue

OPINION: Underage Drinking is a Pressing Issue

By Haley Haverda, Reporter

March 28, 2017


Filed under Opinions

In 2015, 34.7 percent of 15 year olds admitted to having had a least one alcoholic drink -- a stat that doesn’t even include teens aged 16 to 20. As high school gets harder, students seek a release from the stress and anxiety that plagues their everyday life, and more often than not turn to parties ...

Many Faces of Bipartisan Politics

Many Faces of Bipartisan Politics

By Kate Lee, Voices Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Community & World, Opinions, Showcase

With today’s tense political climate, it is becoming increasingly crucial for youth to be knowledgeable and involved. It is equally important to listen to different perspectives of political views. We talked to five students who felt strongly about their political identities. Their stories are set from more...

OPINION: YouTube’s Restricted Mode Censors Content For LGBTQ+ Community

OPINION: YouTube’s Restricted Mode Censors Content For LGBTQ+ Community

By Emily Lu, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions

It’s as if the LGBTQ+ community needs another reminder that their mere existence is deemed inappropriate. Only weeks following the controversy surrounding Disney introducing their first gay character, YouTube this time is taking a blast by hiding a vast majority of the community’s content with thei...

International Day of Happiness: Five Ways to Become a Happier Person

International Day of Happiness: Five Ways to Become a Happier Person

By Kate Lee, Voices Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

March 20 celebrates happiness, something we all seem to want but have a hard time finding. From books to speeches, pledges to clubs, every person has a different approach to becoming truly happy. Each solution is valid; the goal is to create a perfect combination of many ideas that works best for you. ...

OPINION: International Women’s Day Shows That Progress Must Be Made

OPINION: International Women’s Day Shows That Progress Must Be Made

By Lizzie Deal and Mae Bruce

March 9, 2017


Filed under Community & World, News, Opinions

Sixty-two million girls around the world are denied education. 30% of women in relationships report that they have been abused, both physically and sexually. Worldwide, only 22% of all national legislators are female. These statistics should not be true in 2017. We’ve become open to LGBTQA+ rights and justice for minorities, with protests and support for all. But...

OPINION: Lindsay Lohan Raises Awareness of Islamophobia

OPINION: Lindsay Lohan Raises Awareness of Islamophobia

By Trevor Wyatt, Reporter

March 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Lindsay Lohan, once known for playing insane characters in movies, has over the years faced backlash for everything she does. Arguably, some of this may have been warranted, however she was recently spotted wearing a headscarf in an airport, and was asked to remove it. She didn’t have an issue with...

Black History Month: Increasing Visibility for African Americans

Black History Month: Increasing Visibility for African Americans

By Kate Lee, Voices Editor

February 23, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Since 1976, February has been designated as Black History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the achievements of African Americans throughout U.S. history. With movies like Hidden Figures, artists like Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj advocating for greater exposure of African American culture, and the n...

OPINION: We Have the Right to Ask Questions

OPINION: We Have the Right to Ask Questions

By Staff

February 23, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

A free and independent press is the cornerstone of democracy, providing a watchdog for those in authority. This important profession is protected in the Bill of Rights, as part of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exer...

Many Faces of Feminism

Many Faces of Feminism

By Kate Lee, Voices Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

With feminism and women’s rights coming to the forefront of political and pop culture, we asked six students from various backgrounds and identities what feminism meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:  

Student’s Grandfather Fought for Equality

Student’s Grandfather Fought for Equality

By Anna Chuo, Morale Officer

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Rainbow Beach was a popular local beach on the Southside of Chicago off of Lake Michigan. However, it was also heavily segregated in the 1960s, and if any person of any minority were to try to enjoy the beach, the racial slurs and taunts would be louder than the beach waves. Any authority there woul...

An Open Letter: The Perpetual Ignorance of the Purple Ribbon

An Open Letter: The Perpetual Ignorance of the Purple Ribbon

By Jasmine Milliger, Let's Talk About Editor

January 10, 2017


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To those who are unaware, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disorder that affects the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and digestive system. CF changes the cells that produce mucus, making them produce thicker, more sticky mucus that damaged critical bodily organs and systems. Some of the short ter...

OPINION: Beware of Fake Stories

OPINION: Beware of Fake Stories

By Arthur Wang, Reporter

January 10, 2017


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Since the advent of the internet, there have been many laws that have been created to predict what inevitably will or won’t happen, one of the most famous being Godwin’s Law. As another well-known law, Poe’s Law, states, it’s impossible to create a parody of extreme views that will not be mistaken for a person...