Drops of Ink

There’s no wrong way to protest

On May 28, protesters set fire to the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct building. Days later, the Minneapolis city council announced its intent to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and invest in community-centered reform, according to the ACLU.

Ella Marsden, Editor-in-Chief

June 9, 2020

Though seemingly every email I’ve received in the last three months has addressed the uncertain times we’re living in, I’d argue that a lot is being made clear. For one, it’s being made clear that it is impossible to achieve the change the world so desperately needs through peaceful protests...

The Class of 2020: Our Abrupt Ending

Here’s me (second to the right!) with some friends at the senior Powder Puff game, an annual tradition in the early fall.

Charlotte Pulte, Features Editor

May 20, 2020

Senior year of high school: a short period of time in one’s teenage life that seems to always be revered and praised. You’ve made it. You survived junior year and are pushing through the exciting and stressful college application process. It’s the home stretch. A new chapter is right around the...

Despite some positives, e-learning cannot replace the real thing

Molecular COVID-19 photo via the U.S. Army Drops of Ink staff members have found a new appreciation for in-class learning with their teachers and classmates amid the struggle of trying to stay motivated and focused during e-learning. The staff feels that after quarantine is over and students return to school, many will have a new perception of school and of their relationships with teachers and peers.

May 20, 2020

The world is always changing, but amid a global pandemic, changes in every aspect of life have been amplified and felt more strongly across entire populations. Education is no exception. As Illinois and many states across the United States extended stay-at-home orders and cancelled in-person schooling ...

Name brand: The ridiculous pressure on seniors during college application

Cali Lichter, Staff Member

May 20, 2020

For the past year, my conversations with school friends have consisted of the same phrases over and over and over again: “My mom went to Northwestern so I have to apply?” “Do you think my 32 ACT is good enough to get into USC?” “My parents will kill me if I don’t get into an Ivy.” My fr...

Rural America: Where the well runs dry

In 2014, the Pond Fork River in Boone County, West Virginia, turned white due to a 2,500 gallon chemical spill. Incidents like this are common in rural America and are slowly poisoning entire towns.

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

May 17, 2020

Few areas in the United States have been hit harder from the coronavirus pandemic than the Navajo Nation. Despite the Navajo Nation being made up of only 175,000 people living in an area roughly the size of West Virginia (which has a population of 1.792 million people), as of May 18 the nation has 4,0...

BEE Vegetarian

From sustainability to the satisfaction of contributing to a larger movement, the vegetarian lifestyle has several benefits.

Ella Marsden, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

The “Bee Movie” — arguably the most influential film of our childhood — is full of important lessons and hidden themes. Disregarding the memes and the obviously satirized romantic relationship between a human and a bee, the underlying message of the “Bee Movie” serves as a perfect example of ...

The Final Cut: Parasite

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

April 23, 2020

Price gouging isn’t ethical

Price gouging isn't ethical

Natalie Isberg, Staff Member

April 13, 2020

Say you want a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. One person was selling a box of masks in Covina, California… for $300. This is an example of price gouging, which according to Legal Dictionary, is raising the prices of goods, services or commodities to an unfair or unreasonable le...

The case against police presence

Police officers are common sights in our public spaces, including schools, but their presence rarely has the intended effect and can sometimes cause more harm than good.

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

April 10, 2020

In late February it was announced that SWAT officers would begin patrolling Chicago Transit Authority trains. A week later, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the city would add 50 new police officers to the 200 who already patrol the “L,” due to a recent spike in crime.  Hours late...

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