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Why Journalism Matters

Moira Duffy, News Editor

March 12, 2020

Journalism’s purpose, although multi-faceted and complex in today’s modern era, is to secure freedom in the form of knowledge and information. It is society’s defense against single-mindedness. Take the fictional country of Oceania (intended to represent modern-day England) in George Orwell...

The many sides of social media activism

March 5, 2020

Social media is either lauded as the most remarkable thing wielded by our generation or brutally condemned as a brain-rotting time suck. Regardless of your personal opinions on the matter, it is obvious to anyone with an internet connection that social media has become increasingly affiliated with po...

Friends and Fundamental Human Rights: When Does Their Opinion Cross the Line?

Friends and Fundamental Human Rights: When Does Their Opinion Cross the Line?

Amanda Black, Managing Editor

March 5, 2020

Having different political opinions from your friends is 100 percent okay. I’m friends with people who have different opinions than me on subjects like abortion, religion and gun control.  It’s the people who have fundamentally different social values that I have a problem with.  When a friend...

U.S. history’s flawed narrative

U.S. history’s flawed narrative

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

America was founded as a shining city on a hill. We worked hard and braved the rugged frontier to tame the vast, uninhabited wilderness to carve out a blessed land of freedom and opportunity. We brought economic prosperity to millions and propelled the glorious capitalist free markets to the rest of the...

Philanthropists Aren’t As Generous As You Think

Rayna Wuh, Staff Member

March 5, 2020

Living in Libertyville, it is easy to forget that we live in a world of haves and have-nots. At times, I too am guilty of failing to recognize the true magnitude of the economic disparity that exists within the United States. According to the Federal Reserve’s Distributional Financial Accounts, the top ...

How Journalists Have Propelled the #MeToo Movement

How Journalists Have Propelled the #MeToo Movement

Ella Marsden, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2020

A couple weeks ago, I was in the car with my mom for upwards of seven hours. Naturally, we were struggling to find ways to pass the time. In our search for a podcast to listen to, my mom and I stumbled across “The Catch and Kill Podcast” with Ronan Farrow. In this podcast, Farrow, a journalist who wo...

Diverse music is the food of life: Play on

Cali Lichter, Staff Member

February 25, 2020

Unlike other kids my age, instead of listening to rap or the tunes that’ll come on the radio when I listen to KISS FM, I favor Bob Dylan or Wilderado.  But I’ll also sprinkle in a healthy dose of Fall Out Boy or 5 Seconds of Summer. My sister puts me on blast all the time for my diverse music choice.  How can someone go from listening to “...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’: Running away from creativity

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’: Running away from creativity

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

February 22, 2020

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is a kids movie. That doesn’t excuse it from being bad. It’s not the fun kind of bad either. It's inoffensive and boring. It’s impersonal, formulaic and unfunny. It’s what happens when a movie is made only by executives and not actual creatives. The best part of the movie was ...

Coronavirus and the scary effects of xenophobia

Coronavirus and the scary effects of xenophobia

Rayna Wuh, Staff Member

February 18, 2020

“These people are beyond crazy.” “These people are disgusting.”  “What is wrong with these people?”  The above-mentioned are just some of the slew of offensive comments I saw that had garnered tens of thousands of likes on an Instagram post of a female Chinese blogger eating bat soup...

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