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“Joker”: No laughing matter

“Joker”: No laughing matter

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

October 7, 2019

Author’s Note: This movie may be extremely triggering to some people, as it contains extreme violence, unsettling depictions of mental illness and other potentially troubling themes. Strong content warning for the film.  The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned law enforcement that a number ...

Breaking Down the USWNT Pay Discrimination

Breaking Down the USWNT Pay Discrimination

Moira Duffy, News Editor

September 26, 2019

The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) is considered the best women’s soccer team in the world, and they have the stats to back them up. Their recent victory in the 2019 World Cup was preceded by four Women’s World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals. In addition, the notoriety of t...

The Value of Standardized Testing

The Value of Standardized Testing

September 26, 2019

In what should come as a surprise to no one, there is not one person on the Drops of Ink staff who holds a positive opinion of standardized testing. At best, people were ambivalent. Test scores are an integral part of the application process for colleges, and this, working in tandem with the one-dimensi...

Video Games Don’t Cause Violence

Video Games Don’t Cause Violence

Christian Roberts, Staff Member

September 24, 2019

Growing up, video games were an integral part of my childhood. I still remember playing video games, some of them violent, like “Battlefield 2” and “Medal of Honor: Rising Sun” on PS2 at the age of 7. To this day, I, and many other kids like me, play video games on a daily basis, and have never...

The Final Cut: Shrek!

The Final Cut: Shrek!

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

September 19, 2019

Welcome to The Final Cut, Drops of Ink's movie podcast! Your host is Andrew Benoit, and this episode's co-host is Jazzy. For our first episode, we did a deep dive into the Dreamworks classic, Shrek. To help pick the next movie we look at and stay up to date for our work. follow me on twitter @drew_...

“Blinded by the Light” shines bright with brilliance

“Blinded by the Light” shines bright with brilliance

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

September 12, 2019

There are certain movies that reaffirm the qualities that make us human. Movies that are so real, so raw in their emotional energy that, for two beautiful hours, they validate the experience of life. Movies that shorten our breath and make our hearts beat faster. Not only movies, but music, too. Songs t...

Staff Ed: What does the Future Hold?

May 16, 2019

Will our generation be better off than our parents? What will this generation do for the world? As the school year closes, we pondered these questions. Problems like terrorism in the post-9/11 world, school shootings, climate change and political divisions have raised people our age; many of the...

DOI’s Declassified School Survival Guide

DOI’s Declassified School Survival Guide

Senior Staff Editorial

May 16, 2019

For us seniors, it feels like it was just last month that we casually peeked at the school map in our backpacks on the first day to see where our next class was. It feels like it was just last week that we entered the school with a new load of confidence as we were no longer the lost freshmen, but the s...

The Blurred Line

The Blurred Line

May 16, 2019

Editors' Note: This column is written anonymously by an LHS student. The writer is anonymous to protect their identity and their friends who have been affected by the sensitive nature of the content described. This anonymity was granted by the editorial board as an exception to our publication's usual ...

Same District, Different Day

Allison McLean

May 16, 2019

Last month, I had the opportunity to shadow a student from Vernon Hills High School in order to better understand how the students in the other half of District 128 went about their school days. For a day, I followed around one of the publication’s Editors-in-Chief, Luc Gudmundson, navigating the ...

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