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Why Putin’s Regime Is a Threat to World Stability (And How the West Can Combat It)

Why Putin’s Regime Is a Threat to World Stability (And How the West Can Combat It)

Conor Kennedy, Staff Writer

January 13, 2015

In June of 2001, then-President George W. Bush met Vladimir Putin for the first time at an international summit in Slovenia. After a brief meeting between the two, Bush summed up to the media his thoughts on the Russian leader: he said, “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight ...

Is Washington a House of Cards?

Is Washington a House of Cards?

Alejandro Garcia Escobar, Staff Writer

January 13, 2015

The stage has been set, the props have been arranged, and the actors are all flooding in. Except this isn't a show worth your time, nor is it worth your money. The actors don’t know their lines or the plot, and whatever time they spend on their job is focused on their careers. To add insult to injury,...

No Cats in their Hats

No Cats in their Hats

Jake Luce, Staff Writer

January 5, 2015

If you happen to be reading page 31 the LHS student handbook in your free time, you will come across a specific rule that makes you ponder its existence.  The rule states that “Articles of clothing considered offensive or inappropriate will not be allowed. This includes hats, sweatbands, bandannas,...

Mind Over Matter: Choosing Happiness

Mind Over Matter: Choosing Happiness

Kate Vittore, Staff Writer

December 19, 2014

Aristotle once said “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” It is within our own mindset that we choose to be happy or not. The idea of a person’s situation and circumstances that they are facing asks the question, is happiness really a choice? Yes, it is. One theory in psychology research suggests...

Here’s One for the Black Sheep

Here’s One for the Black Sheep

Tom Ackerman, Opinion Editor

December 18, 2014

When's the last time you really thought about what you believe in as a person? Better yet, when's the last time you asked yourself why you cling to your morals and the ideologies that you dig your feet into the ground to stand for? Because your parents said so? Because your coach, your pastor, and yo...

The Glorification of Busy

The Glorification of Busy

Conor Kennedy, Staff Writer

December 18, 2014

 It seems that recently, people have begun to discuss their daily toil with more assertiveness; we’ve started to glorify being busy. Small talk these days often tends toward discussion about how full our schedules are and the nature of our constant activities. Sometimes such chat reaches a point ...

How Accurate is Wikipedia?

How Accurate is Wikipedia?

Conor Kennedy, Staff Writer

December 16, 2014

Until last week, I had never gone beyond the “Read” tab on Wikipedia pages. Actually, I didn’t even know Wikipedia had these tabs, but they do, and that means it only takes one click to edit any page on the site. It seems obvious, then, why it’s the free encyclopedia. However, there’s more...

President Obama’s Immigration Reform and Executive Action

President Obama’s Immigration Reform and Executive Action

Jake Vogt

December 12, 2014

President Obama recently granted refuge to more than five million illegal immigrants by executive order.  His action grants illegal immigrants living in this country for more than five years, and who have relatives who are American citizens, the ability to stay in this country without being deported,...

How Beneficial Is Studying Shakespeare?

How Beneficial Is Studying Shakespeare?

Conor Kennedy, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014

I’ve studied Shakespeare’s plays in school since seventh grade. Even before that, teachers of mine constantly alluded to his work, and we read his passages in class. Back in middle school, I always felt reading Shakespeare was worthless; it was time and energy wasted on deciphering flowery, archaic...

Flipping the Classroom: A New School of Thought

Tyler Skinner, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014

Flipping the classroom is a new teaching strategy that is starting to gain popularity with Libertyville High School teachers. Flipping the classroom is done when teachers have students do the opposite of what they do in a traditional school day. The standard classroom setting that has been common forever...

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