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The subjectivity of “smart”

The subjectivity of “smart”

Hannah Hutchins, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Most adjectives are pretty plain to see; if I called something “big” or “blue” or “square,” there’s not too much to debate. The word “smart,” however, has become a completely objective term where it should be subjective. Instead of varying from person to person, society as a whole h...

The Wonderful Hazards of Christmas and the Holiday Season

The Wonderful Hazards of Christmas and the Holiday Season

Jenna Grayson, Staff Member

December 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion

    Ah, yes, Christmas. America’s favorite holiday. It’s so beloved that it requires three months of preparation for the celebration. That’s right -- for an entire quarter of the year, the joy of Christmas lingers in the air like airborne pathogens.     There’s nothing better than seeing a...

Public School Vs. Private School Comparison

Brandon Simberg, Staff writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

                    No matter where you go to school, many of the same principles still apply. You go to a school and sit in class for the majority of the day and then have homework at night. However, there are s...

The State of Sports Journalism

The State of Sports Journalism

November 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

As I turn on ESPN in the morning, I expect highlights from whatever major sporting event occurred the day before that I might have missed. But I only see an Instagram post from NBA star Lebron James. The broadcasters talk for 20 minutes about an old “Arthur” meme that James posted even though many h...

Trumping assumptions

Trumping assumptions

Lizzie Foley, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

To be honest I don’t really know what my political beliefs are. I know what I believe in morally, but I don’t have specific political ideologies to associate those beliefs with. While I do know I am not a Trump supporter, there are many Trump supporters among my family, close friends, classmates a...

How to burst the Libertyville bubble

How to burst the Libertyville bubble

Lola Akinlade, Features Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“Libertyville Bubble” is a phrase that gets tossed around this suburb without much explanation or any proposed solutions. So, first, let me describe, as best I can, what I believe the “Libertyville Bubble” to be: Libertyville Bubble /ˈlibərdē/ /vɪl/ /ˈbəb(ə)l/ (noun) 92.43 percent...

It’s a privilege to be privileged

It’s a privilege to be privileged

Jacob Kemp, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You’re walking down East 72nd St. in downtown Manhattan, surrounded by the whistling bustle of a just waking-up city. The sound of a thousand conversations is muffled by one loud taxicab horn in your left ear. You turn a corner and 40 feet in front of you is a rowdy group of Black Lives Matter pro...

Banning Books Bans Opportunities

Banning Books Bans Opportunities

Anya Belomoina, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

A nationwide controversy sparked when a Mississippi middle school took the modern American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, off the school’s reading list last month because it “made students uncomfortable.” The book is a story of racism, sexism and ageism in 1950s America and is read ...

Discussing diversity: It’s indispensable

Discussing diversity: It’s indispensable

Staff Editorial

November 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It can be hard to understand diversity. Based on who we are and how we view the world from our own microscopic lenses, we simply cannot understand every perspective out there. As individuals, we come from all different backgrounds, and knowing every detail about every difference that is present amon...

Leaping to Conclusions

Leaping to Conclusions

Sam Nelson

October 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Just to clear the air -- I am not here to argue that dance is a sport. Technically, it’s not. I acknowledge that it’s an art. What I am here to argue against is the criticism that dance receives because it is not considered a sport. Time and time again during my 13 years of dancing, I’ve been t...

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