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Heisman candidate rankings heading into the postseason

Christian Roberts

December 6, 2019

As of Dec. 3, the college football regular season is officially finished, which means teams will now get the chance to compete for conference championships and bowl games. With the college football playoff quickly approaching, the Heisman watch is rapidly changing due to upsets and poor individual pe...

“Queen and Slim”: Love in the modern Underground Railroad

“Queen and Slim” stars Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Jodie Turner-Smith (“Nightflyers”), who play a couple on the run.

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

December 3, 2019

Warning: This movie is rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and brief drug use.  “Queen and Slim” delivers a vibrant retelling of the Underground Railroad, rich with insights not only into black culture but also the America that is hidden just beneath the surfa...

Top 9 of 2019: Which was the best album?

Lilly Williams, Staff Member

December 2, 2019

2019 was a particularly big year for me musically. This was for no other reason than nearly all of my favorite artists came out with incredible albums. From  hip-hip to indie to pop to alternative, my expectations were blown away by the quality of the albums that reached the shelves this year. So, with...

“The Mandalorian”: A new frontier for a galaxy far, far away

“The Mandalorian”: A new frontier for a galaxy far, far away

Pavan Acharya, Staff Member

December 2, 2019

Disney+ launched on Nov. 12 with an abundance of new, original titles. The crown jewel of Disney's starting lineup of original series is the first live-action Star Wars television show, “The Mandalorian.” Before the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney in 2012, George Lucas had made multiple attempt...

The Absurd Beauty of Albert Camus

Camus is a 20th-century Algerian-French philosopher, author and journalist

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

November 30, 2019

“If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever then anything is possible and nothing has any importance.”-Albert Camus

Official rankings of Libertyville Water Fountains

Official rankings of Libertyville Water Fountains

Christian Roberts

November 15, 2019

Libertyville High School is home to 30 water fountains. Some provide cold water, some spew lukewarm water, some don’t work at all and some I couldn’t even find. With so many fountains to choose from, a common question is posed by students in the hallways: Which water fountain is the best? I hop...

Public shaming: all pain, no gain

While a teacher could be the one to single students out for a wrong answer or for giving an “I don’t know” answer, the feeling of embarrassment afterwards is often magnified by the condescending attitude of peers, making students feel much worse overall.

Amanda Black, Managing Editor

November 14, 2019

We’ve all seen that photo of the kid from the 1950s sitting in the corner of a classroom with a dunce cap on his head. Although few schools still use public shaming in such a blatant fashion, other, less-obvious forms still occur.  In elementary school, my fourth-grade teacher had a poster on th...

Should We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

The Drops of Ink staff generally agreed that Thanksgiving should be celebrated with family and lots of food, not by focusing on the pilgrims’ accomplishments. People should be educated and informed about what actually happened in the discovery of the New World.

November 14, 2019

Since before any Drops of Ink staff member was born — possibly even before their ancestors had immigrated to America — the fourth Thursday of November has been celebrated across America to remember a pivotal moment in our country’s history: The First Thanksgiving. This feast, in October of 1621,...

Redesigning the Currency

Ian Cox, Layout and Design Editor

November 14, 2019

Many Americans no longer care about physical money like bills or coins. As time goes on, more and more people turn to digital currency, through cards and services like Apple Pay or Venmo.  While some may believe that as the world becomes more digitized, the importance of physical money dimini...

CTU betrays Chicago teachers

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union march during their recent strike.

Andrew Benoit, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2019

There is an important thread throughout history, especially in American history, of class struggle and the power of labor. Although this thread is rarely explored in classrooms across the country, it is filled with amazing tales of solidarity and grassroots progressive movement. From the ill-fated ra...

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